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    Departing Los Angeles Film Festival Programmer Doug Jones Heads East

    Following Los Angeles Film Festival artistic director David Ansen out the door was Film Independent and LAFF programming veteran Doug Jones, who swiftly landed a new gig. He's moving to Williamstown, MA as the new executive director of the Images Cinema, a venerable downtown single-screen theater.

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    SCREEN TALK: Festival Updates, Fall Hopefuls, New Openers from Woody Allen to Zach Braff, Fox vs. Time Warner

    David Fincher is back for the opening night of the New York Film Festival with Ben Affleck-starrer "Gone Girl." What folks really care about, says Indiewire's Eric Kohn on our sixth Screen Talk podcast (now on iTunes!) is that the opening night party is returning to Tavern on the Green. We talk abou...

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    David Ansen's Departure from Los Angeles Film Festival Signals New Direction for Fest

    After five years at Film Independent's Los Angeles Film Festival, Artistic Director David Ansen is leaving to go back to writing. Also leaving is programmer Doug Jones, who takes 12 years of institutional memory with him. Very much in charge is LAFF's high-powered LAFF director, producer Stephanie A...

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    LAFF Leadership Shift: David Ansen Steps Down, Elvis Mitchell Promoted

    Film Independent today announced that it has restructured its programming team with the mutually agreed-upon departure of David Ansen from his role as Artistic Director of the Los Angeles Film Festival and Elvis Mitchell assuming the newly created year-round position of Film Independent Curator.

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    L.A. Film Fest Review: 'Trouble Dolls' Shows You What Happens When Comedy Goes Awry

    Co-writers/directors/stars Jennifer Prediger and Jess Weixler's film attempts a difficult balance that the filmmakers can't quite pull off.

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    LAFF Review: ‘The Young Kieslowski’ A Welcome And Charming Teen Comedy Surprise

    Blind knowledge is probably the best state in which to see “The Young Kieslowski” – not for fear of any plot spoilers, but because its quick synopsis might actually repel viewers before seeing a single frame. Following a geeky college student loses his virginity and impregnates his first girlfriend ...

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    LAFF Review: Spike Lee-Produced ‘Evolution Of A Criminal’ Details Cycles Of Poverty & Crime In Director Darius Monroe’s Life

    However muddled the line between reality and fiction stands in any documentary, an extra pause for skepticism occurs when the filmmaker steps in front of the camera. Darius Clarke Monroe’s “Evolution of a Criminal” presents an especially complicated form of that concern: the director casts a younger...

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    LAFF Review: ‘Cut Bank’ Traps John Malkovich, Bruce Dern, Liam Hemsworth, Teresa Palmer & More In Half-Baked Caper

    Cut Bank, Montana might be the last place we’d expect to witness an “Office Space” reference, and yet halfway through “Cut Bank” there it is—actor Michael Stuhlbarg asking after a parcel just as Stephen Root’s Milton did with a stapler. The line is meant as a source of both laughs and menace, but th...

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    LAFF Review: 'The Road Within' Has Trouble Finding Its Real Purpose

    There’s a difficulty in telling a story based at a hospital, rehabilitation center or any other kind of treatment facility because everyone is there for a specific reason. Regardless of ailment or condition, each patient has something specific pinning them to that location. The challenge becomes to ...

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