• Chuck Marra

A Wider Stage

For smaller, more intimate theatres, like LARTC, the era of just being able to survive with just stage plays, is behind us all. Playing on a wider, bigger stage is a necessity in these times. There is no other choice but to play on a national or international stage, if we want to keep doing small intimate theatre.



So, in efforts to do just that, we developed the eighteen short scripts through our Monday night class, and rehearsed each with our members until we all felt they were ready to be shot. Then last year we shot 15 short films, mostly between September and December, and spend the rest of the year editing them. We are very pleased with how they turned out. Twelve of them are posted on our website.


Recently, we began submitting them to film festivals, and we are very fortunate to be accepted into many of them. We have submitted five films and they are now in nine film festivals around the world: New York, Los Angeles, Scottsdale, and Moscow. We are thrilled to say, that we have four films in the Culver City Film Festival in December.


This has made things hectic for us. With a very limited crew, we have been rushing to keep up with the pace of it all; making press kits, posters, DCP'S (digital cinema projection) to exhibit the films.


Next week, Itty Bitty Committee, The Holiday Dance and Late Great Mom will all be celebrated, along with many other inspiring films, at the Culver City Film Festival. The long, highly-concentrated, very intense work we have all done all year is paying off. The last two week in particular, have been a whirlwind, but I can finally say that LARTC is now moving closer to our new goal of playing on a wider stage.


2019 will bring a whole slate of new films to the table. Our next play will start developing in January and go up in June at the Hollywood Film Festival again.


We want to thank everyone for being a part of it all, and most of all for their hard work and support and love.

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