Hove (The Wind)

Los Angeles International Short Film Festival

Posted in Uncategorized by hovethewind on August 1, 2009

Just came back from the first few days of the LA Int’l Short Film Festival.  The screening was great.  We were paired with some wonderful films including a beautiful film called “The First Day of Peace”.  Shot in Bosnia and written and directed by Mirco Rucnov it is the story of a peasant farmer who decides he cannot wait any longer and will go back to his land and plow it – now that the first day of peace has been declared.  Powerful, simple and yet it carries quite a blow.  Great performances from people from the director’s village who had never acted before.

Many good things have already come out of the festival.  A major studio requested a screener of “Hove”.  Another producer asked to look at a feature length script since they could not attend.  I was also thrilled to have Olympia’s brother, Apollo, attend.  He was very complimentary about the film and said that he thought Olympia must have felt very comfortable working with me as she seemed very “open and relaxed” in the role.  A truly great compliment.

Another exciting development is that an Oscar-qualifying festival (unnamed for the moment) contacted me and basically said the film was in!  This was based on seeing the film at Palm Springs.   Can’t tell you who until they finalize their announcements and press release etc.  I had heard this happens but it was a real thrill to know that a programmer from another festival was watching and appreciated the film enough to give it the advance invite treatment!

I was also thrilled to have Booth Colman attend the LA screening.  He is an incredible actor with an amazing biography.  I was lucky enough to do a couple of plays with him years ago.   This great man has worked with or known many of the greatest actors in the twentieth century while working as an actor in Hollywood.  One of his best friends was Stan Laurel, Arthur Marx is a good friend (son of Groucho) and  he worked with Noel Coward, Gertrude Lawrence, Kirk Douglas, Howard Hawks, Joan Crawford, John Wayne, Sally Field and the list goes on and on.  He also played Dr. Zaius in the Planet of the Apes TV series!   Given his stellar history in the film industry – it meant a lot to have him there.  He was very complimentary about the film and his only frustration was that he wanted more of the story.   He also said with classic Booth Colman humor that “Jack Warner oughta screen this picture.”  

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                                                                                                                      Booth Colman as Dr. Zaius.

It was an amazing trip.  I also had the chance to talk briefly with Courtney Cox and Demi Moore.  Both were charming and have made wonderful short films.  If you get the chance to see either Demi Moore’s “Streak” or Courtney Cox’s “The Monday Before Thanksgiving” see them.  They are funny, well-told and beautifully acted.

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