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    LAFF Leadership Shift: David Ansen Steps Down, Elvis Mitchell Promoted

    Film Independent today announced that it has restructured its programming team with the mutually agreed-upon departure of David Ansen from his role as Artistic Director of the Los Angeles Film Festival and Elvis Mitchell assuming the newly created year-round position of Film Independent Curator.

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    Debra Granik Goes Rogue with First Doc 'Stray Dog'

    Filmmaker Debra Granik earned an impressive four Oscar nominations for 2010's 'Winter's Bone.' Her latest film, and first foray into documentary, plays the New York Film Festival this week.

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    L.A. Film Fest Review: 'Trouble Dolls' Shows You What Happens When Comedy Goes Awry

    Co-writers/directors/stars Jennifer Prediger and Jess Weixler's film attempts a difficult balance that the filmmakers can't quite pull off.

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    LAFF Review: ‘The Young Kieslowski’ A Welcome And Charming Teen Comedy Surprise

    Blind knowledge is probably the best state in which to see “The Young Kieslowski” – not for fear of any plot spoilers, but because its quick synopsis might actually repel viewers before seeing a single frame. Following a geeky college student loses his virginity and impregnates his first girlfriend ...

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    LAFF Review: Spike Lee-Produced ‘Evolution Of A Criminal’ Details Cycles Of Poverty & Crime In Director Darius Monroe’s Life

    However muddled the line between reality and fiction stands in any documentary, an extra pause for skepticism occurs when the filmmaker steps in front of the camera. Darius Clarke Monroe’s “Evolution of a Criminal” presents an especially complicated form of that concern: the director casts a younger...

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    LAFF Review: 'The Road Within' Has Trouble Finding Its Real Purpose

    There’s a difficulty in telling a story based at a hospital, rehabilitation center or any other kind of treatment facility because everyone is there for a specific reason. Regardless of ailment or condition, each patient has something specific pinning them to that location. The challenge becomes to ...

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    Women Directors Win Majority of LAFF Awards for Features

    "Winter's Bone" director Deborah Granik took home the Best Documentary Feature award for "Stray Dog."

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    LAFF Review: 'Comet' Starring Justin Long And Emmy Rossum Is An Original & Inventive Love Story

    It’s not always easy to pull off high concept romantic dramas, or to futz with the format of what could be a straightforward boy-meets-girl breakup/makeup story, but in staying grounded, and real, “Comet,” directed by Sam Esmail and starring Justin Long and Emmy Rossum, manages to do just that. Jum...

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