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Thursday, June 15, 2017

'From Hollywood to Rose' Theatrical: Runaway Bride Meets Imperfect Strangers on a Bus

The 2016 comedy "From Hollywood to Rose," which is following up a successful festival run (and presumably upcoming DVD/VOD release), with a June 16 premiere at the Laemmle Music Hall in Los Angeles, is a textbook quirky indie film. Virtually the entire film being shot on location in the seedier parts of Hollywood is the first clue that this ain't a Paul Feig joint.

The additional indie cred of "Hollywood" includes the award for Best Comedy Film at the Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival and the Best Comedic Screenplay honor at the Manhattan Film Festival.

The following YouTube clip of the "Hollywood" trailer seems to introduce every freak whom the filmmakers provide for your entertainment.These characters are scary because they are true.

The film centers around "woman in wedding dress," whom we first meet on her way to board  a bus. The next several hours of reel time mostly have her encountering the freaks and otherwise desperate souls that ride the buses of Hollywood at night. A personal favorite is bickering drag queens with neon hair, scruff, and hairy armpits having a lovers' quarrel.

The most prominent strangers in the night who meet this initial Silent Bride are a Kevin Smith clone and his equally passionate fanboy buddy who start their evening observing the bus-going public until car trouble requires that this pair join the unwashed masses who rely on that mode of mass transportation.

The two scifi fanatics (essentially billed as "guys in t shirts") slowly draw out the distressed middle-aged woman in white. This therapy turns out to be just what the herbal-remedy dispensing doctor orders.

The adventures of our group include a memorable visit to a second-choice froyo shop, an intense discussion regarding "Blade Runner," and the woes of peaking young in life.

The larger theme of "Hollywood" follows a tradition of film back to its origins. Outcasts and/or misfits find family in folks experiencing similar circumstances. Banding together eases the pain and can make you feel that you at least are better off than "that guy."

The bottom line is that the '80s new wave cinema style quirkiness and overall grit entertain; the relatable elements of family provides substance.

Anyone with questions or comments regarding "Hollywood" is encouraged to email me; you alternatively can connect on Twitter via @tvdvdguy.