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"2K Film Festival" to Begin Next Week at HDFEST

Historic digital cinema event marks the first 2K film festival (July 09, 2004)

HDFEST's Los Angeles 2004 Event marks the first 2K film festival, HDFEST will be screening all content strictly from a new projector which will offer significantly better image quality than previous high-definition presentations by the festival. The upcoming HDFEST screenings will provide audiences with a rare opportunity to see 2K projection. Attendance to all Los Angeles HDFEST 2004 events are free with pre-registration. HDFEST Los Angeles panel discussions will be taking place Tuesday July 13th at the Sony Culver Studios. 2K HD Film presentations will be held July 14th and 15th at the Los Angeles Film School. HDFEST presents a variety of high-definition independent cinema, and features panel discussions focusing on subject matters concerning filmmaking and this new technology.

The three-day Los Angeles event marks the second city on the HDFEST 2004 World Tour, which will also be taking place in Sydney, London, Finland, New York, and Miami. Each year the festival presents the best new works created in high-definition formats including features, shorts, documentaries, animation, and music videos. A variety of awards are handed out to filmmakers recognizing various achievements in HD filmmaking. Festival Director Issac Alexander says, "The quality of the projection at the Los Angeles Event will allow audiences to truly experience what cinema-going will be like as we advance into the 21st Century. This should give audiences a small taste of what is to come..."

In L.A. on July 14th and 15th, High-Def projects will be making notable Premieres at HDFEST and will showcase the capabilities of 2K projection. "Somewhere" Directed by Thomas Whelan and Produced by Brian LaBelle will be making its High-Definition and L.A. Premiere. The film which was shot entirely on location in Thailand and Malaysia, is a coming of age story about two twenty-something travelers who meet in Thailand. Both Brian and Thomas work on the television hit show "Malcolm in the Middle." The Los Angeles Premiere Screening of the controversial film "Luminal" will also be a notable presentation. In 1999, director Andrea Vechiato, managed to secure the rights to Isabella Santacroces best selling novel LUMINAL: this film is the feature based on that book. Three of the best special-effects studios worked on the film: mechanical special effects studio Pennicott Payne (Tomorrow Never Dies, Tomb Raider), digital special-effects gurus at the Mill (Gladiators, Harry Potter) and Home (Band of Brothers), who provided HD digital post-production. The first High-Def Presentation of the Feature Film "30 Miles" will take place at the HDFEST L.A. Event. The lead in the film is played by Lawrence- Hilton Jacobs who is best known for his role as Freddie "Boom Boom Washington" in "Welcome Back Kotter." The score for "30 Miles" was recorded with a 22-piece orchestra in London.

Shorts to be presented this year at the L.A. HDFEST Event include "Remember." The Director of this dramatic short, Yvette Freeman, played the popular role of Nurse Haleh Adams on the acclaimed series ER. This short film also stars Ellen Crawford who played the role of Nurse Lydia Writugh on the series for nine seasons. Also the comedic short "Killing Kevin," will be making its L.A. and HD Premiere. "Killing Kevin" is a highly original story of five people who gather together to plot the demise of a certain Hollywood A-list actor/director. Other shorts to be presented at HDFEST L.A. include "12 Hot Women," a spoof of exploitative action films, "Mirror Man" a short drama directed by Thomas G. Crane, and "The Bug Man" an AFI thesis film. Also two short HD films which were nominated for 2004 Student Academy Awards, "The Mexican Dream" and "Rex Steele:Nazi Smasher" will be screened at HDFEST next week.

The Los Angeles HDFEST Schedule can be found at, the festival will take place Tuesday July 13th at the Sony Culver Studios Ince Theatre, 9336 West Washington Blvd, and Wednesday and Thursday July 14th and 15th at the Los Angeles Film School Auditorium, 6363 Sunset Blvd. For information on free tickets, please visit or email [email protected] for attendance details.

HDFEST's 2004 World Tour is presented by discreet; additional sponsors include Filmmaker Magazine, Digital Pictures, The Los Angeles Film School, The Hollywood Reporter, Film Threat, Production Update, Production Hub, Widescreen Review, Tape Online, Midtown Video and Film and Video Magazine.

Visit for more information on HDFEST Los Angeles or the HDFEST 2004 World Tour.

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