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June 15, 2012 | By John Horn
After wowing audiences at the Sundance Film Festivalin January and Cannes in May,"Beasts of the Southern Wild"will have its first Southern California screening tonight at the L.A. Film Festival. "Beasts," as much a love letter to a dying part of Louisiana culture - the typically impoverished families living in quickly disappearing land near the state's southern tip - as a magically realistic look at a young daughter's fierce love for her dying father,will be released in theaters by Fox Searchlight on June 27. So if you don't have a ticket to tonight's gala, there's not long to wait.
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April 8, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
The Academy Award-nominated writer and director Lisa Cholodenko ("The Kids Are All Right," "High Art") will serve as guest director of the Los Angeles Film Festival, organizers announced Tuesday. The festival takes place June 11-19 in downtown L.A. Festival director Stephanie Allain said in a statement that Cholodenko's work "exemplifies our mission of supporting artists who are diverse, innovative, and have a unique point of view. " Cholodenko is currently in post-production on "Olive Kitteridge," a four-part HBO miniseries based on Elizabeth Strout's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name.
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April 18, 1989 | KEVIN THOMAS
Following are capsule reviews of today's screenings in the American Film Institute Los Angeles International Film Festival at the Cineplex Odeon Century Plaza Cinemas: 'A Soldier's Tale' New Zealand, 1988, 90 minutes 9 p.m. Well-meaning but ponderous and improbable wartime romance, adapted by New Zealand director Larry Parr and Grant Hindin from M.K. Joseph's novel. In 1944 Normandy, a British soldier (well-played by Gabriel Byrne) and a young French woman (Marianne Basler)
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August 26, 2013 | By Susan King
The 2013 Los Angeles International Short Film Festival, which arrives Sept. 5 at Laemmle's NoHo 7 in North Hollywood, will feature 280 short films from 17 countries. The 17th annual festival, which runs for one week and ends Sept. 12, features shorts starring Oscar-winner Cate Blanchett ("A Cautionary Tail") and Jim Broadbent ("The Phone Call"); Oscar nominees Ian McKellen ("The Egg Trick") and Gerard Depardieu ("Frank-Etienne"); as well as Elijah Wood ("Tome of the Unknown")
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June 1, 2008
07 - Japan's top wrestlers in two-day Grand Sumo Tournament at the Sports Arena 08 - West Hollywood's L.A. Pride Parade marches along Santa Monica Boulevard 14 - War performs at Long Beach's Juneteenth celebration at MLK Park 19 - L.A. Film Festival is 11 days of films, shorts and videos in Westwood 21 - An evening of trumpeting: Mariachi USA Festival at the Hollywood Bowl
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May 5, 2010 | By Amy Kaufman, Los Angeles Times
Next month, the Los Angeles Film Festival will likely welcome a new contingent: throngs of screaming girls. The annual event, which announced its lineup on Tuesday, will feature the world-premiere screening of "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse," the long-awaited third installment in the popular vampire franchise. It's not exactly typical film festival fare, but organizers are hoping it will serve a larger purpose. "If we program a movie like 'Twilight' that draws audiences that might not otherwise attend film festivals, hopefully we'll expose them to other cinematic experiences that we think are inspiring," said festival director Rebecca Yeldham.
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June 15, 2010 | By Reed Johnson, Los Angeles Times
It wasn't until the programs came back from the printer that the L.A. Film Festival's leaders saw how tricky the move from Westwood to downtown L.A. might be. Last year's programs were etched in a shade similar to UCLA blue.This year the festival inadvertently picked USC Trojan colors, cardinal and gold. "It was brought to our attention from some of our friends in Westwood that they felt we had shifted allegiances, and I was like, 'Oh my God, no!'" said Rebecca Yeldham, the festival's ever-diplomatic, Australian-born director during an interview last week.
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June 18, 2003 | R. Kinsey Lowe
Combining the art of film with the commerce of the movie business, AFI Fest Los Angeles and the American Film Market are joining forces. The American Film Market, at which independent films and TV productions are packaged, bought and sold, will move to November in 2004 to overlap with the AFI L.A. International Film Festival.
