War of the Limelight

WAR OF THE LIMELIGHT is a teenage love story across cultures between Violette, an undocumented Syrian refugee in hiding and Brock, a second generation Mexican-American with a chip on his shoulder. When Brock and his friends enter the student film festival competition against the rival school, an ongoing cyber-bulling war brings possible legal consequences with devastating effects on an innocent new student. Immature characters abandon their racism and choose integrity and forgiveness when they band together to free their friend and help their audience gain conscious awareness of the refugee crisis.

  • Eric Hinwood
    Director
    Carpe Diem, After the Fall
  • Brittney Buffo
    Writer
    Instructions Not Included, A Long Shot
  • Michael Buffo
    Writer
    Instructions Not Included, A Long Shot
  • Michael Buffo
    Producer
    Instructions Not Included, A Long Shot
  • Brittney Buffo
    Producer
    Instructions Not Included, A Long Shot
  • Taylor Desmond
    Key Cast
  • Miguel Terrón
    Key Cast
  • Raydon Lobrin
    Key Cast
  • Kimberly English
    Key Cast
  • Brittney Buffo
    Key Cast
  • Michael Buffo
    Key Cast
  • Maritssa Vargas
    Key Cast
  • Hannah Rebancos
    Key Cast
  • Jazlyn Sarmiento
    Key Cast
  • Nancy Cisneros
    Key Cast
  • Jack Clifford
    Key Cast
    Instructions Not Included
  • Callista Stewart
    Key Cast
  • Doug Toby
    Key Cast
    Red Dawn
  • Marin Lopez
    Key Cast
  • Paul Tomasi
    Key Cast
  • Pilar Mendoza
    Key Cast
  • Cissanto Reyes
    Key Cast
  • Caroline Lindenthal-Cox
    Key Cast
  • Anita Reyes
    Key Cast
  • Trina Grubb
    Key Cast
  • Andrew MacDonald
    Key Cast
  • Sebastian Mccabe
    Key Cast
  • Jeanette Carrera
    Key Cast
  • Luis Rhames
    Key Cast
  • David DiMaggio
    Key Cast
  • Joe Boucher
    Key Cast
  • Shane Carvalho
    Key Cast
  • Jacqueline Kabat
    Key Cast
  • Maddox Haberdasher
    Key Cast
  • Sebastian McCabe
    Key Cast
  • Ian Chilcote
    Director of Photography
    Frequency
  • Eric Hinwood
    Associate Producer
  • Ian Chilcote
    Associate Producer
  • Harold Whitehead
    Associate Producer
  • Pete Bassett
    Associate Producer
  • Valarie Schad
    Associate Producer
  • Dominic Piccinini
    Associate Producer
  • Rhett Allen Smith
    Associate Producer
  • Michael Buffo
    Unit Production Manager
  • Norma Citlally Lopez-De Leon
    1st AD
  • Hannah Rebancos
    2nd AD
  • Trina Grubb
    2nd AD
  • Gabriela Forte
    Executive Producers
  • Carlos Forte
    Executive Producers
  • Karen Lehman
    Executive Producers
  • Callista Stewart
    Script Supervisor
  • Ian Chilcote
    Camera Operator
  • Michelle Magdalena Maddox
    Camera Operator
  • Miguel Garcia
    1st AC
  • Jeanette Carrera
    2nd AC
  • Chris Nealy
    Gaffer
  • Miguel Gardea
    Key Grip
  • William Cardoza
    Sound Mixer
  • Spenser Reich
    Editor
  • Eric Hinwood
    Post-Production Supervisor
  • Martin Georgiev
    Visual Effects Artist
  • Project Type:
    Feature
  • Genres:
    Thriller
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 45 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    August 1, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    80,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Blackmagic CinemaDNG RAW 2.5K
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Watsonville Film Festival
    Watsonville
    United States
    October 7, 2017
    North American Premiere
Director Biography - Eric Hinwood

Eric Hinwood began his film career when he was 7 years old with a home video camera using cassette tapes, and since then has gone on to co-found an independent film production company, ATAEC Studios, that has garnered immediate success for the young filmmaker. This company was started in early 2009, and they soon began to make short films and videos for local non-profit organizations. He began working with a film company called HARA Motion Picture Conservatory, through which he became a lead actor and editor in several short films and features. During this time he attended acting and film courses and honed his skills as an actor, director, and producer. Hinwood graduated from the HARA Motion Picture Conservatory, York School, and then Whittier College. At this point Eric Hinwood has directed 3 feature films, 10 shorts, and acted in over 30 different film/tv/projects. Currently signed with Johnson Talent Agency, Hinwood continues to act and direct in LA County to this day.

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Director Statement

Eric Hinwood, a former HARA student, describes his experience: “Before HARA I knew that I loved acting and film, but I had no idea how to get started on a career in the film industry. Using what I learned in the 2 years that I took classes at the Conservatory, I was able to move to Los Angeles and immediately begin working in the industry.” With his impressive portfolio of work created through HARA, Eric was accepted to Whitter College and was in the graduating class of 2016. Eric began his directing/producing career while attending school and his first feature film secured international distribution last year. He also just completed acting in his sixth feature film.