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RESfest founder Jonathan Wells has launched a new film fest

My college classmate Jonathan Wells has always had a good feel for what's new and captivating in the video arts. Back in the day, he had a local cable access program that showcased indie rock videos, local art, and other cool stuff of interest in the visual arts. A few years later, he founded the RESfest, the roaming digital film fest that has long been a must-attend on my social calendar.

This morning, I received a note that he'd moved on from the RESfest to start a new film festival, Swerve, with West Coast flavor. They're open for submissions through August 8, so get crackin'!

    I'm excited to let you know about a brand new festival that I'm directing and that is being produced by my new company Flux. After ten years at the helm of RESFEST, it was time for a change.

    Inspired by art, film, music and action sports, Swerve Festival celebrates west coast creativity and culture. The festival is a brand new initiative of FUEL TV and will include screenings of independent feature and short films, music videos and live music performances. A Swerve art show of original art installations is being organized by Beautiful Losers co-curator Aaron Rose. Todd St. John and Gary Benzel of HunterGatherer have designed the festival logo and are creating the visual identity of the festival.

    I'd like to invite you to get involved. Submit a film, music or art project or just join us for the last weekend in September in Los Angeles.

    Swerve Festival
    September 28-30, 2007
    Barnsdall Art Park, Los Angeles

    We are seeking innovative films and videos from around the world for the film programs.
    Entry Deadline: August 8, 2007 (postmark deadline)

    For more information visit:

    Please join the festival mailing list on the Swerve site if you'd like to receive programming updates.

    Jonathan Wells