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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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    LAFF Exclusive: Poster Debut for Nathan Silver's Latest 'Uncertain Terms'

    The 2014 Los Angeles Film Festival (the 20th anniversary of the fest) kicked off this week, with the North American premiere of "Snowpiercer" on Wednesday. Plenty of other notable premieres are continuing to roll out this weekend, including Nathan Silver's latest, "Uncertain Terms," and we've got th...

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    LAFF Review: ‘Billy Mize And The Bakersfield Sound’ Is A Warm Look At One Of Country Music’s Hidden Titans

    While the musical biopic today suffers from inescapable story arcs and tired imitations, thankfully a good story remains that way when told by those who actually lived it. Consider well-made music docs a personal sweet spot -- a blend of archival footage, a famous record, and an aged, accented chara...

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    LAFF Review: ‘The Ever After’ Starring Teresa Palmer & Mark Webber An Unwieldy, Tense Look At A Marriage

    A relentless self-exploration has steered actor and director Mark Webber’s filmmaking output, and increasingly it seems his preferred route of doing so is through quotation marks. Last year’s “The End of Love” starred Webber as “Mark,” an actor struggling in LA with his real-life son Isaac, and now—...

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    How I Shot That (LAFF Edition): Capturing Emotional Scenes with George Takei in 'Eat With Me'

    David Au has directed shorts such as "Fresh Like Strawberries," "The Boxer," and "Family Gathering." At the Los Angeles Film Festival he will premier his first feature "Eat With Me;" a food dramedy that explores the communicational gap between parents and their children, and the wonderful power of f...

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    How I Shot That (LAFF Edition): Combining Practical SFX With Performance for 'Inner Demons'

    Screenwriter of "A Late Quartet" (Starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Christopher Walken and Catherine Keener), director of "The Butterfly Effect 3: Revelation" and producer of "On the Rocks: The Search for America's Top Bartender," Seth Grossman is about to premiere his new film “Inner Demons” at the ...

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    Los Angeles Film Festival: How Rookie Kimberly Levin Made Indie Farm Drama 'Runoff'

    More and more these days, getting a movie made is about a tenacious filmmaker making it happen. Theater and television writer/director Kimberly Levin didn't wait for CAA to raise financing. She forged ahead with the drama "Runoff," filmed near her hometown Louisville, Kentucky. The film made its wor...

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    LAFF Women Directors: Debra Granik on Stray Dog, Her Follow-Up to Winter's Bone

    "The biggest obstacles with filming outside your own social class, race or gender will be just that -- crossing into those chasms of difference. "

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    How I Shot That (LAFF Edition): Shooting 'Trouble Dolls' in 14 Days

    Jess Weixler and Jennifer Prediger co-directed "Trouble Dolls" together. It was their first foray behind the camera. Previously they had acted in various television shows and films.

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    How I Shot That (LAFF Edition): Shooting in a Cemetery for 'Comet'

    Eric Koretz was the cinematographer for Sam Esmail's "Comet." His previous credits include the award-winning documentary "Dragonslayer" and AMC webseries "The Trivial Pursuits of Arthur Banks." The film stars Emmy Rossum ("The Phantom of the Opera," "Mystic River") and Justin Long ("Live Free or Die...

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