Tuesday, August 23, 2005

HollyShorts 2005 Deemed Successful! Below are images and details. All photos courtesy of Jenn Tomczyszyn photography.

Golden Ratio capped off HollyShorts 2005 with an amazing musical performance. Pictured here are the band members with the HollyShorts co-founders

Friday, August 19, 2005

HollyShorts Short Film Fest featured in Studio City Sun this week!
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Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Rufus Dorsey, Director and Writer of "Dick (The Short)," Winner of HollyShorts 2005 Best Short Film Award

DICK (THE SHORT) BIG WINNER AT HOLLYSHORTS! (You can view the trailer by clicking here)
Congratulations to Rufus Dorsey, Director Writer and Producer of "Dick (The Short)" for taking home the 2005 HollyShorts Best Short Film Award. Dorsey was awarded a $150 gift certificate courtesy of The Writers Store.

The Audience Choice Awards were presented by Indiepix. Saturday's winner was "Bluff Point," written and directed by Kelly Rigg and Natashia McGough. Sunday's Audience Choice Award went to "The King of K-Town," written by Aaron Caine and Michael Moeller and Directed by Aaron Caine. The winning short films also win the option to be in the HollyShorts Compilation DVD, which will be available on Indiepix, an online community devoted to independent filmmaking.

Congratulations to all of the weekends big winners!

Brett A. Simmons, Director of Husk , addresses the crowd at HollyShorts 2005

HollyShorts 2005 Festival attendees mingling during an intermission

HollyShorts opening night party-goers at The Bungalow Club

Justin Liberman, Writer and Director of Y Nada Mas; Actor Peter Mark Vasquez; Andrew P. Waruszewski, Director of Photography and Producer Brooke Dammkoehler

Theo Dumont, Co-Founder of HollyShorts; Robert McGee, C.S.A. and Dan Sol, Co-Founder of HollyShorts

Dan Sol (left), Co-Founder of HollyShorts with Aaron Caine, Writer and Director of The King of K-Town and Theo Dumont, Co-Founder of HollyShorts


Actor Michael Sandy with Writer/Director Justin Liberman

Dan Sol of HollyShorts with Daniel Dreyfus of Passionate Marketing and Theo Dumont of HollyShorts

Monday, August 15, 2005


HollyShorts, Short Film Festival Comes to an End With "Dick (The Short)" Taking Top Honors

Robert McGee, C.S.A. Addresses Filmmakers During Q&A Session On Independent Film Casting

23 Short Films Screened From the U.S., Poland, Canada, India and U.K.

HOLLYWOOD, CA AUGUST 15, 2005---The inaugural HollyShorts, Short Film Festival came to a close last night at The Space Theatre in Hollywood with top honors of HollyShorts Best Short Film going to "Dick (The Short)," Directed and written by Rufus Dorsey USA (13 minutes). The event, which took place August 13-14, showcased 23 short films, 30-minutes and under.

Robert McGee, C.S.A. participated in a Q&A session with the standing room audience, giving young filmmakers insight on casting for independent films. The official opening short film for the event was "Y Nada Mas," Directed and writen by Justin Liberman, which debuted at Tribeca earlier this year. Liberman participated in a discussion with the audience after the screening. The closing short film, which was showcased at Sundance earlier this year was "Husk," Directed by Brett A. Simmons. Simmons also gave advice to the filmmakers in attendance.

"We were thrilled to showcase the best short films from around the world," said Daniel Sol, festival co-founder. "Having industry experts such as Robert McGee participate at HollyShorts was an honor. We look forward to next year's event."

The opening night private party took place at The Bungalow Club on Melrose, with over 200 directors, writers and film enthusiasts in attendance. The Audience Choice for Best Short Film on Saturday, August 13 went to "Bluff Point," Directed and by Kelly Rigg and Natashia McGough USA (2 minutes and 22 seconds). The Audience Choice for Best Short Film on Sunday, August 14 went to "The King of K-Town," Directed by Aaron Caine and written by Aaron Caine and Michael Moeller. The night came to an end with a special musical performance by local act Golden Ratio.

About HollyShorts
HollyShorts, Short Film Festival is an annual short film festival showcasing the best and brightest short films from around the globe. HollyShorts is devoted to the advancement filmmakers through screenings, Q&A sessions and networking events. The HollyShorts Film festival showcases the top short films produced 30- minutes or less. For more information, please visit www.hollyshortsfilmfestival.blogspot.com.

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

HOLLYSHORTS 2005 Schedule!

Opening night party: The Bungalow Club 7174 Melrose Blvd. TIME: 8p.m.

Special Panel: Sunday, August 14 at 3:30 p.m. Q&A Session with Casting Society of America

Festival Awards Presentation sponsored by The Writers Store, Sunday, August 14 TIME: 5:30p.m.

Closing night cocktails, Sunday, August 14 TIME: 6p.m.

Special Musical performance by Golden Ratio, Sunday August 14 TIME: 7:15p.m.

