Harvey’s Dream selected for World Premiere at the Palm Springs International Shortfest Film Festival

Australian filmmakers Alexander von Hofmann and Peter Gurbiel are proud to announce the world premiere of their short film Harvey’s Dream at the prestigious Palm Springs International Shortfest Film Festival in Palm Springs, California, on Wednesday June 17 2015.

The Palm Springs festival 16-22 June 2015 was recently announced by USA Today  as one of the top ten film festivals in the United States, and features an Oscar and BAFTA qualifying program.

Harvey’s Dream stars Western Australian actor James Hagan in the titular role of Harvey, and Caroline McKenzie as Harvey’s wife, Janet. The film is an adaptation of the Stephen King short story Harvey’s Dream, the rights to produce the film having been secured through King’s Dollar Baby program.

The film is the first collaboration between both filmmakers’ Production Companies – von Hofmann’s OmenBird Pictures and Gurbiel’s Hometown Pictures. von Hofmann adapted the short story and directed the film, which was produced independently by both von Hofmann and Gurbiel.

Director Alexander von Hofmann had this to say about the announcement: “Palm Springs Shortfest is such a great festival and I am really proud that our little film will be a part of it this year. When we started work on this film, Pete and I wanted to make a contained, very low budget and absolutely gripping story. It was an exercise in strong, simple storytelling, and it’s great to get this recognition.”

Producer Peter Gurbiel commented: “This is a wonderful achievement for a small, independently produced film from Western Australia, to launch at one of the world’s premiere international film festivals. It has been an exciting journey working with Alex on his vision for the film, and to do so with such an incredibly talented cast and crew has made this announcement all the more rewarding.”

As Janet prepares brunch on a Saturday morning seemingly like any other, Harvey slumps into his chair at the breakfast table and begins to tell his wife about his nightmare. Without realising it, Janet is soon overcome with fear as tiny details of Harvey’s dream eerily begin to seep into the real world around her.

Alexander von Hofmann is a writer, director and digital storyteller. Tinglewood (2010) screened at over 35 festivals internationally, won a number of awards and was nominated for an AFI. He has adapted two Stephen King short stories – Graduation Afternoon (2012)  and Harvey’s Dream (2014). In 2014 Alex completed a Director’s Attachment with David Petrarca on the Netflix series Marco Polo. Harvey’s Dream  will have its world premiere at the Palm Springs International Shortfest Film Festival in 2015.

Peter Gurbiel is an award winning writer, director and producer, whose films have screened internationally. The Owl (2013) won Best Film at the 25th WA Screen Awards, and People’s Choice at the CinefestOz International Film Festival 2013. Peter wrote and directed One Night Only (2013), nominated for Best Film, Best Director and Best Actor also at the 25th WA Screen Awards. In 2014, Peter wrote and produced the ScreenWest funded short Barrow (2014) which was selected for its world premiere at the Irvine International Film Festival in January 2015. Recently, Peter produced Harvey’s Dream (2014) for director Alexander von Hofmann, its world premiere at the Palm Springs International Shortfest Film Festival 2015, and directed an adaptation of JD Salinger’s A Perfect Day for Bananafish (2014).

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