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First Annual Lucky Strike Film Festival is a Major Success

The much anticipated Lucky Strike Film Festival rolled out it’s red carpet for it’s first annual festival featuring celebrities and awardees such as Emmy winning actress Judi Evans of Days of Our Lives, Natalie Burn, Jamie Bernadette, Iyad Hajjaj, Massi Furlan, Stephanie Spruill and many others in attendance at their awards ceremony on September 22nd at the Regency Valley Plaza 6 Theatre in North Hollywood.

In addition to the exposure, the winners for Best Film also received a distribution deal through Lucky Strike Productions. This was a wonderful opportunity for films of all genres and filmmakers of all backgrounds. This festival will truly be a home for indie filmmakers and a new voice for artists, which will allow for their talent to emerge. Traci Lynn Cowan and Ryder Davidson co-hosted the awards ceremony.

This innovative festival was founded by multi award-winning filmmaker Romane Simon. Asked why he created his own festival in addition to writing, directing and producing countless films and being a highly regarded author, Simon said, “it feels really good knowing that I created a platform for creative fellow filmmakers to showcase their work for a broad audience.”

It was also Simon’s birthday. “I couldn’t ask for a better birthday party. To be able to spend the day with talented fellow filmmakers while providing a platform for creative people to come under the same roof to celebrate art. The turnout was more than I ever hoped for! It was a great success. Love, laugh, live and follow your dream,” he added.

 

Simon, himself, has an interesting background as he was born and raised in Haiti. He moved many miles from home to the United States to continue and expand his dreams in the entertainment industry, by embarking upon several more projects. Simon currently works as a screenplay writer, actor, fight choreographer, stuntman, dancer, and even model. Simon is also a great MMA fighter with a record of 9-2-3. His most recent film Hybristophilia stars Quinton Aaron from the Blind Side, Sadie Katz from Wrong Turn 6, Jenna Willis from the People Vs. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story, Iyad Hajjaj from Madam Secretary and many others.

Here’s a list of winners from the festival:

Lifetime Achievement Award: Judi Evans

Best Docu Feature: Isis Crisis by Dr. Elham Madani, who was also awarded best female director

Best TV episode: Bad Pizza by Mark Schaefer

Best Animation: Sweet Tooth by Kelse Whitfield

Best Short Film Thriller: Strangers in a Book by Marc Rezvani

Best Drama Short Film: As We Say Goodbye by Jhosimar Vasquez

Best Action Short: Among Us by Joss Gomez

Achievement in Film: Robert Parham

 Rising Stars: Carolyn Dupree, Brooklyn Robinson, Alexander Man, Lillian Lev, Jamie Bernadette

Achievement Award winners: Natalie Burn, Iyad Hajjaj, Stephanie Spruill, Shane Sparks, Bobbie Chance and Massi Furlan

Best Horror Slasher: Prey in Cold Blood by Alex T. Hwang

Entertainer Award: Sonia Harley

Achievement in Fitness: Traci Lynn Cowan

Media Award winners: Mark Sevier, Stephen Ingves, JP Beaulieu, Orlando Jose, Guillermo Proano, Shane Silvester, Roland de Guzman, Svetlana Krapivina, Ryan Nguyen, Cerdan Smith of cdaem, and HPC’s own Vida G!

More info about the festival at:

https://www.luckystrikefilmsfestival.com/

Photos courtesy of Mark Sevier and Ryan Nguyen

Dustin Brown

Dustin Brown

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Lucky Strike Film Festival Launches

Acclaimed and prolific production company Lucky Strike Films has just launched the much anticipated Lucky Strike Film Festival.  Besides giving filmmakers the opportunity to have their movies premiered before enthusiastic audiences, the Lucky Strike Film Festival will also host an awards show, complete with a snazzy red carpet event and after party! This epic event will take place on September 21st-23rd, with the awards ceremony on September 22nd at the Regency Valley Plaza 6 Theatre in North Hollywood.

