Hollywood Brazilian FF opens tomorrow, June 6


The 4th annual edition of the Hollywood Brazilian Film Festival (HBR FEST) festival will showcase selected narrative and short films by up and coming Brazilian filmmakers and will take place in the heart of Hollywood, California from June 6th to the 10th at the Egyptian Theatre. Indie Filmmakers from all corners of Brazil will showcase their work and will interact with Hollywood industry professionals in exclusive networking events. HBR FEST is the first Hollywood-based film festival dedicated to addressing the cultural and commercial exchange between Hollywood, the World Film Industry and the Brazilian Film Community. Tickets to most screening are free thanks to the generous support of the Grace Helen Spearman Foundation, the General Consulate of Brazil in Los Angeles, and the Brazilian Foreign Relations Ministry.  See www.hbrfest.com for more information.

HBR FEST officially kicks off Wednesday, June 6th with an Opening Night Celebration at the Egyptian Theater featuring a star-studded red carpet and the Los Angeles Premiere of the feature film HELENO about the tragic life of Brazil’s first soccer star, Heleno de Freitas; starting Rodrigo Santoro (Winner – Best Actor at the 2011 Havana Film Festival). Stars confirmed to travel from Brazil to attend include Reynaldo Gianecchini, Cléo Pires and Sergio Marone.

Filmmaker’s attending whose work will be featured in HBR FEST 2012 include: Alysson Muritiba, director of  CIRCULAR and THE FACTORY (A FÁBRICA); Heloisa Passos, director of ON THE MOVE (CAMINHOS); Sara Silveira,  producer of SWIRL (GIRIMUNHO) and HARD LABOR (TRABALHAR CANSA); Marco Dutra, director of  HARD LABOR (TRABALHAR CANSA); Fellipe Barbosa, director of  LAURA; Leonardo Sette and Takumã Kuikuro, directors of THE HYPERWOMEN (AS HIPER MULHERES); Clarissa Campolina, director of SWIRL (GIRIMUNHO) and ASLEEP (ADORMECIDOS); Roberta Marques, director of RÂNIA; Julia Moraes, producer of RAT FEVER (A FEBRE DO RATO); and Rafael Urban, director of DINOSAUR EGGS IN THE LIVING ROOM (OVOS DE DINOSSAURO NA SALA DE ESTAR).

The attending filmmakers will be featured in a special Filmmakers Roundtable moderated by Variety’s Senior Critic and expert in Latin American cinema Robert Koehler at 4PM on Thursday, June 7 at the Egyptian Theater. The event is open to the public and aside from a chance to meet the filmmakers; it will provide great insight into the current state of Brazilian filmmaking, the trends and rising talent of Brazil.

Tickets for regular screenings are free to everyone and must be reserved online at http://hbrfest.eventbrite.com/. All screenings take place at the Egyptian Theater located at 6712 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, CA 90028. See the ticket page for the ticket policy.

The Hollywood Brazilian Film Festival is a non-profit organization devoted to promote the most preeminent Indie Brazilian productions at the worldwide Mecca of cinema, Hollywood. Since 2009, the Festival has been the stage of the cultural and commercial exchange between up-and-coming Brazilian filmmakers and the leaders of the American entertainment industry.

Each year, the Hollywood Brazilian Film Festival is held at the Egyptian Theater where it showcases daring features, documentaries, and short films made by the best new talent that Brazil has to offer. The programming cultivates an audience for Brazilian films that are rarely shown, coming from all parts of the country, while it supports this newest crop of filmmakers with business opportunities within the larger studio system in Hollywood.

The unique face-to-face Indie Brazil Program gives the opportunity for industry professionals from production and distribution companies to meet the filmmakers invited to present their work and discuss their creative process. Distributors, Agents, Casting Directors, and film lovers will have the unique opportunity to discover the most exciting cinema that our country has to offer. Films with a personal touch, produced outside the system, and yet without North American distribution, is our number one priority. All films are a Los Angeles Premiere and a one-of-kind opportunity for fresh discoveries.


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