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HypeFest opens this week

HypeFest: A unique film festival that links independent ideas with commercial creativity.

Drama, intrigue, comedy and cocktails. All this and more abounds at HypeFest,
a high-energy film & video festival slated to showcase creativity in film, commercials and music videos from a diversity of filmmakers and storytellers.

Providing a bridge between content creators and the independent and commercial communities, HypeFest offers a platform for filmmakers to promote their work to the commercial industry. Screening narrative and non-narrative shorts, commercials and music videos, and utilizing the current methods of filmmaking including live-action, animation, digital and traditional techniques, HypeFest will also host a screenwriting contest honoring the best and the brightest new voices in cinema.

In the first year of our festival in 2003, over 1,000 people from the film, commercial production, music video and broadcast communities attended the two-day event held at CineSpace in Hollywood. In addition, we welcomed many international filmmakers from Mexico, Germany, Canada and New Zealand, as well as student filmmakers. This year, HypeFest will be held from July 23 - 25, 2004 at CineSpace and we expect the same number of attendees...if not more!

FULL PROGRAM
SATURDAY, JULY 24th

Saturday Morning Cartoons Saturday, July 24, 11:30AM (55 min.)

The Shins "So Says I" dir. Plates Animation
Canada/2004/3:00
An army of penguins conquers a land of ice and snow.

Nike "Les Jumelles" dir. Joseph Kosinski
USA/2004/2:04
A glimpse at the Nike athlete of the future.

Red Things dir. Max Porter (West Coast Premiere)
USA/2003/9:40
A mysterious phenomenon overtakes a small town, wreaking havoc with all things red.

Milk "Mr. Happydough" dir. Leif Einarsson
USA/2003/1:00
Mr. Happydough pays the price for being greedy.

kid606 "The Illness" dir. Joel Trussell
USA/2003/3:57
Cat & mouse video game madness.

Sustainable Forestry Initiative "Forest Art" dir. Chel White
USA/2003/:30
Animation showcases the natural beauty of our forests in this PSA.

Anthem dir. Todd Mueller, Kylie Matulick, Marie Hyon (West Coast Premiere)
USA/2003/2:00
A musical sing along commentary on faith and consumerism.

The Balloon dir. Satinder Singh (North American Premiere)
USA, Spain/2004/8:35
A little girl gets separated from her overprotective mother, and has an adventure to find the balloon she lost.

Bid 'Em In dir. Neal Sopata
USA/2003/2:00
A young woman's humanity is nullified when she is placed on the auction block of a small southern town.

9 in A Chimney 10 In A Bed or Hate's A Strong Word dir. JJ Villard
USA/2003/4:00
Whatever will be, will be…

The Observer "Abba to Zappa" dir. Smith & Foulkes
UK/2004/:60
The Observer has all your favorite musicians from A to Z.

Klonhertz "Three Girl Rumba" dir. Dougal Wilson
USA/2004/4:00
In a world created from paper cut outs, the only real danger is flying scissors.

La Historia de Todos (Our Story) dir. Blanca Aguerra
Mexico/2003/10:00
Indigenous migrant children share their life stories through clay animation.

Friends, Lovers, Enemies Saturday, July 24, 1:00PM (70 min.)

La Torcedura dir. Pascal Leister
USA/2004/11:48
A young man's anxiety about proposing to his girlfriend takes his life into nightmarish spins and turns.

Everlast "White Trash Beautiful" dir. Dean Karr
USA/2004/3:55
Lost and unrequited love, missed opportunity, and ill-fated relationships.

Pizza Shop dir. Mark Mainguy (World Premiere)
Canada/2004/3:36
After overhearing a disturbing argument between a man and his girlfriend, a couple intervenes -- with rather awkward results.

Say It Again, Sam dir. Michelle Steffes
USA/2004/12:00
A magic button gives a nervous young man on a date the power to fashion himself into a dream date.

Hairless dir. Sarah Johnson
USA/2004/17:24
Alyssa has a little secret - she has no hair. After failing miserably in relationships, she finally meets her ideal man, and decides she must hide her hairlessness to win his heart.

Milton Is A Shitbag dir. Courtney Davis
USA/2004/5:00
Milton is a small orange kitty. He hates your guts. Why do you love him so?

Satellite Radio "B-Box" dir. Gavin Carlton (Spec)
USA/2004/1:00
When the reception goes on out on the radio during a road trip, a wife is forced to listen to her husband's b-box stylings.

Birdhouses dir. Sam Goetz (World Premiere)
USA/2004/14:45
Dave is so lonely he could cry. He lives in his sister's garage and watches "Hee Haw. "

Truth or Consequences Saturday, July 24, 2:45PM (70 min.)

Last Hope dir. Vincent Pagazza
USA/2003/10:00
A moving promotional trailer for a documentary about domestic abuse and the penal system.

