Easter Egg Colors Hollywood Film Fest

The West Coast premiere of the new animated feature, The Easter Egg Escapade, will be held during at the 8th Annual Hollywood Film Festival on Sunday, October 17th at 5:00 p.m., at the Arclight Cinemas in Hollywood. The pic was named Best Animated Feature at the SpudFest Drive-in Family Film & Music Festival in August, and was honored with the award for Best Score at the Jackson Hole Film Festival in Wyoming in September.

The Easter Egg Escapade is set Egg Town, an idyllic village where chickens and rabbits live together in harmony. Beyond the borders of this humble burg lurk the mysterious, thieving Take-Its, who constantly conspire to steal anything they can from the quiet, industrious town. In a daring attempt to retrieve what’s theirs, an unlikely group of Egg Town heroes brave the dangers of the swamp and form deep bonds of friendship as they overcome their deepest fears and find the courage to bring the optimistic spirit and joy of Easter back to Egg Town.

The film’s celebrity voice cast features Sandra Bernhard (Without You I’m Nothing, King of Comedy), Brooke Shields (Miss Spider’s Sunny Patch Kids, TV’s Suddenly Susan), Joe Pantoliano (The Matrix, HBO’s The Sopranos), James Woods (Stuart Little 2, Disney’s Hercules), Eli Wallach (Keeping the Faith, The Good, The Bad and the Ugly) and Olympic figure skater Nancy Kerrigan.

Bernhard and director John Michael Williams will introduce the movie at the premiere. Guests will be greeted by the film’s seven-foot mascot, Good Gracious Grasshopper. A 30-minute Q&A with Bernhard and Williams immediately follows the screening.

Williams wrote and directed The Easter Egg Escapade, which is based on his 1990 children’s book of the same name. He also composed the film’s score with John Califra, voiced one of the characters and sang several of its songs. Grammy award-winning singer Natalie Cole joins him in a duet performance of the love theme, "Crazy About You."

Exec. produced by Bob Lucey, The Easter Egg Escapade is an international venture that enlisted the talents of Polish and Eastern European animators. In addition, The Czech Republic National Symphony Orchestra provided the musical score.

After a limited run late this year, the film is set to go into general release in April 2005, just in time for the spring and Easter Holiday season.

The Hollywood Film Festival will present the Hollywood Movie of the Year Award. In competition are DreamWorks’ Shrek 2 and Collateral, Sony’s Spider-Man 2, New Market’s The Passion of the Christ, Fox SearchLight’s Napoleon Dynamite, Miramax’s Hero, Lions Gate’s Fahrenheit 9/11, Universal’s The Bourne Supremacy, Focus Features’ The Motorcycle Diaries and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Movie fans can vote online at http://movies.yahoo.com/mv/promo/2004/movieawards.