Dreaming Hollywood – scriptwriter gets tangled in real life drama of drug dealers, prostitutes, and dirty cops
Dreaming Hollywood, a dark action-drama that’s described as “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” meets Tarantino action, It takes a deep dive into Ray Balfi’s bizarre world of drug dealers, prostitutes, dirty cops and social rejects as he tries to begin a new life-direction and shops his cartoon screenplay to 100 L.A. production companies. While facing rejection after rejection Ray learns that someone has stolen his script and made his movie, “The Dog’s Meow” without his permission. Now, Ray’s already messed-up life is thrown into catastrophic mayhem as he seeks revenge. Who stole his script? Everyone he meets is suspect as Ray is now motivated with a new lust for life…and for blood.
This is one bizarre film, but definitely well-directed. It’s scripted in many different formats, so it’s actually a movie, within a movie, which is exactly what the screenwriters and director set out to do. That, along with disclosing the seedy underside of Hollywood and the film industry. What doesn’t work is the disjointed script that jumps all over the place, supposedly for effect, but apparently fails on that account. There are enough bizarre characters, perhaps too many, to keep things interesting, but not intriguing. Poor Ray can’t seem to get a break, and always seems down on his luck, like some viewers might feel after watching this one.
DREAMING HOLLYWOOD is available on VOD Platforms and also as a deluxe Home Entertainment Blu Ray package that also includes a blistering audio soundtrack CD, featuring the music of the late DMX, ONYX and more! Available from Cleopatra Entertainment
In addition to winning the Audience Award at the Erie International Film Festival and winning the Best Feature Film at the London International Monthly Film Festival, DREAMING HOLLYWOOD continues its journey thru the Festival circuit, being officially selected at the upcoming Baja California International Film Festival, the Los Angeles Lift Off Film Festival, the Studio City International Film & TV Festival, the Rome International Movie Festival and the 4TheaterMovies Film Festival in the Best Film and Best Screenplay Categories.
The film stars Turk Matthews (CSI:NY, ENTOURAGE, CRIMINAL MINDS), Eliot (STAND AND DELIVER, 21 JUMP STREET), Link Ruiz (THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, NCIS, RAY DONOVAN), Madelyn Allen (DUKE AND DAMMIT, NATURAL DISASTERS) along with appearances by Rafael Sigler (GENTEFIED), Ben Lin (FRESH OFF THE BOAT, LAW & ORDER, MORTAL COMBAT) and Thomas Evans (THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT, GENERAL HOSPITAL, CRIMINAL MINDS).
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