Monday, December 26, 2005

HollyShorts Featured in The CSA Chronicle

The HollyShorts Film Festival and Co-Founders Theo Dumont and Daniel Sol were featured in the Fall 2005 issue of The CSA Chronicle along with Casting Director Robert McGee who participated in a Q&A session at the festival.

Success for "Toilet Paper"

Our Improv comedy has made headlines in recent weeks. It's debut on IFILM saw the film climb in IFILM's Top 20, peaking at 18 in the comedy list. Over 1200 people have seen the film and that number grows.

Check it out, What Happened to the Toilet Paper?

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Behold, Our New Logo!

Our new logo is finally here. We would like to thank Janna Magnusson for designing and putting the finishing touches on our new logo.

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

"What Happened to the Toilet Paper" climbs into IFILM's Top 50

Our newest film to IFILM is shooting up the charts. "What Happened to the Toilet Paper?" debuted in the Top 100 and has quickly moved into the Top 40 Comedy's on the site. Great start for our no-budget comedy. Thank you for your support. Our goal remains to get it into the Top 10. If you haven't seen it yet, it's not too late. It's a comedy that should provide you a few laughs.

Check it out, What Happened to the Toilet Paper?

Dumb Distraction Reviews Shoot-Out

Our latest review is from Dumb Distraction's Micah. Incredible review, here are some of his thoughts, "Hell, I generally hate sports movies, yet I found myself holding my breath as each man got closer and closer to scoring 15 points. Usually when I watch indie shorts, I go in ready to grant the actors and the filmmakers a certain level of slack, because they're new, they're inexperienced, and they're trying to make it in this big tough world. Well, I'm happy to report that no such slack was needed here."

Here is the full review, Dumb Distraction reviews Shoot-Out

Saturday, December 03, 2005

"What Happened to the Toilet Paper?"

Our long anticipated no-budget comedy has made it's debut on IFILM. "What Happened to the Toilet Paper?" is a story of 10 men and 1 toilet. It features our largest ensemble cast consisting of Mark Primiano, Tyshawn Bryant, Daniel Sol, Kevin Deen, Theo Dumont, Dan Westerman, Chris Cain, Brian Erzen, Liane Ojito, Tom Graham, and Chuck Santa Crose. It was shot by Paul A. Newman, edited by Rob Fiedler, scored by Chris Smith, Brian Smith, & Day the "Untouchable." It is written and directed by David Branin.

Click on the picture below to vew the film.

If you are having trouble, you can also watch the movie here, What Happened to the Toilet Paper?

Saturday, November 12, 2005

"Shoot-Out" Receives 9 out of 10 Rating

We have just received an amazing review from Canada's Greg Ferguson, "The Erudite Film Critic." We are working our way around the world. Here is a quote.

"Shoot-Out is a first-class independent short and hopefully an indication of greater things to come from Branin and Bryant."

For the full review, click here Shoot-Out(2005)

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

"Shoot-Out" Receives Official Selection from the "Eureka Springs Digital Film Festival"


"Shoot-Out" is an Official Selection to the Eureka Springs Digital Film Festival. It will be screened Wednesday November 9th at the Lucky 7 Rooftop Lounge. The night is dubbed, "Sports Night" and it showcases "Shorts, features & documentaries about Sports. Also featuring billiards, cards, darts, tasty adult beverages and other fun & games!"

For further details please visit the homepage,
Eureka Springs Digital Film Festival

Monday, October 31, 2005

World's Greatest Critic J.C. Macek III Reviews Shoot-Out and Gives it 4.5 Stars out of 5!

We are overwhelmed with the latest review of "Shoot-Out" by the man who refers to himself as the World's Greatest Critic. When we first contacted J.C. Macek III, he let us know his review standards, "It's my pleasure to review independent films, just so long as the makers respect the fact that my opinion will be honest and fair, and that it's understood that my writing style is primarily comical. In short, no hurt feelings intended."

Well, what did he have to say about "Shoot-Out?" This is just a snippet...

"I'm not being overly generous to tell you that Shoot-Out is a triumph, a surprising, well planned, well acted, well shot, well scored and well directed triumph. Shoot-Out is a prime representative of the very best kind of independent short film. It knows the story it needs to tell, and it tells it perfectly within the exact time constraints that it requires, without hubris or self-indulgence, but with one hell of a memorable beginning, middle and end."

