Day 1 Surprises


Yesterday I went to the first full day of HollyShorts programing. I was geared to stay all day (that’s what a “day pass” is for, correct?), but I forgot how intense consecutive film viewing can be, not to mention the Hollywood and Highland complex itself–tourists, Marilyns, and the rest of it. So I did my best and was very grateful for the 8 films I did see, all rich and riveting fare.

One of the films that struck me was “In the Pines” from Seattle-based production team, Zeek Earl and Chris Caldwell. Beautifully shot and imaginatively conceived, this atmospheric film probed the psyche of a young woman (beautifully played by actress Jessica Martin) and her other worldly callings.


Another moving short was “Paper Hallways” directed by Cody Stokes. This film chronicles that night following the firing of a lifelong high school janitor. The lead, Dennis Lebby of Saint Louis, Missouri, was particularly powerful and soul-stirring in his portrayal of the janitor at a turning point.

Congratulations to all the filmmakers and their dedicated casts and crews.

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