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LAIFF Boasts 17 World Premieres and 5 U.S. Premieres for 1998 Festival; "Shadrach" Opening

LAIFF Boasts 17 World Premieres and 5 U.S. Premieres for 1998 Festival; "Shadrach" Opening

LAIFF Boasts 17 World Premieres and 5 U.S. Premieres for 1998 Festival;
"Shadrach" Opening Festival, Baumbach's "Mr. Jealousy" Closing

Festival Set with New Hub at LA's DGA

by Eugene Hernandez

Proudly proclaiming “we are definitely a discovery festival,” Los Angeles
Independent Film Festival
(LAIFF) Founder and Director Robert Faust
announced the lineup for the 1998 event yesterday. In an interview with
indieWIRE, Faust confirmed that the list includes 17 world premieres, 5
U.S. premieres and 3 west coast premieres. Of the nearly sixty films, 24
are narrative features, while 2 are feature length documentaries, and 31
are short films.

Shadrach,” directed by Susanna Styron, kicks off the festival on April
16th. Written by Susanna Styron and Bridget Terry, the film’s cast
includes Harvey Keitel, Andie MacDowall, John Sawyer, Scott Terra, Tom
Bower and narration by Martin Sheen. On April 20th, the event will close
with “Mr Jealousy,” directed and written by Noah Baumbach. The cast
includes Eric Stoltz, Annabella Sciorra, Chris Eigeman, Marianne
Jean-Baptiste, Peter Bogdanovich, Bridget Fonda, Carlos Jacott, Brian
Kerwin, and John Lehr.

Now entering its 4th year, the LAIFF has firmly established itself as a
premiere Spring festival, so much so that it has been forced to expand in
order to accommodate the overwhelming audience and industry demand. Among
the changes in store for the 1998 Festival are a re-location to Sunset
Blvd. LA’s DGA building on Sunset will be the new festival “hub,” Faust
explained. The festival will spread out in the lobby, use the building’s
three screens, and also utilize the Laemmle Sunset 5 Theater and Harmony
Gold screening room down the street. The Laugh Factory across the street
will be the new venue for all seminars. “The impetus for changing first
and foremost is too accommodate the demand,” Faust explained. With the new
venues and expansion, the LAIFF will now be able to accommodate and
expected 20,000 attendees, as compared to the 12,000 in 1997.

Among the world premieres are new films from Richard Sears (“Bongwater“),
Scott Ziehl (“Broken Vessels“), Antonio Tibaldi (“Claudine’s Return“),
Alexander Rockwell (“Louis and Frank“), Rocky Collins (“Pants on Fire“),
Eric Bross (“Restaurant“), Adam Goldberg (“Scotch and Milk“), Rory Kelly
(“Some Girls“), John Enborn (“Starf*cker“), and Richard Schenkman (“Went to
Coney Island on a Mission from God…Be Back by Five

Faust confirmed that every film will be screened twice, thanks to the new
venues and overall expansion, allowing for greater awareness to the
industry; festival organizers proudly tout that 60% of the films that
screened at last year’s festival were acquired for distribution. “What I
love about our event,” Faust declared, “is that we’ve been able to continue
our goal to create and foster a sense of community for the whole
independent scene, while providing the perfect showcase for new work.”
Close to 1,300 film submissions, were received this year, topping last
year’s 1,000 entries. Among the special events for 1998 are a music video
sidebar, an “Indie Supporter Award” and a new music showcase.

[A complete lineup of films screening at the 1998 Los Angeles Independent
Film Festival is also available]

[For more information on the 1998 LAIFF, call 213/937-9155. Tickets for
the festival will go on sale this Friday, for information call

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