Silver Lake Debuts "Demonlover" and Celebrates A Silent Era Theater
by Brian Brooks
French director Olivier Assayas' film about corporate mergers, Japanese porn and the Internet, "demonlover" will open the 4th Silver Lake Film Festival September 10th with a kick off gala to be held in the eastside L.A. neighborhood of the same name as well as nearby Los Feliz. Over 200 features, documentaries and shorts will be presented during the nine-day event in addition to special programs as well as a new annual Fringe Fest, a parallel event showcasing avant-garde cinema and theater.
Including "demonlover," which played in competition at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival, the festival will showcase work in a number of featured programs. Among the sections are a showcase of Korean work, with the U.S. premiere of Kim Ki-Duk's "Spring, Summer, Winter and Spring" including an appearance by Kim himself, who is known as the "enfant terrible" of Korean cinema. Silver Lake's centerpiece gala will be an evening with Silver Lake resident and Oscar-nominee, John C. Reilly ("Chicago"), who will receive this year's Spirit of Silver Lake Award honoring career achievement in independent cinema. Music lifestyle films will be the focus in the So You Want to be (A Rock and Roll Star) section will include "My Dinner with Jimi" and "My Life with Morrissey" about the "struggles and successes of rock musicians."
The closing night gala on September 18th will continue the festival's tradition of honoring the L.A. neighborhood's role in the silent film era with a screening celebrating the 80th anniversary of Silver Lake's Vista Theater. Opening the Vista in 1923 was a film by then child-star 'Baby Peggy,' (Diana Serra Cary) who will be on hand during the evening along with her feature from the time period, "Captain January" and short, "The Cub Reporter." Following a Q & A, Ms. Carey will place her handprints in cement in front of the Vista Theater.
"This year's schedule is the most comprehensive and compelling one ever," commented festival founder and director Greg Ptacek in an event release. "We have expanded the parameters of the festival to embrace the best independent films from America and beyond, while continuing our commitment to showcasing the work of local and emerging filmmakers." Screenings will take place at the Vista Theater, the Los Feliz Theater and the Barnsdall Gallery Theater.
[For more information, please visit: http://www.silverlakefilmfestival.com/.]