DANIEL KAMINSKYS THE DEAL, EXECUTIVE PRODUCED BY JOSS WHEDON, SET TO PREMIERE AT HOLLYSHORTS OPENING NIGHT
By Sctt Green
August 1, 2016
Daniel Kaminskys supernatural thriller short film The Deal is set to premiere at the HollyShorts Film Festivals opening night celebration on Thursday August 11 at the TCL Chinese Theater.
Written and directed by Kaminsky who began his career as Joss Whedons assistant on Marvels The Avengers, The Deal stars Jake Weary (It Follows, Animal Kingdom), Alexandra Shipp (X-Men Apocalypse), Michelle DeFraites, Daniel Amerman, and Bobby Soto. The film was produced by Michael Klein, Brett Young-Fountain and executive produced by Joss Whedon.
The Deal tells the story of a former high school quarterback who discovers everyone around him has suddenly changed. The screw-up is a star, the fat girl is gorgeous and the nerd is now the most popular kid. But when his girlfriend, the only proof of who he once was, suddenly disappears Bryce will do anything to uncover the truth – even if it costs him more than he bargained for.
The Deal joins other star-studded HollyShorts opening night official selections including: Jennifer Morrisons Wild Wild Horses, which she directed and stars along with Rose McIver (iZombie) and Geoff Stults (7th Heaven); Cuddle Party, a dark comedy Executive Produced by Golden Globe and Emmy-winner Jill Soloway, creator of Amazons hit series Transparent. Directed by Matthew Irving Epstein, Cuddle Party stars Yvette Nicole Brown (Community), Michaela Watkins (Casual, Saturday Night Live), and Rob Huebel (Children’s Hospital, Despicable Me). During the gala, Morrison will receive be honored with the 2016 HollyShorts Trailblazer Award presented by Women in Film.
Also screening opening night is the new BITPIX original short form digital sci fi action/adventure series INFINIfrom the mind of L. Philippe Casseus (Lionsgates Freelancers) features a global cast and stars: Wilhelmina LA model and actress Raquel Pomplun (The Gambler, Agents of S.H.I.E.LD), Jaylen Moore (History Channels Six, Fantastic Four, RoboCop), Malcolm Barrett (NBCs Timeless, Dear White People, Larry Crown), Kelly Albanese (Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 8 Motion Comic) and French superstar Yassine Azzouz (La disintegration). INFINIs Stunt coordinator is the Emmy nominated Eddie Perez (Showtimes Shameless). Prior to the opening shorts program, Kenneth Kokins directorial debut BLOOD MOON written by Oscar Nominated Nicholas Kazan and produced by Tim Williams (In The Bedroom) will open the festival. The feature stars Maya Kazan (The Knick), Frank Medrano (The Shawshank Redemption) and James Callis (Battle Star Galactica, Bridget Joness Diary). HollyShorts opening night tickets are available at hollyshorts.com.
2016 HollyShorts Sponsors include: 33 Taps, Avenue 17 Studios, BarkTHINS, BITPIX, Delmay Partners, Film L.A., Final Draft, Harmony Gold Theater, Hint Water, Hollywood Short Film Association, inDspotlight, Ignited Spaces, Integro Entertainment Group/Robertson Taylor International, Jungle Software, Lexus Short Films, LightSPEED, Lyft, Media Inc. Magazine, Mingle Media, Monster Energy, OHM Nightclub, ProductionHUB, Red Giant Software, Seed & Spark, Stage 32, TCL Chinese 6 Theatres, TinHorn Flats, True Vision Entertainment, Women in Film and Zoopa.
The HollyShorts schedule is now live and can be seen at hollyshorts.com. The top 12-15 winning films from this years competition will receive a one-week theatrical run in theaters following the festival, qualifying them for Awards season.
Check out the trailer here: