Film Independent’s Los Angeles Film Festival will present the LA premiere of Rick Famuyiwa’s hip-hop-addled “Dope,” the film everybody loved at Sundance, on Monday, June 8 ahead of its June 19 release from Open Road and Sony. This debauchery-fueled teen comedy won the Sundance Dramatic Editing Award and landed a coveted slot in the Cannes Directors’ Fortnight.
On Tuesday, June 9, LAFF hosts a master class with “Inside Out” writer/director Pete Docter followed by a screening of the Disney/Pixar film that also opens June 19 and will play out-of-competition at Cannes this year.
Also announced, Todd Strauss-Schulson’s (“A Very Harold and Kumar 3D Christmas”) will debut “The Final Girls” at a special LAFF Gala Screening on Tuesday, June 16. The meta-horror comedy follows a young woman grieving the loss of her mother, who was a famous scream queen from the 1980s, as she’s pulled into the world of her mom’s most famous film and must fight off its maniacal killer. The film joins a wave of horror and genre programming LAFF will be pushing this year, including a Gala premiere of MTV/Dimension’s “Scream” series.
As previously revealed, the fest opens on June 10 with another Sundance hit, “Grandma” starring Lily Tomlin.