Each year the festival selects an up-and-coming filmmaker to receive the Independent Trailblazer Award for pioneering in independent film. This year's honoree is Tracey Birdsall.
As an accomplished independent actor, producer, writer, vocalist and fitness enthusiast, Tracey has been a pathfinder on all frontiers of independent filmmaking. She has previously appeared in "The Young and Restless" and "Family Ties".
After sizzling the screen in "Tick Tock", a dark romantic thriller she produced, wrote, and starred in, Tracey received rave reviews, accolades and numerous top awards on the festival circuit. "Tick Tock" was hailed by acclaimed critic Paul Pritchard, Pulpmovies.com, as "one of the most memorable independent films of 2010".
Tracey currently has two films in production and five to be released this year. She Tracey will be Guest of Honor at the Temecula Independent Film Festival's Opening Night Gala on June 10, 6:00-9:30 pm.
For tickets, information and to volunteer, please visit www.tiFilmFest.org. This a private event, no tickets will be sold at the door.
The Temecula Independent Film Festival is a non-profit corporation dedicated to fostering and recognizing independent filmmakers. Organizers understand the special challenges of independent filmmaking and seek to recognize and support these resourceful artists.
Award-winning independent filmmaker, Gary Vinant-Tang is festival founder and director. A festival veteran, he understands the importance for filmmakers to network and help each other. Gary is also a long-time Temecula resident raising four children there and has always wanted to bring the film festival experience to the community.
Since 2012, Mr. Vinant-Tang has contributed to the Temecula Valley community as volunteer founder and organizer of Temecula Actors and Filmmakers with over 180 members on www.meetup.com.