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June 14, 2013 | By Dana Ferguson
Sitting around a table at Duplex on Third in Beverly Hills, the cast and writers of 'Forev' considered whether they would marry someone after knowing them just one day. With two in favor of giving it a shot and three opposed, the group thought seriously about the central tension in their film and the meaning viewers would get out of it. “I hope people realize that you don't have to get married, that the happy ending can be that you actually don't...
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June 23, 2013 | By Dana Ferguson
"The Conjuring," a horror thriller by James Wan, conjured up more laughs than screams or shivers Friday night at its premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival. It seemed as though the audience had either attended the reception prior to the screening and enjoyed one too many cocktails or was attempting to disguise its terrible discomfort and fear as laughter. Wan addressed the laughter afterward by saying the audience should imbibe a little less prior to seeing his films. But he said he was glad people had enjoyed the film.
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June 19, 2013 | By Nicole Sperling
This post has been updated. See bottom for details. Most people know Venus Williams for her ferocious backhand and overall power on the tennis court, but the 33-year-old athlete has also been an effective activist, specifically when it comes to the issue of prize-money pay equality. Following in the footsteps of tennis legend Billie Jean King, who in 1973 pressured the U.S. Open to pay women athletes the same prize money as their male counterparts, Williams and Women's Tennis Assn.
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June 19, 2013 | By Dana Ferguson
The term "code black" is the phrase used by physicians to describe a full emergency room. They could safely use the term to describe the crowded "Code Black" premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival on Tuesday night. The film depicts the 2008 class of interns entering Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center. The group is shown thrilling at all the action and direct patient interaction of C-booth, a 20-by-25-foot emergency room in which the most critical patients are treated. Soon, though, the old hospital is closed (it is not earthquake-safe)
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June 16, 2013 | By Dana Ferguson
The sound of laughter and children's chatter could be heard on the plaza at L.A. Live Saturday afternoon as families gathered in large white tents to partake in the Los Angeles Film Festival Family Day. Little girls and boys with painted faces and fancy new hairdos played in a series of booths on the plaza. Children could busy themselves with Play-Doh and other toys, watch live performances, meet police and firemen and see the inside of their vehicles, make crafts, have their faces painted, dress up for a photo shoot and more.
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June 16, 2013 | By Dana Ferguson
Oliver Cooper awoke to the sound of his director's voice. “Stay in bed, Oliver, when I say action wake up for the camera.” What would likely seem an odd occurrence for most actors was commonplace for Cooper, an actor and writer of the film "Four Dogs. " The film focuses on Cooper's aunt's home in Encino, where Cooper lives, his aunt Rebecca Goldstein's interesting personality, the goings-on within the house and, of course, the four dogs that live there. CHEAT SHEET: Los Angeles Film Festival 2013 “The house itself, in the most beautiful way, is stuck back in time,” said Dan Bakkedahl, who plays Oliver's friend.
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June 16, 2013 | By Celine Wright
"Ain't Them Bodies Saints" is one of those cryptic titles that needs explaining. And that's exactly what director David Lowery did at the Los Angeles Film Festival on Saturday night, where the movie screened and was followed by a Q&A with Lowery and some of the cast and crew, notably stars Rooney Mara and Casey Affleck. The movie originally premiered at Sundance. “The title is something that in some ways predates the movie,” said Lowery, explaining that he'd kept note of the phrase after hearing it in lyrics in an old folk song.
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June 15, 2013 | By Dana Ferguson
With same-sex marriage being evaluated at the state level across the country and the Supreme Court near its decision on the subject, the documentary "The New Black" could hardly be more timely. The film premiered Friday to a theater of enthusiastic viewers. The audience applauded at protagonists' victories in the film, jeered at antagonist figures and yelled out occasional comments. Filmmaker Yoruba Richen said she decided to make the film after the 2008 election, when California voters passed Proposition 8, which defined marriage as a union between a man and a woman.
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June 15, 2013 | By Celine Wright
"It's a great drug, you should try it," said Sebastian Silva, director of the film "Crystal Fairy and the Magical Cactus," Friday night at the Los Angeles Film Festival. He wasn't kidding --in the film, his characters steal a cactus, chop it into bits, stew it, drink its milky liquid, and begin a journey, with ensuing hilarity. Drug-fueled stories have been done before in film, but this one distinguishes itself with its quirky nature.  The film had its premiere earlier this year at Sundance, where director Sebastian Silva won the Director's Award in World Cinema.
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