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Daniel Kaminsky’s The Deal, Set To Premiere at HollyShorts Opening Night

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The Deal, Daniel Kaminsky’s supernatural thriller short film is set to premiere at the HollyShorts Film Festival’s opening night celebration on Thursday, August 11th at the TCL Chinese Theater.

Kaminsky, writer and director, began his career as Joss Whedon’s assistant on Marvel’s The Avengers. 

The Deal stars Jake Weary (It Follows, Animal Kingdom), Alexandra Shipp (X-Men Apocalypse), Michelle DeFraites, Daniel Amerman, and Bobby Soto. This film is produced by Michael Klein, Brett Young-Fountain, and executive produced by Joss Whedon.

The Deal
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The Deal

The Deal tells the story of a former high school quarterback who discovers everyone around him has suddenly changed. The screw-up is a star, the fat girl is gorgeous and the nerd is now the most popular kid. But when his girlfriend, the only proof of who he once was, suddenly disappears, Bryce will do anything to uncover the truth. Even if it costs him more than he bargained for.

Bryce might think his school is all screwed-up, but I think this sounds fantastic. I want to see a shake-up in the normal high school hierarchy. This film is considered a “supernatural thriller” so I am sure there are some outside forces at work here, but I am looking forward to this short film nonetheless. 

HollyShorts Film Festival Opening Night

The Deal will be among several other star-studded opening night selections including: Jennifer Morrison’s Wild Wild Horses and Cuddle Party.

Directed by Matthew Irving Epstein, Cuddle Party stars Yvette Nicole Brown (Community), Michaela Watkins (Casual), and Rob Huebel (Children’s Hospital).

During the opening gala, Jennifer Morrison will receive the 2016 HollyShorts Trailblazer Award presented by Women in Film.

Also screening opening night is the new BITPIX original short from digital sci-fi action/adventure series INFINI. From the mind of L. Philippe Casseus (Lionsgate’s Freelancers) this series will feature a global cast.

Lastly, prior to the opening shorts program, Kenneth Kokin’s directorial debut BLOOD MOON will open the festival.

Blood Moon
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How to Attend the Festival

HollyShorts opening night tickets are available at hollyshorts.com. The schedule is now live and can be viewed online. The top 12-15 winning films from this year’s competition will receive a one-week theatrical run following the festival. This theatrical run will qualify the films for Award season.

Katie has a Master’s in Psychology from the University of Hartford and is a former Cast Member of the Disneyland Resort. She was introduced to the world of movies by her father at a very young age and has been a fan ever since. She has a deep love for Jane Austen novel adaptations, Period Dramas, and YouTube vlog-style novel adaptations. She also geeks out over Harry Potter, DC, Marvel, Disney, Supernatural, Doctor Who, Sherlock, In the Flesh, Star Wars, Star Trek, LOTR, Jurassic Park and Foreign Films. Lastly, Katie loves the theatre, music, novels, Disneyland, college football, baseball, and cycling.