BY AUSTIN BURBRIDGE. LOS ANGELES (CINEMA MINIMA) — CineTel Films CEO — and Chairman of the Independent Film & Television Alliance (IFTA) — Paul Hertzberg will join distinguished guests who will speak at the 14th annual TromaDance Film Festival press conference, scheduled to take place at the 2012 American Film Market (AFM), at the Loew’s Santa Monica Beach Hotel, in the AFM Studio (behind the Ocean and Vine restaurant) at 11 o’clock in the morning of November 2.
Writer-producer-director Mark Neveldine — GHOSTRIDER: SPIRIT OF VENGEANCE, GAMER, the “Crank” series — is also a confirmed, inspirational speaker on the panel. The master of ceremonies will be the beloved American icon of porn, Ron Jeremy.
Founded in 1999 by Lloyd Kaufman — President of Troma Entertainment, and creator of The Toxic Avenger, and inspired by Trey Parker (“South Park”), whose first film CANNIBAL: THE MUSICAL! was a Troma release — TromaDance enjoyed ten successful years in Park City, Utah.
In 2010, a larger TromaDance came home to New Jersey, home of Tromaville and The Toxic Avenger. The response TromaDance received from the people of Asbury Park and the media was overwhelmingly positive.
Unlike mainstream festivals, TromaDance does not charge film makers to submit their films; entrance to all screenings is free and open to the public. There are no VIP reservations or preferential treatment regarding films, panels, or parties of any kind given. The organizers of TromaDance believe that films are meant to be seen, especially when it comes to new filmmakers. Art — in all its forms — is for the people.