Beckley’s Joey Fama featured at LA Shorts International Film Festival

“Walls,” a short animated film, written by Beckley native Joey Fama, will premier at the LA Shorts International Film Festival this July. The film festival – scheduled to begin on July 19 – is well known as one of the best in the world, on par with Sundance or the Cannes Film Festival. One thing that sets it apart from many other festivals is that it is an Academy Awards Qualifying film festival. Meaning that films that win in their category at the festival can begin the rigorous process of consideration for Oscar’s nominations.

LA Shorts has one of the best pedigrees in the film industry and is no stranger to the Oscars. In last year alone it screened four Oscar nominated films. Since its inception, 65 filmmakers from the LA Shorts Film Festival have been nominated for Academy Awards. Located in the heart of Los Angeles it has one of the highest turnouts of any film festival, with over 10,000 attendees each year. It is no stranger to Hollywood’s best, honoring the likes of Jan Favreau, Bryan Singer, and Gary Oldman. Scarlett Johansson, Ashton Kutcher, Courtney Cox, Spike Jonze, Ricky Gervais, Vin Diesel, and Sofia Coppola are just a few of the big names who have had their films play at LA Shorts.

The short film, “Walls,” will mark the third collaboration between California based director/producer Michael Perry and West Virginia based writer Joey Fama. Their first film, “Carnival Kid, saw widespread success, winning numerous national awards. Including being chosen as the headlining film for the Chelsea Fashion and Film Festival in New York City. The film even made its rounds in Beckley at the BEX Film Festival.

Perry spoke highly of the continued creative partnership with Fama, “I thought Joey’s writing style would lend itself very well to the project. When I saw the script I loved it, and knew we had to make this film.” He added that, “We are truly honored to not only be playing at one of the best film festivals in the world, but having our world premier there is a dream come true.” Early screeners for the film have received positive reviews. Steve French a film reviewer of The Coach House, spoke highly of the film, “… Perry’s latest short “Walls,” glitters gold,” adding that it is a thoughtful and intriguing film.

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