Thursday, July 12, 2007

HollyShorts 2007 Schedule Announced!

Friday, August 10, 2007

Opening Night Hollywood Premiere of Adrian Grenier’s “Euthanasia”Nacional (1645 Wilcox Ave)7:00pm-10pm
Red Carpet arrivals 7pmEuthanasia (Official Opening Film)Directed by Adrian GrenierUSA│17:00│Dark ComedyA coming of age dark comedy, which tells the story of Sam and Becky, an unfortunate accident forces them to grow too quickly and make some hard decisions about life and death.

Saturday, August 11, 2007
Cinespace Digital Superclub (6356 Hollywood Blvd)Lunch reservations recommended (323.817.FILM)


The Trainee

Directed by Craig RosenthalSingapore│ 8:00 │Comedy

A ‘trainee robber’ tries to hold up a 24-hour convenience store with hilarious consequences.

Girl Stars: Anita the Beekeeper

Directed by Vikash NowlakhaIndia│7:30│Documentary

Anita Kumari is a beekeeper in Bihar, India. When Anita was young, her parents did not want her to go to school, but Anita longed so much to go to school that she knew she had to find a way to pay for her education. Anita saw men in her village-keeping bees and decided to give it a try.

Live Love Work Play

Directed by Thomas AtanazioBrazil│5:00│Comedy

You have the power to change. Do what you believe and you will end up where you belong.

Freaks of Laughter

Directed by Jim GrollmanUSA│23:00│Documentary

Life can be serious business in some of the tougher sections surrounding LosAngeles. Some turn to drugs, others to crime and still others turn to Stand-Up Comedy. FREAKS OF LAUGHTER tells their story and the students who turned their life around. Cerritos Community College is the only Community College in California to offer an accredited class in Stand-up Comedy.

He Works in a Suit

Directed by Robert DaviesAustralia│7:00│ThrillerTwo strangers meet on the open road, both harbouring a different objective but unknowingly sharing the same destiny. online festival winner



Directed by Jackie LiaoUSA│5:20│Student-Animation

For a kid growing up in the suburbs, the truth can lie at the bottom of a fish tank.Life is just like dandelions. When the wind comes, they leave, but they won’t disappear. They are just going to a new place to start a new life…


Directed by Rob MeyerUSA│17:00│Student: Comedy

For a kid growing up in the suburbs, the truth can lie at the bottom of a fish tank.

Der Ostwind

Directed by Kohl GlassUSA│10:40│Student: Drama

In search of a worthy opponent, a German WWI ace accepts the challenge of a mysterious and seemingly invincible American pilot—only to discover the true price of honor.


Directed by Velvet Andrews SmithUSA│18:50│Drama

There are thieves among us… and then there are expert thieves. A charismatic criminal is on his way to becoming the most prolific bank robber in history. But a brilliant detective is determined to catch him. It’s only a matter of time before the two find themselves face to face - and they finally meet their match.


Directed by Alex FerrariUSA│5:00│Thriller

Cynthia, a young woman who is taken away by two psychopaths (Mr. Sugar and Otto) in the middle of the night to an old abandoned kindergarden. Cyn quickly turns the tables on them and soon the night becomes a cat and mouse mind game. While this drama is unfolding a lone figure watches from a close circuit monitor. Who is Cynthia and what the hell is going on in this twisted tale? World Premiere.

Women Against Domestic Violence

Directed by Jennava LaskaUSA│1:30 │Student: Educational

A PSA that shows the side of domestic violence that may not be seen to the naked eye.


Downwinders: The People of Parowan

Directed by Jake WhiteUSA│25:30│Documentary

An intimate look at the effects of nuclear weapons testing. The resulting damage and deaths have become a legacy for many southern Utah towns - including Parowan. The strength and will of the people to restore their community is an inspiring testament of the human spirit.


Directed by John ThompsonUSA│6:00│Student: Drama

A Gothic tale about a trapped housewife who breaks free from her overbearing husband with a very dull meat cleaver.

The Red Balloon

Directed by Michael OlesenUSA│3:34│Student: Drama

A young boy enlists the help of a balloon seller to send birthday wishes to his Mom - in the only way he knows how. A simple story of loss and longing.The FifthDirected by Ryan LevinUSA│14:00│ComedyFour friends struggle to find a fifth player for their weekly poker game.

The Frank Anderson

Directed by Dave Perkal, Written by Orit SchwartzUSA│12:53│ComedyFrank Anderson (Richard Riehle) has man-boobs. Insurance agent John Simon (Stephen Root) denies Frank’s reduction while approving Bobbie Lynn (Elena Lyons), enlargements. Dr. Brice (Jane Lynch), explains to John why he should approve the procedure, while strongly admiring his man-boobs. Frank and Bobbie hook up, pushing John to consult with Dr. Seales (Romy Rosemont) into getting a set.

