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Hollywood Fest Announces Lineup; Maya Angelou Kicks off Urban World Fest; Shorts Fest Set for East H

Hollywood Fest Announces Lineup; Maya Angelou Kicks off Urban World Fest; Shorts Fest Set for East H

Hollywood Fest Announces Lineup; Maya Angelou Kicks off Urban World Fest;
Shorts Fest Set for East Hampton

Compiled by Mark Rabinowitz

>> Hollywood Fest Announces Lineup

The Hollywood Film Festival, set to run from August 6-10 in Los Angeles,
has announced its lineup, including 12 world premieres and 5 U.S.
premieres. From among the feature films, world premieres include
Blindness,” written by Jared Rappaport and Anna Chi, directed by Anna
Chi; “Halfway Home,” written and directed by Arge O’Neal; “Next Time,”
written and directed by L. Alan Fraser; “Rhapsody In Bloom,” written by
Eric Tuchman, directed by Craig Saavedra, and “Telling You,” written by
Robert DeFranco & Marc Palmieri, directed by Robert DeFranco. The lone
documentary world premiere is “The Shoe Store,” written and directed by
Steven Proto.

All films selected are finalists for the Hollywood Discovery Awards
competition, and winners will be announced at an awards ceremony at the
Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills on August 10th. Tributeees to be
presented awards at the ceremony include Shelley Winters,producers David
Brown and Richard Zanuck (“Jaws,” “Driving Miss Daisy“), director Norman
Jewison (“Moonstruck,” “In the Heat of the Night“), composer Dave Grusin
(“Three Days of the Condor,” “Tootsie“) and composer and former Police
drummer Stewart Copeland (“Wall Street,” “Talk Radio“). The Hollywood
Conference, taking place at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, will bring
together over 100 professionals in the motion picture industry,
including Mimi Leder (director, “Deep Impact“), David Permut (producer,
Face/Off“), Mark Rydell (director, “On Golden Pond“) and Lauren
Shuler-Donner (producer, “Dave“). For more information about the
Hollywood Film Festival, check out:

>> 2nd Urban World Fest to Launch with World Premiere Angelou Film

The 2nd annual Urban World International Film Festival (UWFF) is set to
open with the world premiere of Poet Laureate Maya Angelou’s directorial
debut “Down In The Delta“, while the closing night film is the world premiere
of the upcoming Warner Brothers release “Why Do Fools Fall In Love,”
directed by Gregory Nava (“Selena“, “Mi Familia“). “Delta” features Alfre
Woodard, Loretta Devine and Wesley Snipes. It will be released by Miramax
in December. “Fools” stars Halle Berry, Vivica A. Fox, Lela Rochan and Larenz
Tate. Films are set to screen at Manhattan’s Worldwide Plaza Cinemas in
Hell’s Kitchen, while the panel discussions will be located at the New York

Designed to exhibit the works of both established and emerging Black
filmmakers from around the world, the 1998 Urban World fest is featuring
over 70 films, with 26 features, 6 documentaries and 32 short films making up
the competition lineup. World premieres in competition include Sterling
Macer’s “Park Day” and Ernest Goodly’s “Love Bizarre,” while the world
premiere of Leon Ichaso’s “Free of Eden,” starring Sidney Poitier and
daughter, Sydney Poitier, will screen as a special presentation.
Sundance Channel will spotlight the launch of their August “Representing
Soul” tribute series by presenting a special screening of Melvin Van
Peebles’ ground breaking “Sweet Sweetback’s Badasssss Song.” This year’s
festival will also present a Latin Sidebar presenting work by contemporary
Latin filmmakers. Panels at the festival will include topics such as
Film Finance, To Rap or Not to Rap, Screenwriting 101, Studio Pitch,
Alternative Hollywood, Renegade Filmmaking, and Latin Cine.

>> Summer Shorts Fest Set for Hamptons

The 2nd annual Summer Shorts: Shorts Film Festival has announced its
lineup, with screenings on two successive Wednesdays in East Hampton,
New York. The 387-seat John Drew Theater at Guild Hall will host the
evenings, with 22 shorts screening in total, ten on August 5th and 12 on
August 12th. Several festival veterans will screen, including “Call Me
,” directed by Steven Dovas; “The Bystander From Hell,” directed
by Matthew Harrison, and “The Clearing” directed by Kat Smith on the 5th
and “Phil Touches Flo” directed by David Birdsell on the 12th. In
addition, the series will present a special anniversary screening of
Martin Scorcese’s “The Big Shave.” Sponsored by Skyy Vodka, the
screening series features nightly post-screening parties at locations in
East Hampton. More information on the series can be found on their web
site at:, or call Summer Shorts Hot line for
film information at 516-548- 8185 or the Guild Hall Box Office at
516-324-4050 for ticket information.

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