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8-year-old's film among L-Dub fest highlights

September 26, 2013

YellowBrix

Stella Martinelli, of Lake Worth, has too many hobbies for hermother to keep track of.

Certainly too many to wonder what she was doing taking hundreds ofpictures of her American Girl doll.

It wasn't until Krista Martinelli saw the four-minute stop- actionhome movie her daughter wove together from 501 pictures that shefully understood her 8-year-old's new interest in movie-making.

"I showed it to a couple of people and they said, 'Wow, this isreally good,' so I guess it was," Krista Martinelli said.

Good enough, it turns out, to be screened Saturday at the L- DubFilm Festival in Lake Worth.

The three-day film festival at the Lake Worth Playhouse's StonzekStudio Theater, which runs Friday through Sunday, presents newshort and feature-length films, music videos, acting seminars andis generally a venue for rising and independent filmmakers. Thisyear, more than 50 films will be screened, including films from asfar away as Australia and the Netherlands.

Among them are films that have already garnered national attention.

The short "SLOMO," which documents the life of a neurologist whogave up his practice to rollerblade along the boardwalk inCalifornia in what appears to be slow motion, won best shortdocumentary at South by Southwest

"Caris' Peace" is a documentary about budding actress CarisCorfman, who lost her short-term memory -- and her career -- whenshe had a brain-tumor removed, but eventually returned to thestage.

These films are balanced with light fare, such as "Evie Wants aBaby," a 10-minute comedy that debates the politics of children,and music videos. Acting and film seminars will include SouthFlorida filmmaker Billy Corben, who produced the documentaries"Cocaine Cowboys," and "The U."

L-Dub will even take a flier on a child such as Martinelli, whoshows promise.

"Young filmmakers are not treated as amateurs but people who arenew to the craft, and their work is encouraged," festival directorCharlie Birnbaum said.

She had been making short films for over a year with an iPod touchand an app she got as a Christmas gift.

But recently, aside from her four dance classes, ukulele lessonsand Girl Scout meetings, Martinelli started experimenting withstop-action films, set to Taylor Swift's "Red." Her film, "AmericanGirl Movie/Red," caught Birnbaum's attention when he watched hersubmission along with all the other films.

"These days when most animation is computer generated, it's mostrefreshing to see filmmakers use the time-consuming, more personaltechniques that stem from almost 100 years of great animationwork," Birnbaum said.

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L-DUB FILM FESTIVAL

When: Friday-Sunday

Where: Stonzek Studio Theatre, Lake Worth Playhouse, Lake Worth

Information: www.lakeworthplayhouse.org or 561-586-6410

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