Hollyshorts Film Festival- Hits The Big Time in Hollywood, California

I could write a dozen articles about the HollyShorts film festival; thanks to a serendipitous meeting with Jeri Sher, documentary filmmaker of LIVE LIFE: Live today like there’s no tomorrow, which tells the true story of a young boy’s inspiring survival of a supposedly terminal cancer, I was persuaded to attend the festival. There I gorged myself on a sampling of everything, all the latest up-and-coming filmmakers, all the genres, from all over the world. With panels and after-parties, it was literally impossible to see and more than a fraction of the total.

A short list of memorable films in alphabetical order doesn’t do justice to everything we want to express about the amazing event and how thankful we are to all the filmmakers and attendees who brought such and amazing spirit. We can’t wait for next year’s festival.


A GREAT MAN: amazing cast of young actors in this coming-of-age drama by Joshua Dawson

BRAINERD: documentary about a Minnesota town’s annual ice fishing competition

COLD WARRIOR: disturbing content, Olympic level coach-gymnast sexual abuse, abortion, doping

EMPYREAN: Sophia Savage made an impression on-screen and during the Director’s Q&A

JESUS WAS A COMMIE: Jesus, the utopian-communist

JIN: Great pace, solid acting, Korean gangster film

KILL SHELTER: metaphoric dystopia with an agenda to raise animal rights awareness

LUCY IN THE SKY WITH DIAMOND: HILARIOUS appearance by Lou Diamond Phillips

MATILDE: in one word, “adorable”

MEMORY SCULPTOR: in one word, “style”

PAPA: real storytelling; an immigrant’s tale of acculturation

PENNANCE: Carl Georg Rodsten’s gritty, realistic view of contemporary violence

SUMMARNA TT: a cool, stylized, Nordic fairytale plus vodka

THE EXIT ROOM: a reinterpretation of a bleak literary short

The LAST SESSION aka Marriage Counselor: these actors know how to react to each other

THE RIVER: refreshing as a cool dip on a hot day

WHEN THE SAINTS GO MARCHING IN: Tim Schwartz’s ode to Skid Row

Jerri Sher- Writer, Producer, Director

Jerri Sher, is a kind woman who was the director of the short “Live LIfe The Movie” which screened at the HollyShorts Festival this year. Jerri is a very powerful filmmaker, who has created a series of profound and significant documentaries. In Live Life the Movie, Jeri documents a beautiful family that wisely uses the healing power of the mind, and natural methods from the Earth to treat disease. A trailer from the film can be seen in the clip here below:


Hollywood Sentinel Moderating Panel at HollyShorts Film Festival

The Hollywood Sentinel is also now pleased to announce that they will be moderating a panel at the 2014 HollyShorts Film Festival in Hollywood, California. Founding publisher of The Hollywood Sentinel, Bruce Edwin states, “It is an honor to work with The HollShorts Festival in this manner. It is a very exciting festival with loads of talent. With the event taking place at the legendary Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, this is no small time event- this is a major festival that spans an entire week and covers all genres including horror, drama, documentary, comedy, animation, and more. It is filled with great and serious talent from page to screen; wonderful actors, producers, writers, directors, and more. It will be great fun and greatly rewarding for all to participate from around the world, and for the many thousands of fans to attend.”

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