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LA Film Festival Unveils Diverse 2016 Lineup

LA Film Festival Unveils Diverse 2016 Lineup

The LA Film Festival, produced by Film Independent, has unveiled the official U.S. Fiction, Documentary, World Fiction, Nightfall and LA Muse sections.
The 2016 LA Film Festival, which will have its headquarters at the ArcLight Culver City, features a diverse slate of 56 feature films, 58 short films and 13 short episodic works representing 28 countries. Previously announced, the Opening Night Film is the World Premiere of Ricardo De Montreuil’s “Lowriders,” sponsored by Jaeger-LeCoultre. This year’s Guest Director is Ryan Cooglerl; and Ava DuVernay and Array Releasing will receive the Spirit of Independence Award. 

More special screenings and programs will be announced in the coming weeks.

The Festival’s five competitions feature 42 World Premieres. Across the five feature competition categories, 43% of the films are directed by women and 38% of the films are directed by people of color.

This year, LA Film Festival Director Stephanie Allain is joined by Creative Director Jennifer Cochis, Director of Programming Roya Rastegar and Managing Director Ralph Rivera. Film Independent Curator Elvis Mitchell continues to oversee signature programs and LACMA events.

Passes are currently on sale to Film Independent Members and the general public. General admission tickets to individual films go on sale to Film Independent Members beginning Thursday, May 5 and to the general public beginning Tuesday, May 10. Contact the Ticket Office for passes, tickets and event information by calling 866.FILM.FEST (866.345.6337) or visit

Of note, with respect to this blog’s interests are: Raafi Rivero’s “72 Hours;” Qasim Basir’s “Destined;” “Woven” from co-directors Salome Mulugeta and Nagwa Ibrahim; Deborah Riley Draper’s “Olympic Pride, American Prejudice;” “Like Cotton Twines” from director Leila Djansi; Shola Amoo’s “A Moving Image;” “The House on Coco Road” from director Damani Baker; “Play the Devil” from director Maria Govan; and there are likely others that I don’t immediately recognize. But I’ll take a closer look at the list and highlight those titles never previously profiled on this blog, in future posts, leading up to the festival, which runs June 1-9, 2016.

In the meantime, check out the full list below:

US Fiction Competition (12)
Original voices with distinct visions from emerging and established American independent filmmakers.

11:55dir. Ari IsslerBen SnyderUSAWorld Premiere
72 Hoursdir. Raafi Rivero, USAWorld Premiere
Blood Stripe, dir. Remy AuberjonoisUSAWorld Premiere
Chee and Tdir. Tanuj ChopraUSAWorld Premiere
Destined, dir. Qasim BasirUSAWorld Premiere
Dreamstatesdir. Anisia Uzeyman, USAWorld Premiere
GREEN / is / GOLD, dir. Ryon BaxterUSAWorld Premiere
My First Kiss and the People Involved, dir. Luigi CampiUSAWorld Premiere
Paint it Black, dir. Amber TamblynUSAWorld Premiere
Tracktowndir. Jeremy TeicherAlexi PappasUSAWorld Premiere
The View from Talldir. Erica WeissCaitlin ParrishUSAWorld Premiere
Woven, dir. Salome MulugetaNagwa IbrahimUSAWorld Premiere

Documentary Competition (12) Sponsored by Loyola Marymount University School of Film and Television.
Compelling, character-driven non-fiction films from the U.S. and around the world.

