Issue: HD - November 2005


LOS ANGELES – HDFEST is scheduled to take place this December, providing attendees with an opportunity to screen HD movies and listen to panel discussions on HD filmmaking. The film festival, which runs from December 1st through the 4th, culminates with the 2005 Deffie Award Ceremony, recognizing achievement in high definition filmmaking.

This year’s event will be staged at the ETC Digital Cinema Lab at the Hollywood Pacific Theatre and at Dolby Laboratories' Larry Umlang Presentation Theatre II in Burbank.

HDFEST Los Angeles is the final event in the 2005 HDFEST World Tour, which included previous events this year in New York, Helsinki, London and South Florida.

HDFEST Festival screenings will be of projects created exclusively using HD technology. Presentations are set to include HD documentaries, HD animation, experimental HD movies, HD music videos, HD features and shorts. Among festival screenings will be the Los Angeles premieres of Stephen Tobolowsky's Birthday Party, directed by Robert Brinkmann, and 2B Perfectly Honest, written and directed by Randel Cole.

In the documentary Birthday Party, filmmakers Robert Brinkmann and Andrew Putschoegl follow Stephen Tobolowsky on his birthday and document a performance he gives for the cameras and a group of friends, during which he tells stories about his experiences in Hollywood. 2B Perfectly Honest stars Andrew McCarthy and Adam Trese as two entrepreneurs who are led on a fun, dangerous, and surreal, modern-day morality tale that unfolds in the streets, minds, and hearts of New York City. The feature comedy Bachelorman, directed by John Putch, will also be screened.

In addition to 2K festival screenings and panel discussions on HD technology, HDFEST 2005 Los Angeles will also include technology presentations regarding recent high-definition developments. The festival will showcase a series of short movies, presented in DivX HD, as well as special presentations by Dalsa Digital Cinema, Intel and JVC.

For a complete event schedule, check out the HDFEST Web site: