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NYC Comes Into Focus at HDFest

October 8th, 2008 - HDFEST's New York Festival Event will be held October 17th, 18th, and 19th. On October 17th, HDFEST will be hosting a festival kick-off party at the RMA Museum's K2 Lounge from 6pm-10pm. This will mark the inaugural event of "Music in Film- It's Evolving" Filmmaker and Musician networking. This HDFEST event is free of charge to HDFEST ticket holders, VIPs and HDFEST Music members.

HDFEST's "Music in Film- It's Evolving" will provide introductions for filmmakers looking for film music for their soundtracks or interested in meeting new composers. These filmmakers will be introduced to musicians who are interested in scoring films. To attend the Music in Film It's Evolving Party, simply visit http://www.hdfest.com/hdfestnyc.html to register.

HDFEST will also present its annual New York HD Film Festival Screenings Saturday and Sunday Night at the Sony Wonder Technology Lab's Theatre from 5pm-10pm each evening. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased on the HDFEST website or at the event box office at Sony Wonder Technology Lab's Theatre located at at 56th Street and Madison Avenue in the Sony Plaza Public Arcade.

HDFEST is an exclusively High-Definition film festival which has been taking place since 2000. The festival only screens films shot with HD or HDV cameras and all festival content is projected via High-Definition projectors. HDFEST's New York event will screen a truly diverse selection of short films and features, with most projects making both their US premieres and their HD premieres simultaneously. Screenings will also include High-Definition animation, High-Definition experimental films and HD comedies.

Festival feature screenings include the New York Premiere of the revolutionary film "1000 Journals," directed by Andrea Kreuzhage. This innovative award-winning documentary is the story of "a global, collaborative project, which began in the year 2000 by a graphic designer in San Francisco who calls himself 'Someguy.'" “Someguy” documents what happens when an artist mails and leaves 1000 blank books all over the world. In September 2003, one of the 1000, number 526, returned to Someguy, filled out. What happened to the other 999? This film tells their stories. Andrea Kreuzhag has been working in the film industry since 1986, and has been involved in the development, financing, production, marketing and/or distribution of 8 to 10 feature films and TV productions per year. She has Executive produced films including "SLC Punk" (which received an Independent Spirit Award nomination in 2002) and "Bookies" starring Nick Stahl.

HDFEST New York will also have The New York Premiere and High-Def Premiere of "Foreign Devils," Directed by Avery Pack. "Foreign Devils" has the unique and interesting distinction of having been filmed on the streets of Bejing, China. This feature narrative is the story of two mismatched friends, foreigners in Bejing, who spend their last day together in Bejing, "a city on the brink of history."

In the documentary category, HDFEST New York will screen the vivid feature "Chihuly in the Hotshop," which makes its New York Premiere and High-Def premiere with HDFEST. "Chihuly in the Hotshop" is a documentary about renowned glassmaker Chihuly which is directed by Peter West. This visually stunning documentary reveals the depth and breadth of Chihuly's impressive career in glassmaking, which has spanned over thirty years. "Chihuly in the Hotshop" matches its impressive visuals with impressive sounds as the documentary is set to a soundtrack by the Tom Tom Club.

The complete New York HDFEST schedule, directions, and online ticketing information can be found at http://www.hdfest.com/hdfestnyc.html.
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