A project from filmmakers Gar and Beth Hoover will make its world premiere at the 2017 L.A. Shorts International Film Festival, one of the largest and most prestigious short film festivals in the world. 

The Academy-qualifying festival's 21st edition will take place in downtown Los Angeles, Aug. 2-10.

CURTAINS, which tells the mostly true story of Peter Fleming, avant-garde theatre legend and one-time bad boy of Cleveland’s experimental scene, was produced by Beth Hoover and directed by Gar Hoover. It was shot entirely in Chicago and brought together incredible talent from the city’s film, theatre and comedy communities.

The film stars longtime Second City performers Brendan Dowling and Christopher Woolsey and features a super-talented supporting cast that includes Wolfgang Stein, Madelyn Murphy, Lara Carling, Kevin Viol, Megan Caton, Cooper Wise, Scott Piebenga, Costa Lapaseotes and Jack Curtin.

Crew includes sound recordist Tom Beach, makeup artist Megan Pirtle, production assistants Jack Curtin and Connor Lane, and second unit cinematographer Max Lollar. Original music was composed by Remington Pettygrove and performed by R. Pettygrove, Joe Shadid and Rob André. 

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Founded in 1997, L.A. Shorts International Film Festival is officially recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The festival has screened 50 short films that have gone on to earn an Academy Award nomination. The festival’s alumni directors include Tim Burton, Bryan Singer, Shane Black, Jason Reitman, John Woo, Tony Scott, David Lynch, Terry Gilliam, and Ricky Gervais.