From June to 18, Film Independent’s Los Angeles Film Festival returns to downtown’s LA Live with 74 feature films, 60 short films and over 50 new media works representing 35 countries.
The festival has just added a 15th anniversary screening of Gina Prince-Bythewood’s “Love & Basketball,” Robert Zemeckis’ “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?” and more.
Also announced today, the annual Coffee Talks Panels featuring actors Kathryn Hahn, David Koechner, Bryce Dallas Howard and Alfre Woodard, “Jurassic World” director Colin Trevorrow and more. The Festival will also host a special panel on the UN about filmmaking and a special Members only screening of “Fan Girl,” starring Kiernan Shipka.
Love & Basketball, dir. Gina Prince-Bythewood
Gina Prince Bythewood’s ode to romance on the court – and the competitive efforts to keep romance alive off the hardwood – stars Sanaa Lathan and Omar Epps as friends whose lifelong relationship tracks their obsession with basketball as it blooms into something deeper, and not without pitfalls. This 15th anniversary screening will reunite Prince-Bythewood with her cast including Sanaa Lathan, Regina Hall, Kyla Pratt, Glenndon Chatman, Gabrielle Union, Dennis Haysbert
Debi Morgan and Alfre Woodard. The event takes place on Saturday, June 13, 8pm at FIGat7th.
The LXD: The Uprising Begins, dir. Jon M. Chu, Ryan Landels, Charles Oliver, Scott Speer.
Jon M. Chu will be in attendance to present The LXD: The Legion Of Extraordinary Dancers, a groundbreaking cinematic dance adventure. Join seemingly ordinary people who discover they have extraordinary powers in a mythology about hope, greed, love and the force that moves us all. The event takes place Friday, June 12, 8:00 pm at FIGat7th.
Who Framed Roger Rabbit, dir. Robert Zemeckis.
In 1988, Director Bob Zemeckis pulled off something no one dreamed possible: he packed a period detective yarn about the changing landscape of Los Angeles with a energetic, slapstick story about where reality begins and ends. This event is family friendly and will take place at, and in partnership with, Union Station on Friday, June 12 @ 8:00 pm. Festival family programming is supported by Lisa Argyros / Argyros Family Foundation.
Social Impact Free Screenings
American DREAMers, dir. Jenniffer Castillo and Saray Deiseil, USA, World Premiere.
Six youth walk 3,000 miles across America’s heartland, from San Francisco to Washington D.C., risking their freedom by publically exposing their own undocumented status to fight for the DREAM Act and immigrant rights. Partial development support provided by the Incubator Lab, a post-graduate program funded by the Elbridge and Debra Stuart Family Foundation and sponsored by Loyola Marymount University School of Film and Television. This event takes place on Tuesday, June 16, 8:00 pm at La Plaza de Cultura Y Artes.
Bridging the Divide: Tom Bradley and The Politics of Race, dir. Lyn Goldfarb, USA, World Premiere.
Thirty-five years before Barack Obama rose to victory to become America’s first African-American President, a young Angeleno named Tom Bradley bridged the racial divide to become the first black mayor elected in a city with an overwhelmingly white majority. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion on police and citizen relations moderated by Patt Morrisson of the LA Times and will feature director Lyn Goldfarb, producer Alison Sotomayor and actor Andre Royo (The Wire). This event takes place on Sunday, June 14, 1:30 pm at Regal Cinemas L.A. Live.
Requiem for the Dead: American Spring 2014, dir. Shari Cookson and Nick Doob, USA, World Premiere.
Through found footage from social media, 911 calls and police file material, HBO’s Requiem for the Dead puts a human face on some of the estimated 8,000 individuals who died by gun violence in America from March to June 2014. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion on gun safety. This event takes place Wednesday, June 17, 5:30 pm at Regal Cinemas L.A. Live.