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By Film Threat Staff | June 28, 2004

HDFEST’s 2004 Los Angeles event marks the second festival on the HDFEST 2004 World Tour, taking place this year in six cities: Sydney, Los Angeles, London, New York, Miami and Finland. The Los Angeles festival will be held
at the Sony Culver Studios Ince Theatre July 13th and the Los Angeles Film School July 14th and 15th. The event will screen a variety of high-definition cinema, exhibit HD equipment and conduct panel discussions on subjects related to HD filmmaking. HDFEST’s Los Angeles event will showcase films created using high-definition technology; all screenings will also be in HD format. Admission is free to attend and open to industry
professionals as well as the general public with advance pre-registration.

The following films are among the HDFEST 2004 selections to be presented at HDFEST in Los Angeles:

LUMINAL (HDFEST Screening July 15th, 9:30pm) – This UK/France sci-fi feature recently won the award for Best Feature at the Rome International Film Festival. “Luminal” is set in a futuristic Paris and is based on a best-selling novel by Isabella Santacroce. Directed by Andrea Vechiato.
REX STEELE: NAZI SMASHER (HDFEST Screening July 15th, 6pm) – This Student Academy Award winning animation follows Rex Steele, “Nazi smasher extraordinaire.” The film is now eligible for consideration in the short animation category for next year’s Academy Awards. Directed by Alexander Woo.
SOMEWHERE (HDFEST Screening July 14th, 6pm) – The first American High Definition film to shoot entirely on location in Thailand and Malaysia. “This feature tells the story of Ben Prowse and Lauri Rain, two twentysomething travelers who realize the first ten years of their adult life have been burdened by the high speed demands of college, jobs and relationships.” Directed by Thomas Whelan.
30 MILES (HDFEST Screening July 14th, 9:30pm) – 30 Miles follows two men of different race and background on a dramatic pressure-cooker trip. This film was the first 24p HD feature to be shot with the P+S Technik Pro-35mm Adapter. Directed by Ryan Harper.
THE MEXICAN DREAM (HDFEST Screening July 15th, 8pm) – Nominated for a 2004 Student Academy Award. A Hollywood star wannabe dresses up as a woman and decides to cross the border illegally. Directed by Gustavo Hernandez Perez.

For more info, visit the HDFEST website.

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