The Los Angeles Film Festival Has Arrived!

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by Sydney Levine
June 13, 2013 3:30 PM
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It's time for the Los Angeles Film Festival!

Filmforum is the community sponsor for two films at the festival: The Island of St. Mathews by Kevin Jerome Everson, and The Act of Killing, by Joshua Oppenheimer and Christine Cynn. Details below:

LA Film Festival
June 13-23rd
Mostly at L.A. Live, downtown
http://www.lafilmfest.com/

Now in its nineteenth year, the Los Angeles Film Festival is widely recognized as a world-class cinematic event, showcasing the best in new American and international cinema and providing the movie-loving public with access to some of the most critically acclaimed filmmakers, film industry professionals and emerging new talent by bringing them together in the heart of the entertainment capital of the world.

The Festival features unique signature programs including the Filmmaker Retreat, several Outdoor Screenings, intimate Coffee Talks and more. Additionally, the Festival screens short films created by high school students and has a special section devoted to music videos. Passes and Tickets are on sale NOW! lafilmfest.com 

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The Island of St. Matthews
preceded by Walker 
Documentary Competition 
(USA, 2013, 70 mins)
North American premiere
Directed By: Kevin Jerome Everson 
Producer: Madeleine Molyneaux
Cinematographers: Lindsey 'LNZ' Arturo, Kevin Jerome Everson, Taka Suzuki
Trailer 
With a filmmaking style that draws upon fiction, documentary and experimental traditions, filmmaker Kevin Jerome Everson deftly explores aspects of the African American experience in critically acclaimed work that is as likely to be seen in an art museum as at a film festival.

For his most recent feature (he has also directed over 70 short films), Everson turns to the community of Westport, Miss., where the nearly annual flooding of the Tombigbee River has touched everyone, including Everson's own family. In 1973, the raging waters threatened to wash away the entire town, along with countless family heirlooms and photo albums. Today, those waters can still trouble, but they also unite the community, bound together by flood barriers and baptisms.
Screening:
Sun, Jun 16th 4:00pm, Regal Cinemas 14
Mon, Jun 17th 7:20pm, Regal Cinemas 13
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The Act of Killing
International Showcase 
(Denmark, 2012, 125 mins, DCP)
In Indonesian with English subtitles
Directed By: Joshua Oppenheimer, Christine Cynn 
Executive Producers: Werner Herzog, Errol Morris, André Singer, Torstein Grude, Bjarte Mørner Tveit, Joram ten Brink

By turns chilling, surreal and philosophical, this debate-worthy documentary revisits modern Indonesia's brutal origins by inviting those who mass-slaughtered ethnic Chinese, alleged Communists and intellectuals in the 60's to re-enact their long-ago killings in elaborate tableaux evoking classic movie genres. At the center of directors Joshua Oppenheimer and Christine Cynn's bold experiment in hellish nostalgia are gangster/paramilitary leader Anwar Congo and his followers, proud nationalists with cinema-inspired visions of themselves, who are nonetheless seen as heroes in their country today. But as set-designed, costumed pretend violence for the cameras sparks further recollections of death squad protocol, the weight of remembered atrocities takes its toll, particularly on dream-haunted Anwar. 

Early screenings of this disturbing, one-of-a-kind meditation on history, sanctioned evil and self-mythologizing, so galvanized Werner Herzog and Errol Morris that they became executive producers.
Screening:
Fri, Jun 14th 10:00pm, Regal Cinemas 13
Sun, Jun 16th 7:00pm, DIRECTV Theatre/Regal 9
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Also recommended:

Our Nixon (USA, 2013, 85 mins, HDCam)
Directed By: Penny Lane 
Assembled from over 500 reels of Super 8 film shot during the Nixon White House by top aides (and Watergate participants) H.R Haldeman, John Ehrlichman and Dwight Chapin, Penny Lane's documentary provides a unique insider's view of the most infamous presidency in American history.
http://filmguide.lafilmfest.com/tixSYS/2013/filmguide/Title/OO
Screening:
Sat, Jun 15th 1:40pm, Regal Cinemas 8
Sun, Jun 16th 9:30pm, Regal Cinemas 13 

Shorts Program 3
This group of films takes us into dreamlike and hyper-real worlds in which fear and sadness are offset by the warmth of extraordinary human connections. Including films by Shaz Bennett, Jean-Guillaume Bastien, Ethan Clarke, Kevin Jerome Everson, and more.
http://filmguide.lafilmfest.com/tixSYS/2013/filmguide/Title/SS

Shorts Program 4
Explorations about the complex challenges of childhood and playful young-adulthood are juxtaposed with stories of tradition and old age--with a monkey movie for good measure! Including films by Rachel Mayeri, Frances Bodomo, Ian Samuels, Tony Donoghue, and more.
http://filmguide.lafilmfest.com/tixSYS/2013/filmguide/Title/SS

Purgatorio
With striking imagery, director Rodrigo Reyes re-imagines the Mexico/U.S. border as a mythical place comparable to Dante's purgatory. Leaving politics aside, he takes a fresh look at the brutal beauty of the border and the people caught in its spell.
http://filmguide.lafilmfest.com/tixSYS/2013/filmguide/Title/PP
Screening:
Sat, Jun 15th 1:30pm, Regal Cinemas 12, Door Only
Thu, Jun 20th 7:00pm, Regal Cinemas 12 
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Filmforum is supported by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission; the Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles; and the Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts. Additional support generously provided by American Cinematheque. We also depend on our members, ticket buyers, and individual donors.

Coming Soon to Los Angeles Filmforum:
June 23 – Highlights from the Oberhausen Film Festival – Artist Film & Video
June 30 – Flaherty on the Road: Free Land by Minda Martin, Minda Martin in person!

Los Angeles Filmforum is the city's longest-running organization screening experimental and avant-garde film and video art, documentaries, and experimental animation. 2013 is our 38th year.

Memberships available, $70 single, $105 dual, or $50 single student
Contact us at lafilmforum[a]yahoo.com.
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