“The Hollywood Complex,” a documentary feature film by CC film artists-in-residence Dylan Nelson and Clay Haskell, will premiere on “Showtime” at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, March 15. The film includes opening narration by CC associate drama professor Andrew Manley and the contributions of more than half a dozen Colorado College students and alumni.
“The Hollywood Complex” follows several families who flock to Hollywood from across the United States, dreaming of stardom for their children. Every year, thousands of children aspire to stardom – or at least a big break during “pilot season,” the traditional spring casting period for new television shows. Many stay at the Oakwood Apartments, a temporary housing complex that caters to the “showbiz kids.” “The Hollywood Complex,” which the British newspaper The Guardian calls “compulsively watchable,” shows the tremendous financial, professional, and personal obstacles these families navigate in pursuit of fame and fortune. By turns hilarious and heartbreaking, the documentary shows the determination – and the delusions – behind the dream.