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    'Mother,' 'Code Black' Lead LAFF Winners

    Janis Nords’ "Mother, I Love You" and Ryan McGarry’s "Code Black" led the winners of the 2013 Los Angeles Film Festival, taking the jury prizes for narrative and documentary feature, respectively. The festival -- which wrapped up last night with the closing night film "The Way Way Back" -- also saw ...

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    LAFF Winners: 'Mother, I Love You,' 'Code Black' Win Jury Awards; Audience Awards Go to 'Short Term 12,' 'Wadjda,' 'American Revolutionary'

    The DIRECTV Narrative Award for the finest narrative film in competition at the Los Angeles Festival went to Janis Nords’ "Mother, I Love You," making its U.S. premiere, and The DIRECTV Documentary Award for the finest documentary film in competition at the Festival went to Ryan McGarry for world pr...

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    LAFF Review Roundup: James Wan's 'The Conjuring' is Classic Horror (TRAILER)

    "The Conjuring" premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival on Friday night; early reviews call the latest film from "Saw" and "Insidious"creator James Wan a skilled reworking of the old-fashioned horror genre. Variety writes that "The Conjuring" is Wan's best film. Warner Bros. opens the thriller st...

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    L.A. Film Fest Review: How Sci Fi Found Footage Thriller 'Europa Report' Envisions a Credible Future for Deep Space Travel

    Sebastian Cordero's movie has many of the same ingredients found in "Prometheus" and precedents like "Alien," but roots them in a realistic science basis.

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    L.A. Film Fest: Jean-Pierre Melville's Restored 'Two Men in Manhattan' Illustrates Why We're Overdue For a Melville Retrospective

    French director Jean-Pierre Melville was one of the greatest filmmakers of his generation, but his reputation in the United States has always suffered. That's partly due to bad timing: While Melville's taut, stylized film noir technique inspired the French New Wave in the late fifties, the legacies ...

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    Buzzy Indie Documentaries 'Blackfish,' 'Code Black' and 'The New Black' -- Which Is Which? (TRAILERS)

    Yes, it's true. We keep getting confused by three similar-sounding documentaries in the indiesphere right now: "Code Black," "The New Black" and "Blackfish." They each deal with vital but very different subjects (the LA County Hospital emergency room, assumptions about homophobia in the African-Amer...

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    Que(e)ries: Considering How Gay Isn't Simply 'The New Black' in Yoruba Richen's Imperative New Doc

    As the LGBT rights movement moved to the clear forefront of the mainstream civil rights discussion in the United States, numerous media organizations were quick to reduce it to a loaded question: "Is gay the new black?"

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    LAFF Review: Joe Burke's 'Four Dogs' Is Breezy Buddy Showbiz Comedy with Bite (TRAILER)

    While micro-budget, plotless indies about sad sack dudes and their lonely lives are old hat at a time when anyone can pick up a camera and shoot, Joe Burke's "Four Dogs" stands a cut above as a portrait of two emotionally impotent man-children.

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    LAFF: Forest Whitaker's JuntoBox Films Announces Greenlight of Fifth Feature, 'The Driver'

    Today at the Los Angeles Film Festival, JuntoBox Films, a collaborative film studio chaired by Forest Whitaker, announced the greenlight of the company's fifth feature film: "The Driver." Whitaker was recently named one of Indiewire's Influencers for his founding of JuntoBox and Significant Producti...

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    L.A. Film Fest Review: 'In A World...' Directed By & Starring Lake Bell

    In a world... where female writers are scarce and female writer/directors even more so, Lake Bell has done both with panache in her feature debut, “In A World...” That the film itself is a meta-commentary on the persistent and open sexism in Hollywood is even more impressive. It also doesn’t hurt th...

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