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Los Angeles Film Festival

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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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    LAFF Review: Nathan Silver’s ‘Uncertain Terms’ Finds a Fresh Spin on Marital Problems

    Writer-director Nathan Silver is far from the first filmmaker to rely on a loose, improvised approach to storytelling, but he’s quickly becoming one of the best of his generation.

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    LAFF Women Directors: Meet Jennifer Prediger and Jess Weixler (Trouble Dolls)

    "We were inspired by the bizarre living spaces that exist in NYC. The city is pretty crammed with people, and for many, leading a relaxed, spacious, 'normal' life is too expensive."

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    The 2014 Indiewire LAFF Bible: Every Review, Interview and News Item Posted During Run of Festival

    Every Review, Interview and News Item Posted During Run of LAFF 2014.

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    LAFF: Dir. Kerem Sanga and Team on the Comedic Exploits of Unplanned Parenthood in 'The Young Kieslowski'

    Director Kerem Sanga, producer Danny Leiner and stars Ryan Malgarini and Haley Lu Richardson shared with us their thoughts on this amusing story about decisions, unpredictable fate, and the uncertainty of young love.

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    LAFF Review: Nathan Silver's 'Uncertain Terms' An Affecting and Deftly Told Family Affair

    Filmmaker Nathan Silver is on his fourth feature film in about as many years, and the latest, “Uncertain Terms,” continues in the style of naturalistic, bittersweet tales. It’s a family affair for Silver, as he often casts his mother, Cindy Silver, and in “Uncertain Terms” he even takes inspiration ...

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    How I Shot That (LAFF Edition): One Last Shot for ‘Billy Mize & The Bakersfield Sound’

    William J. Saunders worked at NFL Films after graduating from Columbia University’s School of the Arts. At the upcoming Los Angeles Film Festival he will premiere his new film "Billy Mize and the Bakersfield Sound."

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