Friday, October 28, 2016

Silver Lake liquor store serves as the stage for a dark comedy

HOLD UP HEART from Ed K-O on Vimeo.

SILVER LAKE — Bogie’s is like countless other neighborhood liquor stores across L.A. Its windows are plastered with posters and the shelves and coolers are stocked with the typical combination of Diet Coke, Monster drinks and  cases of beer and wine. That made it the ideal setting for a short film by Silver Lake writer and actor Edward Kiniry-Ostro who was inspired to make the film after visiting his local convenience store.

“After walking to my local liquor store one night to grab some beer, an idea popped into my head,” said Edward Kiniry-Ostro, who is also a member of the Silver Lake Chorus. “I loved the vibe of the place; it is a mom-­and-­pop shop that has some real character, character that hadn’t been photoshopped by the pristine eyes of Hollywood.”

Kiniry-Ostro’s film, Hold Up Heart, was shot at Bogie’s in late 2013 under the direction of Justin Zsebe. The film features a sad-sack character who robs the Hyperion Avenue store as part of a plan to win back his ex-girlfriend. But the holdup take a violent turn.

After appearing in several film national and international film festivals, Hold Up Heart was released last month online via Viimeo.

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