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HDFEST Collaborates With London's Raindance Film FestivalHD Festival presents High-Definition screenings and panels in six cities (September 20, 2004)
As part of the HDFEST 2004 World Tour, HDFEST's London event will be taking part in collaboration with the Raindance Film Festival being held October 1st to 10th in London. This year HDFEST's touring HD Festival has been presenting High-Definition screenings and panels in six cities including Sydney, Los Angeles, South Florida, London, New York and Finland. "The Guardian" recently commented about Raindance, "Raindance is Britain's largest and most exciting film festival." This will be the first time during Raindance in which high-definition content is presented at HD resolution. HDFEST screenings will be taking place October 4th and panel discussions will be held October 5th at London's UGC Shaftesbury Theatre.
About the upcoming collaboration with HDFEST, Raindance stated, "we are pleased to welcome HDFEST, a traveling festival specializing in the new HD phenomenon." During Raindance, HDFEST will present a series of HD shorts, as well as the High-Definition feature "Particles of Truth." All projects HDFEST will be screening at Raindance will be presented in High-Definition resolution and will also be European Premieres. "Particles of Truth," which opened theatrically in New York last month, is directed and written by Jennifer Elster. The feature film stars Elster and Gale Harold, the lead actor from the television show "Queer as Folk." Described as a film "about life, love, and the fear of failing," "Particles of Truth" centers around an intense relationship between a woman who is a self-doubting visual artist and a man who is a obsessive compulsive germophobe. Short films to be presented during HDFEST's festival screenings include highlights from the HDFEST 2004 World Tour including Alex Woo's Student Academy Award winning animation "Rex Steele: Nazi Smasher," the South Korean short "Vivre" directed by Brian Park, the stylized suspense film "Descent," "Freebox," a drama directed by Shandor Garrison about a teenager from the Bronx who is HIV Positive, and "Killing Kevin" a short comedy about a violent support group.
Raindance is "dedicated to fostering and promoting independent film in the UK and around the world." In keeping with that goal, HDFEST will present a series of panel discussions during Raindance to educate and encourage High-Definition filmmaking. London panels will be held October 5th from 5pm-8pm and include "Post Production and HD, What Filmmakers Need to Know" and "The Independent Filmmaker and High-Definition." Both panels will feature HD filmmaking, equipment and editing gurus based in the London area including representatives from Outpost Digital, The Machine Room, and Thomson Grass Valley among others.
HDFEST High-Definition screenings and panels will be held at the UGC Shaftesbury, 13 Coventry Street, Piccadilly, London. Screenings will take place October 4th from 7pm-10:30pm. High-Definition panel discussions will be held October 5th from 5pm-8pm. Ticket information can be acquired by calling Raindance at 020 7287 3833 or visiting UGC's website www.ugccinemas.co.uk. HDFEST's 2004 World Tour is presented by discreet; additional sponsors include Filmmaker Magazine, On Sight, Midtown Video, Digital Pictures, The Los Angeles Film School, The Hollywood Reporter, Film Threat, Production Update, Production Hub, Widescreen Review, Tape Online, and Film and Video Magazine.
More information about The Raindance Film Festival can be found at http://www.raindance.co.uk/festival/programme/events/hdfest.htm. Visit www.hdfest.com for more information on HDFEST Los Angeles or the HDFEST 2004 World Tour.
Raindance combines Raindance, Raindance East and Raindance Kids Film Festivals, Training Courses, Raindance Film Productions and the Raindance Film Magazine, and every year host the prestigious British Independent Film Awards in London. Raindance spans the full spectrum of the art, craft and business of independent movies - from guerilla style low or no budget productions to big budget indie blockbusters. www.raindance.co.uk
Since 2000, HDFEST "the world's only high-definition film festival" has been screening some of the world's finest High-Definition projects exclusively in HD format. HDFEST events also include panels and seminars on HD technology and digital cinema.
For more information visit www.hdfest.com.
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