After an opening night ceremony hosted by Rainn Wilson and Tom Kenny (Dwight Schrute and SpongeBob SquarePants!), the FGFF crams over 50 films with positive themes and happy endings into three days at the Egyptian, making it an event that Festival Director Kristen Ridgway guarantees will leave audience members feeling better “100 percent of the time.”
Between 15 features, 31 shorts and 7 student films, the FGFF has so many good vibes that it’s like refilling your Prozac prescription without telling your doctor (or worrying about that whole medical fraud thing). And it’s not all cheesy stuff, either. While, yes, cartoons are on the schedule, the festival does not aim to screen G-rated or religious movies, just anything that counters the dark and depressing, moody philosophies going on in so many independent films.
So after a laughs-filled weekend of adult and kid movies from seven countries – including five world premieres – the Closing Night Gala will be one giant tribute to Jonathan Winters, culminating with a screening of Certifiably Jonathan, a “dadamentary” that follows the 80-year-old funnyman in his quest to have his work shown at the Museum of Modern Art.
So put away your demons, wear something floral print and bring your grandmother because the Feel Good Film Festival will melt all the negativity away just in time for school to pile some back on.
The Egyptian Theatre is located at 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles. For more information, visit www.fgff.org.