Filmmaker, author, festival founder Romane Simon on the red carpet.

In addition to the exposure, the winners for Best Film will also receive a distribution deal through Lucky Strike Productions.

This is a wonderful opportunity for films of all genres and filmmakers of all backgrounds. This festival will truly be a home for indie filmmakers and a new voice for artists, which will allow for their talent to emerge.

This innovative festival was founded by multi award-winning filmmaker Romane Simon. Asked why he created his own festival in addition to writing, directing and producing countless films and being a highly regarded author, Simon said, “it feels really good knowing that I created a platform for creative fellow filmmakers to showcase their work for a broad audience.”

Simon, himself, has an interesting background. As the Grandson of Haiti’s Former President, he was born and raised in Haiti, where he began his filmmaking career. He moved many miles from home to the United States to continue and expand his dreams in the entertainment industry, by embarking upon several more projects. Simon currently works as a screenplay writer, actor, fight choreographer, stuntman, dancer, and even model. Simon is also a great MMA fighter with a record of 9-2-3. His most recent film Hybristophilia stars Quinton Aaron from the Blind Side, Sadie Katz from Wrong Turn 6, Jenna Willis from the People Vs. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story, Iyad Hajjaj from Madam Secretary and many others.

Honoree Quinton Aaron
Honoree and Emmy winner Patrika Darbo
Honoree Iyad Hajjaj

Fataneh Lafleur is the festival manager, Robyn Carmona is the festival coordinator, and Nicole Alexis is a board member. Honorees this year are actors Quinton Aaron (The Blind Side), Emmy winner Patrika Darbo (Days of Our Lives) , Iyad Hajjaj (Madam Secretary), Walter E. Jones,  Grammy nominated artist Stephanie Spruil and Emmy nominated artist Shane Sparks.

More info at https://www.luckystrikefilmsfestival.com/ and tickets can be purchased at this link https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lucky-strike-film-festival-tickets-36135409984

Dustin Brown

Dustin Brown

I am the Senior Editor at HollywoodPressCorps.com.

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Hybristophilia Chock Full of Thrills and Stars

The premiere for the much anticipated “Hybristophilia,” written and directed by talented filmmaker Romane Simon premiered in Beverly Hills recently with a star studded cast with the likes of Quinton Aaron, Sadie Katz, Jenna Willis, Massi Furlan, Lilian Lev, Alexis Nichols, Sara Hedgren and Iyad Hajjaj and others.

After he impressed the universe with his performance as football player Michael Oher (“Big Mike”) in the Oscar winning film The Blind Side,  Aaron has gone on to have an impressive acting career in the areas of both cinema and television.

From left to right: Actor Quinton Aaron, Filmmaker Romane Simon and Actor Alexander Man

Hybristophilia (the word basically describes sexual attraction to people who have committed atrocious acts) is about a camera crew who travel at their own risk to a remote and possibly haunted farmhouse to interview a notorious serial killer.

Still of actresses Jenna Willis and Sadie Katz

This film opens on an ambitious news team arrives at a secluded farmhouse for an exclusive interview with an at-large serial killer known as the Sleepy Stalker, a murderer known for attacking “sleepy” small towns. The news crew includes a hotshot young female reporter as well as the team’s guest expert: a psychologist noted for her expertise in psychopaths. They all soon discover that the farmhouse was the site of a grisly murder-suicide thirty years earlier and is now believed to be haunted. What I really enjoyed was that this film had the viewer on the edge of their seat and was so suspenseful.

Movie Poster

Director Romane Simon has just wrapped his next film, Blood Runs Thick, which stars iconic actor Tom Sizemore.

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V80HmT5K1Ec

Facebook Fan page:  https://www.facebook.com/Hybristophiliamovie/

Dustin Brown

Dustin Brown

I am the Senior Editor at HollywoodPressCorps.com.

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