LAIFF unveils Lineup for 5th Film Festival; Joanou's "Entropy" Opening Festival
by Eugene Hernandez
The world premiere of Phil Joanou’s new film, “Entropy,” will open the 5th Los Angeles Independent Film Festival (April 15 – 20). The film, which stars Stephen Dorff, Lauren Holly, Hector Elizondo, and the band U2, is produced by by Joanou and Brad Epstein, Jane Rosenthal, Robert De Niro and Elie Samaha. Of the 29 feature films screening at the LAIFF, 26 are world premieres. The festival will close with the world premiere of George Hickenlooper’s “The Big Brass Ring,” which is based on Orson Welles’ screenplay with Oja Kodar. The film stars William Hurt, Miranda Richardson, Nigel hawthorne, and Irene Jacob.
This years lineup (which is available now at indieWIRE.com) includes a mixture of established and emerging filmamkers, among them Joseph Lovett, Jon Reiss, Nisha Ganatra, Ed Radtke, Katherine Dieckman, Gordon Eriksen, Ash, Toni Kalem, and Nickolas Perry.
As previously reported in indieWIRE, the LAIFF is expanding to six days for its fifth year. To commemorate the anniversary, the Festival will screen classic indie films from the past forty years. Back in ’99 is the LAIFF’s popular Indie Music Night, along with an expanded Music Video Showcase, the popular New Media Forum returns as well, and the festival will present over 15 seminars throughout the event.
The 1999 LAIFF lineup follows:
“The Accident” (West Coast Premiere)
A rare documentary memoir of what happens when one’s childhood nostalgia collides with the reality of its imperfections.
Written, directed, and produced by Joseph F. Lovett
“Bellyfruit” (World Premiere)
A gripping unflinching look at the harsh reality of teenage motherhood.
Directed by Kerri Lee Green and Written by Janet Borrus, Maria Berhard, Susannah Blikoff, Kerri Lee Green. Cast: Kelly Vint, Tamara Bass, Tonatzin Mondragon, Bonnie Dickenson, Michael Anthony Pena, T.E. Russell.
“Better Living Through Circuitry” (World Premiere)
A documentary on the techno-rave culture.
Directed by Jon Reiss. Featuring: The Crystal Method, Roni Size, DJ Spooky, Electric Skychurch, Jason Bently, Wolfgang Flur of Kraftwerk, DJ Keoki, Meat Beat Manifesto, Carl Cox, Frankie Bones
“Blue Ridge Fall” (World Premiere)
A tale of loyalty amongst friends that spins a web of deceit and murder.
Written and directed by James Rowe. Cast: Peter Facinelli, Jay R. Ferguson, Rodney Eastman, Chris Isaak, Amy Irving, Tom Arnold, Heather Stephens, Will Estes
“Cherry” (World Premiere)
A beautiful, twenty-nine-year-old virgin seeks loveless sex for procreation purposes only.
Produced & Directed by Jon Glascoe & Joseph Pierson and Written by Terry Reed
Cast: Shalom Harlow, Jake Weber, Laurel Holloman, Donovan Leitch, Aleksa Palladino, Heather Matarazzo, David McCallum
“Chutney Popcorn” (World Premiere)
A heartfelt lesbian love story offering a rare look at the tension between traditional East-Indian and American cultural traditions.
Directed by Nisha Ganatra and Written by Nisha Ganatra & Susan Carnival. Cast: Nisha Ganatra, Jill Hennessy, Nick Chinlund, Madhur Jaffrey, Sakina Jaffrey, Cara Buono, Ajay Naidu
“Coming Soon” (World Premiere)
A blushingly honest glimpse into the fashionably madcap world of a Manhattan teenager and her quest for carnal satisfaction.
Directed by Colette Burson and Written by Colette Burson and Kate Robin. Cast: Bonnie Root, Gaby Hoffman, Tricia Vessey, Ryan Reynolds, Mia Farrow, Ryan O�Neal, James Roday, Yasmine Bleeth, Splading Gray, Peter Bogdanovich, Kevin Corrigan
“The Dream Catcher” (World Premiere)
A classic on-the-road story of two teenage runaways.
Directed by Ed Radtke and Written by Ed Radtke & M S Nieson. Cast: Paddy Connor, Maurice Compte, Jeanne Heaton, Larry John Meyers, Joseph Arthur, Sean Hill
“Existo” (World Premiere)
A politically satirical rock and roll musical comedy about freedom of speech and art for art’s sake.
Directed by Coke Sams and Written by Bruce Arntson & Coke Sames. Cast: Bruce Arntson, Jackie Welch, Jim Varney, Gailard Sartain, Mark Cabus, Mike Montgomery, Jenny Littleton
“The Florentine” (World Premiere)
A pending marriage forces a group of friends to reflect on their lives.
Directed by Nick Stagliano and Written by Damien Gray & Tom Benson
Producers: Chris Penn, Steven Weisman, Tom Benson, Nick Stagliano Executive Producers: Francis Ford Coppola, Cindy Cowan, Fred Fuchs. Cast: Jeremy Davies, Michael Madsen, Chris Penn, Luke Perry, Tom Sizemore, Virginia Madsen, Mary Stuart Masterson, Hal Holbrook, James Belushi
“A Good Baby” (World Premiere)
A hypnotic murder mystery set against the spectacularly moody backdrop of the western North Carolina mountains.