Company Towndir. Natalie KottkeErica SardarianUSAWorld Premiere
Denialdir. Derek HallquistUSAWorld Premiere
Dr. Feelgooddir. Eve Marson, USAWorld Premiere
Dying Laughingdir. Lloyd StantonPaul ToogoodUSA/UK, World Premiere
The House on Coco Roaddir. Damani BakerGrenada/USAWorld Premiere
Jacksondir. Maisie CrowUSAWorld Premiere 
The Last Golddir. Brian T. BrownGermany/USAWorld Premiere
Looking at the Stars, dir. Alexandre PeraltaBrazil/Nicaragua/USAWorld Premiere
Olympic Pride, American Prejudice, dir. Deborah Riley DraperUSAWorld Premiere
Out of Iraqdir.  Eva Orner, Chris McKim, Canada/Iraq/Lebanon/USAWorld Premiere
Political Animals, dir. Jonah MarkowitzTracy WaresUSAWorld Premiere
They Call us Monsters, dir. Ben LearUSAWorld Premiere

World Fiction Competition (6)
Unique fiction films from around the world from emerging and established filmmakers, especially curated for LA audiences.

Heis (chronicles)dir. Anaïs Volpé, FranceWorld Premiere
Like Cotton Twinesdir. Leila Djansi, Ghana/USAWorld Premiere 
London Towndir. Derrick Borte, UK, World Premiere 
Lupe Under the Sundir. Rodrigo Reyes, Mexico/USAWorld Premiere
A Moving Image, dir. Shola Amoo, UK, World Premiere
Play the Devil, dir. Maria GovanTrinidad/Bahamas/USAWorld Premiere

LA Muse (6)
Fiction and documentary films that capture the spirit of L.A.

Actors of Sound, dir. Lalo Molina, Argentina/Finland/Germany/India/Ireland/USAWorld Premiere
Girl Flu.dir. Dorie Barton, USAWorld Premiere
Manchild: The Schea Cotton Story, dir. Eric “Ptah” Herbert, USAWorld Premiere
Namour, dir. Heidi SamanUSAWorld Premiere
No Light and No Land Anywheredir. Amber SealeyUSAWorld Premiere
Sensitivity Trainingdir. Melissa FinellUSAWorld Premiere

Nightfall (6)
From the bizarre to the horrifying, these are films to watch after dark.

Abattoir, dir. Darren Lynn BousmanUSA, World Premiere 
Beyond the Gates, dir. Jackson StewartUSAWorld Premiere
Don’t Hang Up, dir. Alexis Wajsbrot, Damien Macé, UK, World Premiere
Mercydir. Chris SparlingUSAWorld Premiere 
Officer Downe, dir. M. Shawn CrahanUSAWorld Premiere
Villisca, dir. Tony ValenzuelaUSAWorld Premiere

Short Films (58): From over 2,500 submissions, the short films selected represent 15 countries and 64% are directed by women. Short films are shown before features and as part of seven short film programs. Shorts will compete for juried prizes for fiction and documentary shorts, as well as an Audience Award for Best Short Film.

Future Filmmakers Showcase: High School Shorts (33)The LA Film Festival’s Future Filmmaker Showcase brings to the big screen the best films made by budding young filmmakers from across the country and the globe. In this diverse slate of films, incredibly accomplished high school students will present wild comedies, moving dramas, mesmerizing animation, introspective experimental films and everything in between. Program sponsored by Loyola Marymount University School of Film and Television and Time Warner Foundation.

Episodes: Indie Series from the Web (13)
A showcase of independently crafted web series, celebrating rising creators whose work and subjects are innovative and unfiltered.

20 Seconds to Live, dir. Ben RockUSA
Brothers, dir. Emmett Jack LundbergUSA
Caring, dir. Maggie KileyUSA
Fridays, dir. Anna KerriganUSA
The Ghost and the Negro, dir. Sylvester FolksUSA
Her Story, dir. Sydney FreelandUSA
Instababy, dir. Rosie HaberUSA
Literally So Busy, dir. Jerad SloanUSA
Little Things, dir. Lex HalabyMila ShahUSA
Outside Comedy: Beth Stelling, dir. Thomas WoodUSA
Quirky Female Protagonist, dir. Yulin KuangUSA
Shangri-LA, dir. Drew RosasUSA
Time Out with Yes Please!, dir. Kholi Hicks, USA

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