Worth Saving dir. Gretchen Hildebran & Leah Wolchok (World Premiere)
USA/2004/10:00
Worth Saving explores a groundbreaking public health program in San Francisco that trains drug users to rescue each other from overdose.

Atmosphere "National Disgrace" dir. Lex Halaby
USA/2004/4:27
The perils of 15 minutes of fame.

Anti-Drug PSA "Ice Cream Truck" dir. Neeley Lawson (Spec)
USA/2003/:30
A sobering look at the accessibility of illegal drugs.

Pol Pot's Birthday dir. Talmage Cooley
USA/2004/9:59
The office staff of the most brutal dictator on earth attempts to throw a surprise party for their boss.

Gravity dir. Erik S. Weigel (World Premiere)
USA/2004/17:00
Two enemies are suspended 30 feet in a forest in war-torn France. Over the course of a night, it becomes clear that their struggle for survival depends on each other.

The Man on the Boat dir. Boyd Phillip Britton (Los Angeles Premiere)
Australia/2003/3:10
A freak storm brings two strangers together again, forcing one man to question his previous actions.

Simone's Labyrinth dir. Ivan Sainz-Pardo (Los Angeles Premiere)
Germany/2003/15:02
A daughter's inventive dream-life collides with her mother's world of drugs and alcohol.


Slice of Life Saturday, July 24, 4:30PM (65 min.)

Sweetheart dir. Matthew Saville
Australia/2003/13:00
A mother and her estranged son rekindle an old bond during an unexpected telephone conversation.

Heaven dir. Todd McCammon
USA/2003/1:30
A personal journey through the history of cinema.

Altoids "Traveling Curiosities" dir. Scott Hicks
2004/USA/:60
The craziest freak in the sideshow is the man who faces down the curiously strong mint.

The Truth About Head dir. Dale Heslip (Los Angeles Premiere)
Canada/2003/13:00
All Ed wants in life is to be normal. Ed wants a body. Is that too much to ask?

Q-Tips "Poodles" dir. Martyn Watts (Spec)
USA/:40
Man's best friend is not a hygiene product.

The Virile Man dir. David Zellner
USA/2003/7:55
A tragically closeted man enlists the help of a phone psychic to rationalize his actions.

MLB "I Live For This" dir. Vincent Pagazza
USA/2003/:45
Boundless enthusiasm or Major League obsession?

Home Security dir. Peter Putka (World Premiere)
USA/2004/1:00
Combine a mortgage, a megaphone, and some Paxil and you've got the ingredients for fun, when a young couple moves into the neighborhood and tries to fit in.

Untitled dir. Dante Ariola
USA/2004/1:58
A young man escapes the dreariness of his life through magic - and practices it to do the same for others.

Irregular dir. Matthias Negrello
France/2003/3:50
The ephemera side of graffiti painting.

The Notwist "One With the Freaks" dir. Keith Schofield
USA/2004/3:38
A jellyfish emerges from the ocean and wanders around a city, encountering a variety of people in its journey.

The Bar dir. Richard Stern
USA/2003/16:00
Failed stand-up comic Ozwald Rosencrantz is looking for his place in the world. Then he walks into a bar.


SUNDAY, JULY 25th

Junior League Sunday, July 25, 12:00PM (100 min.)

Chocolate Girls dir. Justin Whiteman (West Coast Premiere)
USA/2004/14:00
A young girl must choose between remaining loyal to her best friend or joining the ever-popular Chocolate Girls.

The Oranges Band "Finns For Our Feet" dir. Farah
USA/2003/2:58
The band takes center stage but the kids are the stars of the school play.

"Letterbox" dir. Rich Michell
USA/2003/:30
A boy discovers a cinematic world outside of his living room window.

Underdog dir. Scott Leberecht
USA/2003/9:15
A young boy struggles to overcome his weaknesses in an effort to gain acceptance from his high school wrestling team.

Trade Commission of Spain "Slingshot" dir. Brian Belefant
USA/2003/:30
Oranges are a gift from Spain. Especially when kids deliver them via slingshot.

Talking with Angels dir. Yousaf Ali Khan
UK/2003/18:00
Ten-year-old Alan struggles with his desire to be "normal," as he deals with his schizophrenic mother and his unruly siblings.

Michael Andrews feat. Gary Jules "Mad World" dir. Michel Gondry
USA/2004/3:00
Overhead camerawork reveals children transforming themselves into unique shapes and creatures in this beautiful visual accompaniment to a haunting song.

Quinn & Coda dir. Elma Garcia
USA/2004/3:56
A moving profile of Quinn Haberl, the first child in the US to receive a guide dog.

I Wanna Be Everything dir. Helena Lumme
USA/2004/39:50
Three teenage girls are invited to experience a life-changing program that builds their self-esteem and helps them reach for their dreams.


Foreign Affairs Sunday, July 25, 2:30PM (90 min.)
9:30 dir. Mun Chee Yong
USA, Singapore/2003/13:11
Chan Kin Fai flies 14092.2 km from Singapore to Los Angeles to forget the person he loves. But he ends up calling his love everyday at 9:30 Singapore time.

