CLOSING NIGHT - 2022
The Santa Clarita International Film Festival (SCIFF) will be closing the festival with an AMAZING movie, director interview and an awards ceremony.
Sunday Dec 11th @ Laemmle Theater
Sun DEC 11th @7pm
To win back the love of his life, a charming car mechanic and a gang of soccer-mad friends embark on a madcap journey to the lawless East Bloc to correct a mistake of his past, risking life and prison in an ingenious booze smuggling scheme. This is the third movie in the most successful comedy franchise of all time
Closing Night - Director
Harald Zwart made his first film when he was 8 years old.
Spent four years at the Dutch Film and TV Academy in Amsterdam where he graduated Masters in Directing, Screenplay and Editing.
After a series of award-winning short films (Audience Award Clairmont Ferrand, Audience Award Montreal), commercials (Cannes, The Golden Pencil) and music videos (for A-ha), Harald made his first feature film, Commanter Hamilton (Moviola and TV3) with Peter Stormare, Mark Hamill and Lena Olin. The film was a success in all Scandinavian cinemas and was a hit TV series.
He was then headhunted by Steven Spielberg and Michael Douglas to the USA, and moved to Santa Monica with his wife and producer Veslemøy Ruud Zwart where she established their production company Zwart Arbeid and Motion Blur Inc.
Harald One Night At McCool's (USA Films, Furthur Films) with Michael Douglas as producer. Starring Michael Douglas, John Goodman, Liv Tyler, Matt Dillon, Richard Jenkins and others.
His comedy franchise Long Flat Balls is the highest grossing comedy franchise of all time. The three films sold more tickets than 19 out of 23 Marvel movies in Norway. The films are considered cult classics and are beloved by everyone in the heartland.
Harald has worked with major actor and producer names such as Will Smith, Steve Martin, Andy Garcia, Jean Reno, Jeremy Irons, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Lena Heady, Jackie Chan, John Goodman, Paul Reiser, Liv Tyler, John Cleese, John Travolta, Richard Gere only to mention a few.
Harald Zwart is probably most famous for the hit movie - The Karate Kid (SONY), with Jackie Chan and Jaden Smith, produced by Will Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith OVERBROOK.
The 12th Man (Zwart Arbeid, Nordisk Film) produced by his own company Zwart Arbeid with Veslemøy Ruud Zwart and Espen Horn in collaboration with Nordisk Film.
Harald has also written several scripts, that are now in early prep.
Filmography Directed by feature film:
1997 - Hamilton with Peter Stormare, Lena Olin, Mark Hamill (SF)
2000 - One Night at McCools with Liv Tyler, Michael Douglas, John Goodman, Richard Jenkins and Paul Riser (USA FILMS / UNI)
2002 - Agent Cody Banks with Hillary Duff, Frankie Muniz (MGM)
2006 - Long Flat Balls Petter Jørgensen, Anders Fjel (SF)
2008 - Lange Flate Baller II with Don Johnson, Petter Jørgensen (SF)
2009 - Pink Panther Deux with Steve Martin, Emily Mortimer, Ashwarya Rai, John Cleese, Jeremy Irons, Andy Garcia and Alfred Molina (SONY)
2010 - Karate Kid with Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan and Will Smith as a producer. (SONY)
2013 - The Mortal Instruments, City of Bones with Lily Colin and Jonathan Rhys Meyers (SONY)
2017 - The 12th Man (Black Labor, Nordic Film)
2018 - The Oil Fund (creator, director, writer) half hour comedy show for TV Norway.
2019 - Post Mortem (Netflix)
2021 - Long Flat Balls 3 (From Top Shelf)
Filmography author / co-author
Original scripted work
2003 - Agent Cody Banks, Mission London (Story)
2015 - Seance (Musical for theater and film, (Black Work)
2016 - The 12th Man (shooting script) (Black Labor, Nordic Film)
2017 - The Oil Fund (TV series for TV Norway, Black Work)
2018 - Viqueens (animation early pre-prod)
2021 - Long Flat Balls 3
We never dreamt that Long Flat Balls would travel so well, but when we saw the movie with a packed theatre of only US audience in Minneapolis we knew we had something special. People laughed from beginning to the end.
Strait has headlined over 50 comedy clubs in the U.S. and Canada, and has also performed for the U.S. military in the USA, as well as in Cuba, Japan, Bahrain and Germany. "I've been to all 50 states, as well as 6 continents, and 34 countries. I've done casinos, cruises, corporates, private parties, bars, comedy clubs, colleges, and military bases. Pretty much all the categories of places one can do stand-up." After many years hiatus from international shows, Strait performed in South Africa at Goliath and Joe Parker's clubs in Gauteng in 2017. He has also worked as a private auctioneer and motivational speaker. From 2018-2020, and 2021 onward. Strait has been primarily performing on cruise ships... but shifted to do over 100 virtual shows for private companies during the Covid-19 pandemic.
In addition to his contributions on TRU-TV, Strait has also done commentary on E!, ESPN, and Fuel TV. He has performed stand-up comedy several times on Fox's "Laughs", as well as single performances on Nickmom, Playboy TV, Bitesize.tv, and Starz. He also wrote/produced/starred in a series of video sketches for YouTube.
Strait has also lent his voice to video games, industrials, and film trailers. He was a writer for 'National Lampoon's Sports Minute', and appeared in the National Lampoon Film, "Lost Reality 2".
He has self-released two DVD's (2006 – The White DVD / 2009 – Safe Bet), and one CD (2003 – No Point of View). His first commercially available CD, "Hitting The Wall", was shot in Indianapolis in Oct of 2011, and released on Next Round Entertainment's label, on December 13, 2011. His first commercially available DVD, "Urban Suburbanite" was released on Amazon in September 2015. The special had been shot nearly 3 years earlier, at the Comedy & Magic Club in Hermosa Beach, CA but production issues delayed its release. It was rereleased on Tubi in 2022. Strait released three more stand-up comedy CDs in 2019: "Incorrect Correctness" and "Personal Growth" for BSeenMedia. He also self-released "All Full" for all digital platforms. His Dry Bar Comedy Special "Laugh Till You Run Out of Air" was released in January 2020.
Strait has also written and self-released several e-books. Two books on boxing, "Strait on Boxing", and "Boxing Lists For the Die-Hard Fan", as well as a food review book, entitled "Eating Los Angeles". He has also released three books of poetry, "Free Thinker", "Tongues Lenguas", and "High-Cool" under the pen name, Alan Kimble, in 2016, 2019, and 2020, respectively. The last one was a dedicated book of haiku, written during the 2020 Covid-19 quarantine. In September, 2016, he released a travel essay book, entitled "40 Years, 50 States". He also released several books in 2019, "Borderless", a travel journal; "Psychology of Humor" and "Empty Bucket", the latter being his personal memoirs, told via bucket-list format.