Idyllwild CinemaFest 2014 has a new man at the helm this year, Scott J. Foster.
The multi-talented Foster has a background in dance, singing, acting and writing. His credits include a stint on Club MTV, a Michael Jackson video, commercials, numerous acting gigs and an award-winning short film, “Success Driven,” that he wrote and produced. Coincidentally, Foster’s film was an entry in ICF 2013.
A native New Yorker, Foster did what many young actors do; he packed up everything and moved to Los Angeles on the advice of a director with whom he had auditioned.
“I got my butt kicked in LA. Everything that could have gone wrong did.” To make ends meet, Foster waited tables. “I actually waited tables at the Academy Awards,” he said. Foster also managed a trendy Malibu restaurant, the Carbon Beach Club, David Geffen owned. “Somehow, even while working 60 hours a week at the restaurant, I still managed to crank out a screenplay that was a finalist in an international screenwriting contest. Things were going pretty good but I needed to get out of LA for a minute — somewhere nice and quiet and creative. One of the servers at the restaurant tells me about the place where he grew up, a place called Idyllwild.” The rest, as they say, is history.
Foster made contact with former ICF Director Steve Savage and the two decided to meet. “I had no idea what would come of it,” said Foster. Soon after, Foster, with fiancée Annie, had had enough of LA. “It was one of those mornings; the dumpster in the alley was too loud, the smog, the chaos. I just had to get out of there.” The two moved to Idyllwild in July of last year and will soon welcome a baby boy.
Asked about ICF 2014, Foster explained, “There is something about our community that is very special and unique. I think our first objective is to create an environment that attracts the filmmaker and the filmgoer. We might not have someone as famous as Brad Pitt in attendance, but last year we had a filmmaker who came from Iran. His flight probably cost more than the entire budget on his film. That’s a very special thing. Everyone was in tears at the end of his film. This is the kind of thing we’re looking for — to take the spirituality of Idyllwild and let that be the magnet.”
Passes for local attendees are $25 for all-access. Foster hopes to create a party-like atmosphere for ICF 2014. “I look at it this way; membership has its privileges. I see a velvet rope at the entry to ICF events with a person at the door checking lanyards. It’s not your average day. People should want to be there. I want the whole city to be excited, to breathe film.”
Foster’s hope is that “through ICF people discover this wonderful town. We want them to come here and write, create music. You can do it here and not hear a car horn. That’s why I was drawn here.”
ICF 2014 will be held Jan. 7 to 11. “Our fifth year will be the best yet,” promises Foster. “With filmmaker and actor awards, seminars and great parties, ICF 2014 will live up to its reputation as the greatest little film festival on earth.”
Category: On The Town