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PHOTOS TAKEN AT The 11th ANNUAL HOLLYSHORTS FILM FESTIVAL OPENING NIGHT CELEBRATION RED CARPET THURSDAY AUGUST 13, 2015

Article By: Marcelle - Aug• 14•15

PHOTOS TAKEN AT The  11th ANNUAL HOLLYSHORTS FILM FESTIVAL OPENING NIGHT CELEBRATION RED CARPET THURSDAY AUGUST 13, 2015

 

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Who: The 11th Annual HollyShorts Film Festival’s opening night celebration red carpet.

Where: TCL Chinese 6 Theaters, lobby Hollywood & Highland, 6801 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, CA 90028.

When: Thursday August 13, 2015.

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AFTER PARTY AT OHM

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Talent Confirmed

Opening Night Short Movies Talent

 “Warning Labels”

  • Josh Lawson (House of Lies)
  • Eric Christian Olsen (NCIS LA)
  • Karen Gillan (Dr. Who)

 “Weight of Blood and Bones”

  • Rose McGowan
  • Danny Trejo
  • Jason Patric 
  • Marisa Coughlan (Super Troopers)
  • Jeff Daniel Philips 
  • Director Chris Ekstein

 “Dissonance”

  • Carly Chalkin (Suburgatory)
  • Rami Malek(Mr. Robot)
  • Portia Doubleday (Mr. Robot)
  • Director Brian Fox

 “The Bridge Partner”

  • Sharon Lawrence
  • Robert Forster
  • Beth Grant(Mindy Project)
  • Peter S. Beagle(award winning author, The Last Unicorn)
  • Catherine Carlen (The Bridge Club)_
  • Director Gabriel Olson

Confirmed Special Guests:

  • Alex James (#1 Viner)
  • Gabbie Hannah (#Viner)
  • Scott Porter (Heart of Dixie, FridayNight Lights)
  • Don Most (Happy Days)
  •   Kevin Bigley (Sirens)
  •   Kate Cobb (Shameless)
  • Jon Foo (CBS Rush Hour)
  • Raquel Pomplun(Actress, Model, Playboy’s Playmate of the Year 2013)
  • Victoria Summer(Saving Mr. Banks, Transformers 4)
  • Jaylen Moore(Red Band Society)
  • Sarah Lynn Dawson (The Perfect Man)
  • Cynthia Stafford ($112 Million Lotto Winner, Entrepreneur Geffen Playhouse Board member)

HollyShorts 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 of filmmakers through screenings, Q&A sessions and networking events. The HollyShorts Film festival showcases the top short films produced 40 minutes or less. Categories include Short Animation, Short Live Action, Short Documentary, Music Video, Webisode, Commercials, Trailers, 3D Shorts, Youth Film and Digital Microbudget.

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HOLLYSHORTS UNVEILS STAR-STUDDED OPENING NIGHT Thursday August 13, at the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres

Article By: Marcelle - Aug• 10•15

HOLLYSHORTS UNVEILS STAR-STUDDED OPENING NIGHT LINEUP

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FEST OPENS WITH NEW CLIP FROM ELI ROTH’S THE GREEN INFERNO

The 11th installment of the upcoming HollyShorts Film Festival (August 13-22) is unveiling it’s star-studded opening night lineup today that will feature films starring Rose McGowan, Jason Patric, Sharon Lawrence, Rose McIver, Beth Grant, Robert Forster, Jennifer Morrison, Josh Lawson, Portia Doubleday, Carly Chaikin, and many more. The festival will also open with a new clip from 2009 HollyShorts Visionary Award recipient Eli Roth’s highly anticipated new feature film THE GREEN INFERNO from Blumhouse Productions, Universal and Focus Features. The film is being released in theaters on September 25.

HollyShorts opening night takes place Thursday August 13, which is taking place at the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres and OHM nightclub at Hollywood & Highland.

