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Dreaming Hollywood

Crackheads unite!

They say every writer has at least one story in them worth chasing, completing, and profiting from . . . no matter if the talent is there or not.  For Ray Balfi (Turk Matthews), whose crazy, drug-fueled world is already filled to the brim with bizarre shenanigans, crazy people, and even wilder experiences, that ONE STORY gets stolen from him and turned into a movie . . . even while he is cleaning up his act for this new life direction and shopping it around Los Angeles.

"This strange journey into film obsession is both masterfully done as it operates its satire sneakily and just a whole lot of fun"


What?!  Someone made his movie, “The Dog’s Meow” behind his back?!  What the hell?!  I mean, with friends like these . . .

Who stole it from him is the answer he pursues in this left of center, rollicking comedy from writer/director Frank Martinez.  Set for release on March 22 from Cleopatra Entertainment, this dark action-drama delivers some gut-busting laughs as catastrophic mayhem follows his tract for revenge.  It is one hell of a misadventure, too!  Dark, demented, and full of a lot of unexpected twists and turns when it comes to its heaviness and its use of themes, Dreaming Hollywood is a wild romp that is both unexpected and wildly entertaining.

Described as Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas meets Tarantino-inspired action, Dreaming Hollywood (originally titled Fade Out Ray) takes a deep dive into Ray Balfi's bizarre world of drug dealers, prostitutes, dirty cops and social rejects as he tries to begin a new life-direction and shops his cartoon screenplay to a whole bunch of L.A. production companies. Interested or not, he's there offering them the chance of a lifetime while facing a massive wall of reflection.  

When Ray learns that someone has stolen his script and made his movie, “The Dog's Meow” without his permission, his life takes a wild turn. Now, Ray's already messed-up life is thrown into catastrophic mayhem as he seeks revenge. Who stole his script? Everyone he meets is suspect as Ray is now motivated with a new lust for life…and for blood. 

Shots are fired and these shots kill!Dreaming Hollywood

Starring Turk Matthews (CSI:NY, ENTOURAGE, CRIMINAL MINDS), Eliot (STAND AND DELIVER, 21 JUMP STREET), Link Ruiz (THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, NCIS, RAY DONOVAN), Madelyn Allen (DUKE AND DAMMIT, NATURAL DISASTERS) along with appearances by Rafael Sigler (GENTEFIED), Ben Lin (FRESH OFF THE BOAT, LAW & ORDER, MORTAL COMBAT) and Thomas Evans (THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT, GENERAL HOSPITAL, CRIMINAL MINDS), this all-star madcap misadventure is a roller coaster of a flick as Balfi goes for broke in his search and is met with denial and bloodlust, searching for the poor bastard that double crossed him.  

Dark humor, crazy characters, and extreme situations follow in his wake, proving this well-shot feature film will more than likely earn repeat viewings as a future cult classic, especially among anyone who considers themselves a fan of the Cohen Brothers filmography.  This strange journey into film obsession is both masterfully done as it operates its satire sneakily and just a whole lot of fun as comedy is mixed with violence and wild musical numbers!

Dreaming Hollywood will see a limited domestic theatrical run commencing with a Hollywood premiere at the Laemmle Royal Theatre on Tuesday, March 15th followed by a March 22nd, 2022 release on VOD Platforms and also as a deluxe Home Entertainment Blu Ray package that also includes (as a bonus) a blistering audio soundtrack CD, featuring the music of DMX, ONYX and more! 

When it comes to the wild exploits of "Fade Out Ray", be prepared for anything!

4/5 stars

Film Details

Dreaming Hollywood

MPAA Rating: Unrated.
Runtime:
122 mins
Director
: Frank Martinez
Writer:
Frank Martinez
Cast:
Turk Matthews; Eliot; Madelyn Allen
Genre
: Crime
Tagline:
What's Your Story?
Memorable Movie Quote:
Theatrical Distributor:
Cleopatra Entertainment
Official Site:
Release Date:
March 15th, 2022
DVD/Blu-ray Release Date:
March 22, 2022 VOD + blu-ray.
Synopsis: A deranged ex-con seeks revenge when he discovers that his screenplay has been stolen.

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