The 16th Annual Hollywood Film Festival, presented by the “Los Angeles Times,” has unveiled its line-up of finalists for this year’s festival, announced today by founder and executive director Carlos de Abreu. The festival’s mandate is to discover embryonic filmmakers and its programming includes features, documentaries, shorts and trailers.
The Hollywood Film Festival, which takes place October 19-21 at ArcLight Cinemas, will open on Friday, October 19, with the feature “Garbage,” directed by Phil Volken, about society’s growing obsession with celebrity life when Cuba Gooding Jr.’s Oscar is found by two garbage men in Hollywood.
This year’s feature film lineup includes “CAROLINE AND JACKIE,” a drama by Adam Christian Clark that follows close friends who attempt to support each other and stars Marguerite Moreau, Bitsie Tulloch, and David Giuntoli; “THE SILENT THIEF,” directed by Jennifer Clary, and is the chilling story of Brennan Marley, a drifter who threatens to destroy a family’s unity by systematically displacing their absent son. The cast include Toby Hemingway, Frances Fisher, Kurt Fuller, Scout Taylor Compton, Cody Longo, Josh Pence, and John Billingsley; “I WILL FOLLOW YOU INTO THE DARK,” directed by Mark Edwin Robinson, starring Mischa Barton, Ryan Eggold, and Leah Pipes that follows a lost girl as she goes over the threshold into the realm of death looking for her new lover; “THRIFTSTORE COWBOY,” a film by Dustin Rikert that is a honk y-tonk love story about heartache, hope and redemption, and stars Barry Corbin, William Shockley, Kix Brooks, and Justin Deeley; “TWO JACKS,” directed by Bernard Rose, is based on Leo Tolstoy’s short story “Two Hussars” following a father and son through life, love, and living up to legends and stars Danny Huston, Sienna Miller, and Jack Huston. In addition, we are pleased that Leslie Zemeckis’ documentary, “BOUND BY FLESH,” will make its world premiere at the festival.
The short film lineup includes the world premiere of “HEAL THYSELF,” directed by Jeremy Dylan Lanni and starring Eric Roberts, Edie McClurg, Sarah Glendening, and Peter Jason; “LOVE, AT LAST,” directed by Alexander Jeffery, a film that follows a celebrity couple in the 1950′s as they try to hold onto their relationship that is hanging on by a thread and stars Aric Damm and Carrie Lee Patterson. We are also pleased to be showing short animation films that include “CADAVER,” a film by Jonah D. Ansell and starring Christopher Lloyd, Tavi Gevinson, and Kathy Bates about a cadaver that comes back to life to say goodbye to his wife but makes a discovery upon doing so; and the world premiere of “EXOIDS,” a film about a desert slug who ends up in Exoids-occupied Los Angeles and in a high-speed car chase that results in an epic showdown that is directed by Aristomenis Tsirbas and stars Robert Nelmes.
The trailers lineup includes “5 HOUR FRIENDS,” by Theo Davies; “BENEATH THE SURFACE,” by Mathieu Saliva; “LES MISERABLES,” featuring “I Dreamed A Dream,” sung by star Anne Hathaway and created by the team of Erin Wyatt, David Schneiderman, Gregg Jachens, Doug Smith, and Jesse Goodwin; and “LYNCHED SERIES: WHILE THE VILLAGE SLEEPS,” by Chloe Bellande.
The festival will close on Sunday, October 21, with the presentation of the “Hollywood Discovery Awards” to announce the festival’s winning films – Best Feature Film, Best Documentary, Best Short Subject, and Best Trailer.
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ABOUT THE HOLLYWOOD FILM FESTIVAL
The festival was created to bridge the gap between established Hollywood and the global creative community, as well as discovering embryonic filmmakers. This year will be our 16th anniversary and the Hollywood Film Festival will take place from Oct 18 to 22, 2012, at the ArcLight Cinemas in Hollywood. “The ultimate networking opportunity for filmmakers looking for a break,” says Variety. Some of our film finalists have been acquired by HBO, Miramax, IFC, and Starz, among other distributors, and filmmakers have secured agents, managers, and jobs. One of our winners, Craig Brewer (director of “Hustle and Flow,” “Black Snake Moan” and “Footloose”), was discovered by the Hollywood Film Festival(r) with the world premiere of his first film “Poor and Hungry.”
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