Hollywood, CA -- August 13, 2009 -- HollyShorts Film Festival and actor Jimmy Jean-Louis' charity Hollywood Unites for Haiti came together this past Saturday at the Kress rooftop in Hollywood to raise awareness and funds for a country ravaged by poverty and political unrest. The event was part of the week long festivities of the film festival which started on Aug 6.
A TRIUMPHANT NIGHT FOR JIMMY JEAN-LOUIS' CHARITY
'HOLLYWOOD UNITES FOR HAITI' AND HOLLYSHORTS FILM FESTIVAL
HOLLYSHORTS ENDS AUG 13 WITH STAR-STUDDED CLOSING-NIGHT
The event, elegantly hosted by Chantal Robson, commenced with a video of Haiti narrated by Jean-Louis and gave way to a portrait unveiling of the "Heroes" star done by acclaimed pop artist Nicolosi. The portrait will be auctioned to benefit the charity. Afterwards, HollyShorts screened the top 5 webisodes nominated and the winner "Trading on 15" received $500 from Indie Rentals. Guests included fellow "Heroes" cast members Sendhil Ramamurthy and Jack Coleman and actors Jeff Conway, Kay Panabaker ("Summerland"), and Malcom Barrett (Better Off Ted), writers Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen (Dollhouse), singer Leah Renee, model Phoebe Price among many others.
HollyShorts ends this Thursday Aug 13 with the Hollywood premiere of Poolside directed and produced by Kyle Howard (My Boys, Orange County) starring Beau Garrett, Michael Hitchcock, Jordan Masterson, and Tommy Savas; These Vagabond Shoes directed by Scarlett Johansson (Vicky Christina Barcelona) starring Kevin Bacon; "Sparks" directed by Joseph Gordon-Levitt ((500) Days of Summer) starring Eric Stolz and Carla Gugino; "The Monday Before Thanksgiving" directed by Courteney Cox (Scream) starring Laura Dern, Courteney Cox, and Rosemary Harris; "The Pity Card" directed by Bob Odenkirk (HBO's David's Situation, SNL) starring Simon Helberg, Derek Waters, Bill Hader, and Zach Galifianakis and closing out the night, Academy Award winner, Chris McQuarrie's feature film "Way of the Gun", produced by Ken Kokin (Usual Suspects) starring Benicio Del Toro, Ryan Phillipe, Juliette Lewis, Taye Diggs, and James Caan.
About Hollywood Unites For Haiti www.hufh.org
HUFH is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote sports and cultural activities for the underprivileged youth of Haiti. HUFH recognizes the unique opportunity that Hollywood has in raising awareness about Haiti. HUFH founder Jimmy Jean-Louis says "Haiti has suffered many setbacks in its rich history and yet the Haitian people have never lost the character to face adversity with creativity, resilience, and community."
About HollyShorts www.hollyshorts.com
HollyShorts Film Festival (HSFF) is an annual short film festival showcasing the best and brightest short films from around the globe. The 2009 HollyShorts runs August 6-13. HollyShorts is devoted to the advancement of filmmakers through screenings, Q&A sessions and networking events. HSFF showcases the top short films produced in 30- minutes or less. For more information, please visit www.hollyshorts.com .
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