Opening Night Program #4
Friday, August 15, 7:30pm
Laemmle Sunset 5 Theaters Hollywood
Presentation of the Maverick Filmmaker Award to SHANE BLACK (Writer/Director)
Guest of Honor will discuss his career with audience Q & A
LA Shorts Fest is excited to honor Shane Black with its 2008 Maverick Filmmaker Award on Opening Night Friday, August 15 at 7:30pm for his contributions as a writer, director, and producer.
Fresh out of UCLA, a 23 year old Shane Black wrote Lethal Weapon. The enormous success of the film, starring Mel Gibson and Danny Glover, helped launch one of the most successful franchises in Hollywood history with three sequels. Within the industry, Black was credited for reinventing and reviving the “buddy” action film genre.
Black’s love of Film Noir, firebrand cops, tough-as-nails but down-and-out private eyes, and secret agents on the run allowed for memorable protagonists in The Last Boy Scout starring Bruce Willis and The Long Kiss Goodnight starring Geena Davis. But it wasn’t until 2005, after a retreat from Hollywood lasting almost a decade, that Black returned to filmmaking as both writer and director on Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang. A film-noir action-comedy about a petty thief from New York who finds himself embroiled in a Hollywood mystery, the masterfully directed film stars Robert Downey Jr. and Val Kilmer. Routinely praised by critics, Black received numerous awards for Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang including Best Original Screenplay from The San Diego Film Critics Association.
Black’s “maverick” style of screenwriting incorporates his tongue-in-cheek sensibility, bold side comments and jokes about situations taking place within his story, even the occasional jab at studio executives and readers. Copiously studied, often copied, but never equaled, Shane Black’s iconoclastic work has secured him a place in Hollywood as one of its highest paid screenwriters. His dedication to and mastery of the filmmaking craft have earned him this year’s distinction of Maverick Filmmaker.
Drama / United States
/ 16 min
Brolin, Vincent Riverside
A beat up muscle car cruises innocently along a stretch of desert highway on what appears to be an innocent drive shared by father and daughter. With each mile, these kindred spirits confront their past, gain an understanding for each other, and nobly attempt to right a wrong.Josh Brolin directing debut
Horror / United States
/ 13 min
Starring: Wynona Ryder, John Hawkes
When Bill, Cynthia, and their daughter Alice move into a new house, they are confronted with an unexpected occupant. However, as they decide what to do, the Johnson’s learn that sometimes, living peacefully means learning how to get along with anyone – or anything.Kirsten Dunst directing debut
Drama / United States / 22 min
Starring: Jeanne Tripplehorn, Camilla Belle, Greg Butler, Gia Carides, Johanna Day, Ray Porter, Channing Tatum
Falling into a trap could be the best thing that ever happened to you. Maggie’s journey of self-discovery begins with a shaky start when she pulls up to an address in a seedy part of town. But after an unforgettable night of opening up to unexpected possibilities, her life will never be the same again.
Rita Wilson directing debut
Suspense / Thriller / United States
/ 15 min
The only beauty in Todd Gorman’s life is Laura Hagen, his abusive father’s bewitching girlfriend. When Todd’s odd behavior drives Laura away, the lonely teenager embarks on a menacing quest for something lovely for himself.Director / Writer: Martin Keegan
Producer: Rebecca Keegan
Immediately followed by a reception serving Heineken, Honest Tea, IZZE and hors d'oeuvres by California Pizza Kitchen