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About Us

     Our story is actually your story.  You come up with an idea that you can become a filmmaker or a writer or both.  You spend a lot of time figuring out that no one really wants to help you except for maybe your grandmother and so its off you go to the races.  But then you realize that no one wants to fund your million dollar extravaganza and you're back to square one.  Well, not quite.

     Almost twenty years ago people just like you began putting together showcases, screenings, seminars, parties and all the rest to celebrate film, scripts and art.  One of those shows became the Action on Film Festival and Writer's Celebration, another became The Hollywood Dreamz Film and Writing Competition and still others came aboard until we had every type of festival on the best screens, in the most amazing theaters with luxury seating, advanced sound systems and of course premium hotels.  See, to us, you're bigger than the 'Big Boys' and we put our money behind what we say by providing everything from low submission fees, longer screening times, more liberal judges and of course an atmosphere unlike any other film event in the world.

     Come see why our shows have been rated in the Top 2% of ALL festivals running year after year.  Come meet actual celebrities, buyers, distributors and other producers who aren't your grandmother - as sweet as she is-.

Low To Now is the brainchild of Bryan Martin and Antonio "Huggy Bear" Fargas.

 

Mr. Bryan Martin: Bryan is a filmmaker's filmmaker. He is a hands-on director/producer, and is a key element of his projects from start to finish. His knowledge of filmmaking is, by far, amongst the best. In 2016, Bryan was ranked number 17, out of the top 100 indie filmmakers in the world, in the book “Indie’s Top 100 Filmmakers.” It is presently available on iTunes. He is President and CEO of BCMfilms.com, a film production company based in Sacramento, California. 

 

Bryan is very well-versed in film festival operations. In addition to attending countless festivals the world over as a filmmaker, Bryan had made his way every January for a number of years to Sundance Film Festival, where he serves as the festival's Special Theater Operations Manager. Bryan decided several years ago to start a new festival focused on returning to the original intent of independent film festivals - namely, true independent film. He and his partners founded Velvet Rope/Sutter Creek International Film Festival in 2016, and now, in 2018, they have made jump to Las Vegas. The sky is the limit!

Antonio "Huggy Bear" Fargas: A tall, lanky and twinkle-eyed African-American actor with wonderful onscreen charisma, Antonio Fargas has been appearing on stage and screen for nearly 40 years. His film debut was in Shirley Clarke's The Cool World, a gritty, uncompromising tale about African-American youth growing up in Harlem, New York. He then made his acting presence felt in many "blaxploitation" films of the early 1970s, including the classic Shaft, the Mafia flick Across 110th Street, the ultra-violent Pam Grier vehicle Foxy Brown and the classic tale of Huckleberry Finn.

Around this time ABC-TV executives were looking for a capable actor to play the role of golden-hearted street informant "Huggy Bear" on Starsky and Hutch, and Fargas scored the role with which he is most closely identified. His career continued to flourish after "Starsky and Hutch" wrapped up after four years, and he has appeared in over 50 movies to date, many TV shows and numerous stage productions. He has played a 90-year-old witch doctor in "The Great White Hope", was in Melvin Van Peebles' "Ain't Supposed to Die a Natural Death", and appeared in productions of "The Rainmaker", "The Emperor Jones" and "Dream on Monkey Mountain". A strong advocate of the strength and diversity of African-American culture, Fargas holds positions on the boards of Rhode Island's Langton Hughes Center for the Arts and The Martin Luther King Center of Newport.