Catalog No.: FTF-077 | Digitally: Out Now  | 
Director: Mike Ott | 
Length: 83 Minutes


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CALIFORNIA DREAMS presents five unique individuals in pursuit of a big life dream. Through auditions set up in small towns across Southern California, the film portrays real people with big Hollywood aspirations who, for various reasons, have never had the opportunity to pursue them. No matter what the end game is, whether it's fame, love, or a fleeting shot at immortality, this bitingly funny film reveals the strange and entrancingly hypnotic grip that Hollywood has exerted, in some way or form, on everyone.

Directed by Mike Ott
Produced by Heika Burnison, Nicole Arbusto, Alex Gioulakis
Cinematography by Mike Gioulakis

Cast: Cory Zacharia, Kevin Giller, Patrick Llaguno, Carolan J. Pinto, Neil Harley

Festivals: SXSW, AFI, San Francisco International Film Festival, Champs-Élysées Film Festival, Mumbi Film Festival,  Berlin Critics Week and more


"Impressive and Endearing."
-Michael Pattison,

"It's like Gummo shot in the style of David Byrne's True Stories."
-Ryan Gilbey, The Guardian 

"An ingenious cinematic hybrid."
-Giovanni Marchini Camia, Filmmaker Magazine