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HOLLYWOOD COMMUNITY SUPPORT LEXUS SHORT FILMS PREMIERE EVENTS

KATIE HOLMES, JUSTIN CHADWICK, SIMON CURTIS, ANTOINE FUQUA AND PHILLIP NOYCE SUPPORT TWO RISING FILMMAKERS TO INTERPRET THE LEXUS “LIFE IS AMAZING” BRAND THEME

The 2014 Lexus Short Films program, a joint partnership between Lexus and The Weinstein Company, is receiving the backing of the Hollywood community on the evening of the premiere in Los Angeles and New York.

Two rising filmmakers, Jon Goldman and Satsuki Okawa (with script writer Ken Ochiai), are being mentored by acclaimed members of the film community including actress Katie Holmes (The Giver, Wonder Boys, Dawson’s Creek), directors Justin Chadwick (Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, upcoming Tulip fever), Simon Curtis (My Week With Marilyn, upcoming Woman in Gold), Antoine Fuqua (Brooklyn’s Finest, Training Day, upcoming Southpaw) and Phillip Noyce (The Giver, The Quiet American).

Noyce commented, “It’s an honour to have been approached by The Weinstein Company and Lexus International to participate in such an innovative and important program. What they are doing with the next generation of filmmakers will have a significant impact in the world of cinema. I’m truly excited for audiences to see what these talented young directors are creating.”

The mentors will also film featurettes that highlight the mentoring process as each of them meets with the up-and-coming directors and offers guidance and support. The pieces will also focus on the art of the short film, the evolution of the medium and its importance, and the growing global appetite for the format. The featurettes will be released leading up to the films' theatrical run in Los Angeles and the worldwide release online in October.

The first presentation of the shorts, Market Hour and Operation Barn Owl, took place at the Short Shorts Film Festival in Tokyo on May 29. US premieres will take place on July 30 in Los Angeles and August 6 in New York.

Both films will play at numerous festivals around the world and will be attached to major Weinstein Company releases such as The Giver.

The Lexus Short Films series will premiere online in October this year. In the meantime, the films’ progress and schedule can be followed at www.lexusshortfilms.com

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