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    LA Film Festival: Advice and Insight From This Year's Filmmakers

    With the 20th LA Film Festival now underway until June 19, Indiewire is hosting the "How I Shot That (LAFF Edition)" series.

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    How I Shot That (LAFF Edition): Shooting on Sesame Street for 'I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story'

    Documentary filmmakers Dave LaMattina and Chad Walker like to diversify their fields of expertise and investigation. After capturing the life of MLS star Kei Kamara as he returned to his home of Sierra Leon to play for his national team in "Kei," the duo have moved on to something completely differe...

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    How I Shot That (LAFF Edition): Rain Machines, Jet Skis, Ducks and Crying Children All in One Day for 'The Road Within'

    Gren Wells, a screenwriter for the past 14 years, took on the challenge of (loosely) remaking the German award winner "Vincent Wants to Sea," for her directorial debut, "The Road Within." Her film tells the story of a young man with Tourette’s who breaks out of a treatment facility with his obsessiv...

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    LAFF Review: 'Out In The Night' Tells Compelling, Powerful Story Of The New Jersey Four

    In 2007, four black lesbian women from New Jersey were sentenced to between 3 and 11 years in prison for varying degrees of gang assault against a man in New York City’s West Village. The New York Post and Daily News blared headlines about “bloodthirsty lesbians” and a “wolf pack,” and both the wome...

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    LAFF Women Directors: Meet Gren Wells (The Road Within)

    "On any low-budget film, you're fighting the clock, so I implemented a three-take rule for every set-up."

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    The Best and Worst Advice LAFF Filmmakers Have Ever Received

    Indiewire had the opportunity to interview some of the filmmakers who showed films at the 2014 Los Angeles Film Festival. The interviews are part of the How I Shot That series, where many of these filmmakers were eager to disclose some of the best and worst advice they have received in their careers...

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    LAFF Review: Haunting, Devastating 'Life And Mind Of Mark DeFriest' Depicts Prison Life Of Notorious Escape Artist

    In the late 1970s, a 19-year-old Mark DeFriest caught four years in jail for picking up some tools before his father’s will was probated. His stepmother called the police, and Mark made a run for it, landing him in jail. Mark’s tendency to run has kept him there ever since. A compulsive (and talente...

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    LAFF Review: Pepe Serna is a Standout in Ambiguous Detective Noir 'Man from Reno'

    The unease at the heart of "Man from Reno" is expressed via two different, initially separate, narrative threads.

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    LAFF Review: How Do You Get Inside the Mind of a Prisoner? 'The Life and Mind of Mark DeFriest' Pulls it Off

    Animation, testimony and family remembrances all work together to create an alternate portrait of a man whose fate seemed predetermined by the system that's kept him imprisoned for all of his adult life.

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