For the full entertaining and MUST READ review click here,

Thursday, October 06, 2005

Shoot-Out DVD will be available soon!

We are busy working on the DVD day by day. It will include the original Black & White version and possibly two Color Versions. The additional features will inlude an audio commentary track, outtakes, the test film we made a week before shooting the film, footage from our Premiere and more. To ensure your Special 1st Edition DVD please e-mail us at with your reservation. We wil e-mail you when it becomes available.

Here are a few exclusive screenshots from the film.

Thursday, September 22, 2005

Critics Review Shoot-Out

Press has begun to roll in for our latest film, "Shoot-Out."

We would like to thank Duane L. Martin of Rogue Cinema who reviewed our film immediately upon receiving it.

He wrote an amazing review, here is an excerpt...

"I never cease to be amazed what people can do with home, semi-pro, and even prosumer equipment nowadays. Things that used to take tens of thousands of dollars, if not more, can now be shot and produced on a relatively miniscule budget. Just recently, shorts like Broken, Artie Saves the Hood, and now Shoot-Out have all really impressed me with the creativity and technical skill used to create highly memorable short films."

Here is the full review, Shoot-Out Review
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We would also like to thank Chad Connolly of MvMMDI ( and his prompt review of our film as well. A guy who admits he is not a fan of sports movies but really enjoyed our film.

Another fantastic review. Here is a quote...

"If you're interested in short films and enjoy a movie that will make you think (especially that ending), give this one a shot when it hits DVD."

Here is the full review, MoviesMadeMe

What People Are Saying About Shoot-Out!

"I was blown away!"
---------------------------Cam Montgomergy Jr.
----------------------------MJ Management

"This could be the start of something very big!"

"It was a great movie. Definitely the best that they've done."
---------------------------Benjamin Pratt
----------------------------Radio Producer

"The shots were amazing!"
---------------------------Kevin Deen

"Amazing! Really enjoyed it."
---------------------------Zokai Holmes

"The best short film I've seen in many, many years...
you guys did a fu*#ing excellent job!"

---------------------------David Murphy

"(Dave's) got a really good knack for telling stories and directing."
---------------------------Brian Erzen

"Unique and original...makes you think."
---------------------------Edward Spivak

"It was incredible film...this is going to
be something people are going to want to have in
their archives."

----------------------------Ray Ortega

Shoot-Out Premiere Photo Party

Daniel Sol, Actor and Co-Star of Shoot-Out.

Jenn Tomczyszyn and Mike Sandy enjoy something to eat at the Premiere.

Actors Frantz Durand, Daniel Sol, and Kevin Deen.

Sunday, September 11, 2005

Premiere Date set for "SHOOT-OUT"

"He was looking for a game, just not this one."

The Exclusive World Premiere of our newest short film, "SHOOT-OUT" is scheduled for this Saturday, September 17th at an undisclosed location in Glendale, California. Industry, media and friends alike will gather for this event. While we all sit poolside, the film will be projected onto the big screen around 9pm. Throughout we will enjoy catered food and beverage. For details please contact us at

For those of you unable to attend the Premiere, stay tuned for when the DVD becomes available.

Thursday, September 01, 2005

Holly Shorts Photo Minute

Writer/Director David Branin with Actor Alex Sol inside The Space Theater.

Actor Damon Campbell (Weekend GET AWAY!) and Actor Mike Sandy looking serious at the Holly Shorts Film Festival.

Wednesday, August 31, 2005

What Happened?

The Dream Regime's long awaited 4th Film is in the final stages of post-production and will be making it's way to the internet in the upcoming weeks. Entitled "What Happened to the Toilet Paper?" it's logline is 10 Men, 1 Toilet. Written and Directed by David Branin, this comedy has our largest cast to date, featuring actors seen in previous works such as Daniel Sol, Tyshawn Bryant, Kevin Deen, Chris Cain, and Theo Dumont. We can also watch for new performances from Mark Primiano, Dan Westerman, Brian Erzen, Thomas Graham, Chuck Santa Crose and Liane Ojito. The anticipation builds. Stay tuned for the announcement of it's World Premiere.

