The 4th Annual Diamond in the Rough Film Festival will take place in Milpitas this coming Saturday, August 18, and Sunday, August 19.

Committed to championing the work of truly independent filmmakers, Diamond in the Rough seeks to do exactly what its name suggests: to find the standout gems among the many indie films being produced each year, from shorts to features to documentaries.

Moreover, the festival’s mission statement emphasizes its commitment to showing films on the biggest screens that its team can find, in open defiance of recent norms by which films are viewed on phones, tablets, and computers.

The festival’s executive director, Mark Schwab, and his team also work hard to secure widespread press and media coverage for their event, their screenings, and the many talented filmmakers whose work they showcase.

Schwab said by phone, “We are gonna show films you won’t be able to see anywhere else…We curate those films that are really original, really unpredictable, very outside the box, and will get an emotional reaction.”

More info on this year’s festival can be found here:

The Milpitas Beat will be attending, to provide on-the-ground coverage and review some of the movies being screened.

Also, the festival is providing our readers with a discount code of 20% off all screening tickets.

You can make an order through Eventbrite — — and use the code: MilpitasBeat



Eric Shapiro
Eric Shapiro is a writer and filmmaker. He is the author of six critically acclaimed fiction books, among them the novella "It's Only Temporary" (2005), which appeared on Nightmare Magazine's list of the Top 100 Horror Books, and numerous short stories published in anthologies alongside work by H.P. Lovecraft, Ray Bradbury, Stephen King, Chuck Palahniuk, and many others. His nonfiction articles have been published on The Daily Dot, Ravishly, and The Good Men Project. His first feature film, "Rule of 3" (2010), won awards at the Fantasia International Film Festival and Shriekfest, and had its U.S. premiere at Fantastic Fest. His second feature film, "Living Things" (2014), was endorsed by PETA (People For The Ethical Treatment of Animals) and distributed by Cinema Libre Studio. In 2015, he won the 19th Annual Fade In Award for Thriller Screenplays. He was a founding partner of Ghostwriters Central, a writing and editing firm which received positive notices from The Wall Street Journal, Consumers Digest, and the TV program "Intelligence For Your Life." Eric has edited works published on The Huffington Post and Forbes, as well as two Bram Stoker Award-nominated novels.

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