December 1, 2010 was opening night for the Artivist Film Festival, and the entire event was located at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood, California. The festival was dedicated to increasing awareness of global issues, and opening night provided an uplifting experience.
The Artivist Film Festival concentrated on honoring artivists, described as artists who are also activists. The focus of the event was on international problems, and the Artivist festival selected films that centered on human rights, poverty, abuse, apathy, animals and the environment.
Many people were lucky to get free tickets for opening night at the Artivist Film Festival and ordered them months in advance from the website because they always run out. They waited anxiously for the evening premiere of “ReGeneration.”
The Egyptian Theater was a good choice for the venue, and opening night has always been crowded, but the courtyard at the Egyptian seemed to alleviate some of the congestion. People had to wait outside the theater for more than an hour while the red carpet was in progress. Sadly, many could not see any of the celebrities on the carpet because they were too far away. Michael Welch and Mark Christopher Lawrence were on the Artivist carpet. Eventually, everyone was allowed into the Egyptian Theater. With about 600 available seats, it was clear why the event was sold out, and the theater was filled to capacity.
“ReGeneration” was a favorite film at the 2010 Artivist Film Festival. It was directed by Philip Montgomery and narrated by Ryan Gosling. The crew and cast were on stage before the film started, and this documentary focused on three different groups of people and their daily struggles. The focus was on youth and apathy. After the film, there was a discussion with the director and a reception with a band. The reception spilled out into the courtyard, and there were a lot of conversations about “ReGeneration,” so the film sparked people’s interest in fighting apathy.
In general, many people considered the 2010 Artivist Film Festival to be a success. The events were sold out, the audiences were happy, and the films were inspiring. However, some did not like the arrangement of the films. Several films were being shown at the same time in the evening, but there were almost no events in the morning. This made it impossible to see all the films at the festival. Many wished they had not overlapped the events.
This year’s Artivist Film Festival was a great experience. The films were thought provoking and influential, and people left the 2010 festival wanting to change the world.