June 23, 2002
Lynn Smith and Kevin Crust should be ashamed that they discussed film festivals in Los Angeles ("A Banner Event?," June 16) and the aspect of diversity, and did not mention the Pan African Film Festival. It occurs every February, usually at the Baldwin Hills Magic Johnson Theatre. It's been around for about 10 years. Since you mentioned the Outfest several times even though it is not a mainstream audience event, you should have acknowledged the Pan African event. It just goes to show that blacks are not taken seriously by the media and continue to be invisible except when negative things happen.
April 26, 2012 |
The love story in Penelope Spheeris' "I Don't Know" is more than boy-meets-girl. The 18-minute black-and-white short shot in 1972 starts in an elevator where a lesbian meets a transgender man and the two become lovers (then exes) while French music plays. These are the sort of expectation-defying stories that will be told with "Same Sex/Different Sex: Queer Identity and Culture," part of the Filmforum's Alternative Projections exploring experimental film in Los Angeles. Spheeris, whose later directoral credits include the era-defining "Wayne's World" and the 1981 punk documentary "The Decline of Western Civilization," shot "I Don't Know" while in film school at UCLA.
March 12, 1999 |
P.J. Castellaneta's "Relax . . . It's Just Sex," which opened Outfest '98, is such a deft, well-shaped piece of work, sparkling with witty dialogue and expert acting from a large cast, that it takes a second look to appreciate fully the range and seriousness of its subtext. Castellaneta's art is the kind that disguises itself to the extent that amid the repartee you risk being distracted from what a substantial and provocative accomplishment the film really is.
July 21, 2013 |
The American Cinematheque and the Art Directors Guild Film Society will honor famed production designer Harper Goff with a screening of the classic 1954 Walt Disney adventure "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" on July 28 at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood. The first sci-fi film produced by Walt Disney, this lavish adaptation of Jules Verne's novel stars Kirk Douglas as a rakish harpoonist and James Mason as the infamous Captain Nemo. Peter Lorre and Paul Lukas also starred in the box-office hit directed by Richard Fleischer.
May 17, 2012
Aaron Sorkin once declined an offer from Steve Jobs to write a movie for animation house Pixar, saying he couldn't pen dialogue for inanimate objects. Now, however, the Oscar-winning screenwriter of "The Social Network" will aim to help bring the life of the legendary tech icon to the screen in a film for Sony Pictures that will reunite him with his "Social Network" producer Scott Rudin. "Steve Jobs" will be based on the bestselling biography written by former Time magazine Managing Editor Walter Isaacson.
August 28, 2011 |
From the film's description on paper, a coming-of-age story set against the backdrop of cultural oppression in Iran, "Circumstance" could seem like an earnestly dour slice of good-for-you cinema, so the giddy, high-style group who bounded onstage at the Sundance Film Festival to accept the prize when it won the U.S. dramatic competition audience award turned more than a few heads. The unlikely team that came together to make "Circumstance" represents something of a cross-section of the post-revolution Iranian diaspora.
January 6, 1997
Submissions will be accepted through Feb. 28 for "Outfest '97," the 15th anniversary of the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Film Festival. The festival runs July 10-20 at the Directors Guild of America Theater in Hollywood. For more information, call (213) 951-1247.
December 26, 1995
Outfest '96: The Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Film Festival is accepting submissions for its next edition, to be held at the Directors Guild July 11-21. Submissions must be received by its sponsoring organization, Out on the Screen, by March 15. Information: (213) 951-1247.