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April 16, 1998 2:00 AM
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LAIFF '98 Kicks Off With Higher Profile and Sold Out Screenings

LAIFF '98 Kicks Off With Higher Profile and Sold Out Screenings

by Eugene Hernandez




"We are definitely a discovery festival," Los Angeles Independent Film
Festival (LAIFF)
Founder and Director Robert Faust told indieWIRE last
month, following the announcement of the lineup for the 4th annual
festival. And he's got a list of movies to back-up the claim. Of the
twenty-six feature length films, programmed by Thomas Ethan Harris,
seventeen are having their world premiere here in L.A. Twenty four
of the films are narrative features, while two are feature length
documentaries, and thirty-one are shorts. Organized received close
to 1,300 film submissions this year, topping last year's 1,000 entries.


Firmly established as a leading Spring festival for premiere work,
the event is equipped to welcome over 65% more attendees with
20,000 guests anticipated in the new Sunset Blvd. venues -- a major
leap from last year's 12,000 patrons. According to festival orgainzers
the hottest tickets in pre-event sales were Scott Ziehl's "Broken
Vessels
," Jon Reiss' "Cleopatra's Second Husband," Eric Bross'
"Restaurant," Adam Goldberg's "Scotch and Milk," John Enbom's
"Starf*cker," and of course the festival's opening and closing night
gala events -- all of which sold out.


In was no surprise to "In the Soup" fans to hear that the U.S. Premiere
of Alexandre Rockwell's latest film "Louis and Frank", screening
Saturday night, had sold out too quickly for them to get tickets. The
unfortunate surprise is that the "Sold Out" status was a computer
error and all those eager Rockwell enthusiasts were turned away by
mistake. The good news for fans is that tickets are now available,
for Rockwell's screwball comedy.


"What I love about our event," Faust told indieWIRE, "is that we've
been able to continue our goal to create and foster a sense of
community for the whole independent scene, while providing the
perfect showcase for new work." Additional screenings have been
added for a number of the sold out films and festival organizers are
already discussing the addition of at least one more day of screenings
next year.


(Donna Lorenz contributed to this artcle.)

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