HollyShorts opening night celebration will feature the following short films:

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Chris Ekstein’s western short Weight of Blood and Bones starring Jason Patric, Danny Trejo, Rose McGowan, Mark Boone Junior, Noah Hardin, Marissa Coughlan and Jeff Daniel Phillips. Tickets Here

Gabriel Olson’s The Bridge Partner, written by acclaimed author Peter S. Beagle (The Last Unicorn) starring Beth Grant (Mindy Project), Emmy nominee Sharon Lawrence, Rebecca Brooks, Catherine Carlen and Robert Forster. Tickets Here

Warning Labels Directed by Jennifer Morrison (Once Upon A Time, Warrior, Star Trek), starring Karen Gillan (Guardians of the Galaxy), Josh Lawson (House of Lies), and Rose McIver (iZombie). Tickets Here

Dissonance Directed by Bryan Fox starring Leven Rambin (The Hunger Games ), Cindy Dolenc (Eyes Wide Shut), Lorraine Bracco (The Sopranos ), Henry Winkler, Yeardley Smith (The Simpsons), Carly Chalkin (Suburgatory), Nancy Travis (Last Man Standing), Perrey Reeves (Entourage), Kelly Preston, Devon Graye (Legendary ). Tickets Here

The HollyShorts opening sponsors are The Agency’s Sports & Entertainment Division and Dark Horse Wine.

Eli Roth’s THE GREEN INFERNO centers on a group of student activists traveling to the Amazon to save the rain forest. They soon discover they are not alone after crash-landing on a remote location, and are held hostage by a native tribe they set out to help save.

HollyShorts received a record 2,300 submissions from almost every continent this year. The overall Grand Prize winner of HollyShorts will take home a $15,000 cash prize courtesy of Zype.

The Weight of Blood and Bones was inspired by characters from Zane Grey’s Novels and tells the story of how the past of a legendary bounty hunter catches up with him and haunts the memories of his young son. The film is Produced by Stacy Ekstein, p.g.a. and Kevin Ragsdale. The Bridge Partner tells the story of a timid housewife who is jolted into a fight for her survival when she thinks she hears her new parter at a weekly bridge game whisper a shocking threat. Warning Labels is centered on 2 workers for the Center For Disease Control who meet for drinks, only to discover that love is the most hazardous thing of all. Dissonance explores the harsh challenges of a young man’s stale relationship and stalled career. As everything seems to be going nowhere, he must decide whether he will hold onto love or face the fear that moving forward may mean letting go.

Commented festival director Daniel Sol: “We are thrilled to open HollyShorts with such a star-studded and great lineup of short movies, it’s going to be quite a night and an epic week of incredible content! This year marks the biggest HollyShorts ever and we look forward to helping create opportunities for our filmmakers August 13-22 in Hollywood!”

Tickets to the 11th Annual HollyShorts Film Festival can be purchased on our website.

HollyShorts sponsors include:

All Short TV, Brickyard VFX, Color Space Finishing, Company 3, Creative Handbook, Crypt TV, Daily Motion, Dark Horse Wines, Delmay Partners, Diablo, Evil Slave, Film Radar, FilmLA, Final Draft, Greenleaf Gourmet Chop Shop, Ignited Spaces, Indi.com, Indievent, Jungle Software, Kim Ruggles Events, Law Offices of Clifford Lo Entertainment Law, Lightspeed EPS, Lyft, Mercury Production Report, Method Studios, New Media Vault, NYFA, OHM, Panavision, Philippe Catering, Pond5, Red Giant, Robertson Taylor Insurance, Script Pipeline, Shorts HD, Media Services,Simple DCP, Stage32.com, TCL Chinese 6 Theatres, The Agency-Sports & Entertainment Division, Uber, UCLA Extension, Women in Film, Zype, Hint Water, Production Hub, Monster Energy and Mama Shelter Hotels.

HollyShorts 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 of filmmakers through screenings, Q&A sessions and networking events. The HollyShorts Film festival showcases the top short films produced 40 minutes or less. Categories include Short Animation, Short Live Action, Short Documentary, Music Video, Webisode, Commercials, Trailers, 3D Shorts, Youth Film and Digital Microbudget.

