Hell’s Half Mile is excited to feature three short films (see Featured Shorts Program) from co-director/co-writer/actor brothers Rider and Shiloh Strong, and producer/writer/actor Alexandra Barreto.  All three are scheduled to attend HHM Fest and will be available for Q&A after each screening.

About our guests….For over two decades, Rider Strong and Shiloh Strong have been acting in theater, film, and television. Rider is best known for his seven-season run on ABC’s Boy Meets World and the cult horror film, Cabin Fever. Shiloh starred in the television adaptation of Dinotopia and the sitcom The Mommies. When the brothers joined forces to write and direct, they produced the short film Irish Twins, which premiered at the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival and went on to win multiple jury and audience awards at festivals worldwide. That same year they (along with Alexandra Barreto) created a spec commercial for Barack Obama’s presidential bid that MoveOn.org awarded Funniest Ad and raised the money to take to air; it was the first political ad to appear on Comedy Central. Their second short, The Dungeon Master, was a selection of the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival where it won Best Short in the online competition. It also won Best Comedy Short at the Sonoma International Film Festival. Their latest film, Method, premiered at the Palms Springs ShortFest, and in fall of 2011 their graphic novel, Blood Merchant will be released by Image Comics.

Alexandra Barreto has guest starred and/or recurred on just about every Jerry Bruckheimer show, and other shows as varied as Pushing Daisies and Justified. But she owes her happiness to the little show that couldn’t: Pepper Dennis, which lasted one glorious season, and in which she starred alongside Rider Strong (her partner and sometimes director).  Alexandra has produced two films directed by Rider and Shiloh, THE DUNGEON MASTER and METHOD and has produced two other short film directed by Chris Levitus (Penthouse) and Doug Hannah (White Collar). She is currently seeking financing for her two feature projects: an 80s style horror-comedy, and a new take on the traditional romantic comedy.