Saturday, August 13, 2005

3 p.m. Wine, cheese, registration and cocktails in lobby of The Space Theatre
3:30 p.m. Welcome to Holly

4p.m. Screenings
OFFICIAL OPENING FILM sponsored by STASH DVD MAGAZINE: Y NADA MAS (19 minutes) Directed and written by Justin Liberman, Y Nada Mas, which debuted at Tribeca earlier this year, is a cinematic tapestry of four vignettes depicting the Mexican-American man and his place within our society. Writer/Director Justin Liberman threads dialogue and visceral imagery through four simultaneous stories of the Mexican culture. Centered around the human spirit, all four stories are perceived through a prismatic context utilizing simplicity as a metaphor for life's most meaningful moments. (This film is not in competition)

THE LONER Directed and written by Patrick Kirk Gillock THAILAND (5 minutes). A comedy about a man who loves to be alone. What happens when the ultimate loner falls in love? The answer might surprise you.

A SHORT FILM ABOUT STILLNESS Directed and written by Martin Clarke UK (4 minutes and 30 seconds). A moment of choice---to move on, or to stay still? To be held back or to break away? Also, a train journey.

RUNWAY JOB Directed and written by Alex Alba USA (30 minutes). This documentary tracks three individuals and their different goals in organizing and executing a New York City fashion show. As we follow the event planner, fashion designer and runway model, during the development stages of the fashion show the characters overcome
various obstacles to set up and produce a monumental event.

LOVE MATH Directed and written by Kent Carpenter Zambrana USA (10 minutes). Based on actual events, by way of couplings, coincidence and interconnections, a young man retraces the variables between his dream girl, an ex-girlfriend, a former football star, an amateur pornographer, two sisters, a recluse with a speech impediment, and his mortal enemy. But, if love factors into this equation, how does it all add up?

AN EYE FOR AN EYE Directed and written by Natalie Shy USA (11 minutes and 45 seconds). A teenage girl copes with disturbing memories and the on-going trauma of her abusive father.

FINAL STATION Directed and written by Tomasz Piech POLAND (30 minutes). A seemingly normal train ride through the Polish countryside takes on elements of the sixth sense surreal as Piotr, a painter, now an old man and protagonist of the film sees his life’s sweetest and saddest moments in a series of flashbacks. .

BLUFF POINT Directed by Kelly Rigg, written by Natashia McGough USA (2 minutes and 22 seconds). A reality show hoax goes wrong when the groom to be of an engaged couple enlists his unaware fiancee onto "Scare Factor," to obtain $10,000-for their wedding.

LEMON GRASS Directed and written by Avinash K. Lalwani INDIA (24 minutes). A young man and his friends run into some unforeseen circumstances and end up engaging in a tightly night party in a jail cell.

PLANET FAR AWAY Directed and written by Paula Moreno USA (18 minutes). A 10 year old boy decides do look for his missing father with his pet turtle after he has a confrontation with his mother about his fathers where-abouts.

Sunday, August 14, 2005
Screenings 2pm

IMAGINE Directed by Colin Orr and written by Chris Ayala USA (13 minutes). The story of a little boy with a big imagination.

TRIBUS Directed by Ledit RenArt MONTREAL, CANADA (4 minutes and 53 seconds). A riveting documentary collage with controversial footage.

"DICK" (THE SHORT) Directed and written by Rufus Dorsey USA (13 minutes). Daryl is a "big-time" player. But there's just one problem---his fiancé. After years of cheating on her, his karma has finally caught up with him.

MAN, WHERE'S MY SHOE? Directed by the young women at the Aviva Center and Directing Mentor Rachel Goldberg USA (22 minutes). Switzerland Harris takes a strange journey through the halls of her new high school after waking up from class to discover that one of her treasured shoes has treasured.

BROKEN Directed by Alex Ferrari and written by Jorge Flores Rodrigues and Alex Ferrari USA (19 minutes). A gun blast, a flash of light, and a young woman awakens to the comfort of her own bed. Bonnie Clayton has it all, a great relationship, a challenging career, and the burden of a dream that grows more vivid and disturbing with each passing night. But when Bonnie is abducted by a sadistic stranger and his colorful entourage, she discovers that the key to her survival lies within the familiar realms of her recurring dream.

A VOID Directed and written by Justin Woiwode and Ray Skinner USA (3 minutes and 33 seconds). Breathtaking visuals and edgy animation propel a man through a nightmare.

THIRST Directed and written by Joseph R. Hunt USA (14 minutes). Would you give a man dying of thirst a peanut butter cracker?

MERLOT Directed and written by Matthew S. Morris USA (12 minutes and 20 seconds). Miriam's reality is shattered when she finds out her friends love story is not about her.

DOLLS WITH ISSUES Directed and written by Frederick Taylor USA (8 minutes). In these turbulant times the voice of reason is plastic. Host Jerome X interviews the late great Sigmund Freud, reincarnated in his doll form. It's the Activist vs. the Analyst in a witty spoof of issue oriented talk shows starring dolls.

VAMPIR Directed by Conrad Haber and written by Aaron Johnson USA (8 minutes and 35 seconds). One man's soul seeking the truth is forced to choose between what he was and what he has become-for what are we but victims to our own divine purpose.

THE KING OF K-TOWN Directed by Aaron Caine and written by Aaron Caine and Michael Moeller USA (19 minutes and 4 seconds). Bikes rule...will he?

TWO APARTMENTS AND A HALLWAY Directed and written by Michael Prkic USA (13 minutes and 30 seconds). Oh, I just love jigsaw puzzles.

Official closing short film, presented by New York Film Academy: HUSK Directed by Brett A. Simmons, and screened at this year's Sundance Film Festival's Shorts program, Husk is a 27-minute short film. Four men, a stalled car, corn fields and scarecrows. Is that a house in the distance?

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