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Los Angeles Film Festival

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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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    LAFF: Adapted from a Scam: Rania Attieh & Daniel Garcia on 'Recommended by Enrique'

    Displaying tonally perfect performances by the protagonists, “Recommended by Enrique” is awkwardly hilarious and downright original. Modern trends inhabit a strange world of makeshift stardom, obscure intentions, and traditional Mexican spooky legends for an indie movie experience unlike many out th...

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    LAFF Review: 'Meet The Patels' A Funny, Fresh Take On Family And Finding Love

    Most singles in their 20s and 30s can relate to having parents push them on the marriage issue — Ravi Patel’s are just a bit more vocal about it. In a documentary co-directed with his sister, filmmaker Geeta Patel, Ravi, a Los Angeles-based actor, bravely puts his dating life in the hands of his par...

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    SCREEN TALK EPISODE 2: 'Boyhood,' 'Jersey Boys,' Telluride vs. Toronto Clash & More

    New York's Indiewire critic Eric Kohn and I hit Skype again to debate movies seen and still to come. We both adore Richard Linklater's "Boyhood," which didn't make Indiewire's mid-year critics' poll (TOH's picks are here) because it hasn't been released yet. Is it a Best Picture Oscar contender? I t...

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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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    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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