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Verbinski pic to ‘Ring’ in H’wood Film Fest

'Narc' to close event while 'Maurice' nabs spotlight

See lineupGore Verbinski’s “The Ring” will serve as the opening-night world premiere at the sixth annual Hollywood Film Festival, which runs Oct. 2-6.

Jean-Marie Poire’s “My Wife Maurice” will serve as the centerpiece gala premiere, with the premiere of Joe Carnahan’s “Narc” presented as the closing-night pic.

The fest will screen 27 features and documentaries, which will compete for the Hollywood Discovery Awards.

Other events include the Hollywood Film Conference and the Hollywood Humanitarian Symposium, which will be chaired by Nobel laureate Jody Williams and include a screening of Daniel Sekulich’s doc “Aftermath: The Remnants of War.”

The fest has also created an alliance with the EUC that focuses on European Cinema. This includes a showcase of European films that will compete for the Hollywood European Film Award.

At an Oct. 7 ceremony, the festival will also present special awards to Jack Valenti, Jody Williams, Jodie Foster, Martin Scorsese, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Naomi Watts, McG, screenwriter Robert Towne, producers Douglas Wick and Lucy Fisher, cinematographer Janusz Kaminski, editor Pietro Scalia, composer Marc Shaiman, songwriter Carole Bayer Sager, production designer Harold Michelson and casting director Marcia Ross.

Features and documentaries screening at the Hollywood Film Festival

“100 Mile Rule” by Brent Huff (U.S. – World Premiere)

“All-American Boy” by John Truby (U.S. – World Premiere)

“American Gun” by Alan Jacobs (U.S. – Los Angeles Premiere)

“Armed & Innocent” by Roya Hakakian (U.S. – West Coast Premiere)

“Brombeerchen” by Oliver Rihs (Switzerland – U.S. Premiere)

“The Burning Wall” by Hava Kohav Beller (U.S. – U.S. Premiere)

“The Cold War and Beyond” by James Thebaut (U.S. – World Premiere)

“DAM/AGE” by Aradhana Seth (India – U.S. Premiere)

“ECHELON: The Secret Power” by David Korn-Brzoza (France – U.S. Premiere)

“Everyone Loves Alice” by Richard Hobert (Sweden – U.S. Premiere)

“Farewell to Harry” by Garrett Bennett (U. S. – LA Premiere)

“Fogbound” by Ate de Jong (Holland – U.S. Premiere)

“Garmento” by Michele Maher (U.S. – West Coast Premiere)

“Heart” by Horst Johann Sczerba (Germany – U.S. Premiere)

“Hungry Hearts” by Rolf Schrader (U.S. – World Premiere)

“Interstate 60” by Bob Gale (U.S. – LA Premiere)

“L’Inverno” by Nina Di Majo (Italy – U.S. Premiere)

“The Invisible” by Joel Bergvall and Simon Sandquist (Sweden – U.S. Premiere)

“The Last Minute” by Stephen Norrington (United Kingdom – U.S. Premiere)

“Me & Morrison” by Lenka Hellstedt (Finland – U.S. Premiere)

“Monique” by Valérie Guignabodet (France – U.S. Premiere)

“Mumya Firarda” by Erdal Murat Aktas (Turkey – World Premiere)

“New Suit” by François Velle (U.S. – West Coast Premiere)

“NTV-1” by Sheldon Collins (U.S. – World Premiere)

“The Seventh Sun of Love” by Vangelis Serdaris (Greece – U.S. Premiere)

“Villa des Roses” by Frank Van Passel (Belgium – U.S. Premiere)

“Wake” by Henry LeRoy Finch (U.S. – World Premiere)

Short films screening at the festival are:

“Advice and Dissent” by Leib Cohen.

“Desperate Deeds” by Antonio Oreña Barlin.

“Frank’s Last Dance” by David J. Burke.

“The Ghost of F. Scott Fitzgerald” by Charles Lyons.

“Imaginary Grace” by Wesley Sewell.

“The Lady Lovelace Deception System” by Alexandre Moors.

“Lucky Day” by Frédéric Ledoux.

“The Sundial Field” by Cary Cremidas.

“Vodka, Winter and the Cry of Violin” by Steven Grayhm.

“Where’s Angelo?” by Harris Goldberg. (U.S. – World Premiere)

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