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LA Film Festival Announces Lineup: Idris Elba, Laverne Cox & More Topline World Premieres

LA Film Festival Announces Lineup: Idris Elba, Laverne Cox & More Topline World Premieres

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Film Independent has announced the first round of selections for this year’s Los Angeles Film Festival, which runs from June 1 – 9. Six films from the Buzz section and six from Limelight have been confirmed. Idris Elba, Laverne Cox, Mike Birbiglia and Teresa Palmer are among the more prominent stars:

Buzz (L.A. premieres of curated favorites from the festival circuit)

“Don’t Think Twice” (Mike Birbiglia) 

“Equity” (Meera Menon)

“Jean of the Joneses” (Stella Meghie)

“Kicks” (Justin Tipping)  

“Life, Animated” (Roger Ross Williams)

“The Music of Strangers” (Morgan Neville)

Limelight (narratives and documentaries featuring notable talent)

“FREE CeCe!” (Jacqueline Gares), featuring writer/producer Laverne Cox

“A Hundred Streets” (Jim O’Hanlon), featuring Idris Elba and Gemma Arterton

“Lights Out” (David F. Sandberg), starring Teresa Palmer and Maria Bello

“Opening Night” (Isaac Rentz), starring Topher Grace, Taye Diggs and Anne Heche

“So B. It” (Stephen Gyllenhaal), featuring Alfre Woodard and John Heard

“The Sweet Life” (Rob Spera), starring Chris Messina and Abigail Spencer

The full lineup will be announced on April 26. This year’s edition of LAFF will also be notable for being the first held at its new location: the Arclight Culver City, itself only a few months old. (The fest was held at Regal L.A. LIVE in downtown for the past several years.)

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