CONTACT :

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COMING SOON! The AFM transforms Santa Monica November 4 – 11 at The Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel

Article By: Marcelle - Aug• 08•15

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ABOUT AFM

The business of independent motion picture production and distribution – a truly collaborative process – reaches its peak every year at the American Film Market. Over 8,000 industry leaders converge in Santa Monica for eight days of deal-making, screenings, seminars, networking and parties. Participants come from over 80 countries and include acquisition and development executives, agents, attorneys, directors, distributors, festival directors, financiers, film commissioners, producers, writers, the world’s press all those who provide services to the motion picture industry.

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Founded in 1981, the American Film Market (AFM) quickly became the premiere global marketplace where Hollywood’s decision-makers and trendsetters all gather under one roof. Unlike a film festival, the AFM is a marketplace where production and distribution deals are closed. In just eight days, more than $1 billion in deals will be sealed — on both completed films and those in every stage of development and production — making AFM the must-attend industry event.

The AFM transforms Santa Monica. The Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel is converted into a busy marketplace. All 21 screens on the Santa Monica Promenade and the surrounding community become AFM screening rooms for the entire eight-day event and six digital and video screening rooms are added just for the AFM.

Participants may view more than 700 screenings of approximately 400 films – 28 new films every two hours – the majority of them world or U.S. premieres. Titles range from big budget blockbusters that will be released by the major studios in the U.S., to lower budget art and genre films recognized at international film festivals, all destined for theaters and television around the world. With 8,000 attendees, 700 screenings, and the industry’s largest Conferences, the American Film Market continues to be the pivotal destination for independent filmmakers and business people from all over the world.

When:

2015: November 4 – 11
2016: November 2 – 9
2017: November 1 – 8

Where:

Santa Monica, California

The American Film Market is produced by the Independent Film & Television Alliance, www.ifta-online.org

NEW! AFM Launches “Carousel Cocktails” Networking Series

AFM will host the world’s filmmakers, producers and other industry professionals during four themed networking receptions at the historic Merry-Go-Round on the Santa Monica Pier. AFM’s Carousel Cocktails will provide you a unique opportunity to network with participants from across the globe.

Networking

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NEW FOR 2015: AFM will host the world’s producers and decision makers to four themed networking receptions at the historic Merry-Go-Round on the Santa Monica Pier. The AFM’s Carousel Cocktails will provide a unique and memorable experience as participants connect and relax at the beach.
AFM’s Carousel Cocktails will take place on November 7, 8, 9 & 10 from 5:00 to 7:30. Each reception will have a theme:
Genre Night– Saturday, November 7

Incredible Access. Unlimited Possibilities.

AFM offers you the opportunity to connect with more industry players in one week than you could see all year! The numbers speak for themselves. 8,000 industry professionals from 80+ countries. 1,000+ production companies. 400+ distributors. All on one beachfront campus. Don’t miss this once a year opportunity!

he AFM Conferences give attendees tremendous knowledge, insight, access, value and a rare opportunity to hear from the industry’s global thought leaders, decision makers and experts who all converge annually at the AFM.
The AFM Conferences will take place Friday Nov. 6 – Tuesday Nov. 10 and will include Conferences on Finance, China, Pitching, Production, Festivals and Distribution. From treatment to screen, it’s all covered!

Conference Location:
Fairmont Hotel, Starlight Ballroom – 101 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica AFM Campus Map
Doors & Will Call Open at 8:00am
Friday, November 6

Finance Conference
9:15am – 10:45am
Current Issues in Film Finance
Leading CEOs, filmmakers, financiers and executives converge to explore the state of independent film financing, emerging trends, where the money is and what the future holds.

Moderator
P. John Burke, Partner, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, LLP

11:15am – 12:45pm
Session TBA

Moderator
Joseph Chianese, EVP, Entertainment Partners
China Conference
2:30pm – 4:30pm
Producing in China
Leaders from China’s film industry will explore and reveal how producing in China can be different than the west. From talent and crews to culture and restrictions to the daily realities of producing and co-producing, everything will be covered.

