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LA Film Festival Lineup Includes Clint Eastwood's 'Jersey Boys' and Bong Joon-ho's 'Snowpiercer'

Photo of Ben Travers By Ben Travers | Indiewire May 6, 2014 at 2:48PM

Films from Ira Sachs, Justin Simien, and more make up a lineup featuring 17 films in the narrative and documentary competition.
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Film Independent announced the full lineup for the 2014 Los Angeles Film Festival lineup today, featuring plenty of big names and anticipated independent films. Clint Eastwood's upcoming musical adaptation of the Broadway play "Jersey Boys" will close the festival and Bong Joon-ho's much anticipated "Snowpiercer" will be its bookend as the opening night film.

The LAFF will celebrate its 20th anniversary this year with the world premiere of "Jersey Boys," the North American premiere of "Snowpiercer," and its gala films, including "Love Is Strange" from Ira Sachs, Justin Simien’s "Dear White People," and Hossein Amini’s "The Two Faces of January." 

"Los Angeles has nurtured the collective hopes and dreams of generations,” said Festival Director Stephanie Allain. "This year in honor of our 20th anniversary, we’re putting the spotlight on films, conversations and performances inspired by the spirit of L.A. Many events are One Night Only so come out and celebrate!"

The festival will also hold more Free Community Screenings, including a showing of the hit '90s film "Clueless," Buster Keaton's "Cops," and "La Bamba."

"We've got an amazing line-up for our 20th anniversary: starting with a bang with Bong and ending with a musical celebration from Clint Eastwood," said David Ansen, Artistic Director of the Festival. "It's exciting to see Eastwood still tackling new forms. His deft, rousing translation of 'Jersey Boys' from stage to screen is further confirmation of his amazing, ageless talent."

The full festival lineup is listed below:

Narrative Competition (9)The Narrative Competition is comprised of films made by talented emerging filmmakers that compete for the Filmmaker Award. The winner is determined by a panel of jurors, and films in this section are also eligible for the Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature or Best International Feature.

·         10 MinutesDir. Lee Yong-Seung, South KoreaNorth American Premiere.

·         CometDir. Sam Esmail, USA. World Premiere.

·         Lake Los AngelesDir. Mike Ott, USA. World Premiere.

·         Man From RenoDir. Dave Boyle, USAWorld Premiere.

·         Recommended By EnriqueDir. Rania Attieh, Daniel Garcia, USA/Argentina/France. World Premiere.

·         RunoffDir. Kimberly Levin, USA. World Premiere.

·         Someone You Love, Dir. Pernille Fischer Christensen, DenmarkNorth American Premiere.

·         Uncertain TermsDir. Nathan Silver, USAWorld Premiere.

·         The Young KieslowskiDir. Kerem Sanga, USAWorld Premiere.

 Documentary Competition (8): The Documentary Competition is comprised of films made by talented emerging documentary filmmakers that compete for the Documentary Award. The winner is determined by a panel of jurors, and films in this section are also eligible for the Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature or Best International Feature.

  • Billy Mize and the Bakersfield SoundDir. William J. Saunders, USAWorld Premiere.
  • The Life and Mind of Mark DeFriestDir. Gabriel London, USA/CanadaUS Premiere.
  • Meet the PatelsDirs. Geeta V. Patel, Ravi V. Patel, USA/IndiaUS Premiere.
  • My Name Is SaltDir. Farida Pacha, Switzerland/IndiaNorth American Premiere.
  • Out in the NightDir. blair dorosh-walther, USA. World Premiere.
  • Sound of Redemption: The Frank Morgan Story, Dir. N.C. Heikin, USAWorld Premiere.
  • Stray DogDir. Debra Granik, USA. World Premiere.
  • Walking Under WaterDir. Eliza Kubarska, Poland/Germany/UKUS Premiere.

LA Muse (11) Programmed by Stephanie Allain, Festival Director, Film Independent at LACMA curator Elvis Mitchell and artist/scholar Roya Rastegar, the LA Muse section is comprised of films made by talented emerging filmmakers that are set, shot or inspired by Los Angeles. Select films in this section are eligible for Audience Awards for Best LA Muse Feature, Best Narrative Feature, Best Documentary Feature or Best International Feature.

  • Dreams are Colder than DeathDirs. Arthur Jafa, Kahlil Joseph, USAWorld Premiere.
  • Eat With Me, Dir. David Au, USA. World Premiere.
  • Echo ParkDir. Amanda Marsalis, USAWorld Premiere.
  • The Ever AfterDir. Mark Webber, USA/AustraliaWorld Premiere.
  • Holbrook/Twain: An American Odyssey, Dir. Scott Teems, USA. Sneak Peek.
  • Inner Demons, Dir. Seth Grossman, USA. World Premiere.
  • Los ÁngelesDir. Damian John Harper, Mexico/GermanyInternational Premiere.
  • NightingaleDir. Elliott Lester, USA. World Premiere.
  • The Road WithinDir. Gren Wells, USA. World Premiere.
  • SupremacyDir. Deon Taylor, USA. World Premiere.
  • Trouble Dolls, Dirs. Jess Weixler, Jennifer Prediger, USA. World Premiere

International Showcase (11)The International Showcase highlights innovative independent narrative and documentary features from outside of the United States. Films in this section are eligible for Audience Awards for Best International Feature, Best Narrative Feature or Best Documentary Feature. 

