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    Julie Taymor, Alison Anders, Richard Kelly and More at Los Angeles Film Festival Panels

    Over the weekend, the Los Angeles Film Festival hosted a number of panels and other events with a wide variety of figures in the film community. In between covering various screenings, indieWIRE attended a few of these public discussions. Here are the highlights:

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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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    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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    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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    INTERVIEW | Can Elvis Mitchell Get Los Angeles to Watch Movies in a Museum?

    True story: Two friends in the film industry. One lives in New York, the other Los Angeles. They're discussing how the Tim Burton exhibit will do at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, after its huge success at MOMA.

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    INTERVIEW | Richard Linklater: "I don't think I'll ever quit making movies"

    Richard Linklater was in a jovial mood at the after party for "Bernie," his new black comedy that opened the L.A. Film Festival on Thursday. The movie, a mockumentary in the vein of Christopher Guest, stars Jack Black as a cheery mortician who raises the suspicions of a small Texas town. Following i...

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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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    Outfest Reveals 2011 Festival Line-up, Ones to Watch, and More

    Outfest's 29th Annual Gay & Lesbian Film Festival kicks off in L.A. on July 7th and runs until the 17th with 163 films (67 features and 96 shorts) from 25 countries, along with over a dozen panels and special events. "This year's line-up is one of the strongest in Outfest history and we're excited t...

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    Outfest To Honor Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato

    Outfest 2011 has announced that its 15th Annual Achievement Award will be presented to Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato, the team behind "Party Monster," "The Eyes of Tammy Faye" and, most recently, "Becoming Chaz."

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