Episode Twenty-Eight: Tight Shortz Film Festival
Tight Shortz: Short Film, Music and Art Festival is a platform for emerging filmmakers, performers, and artists, to showcase their talent and display their work while helping financially distressed small businesses in local areas gain exposure. Twice a year, starting this July, the festival will be held in a different unique urban location, in and around Los Angeles. Join us as we speak with the founder of the festival, Dream Kasestatad, to hear the story of the events that led to the creation of this unique festival.
Dream Kasestatad grew up in Lubbock, Texas. As a young boy he was very influenced by his grandfather, Choochai Rittiluechai, who was a famous Thai Boxing Champion, and actor in Thailand. Dream spent most of his childhood training and competing in amateur boxing competitions, and carried his passion and discipline from boxing into his love for acting. At 21 years old he went to Tisch School Of The Arts, NYU to study theatre, with a focus on the Meisner Technique. After spending time training in NYC, he moved back to Texas to help with the family’s restaurant business, and in 2004 moved to LA. It wasn’t long before he started landing national commercials. Dream is the founder and director of a new film, music and art festival that is scheduled to kick off this summer called, Tight Shortz Film, Music, and Art Festival. Dream began Tight Shortz to empower artists to stop waiting for opportunities to happen, but rather take matters into their own hands, and create their own opportunities. Two weeks ago he took Lil C (So You Think You Can Dance), Miss Prissy (Rize), and Deuce (Step Up 3-D) to perform at Loyola Marymount University for the 40th anniversary gala for the African American Students at LMU, and Dance Marathon at UCLA for a pediatric AIDS fundraiser. Dream will be hosting events to promote the festival every month until the festival premiere in July 2010.