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    How I Shot That (LAFF Edition): Long Handheld Takes Weren't An Easy Feat When Shooting 'Uncertain Terms'

    Writer and director Nathan Silver is known for “The Blind” (2008), “Exit Elena” (2012) and “Soft In The Head” (2013). At this year's Los Angeles Film Festival he will premiere his new film “Uncertain Terms.”

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    How I Shot That (LAFF Edition): Shooting a Marriage Equality Rally in the Rain for 'Limited Partnership'

    You have to be pretty passionate to work at something for 14 years. Thomas G. Miller certainly was. "Limited Partnership," his new documentary, was big deal for him, and rightfully so. The powerful piece documents the life and times of Filipino-American Richard Adams and Australian Tony Sullivan, wh...

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    LAFF Review: Debra Granik's Doc 'Stray Dog' A Sensitive Portrait of Memory, Trauma, and Biker Culture

    When “Winter’s Bone” writer and director Debra Granik ventured to Missouri to make the film, she returned with more than she expected — the subject of her next film, in the form of Ron “Stray Dog” Hall, a biker and Vietnam vet with a heart of gold and a head full of nightmares. Granik brings an un-s...

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    Debra Granik Goes Rogue with First Doc 'Stray Dog' (LAFF World Premiere)

    Filmmaker Debra Granik earned an impressive four Oscar nominations for 2010's "Winter's Bone," including best picture, actress (Jennifer Lawrence), supporting actor (John Hawkes) and adapted screenplay. Clearly all the talent on display in 2004's "Down to the Bone," which boosted the career of Vera ...

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    Exclusive: First Clip & Poster For LAFF Film 'Holbrook/Twain: An American Odyssey'

    There's no word that suits Hal Holbrook better than 'legend.' The 89-year-old actor and veteran has a career stretching back sixty years, with a long history of movie roles (most famously playing Deep Throat in "All The President's Men"), and continues to work regularly today, winning an Oscar nomin...

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    How I Shot That (LAFF Edition): Creating a 70s Vibe for 'Cut Bank'

    "Cut Bank" is Matt Shakman's first film. Starring Liam Hemsworth, Billy Bob Thornton and John Malkovich, the noir thriller follows Dwayne Mclaren, a young auto mechanic and former high school football star, who tries to escape his hometown.

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    How I Shot That (LAFF Edition): Shooting in the Fog for 'Man From Reno'

    "Man From Reno" is Dave Boyle's fifth feature film, having previously directed "Daylight Savings," "Surrogate Valentine," "White on Rice" and "Big Dreams Little Tokyo." The film is an ambitious bilingual neo-noir depicting a crime novelist and a small town sheriff teaming up to solve a murder myster...

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    How I Shot That (LAFF Edition): Siblings Ravi and Geeta Patel Get Personal for 'Meet the Patels'

    Brother and sister, Ravi and Geeta Patel, co-directed "Meet The Patels," an intimate documentary detailing the processes of modern Indian matchmaking. It marks the siblings' first foray into directing. Ravi has previously acted in television shows such as "Scrubs," "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia...

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    LAFF Review: Jess Weixler And Jennifer Prediger’s ‘Trouble Dolls’ Finds More Drama Than Laughs In Superstition

    A general rule of thumb: if Jeffrey Tambor appears in one or two scenes out of a film, it’s a safe bet those are the best one or two scenes overall. As a trespassing landlord fond of tenant hookups and unannounced showers in their homes, Tambor all but runs away with “Trouble Dolls,” the writing and...

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    LAFF Review: 'Echo Park' Proves The Perfect Place to Get Lost And Find Yourself

    In “Echo Park,” photographer Amanda Marsalis, making her feature directorial debut (with a script written by Catalina Aguilar Mastretta), paints a love letter of sorts to the titular Los Angeles neighborhood, interwoven with the tale of love lost and found between two souls searching for their place...

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