The LA Film Festival, for the first time ever, has added a TV Gala to buttress its indie film program. This is the new normal for festivals looking for audiences where they really are nowadays, and that’s television.
On June 14 the festival will premiere MTV/Dimension’s horror series “Scream,” based on the international hit franchise spawned by Wes Craven. Executive-produced by Bob and Harvey Weinstein, “Scream” makes its TV premiere on Tuesday, June 30.
Among LAFF’s rash of titles from Sundance and other festivals is “Seoul Searching,” Benson Lee’s warmly reviewed, ’80s-set Korean immigrant comedy set for a Gala premiere on June 17. The festival will also screen ten hot circuit titles in the Buzz section, with highlights including the Berlinale one-take heist thriller “Victoria,” Netflix’s SXSW pickup “Manson Family Vacation,” Sony’s feminist comedy from Sundance “Diary of a Teenage Girl” and The Orchard’s squirmy swinger comedy “The Overnight.” The long-awaited 2014 Sundance comedy “Infinitely Polar Bear,” which Sony finally distributes this Summer, also bows in the Buzz section.
The 10 LAFF Buzz films are:
-“Chuck Norris vs Communism,” dir. Illinca Calugareanu, UK/Romania/Germany
-“The Dark Horse,” dir. James Napier Robertson, New Zealand
-“Diary of a Teenage Girl,” dir. Marielle Heller, USA
-“In Football We Trust,” dir. Tony Vainuku, USA/American Samoa
-“Infinitely Polar Bear,” dir. Maya Forbes, USA
-“Manson Family Vacation,” dir. J. Davis, USA
-“The Overnight,” dir. Patrick Brice, USA
-“People, Places, Things,” dir. James C. Strouse, USA
-“Victoria,” dir. Sebastian Schipper, Germany
-“Sweet Micky for President,” dir. Ben Patterson, Haiti/USA
LAFF also announces its Master Classes, with Pixar’s Pete Docter, “Force Awakens” editors Maryann Brandon and Mary Jo Markey, and with film composer Mark Isham. As previously announced, the festival will open with “Grandma” and will run June 10-18 in downtown LA.