May 30th, 2011
“11:33″ Short Documentary Event
Please join us for an amazing evening of film, music, art and spoken word performances dealing with the powerful subject of healing through forgiveness.
Doors open at 7PM; with premiere screenings of the short documentary, 11:33; featuring Scott Devereaux, with original music composition by Michael Jost.
The screenings of the 10 minute piece will occur at 7:30, 8:15 and 9:00 interspersed by live music performance by the incomparable guitarist, Michael Jost.
Please join us in this unique, solar-powered venue, for a rare opportunity to experience original art, music, food, wine, and a story that will help to transform the world; all in one place!!
Electric Lodge - directions
1416 Electric Avenue
Event sponsored by KONCEPT FILMS; a KonceptualArt affiliate.
RSVP’s greatly appreciated!!! MINIMUM $10 Donation Suggested.
March 10th, 2010
Lake Arrowhead Film Festival
Since its inception in 1999, The Lake Arrowhead Film Festival has developed a reputation among independent filmmakers as one of the friendliest and most inviting film festivals around. For the 2010 festival, they have added a new element and will be seeking films made by or about Native Americans. KONCEPT FILMS is very pleased that their short film LIFE’S BLOOD has been accepted to this year’s festival.
The festival runs April 22-25, 2010 – please visit the official web site for further information.
December 17th, 2009
A Journey of Healing…
The most current short film produced by Koncept Films in support of TheACY Survivors Foundation depicts one man’s journey through the healing process. On the third anniversary of a tragic collision Scott Devereaux ran a marathon distance over the Santa Monica Mountains to honor the memory of an amazing young woman and to raise funds for charity. This is his story of healing and honor, remembrance and redemption, tragedy and triumph…
A personal note from Scott – “As a leader in TheACY Survivors Foundation, I know how lives can be forever changed by sudden tragedy. As a State-Licensed Investigator pulled into a deadly situation three years ago, I have become personally and acutely aware of how people can be healed and transformed through proper processing of such events…darkness to light…lead to gold. This is my tribute to Barbara and the Galvao family…”
View the video on YouTube
“A Journey of Healing…” is part one of a series of short documentary clips depicting the healing process. The next installment will include interviews and additional footage delving deeper into the process of re-entry into the world after devastating loss. This series is being utilized to raise awareness and support for TheACY Survivors Foundation and for children, individuals and groups everywhere affected by tragedy. Our intent is to lift up and instill hope into the hearts of many. Please join with us and together we can heal the world!!
Thank you for all your support!!
December 9th, 2009
Robert Mirabal Nominated for Third GRAMMY
Two-time GRAMMY award winner Robert Mirabal has been nominated for the third time in five years for his newest CD Johnny Whitehorse Riders of the Healing Road on Silverwave Records. Johnny Whitehorse is a character creation of Robert Mirabal, and the album was co-produced with Larry Mitchell, who is nominated for the second time.
As a follow-up to their 2008 GRAMMY award-winning Totemic Flute Chants, Riders of the Healing Road celebrates healing practioners from around the world. In equal parts soothing and meditative, rhythmic and joyful, Riders of the Healing Road takes Mirabal’s message of connectedness to the earth to a new level of international collaboration—focusing on gifted healers and those who seek healing.
Arrangements and instrumentation follow the successful formulae of the first two Johnny Whitehorse CDs with an array of Native flutes, tribal percussion, guitar, keyboards, digeridoo and select vocals. The album also features many world music influences—gongs, bowls, exotic string instruments and Sufi singers—and flows seamlessly from one musical moment to the next.
“I’ve always been fascinated by the medicine men and women I’ve met on my travels,” says Mirabal. “In ceremony they have taught me the healing of one is the healing of all, and encouraged me to collaborate with my music. Ultimately, music is my healer.”
