Hollywood Film Festival to Screen Locally Filmed Movies About Show Biz

Alex of Venice Still - H 2014
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Alex of Venice Still - H 2014

Gina Belafonte will honor a filmmaker whose work aims for social impact during the fest

Adding a final element to its programming, the Hollywood Film Festival has announced seven films that it will screen as part of a section called Celebrate Hollywood, which will recognize films that were either shot in Hollywood or reference show business.

The festival, which runs from Oct. 16-19 at the ArcLight Cinemas in Hollywood, is getting a makeover this year under executive director Jon Fitzgerald, who also heads CineCause, which advocates for films and filmmakers working on projects that aim to have social impact.

As part of the festival, a filmmaker whose work is showing in the fest’s CineCause Spotlight will be honored at the fest’s Honors Ceremony by Gina Belafonte, whose father Harry Belafonte was awarded the CineCause ChangeMaker Icon award earlier this year.

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The seven films in the Celebrate Hollywood sidebar consist: Becoming Bulletproof, directed by Michael Barnett, about a diverse group of actors living with disabilities; Alex of Venice, directed by Chris Messina and starring Messina along with Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Don Johnson in a story about a workaholic attorney, played by Winstead, who is forced to reinvent her life; Sister, directed by David Lascher and starring Reid Scott, Illeana Douglas and Barbara Hershey as widow struggling to care for her delinquent adolescent daughter; The Dramatics (A Comedy), directed by Scott Rodgers, who costars with Kat Foster; The Toy Soldiers, directed by Erik Peter Carlson, which focuses on an evening of sex, drugs and rock ’n’ roll; Time Lapse, directed by Bradley King and B.P. Cooper, which follows three friends who discover a mysterious machine that takes pictures 24 hours into the future; and You Must Be Joking, directed Jake Wilson, about a woman who is inspired to take up standup comedy.