3:00-3:30pm: Super Panel



Directed by Kirsten Strom

USA│16:16│Student: Drama

On a stormy afternoon, Avis dreams of becoming a blackbird.

The 1,000 Sides of the Moon

Directed by Varda HardyUSA│2:20│Drama

This poetic evocation calls us to see the depth of reality in our everyday world.

I Hate Musicals

Directed by Stewart SchillUSA│20:00│Comedy

A guy who hates musicals, is cursed to sing them.

The Sandman

Directed by Rich RagsdaleUSA│5:05│Drama

This short is a re-telling of E.T.A. Hoffman’s tale of ‘The Sandman’, and how the story inspired Sigmund Freud’s theory of ‘The Uncanny’. The film was created in the style of early German expressionist cinema.

Who Makes Movies?

Directed by Christopher LuccyUSA│4:44│Student: Comedy

continuation of the MPAA’s campaign against the illegal piracy of movies. In this installment, fluffer Randy Palmer discusses what piracy means to man with Hollywood in the palm of his hand.

Stone Savior

Directed by James MartinchekUSA│2:00│Student Animation

Devotion Will Forever Overcome Destruction.

Joseph Henry

Directed by Phil AlloccoUSA│12:30│Drama

Thoughts are only as real as you think they are.

69 Cents

Directed by Michael FitzgeraldUSA│5:00 │Student: Comedy

When two men having bad days collide in a liquor store, comedy ensues.


Sexy Thing

Directed by Denie PentecostAustralia│14:00│Student: Drama

On a dry suburban day, a 12 year old is caught between the conflicting worlds of family, friendship and imagination. Struggling to endure a confusing love, and longing simply to be seen, the child survives by transforming pain into beauty.

When We Were Bengs

Directed by Alaric TaySingapore│12:00│Comedy

Two mischevious brothers. One very suave bad gangster. Somebody is going to get a good beating…

The Shift

Directed by Chuck ParkerUSA│21:00│Drama

Who does a 9-1-1 Operator call when he has a problem? Jimmy Callahan is having a bad night in the Police Communications Center, his ex-girlfriend is stalking him, his Supervisor is threatening to fire him and the phone won’t stop ringing. Jimmy feels like he is drowning, but finds comfort in the voice of one caller.


Directed by Kun-I ChangUSA│5:00│Student: Animation

A film which utilizes captivating motion graphic images to tell a sparse yet lush story about a man who sees himself as a wall of graffiti.


Directed by Jason RobertsUSA│12:55│Thriller

An adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe’s classic short story ‘The Tell-Tale Heart’.

The Killer

Directed by David NelsonUSA│8:31│Comedy

The Killer may have finally found a place to rest

Sunday, August 12, 2007
Cinespace Digital Superclub (6356 Hollywood Blvd)Lunch reservations recommended (323.817.FILM)

12:00-1:00pm online festival winner


Directed by Illegal ArtistsMexico│8:32 │Drama

Jorge and Javier Aguilera, are brothers from Mexico City, who have beenco-directing films and television commercials for the past eight years. They are the founders of the directing collective Illegal Artists. 5:55, is the second of two short films they have directed together. Last year, the brothers completed a ten-minute film called “Round 5” which was a festival favorite and the opening short film for the 2nd annual HollyShorts Film Festival. Their first feature film together is a live action adaptation of the Japanese Anime “Kite”, which is set to go into production in Fall 2007.

Fortune Hunter

Directed by Thom HarpUSA│20:00│Comedy

When Arthur, a writer at a fortune cookie factory, accidentally sends a love letter to his ex-girlfriend into the printing press, suddenly every cookie at every restaurant reveals a piece of his broken heart.


Directed by Andrew WatsonUSA│ 2:59│ Experimental/Music Video

Bill Madden brings the worlds of film and music together with a metaphorical environmental warning alert. This compelling video raises questions, fusing art, social commentary, and music to spark debate on what it means to be alive and grapple with the consequences of environmental change. The video communicates the need to reverse the effects of climate change while there’s still time. The film is directed by Andrew Watson of Current TV, an interactive cable TV channel founded by Al Gore

Once Upon a Christmas Village

Directed by Michael AttardiUSA│15:00│Animation

timeless tale of love, a leap of faith and transformation, featuring various village characters that embody the archetypes of good and evil battling over what force will control their village and save the magic of Christmas. selection


Tomoko’s Kitchen

Directed by Shawna BacaUSA│17:15│Dramedy

When an apartment building’s security doors malfunction, a group of disparate residents discover how oven-fresh cinnamon rolls can change destinies.

