Independent Filmmaker Ford Austin's Award Winning Film 'Tiny Dancer' Chosen to Screen at Opening Night Gala of 2006 Beverly Hills Hi-Def Film Festival on Dec. 22 at The Historic Fine Arts Theater in Beverly Hills, Calif.

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On Friday, December 22nd in Beverly Hills, California, the 2006 Beverly Hills Hi-Def Film Festival Opening Night Gala will screen "Tiny Dancer" at the Fine Arts Theater. The Celebration of Excellence in HD cinema, which features food & drinks, a discussion panel about Hi-Def moviemaking, and a screening of Ford Austin's highly anticipated short film "Tiny Dancer" kicks off a week long festival of Hi-Def Films in the heart of Los Angeles. Ford Austin's "Tiny Dancer" , which was chosen to represent the best of the best in the festival, was just awarded the Southern California Motion Picture Council's Golden Halo Award for Best Short Film of 2006.

On Friday, December 22nd in Beverly Hills, California, the 2006 Beverly Hills Hi-Def Film Festival Opening Night Gala will screen "Tiny Dancer" at the Fine Arts Theater. The Celebration of Excellence in HD cinema, which features food & drinks, a discussion panel about Hi-Def moviemaking, and a screening of Ford Austin's highly anticipated short film "Tiny Dancer" kicks off a week long festival of Hi-Def Films in the heart of Los Angeles. Ford Austin's "Tiny Dancer" , which was chosen to represent the best of the best in the festival, was just awarded the Southern California Motion Picture Council's Golden Halo Award for Best Short Film of 2006.

If you like Hi-Def filmmaking, you are not in the minority, because HD films are here and they are better than ever. With 90% of Hollywood films shooting on High Definition cameras, it's no wonder that the Historic Fine Arts Theater in Beverly Hills, California is playing host the the 2006 Beverly Hills Hi-Def Film Festival. Steven Soderbergh, George Lucas, MIchael Mann, Bryan Singer, Robert Rodriguez, Quentin Tarantino, and the list goes on of filmmakers who are no longer using film.

Add to that list names like Ford Austin and you will see an evergrowing status quo of Hi-Def directors, because both of them have films in the opening night Gala on December 22nd.

Ford Austin has been directing independent films for the past 6 years and switched over to digital cameras 3 years ago because of the ease and quick pace of shooting. "Hi-Def is the best you can do. All you need is a great color correction and some 5.1 surround sound and your cake has the icing it needs to compete in Hollywood", Ford claims. But these elements don't come cheap. A color correct session at Matchframe will run you $250 an hour and then there is the cost of D5 tapes at a cool $60 per. Then again, it is a far cry from the days of shooting on film that will leave you eyeball-deep in credit card debt. Ford's movie "Tiny Dancer" is about an aging ballerina who gets a chance to give some disillusioned street thugs the appreciation for the beauty of life through dance. The movie stars newcomer Sarah Marson as Mollie Draper: the Tiny Dancer and everyone who has seen the movie says it is not only a beautiful and powerful fable of the smaller moments in life, but that her performance drives the piece to a level that will leave you breathless.

Another film screening at the gala is Don Henry's horror "Desert of Blood" is a feature film also being screened at the gala. The Hi-Def piece is a character-driven horror film about a vampire who escapes from fifty years of captivity beneath the Mexican desert. On his quest for vengeance, he is unexpectedly sidetracked when he falls in love with a young woman visiting from the States. His efforts to deny the monster inside him ultimately prove hopeless, as his ever-growing rage finally triggers a bloody terror spree. A wonderful companion piece to the heart-warming and uplifting drama of Ford Austin's film.

Ford Austin was born in Oklahoma and raised in Texas. He is directly related to Stephen F. Austin, the Father of Texas. He has been working in film, television, and theater since 1990. After starring as an actor in New York productions of Death of a Salesman (with Ralph Waite), Lawyers (with Kevin Conway), Natural's In It, and The Nektonic Facteur during the late 90's, Ford relocated to LA to write and direct independent film. His directorial debut, "Soiree" won Best Drama in 2004 at the Bare Bones Film Festival in his home state of Oklahoma.

Ford followed his success with a sci-fi comedy feature compilation, "Cerebral Print: The Secret Files", and won the 2005 Monty Python Award for Comedic Excellence. "Cerebral Print: The Secret Files" enjoyed a theatrical release in Los Angeles. In 2005-2006, Ford partnered with Scott Ingalls to write, direct, produce, and star in the award winning Channel 101 series about the Wright Brothers, "The Wright Stuff". In 2006, "The Wright Stuff" won Best Comedy at the 2006 Dragon*con Film Festival in Atlanta, Georgia and has played over 11 film fests in countries as far away Canada and Germany.

The Beverly Hills Hi-Def Film Festival is in it's inaugural year and the opening night gala on December 22nd will play host to filmmakers from all over the world who have come together to share their impressive Hi-Def pictures with industry leaders, have a little food & drink, and watch Ford Austin's award winning Hi-Def movie "Tiny Dancer".

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