Wednesday, August 15, 2007

HollyShorts ’07 Recap

What a thrilling weekend we had at the HollyShorts Film Festival. It was a great three day event. It was capped off by our surprising film, "Honey, I'm Home" winning the Audience Choice Award for Day 2 of the festival.

The fest kicked off Friday night at Club Nacional in Hollywood with Adrian Grenier's "Euthanasia" opening the festival.

For those who would like a picture.

We have a lot of photos from the festival that we look forward to sharing with you. Hopefully very soon. We are waiting for the pics to come in. Once we have them, we will probably post them in a long photo blog for you.

Over the two days of the festival, it was amazing how many filmmakers attended. The list included Michael Attardi, Tony West, Justin Liberman, Jason Roberts, Alex Ferrari, Karen Dee Carpenter, Jim Grollman, Phil Allocco, Shawna Baca, Brandon Maxwell, and Leah Meyerhoff. Even with all these names, I am probably leaving over half the amount of directors that were on hand for the festival. That's a pretty powerful list of filmmakers of who have been doing big things on the independent scene.

As mentioned previously, I was interviewed by Damon Campbell who is doing a documentary on this past weekend's HollyShorts Festival. I was also interviewed by Ourstage who was the premium sponsor of the event, and I was interviewd by Steven Buchsbaum from

Look forward to sharing those interviews with you when they become available.

Sunday was a day powerpacked with films and a business superpanel who's topic was "Packaging, Promoting, Marketing and Distributing Your Project in the Digital Era" The panel was Moderated by Stuart Altman, Vice President, Film Industry Network. The Panelists: Mark Stoloraff, instructor, No Budget Film School; Story analyst for Imagine Films Entertainment, CBS, Anschultz Film Group and Participant Productions Peter Russell; Entertainment Power Lawyers Greg Bernstein, Law offices of Greg Bernstein), Paul Battista, Esq., Partner, MindFusion Law Corporation and Mychal Wilson, Esq., Partner, MindFusion Law Corporation.

The panel got pretty intense and was quite informative. It's great having nuts and bolts commentary like this within the course of the festival.

Big Announcement - News is coming very shortly about an agreement to do my first music video. The video will be produced by myself, David Branin, and Vincent Martinez. The same duo behind "Honey, I'm Home"

For those of you who attended the festival and even for those who didn't. Sunday featured almost 8 hours of short film programming. Great films from all different genres. Somehow, within all of that, our 5 minute film won over the audience. It was amazing to cap off the festival at the awards ceremony and hearing "Honey, I'm Home" being called out as the Audience Choice Award Winner. It is an honor we were not expecting. There were so many impressive films that it is hard to believe we would walk away with such recognition. We just want to say congratulations to all filmmakers on hand for putting out great work and we want to thank HollyShorts festival directors Daniel Sol and Theo Dumont for running a first-class event on all levels.

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