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    Despite the Proximity to Hollywood, LA Film Fest 2011 Puts Filmmakers Ahead of Its Stars

    The Los Angeles Film Festival may invite the presumption of a Hollywood affair as a result of its location, but there's no question that the ten-day event puts its filmmakers ahead of the commercial glamour. Richard Linklater opens the the Film Independent-produced gathering on Thursday night with h...

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    Meet the 2011 Los Angeles Film Festival Filmmakers | "Paraiso For Sale" Director Anayansi Prado

    Bocas Del Toro, Panama has become a haven for ex-pat retirees. While their introduction to the local community hasn’t come without its complications, a bigger threat are the voracious corporations eager to turn the province into the latest Caribbean hot spot. This engaging and revealing documentary ...

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    Meet the 2011 Los Angeles Film Festival Filmmakers | "Sawdust City" Director David Nordstrom

    Displaying a genuine feeling for his characters and their distinctly Midwestern surroundings, writer/director David Nordstrom makes his feature debut with Sawdust City, set in his hometown of Eau Claire, Wisconsin. On a snowcapped Thanksgiving, while most families are comfortably settled around the ...

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    LAFF Jury: Lynn Shelton, Daniel Waters, Jeff Malmberg, Lisa Gay Hamilton

    The Los Angeles Film Festival's 2011 narrative competition jurors include director Lynn Shelton (Humpday, My Effortless Brilliance; pictured), Eric Nakamura (Head/Founder of Giant Robot), and screenwriter Daniel Waters (Heathers, Batman Returns).

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    Meet the 2011 Los Angeles Film Festival Filmmakers | "Unraveled" Director Marc H. Simon

    Around the same time that investment advisor Bernie Madoff was on trial for his massive Ponzi scheme, lawyer and philanthropist Marc Dreier was facing sentencing for (among other crimes) wire fraud and money laundering. In this candid and intimate documentary, Dreier looks back on his life as he aw...

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    Meet the 2011 LA Film Festival Filmmakers | Alysa Nahmias' and Benjamin Murray's "Unfinished Spaces"

    In 1961, in the heady first days of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro asked three visionary architects to build the Cuban National Arts Schools on what had been the golf course of a country club. Before construction was completed, the Revolution became Sovietized, and suddenly the project was denou...

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    Meet the 2011 LA Film Festival Filmmakers | "Wish Me Away" Co-Director Bobbie Birleffi

    Country singer Chely Wright knew she was a lesbian at a young age, but she instinctively knew that her orientation was in direct conflict with her aspirations to one day perform at the Grand Ole Opry. She prayed for help from God, stayed in the closet and went on to sell more than 1,000,000 albums.

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    Meet the 2011 LA Film Festival Filmmakers | “The Fatherless" Director Marie Kreutzer

    In a large, run-down house in the idyllic Austrian countryside—which, back in the ’80s, was the site of a sexually liberated commune—Hans, the charismatic former commune leader, dies, attended by his oldest son, who never got the approval he craved. In writer-director Marie Kreutzer's amazingly assu...

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    Meet the 2011 LA Film Festival Filmmakers | "The Bad Intentions" Director Rosario Garcia-Montero

    Growing up in Lima during the '80s, Cayetana is an only child who spends her days taunting the housekeepers who look after her and communing with her imaginary friends - a host of long-dead Peruvian heroes. What upsets the nine-year-old girl most is not the threat of homegrown terrorism, but rather ...

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    Meet the 2011 LA Film Festival Filmmakers | "Once I Was a Champion" Director Gerard Roxburgh

    In 2008, Ultimate Fighting Championship star Evan Tanner went on a solo trip to the desert. Several days later his body was found less than a mile from his campsite. A complex man and an anomaly in the world of mixed martial arts, Tanner was a self-taught philosopher with conflicted feelings about f...

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