The film festival series will begin this September in Southern California
“Face to Face,” an award-winning film from Australian director Michael Rymer, will be the first film to debut as part of Mousetrap Films’ monthly film series Film Festival Flix, the company announced on Monday.
“Face to Face,” adapted from a play by David Williamson, portrays a young construction worker (Vince Colosimo) charged with assaulting his boss. He must then defend his actions in a conflict resolution meeting in front of a group of community members.
It won awards at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, Newport Beach International Film Festival and Michael Moore’s Traverse City Film Festival.
Film Festival Flix is a monthly film series that will screen films from various festivals that did not receive distribution. Mousetrap has bought all media rights to assorted films of that ilk, and will select two or three films a month to screen across the country in 25 different theaters for the series.
“People who love the idea of a film festival or didn’t get a chance to go to one can come out for one evening a month and discover new films that must meet a standard of excellence,” Benjamin Oberman, CEO of Mousetrap Films, told TheWrap.
FilmFestivalFlix will also host the films on its website, making them available for purchase or streaming.
“Looking at iTunes, Amazon and Netflix, I wish there was one central place to find independent films, search for films and discover something recommended,” Oberman said. “This lets everyone quickly and easily dicover them.”
For the first month, MouseTrap has selected “Face to Face” and “Expiration,” a South African thriller directed by Alastair Orr. Both films will be shown at the festival’s premiere at Leammle theaters in North Hollywood and Pasadena before traveling around the country to cities such as New Orleans.