The Locals

May 14, 2014, I had the pleasure to meet with four local filmmakers, Chris McGilvray, Doug Farrris, Eric Ressler and Matt Steele to talk about the Santa Cruz Film Festival presentation, The Locals. This event featured six local filmmaking teams that each had 15 minutes to discuss their work and filmmaking. The event took place at the Nickelodeon Theatre on May 15th. The hope is to do a quarterly event for the Santa Cruz Film Festival where we turn the spotlight to the talented pool of local filmmakers.  

Doug Farris is a Director/Producer at Ghost Hand Films and Founder of Ghost Hand Productions. Based in Santa Cruz, Ghost Hand Productions has grown from its post-production beginnings to become a full service production company. Ghost Hand now operates three video editing suites, an audio post-production suite, recording studios and rehearsal spaces, all within blocks of the Pacific Ocean in Santa Cruz’s beautiful Westside.

Matt Steele and Eric Ressler are self described design geeks interested in cutting-edge technology, and describe themselves as designers, storytellers and strategists. Their company,Cosmiccreates smart brand experiences for the digital world and beyond.  If it’s experimental & innovative, they want to check it out.

Beth Gummere

The President of the Board of Directors at Santa Cruz Film Festival, Beth Gummere came into KZSC, October 30, 2013 to talk about the upcoming 12th event.

This Santa Cruz Film Festival is like never before. The opening is November 7, 2013 and runs through the 10th changing from usual Spring to Fall schedule. Plus with 40 plus movies showing, there are a bunch of fun events planned.

The Opening Night Party is at the Museum of Art and History (MAH), on Friday night, November 8 from 7:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. the festival gets retro and hosts a Roller Disco Party at the Santa Cruz Roller Palladium. Then, Saturday November 9, the dudes abide at The Big Lebowski Party at the Pacific Arts Complex. Celebrating the classic Coen Brothers film with a costume contest, music, full bar, mini bowling and screenings of The Big Lebowski. This party is 21+.

To hear our interview, please click on the grey button below:

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Dixie Mills, Sandra Risser & Dana Sumnar-Pritchard – Santa Cruz Fringe Festival

On July 10, 2013, the Director of the Santa Cruz Fringe Festival, Dixie Mills, and participating artists Sandra Risser and Dana Sumnar-Pritchard came into KZSC with Nada Miljkovic about the 2nd annual Santa Cruz Fringe Festival. Sandra Risser is performing an interactive comedy show that she wrote and directed entitled, Act 1: Miss your Ex? Reload and Fire Again. Dana Sumnar-Pritchard is performing a show that she wrote entitled Boobs and Hope.

Dixie is the Director for this 10 day festival that brings together over 30 art groups for over 150 performances beginning July 11th and ending July 20th. There are seven venues for the festival: The Tannery  World Dance and Cultural Center, the 418 Project, the MAH, Louden Nelson, Motion Pacific, and Center Stage.

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Elizabeth Gummere


On May 7, 2012, Santa Cruz Film Festival President, Elizabeth Gummere came onto Artist on Art to talk this great annual event that brings scads of filmmakers, directors, actors to Santa Cruz for rollicking fun ten days.

This is our eleventh festival and runs May 10-19, 2012. Here’s a PDF with the list of movies and showtimes.

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Rocky Romano, Chris Renfer, & Thomas Hill of The Go Big Project

From the Go Big Project, Film Producer-Rocky Romano and recent UCSC graduates from the Film and Digital Media program, Senior Editor-Chris Renfer and, Assistant Editor-Thomas Hill came into the studio about their latest projects particularly their feature length documentary Ruffo.

Ruffo is about local surfer, Anthony Ruffo, who has had some challenges with addiction. Anthony is facing a potential five-year prison term for alleged distribution of methamphetamine. Last year, Ruffo voluntarily checked himself into the Clear Mind Healthy Planet treatment center, in New York.

“I have filmed Anthony through this journey and can honestly say that I have some of the most compelling and amazing footage that I have ever captured. The end of this story is yet to be determined. I hope that this film will serve as one of the most effective anti-drug use documentaries ever made”, says filmmaker Rocky Romano.

The movie screened in rough-cut to a packed udience at the Rio Theatre May 14, 2011 as a part of the Closing Night Awards Ceremony of the Santa Cruz Film Festival. Their intention is to complete the editing in time for late September Sundance Film Festival submission and after the final court date of their main character.

If you want to see some the of content from the Ruffo – The Film, August 16th, at 10:00pm on HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel will feature their work.

Almost exactly a year ago, Rocky came onto Arist on Art to talk about his projects and filmmaking particularly Riding a Wave, a great short. How quickly life changes. Little did he know he was going to get bitten by the Ruffo bug.

To hear our show, please click on the play button below.
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Here’s a quick movie we took right before the show:

Denise Gallant – Artist on Art Guest for May 4, 2010

Long time Santa Cruz local videographer and UCSC and KZSC alumnus, Denise Gallant came into the radio studio for the May 4th live broadcast to talk about the 9th Annual Santa Cruz Film Festival. There are a lot of happenings around the SC Film Fest such as all the events including parties, the programs, and the films.  “It’s not just a festival, it’s an experience.” We had a lot to talk about including her former DJ years at KZSC and her long and illustrious video artwork.

This is the first year for Denise to be on the Santa Cruz Film Festival Board.  She has previously presented her movies in the Festival.  She has two in this year as well, Last Call for Alcohol with music by Kevin Shine and God’s Radar – Live in Philadelphia with music by one of the oldest singing groups in the US, Dixie Hummingbirds.


Denise started her path studying at UCLA film and quickly moved to the new media at the time video due to it’s cost.  She then came up to UCSC (Kresge) to study and began creating electronic music and interactive video/audio synthesizers. She worked with electronic music composer Gordon Momma and built a electronic video audio modulator.  The mechanism’s claim to fame was its usage in the Christopher Walken and Natalie Wood movie, Brainstorm.

Denise was one of the first individual female DJ at KZSC back in the early 70s.  There was the women’s collective Breakfast in Bed (Betsy McNair talks about this KZSC Collective on the Artists on Art  3/9/10 show).  She had an experimental rock show that also included poetry that ran on Friday nights at 10pm.  Somewhere in the KZSC station is a video she made of that time. She says that these were some of her best times.  This was also where she met her husband. She shared that she interviewed Brian Eno and Robert Fripp on her radio show.

After her stint up in the redwoods, she returned to her hometown of LA to work as an editor at NBC as well as being the first VJ (1980-1983).  After which, the trees called her back and she’s been in home in Santa Cruz ever since. Along with continuing her film-making and helping the SC Film Fest, Denise teaches digital video editing at Cabrillo College Digital Media Department.


Access to Denise Gallant’s work can be found on YouTube at Video4dvd.

If you missed the live broadcast, you can listen to our show in entirety by clicking on the triangle below.[audio:].

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