When I Grow Up

Directed by Michelle MeekerUSA│6:39│Animation

Juxtaposes the boundless ambition of youthful expectations with the unpredictable, and sometimes tragic realities we end up living. An international team of 12 artists each bring their unique visions to a series of interviews with children and elders.


Directed by Tony WestUSA│22:40│Comedy

When a young dart prodigy upstages his daddy days before the big tourney, a conflict is born the likes of which Dartsville ain’t ever seen.

Morbid Curiosity

Directed by Cindy BaerUSA│5:30│Comedy

What would happen if your deepest, darkest thoughts came true, just by thinking them? In this dark comedy, a woman’s videotaped confession reveals a lifelong struggle to control her deadly ability.

The Drill

Directed by Joel DavenportUSA│14:59│Student: Drama

During a 1950’s citywide nuclear drill, three gradeschool boys learn to come to terms with the era in which they live.


Red Balloon

Directed by Justin LibermanUSA│15:00│Drama

World Premiere of acclaimed director Justin Liberman’s latest project. Liberman studied under acclaimed filmmaker Michael Mann for two years before making his award-winning directorial debut with “Y Nada Mas,” which opened the first annual HollyShorts Film Festival in 2005. “Y Nada Mas” was selected by Tribeca, swept Best Cinematography at the 2006 Malibu International Film Festival, and was an Official Selection to eight other international film festivals. Heavily influenced by such filmmakers as Francois Truffaut and Terrence Malick, Liberman’s sense of realism and portraiture was felt in his French New Wave cinema-influenced “Pretty Dead Flowers” which was featured at last year’s HollyShorts Film Festival.

Small Jeans

Directed by Julian WestUSA│16:00│Dramedy

‘Zoe discovers that before you can save the world, you probably haveto save yourself.’


Directed by Cristian PozoSpain│20:00│Drama

An underground love story. online festival winner

Alex Scott: A Stand For Hope

Directed by Larry MendteUSA│23:40 │Documentary

Thousands of children may live cancer free one day because Alex Scott lived. A little girl with a dream and a lemonade stand can do amazing things.

3:50pm-4:20pm: Superpanel


The Maxwell Multiple Climax

Directed by Brandon MaxwellUSA│29:36│Experimental

The Maxwell Multiple Climax is an epic instructional film with a mod retro-style that teaches men how to achieve multiple orgasms.

Twitch (OurStage May Winner)

Directed by Leah MeyerhoffUSA│10:00│Drama

A young girl fears her mother’s disability is contagious. Slamdance Grand Jury Prize winner and Student Academy Awards finalist.

Y Que Cumplas Muchos Mas

Directed by David AlcaldeSpain│13:00│Thriller

Horror in disguise of a social drama, a lot of blood and some birthday cake!

Honey I’m Home

Directed by David BraninUSA│5:34│

He cheated, she knows. World Premiere.


The Oates’ Valor

Directed by Timothy CahillUSA│13:30│Drama

Fourth chair trombonist, Boyson Oates, bends to his father’s will and quits the marching band to join the high school ROTC squad. After a failed attempt to run away with his neighborhood girlfriend, Boyson rolls the dice at reconciliation with his father.

Sam and Piccolo

Directed by Adam WalkerUSA│14:53│Animation

Everything is perfect in the isolated world of two friends until one is overcome by blinding greed.

Kabul Girls Club

Directed by Johnson McKelvyUSA│25:16│Documentary

The brave young women of Kabul struggle to form Afghanistan’s first women’s soccer league.

3 Pes Acima da Terra (3 Feet Above the Ground)

Directed by Andre DoriaBrazil│6:35 │ThrillerThe Sexually disturbed behavior of a married woman is captured by a camera 3 feet above the ground.


Directed by Dago RodriguezUSA│20:01│Student: Comedy

In an off-centered town north of London, In an orb about ten feet above ours, exists Wilbur. Baker extraordinare. Stutterer supreme. Unfortunately, for this thirty-something man, women are not flocking Love is his only escape… will he ever be free? In comes a little green package… in it, “the bean”…not just your ordinary bean, but a mail order bean that grows into something that promises to make Wilbur’s dreams come true…

Last Day of December

Directed by Bogdan ApetriUSA│15:00│Student: Drama

A man returns home to confront his past in this chilling tale.

Sarah & Dee

Directed by Karen Dee CarpenterUSA│19:47│Student: Drama

When you’re a kid they tell you that you can be anything you want. They lied.

Stomping Grounds

Directed by Rob SchroederUSA│22:00│Documentary

the story of a pioneering emcee, the Diabolical Biz Markie, and the places that made him…him. Spanning his childhood and early recording years, Biz takes us on a tour of his Stomping Grounds, showing us his favorite spots and revealing the many geographical influences and personalities that made this artist truly a one of a kind individual.
7:30pm: HollyShorts Awards
8-9pm: Awards after party

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