Bryan Cranston, Blair Underwood Lead Hollyshorts Film Festival Jury

Bryan Cranston, Blair Underwood and Jennifer Morrison will lead the jury for this yr’s Hollyshorts Movie Pageant.

They are going to be joined by Stephanie Lang, Joanna Quinn, David Dastmalchian, Adaku Ononogbo and Jeremy Swift.

Set to open Aug. 11 on the TCL Chinese language Theatre in Hollywood and nearly by means of the BITPIX platform, the pageant will display screen a variety of brief movies together with Steve McQueen’s prostate most cancers documentary “Embarrassed,” starring Idris Elba, Ben Proudfoot’s “Mink!” in regards to the first lady of shade elected to the U.S. Home of Representatives, and Rory Keenan’s “Bump,” starring Gemma Arterton.

Additionally screening on the opening evening are Frank Chi’s “38 and the Backyard,” Mike Kearby’s comedy “The Drawback with Time Journey,” Tara Westwood’s “Triggered” starring Isiah Whitlock Jr. and Robert John Burke, “Coral Amiga’s “Crosshairs” and Evan Miller’s “Ideas and Prayers,” which options Adrianne Palicki and Zachary Levi.

In the meantime Russell Goldman’s “Return to Sender” – which stars Jamie Lee Curtis and Allison Tolman – will open the Epic/Dread Horror program.

In a press release, Curis mentioned: “On my sister’s sixty fourth birthday she was despatched strolling sticks. She requested me if I despatched them. I mentioned I hadn’t and it started a creepy odyssey of the place issues she had by no means ordered got here from. I shared that story with my director of improvement at Comet Footage and co-writer of our characteristic movie, ‘Mom Nature’ Russell Goldman and ‘Return to Sender’ was his response. Russell is a graduate of Wesleyan and the 2 of us admire a lot impartial filmmaking and the great alternative that shorts give filmmakers to inform tales in condensed kinds. As a producer, I’m significantly blissful and happy with Russell and this excellent effort made for nothing in a matter of days. Fortunately, Allison Tolman agreed that the story had advantage and a tense by means of line that made for an exciting Quick. She is sensational within the film and we’re very, very blissful it has been chosen because the opening evening movie.”

Hollyshorts programmers Nicole Castro, Daniel Sol and Theo Dumont mentioned: “It’s actually a pleasure to announce this yr’s official picks for HollyShorts as we embark on our 18th anniversary of the Oscar-qualifying pageant with two Academy Award winners this previous yr and 6 nominees. This yr, we’ve got a file of 41 nations represented within the official picks, which actually speaks to the worldwide impression brief movies are having. We will’t wait to share these extremely gifted brief movies at this yr’s pageant and thank all of the filmmakers who’ve submitted together with all of our wonderful workers and unbelievable sponsors for supporting us.”

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