LOS ANGELES (June 9, 2015)Â â€“ Today the Los Angeles Film Festival, produced by Film Independent with Presenting Media Sponsor the Los Angeles Times and Host Partner L.A. LIVE, announced a very special Closing Night. For the first time, the Festival will include a Live Read, a regular feature of Film Independentâ€™s programming over the last four years.Â For Closing Night, writer/director/producer/actor Eli Roth (Cabin Fever, Grindhouse, Hostel, Inglorious Basterds)Â will direct a Live Read ofÂ Fast Times at Ridgemont High.Â FollowÂ @LAFilmFestÂ on twitter for cast announcements.Â The film, which came out in 1982, was directed by Amy Heckerling and written by Cameron Crowe. The Festival opens this Wednesday, June 10.
Stephanie Allain, Director of the Los Angeles Film Festival had this to say about the historic event, â€œI can’t think of a better way to close this yearâ€™s Festival than with a Live Read! Eli Roth is directing a quintessentially LA story,Â Fast Times at Ridgemont High.â€
â€œWe’re so pleased to have Eli Roth lead the Live Read of one of his favorite films,â€ said Elvis Mitchell, Film Independent Curator.
This year is the 21stÂ edition of the Los Angeles Film FestivalÂ (June 10-18).Â The 2015 Festival will showcase 81 films of which 45 World Premieres (39 are in competition), four International Premieres, six North American Premieres, four US premieres and 20 LA premieres. There are 60 short films and over 50 new media works representing 35 countries. The Festival opens with the LA Premiere of Paul Weitzâ€™sÂ Grandma. The Festival also features Gala Screenings of the television seriesÂ Scream,Â The Final GirlsÂ andÂ Seoul Searching.