Friday, November 21, 2008


3-D Indie Film Expo - Nov. 24th in Paso Robles California

The first-ever
3-D Indie Film Expo

took off into the far reaches
of the dimensional universe
Monday, November 24th, 2008 in the historic Park Ballroom,
in beautiful downtown Paso Robles, California.

Here's Eric Kurland, our esteemed Technical Supervisor and Projectionist with one of the tools of the independent 3-D film maker's trade, a twin-HD camcorder rig.

The five-hour event began with a 1-2PM social hour featuring a liquid dark Swiss chocolate fountain and various dipping items presented by artisan chocolatiers, Herrmann's Chocolate Lab paired with a nirvana-invoking Cabernet Sauvignon and other vintages by award-winning Central Coast winemakers, Vina Robles

While attendees were sipping wine paired with liquid chocolate, the gypsy jazz stylings of The Tipsy Gypsies, a phenomenally talented band led by Forrestt Williams (at left), whom are undoubtedly destined for movie soundtrack greatness entertained the crowd.

Attendees taste buds were further pampered with tri-tip steak bites, bruschetta, fried/stuffed mushrooms topped with melted cheese, garlic bread, and sodas & bottled waters served throughout the event courtesy of our generous food and beverage sponsor, F. Mclintock's Saloon and Dining House

Unique 3-D visual displays were placed about the Ballroom satisfying everyone's deep space appetites.

At 2:00PM, the 3-D Indie Film Expo began the first hour of award-winning three-dimensional documentaries, comedies, dramas, extreme sports, music videos, and innovative animated shorts by visionary American and international filmmakers realized through high-definition stereo polarized projection. Glasses were provided.

At 3:00PM we paused for intermission and began our second wine tasting sponsored by Rotta Winery featuring one of their mouthwatering ports (simply delicious when paired with Herrmann's chocolate fountain and dipping items), along with a red and a chilled white wine.

Then, acclaimed 2-D and 3-D Director of Photography, Paul Taylor dazzled our eyeballs with a fascinating high-definition 3-D video demonstration.

Next up: "
The Desktop 3-D Revolution" panel discussion on do-it-yourself 3-D moviemaking was moderated by 3-D film historian and author, Ray Zone and featured film makers, Eric Kurland, Tom Koester (seen here behind the camera on the set of "Slow Glass"), and John Hart.

After a short break, Paul's demo was followed by a 60-minutes of short 3-D films from around the world, some of which premiered in front of North American audiences for the first time.

The day's celebration came to a glorious close with a 45-minute networking and social mingle period where attendees re-energized their dance groove with The Tipsy Gypsies as they performed infectious interpretations of the legendary Django Reinhardt / Stephane Grappelli & Hot Club of France along with their own original compositions.

To learn more about the 2008 event and the 2009 3-D Indie Film Expo, go to .

Best Wishes, Abe

Abe Perlstein, Founder / Producer 3-D Indie Film Expo at the Paso Robles Digital Film Festival .

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