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    LAFF Review: 'Lake Los Angeles' Is a Dreamy, Mystical Portrait of a Place Steeped in Harsh Realities

    Director Mike Ott returns to the Los Angeles Film Festival with “Lake Los Angeles,” the third film in what has become known as his Antelope Valley trilogy. Following the dovetailing paths of an older male Cuban immigrant, and a young female Mexican immigrant, “Lake Los Angeles” is a dreamy slice of ...

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    Listen: Indiewire's Eric Kohn and Anne Thompson Debate 'Jersey Boys,' 'Boyhood,' the Telluride/Toronto Face-Off and More in 'Screen Talk'

    In the latest edition of "Screen Talk," Indiewire's new podcast, chief film critic Eric Kohn and Thompson on Hollywood's Anne Thompson delve into the results of our recent critics poll of the best movies released so far this year while anticipating one movie likely to show up on many critics' top 10...

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    How I Shot That (LAFF Edition): Shooting in Extreme Weather Conditions for 'Lake Los Angeles'

    Mike Ott has made four feature films over his short career and received numerous accolades, including an Independent Spirit Award. His newest, "Lake Los Angeles," focuses on the intermingling lives of middle-aged Cuban exile worker Francisco and a ten-year-old Mexican girl who crosses the border wit...

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    How I Shot That (LAFF Edition): Building a Camera Tower From Bamboo Canes For 'My Name Is Salt'

    Farida Pacha’s new documentary "My Name is Salt" is certainly ambitious. It covers the salt people of India; a group of 40,000 whom year after year, for an eight-month period, move to the desert to extract salt from the burning earth.

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    How I Shot That (LAFF Edition): Prison Shoots and Having Faith in 'The Life and Mind of Mark DeFriest'

    Gabriel London isn't one to back away from risks. He loves to push the boundaries and conquer unchartered territory. At LAFF he will premiere his new documentary "The Life and Mind of Mark DeFriest."

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    How I Shot That (LAFF Edition): Shooting at The Acropolis During Tourist Hours for 'The Two Faces of January'

    Hossein Amini is an Iranian-British screenwriter known for penning such films as “Wings of a Dove,” “Drive” and “47 Ronin." Recently, he’s taken on a more hands-on approach with his directorial debut, “The Two Faces of January,” which will screen at this year's Los Angeles Film Festival. Starring Vi...

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    How I Shot That (LAFF Edition): Futuristic Dust Bowls, Skin Tone Wet Suits and Edible Finger Paint in 'The Well'

    Director Thomas Hammock is about to premier his debut film at LAFF. A post-apocalyptic thriller set in the near future, "The Well" follows 17 year-old Kendall as she fights against an evil water corporation, lead by a gang leader named Cason.

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    The Indiewire Springboard: How 'Uncertain Terms' Director Nathan Silver Stays Inspired

    Nathan Silver has already complete four features, but chances are you're not familiar with his name unless you're a film festival junkie. That's bound to change soon.

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    Detective Noir 'Man From Reno' and Debra Granik's 'Stray Dog' Take Home Top Honors at LAFF

    At an intimate ceremony held in the festival lounge, the Los Angeles Film Festival announced the winners in this year's awards categories.

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    LAFF Review: Like Country Music? 'Billy Mize and the Bakersfield Sound' Is For You

    Even if those closest to him may lament that Billy Mize isn’t as much of a household name as his most notable peers (Buck Owens, Merle Haggard and Roger Miller, among others), William J. Saunders’ documentary does an admirable job of demonstrating the many ways Mize's efforts still resounded through...

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