7:00PM - Filmmaker Happy Hour
8:30PM - Film Screenings
9:30PM - Filmmaker Q&A
*Includes free parking and free popcorn!
Presnted by HBO
IGNITE @ The Ford
Hollywood Shorts is a monthly screening program that celebrates award-winning short films and animation, shining a light on exciting emerging voices. Hollywood Shorts returns to the Ford for three outdoor summer screenings on The Zev as part of their 20th season in Los Angeles. Attendees can grab free popcorn or something heartier at the Ford Terrace Café before kicking back to enjoy an evening of the best short films under the Hollywood stars. Stay after the screenings for a brief Q&A with the filmmakers.
Written & Directed by Pam Covington
The forbidden love between the heir to the interstellar potato chip empire and her robotic beau illustrates the age-old adage that parents just don't understand.
Pam Covington is a writer, director, and actor from Dallas, TX. She received a B.A. in Theatre from the University of Southern California in 2014 and shortly after co-wrote, produced and starred in a comedic short film, Hummingbird & Crane that screened at many festivals across the country including LA Shorts Fest. Her pilot script, Selection, was a semi-finalist in the hour-long teleplay competition at the Austin Film Festival. Space Flower, a short film she wrote, directed and starred in, premiered at Fantastic Fest 2018. She is currently an MFA Film Directing student at CalArts.
ALL ON A MARDI GRAS DAY
Written & Directed by Michael Pietrzyk
In a gentrifying New Orleans, Demond sacrifices to be Big Chief in a secret 200-year culture known as Mardi Gras Indians: African-American men from the city's roughest neighborhoods who spend all year sewing feathered suits they will only wear once... in a battle to decide who is "prettiest".
Michal Pietrzyk was born in Poland and emigrated to the US after his father’s imprisonment as a member of the anti-communist movement Solidarity. He started his career as an editor of unscripted television, graduating to Field and Executive Producer. He’s produced over 130 hours of network TV for National Geographic, Discovery, and Travel Channel, specializing in intimate, character-driven content, often in remote, dangerous places. One of his more memorable projects was spending Christmas in a Russian maximum security prison interviewing a cannibal. All On a Mardi Gras Day is his first independent documentary, and first as director. It premiered at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival.
Written & Directed by Jessica Mendez Siqueiros
When Maia, a mixed race Latina woman, sets out to reconnect with her traditional Mexican roots on her Nana's 100th birthday, things go terribly wrong.
Jessica Mendez Siqueiros is a Mexican-American writer/director & actress seeking to normalize complex & authentic narratives about the Southwest Mexican-American community through film. Her debut short film Pozole is an official selection of SIFF, LALIFF, Indy Shorts, and over 30 film festivals to date. The film took home the Jury Prize for Best Narrative Short Film (Comedy) at Cinequest, qualifying for the 2020 Academy Awards. Selected as a director mentee in the AT&T Hello Lab Mentorship Program, she is currently directing her next short film under the guidance of Lena Waithe. Her first feature film Reforma delves into the colorful, complicated world of a young Latina woman in La Reforma (the Tucson, AZ projects) in the 1960's. Reforma is currently in development & seeking funding with the support of NALIP's Latino Media Market.
Created & Written by Katherine Craft
Directed by Carey Williams
Krystal just got released from prison, and now must navigate the new rules and the fellow residents of a small town Texas Christian halfway house.
Katherine Craft is a Texas native with extensive experience as a playwright and theatre maker. She is an HBOAccess Writing Fellow, and her pilot Halfway, written in the program, premiered at Tribeca Film Festival 2019. She has written and produced several short narrative films, including June (2018), which won first place in the HBO 2018 Asian Pacific American Visionaries showcase, and Charlotte and Charlie (2018), which is a finalist in the PBS Online Film Festival
Carey Williams is an LA based director, who was named in 2018’s Filmmaker Magazine’s New Faces of Independent Film. In 2012, Williams directed Cherry Waves, which won Best Short film awards from HBO, NBC Shortcuts, San Diego Film Festival, as well as Best Narrative from Hollyshorts Film Festival. His short film Emergency won Special Jury Prize at Sundance 2018 and Best Narrative Short at SXSW 2018. Carey is a 2018 HBOAccess Directing Fellow.
This event is part of IGNITE @ the FORD!, a series comprised of world-renowned contemporary artists whose work is thought-provoking and reflects the world in which we live. Proceeds benefit the Ford Theatre Foundation.
Parking for this event
For this intimate event - which can accommodate approximately 150 people - the off-site parking lot is not available. Free, stacked parking is available on site and free shuttles will pick up from the Universal City/Studio City Metro stop.