LOS ANGELES, CA 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 several Free Community Screenings to take place during the 21st edition of the Festival including the 15th anniversary screening of Love & Basketball, The LXD: The Uprising Begins and Who Framed Roger Rabbit. The Festivalâ€™s Social Impact Free Screenings include American DREAMers, Bridging the Divide: Tom Bradley and The Politics of Race and HBOâ€™s Requiem for the Dead: American Spring 2014. Also announced today, the annual Coffee Talks Panels featuring actors Kathryn Hahn (Weâ€™re The Millers, Afternoon Delight), David Koechner (Cheap Thrills, Anchorman), Bryce Dallas Howard (Jurassic World, The Help) and Alfre Woodard (12 Years a Slave, Passion Fish) 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 Mad Menâ€™s Kiernan Shipka.
â€œThe LA Film Fest is about bringing the community together through our partnership with the UN, free screenings of favorite anniversary titles, social impact premieres, a members only screening of a fantastic new film, Fan Girl and our signature event populated by A-list talent, Coffee Talks.â€ â€Stephanie Allain, Director of the Los Angeles.
Â§ 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.
Â§ 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.
Â§ 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
Â§ American DREAMers, dir. Jenniffer Castillo and Saray Deiseil, USA, World Premiere.
Six youth walk 3,000 miles across Americaâ€™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.
Â§ 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 Americaâ€™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.
Â§ 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, HBOâ€™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.
On Saturday, June 13 the Los Angeles Film Festival will hold its annual Coffee Talks. The Festivalâ€™s popular series returns with four sessions featuring some of todayâ€™s most interesting film figures discussing their craft with their peers in fun and freewheeling conversations including director: Colin Trevorrow (Jurassic World, Safety Not Guaranteed), actors Kathryn Hahn (Weâ€™re The Millers, Afternoon Delight), David Koechner (Cheap Thrills, Anchorman), Bryce Dallas Howard (Jurassic World, The Help) and Alfre Woodard (12 Years a Slave, Passion Fish), writers David S. Goyer (Man of Steel, The Dark Knight), Meg LeFauve (Inside Out) and Melisa Wallack (Dallas Buyers Club, Mirror, Mirror). The Directors panel is Sponsored by Directors Guild of America, the Actors panel is Sponsored by SAGIndie, the Composers panel is Sponsored by BMI and the Screenwriters panel is Sponsored by Writers Guild of America, West.
Free UN Panel
Â§ UN(earthing) Stories: Behind the Scenes on the World Stage
Join us for a unique opportunity to go behind the scenes with filmmakers, narrative as well as documentary, who have found inspiration in real human stories and the experts from the UN who have helped unearth them. Sponsored by Loyola Marymount University School of Film and Television. In partnership with the United Nations and the United Nations Creative Community Outreach Initiative.
Film Independent Members-only Screening
Â§ Fan Girl, dir. Paul Jarrett, USA, LA Premiere
Ironic cool teen Telulah has two obsessions: music and filmmaking. She hatches a plan to film a concert by her music idols All Time Low and bring her passions together. Starring Kiernan Shipka and Meg Ryan.