DROGHEDA DIRECTOR Frank Kelly is bound for the USA with his short film 'Raise My Hands' selected to be screened as part of HollyShorts Film Festival in LA.
Although the short has been a hit on the international film festival circuits since its launch - it has already screened at the Heartland Film Festival and the Byron Bay International Film Festival, the Sonoma Film Festival, Newport Beach Film Festival and the Tokyo Short Shorts Film Festival - this is the first time Frank will be present to see how it is received.
Plus this screening is close to the Drogheda man's heart, as it will share the same screen as many of his film heroes at the famed Grauman's Chinese Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard - the ones with all the handprints to the uninitiated!
' The first time I ever went to Hollywood, I made a beeline for that theatre, to see the handprints of my idols like Jimmy Stewart,' says Frank, who has won awards for films such as ' Bill for short' and 'Emily's Song'.
' In the history of Hollywood, so many of the great movies, many of which are my personal favourites, premiered there, and for mine to be shown in the same theatre, is a huge honour.'
'Raise My Hands' is a photographic montage, which uses text, poetry and music to link the images on screen in a single narrative, connecting them to one man, whom the film celebrates, Nelson Mandela.
The images used in the film are by renowned photographer Scott McDermott and are part of his Mandela Day collection.
' The collection includes the photographs of hands and portraits of stars from the entertainment industry, including Morgan Freeman, Robert de Niro, Quincy Jones, Clint Eastwood and more,' explains Frank, who will travel to the HollyShorts Film Festival between August 9th and 16th with his American wife Maryann Koopman.
'It has screened at other festivals but this one will be extra special as I get to be there.'
Frank directed and edited the film, Elliot V. Kotek (140) wrote and produced, and narration was provided by Celia Almanzan-Fox.