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    LAFF REVIEW | Brilliant Doc "The Pruitt-Igoe Myth" Tells the Sorry Saga of Public Housing

    In the 1950's, the Pruitt-Igoe housing project represented a new chapter in city life. The massive collection of buildings promised comfortable homes to lower class residents, but the its ideal manifestation was short-lived. Sixteen years after its erection in 1956, the city demolished Pruitt-Igoe, ...

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    LAFF: Eigeman Wins Film Independent's Sloan Award

    As the Los Angeles Film Festival continues to unspool in downtown Los Angeles, Midnight Sun’s writer/director Chris Eigeman and producer Eric Morris have been awarded Film Independent's Sloan Award. This $15,000 production grant is given to films that feature new scripts about science and technology...

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    LA Film Fest REVIEW | "Leave It On the Floor" Revisits Ballroom Scene With Flaws, But Plenty of Life

    Revisiting the African American ball culture first made famous by Jennie Livingston's 1990 New York-set documentary "Paris is Burning" and the Madonna single "Vogue," Sheldon Larry's colorful movie musical "Leave It On the Floor" takes place in a similar Los Angeles scene. Made on the cheap and extr...

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    LAFF REVIEW | Amber Sealey and Kent Osborne Make a Provocative Marital Drama in "How to Cheat"

    "How to Cheat," Amber Sealey's intriguing sophomore feature following her directorial debut "A Plus D," looks like an annoying retread of DIY tropes until it manages to defy them. The opening scene finds Mark (Kent Osborne) bouncing around his Los Angeles backyard in his birthday suit, striking a co...

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    LA Film Fest REVIEW | "You Hurt My Feelings" Is A Tender Drama With Almost No Dialogue

    Steve Collins' tender drama "You Hurt My Feelings" revolves around three characters stuck in a solemn mood. Collins' second feature after "Gretchen," which was well-received on the festival circuit, "You Hurt My Feelings" adopts a patient, at times unbearably depressingly tone heavily based in infer...

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    WME's Graham Taylor's LAFF Keynote: "We are in a revolution and now is our time."

    WME's Graham Taylor is a pivotal player on the indie financing/packaging/selling scene. He moved from Endeavor to take over WME's Global unit after the agency merger. Here's some of his speech from the LAFF's "Money Talks & Art Matters" panel series: the full length version is here.

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    Toolkit | Graham Taylor Keynote at LAFF: "What’s not boring is making shit happen."

    WME Global head Graham Taylor delivered the keynote speech at the Los Angeles Film Festival's "Money Talks & Art Matters" series of panels, which began today at the Downtown Independent. Formerly the head of Endeavor's independent department before it merged with William M...

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    Meet 13 LA Film Festival Filmmakers In Their Own Words

    This year's LA Film Festival kicked off last night with the world premiere of Richard Linklater's black comedy "Bernie." Over the past two weeks, indieWIRE has profiled filmmakers in the Narrative Feature and Documentary Competition. In total, 13 directors from this year's event, agreed to take part...

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    LAFF REVIEW | Richard Linklater's "Bernie" Gives Jack Black His Most Original Role in Years

    Richard Linklater's "Bernie" is an oddly endearing love letter to Southern eccentricities that calls to mind no less than his iconic "Slacker." However, the comparison ends there: With its purposefully naive sense of self-mockery, "Bernie" is a shape-shifting genre vehicle set apart from anything el...

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    Meet the 2011 LA Film Festival Filmmakers | "How to Cheat" Director Amber Sealey

    In this funny and honest depiction of the messiness of modern marriage, writer-director Amber Sealey also stars as Beth, a woman of child-bearing age and inclination who, with her husband Mark, has been struggling to conceive. Sealey’s guileless performance as a woman betrayed by her own body is mat...

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