FESTIVALS: The Line Up for the 2001 Los Angeles Film Festival
AMERICA SO BEAUTIFUL (World Premiere) Directed by Babak Shoknian, written by Babak Shoknian and Brian Horiuchi. A look into the life of group of Iranian
immigrants living in Los Angeles during the Iran hostage crisis in the late
ATTRACTION (U.S. Premiere) Written and directed by Russell Degrazier. Four
people deal with feelings of connection and isolation, focusing on the
objects of desire they are sure will make them feel happy and secure.
THE CHATEAU (North American Premiere) Directed by Jesse Peretz, written by
Jesse Peretz and Thomas Bidegain. A comedy following two American brothers
who inherit a French estate and decide to sell it, much to the dismay of the
COOKERS (World Premiere) Directed by Dan Mintz, written by Jeff Ritchie and
Jack Moore. A drug dealer, his girlfriend and his buddy move into an
abandoned house, mayhem ensue as their drug delusions blur with the ghosts
of the place.
DANCING AT THE BLUE IGUANA (U.S. Premiere) Directed by Michael Radford,
written by Michael Radford and David Linter. In one week, five strip club
dancers and the men who work with them experience, trials and tribulations,
culminating in triumph and tragedy.
DIRT (World Premiere) Written and directed by Michael Covert. A comedy about
two simple-hearted brothers, who are abandoned after their mother’s death,
search to find a replacement Mom.
EVER SINCE THE WORLD ENDED (World Premiere) Co-directed by Calum Grant and Joshua Atesh Litle, written by Calum Grant. After a devastating plague has
emptied the world of people, two San Francisco filmmakers grab their camera
and microphone to explore and understand their deserted, strange, and
FREUD’S 2nd LAW (West Coast Premiere) Written and directed by Ian Gamazon
After a woman is raped and left for dead, she decides to extract the
THE HOLYLAND (World Premiere) Written and directed by Eitan Gorlin. A
powerful coming-of-age saga set against the tense backdrop of Arab-Israeli politics.
IT’S ALRIGHT MA, I’M ONLY TRYING Written and directed by Abe Levy. Capturing the teenage world in a Northern California town, a simple boy falls in love
while dealing with his unconventional mother and sister.
KAATERSKILL FALLS (World Premiere) Co-directed by Josh Apter and Peter
Olsen, written by Josh Apter, Peter Olsen, Hillary Howard, Mitchell Riggs,
and Anthony Leslie. A young urban couple’s marriage crumbles when, on a
weekend vacation in the Catskills they befriend a mysterious hitchhiker.
KISSING JESSICA STEIN (World Premiere) Directed by Charles Herman-Wurmfeld, written by Heather Juergensen and Jennifer Westfeldt A New York woman fed up with the dating scene, answers a personal ad and begins a first- time same-sex relationship.
KWIK STOP (World Premiere) Written and directed by Michael Gilio. An
unconventional road movie about a shoplifting slacker, a local teenage girl,
and his defiant ex-girlfriend.
LAST BALL (World Premiere) Written and directed by Peter Callahan. A young,
Hastings man finds love, loses love, and searches for direction in his life.
THE LAW OF ENCLOSURES (U.S. Premiere) Written and directed by John Greyson. Cutting back and forth between their first year together and their final
months, a couple rediscover their love for one another.
LONESOME (World Premiere) Written and directed by Elke Rosthal. A
coming-of-age road trip film of a troubled runaway who hooks up with a
struggling county and western singer.
MAELSTRÖM (West Coast Premiere) Written and directed by Denis Villeneuve. When a clothing boutique manager and an old Norweigian fishmonger collide
with finality on a city street propelling her into a crisis, into the river, and eventually into the arms of a stranger.
MARGARITA HAPPY HOUR (West Coast Premiere) Written and directed by Ilya
Chaiken. A realistic look at the life of a young New Yorker and her friends
as they meet for half-priced drinks and jabber about their colorful lives.
NAILED (World Premiere) Written and directed by Joel Silverman. A father and
son are in turmoil over a troubled young woman the son has impregnated
during a one-night stand.
ONCE AND FUTURE QUEEN (West Coast Premiere) Directed by Todd Verow, written by Todd Verow, Philly, and Jim Dwyer. A raw, corrosive film that rides
shotgun on the chaotic life of the anti-heroic, part