  • Club SandwichDir. Fernando Eimbcke, Mexico.
  • The Great MuseumDir. Johannes Holzhausen, Austria.
  • Han Gong-JuDir. Lee Sujin, South Korea.
  • Joy of Man’s DesiringDir. Denis Coté, Canada. US Premiere.
  • The Kidnapping of Michel HouellebecqDir. Guillaume Nicloux, France.
  • The LiberatorDir. Alberto Arvelo, Venezuela/Spain.
  • Natural SciencesDir. Matías Lucchesi, Argentina/France.
  • Of Horses and MenDir. Benedikt Erlingsson, Iceland/Germany.
  • Starred Up, Dir. David Mackenzie, Northern Ireland/UK.
  • Stream of LoveDir. Àgnes Sòs, Hungary.
  • VioletteDir. Martin Provost, France.

Summer Showcase (11)The Summer Showcase section offers an advanced look at this summer’s most talked about independent film releases and will include highlights from the festival circuit and premieres. Films in this section are eligible for Audience Awards for Best International Feature, Best Narrative Feature or Best Documentary Feature.

  • The Battered Bastards of Baseball, Dirs. Chapman Way, Maclain Way, USA.
  • Cut Bank, Dir. Matt Shakman, USA. World Premiere.
  • Evolution of a CriminalDir. Darius Clark Monroe, USA.
  • FrankDir. Lenny Abrahamson, Ireland/UK.
  • Harmontown, Dir. Neil Berkley, USA.
  • Jimi: All is By My SideDir. John Ridley, USA.
  • Land Ho!, Dirs. Martha Stephens, Aaron Katz, Iceland/USA.
  • Last Days in VietnamDir. Rory Kennedy, USA.
  • The Last Time You Had FunDir. Mo Perkins, USAWorld Premiere.
  • The OvernightersDir. Jesse Moss, USA.
  • A Thousand Times Good Night, Dir. Erik Poppe, Ireland/Norway/Sweden.

Free Community Screenings (5)These films will be presented free to the public. New films in this section are eligible for Audience Awards for Best Narrative Feature or Best Documentary Feature.

  • CluelessDir. Amy Heckerling, USA  – Pre-Festival Screening
  • La Bamba (1987), Dir. Luis Valdez, USA. – Dance-A-Long at Union Station
  • Limited Partnership, Dir. Thomas G. Miller, USA. – Project Involve Screening
  • I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney StoryDir. Dave LaMattina, Chad Walker, USA– Grand Performances Screening
  • Sherlock Jr. (1924)/Cops (1922), Dir. Buster Keaton, USA. – Grand Performances Screening

The Beyond (3): The Beyond offers films that dare to be different. Films in this section are eligible for Audience Awards for Best International Feature, Best Narrative Feature or Best Documentary Feature.

  • Giuseppe Makes a Movie, Dir. Adam Rifkin, USAUS Premiere.
  • Jossy’sDir. Yuichi Fukuda, JapanInternational Premiere.
  • The Well, Dir. Tom Hammock, USAWorld Premiere.

Retro (2):

  • Friday (1995), Dir. F. Gary Gray, USA. – Ice Cube in Conversation
  • Repo Man (1984), Dir. Alex Cox, USA. – 30th Anniversary Screening

The Film That Got Away: The Film That Got Away is an ongoing series of outstanding recent films that haven’t yet screened locally, curated by members of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association

·         Caterpillar (2010), Dir. Koji Wakamatsu, Japan

Short Films (40): Shorts are shown before features and as part of four short film programs. With their diverse and complex content, these films shine brilliantly. Most short films, domestic and international, will compete for prizes in Narrative, Documentary and Animation/Experimental categories. The winner is determined by a panel of jurors. An Audience Award for Best Short Film is also presented.

 ·         Shorts Program 1-4 

Future Filmmakers Showcase: High School Shorts (29)These two programs of shorts are made by high school students from around the world, featuring work by the next generation of filmmakers.

 ·         Programs 1-2

Interactive (9) An international selection of video game playthroughs with commentary by the gamer, the Let's Plays highlighted here exhibit a range of independent games (horror, interactive fiction, playable character quests, minimalistic platformer) as well as a variety of gamer/commenter approaches (instructional, humorous, multi-player).  Game developers and Let's Play video creators will be in attendance for a Q&A.

·         Let’s Play

Music Videos (51): The Music Video Showcase consists of three programs. I See Music: Exploring Beyoncé’s Visual Album is a simultaneous audio/visual experience, screening the non-linear short films that illustrate the songs on her most recent release, followed by an extended talk with the creators and directors of those videos, focusing on the artistry of the creation process and the tones and themes expressed throughout. Eclectic Mix 1 and 2 are visual mix tapes of this year’s best independent music videos with a few innovative major label artists thrown in for good measure.  Music videos will compete for an Audience Award.

·         Eclectic Mix 1 - 2

·         I See Music: Exploring Beyoncé’s Visual Album

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