The Native American Music category was initiated in 2001 and Mirabal won his first GRAMMY in 2006 as part of an ensemble recording Sacred Ground. Mitchell won his GRAMMY in 2008 for Totemic Flute Chants. The 52nd GRAMMY Awards will be telecast January 31, 2010 on CBS.
October 11th, 2009
34th Annual American Indian Film Festial
“LIFE’S BLOOD” A KONCEPT FILMS INDEPENDENT SHORT FILM MAKES IT’S SAN FRANCISCO DEBUT AT THE 34TH ANNUAL AMERICAN INDIAN FILM FESTIVAL
Starring Michael Horse (“Passenger 57”,“Twin Peaks”), Alan Tafoya (“Deadliest Warrior: Gladiator vs. Apache”,”The Lost Child”) and Introducing Tschetan
San Francisco (October 23, 2009) – LIFE’S BLOOD, the short prequel to the full-length feature film BLOOD INSTINCT, is a searing portrait of a young urban artist battling with his addiction to crack cocaine. In the midst of self destruction, he fights for the salvation of his spirit, while losing the physical grip of his reality. LIFE’S BLOOD screens at the American Indian Film Festival at 7:00pm on Saturday, November 7, 2009 at the Landmark Embarcadero Center Cinema, One Embarcadero Center, Promenade Level, San Francisco, CA. Tickets are $8.00 general admission and $7.00 for students and seniors. Call 415.554.0525 to purchase tickets in advance with Visa or MasterCard. Tickets are also available at theater on day of show. The 34th Annual American Indian Film Festival runs November 6-14, 2009 in San Francisco. For more information visit the festival website at www.aifisf.com.
LIFE’S BLOOD was directed by Karen Criswell of Koncept Films, produced by Terri Farley-Teruel with original score composed by Grammy-award winning American Indian musician and composer Robert Mirabal, and musical partner Paul Fowler. Shot in December 2009 and released in June 2009, LIFE’S BLOOD received its first award nomination for “Best Social Commetary” at the ACTION ON FILM FESTIVAL in Pasadena, California. Attending the screening of LIFE’S BLOOD on November 7th will be director Karen Criswell and actors Tschetan and Alan Tafoya.
ABOUT THE AMERICAN INDIAN FILM FESTIVAL:
Founded in 1975, the American Indian Film Festival® is the oldest and most prestigious festival of its kind in the world. It is a unique and genuinely a Native American media presentation—founded and produced by American Indian people. The Festival takes great pride in showcasing documentaries and feature films that come from the heart of Indian Country, enabling us to support the work of current, new and emerging Native American filmmakers. For many, the Film Festival is an important stepping stone to other Native theme festivals, theatrical venues, or additional media opportunities.
September 1st, 2009
Lifetime Movie – Georgia O’Keeffe
KONCEPT FILMS composer and long time supporter ROBERT MIRABAL will appear in the original LIFETIME motion picture “GEORGIA O’KEEFFE” airing Saturday, September 19th with encore presentations on September 20th and 22nd. Check our event calendar for local times.
GEORGIA O’KEEFFE stars Joan Allen, Jeremy Irons, Henry Simmons, and Ed Begley Jr. Visit the Lifetime movie site for more information.
July 12th, 2009
Action On Film Festival Selection
LIFE’S BLOOD has just been accepted to the Action On Film Festival in Pasadena, CA which runs July 24-31, 2009. The AOF Festival was recently rated one of the top 25 festivals worth the fees by Movie Maker magazine.
Nominated for the Best Social Commentary Award at the AOF Fest, LIFE’S BLOOD portrays the story of a young urban artist, and his internal struggle while battling his addiction to crack cocaine. The screening will be Saturday July 25, 2009 -4:00pm at the Academy 6 Theaters, 1103 E. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91106.
Check the festival website www.aoffest.com for tickets and addition information. And don’t forget to vote!
