2013 LA Film Fest Lineup (Films By Kevin J Everson, Yoruba Richen, Ava DuVernay Made The Cut)

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by Tambay A. Obenson
May 1, 2013 2:31 PM
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Still Image From 'The Island Of St Matthews' - Courtesy Trilobite-Arts-DAC and Picture Palace Pictures

The Los Angeles Film Festival (runs from Thursday, June 13 to Sunday, June 23) presented by Film Independent, announced its official US and international selections today, which includes a diverse slate of nearly 200 feature films, shorts and music videos, representing more than 40 countries.

Of most interest to this blog are: Ryan Coogler’s award winning Fruitvale Station, which will be one of the Festival’s Gala screenings; The Island of Saint Matthews from Kevin Jerome Everson, in the Documentary Competition section; The New Black by Yoruba Richen, also in the Documentary Competition; Black Out from Eva Webber (International Showcase); and Venus Vs. from Ava DuVernay (Summer Showcase).

Of course there are always those few surprises that we're not already aware of, which I'll discover as I take a much closer look at the lineup. So watch for individual profiles.

One or two of us should be covering the festival this year, as we did last year. I didn't attend last year, so I just might do so this year.

In the meantime, feel free to check out the list via LAFF press release below:

Narrative Competition (12): The Narrative Competition is comprised of films made by talented emerging filmmakers that compete for the Filmmaker Award. The winner is determined by a panel of jurors, and films in this section are also eligible for the Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature or Best International Feature. The Narrative Competition and Grand Jury Prize are sponsored by DIRECTV Cinema.

All Together Now, Alexander Mirecki – USA – WORLD PREMIERE

Forev, Molly Green, James Leffler – USA – WORLD PREMIERE

Forty Years From Yesterday, Robert Machoian, Rodrigo Ojeda-Beck – USA – WORLD PREMIERE

Four Dogs, Joe Burke – USA – WORLD PREMIERE

Goodbye World, Denis Henry Hennelly – USA – WORLD PREMIERE

The House That Jack Built, Henry Barrial – USA – WORLD PREMIERE

I.D., Kamal K M – India – NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE

Mother, I Love You, Janis Nords – Latvia – NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE

My Sister’s Quinceañera, Aaron Douglas Johnston – USA – NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE

Pollywogs, Karl Jacob, Todd Arthur Cottam – USA – WORLD PREMIERE

Winter in the Blood, Andrew Smith, Alex Smith – USA – WORLD PREMIERE

Workers, Jose Luis Valle – Mexico/Germany – US PREMIERE

Documentary Competition (10): The Documentary Competition is comprised of films made by talented emerging filmmakers that compete for the Documentary Award. The winner is determined by a panel of jurors, and films in this section are also eligible for the Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature or Best International Feature. The Documentary Competition and Grand Jury Prize are sponsored by DIRECTV Cinema.

All of Me, Alexandra Lescaze – USA – WORLD PREMIERE

American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs, Grace Lee – USA – WORLD PREMIERE

Code Black, Ryan McGarry – USA – WORLD PREMIERE

The Island of Saint Matthews, Kevin Jerome Everson – USA – WORLD PREMIERE

Llyn Foulkes: One Man Band, Christopher Quilty, Tamar Halpern – USA – WORLD PREMIERE

My Stolen Revolution, Nahid Persson Sarvestani – Sweden – NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE

The New Black, Yoruba Richen – USA – WORLD PREMIERE

Rain, Olivia Rochette, Gerard-Jan Claes – Belgium – US PREMIERE

Tapia, Eddie Alcazar – USA – WORLD PREMIERE

Purgatorio, Rodrigo Reyes – Mexico/USA – US PREMIERE

International Showcase (15): The International Showcase highlights innovative independent narrative and documentary features from outside of the United States. Films in this section are eligible for Audience Awards for Best International Feature, Best Narrative Feature, or Best Documentary Feature.

The Act of Killing, Joshua Oppenheimer, Christine Cynn – Denmark/Norway/UK (Drafthouse Films)

Black Out, Eva Webber – UK – NORTH AMERCAN PREMIERE

Boxing Day, Bernard Rose – UK

Dormant Beauty, Marco Bellocchio – Italy

Drug War, Johnnie To – China

Ernest & Celestine, Stéphanie Aubier, Vincent Patar, Benjamin Renner – France (Gkids)

The Expedition to the End of the World, Daniel Dancik – Denmark

The Fifth Season, Peter Brosens, Jessica Woodworth – Belgium/Netherlands/France

House with a Turret, Eva Neymann – Ukraine

The Moo Man, Andy Heathcote, Heike Bachelier – UK

Nobody’s Daughter Haewon, Hong Sang-soo – Korea – NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE

