Brewer's "Hustle" Added to LA Film Fest, Jarmusch's "Flowers" Also on Tap
by Eugene Hernandez
A surprise screening of Craig Brewer's "Hustle & Flow" and a special showing of Jim Jarmusch's "Broken Flowers" have been added to the lineup for the 2005 Los Angeles Film Festival, which will kick off next week. Organizers at Film Independent (FIND) also unveiled a few other new plans for this year's event, running from June 16 - 26.
Brewer's "Hustle," the filmmaker's first feature, gained notoriety when it debuted at the Sundance Film Festival back in January. After a rousing first screening, the story of a Memphis pimp who strives to become a rapper was acquired as part of a $16 million deal by Paramount Classics and MTV Films. It went on to win the festival's dramatic audience award and will be released in theaters this summer. The film, produced by John Singleton and Stephanie Allain, will screen at the DGA in Los Angeles on June 17th.
Jim Jarmusch's "Broken Flowers" debuted last month at the Festival de Cannes where it won the Grand Prix. Set to screen on June 25th at the Los Angeles Film Festival, the movie stars Bill Murray as a bachelor who learns that he is the father of a grown son and decides to track down his former lovers to find out if the story is in fact true. Jeffrey Wright, Sharon Stone, Frances Conroy, Jessica Lange, Tilda Swinton and Julie Delpy co-star.
Also added to the fest lineup is an evening with writer Shane Black. Fresh from the premiere of his directorial debut, "Kiss, Kiss, Bang, Bang" in Cannes, Black will spend an evening at the festival showing clips from his new film and scenes from movies that inspired his feature.
Finally, another addition to the Los Angeles Film Festival is Alexandra Shiva's doc, "StageDoor," the story of a group of kids who go to a performing arts camp. The film debuted this year at SXSW in Austin.
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