Burning the Bed dir. Denis McArdle
Ireland/2003/12:40
Gina McKee and Aidan Gillen feature in this atmospheric drama as a couple that is leaving their home in the west of Ireland for the last time.

Sia "Breathe Me" dir. Daniel Askill
UK/2004/3:30
Desire and loneliness are showcased in this video created from 2500 Polaroids.

Life is a Circus dir. Max Hochrad (North American Premiere)
UK/2003/10:41
The story of a young loner searching for his destiny and another chance to tell the love of his life how he feels.

Smirnoff "Matriochka" dir. Ivan Zacharias
UK/2004/1:10
Espionage at the highest level, vodka as the highest reward.

En Del Av Mitt Hjärta (Passing Hearts) dir. Johan Brisinger (Los Angeles Premiere)
Sweden/2003/14:30
The unexpected meeting between a young man and the family of the boy who saved his life.

Bicycles & Radios dir. O Nathapon (Los Angeles Premiere)
USA, Thailand/2004/35:00
Two strangers who live in a small Thai village communicate their respective losses through a local radio talk show.

The Daily Grind Sunday, July 25, 4:30PM (90 min.)

Gwem "FYMW" dir. Alexandre Singh
USA/2003/5:45
Gwem sticks it to the man in this video, which riffs on the monotony of corporate life.

Draw the Pirate dir. Jeff Hopkins
USA/2003/6:45
A working stiff tries to draw a pirate to get into an art school advertised on a matchbook. After multiple rejections, he begins to wonder of his critics, "Who are they to judge?"

Earthlink "Pigeon Email" dir. Neeley Lawson (Spec)
USA/2003/:60
Alternative forms of communication are sampled in this humorous spot.

Work Product dir. Roger Evan Larry (World Premiere)
Canada/2003/4:00
An experimental short that stitches together multiple shots of a feature film clapboard.

Snackers dir. Jeff Pickett
USA/2004/11:00
Chuck Livingston eschews the rat race in favor of his quest to exactly reproduce a popular candy bar, much to the chagrin of his family.

Starbucks "Glen" dir. Noam Murro
USA/2004/1:00
Glen starts his day, the Survivor way.

Young Artie Feldman dir. Erik Moe (West Coast Premiere)
USA/2003/5:33
Fifteen-year-old Artie Feldman uses his killer instincts to broker jobs in the San Fernando Valley fast food industry.

Stop Thief! dir. Soseh Kevorkian (West Coast Premiere)
USA/2004/9:56
A young woman raised in a family of professional shoplifters promises her convicted mother she will get a real job.

Velvet "Soft Factory" dir. Stacy Wall
UK/2004/:30
A unique window on the world of the day-to-day in a toilet paper factory.

Praxis dir. The Pattan Brothers
USA/2003/4:30
One man runs through the city streets with a briefcase that another will go to great lengths to acquire.

The Pleased "We Are the Doctor" dir. Corey Creasey & Ian Kibbey
USA/2003/4:10
The Pleased search for images of themselves in the depths of a medical research library.

Headache dir. Eric Devlin Taylor
USA/2003/13:00
A medical intern must decide whether to succumb to the trappings of a pharmaceutical extravaganza or to trust his no-nonsense mentor's advice.

"Boddington's" dir. Adam Rosenblatt (Spec)
USA/2003/:60
Sometimes, the worst jobs have great perks.

I Am Stamos dir. Rob Meltzer
USA/2004/18:00
Actor Andy Shrub is not the leading man type. But after he magically begins to photograph like John Stamos, the world is his oyster. Until the real John Stamos comes calling.

Film That Rocks Sunday, July 25, 6:15PM (30 min.)

Fischerspooner "Emerge" dir. Neal Sopata
USA/2003/5:00
Take a joyride with Fischerspooner in this wildly imaginative animated clip.

Fenway Park "Land of Miracles" dir. Dave Fruchbom
USA/2003/2:44
America is the land of plenty, and the world is your supermarket.

Incubus "Megalomaniac" dir. Floria Sigismondi
USA/2004/4:53
A terrifying and richly textured video about oppressive power and control.

Fembots "Small Town Murder Scene" dir. Chris Grismer
Canada/2003/3:30
Haunting southern gothic imagery in a tale of dark relationships.

DJ Tiga "Hot in Herre" dir. Alex Moulton & Thomas "Lord of the Marionette" Sontag
USA/2003/4:00
Clips from popular hip-hop music videos are re-imagined with puppets. It is hot in herre!

Black Velvet dir. Matthias Negrello
France/2004/2:30
A riveting look at tagging in an art-meets-music piece.

Phoenix "Funky Squaredance" dir. Roman Coppola
USA/2003/9:00
What exactly is on Roman's mind? A hilarious look at the process of creating a music video adventure

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