Friday, April 20, 2012

Jason Dohring, Jorja Fox, Leslie Jordan and more premiere at 12th Annual FirstGlance Film Festival!

The FirstGlance Film Festival, a festival that has become the darling of the independent film movement is celebrating its 12th annual event at Raleigh Studios in Hollywood April 20-22nd.  FirstGlance is not only known for its Festivals but its commitment to supporting and promoting indie film all year round through free events and social media. This year’s Hollywood Festival is screening projects ranging from features to web series! 

“From our experience on the production side, we really understand the blood, sweat and tears that go in to making an independent project,” exclaims Festival Director, William Ostroff. “We are extremely proud of this year’s filmmakers and all that they have achieved to this point.”

Stars attending the festival include: Jorja FoxJason DohringChad AllenLeslie Jordan,  Fran Kranz, Gary Lane

Highlighted Projects of this year’s Hollywood festival include: 

Hollywood to Dollywood
Twin North Carolina backwoods boys riding on the fumes of a dream to meet their idol Dolly Parton the 'Backwoods Barbie' find more than what they bargained for in an RV named Jolene.

Starring:  Dolly Parton, Leslie Jordan, Chad Allen, Dustin Lance Black, Beth Grant, Michael Bowen, Gary Lane, Larry Lane

Screening time: Saturday, April 21st, 6:15pm

Searching for Sonny
A comedic who-dun-it in the vein of KISS KISS BANG BANG and BIG LEBOWSKI, Searching for Sonny follows three friends who go back to their ten-year-reunion and get sucked into a small town murder mystery that seems eerily similar to a play they performed in high school.

Starring: Minka Kelly (“Friday Night Lights”), Masi Oka (“HEROES”), Jason Dohring (“Veronica Mars”), Michael Hogan (“BATTLESTAR GALACTICA”), Clarke Peters (THE WIRE), and the internet comedy duo, BRITANICK

Screening time: Friday, April 20th, 7:30pm

The Five Stages of Grief
Daniel’s father died yesterday. He seems to be totally fine. Luckily his friends can teach him to be miserable.

Starring: Jason Ritter, Fran Kranz, Kristen Connolly, Audrey Lynn Weston

Screening time: Saturday, April 21st, 8:00pm
How I Became An Elephant
How I Became an Elephant is one girl's journey to inspire a movement. When Juliette West set out on a quest to educate herself she got far more than she bargained for. Now she is angry. Her anger is driven by love; love for all that is natural and free. How I Became an Elephant follows this innocent fourteen year-old girl from suburban California on her quest to save the world's largest land mammals; a quest that takes her halfway across the globe and face to face with the giants she aims to save.

Cast:  Jorga FoxJuliette West, Sangduen (Lek) Chailert  

Screening time: Saturday, April 21st, 4:30pm
The Rescuer
In 1979, Grillo, an up-and-coming young Hollywood actor driving to a location shoot, spotted a bedraggled abandoned dog wandering under the broiling desert sun. Leo stopped to pick up the animal and nursed it back to health. This experience opened Leo's eyes to a shocking problem: annually, millions of pets are tossed out and simply left to die in America's wilderness. Leo formed a nonprofit organization called D.E.L.T.A. Rescue (Dedication and Everlasting Love to Animals), which eventually grows to include a 94-acre 'supersanctuary' housing over 1500 abandoned dogs and cats, the largest organization of its type in the world. In The Rescuer Leo becomes obsessed with the tracking of one specific dog and her family over a 2-year period, which changes his life in an unexpected way.

Starring: Leo Grillo

Screening time: Sunday, April 22nd, 4:30pm
“I am tremendously excited about this years class of films. I am particularly fond of the feature documentaries screening. I can’t wait for people to watch them!” asserts Vice President of Programming, Tai Fauci. “In the last year, we’ve also opened up the fest to web series, which is a growing and important independent medium. We are showcasing some outstanding web pilots in this year’s Hollywood fest including Gigi: Almost American and The Division.”
In 2012, FirstGlance will be expanding to a third city, The Biggest Little Town in America, Las Vegas. FirstGlance is also expanding into theatrical and digital distribution for our filmmakers and audience and prepare for groundbreaking and visionary hybrid distribution opportunities not offered by any other festival or distribution company in North America. 
For a list of all of the official selections screening at Raleigh Studios for the Hollywood Festival, click here: AND follow the festival on its social media sites: 

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