The Patience Stone, Atiq Rahimi – Afghanistan/France/Germany/UK (Sony Pictures Classics)

Wadjda, Haifaa Al Mansour – Saudi Arabia/United Arab Emirates/Germany (Sony Pictures Classics)

When I Saw You, Annemarie Jacir – Palestine/Jordan/Greece/United Arab Emirates/USA

The Women and the Passenger, Valentina Mac-Pherson, Patricia Correra – Chile – US PREMIERE

Summer Showcase (17): The Summer Showcase section offers an advanced look at this summer’s most talked about independent film releases and will include highlights from the festival circuit and premieres. Films in this section are eligible for Audience Awards for Best International Feature, Best Narrative Feature, or Best Documentary Feature.

Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, David Lowery – USA (IFC Films)

Brothers Hypnotic, Reuben Atlas – Netherlands/USA

Casting By, Tom Donahue – USA (HBO Films)

Concussion, Stacie Passon – USA (RADiUS-TWC)

The Crash Reel, Lucy Walker – USA (HBO Films)

Crystal Fairy, Sebastián Silva – Chile (IFC Films)

Europa Report, Sebastián Cordero – USA (Magnolia Pictures/Magnet Releasing) – US PREMIERE

First Cousin Once Removed, Alan Berliner – USA (HBO Films)

Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction, Sophie Huber – Switzerland

In a World…, Lake Bell – USA (Roadside Attractions)

Our Nixon, Penny Lane – USA

Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton, Jeff Broadway – USA – WORLD PREMIERE

Short Term 12, Destin Daniel Cretton – USA

The Spectacular Now, James Ponsoldt – USA

Venus Vs., Ava DuVernay – USA (ESPN) – WORLD PREMIERE

Community Screenings (5): These films will be presented free to the public. New films in this section are eligible for Audience Awards for Best Narrative Feature or Best Documentary Feature.

Brasslands, Adam Pogoff, Jay Sterrenberg, Bryan Chang – USA – FIGat7th Screening

Dazed and Confused (1993), Richard Linklater – USA – 20th Anniversary Screening – FIGat7th Screening

Hairspray (1988), John Waters – USA – Grand Park Dance-A-Long – 25th Anniversary Screening

Inequality for All, Jacob Kornbluth – USA – Grand Performances Screening

Life of a King, Jake Goldberger – USA– Project Involve Screening – WORLD PREMIERE

The Beyond (3): The Beyond offers films that dare to be different. Films in this section are eligible for Audience Awards for Best International Feature or Best Narrative Feature.

Delivery, Brian Netto – USA – WORLD PREMIERE

Lesson of the Evil, Takashi Miike – Japan – US PREMIERE

You’re Next, Adam Wingard – USA (Lionsgate)

Retro (3):

Amarcord (1973), Federico Fellini – Italy – 40th Anniversary Screening

Between Two Worlds (2009), Vimukthi Jayasundara – Sri Lanka/France – LAFCA’s The Film That Got Away

Two Men in Manhattan (1958), Jean Pierre-Melville – France (Cohen Media Group) – 55th Anniversary Screening

Short Films (44): Shorts are shown before features and as part of four short film programs. With their diverse and complex content, these films shine brilliantly. Most short films, domestic and international, will compete for prizes in Narrative, Documentary and Animation/Experimental categories. The winner is determined by a panel of jurors. An Audience Award for Best Short Film is also presented.

Shorts Program 1-4

Future Filmmakers Showcase: High School Shorts (29): These two programs of shorts are made by high school students from around the world, featuring work by the next generation of filmmakers.

Programs 1-2

Music Videos (33): The Music Video Showcase consists of two programs. Eclectic Mix 1 and 2 are a visual mix tape of this year’s best independent music videos with a few innovative major label artists thrown in for good measure. Music videos will compete for an Audience Award.

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3 Comments

  • Beemooree | May 2, 2013 12:44 AMReply

    Ahhhh life of a king!! I was up for the lead in that film but didnt get it. It's a good script with a good cast. I'm gonna check it out

  • JessO | May 1, 2013 3:07 PMReply

    I can't wait to see Fruitvale and Venus! I really like this Fest. Last year I saw Middle of Nowhere and Oversimplifcation of Her Beauty. Both were crazy great. I saw A Band Called Death which was so good too. I saw a panel with Elvis Mitchell, Sherri Frilot from Sundance, Ava DuVernay and Bradford Young that basically changed the way I think about our movies and the whole machine. Anyhow I'm hyped as you can see. Really dying to see Fruitvale.

  • Keith Overton | May 1, 2013 3:01 PMReply

    Congrats Ava and Yoruba!

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