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Hollywood July 16, 2013—For the first time in the festival’s history the HollyShorts Film Festival will open with a feature film. SOLmont Events, the organizers behind HollyShorts announced today that festival alumni David Rodriguez’ star-studded dramedy LAST I HEARD will receive its official Los Angeles premiere as the fests first-ever opening feature film with a special event screening on Thursday August 15, 2013 at the TCL Chinese Theatre.

LAST I HEARD stars Paul Sorvino, Michael Rappaport, Renee Props, Andrea Nittoli, and Lev Gorn. The film notably features the first onscreen pairing of mafia movie legends Sorvino and Chazz Palminteri (The Usual Suspects).

Ranked 3 times as one of MovieMaker Magazine’s top 25 Festival’s Worth the Entry Fee, the 9th annual HollyShorts Film Festival runs August 15-22, 2013 in Hollywood and will feature over 300 short films in competition.  International and local next generation filmmakers will transcend to Hollywood for a week of in-competition screenings, galas, World premieres, panels and networking events.

LAST I HEARD follows veteran actor Paul Sorvino as he gives a rare lead performance in this touching Sopranos-like character study. After serving 20 years in a federal prison, mafia capo Joseph “Mr. Joe” Scoleri (Sorvino) is released for health reasons. As he reconnects with his daughter Rita (Renee Props) and tries to build a relationship with his neighbor Bobby (Michael Rapaport), he realizes life will never be what it once was. Director David Rodriguez (AMERICAN BULLY), filming in his hometown of New York City, expertly captures both the gritty streets of Queens and the pain of a man facing his own mortality. Other recognizable faces include Steven Bauer (RAY DONOVAN), Paul Ben-Victor (THE WIRE) and Hassan Johnson (THE WIRE).

Commented festival co-founder and co-director Theo Dumont: “Our special opening night presentation of David Rodriguez’ s LAST I HEARD is a prime example of how HollyShorts stands apart from any other Shorts Festivals in LA; we’ve seen a lot of fests lately put screening restrictions on filmmakers, telling them when, where and where not to screen and we do the complete opposite, we strive to create fun and imaginative platforms for our filmmakers to network and advance their careers. We look forward to kick-starting our week with this special event.”

Added co-founder and co-director Daniel Sol: “Our goal from day 1 was to create a place where filmmakers can advance their careers to the next level and receive maximum exposure, and that tradition still continues today. We couldn’t be happier to have such a talented filmmaker and superb cast be the first feature film to open HollyShorts. “

HollyShorts 2013 sponsors include: Company 3, Deluxe, Method Studios, Uber, Panavision, Indiegogo, Law Offices of Clifford Lo Entertainment Law, Moviola, FEARnet, Martini Crew Booking, You Me and Charlie, Noci Cortinfestival, Showbiz Software, Lightspeed EPS, LAPPG, New Media Vault, The Roosevelt Hotel, Pop Chips, Final Draft, True Vision Entertainment, Yabazam!, Pretzel Chips, Production Hub, Quick Film Budget, Festival Genius, Indie Pix, ShortsHD, EuroChannel, Jungle Software, Los Angeles Hair Studio.

LAST I HEARD screening tickets, opening night tickets, and HollyShorts all access passes are now available at

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HollyShorts Film Festival is an annual short film festival showcasing the best and brightest short films from around the globe. HollyShorts is devoted to the advancement filmmakers through screenings, Q&A sessions and networking events. The HollyShorts Film festival showcases the top short films produced 30- minutes or less. For more information please visit

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