Beverly Hills Fest to Open with Duchovny Directorial Debut
by Brian Brooks
Beverly Hills will once again play host to the film festival with its name, opening tomorrow and continuing through April 17 featuring 50 competition films, panels and other events. Opening night will be held at the Writers Guild in honor of the California Film Commission, with a non-competition screening of David Duchovny's directorial debut, "House of D" from Lions Gate, starring Erykah Badu, Duchovny, Frank Langella, Téa Leoni, Robin Williams, and Anton Yelchin.
Films screening in competition include rock and roll doc "Waking Up Dead" (West Coast premiere) by Emmy Award-winning journalist Fabio Jafet featuring former Skid Row band member, Phil Varone. Hector Sandoval's doc "Kordavision" spotlights Cuban photographer, Alberto Diaz "Korda," who became renowned for his portrait photos of revolutionary Ernesto "Che" Guevara, one of the most recognized images of the 20th century. John Daly's drama "Aryan Couple" focuses on a German/Jewish industrialist in occupied Hungary, who in return for safe passage out of the country, gives his family's business to the Nazis.
"We are a competition festival recognized for our approach in showcasing new indie filmmakers," commented festival director Nino Simone in a statement. "While most festivals screen several hundred films with only a select few in competition, the Beverly Hills Film Festival keeps its efforts focused on just over 50 films, all of which are vying for fest laurels. We selected the best seven features, seven documentaries, and 40 shorts out of 1,800 submissions this year. We are taking the film festival concept back to its roots for the benefit of the filmmakers."