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LA Film Fest Unveils Horror Slate, More World Premieres, Zoe Cassavetes Film

LA Film Fest Unveils Horror Slate, More World Premieres, Zoe Cassavetes Film

Running June 10-18 in downtown LA, the Los Angeles Film Festival has announced two inaugural programs, Zeitgeist and Nightfall, plus its second consecutive Muse lineup of films set in, shot by or inspired by the city.

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Senior Programmer Jennifer Cochis said the films in the Nightfall section range “from the creepy to the sinister, homages to 80s and 90s era horror, psychodramas and waking nightmares.” Films premiering for the first time in the U.S. are nominated for the Nightfall Award. Three arrive off the festival circuit, including “Ratter” (Slamdance), “Plan Sexenal” (well-reviewed out of Morelia) and “Crumbs” (admired in Rotterdam).

“Caught,” dir. Maggie Kiley, USA, World Premiere
“The Confines,” dir. Eytan Rockaway, USA, World Premiere
“Crumbs,” dir. Miguel Llansó, Spain/Ethiopia/Finland, North American Premiere
“Crush the Skull,” dir. Viet Nguyen, USA, World Premiere
“Dude Bro Party Massacre III,” dir. Tomm Jacobsen, Michael Rousselet, Jon Salmon, USA, World Premiere
“Plan Sexenal,” dir. Santiago Cendejas, Mexico, North American Premiere
“Ratter,” dir. Branden Kramer, USA, LA Premiere
“Shut In,” dir. Adam Schindler, USA, World Premiere

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The Zeitgeist lineup of six coming-of-age indies is “structured around a pivotal juncture in the lives of young people, after which there is no going back,” said Associate Director of Programming Roya Rastegar.

“Band of Robbers,” dir. Aaron Nee & Adam Nee, USA, World Premiere
“A Girl Like Grace,” dir. Ty Hodges, USA, World Premiere
“In the Treetops,” dir. Matthew Brown, USA, World Premiere
“Manifest Destiny,” dir. Michael Dwyer, Kaitlin McLaughlin, USA, World Premiere
“Stealing Cars,” dir. Bradley Kaplan, USA, World Premiere
“What Lola Wants,” dir. Rupert Glasson, USA, World Premiere

Finally, the 2015 LA Muse lineup consists of three documentaries and seven fiction films; five films are by first time directors. All the films are having their world premiere at the Festival. You may recognize one name: Zoe Cassavetes, daughter of John Cassavetes and Gena Rowlands, who makes her first film since 2007 breakout “Broken English.”

“Aram, Aram,” dir. Christopher Chambers, USA, World Premiere
“A Beautiful Now,” dir. Daniela Amavia, USA, World Premiere
“Can You Dig This,” dir. Delila Vallot, USA, World Premiere
“Day Out of Days,” dir. Zoe R. Cassavetes, USA, World Premiere
“The Drew: No Excuse, Just Produce,” dir. Baron Davis, Chad Gordon, USA, World Premiere
“The Escort,” dir. Will Slocombe, USA, World Premiere
“Flock of Dudes,” dir. Bob Castrone, USA, World Premiere
“French Dirty,” dir. Wade Allain-Marcus & Jesse Allain-Marcus, USA, World Premiere
“No Más Bebés Por Vida,” dir. Renee Tajima-Peña, USA, World Premiere
“Weepah Way for Now,” dir. Stephen Ringer, USA, World Premiere

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