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Friday, August 19, 2005

Holly Shorts Photo Release

Here are some of our favorite photos from the Holly Shorts Film Festival this past weekend, August 13th & 14th. For all the details and for more pictures, please go to the official site: Holly Shorts Film Festival

Co-Founder Theo Dumont addresses the Holly Shorts audience.

Writer/Director Justin Liberman (right) and Actor Michael Sandy (left)

Party goers at the Holly Shorts opening night party at the Bungalow Club

Writer/Director Aaron Caine (middle) with Co-Founders Daniel Sol (left) and Theo Dumont (right)

Writer/Producer/Director Rufus Dorsey, Winner of HollyShorts 2005 Best Short Film Award


"Weekend GET AWAY!!" Surpasses Milestone

The latest Dream Regime film online has gone over the 500 Views mark. It has done this while maintaining a 5 Star or 4 Star rating. It was also the first of our films to recieve the honor of being an "IFILM Pick." The film stars Daniel Sol, Karen Worden, Damon Campbell, Kevin Deen, Theo Dumont, and Chris Cain.

You may view it here, Weekend GET AWAY!!!

It's not to late to see our earlier films either...
Pugnacious Assembly
The Humpalicious Bootay Bottle

Monday, August 15, 2005

Inaugural Short Film Festival a Major Success!

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 Filmmaker David Branin in front of 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

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Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Press Rolls In For HollyShorts!

With the main event less than a week away, it is impossible to keep up with all the press that HollyShorts is receiving. There is buzz all over town. Here are snippets.

"We are thrilled to present the brightest work from up and coming directors and writers," said festival co-founder Dan Sol. "Art is coming back to Hollywood, and we are looking forward to making HollyShorts an annual gathering, where the filmmakers can have their masterpieces showcased in front of their industry peers."

Anonymous Coward writes "HollyShorts, Short Film Festival to Feature 22 Short Films 30-minutes or Less From US, UK, Poland, Canada and Thailand
The Link: Inaugral Short Film Fest

Showcasing 22 of the best and brightest, indie short films from the U.S., UK, Poland, Canada and Thailand. The festival will kickoff with Y Nada Mas, a 19 minute short film from writer/director Justin Liberman, which debuted at the Tribeca film festival earlier this year and will close with Husk, a 27 minute short film from Brett Simmons, which was featured at Sundance.
The Link: Showcasing 22 of the Best

No gossip here folks, 'cause it's just too dull frankly. WHO cares what Ms. Hilton did with the Beverly Hills Valet Company...or who schnortenjumpekha'd who! Here - if you're in LA - you'll find some of the lesser known cool gigs an' stuff relating to the arts.
The Link: Holly Shorts


Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Holly Shorts Unveils 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 fiance. 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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Sunday, July 31, 2005

Tyshawn Bryant Headlines Guests at Premiere Of Showtime Comedy Series' "Weeds" And "Barbershop"

Actor/Producer Tyshawn Bryant and star of the upcoming movie,
"Shoot-out" headlines the group of celebrities found at the
"Weeds" and "Barbershop" Premiere. Others include Ice Cube,
Cuba Gooding, Jr., Barry Shabaka Henley, Kevin Nealon,
Toni Trucks, Dan White, Elizabeth Perkins, Omar Gooding,
and Mary-Louise Parker.

For additional photos of the event click here, Getty Images

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Saturday, July 30, 2005

We would like to Thank the Crew who made our Latest Short Film Possible

It wasn't unusual for our DP to find himself in a spot like this
during the shoot. Relentless worker and the man who helped lead
us from start to finish, Ivan Rodriguez.

Two warriors of our crew who rarely took a break, Sound/Boom-Op
Jesse Pinder and First AD Andy Brennan.

Make-up and Special Effect Artist Keith Beck
was on hand to showcase his expertise.

Key PA Kevin Deen was there to keep everyone happy
and looking good, including Actor Tyshawn Bryant.

Our set photographer and script supervisor Karen Worden

In the midst of this shot, you will find our
Mr. Do Everything, Mik Gin, wearing the striped shirt.

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