Moderator
Clifford Coonan, China Bureau Chief, The Hollywood Reporter
4:30pm – 6:00pm
Marketing & Distributing in China
Unencumbered by legacy infrastructures and business models, Chinese companies are reinventing film marketing and distribution on a massive scale. The companies that are leading this revolution will share their visions and disclose what the future holds.

Moderator
Patrick Frater, Asia Bureau Chief, Variety
Saturday, November 7

Pitch Conference
9:15am – 10:45am
Pitching Essentials
A good pitch can get a bad film made while a bad pitch can leave a terrific project languishing on the shelf. Pitching is part art (it’s creative), part science (it needs to follow a tight script) and part sales (you have to wow them). Conference attendees will learn the essential rules and tools of pitching from the experts.

Presenter/Moderator
Stephanie Palmer, Founder, Good in a Room

Panelists
Tobin Armbrust, President, Worldwide Production & Acquisition, Virgin Produced
Cassian Elwes, Independent Producer/Agent
11:15am – 12:45pm
The 2-Minute Pitches
Volunteers selected in advance will pitch to a panel of Hollywood decision makers. They will give unvarnished feedback on each pitch – explaining what worked, what didn’t – and why.

Start preparing your AFM pitch now! Read AFM’s Pitching Essentials, prepared by Stephanie Palmer, AFM Pitch Conference Moderator and Founder, Good in a Room. To be considered to pitch on stage, you will need to submit a 2-minute video pitch. For details on how to submit your pitch, read AFM Pitch Conference Guide To Creating An Effective Video Pitch.

Sunday, November 8

Production Conference
9:15am – 10:45am
Producing for the Pre-Sales Marketplace

Moderator
Paul Hertzberg, President & CEO, CineTel Films, Inc.
11:15am – 12:45pm
Session TBA

Moderator
Richard Baker, EVP, Marketing & Creative Advertising, FilmNation Entertainment
Monday, November 9 – 9:15am – 12:45pm

Festival Conference
9:15am – 10:45am
Navigating the Festival Circuit

Why are festivals important? Which festivals should you submit to? What do festivals really want? Distributors and festivals will explore how to match your film with the right festival and reveal the do’s and don’ts of the submission process.

Moderator
TBA
11:15am – 12:45pm
Creating a Successful Festival Strategy

Once a film is an official festival selection, the work truly begins. How do you leverage the selection to achieve your goals – before, during and after the festival? A panel of producers, distributors and sales agents will share their successes and disclose how to build an effective festival strategy.

Moderator
TBA
Tuesday, November 10

Distribution Conference
9:15am – 10:45am
Working with Sales Agents

To reach the global audience, an independent producer’s best ally is usually their international Sales Agent. Our panel of experts will reveal how to find and work with the right Sales Agent.

Moderator
Clay Epstein, SVP Sales & Acquisitions, Arclight Films
11:15am – 12:45pm
Navigating the VOD Landscape: What Every Producer Needs to Know

VOD may soon be the primary source of revenue for independent filmmakers. Many see a future where all films are available worldwide and every film finds its audience. Producers, distributors and platforms will come together to disclose who is making money, how they are doing it and what the future holds.

Moderator
TBA
Additional Information
Speakers are announced as confirmed on this page.
Conference tickets may be ordered with or without an AFM badge. See Badges & Prices for more information
Meet the Festivals– Sunday, November 8
Micro-Budget Night– Monday, November 9
Closing Night– Tuesday, November 10
Premium badge holders (Industry Plus, Executive & Executive Plus) are invited to attend one Carousel Cocktail. The selection is made when the Premium badge is purchased.
Platinum badge holders are invited to all four Carousel Cocktails.

Incredible Access. Unlimited Possibilities.

AFM offers you the opportunity to connect with more industry players in one week than you could see all year! The numbers speak for themselves. 8,000 industry professionals from 80+ countries. 1,000+ production companies. 400+ distributors. All on one beachfront campus. Don’t miss this once a year opportunity!

