The Hollywood Film Festival, celebrating its 22ndyear running and 3rd year at Raleigh Studios, was pleased to host the World Premiere of Michael Feifer’s Soldier’s Heartstarring Neal Bledsoe and Val Kilmer on Saturday, Oct. 5that the Raleigh Studios Chaplin Theatre. Press arrival began at 4 pm. The Celebrity Red Carpet started at 4:30 pm and ran through 6 pm. Premiering as part of an exciting line-up of global films, Soldier’s Heart delves into the story of soldiers afflicted with PTSD set against the adventurous backdrop of the wild west in the post Civil War era. A Western at its core, Soldier’s Heart proves to be a timely story in our war afflicted times. Starring Neal Bledsoe, Val Kilmer, Jake Busey, Rob Mayes, Anna Lynne McCord, and James Russo it is Written and Directed by Michael Feifer. The Hollywood Film Festival has hit its stride this year, showing strong support of global filmmaking, social change, artistic excellence and creating conversations driven by the commitment to leverage the power of Hollywood as a global brand and entity that can bring communities together through the cinematic voice. Aiming to create relationships between filmmakers, producers, and representatives the Hollywood Film Festival has endeavored to build a bridge between Hollywood and its global counterparts. This year, they play host to dignitaries representing the good and the great of Africa’s film industry. Special Directors accolades were also given to Komarco Williams for “Environment”, Thiago Dedalt for “Duke”, and Ali Askari for “Falling”.   Exceptional Artistry Accolades were also given to actors Josh Hellman (Fury Road, X-Men), Jennifer Alcott (Kate Can’t Swim), and Paul Sorvino (Goodfellas) for their work in “Falling”. Tsitsi Dangarembga leads a powerhouse panel at the premiere. Her book Nervous Conditions was dubbed by the BBC as one of the top 100 books that have changed the world. The panel she leads delved into the changing global landscape of film and its influence on local indigenous communities. Karine Barclais, Head of the Africa Pavilion at Cannes, also joined this powerhouse-curated conversation on Saturday, Oct. 5th at 1 pm at the Chaplin Screening Room at Raleigh studios. Highlighting the key social issues of the moment that have gripped our society has always been a goal of HFF, and this year has come to fruition in spades with the esteemed Pamela Guest leading one of HFF’s curated conversations in both the genesis and the after-effects of sexual assault and sexual violence through the two mother-daughter panelists participating in a conversation titled “What is the long term impact of our hashtag culture on our industry”. Panelists included: Elizabeth Guest, Angela Rose, Elizabeth Blake Thomas, and Isabella Blake Thomas. The all-female panel touched on sexual consent and sexual assault in our culture and more specifically in the entertainment industry. The panel was so impactful that during the Q&A session, members of the audience publicly shared for the first time similar moments of their past that forever changed their lives. Wendy Estes, of the Hollywood Film Festival, said, “To know we’re creating such an inclusive environment, a place where filmmakers, artists, and entrepreneurs converge to share not only a great film but great open conversations shows the true impact potential this festival has.” Paving the way for ground-breaking conversations and timely films of cinematic excellence this year’s Hollywood Film Festival strived to bring together communities of diverse artists, audience, and industry leaders at its Hollywood Honors Party highlighted with music, performances, and conversations over cocktails.


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