Celebrating Filmmaking's Unsung Heroes

Short film festival features groundbreaking new work

By Star Lopez
Published on LatinoLA: July 16, 2002

Celebrating Filmmaking's Unsung Heroes

In an effort to recognize the filmmaking community?s unsung hero, Golden Sky Productions, Pocho Productions and Smokn? Mirrors Productions have created the Hollywood International Short Film Festival (HISFF) to showcase groundbreaking multi-cultural films made in the often overlooked short form.

These matadors of movie-making approach their craft with fearless resolve. Armed with a camera, rag tag crews, miniscule to non-existent budgets and often in the face of hostile conditions, the short filmmaker proves time and time again that his is a craft of honor, of dedication and ? dare we say it, yes ? even love. But when the day is over, it?s time to break out the Schlitz malt liquor bull, baby!

Today, the short film has fewer venues and opportunities for exhibition than ever. The HISFF was founded to provide a space for short film showcases and to celebrate those struggling artists who labor in anonymity behind LA?s overwhelming feature-length film and network television culture. Firm in the belief that the short shall rise again, festival coordinators represent a hip new spectrum of Pacific Rim, Chicano, Hip-Hop and Urban artists working in digital media, film and music.

HISFF Schedule: July 24 through July 27. All showcases begin at 7 pm with a mixer/reception.

July 24
Premiere: Paco?s Suitcase Bomb, (Dir. Esteban Zul, 2002)
Three Chicanos steal a nuclear bomb suitcase and learn the lesson of their lives.

July 25
Premiere: Near So Far, (Dir. Mar?a Murillo, 2002).
The story of a woman?s journey to the afterlife, while her sister mourns her death and the legacy she left behind.

July 26
Premiere: Benny the Mute, (Dir. Patrick P?rez, 2001).
Benny is the perfect mule for a low-level drug dealer because he can never talk about what he sees. But tonight Benny has seen enough.

July 27
Chicano Now: A Virtual Video Journey, (Co-Dir. Juan Garza,Culture Clash, 2001)
A video journey through Chicanismo. This video of Chicano art, life and aesthetic was created for Cheech Marin and the Nations museums.

Plus, a screening of the Premiere of ?Jarocho Elegua,? (Dir. Smokin? Mirrors,2002).
Los Angeles-based Quetzal will premiere their new music video ?Jarocho Elegua,? a single from their recently released record, Sing the Real, followed by a live performance and DJ after party.

In addition to the featured selections listed above, the HISFF will exhibit over 20 short films from the cutting edge of culture. The hottest LA bands and D.j?s will rock the evening against a stunning backdrop of LA?s hippest visual artists.

Tickets will be sold at the door and include the reception, a hosted bar as well as film screenings and DJ after-party.

The HISFF will be held at the Smokn? Mirrors Studios, 4928 Hollywood Blvd. (Little Armenia).

About Star Lopez:
Star Lopez is a La Mirada exile in Montebello and a mean polka ranchera dancer.

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