Costa Mesa, CA, March 24, 2014 – The 2014 Tribeca Film Festival most recently announced a lineup of 58 short films, including Life After Manson, directed and written by Vanguard University alumna, Olivia Klaus `99. Selected from over 3,000 film submissions, Klaus’ film is alongside Academy Award-winning shorts chosen from 16 countries, including Australia, Austria, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Iceland, India, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Scotland, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.
Klaus’ film, Life After Manson, is an intimate portrait of one of the world’s most infamous crimes and notorious killers. At 21-years-old, Patricia Krenwinkel callously murdered three people at the command of Charles Manson. Now 66-years-old, she continues to be demonized by the public and haunted by the suffering she caused over four decades ago. Through an exclusive interview with Krenwinkel, Life After Manson offers a provocative character study that reveals a broken woman struggling with her past, her arduous effort to evaluate the cost of her choices, and the possibility of self-forgiveness.
Olivia Klaus `99, who studied in the department of communication at Vanguard University, is also an award-winning documentary filmmaker, and the creator of films that study issues of human rights, incarceration, poverty, and domestic violence. Her work has been seen on CNN, HLN, Discovery, Showtime, MTV, and The History Channel. Klaus was also listed by Pixel Project as one of the “2010 Top 16 Influential Leaders in the Movement to End Violence Against Women.” The Cleveland International Film Festival raves, “the impact of Olivia’s filmmaking is immeasurable.”
The Tribeca Film Festival, where Life After Manson will make its world premiere, was founded in 2002, as a response to the attacks on the World Trade Center. The festival’s founders focused on the economic and cultural revitalization of Lower Manhattan through this annual celebration of film, music and culture. Since the inaugural festival, Lower Manhattan has become a thriving cultural and economic center.
“This year our popular New York Shorts program is comprised entirely of world premiere documentary shorts, so it, too, has a different flavor than in years past,” said Sharon Badal, Director of Short Film Programming and Initiatives.
The 2014 lineup also features performances by Danny DeVito, Sally Hawkins, and voiceovers by Sigourney Weaver, Steve Buscemi, and Fred Armisen.
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