Tuesday, July 6, 2010

LA Premiere of Narrative Short THE POND at the 14th Annual LA SHORTS FEST

LOS ANGELES, CA (July 2, 2010) - THE POND, a dramatic short film, has been selected to screen at the Los Angeles International Short Film Festival. The film will show on Monday, July 26 at 1 pm in the Laemmle Sunset 5 Theaters located on Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood. The screening will mark the film's Los Angeles Premiere.

Currently entering its 14th year, the LA Shorts Fest is dedicated to the celebration and cultivation of the short film. Through a variety of yearlong activities, the LA Shorts Fest educates, entertains, and honors those who have mastered the craft. Designated by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as an Academy Award® qualifying Festival, the LA Shorts Fest is attended by top industry insiders, agents and studio executives. In its history, 33 films featured at the LA Shorts Fest have earned Oscar nominations, and 11 filmmakers have won.

"Coming off of the tremendous response to our world premiere screenings last week at the Palm Springs International ShortFest, I can't begin to express how excited I am about our upcoming LA outing. There's definitely no better place to reveal the film to LA and industry audiences than the LA Shorts Fest and I'm honored to be a part of it," said filmmaker Dan Hannon.

THE POND is a moving and surprising story about a young woman who makes a discovery for which no one could ever be prepared. The film was shot entirely in the picturesque state of New Hampshire and represents the directorial debut of writer Dan Hannon, who also penned the original screenplay.

"At the core of this little movie is a grand, fantastical notion that the universe is accomplishing amazing things right under our nose," said Hannon. "The film's conclusion is much more of a leaping off point than it is the end, and will hopefully leave an audience wondering what's going to happen next. It did that in Palm Springs, which felt amazing," he added.

Joining the writer/director are the recognizable onscreen talents of Alicia Witt, currently on NBC's "Friday Night Lights," David Morse, most recently seen in 2010 Academy Award® Best Picture THE HURT LOCKER, and Todd Rotondi, who made a splash as Jack Kerouac in 2010 Sundance Film Festival hit HOWL. The powerful story also attracted offscreen talents including producer Francine DiChiara, cinematographer Jendra Jarnagin and composer Justin R. Durban.

The 2010 LA Shorts Fest takes place July 22-30 in West Hollywood, CA. Tickets go on sale July 12. To learn more about the festival, visit www.lashortsfest.com.

For more information about THE POND, and to view a teaser of the film, visit www.thepondmovie.com.