San Diego Comic-Con is on and in full force! So, as the tumbleweeds blow across the City of Angels, The 13th Annual LA Shorts Film Festival began Thursday night with…a little bit less than a bang. Some prominent Hollywood women, however, are showcasing their talents with world premieres of their directorial debuts:

  • These Vagabond Shoes stars a-now-completely-broke-thanks-to-Bernie-Madoff Kevin Bacon and is directed by Scarlett Johansson.
  • The Spleenectomy stars Anna Faris, and leaves a scar as the first film directed by Kirsten Smith. Smith is a Hollywood screenwriter and producer whose credits include 10 Things I Hate About You, Legally Blonde, The House Bunny, summer’s newest rom-com, The Ugly Truth.
  • The Monday Before Thanksgiving stars Laura Dern and Courteney Cox. This short is Cox’s directorial debut, not including David Arquette’s wardrobe. If I were to place my bets, I’d say that 1) the film is set in the spring, and 2) because Laura Dern is in it, it probably features velociraptors cooking turkey in a kitchen.

These three directors participated in an opening night Q & A session.

Today, Demi Moore will attend the world premiere of her Streak, which we hope is about what it sounds like it’s about.

The LA Shorts Film Festival runs through July 31st, and will feature other short films populated by stars such as Zachary Quinto, Isabella Rossellini, Kanye West (yes, that Kanye West), Elizabeth Perkins, Bill Engvall, Nick Cave (of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds), and REM’s Michael Stipe.

For more on the LA Shorts Festival, check out their official website:

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