October 23rd, 2008
Elevate ‘08 Film Festival
Koncept Films’ Karen Criswell, and associate, Terri Farley, attended the Elevate ‘08 Film Festival at the Nokia Center with Shaun Crawford, and Rick Kline from Crawford Multimedia. The event was attended by approximately 6,000 people, was a huge success, and garnered attention for directors with socially conscious shorts: narratives, documentaries, music videos and commercials. This is an amazing festival that deserves even greater attendance next year. Stay tuned for updates next summer for Elevate ‘09!
October 11th, 2008
That’s A Wrap!
Production and Post Production have been completed on the short prequel film, LIFE’S BLOOD. Koncept Films’ production team out did themselves; crafting a powerful and poignant story of addiction. The film is currently being submitted to film festivals worldwide. “Our belief is that LIFE’S BLOOD will generate interest in our feature film, BLOOD INSTINCT, once investors see the quality we were able to create with limited resources”, says director, Karen Criswell. “There was a community of unique artistic voices that found common ground on this piece in a way that showcased their talents. We want to express our deepest gratitude to all the individuals and organizations that made this project possible, especially the Jicarilla-Apache Nation and FDE, Inc”.
September 9th, 2008
Life’s Blood Prequel
LIFE’s BLOOD written by Karen Criswell (monologue by Tschetan Esser) is officially in pre-production. The short “prequel” film is an ethereal story of the struggle between creativity and addiction. A slice of time in the mind and imagination of Luis Molina, a young immigrant, struggling to claim his creative voice in the world while battling his addiction to crack cocaine. Through the artistic images he creates we get a glimpse into his soul, and the poetic war raging inside his spirit.
The film is slated to shoot in November 2008, and will star Tschetan Esser, Michael Horse, and Alan Tafoya. Project to be filmed on location in Los Angeles, and in New Mexico on the Jicarilla-Apache reservation.
May 18th, 2008
Blood Instinct Promotional Teaser
Koncept Films is pleased to present a promotional video of their upcoming project BLOOD INSTINCT scheduled to begin production in Fall 2008 or Spring 2009. Producer/Director for the project, Karen Criswell, invites everyone to view the promotional video by visiting the “Development” portion of this site. Click on the link at the bottom of the page to visit our development pages where you can watch the video and read more about this and other exciting projects here at Koncept Films. To receive additional information about happenings here at Koncept Films, sign up for our email distributions in the “Contacts” section of the site. As always, your feedback is important to us so let us know what you think.
March 1st, 2008
New Website Launched
Koncept Films is pleased to announce the launch of their new website. Executive Director Karen Criswell describes the site as a constantly evolving means of communicating the news, events, projects, and people associated with Koncept Films. ‘The motion picture industry changes rapidly and its important to share information in a timely manner’ said Karen, ‘our new website will allow us to do this more easily’. The website was developed and will be maintained by Key Focus Media, LLC ( www.KeyFocusMedia.com).
April 4th, 2007
Alan Tafoya Attached
Koncept Films announced that Alan Tafoya has been attached to play the role of “Hector Tafoya” in their upcoming film BLOOD INSTINCT scheduled for production in Fall 2010. In BLOOD INSTINCT, Alan will portray Tribal Police Chief, Hector Tafoya, who is seeking the truth about a massacre on the reservation.
February 21st, 2007
Tamlyn Tomita Attached
Acclaimed actress, Tamlyn Tomita, has signed on to play the role of “Lily Trujillo” in the upcoming feature film, BLOOD INSTINCT, written by Franklin Mark Austin; feature film directorial debut of Karen Criswell for Koncept Films. Tamlyn has appeared in a long list of accredited film, television and theater productions to critical acclaim. Notable appearances include ONLY THE BRAVE, COME SEE THE PARADISE, DAY AFTER TOMORROW, JOY LUCK CLUB, and KARATE KID II.
December 15th, 2006
Robert Mirabal To Compose
Talented composer and musician, Robert Mirabal, is attached to compose an all-original score for the feature film project, BLOOD INSTINCT. Robert is an internationally recognized performer and multiple Grammy Award winning composer and musician.