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LA Film Festival Reveals 2014 Lineup, Includes Eastwood's 'Jersey Boys,' 'Dear White People,' 'Two Faces of January' and More

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood May 6, 2014 at 2:20PM

The Los Angeles Film Festival has revealed its lineup for the 2014 edition of the fest. Included is the premiere of Clint Eastwood's "Jersey Boys" (as the closer), and gala screenings of Ira Sachs' "Love Is Strange," Justin Simien's "Dear White People" and Hossein Amini's Patricia Highsmith adaptation "The Two Faces of January."
'The Two Faces of January'
'The Two Faces of January'


Documentary Competition (8): The Documentary Competition is comprised of films made by talented emerging documentary 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.


Billy Mize and the Bakersfield Sound, Dir. William J. Saunders, USA. World Premiere.

The Life and Mind of Mark DeFriest, Dir. Gabriel London, USA/Canada. US Premiere.

Meet the Patels, Dirs. Geeta V. Patel, Ravi V. Patel, USA/India. US Premiere.

My Name Is Salt, Dir. Farida Pacha, Switzerland/India. North American Premiere.

Out in the Night, Dir. blair dorosh-walther, USA. World Premiere.

Sound of Redemption: The Frank Morgan Story, Dir. N.C. Heikin, USA. World Premiere.

Stray Dog, Dir. Debra Granik, USA. World Premiere.

Walking Under Water, Dir. Eliza Kubarska, Poland/Germany/UK. US Premiere.


LA Muse (11) Programmed by Stephanie Allain, Festival Director, Film Independent at LACMA curator Elvis Mitchell and artist/scholar Roya Rastegar, the LA Muse section is comprised of films made by talented emerging filmmakers that are set, shot or inspired by Los Angeles. Select films in this section are eligible for Audience Awards for Best LA Muse Feature, Best Narrative Feature, Best Documentary Feature or Best International Feature.


Dreams are Colder than Death, Dirs. Arthur Jafa, Kahlil Joseph, USA. World Premiere.

Eat With Me, Dir. David Au, USA. World Premiere.

Echo Park, Dir. Amanda Marsalis, USA. World Premiere.

The Ever After, Dir. Mark Webber, USA/Australia. World Premiere.

Holbrook/Twain: An American Odyssey, Dir. Scott Teems, USA. Sneak Peek.

Inner Demons, Dir. Seth Grossman, USA. World Premiere.

Los Ángeles, Dir. Damian John Harper, Mexico/Germany. International Premiere.

Nightingale, Dir. Elliott Lester, USA. World Premiere.

The Road Within, Dir. Gren Wells, USA. World Premiere.

Supremacy, Dir. Deon Taylor, USA. World Premiere.

Trouble Dolls, Dirs. Jess Weixler, Jennifer Prediger, USA. World Premiere


International Showcase (11): 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.


Club Sandwich, Dir. Fernando Eimbcke, Mexico.

The Great Museum, Dir. Johannes Holzhausen, Austria.

Han Gong-Ju, Dir. Lee Sujin, South Korea.

Joy of Man’s Desiring, Dir. Denis Coté, Canada. US Premiere.

The Kidnapping of Michel Houellebecq, Dir. Guillaume Nicloux, France.

The Liberator, Dir. Alberto Arvelo, Venezuela/Spain.

Natural Sciences, Dir. Matías Lucchesi, Argentina/France.

Of Horses and Men, Dir. Benedikt Erlingsson, Iceland/Germany.

Starred Up, Dir. David Mackenzie, Northern Ireland/UK.

Stream of Love, Dir. Àgnes Sòs, Hungary.

Violette, Dir. Martin Provost, France.


Summer Showcase (11): 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.


The Battered Bastards of Baseball, Dirs. Chapman Way, Maclain Way, USA.

Cut Bank, Dir. Matt Shakman, USA. World Premiere.

Evolution of a Criminal, Dir. Darius Clark Monroe, USA.

Frank, Dir. Lenny Abrahamson, Ireland/UK.

Harmontown, Dir. Neil Berkley, USA.

Jimi: All is By My Side, Dir. John Ridley, USA.

Land Ho!, Dirs. Martha Stephens, Aaron Katz, Iceland/USA.

Last Days in Vietnam, Dir. Rory Kennedy, USA.

The Last Time You Had Fun, Dir. Mo Perkins, USA. World Premiere.

The Overnighters, Dir. Jesse Moss, USA.

A Thousand Times Good Night, Dir. Erik Poppe, Ireland/Norway/Sweden.


Free 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.


Clueless, Dir. Amy Heckerling, USA  – Pre-Festival Screening

La Bamba (1987), Dir. Luis Valdez, USA. – Dance-A-Long at Union Station

Limited Partnership, Dir. Thomas G. Miller, USA. – Project Involve Screening

I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story, Dir. Dave LaMattina, Chad Walker, USA. – Grand Performances Screening

Sherlock Jr. (1924)/Cops (1922), Dir. Buster Keaton, USA. – Grand Performances Screening


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, Best Narrative Feature or Best Documentary Feature.


Giuseppe Makes a Movie, Dir. Adam Rifkin, USA. US Premiere.

Jossy’s, Dir. Yuichi Fukuda, Japan. International Premiere.

The Well, Dir. Tom Hammock, USA. World Premiere.

Retro (2):


Friday (1995), Dir. F. Gary Gray, USA. – Ice Cube in Conversation

Repo Man (1984), Dir. Alex Cox, USA. – 30th Anniversary Screening


The Film That Got Away: The Film That Got Away is an ongoing series of outstanding recent films that haven’t yet screened locally, curated by members of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association


·         Caterpillar (2010), Dir. Koji Wakamatsu, Japan

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.