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A Sign Is NotAlways A Sign
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A billboard. Simply a billboard.

Long before it became the symbol of the movie industry, the Hollywood Sign had another, more prosaic purpose — an (admittedly blockbuster-sized) advertisement for a housing development.

Over the years, of course, the world took notice, and the status of the former Hollywoodland Sign evolved, as did the film industry that the soon-to-be Hollywood Sign came to represent.

Beyond the show business iconography, however, the story of the Hollywood Sign — its ups & downs, modifications, decay, and reconstruction — is a reflection of the times, the story of a town, an industry, a country.

Sometimes a sign is not simply a sign.

A Brief History of Hollywood

A Film by Nate Barlow

Two histories intertwined…

The histories of the Hollywood Sign and of the Hollywood industry, visually interwoven.

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To date, A Brief History of Hollywood has been selected to play at

22 film festivals in 11 countries across 5 continents:

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Current & Upcoming

Rising of Lusitania – AnimaDoc Film Festival • September 24-26, 2021 • Gdansk, Poland
Chambal International Film Festival • New Date TBD (Postponed for COVID) • Mumbai, India


Alder International Short Film Festival • December 3-5, 2020 • Chicago, IL, USA
Iconic Images Film Festival • January 20, 2021 • Vilnius, Lithuania
Golden Bridge Istanbul Short Film Festival • January 29, 2021 • Istanbul, Turkey
Scorpiusfest • February 1, 2021 • Park City, UT, USA
Prospector International Film Festival • February 18-21, 2021 • Ridgefield, CT, USA
IBIZACINEFEST • February 26 – March 7, 2021 • Ibiza, Spain
Newcastle Fringe Emerging Film-Makers Festival • March 17-21, 2021 • Kotara, Australia
American Documentary and Animation Film Festival • March 26-30, 2021 • Palm Springs, CA, USA
Sonoma International Film Festival • March 24-28, 2021 • Sonoma, CA, USA
The Lift-Off Sessions • April 19-26, 2021 • Iver, UK
Kalakari Film Fest • May 1-3, 2021 • Dewas, India
Kino Pleme • June 13, 2021 • Belgrade, Serbia
Mister Vorky • June 13, 2021 • Ruma, Serbia
AmiCorti Film Festival Internazionale • June 14-19, 2021 • Peveragno, Italy
San Francisco Frozen Film Festval • July 14-18, 2021 • San Francisco, CA, USA
Spring Grove Caledonia Film Festval • July 23-25, 2021 • Spring Grove, MN, USA
XI Encuentro Para Cinéfagos • August 18-21, 2021 • San Cristóbal, Táchira, Venezuela
Dances With Films • September 7, 2021 • Los Angeles, CA, USA
Horsetooth International Film Festival • September 11, 2021 • Noco, CO, USA
L’Hospitalet – Barcelona International Film Festval • September 13-18, 2021 • Barcelona, Spain

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