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Film Independent's LA Film Festival Is Accepting Submissions for 2012 Fest

Film Independent's LA FIlm Festival Is Accepting Submissions for 2012 Fest
Film Independent’s 2012 Los Angeles Film Festival is now accepting submissions. The fest, running June 14-24, is in its 18th year. It will showcase programs including the Filmmaker Retreat, Ford Amphitheater Outdoor Screenings, Poolside Chats, Coffee Talks, a music video section and short films from high school students. Here are highlights from the 2011 festival. Submission details are below and here:
 


  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 1, 2011 7:22 AM
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HBO Doc Shows Why DA Needed Exiting Sex Crimes Unit Chief Friel's Division in Strauss-Kahn Case

HBO Doc Shows Why DA Needed Exiting Sex Crimes Unit Chief Friel's Division in Strauss-Kahn Case
There's no question that my reaction to the Dominique Strauss-Kahn case was influenced by having seen Lisa Jackson's Sex Crimes Unit, which played at the Los Angeles Film Festival before beginning its run on HBO June 20. Jackson got unprecedented access to the respected Unit of the New York District Attorney's office that specializes in sex crimes. You see how the attorneys work under unit chief Lisa Friel, who unexpectedly announced last week that she will be leaving the division.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 3, 2011 11:42 AM
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LAFF Highlights: From Bernie to Don't Be Afraid of the Dark, Winners

LAFF Highlights: From Bernie to Don't Be Afraid of the Dark, Winners
The Los Angeles Film Festival was hopping for ten days, downtown at LA Live, a straight shot down Olympic Boulevard to an $8 parking lot. The Regal screens are new with a good rake, but the glossy presentation didn't help Richard Linklater's opening nighter Bernie, yet another based-on-a-true-story (much like Andrew Jarecki's All Good Things) that fascinated the filmmaker and his star, Jack Black, without proving to be compelling for the rest of us. The good news is that Black gives the strongest performance he has in some time as a genial good-old-boy who turns to the dark side when he winds up rich older woman Shirley MacLaine's dependent manservant/slave. The movie was for sale at the fest, and distributors who checked it out were not upbeat about its commercial prospects.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 29, 2011 5:38 AM
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LAFF: Eigeman Wins Film Independent's Sloan Award

LAFF: Eigeman Wins Film Independent's Sloan Award
As the Los Angeles Film Festival continues to unspool in downtown Los Angeles, Midnight Sun’s writer/director Chris Eigeman and producer Eric Morris have been awarded Film Independent's Sloan Award. This $15,000 production grant is given to films that feature new scripts about science and technology. Midnight Sun is set in 1943 and focuses on a group of young scientists in a New Mexico desert as they create the first atomic bomb .
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • June 20, 2011 4:53 AM
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WME's Graham Taylor's LAFF Keynote: "We are in a revolution and now is our time."

WME's Graham Taylor's LAFF Keynote:  "We are in a revolution and now is our time."
WME's Graham Taylor is a pivotal player on the indie financing/packaging/selling scene. He moved from Endeavor to take over WME's Global unit after the agency merger. Here's some of his speech from the LAFF's "Money Talks & Art Matters" panel series: the full length version is here.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 18, 2011 9:31 AM
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LAFF Jury: Lynn Shelton, Daniel Waters, Jeff Malmberg, Lisa Gay Hamilton

LAFF Jury: Lynn Shelton, Daniel Waters, Jeff Malmberg, Lisa Gay Hamilton
The Los Angeles Film Festival's 2011 narrative competition jurors include director Lynn Shelton (Humpday, My Effortless Brilliance; pictured), Eric Nakamura (Head/Founder of Giant Robot), and screenwriter Daniel Waters (Heathers, Batman Returns).
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 15, 2011 7:50 AM
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LAFF Adds Artists in Residence Erykah Badu and Daniele Luppi, Galas Devil's Double, Attack The Block

LAFF Adds Artists in Residence Erykah Badu and Daniele Luppi, Galas Devil's Double, Attack The Block
Film Independent's Los Angeles Film Festival has chosen its 2011 artists in residence: Erykah Badu and Daniele Luppi. The fest is also adding Jack Black and Shirley MacLaine to it series of Conversations, and Gala screenings of SXSW hit Attack the Block (pictured) and Sundance entry The Devil's Double (check out the hot new poster and the trailer below).
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • June 3, 2011 7:26 AM
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LAFF Opens with Linklater's Bernie, Lineup Includes Remembering Sidney Lumet, Gosling's Drive Gala

LAFF Opens with Linklater's Bernie, Lineup Includes Remembering Sidney Lumet, Gosling's Drive Gala
The Los Angeles Film Festival will open with the world premiere of Richard Linklater's Bernie on June 16 and close with Troy Nixey's Don't Be Afraid of the Dark on June 26. Bernie - which fest director Rebecca Yeldham calls a "delicious black comedy" - stars Jack Black, Shirley MacLaine and Matthew McConaughey. "Remembering Sidney Lumet," a conversation between Quincy Jones and Frank Pierson is also announced, as well as additional films joining the already announced lineup. Synopses for the fest's offerings are below. The Gala screening of Ryan Gosling's Drive, for which Nicolas Winding Refn just took the Cannes Best Director prize, is sure to be one of fest's hottest events. Refn is already planning a sequel.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 23, 2011 7:28 AM
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LA Film Fest 2011: Programmers Talk Lineup for Downtown Festival, June 16-26 UPDATED

LA Film Fest 2011: Programmers Talk Lineup for Downtown Festival, June 16-26 UPDATED
Film Independent has made its first round of selections for the 2011 Los Angeles Film Festival, running June 16-26, returning to downtown's L.A. Live. Over 30 countries will be represented by the 200-plus features, shorts and music videos. Special events, galas, the tentpole opening and closing night selections, guest artists and guest director will be announced closer to the festival.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 3, 2011 4:58 AM
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Jamie Foxx Presents: Thunder Soul, A Tribute To Kashmere's Funk Powerhouse

Jamie Foxx Presents: Thunder Soul, A Tribute To Kashmere's Funk Powerhouse
Music doc Thunder Soul is a heartfelt celebration of Funk and the transformative powers of a great teacher. Mark Landsman's doc, which won an audience award at SXSW and Los Angeles Film Fest, among other fests last year, also earned an Indie Spirit nomination. It's about how in the 1970s one teacher turned Houston's Kashmere High School jazz band into a tight-grooving funk award-winner, years in a row. (Think Glee on Funk steroids.) Landsman follows the alumni from Kashmere, who after 35 years, travel home to play a tribute concert for 92-year-old Conrad Johnson.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 4, 2011 7:52 AM
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