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How I Shot This: LA Film Festival

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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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    How I Shot That (LAFF Edition): The Necessity of Bats, Boats and Just Making Films According to Daniel Garcia

    Daniel Garcia, along with his co-director Rania Attieh, has made three feature films.Their sophomore picture "Recommended by Enrique" was shot in Del Rio, and will debut at the Los Angeles Film Festival in the narrative competition.

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    How I Shot That (LAFF Edition): Tight Scheduling and Getting Permits for 'Echo Park'

    "Echo Park" is Amanda Marsalis' first feature film. She collaborated with cinematographer Jason McCormick, who was first AD to Harris Savides on films such as "The Bling Ring," "Restless," "Somewhere," "Greenberg" and "Zodiac."

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    How I Shot That (LAFF Edition): Shooting on Sesame Street for 'I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story'

    Documentary filmmakers Dave LaMattina and Chad Walker like to diversify their fields of expertise and investigation. After capturing the life of MLS star Kei Kamara as he returned to his home of Sierra Leon to play for his national team in "Kei," the duo have moved on to something completely differe...

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    How I Shot That (LAFF Edition): Rain Machines, Jet Skis, Ducks and Crying Children All in One Day for 'The Road Within'

    Gren Wells, a screenwriter for the past 14 years, took on the challenge of (loosely) remaking the German award winner "Vincent Wants to Sea," for her directorial debut, "The Road Within." Her film tells the story of a young man with Tourette’s who breaks out of a treatment facility with his obsessiv...

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    How I Shot That (LAFF Edition): Confronting Drunken Neighbors While Shooting 'Out in the Night'

    In 2006 blair dorosh-walther, who identifies as gender non-conforming and uses male and female pronouns, read an article in The New York Times entitled "Man is Stabbed after Admiring a Stranger" and was immediately compelled to make a film.

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