Hollywood Shorts

Tuesday, September 24, 2019 - 8:30pm
Hollywood Shorts
Hollywood Shorts
Hollywood Shorts
Hollywood Shorts
Hollywood Shorts
Hollywood Shorts

Ticket Information



7:00PM - Filmmaker Happy Hour
8:30PM - Film Screenings 
9:30PM - Filmmaker Q&A

*Includes free parking and free popcorn!




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. 

Vanessa Newell
Beside the campfire, late at night, a Girl Scout Troop Leader learns the truth about the terrifying legend of Bull Mountain.

Vanessa Newell is an award-winning writer, director and editor. She teaches film production and editing at LMU. She has edited numerous documentaries that have aired on network and cable television channels, including PBS, NBC and Bravo. She has also edited independent features and many short films, including the Emmy-nominated film Sway. As writer and director, her short films have won awards and screened at film festivals across North America and Europe, including Palm Springs, Los Angeles, Cinequest, Toronto, Barcelona, Berlin and Warsaw. Her feature script, The Tightrope, was a finalist at the 2003 and 2004 Sundance Filmmakers’ Lab.

Emma Bell
A young boy hasn't spoken a word since the horrific accident that killed his sister, and now he is determined to be reunited with her.

Emma Bell is a filmmaker and actress. Her extensive acting credits include the role of Amy in The Walking Dead, and as Emma Brown in Dallas. She also starred in the feature films Frozen and Destination 5.  Emma begin her career in New York, in an off-Broadway cabaret show at the age of 12.  Between the Pines is Emma's second short film, which she is developing into a feature film.  

Ben Hartley
A young slave is secretly taught to read and write by his master’s wife. Using only the air as their blackboard, this random act of kindness provided an education that paved the way from slavery to freedom.

Ben Hartley is a director, choreographer, filmmaker, educator, & Broadway professional. His first multi award winning short film Early Mourning just wrapped a 22 film festival tour. He choreographed Held Momentarily for NYMTF, Gypsy in Houston, TX. Hairspray in Stamford, CT, & Ballet Central UK. He choreographed Guys & Dolls, Cabaret, Grease, Urinetown, Carousel, Into The Woods, Les Miserables, Gypsy, 42nd Street, & A Little Night Music for LGHS, "Fame School" NYC and a tribute to Broadway legend Ben Vereen. He directed, choreographed, & produced over ten productions for The Broadway Experience NYC. Ben served as the Assistant Choreographer on the Broadway production of Enron & the reading of Robin & The Seven Hoods. He performed in Broadway & West End productions of The Little Mermaid, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Fiddler on the Roof, Swan Lake, Cats, Fosse, Cinderella, & The Carmanas well as regional productions of Hello Dolly, Pirates of Penzance, & The Most Happy Fella. Ben is the Founder & Director of The Broadway Experience musical theater intensive. 

Guille IsaAngello Faccini
In coastal Colombia, facing rising tides made worse by climate change, a mother teachers her daughter how to swim so that she may go to the mangroves and harvest piangua shellfish with the other women in the village.

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.