2012 @Hollyshorts Film Festival Opening Night Magic

Opening Night at the 2012 Hollyshorts Film Festival

(video interviews coming soon)

Alekesam’s Jason Bergh and Selema Mabena Masekela

Candace Bailey of G4’s ‘Attack of the Show

Marc Brener and Jeffrey Kawa from ‘Say It Ain’t Solo


‘Say It Ain’t Solo:’ A father and son learn that their favorite film – ‘STAR WARS’ – is about to become the latest casualty of Hollywood’s remake obsession. Together, they enlist the help of some friends to try and stop the madness. (C) 2012 DigitalTV2 (From Youtube description).

Don’t miss the Film Courage/Hollyshorts Panel –
Youtube Domination: How YouTubers Are Taking Over the Film World

L.A. Times article mentioning Theo Dumont and Daniel Sol, founders of Hollyshorts…


A few of the awesome films from opening night include :

Directed by: Jason Bergh

Synopsis (from Youtube page):

Hugh Masekela — musician, activist and father was exiled from his family and native South Africa for over 30 years as a direct result of Apartheid. Undaunted, he would find musical success in America with the 1968 number one hit, Grazin’ In The Grass, and in 1971 he would father a son, Selema Mabena Masekela. Yet shortly thereafter, Hugh would make the choice to leave America and his son for Africa, in an effort to reconnect to his homeland through music and create awareness about the situation in South Africa. 39 years later, Selema, better known as television personality and ESPN X Games host ‘Sal’ Masekela, reflects on his relationship with his father, the accompanying issues of abandonment and addiction, race and self, and the conflicts that influence the choices we make in our lives. Alekesam explores the story of a father exiled from his country, a son exiled from his father, and their mutual attempt to connect to the world, and each other through music.

Entertainment Journalist Ben Lyons shares his thoughts on how much attention filmmakers should pay to critics reviews, what he gained from reviews on the documentary short “Alekesam” that he produced, and he tells us how the most successful indie filmmakers know how to build a relationship with the people who are watching their films.



For more information on the Hollyshorts Film Festival at The Grauman’s Chinese Theatre through August 16, 2012, please visit Hollyshorts.com.