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LAFF 2006.4: Popcorn Alley

LAFF 2006.4: Popcorn Alley

The 2006 Los Angeles Film Festival is well under way. I just got back from meeting up with Rebecca and Rachel from the Austin Film Society, and we stuffed gift bags for a party we’re doing to honor the many Austin filmmakers screening work at the festival. Otherwise, things are getting going here at the festival. The weather has been good, though today is kinda Texas-humid. I went to see a few things, including one rather mixed short program that did feature a really neat animated adaptation of Edgar Allen Poe’s The Tell Tale Heart, narrated (from beyond the grave) by Bela Lugosi. I’ve had some good meetings and finally getting my head wrapped around the new Westwood location. Here’s some pics:

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(“Popcorn Alley” is the main drag of shops with the festival box office and information booth. It’s a dangerous stretch of road. Don’t walk down “popcorn alley” alone at night.)

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(Hanging at the Opening Night Party is the ‘Gretchen’ crew, mostly from Austin. Pictured are: producer Jay Van Hoy, actress Courtney Davis, actor John Merriman, and director Steve Collins.)

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(In honor of the L.A. premiere of ‘Who Killed the Electric Car?,’ there were a dozen electric vehicles lined up along Popcorn Alley. The documentary is getting a lot of attention nationwide, on the eve of its June 28 release. In fact, actor/environmentalist Ed Begley, Jr. was guesting on “Jonesy’s Jukebox,” on Indie 103.1, talking up the importance of the film.)

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(Chilling out at the hotspot Target Red Room, a favorite lounge at the festival, is journalist Mark Olsen, Jared Moshe of Sidetrack Films, and docmaker AJ Schnack. AJ is on the doc jury at the festival, but also has his next feature – about Kurt Cobain – in post-production. His last feature, the They Might Be Giants doc Gigantic, premiered at SXSW in 2002.)

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(The massive crew from festival circuit favorite, ‘Darkon,’ following the documentary’s screening at LAFF. The film, which won an audience award at SXSW 2006, has had a successful run that included Hot Docs, Silverdocs, and the upcoming BritDoc. It’s a doc, in case you couldn’t tell.)

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(Myself and ‘Roost’ director Ti West, at the Target Red Room on Saturday night. Ti has a new horror film in the works. Keep your eyes open for it.)

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