Written & Directed by Katherine Dieckmann. Cast: Henry Thomas, David Strathairn, Cara Seymour, Danny Nelson, Allison Glenn, Jayne Morgan, Danny Vinson
“Hit and Runaway” (World Premiere)
A hysterical comedy about two writers struggling to meet a deadline.
Directed by Christopher Livingston and Written by Jaffe Cohen & Christopher Livingston
Cast: Michael Parducci, Peter Jacobson, Kerr Smith, Judy Prescott, John Fiore, J K Simmons, Hoyt Richards
“Hot Irons” (World Premiere)
A documentary of the thriving African-American hair design industry in Detroit.
Directed by Andrew Dosunmu & Produced by Angela Hughes
“Jump” (World Premiere)
A ferocious black comedy about one man’s contemplation of suicide.
Written & Directed by Justin McCarthy. Cast: Richard Belzer, Harvey Fierstein, Jessica Hecht, James LeGros, Hal Linden, Amanda Peet, Mark Rosenthal, Samia Shoaid, Iona Skye
“The Lifestyle” (World Premiere)
A shocking documentary portrait of the thriving, misunderstood swinger lifestyle.
Directed by David Schisgall & Produced by Dan Cogan. Executive Producers: James Schamus, Ted Hope, Mary Jane Skalski
“The Love Machine” (World Premiere)
A brilliant satire of sexual fantasies on the internet.
Written & Directed by Gordon Eriksen. Featuring: Marlene Forte, Gary Perez, Tomo Omori, Jun Suenaga, Elizabeth Wunsch, Chip Garner
“Money Buys Happiness” (World Premiere)
A biting black comedy about a bickering couple’s struggle to push a piano fifty blocks.
Written & Directed by Gregg Lachow. Cast: Megan Murphy, Jeff Weatherford, John Holyoke, Cynthia Whalen, Cathy Sutherland, Michael Chick, Caveh Zahedi
“No Vacancy” (World Premiere)
A madcap misadventure set in a surreal motel fantasyland.
Written & Directed by Marius Balchunas. Excutive producer Ron Shelton. Cast: Christina Ricci, Lolita Davidovich, Timothy Olyphant, Robert Wagner, Ryan Bollman, Joaquim De Almeida, Gabriel Mann, Steven Schub
“Pop & Me” (World Premiere)
A documentary about a father and son’s round the world trip interviewing other fathers
Director: Chris Roe Story By: Chris Roe, Richard Roe, Erik Arnesen, Jesse Negron, Juliann Jannus, Mark Kornweibel
“Pups” (World Premiere)
A searing portrait of the escalation of gun-related violence amongst teens.
Writer/Director: Ash. Cast: Cameron Van Hoy, Mischa Barton, Burt Reynolds, Adam Ferrar, David Alan Graf, Kurt Loder, James Gordon
“Saturn” (World Premiere)
A reformed derelict tries to make something of his life while caring for his sick father.
Written & Directed by Robert Schmidt. Cast: Mia Kirschner, Scott Caan, Leo Burmester
“The Settlement” (World Premiere)
A black comedy about two corrupt insurance agents who scheme to secure a two million dollar insurance policy.
Written & Directed Mark Steilen. Cast: Kelly McGillis, John C. Reilly, William Fichtner
“A Slipping Down Life” (West Coast Premiere)
A melancholic story of an open-hearted heroine and her sexy, rock star hero. Adapted from the Anne Tyler novel.
Written & Directed Toni Kalem. Cast: Lili Taylor, Guy Pearce, John Hawkes, Sara Rue, Irma P. Hall, Tom Bower, Shawnee Smith, Veronica Cartwright, Bruno Kirby
“Snapped” (World Premiere)
A small-time hustler and his jaded ex-girlfriend hide out from a notorious hitman.
Directed by Jesse Feigelman & Written by Ian Chorao, Jesse Feigelman.
Cast: Gaby Hoffman, David Wheir, Johnny Zander, Seymour Cassell, Simon Rex
“Sometime in August” (World Premiere)
A tale of two lovers playing a simple love game that deepens into an emotionally fatal bout with madness.
Written & Directed by Caio Ribeiro. Cast: Michael Medeiros, Sylva Kelegian, Glenn English, Terry Keane, Lois Markle, Meir Moskowitz, Samuel Ribeiro, Collette Sible
“Speedway Junky” (U.S. Premiere)
A coming-of-age story about loyalty, courage, and a young boy’s fight to hold on to his dream while surviving on the streets of Las Vegas.
Written & Directed by Nickolas Perry Executive Producer: Gus Van Sant. Cast: Jesse Bradford, Jordan Brower, Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Daryl Hannah, Tiffani-Amber Thiessen, Patsy Kensit, Justin Urich, Adrienne Frantz, Patrick Renna, Warren G.
“Sweet Underground” (World Premiere)
A group of LA misfits wrestle with their demons.
Written, Directed & Produced by Dorsay Alavi. Cast: Matthew Flint, Cindy Lou Adkins, Kevin Patrick Walls, Tracy Grant, Alex Demir, Mellisa Lechner, Seymour Cassell
[Ticket sales begin on March 15th at 1-888-ETM-TIXS, for more information, visit the LAIFF website.]