Together, Lexus and Weinstein Co. scour film festivals around the world to select up-and-coming directing talent, pair them with mentors like Philip Noyce and Antoine Fuqua, and provide the filmmakers with the kind of budget and resources that most indie features never see.
Screened at the Regal LA Live in downtown L.A., Harvey Weinstein himself introduced the quirky and touching films, written and produced in the spirit of Lexus’ “Life is Amazing” creative theme. The films were intended to capture and reflect the simple moments in life that reveal human vulnerability and create a sense of personal wonder.
“Market Hours” by writer/director Jon Goldman tells the story of Randall – the security guard at the Grand Central Market in downtown L.A. who spends his days imagining the inner lives and internal monologues of shop vendors. Randall’s inattention at work leads to a string of thefts that threaten his job. A chance encounter with a beautiful starlet and her lapdog provides Randall not only an opportunity to break the ice with Angela, but a chance to prove his worth to everyone at the market –including himself.
“Operation Barn Owl” by writer/director Satsuki Okawa and co-writer Ken Ochiai tells the story of Ellen and her group of friends who come together to help Ellen’s best friend, Jonah, propose to his girlfriend. The group stages a play chronicling moments of Jonah’s relationship with his soon-to-be-fiancé. We watch as Ellen overcomes the bittersweet emotions of experiencing her unrequited love for Jonah, while he bends down on one knee to propose to his girlfriend.
Actresses Kristen Bell (Showtime’s “House of Lies”), Dania Ramirez (Lifetime’s “Devious Maids”), Allison Janney (“Juno” and “The Rewrite”) were in attendance, as well as actor Cameron Monaghan (Showtime’s “Shameless”) and director Phillip Noyce from The Weinstein Company’s upcoming feature “The Giver,” starring Katie Holmes – an ambassador of the Lexus Short Films series.