CHECK OUT THE EXHIBITOR LIST
Five Days of World Class Conferences

Finance. China. Pitch. Production. Festivals. Distribution. Hear 100+ thought leaders from Hollywood and around the world. Make new contacts. Get answers. Learn what other filmmakers are doing. Discover new ideas you can use immediately to launch your film or grow your business/career. Get the most from your AFM visit with a “Market + Conference Badge”.

SEE CONFERENCES PAGE
NEW! One-Year Subscription to Cinando with Every AFM Badge

For the first time at any market or festival, every AFM 2015 participant will receive a one-year subscription to Cinando, the international online networking tool and festival database. Cinando provides its users with contacts, films, projects in development, screening schedules during major film markets and the Cinando screening room with “Market Catch-up” screenings.

BUY YOUR AFM BADGE TO GET ACCESS

REGISTER EARLY FOR BEST RATES!
For more information:
attendee home page; registration@ifta-online.org; 1-310-446-1095
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PHOTOS Taken at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery (LAMAG) located in Barnsdall Art Park.

Article By: Marcelle - Jul• 30•15

LAMAG Hosted the 2015 Los Angeles Juried Exhibition of Amazing Art. Most  of the pieces were  quite Fabulous! 

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To all the art aficionados out there: LA Variety Magazine attended the 2015 Los Angeles Juried Exhibition presented by the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery (LAMAG) located in Barnsdall Art Park.

SOME OF MY FAVORITES!

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The current exhibit presented over 120 pieces of art and installations created by artists in the
local community. The opening reception was held on July 26, 2015. Jurors Tomas Benitez, Fatemeh Burnes and Peter Frank awarded cash prizes to six artists from the works on display. The exhibit closes September 20, 2015.

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Chrystal McConnell won Best of Show for her conceptual art installation titled “Play Hard or Go
Home”. Erika Lizée won second place for an abstract wall hanging of acrylic on duralal, “…and
yet, things continue to unfold”. The third place win went to Antonio Pelayo’s pencil and paper
rendition, “Contemplation”. Djibril N’doye received Honorable Mention for a woodburning on
maple plywood titled, “Femmes Aux Eventails (Women with Fans)”.

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The Second Annual Highland Park Independent Film Festival (HPIFF) Opens October 8 and runs through October 11, 2015.

Article By: Marcelle - Jul• 25•15

HPIFF seeks filmmakers !

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HPIFF seeks filmmakers who have produced unique and captivating independent cinema and wish to screen their work in the Highland Park neighborhood of Northeast Los Angeles. The festivities and screenings for the 2015 HPIFF edition unfurl on October 8 and run through October 11, 2015.

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After delivering the first film festival in Highland Park history last October, the same team of filmmakers is at it again. These purveyors of independent cinema have opened the call for entries for the second annual Highland Park Independent Film Festival (HPIFF).

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HPIFF accepts films of any genre in the following categories: Narrative Feature, Narrative Short, Documentary Feature and Documentary Short. Awards will be given for Best Feature, Best Short, Best Feature Doc, Best Short Doc and Audience Award. HPIFF also has three exclusive awards for Best Cinematography, Best Musical Composition and the very special Humanitarian Award bestowed to an individual doing good for their community through the production or promotion of the art of film. Prizes will be awarded to all the winners.

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An opening night celebration and red carpet will launch the Festival on Thursday, Oct. 8th followed by two days of screenings at the historic Highland Theater alongside panels and networking mixers. A Sunday Brunch Awards Ceremony will conclude the Festival.

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Early submissions must be received by Monday August 1, 2015 and the
final date to submit is Tuesday September 1, 2015.

To submit your film, please visit www.hpifilmfest.com.

For more submission information, contact info@hpifilmfest.com.

For Press and PR including interviews, red carpet and press credentials, contact:

Marita De La Torre, marita@hpifilmfest.com, 310-871-3226
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Highland Park Independent Film Festival
Festival Producer
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marita@hpifilmfest.com
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