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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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    LAFF Review: 'Out In The Night' Tells Compelling, Powerful Story Of The New Jersey Four

    In 2007, four black lesbian women from New Jersey were sentenced to between 3 and 11 years in prison for varying degrees of gang assault against a man in New York City’s West Village. The New York Post and Daily News blared headlines about “bloodthirsty lesbians” and a “wolf pack,” and both the wome...

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    LAFF Women Directors: Meet Gren Wells (The Road Within)

    "On any low-budget film, you're fighting the clock, so I implemented a three-take rule for every set-up."

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    The Best and Worst Advice LAFF Filmmakers Have Ever Received

    Indiewire had the opportunity to interview some of the filmmakers who showed films at the 2014 Los Angeles Film Festival. The interviews are part of the How I Shot That series, where many of these filmmakers were eager to disclose some of the best and worst advice they have received in their careers...

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    LAFF Review: Haunting, Devastating 'Life And Mind Of Mark DeFriest' Depicts Prison Life Of Notorious Escape Artist

    In the late 1970s, a 19-year-old Mark DeFriest caught four years in jail for picking up some tools before his father’s will was probated. His stepmother called the police, and Mark made a run for it, landing him in jail. Mark’s tendency to run has kept him there ever since. A compulsive (and talente...

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    LAFF Review: ‘Nightingale’ Starring David Oyelowo Can’t Break Free From Form Despite Stunning Central Performance

    There is no discussion of Elliott Lester’s “Nightingale” without David Oyelowo. The psychological drama is openly an actor’s showcase, subscribing to a single character and location with the same verve as its unavoidable soulmate, “Locke.” Like that film, it also turns to technology for sneaking a b...

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    LAFF Women Directors: Meet Jennifer Prediger and Jess Weixler (Trouble Dolls)

    "We were inspired by the bizarre living spaces that exist in NYC. The city is pretty crammed with people, and for many, leading a relaxed, spacious, 'normal' life is too expensive."

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    LAFF: Dir. Kerem Sanga and Team on the Comedic Exploits of Unplanned Parenthood in 'The Young Kieslowski'

    Director Kerem Sanga, producer Danny Leiner and stars Ryan Malgarini and Haley Lu Richardson shared with us their thoughts on this amusing story about decisions, unpredictable fate, and the uncertainty of young love.

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    LAFF Review: Nathan Silver's 'Uncertain Terms' An Affecting and Deftly Told Family Affair

    Filmmaker Nathan Silver is on his fourth feature film in about as many years, and the latest, “Uncertain Terms,” continues in the style of naturalistic, bittersweet tales. It’s a family affair for Silver, as he often casts his mother, Cindy Silver, and in “Uncertain Terms” he even takes inspiration ...

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