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Surreal Film Short ‘The Crooked Eye’ Has Los Angeles Premiere in Dances With Films Independent Film Festival













The Crooked Eye


Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) June 6, 2009

“The Crooked Eye,” the latest film short from film and television character actor, D.C. Douglas, will have its Los Angeles premiere on June 9, 2009 at 5 p.m. at Laemmle’s Sunset 5 as a part of the Dances With Films Independent Film Festival. Chosen by the festival to be a part of an exclusive block of CGI shorts, the film will be discussed by a panel from the Visual Effects Society prior to the screening. Tickets are $ 12 and can be purchased via the Dances With Films website.

Dances With Films supports and celebrates the true independent film spirit by mandating that only films without celebrity actors, writers, directors or producers will be selected for festival competition. Though the film is narrated by Academy Award Winner Linda Hunt, “The Crooked Eye” was accepted due to the independent nature of the production, which was adapted for the screen, directed, produced, edited and financed by D.C. Douglas. In addition to Mr. Douglas, only three talented visual effects technicians, led by Pency Kinnard, created the CGI environment of the 19-minute film.

Starring Fay Masterson (“Eyes Wide Shut” with Tom Cruise) and Katherine Boecher (NBC’s “Heroes”), “The Crooked Eye” spends a day in the life of Sharon (Ms. Masterson) as she struggles with a recent divorce and a current perception problem.

Part live action, part animation, the film dreamily weaves between past and present, delicately painting a psychological portrait of a troubled woman. “The Crooked Eye” is a visually stunning adaptation of Betty Malicoat’s short story of the same name.

Having already played the 26th Miami International Film Festival and the 40th Nashville Film Festival, “The Crooked Eye” is now playing up and down the West Coast this month, most notably at the prestigious Palm Springs International ShortFest at the end of June. Only five months into its festival run, the film has already become an official selection of eleven festivals.

Aside from personal film endeavors, D.C. Douglas is primarily known for his on-camera and voice over work. His high profile projects include NBC’s “Boston Common” and the celebrity GEICO campaigns with the likes of Little Richard, Joan Rivers and the late Don Lafontaine.

For more information on “The Crooked Eye,” visit the official website. For information about D.C. Douglas, visit D.C. Douglas’ Film and TV website and voice over website.

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UPDATE:

“The Crooked Eye” will soon be available for rent via IndiePix Films and iTunes. You can purchase a DVD from the Amazon movies section for only $ 10.99.

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Jan 252011

Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) October 14, 2004

The APEX Museum lives up to its mission of celebrating Black History every day. On any given day visitors can stop by the museum and see a treasure trove of African American history artifacts. In celebration of the Underground Railroad, the secret network upon which thousands of slaves escaped, The APEX Museum presents an event billed as a “reality” film experience. On Friday, November 12 from 6-8pm, it will premiere the short film, “Mattie, Johnny and Smooth White Stones” directed by and starring Cassandra Hollis.

Produced by Holy Hill Productions, the film had a successful West Coast premiere at the CFMi Festival in Los Angeles in May. Festival Chairperson, Valiant Robinson, said of the film, “It is a must see film. Cassandra is phenomenal as Mattie.” It was selected from the festival to be screened among the “Best of CFMi” at the recent Black Expo in Los Angeles held in September. “Mattie” is also among a select group of short films chosen out of dozens of submissions to screen at the upcoming Gloria Film Festival in Utah.

APEX Museum Executive Director, Dan Moore, Sr., saw the film and thought it was important to showcase the film in their famous Trolley Theatre, “A moving and powerful drama about love, faith and empowerment. Set during the days of slavery, this captivating short film is a compelling story with a superb portrayal by Cassandra Hollis.”

“Mattie, Johnny and Smooth White Stones” is a story a film that provides a rare look into the personal lives of slaves. Mattie and Johnny are two slaves who are in love and decide to runaway to get married when they secretly learn that Johnny is going to be sold. A surprising twist occurs and audiences see the role that Faith played in leading runaways on their journey to freedom. Filmmaker/Actress, Cassandra Hollis, explains why this story needs to be told.

“After studying real slave narratives of slaves who braved the elements and consequences to run away to freedom, I realized that I personally had not seen many film portrayals outside of the great Harriet Tubman about runaway slaves. And few films about slavery address the love relationships that slaves experienced. This was an opportunity to bridge those two narratives all within the context of Faith. It was only God who led them through rugged woods, snow, slave catchers, you name it, to their freedom.”

The public is invited to the event which begins with a reception including refreshments and music and from 6:00 – 7:00pm, the program begins at 7:00pm which will include Spoken Word, followed by the Film Screening and Q & A with Filmmaker/Actress Cassandra Hollis. The APEX Museum is located at 135 Auburn Ave. in Atlanta. The event is Free.

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