L.A. Indie Scene's First Annual Film & Music Festival at Cinespace, Hollywood - Dec 06

L.A. Indie Scene officially announced its first annual film and music festival today. Venue is not yet confirmed, but the first choice so far is Cinespace in Hollywood, which is also a restaurant. Call for entries started yesterday, and selected submissions will be announced on the company's official website, as well as the company's My Space profile at www.myspace.com/laindiescene.

Hollywood, CA, June 14, 2006 --(PR.com)-- The community of indie musicians and filmmakers seems to be growing by the hour in Los Angeles. Despite the lack of mainstream media coverage, L.A. artists are incredibly self-motivated and prolific as it is evidenced by the massive amount of unsigned bands currently doing the club circuit, producing their own records, and even organizing their own nationwide tours. The same can be said about non-union filmmakers financing their own productions. There are literally thousands of independently-produced music videos and short films going around undistributed in Hollywood, all of them waiting to be rescued from their current state of anonymity.

But what exactly, if anything, sets today's indie scene apart from other movements of struggling artists that we've seen in the past? 

The answer is undeniable--the growing presence of the internet in our society is making all the difference. While the world wide web got its start as a commodity only available to those with access to a computer, nowadays, pretty much everyone in America either owns a computer or has access to one. Given its ever-present, worldwide availability, the internet has become a much more powerful medium than radio or television, as everyone around the globe is free to tune into their favorite websites anytime they feel like it.

Yet, what is most extraordinary about this indie movement is the ever-increasing popularity of My Space, an online community that actively supports independent film and music by allowing artists to showcase and promote their work and events for free. 

While indie artists in the past were divided and struggling alone or in small groups, today, more than ever, artists have the power of the net available to them, allowing them to network with each other, as well as get access to their own distribution and promotion deals without the need for a manager, agent or corporate distributor. 

Gone are the days when major Hollywood agencies and distributors controlled the release of mainstream music and film. Today, indie music and film has become a genre of its own, readily accessible to the public via the web, but most specifically My Space.  These days, it doesn't get any more mainstream than My Space.  Major corporate giants such as ABC News and KIIS FM are spreading the buzz.  My Space is a force to be reckoned with, and it's here to stay.

In order to celebrate and pay tribute to this new artistic movement that is sure to revolutionize the field of arts, humanities, and hopefully even politics as well, L.A. Indie Scene will be selecting the best music videos, short films and songs on the web to showcase them at its first annual film & music festival set to take place in December 2006. 

Furthermore, thanks to L.A. Indie Scene’s recent affiliation with the online broadcast site Rebolextv.com, the event will be streamed live on the net for the whole world to watch simultaneously. It will be a night of live indie rock performances alternating with short film and music video screenings.  Awards from local and corporate sponsors supporting independent art will be given out to participants throughout the evening.

For more info on submission guidelines or any other details pertaining to this event, please visit L.A. Indie Scene’s official website at www.laindiescene.com or L.A. Indie Scene’s profile at My Space at www.myspace.com/laindiescene. You may also email a query letter to request submission guidelines at submissions@laindiescene.com.

L.A. Indie Scene
Glorianna Arias