Horror Short Film “The Cleansing Hour” to Premiere at HollyShorts Film Festival 2016


LOS ANGELES, CA | The short horror film directed by Damien LeVeck, The Cleansing Hour, starring Sam Jaeger (Parenthood, American Sniper), Heather Morris (Glee, Spring Breakers), and Neil Grayston (Daredevil, Eureka) will premiere at the 2016 HollyShorts Film Festival, which kicks off with a closed filmmaker red carpet and press event at 6pm, this Thursday, August 11th, at the TCH Chinese 6 Theater in Hollywood. The Cleansing Hour will screen Friday, August 12th, at 10pm as part of the Horror Program, presented by Eli Roth’s Crypt TV. Tickets can be purchased via the festival’s website at


The Cleansing Hour follows Lance (Jaeger) and Drew (Grayston) who run a popular webcast that streams exorcisms staged to look real. When Lance, who plays a priest, unknowingly hires an actress who is actually possessed (Morris), he is forced to reckon with his online charade in front of 20 million viewers worldwide.


“I’m honored that our film is competing in HollyShorts, and I’m excited that we finally get to show off the culmination of over a year’s worth of work,” said LeVeck, who has focused his directing career on telling unique and compelling stories with a message in the horror genre. “The Cleansing Hour is a fresh take on the exorcism genre that is sure to scare and thrill everyone who’s brave enough to watch,” LeVeck said.


The Cleansing Hour was written by Aaron Horwitz (Roommate Wanted) and also features YouTube star Teala Dunn (Enchanted, Expelled), John Griffin (Priest, Jersey Boys), and Catherine Marin (The Tequila Sisters, Chimera) in supporting roles. Jesse M. Feldman (American Crime Story, Veep) is the director of photography and Marylou Lim (Godzilla, Looper) is the costume designer.


Shirit Bradley, who worked on last year’s summer blockbuster Godzilla and the comedy-horror filmKrampus(Michael Dougherty) produced The Cleansing Hour alongside entertainment attorney, Natalie LeVeck. “From the moment Damien pitched this project to me, I was in. He has such a fun and clear vision and I was thrilled to be a part of his team and produce something that has a larger message,” Bradley said.


LeVeck raised over $30,000, the majority of The Cleansing Hour’s production budget, via a successful Kickstarter campaign.


LeVeck and writer, Aaron Horwitz are currently developing The Cleansing Hourinto a feature film.


LeVeck is repped by Peter Dodd at UTA and Zac Frognowski at Grandview management.


For more information on the 2016 HollyShorts Film Festival, visit Check out The Cleansing Hour at to watch the teaser trailer and read more information about the film. Daily updates about the project can be found at:,, and on Snapchat @CleansingHour.

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