LA Film Fest 2013 Drops Full Card Including ONLY GOD FORGIVES, YOU'RE NEXT, LESSON OF THE EVIL

LA's big downtown fest has already announced their June festival opener as Pedro Almodovar's I'm So Excited and today brought the bulk of their lineup into the light of day. Most notable is the inclusion of Nicholas Winding Refn's... More »
By Ryland Aldrich   
  

That's a Wrap on LA Film Fest 2012

The Los Angeles Film Festival has wrapped up after another fantastic year downtown. 11 great days of movies and schmoozing are in the books but there is plenty to reflect back on. Please check out our full review of coverage... More »
By Ryland Aldrich   
  

LA Film Fest 2012 Review: RED FLAG

In his achingly personal film RED FLAG, writer-director-producer-actor Alex Karpovsky (Tiny Furniture, HBO's Girls) plays a narcissistic indie filmmaker named Alex Karpovsky who hits the road to take his latest film (nature mockumentary Woodpecker, which Karpovsky actually directed in 2008)... More »
By Lainna Fader   
  

LA Film Fest 2012 Interview: SATURDAY MORNING MASSACRE dir. Spencer Parsons & actor/prod. Jonny Mars on Ghosts and Scooby Doo

Using Scooby Doo as a jumping off point, director Spencer Parsons's latest is a horror-parody of the classic cartoon series starring Ashley Spillers, Jonny Mars, Josephine Decker, and Adam Tate as questionably competent paranormal investigators. After the world premiere of... More »
By Lainna Fader   
  

LA Film Fest 2012 Review: THE HISTORY OF FUTURE FOLK

Sci-fi comedy THE HISTORY OF FUTURE FOLK documents the origin story of real-life NYC-based bluegrass duo Future Folk, a pair of bucket helmet-wearing aliens hailing from the comet-threatened planet Hondo. General Trius--aka Bill, as he's known on Earth--came to this... More »
By Lainna Fader   
  

LA Film Fest 2012 Review: IT'S A DISASTER

Todd Berger's new film, IT'S A DISASTER premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival last week. It stars and ensemble cast that includes Julia Stiles, David Cross, America Ferrera, Rachel Boston, Erinn Hayes, Kevin Brennan, Jeff Grace and Blaise... More »
By Alex Koehne   
  

LA Film Fest 2012 Interview: IT'S A DISASTER with Writer/Directer Todd Berger & Actor David Cross

Twitch had the pleasure of sitting down with Todd Berger, the writer/director of IT'S A DISASTER, and one of the principal cast members, David Cross. The interview, in one of the "Ultra Chiq" apartments of the Watermarke Tower was... More »
By Alex Koehne   
  

LA Film Fest 2012 Review: A BAND CALLED DEATH

In the early 1970s, three teenage African American brothers--David, Bobby, and Dannis Hackney--formed a band called Death and played "hard-drivin' rock & roll"--really, a precursor to punk rock, pre-dating pioneering black punk band Bad Brains by about five years--across their... More »
By Lainna Fader   
  

LA Film Fest 2012 Review: THE IRAN JOB

THE IRAN JOB is a documentary by filmmakers Till Schauder and Sara Nodjoumi. It follows Kevin Sheppard, a basketball player from the Virgin Islands as he begins his one year contract playing for the Iranian Basketball Super League. This... More »
By Alex Koehne   
  

LA Film Fest 2012: ALL IS WELL, DROUGHT Take Top Jury Awards

LA Film Fest has wrapped up for another year and while we've got a few more reviews and interviews trickling in over the next couple days, we've also got the announcement of all the awards handed out yesterday. BEASTS... More »
By Ryland Aldrich   
  

LA Film Fest 2012 Review: BREAKFAST WITH CURTIS Will Leave You Hungry For More

Seeing HOOK for the first time as a child, I remember being enamored with Spielberg's vision of Never Never Land. For days and days after leaving the theater, I was fixated on the idea of living in that magical... More »
By Ryland Aldrich   
  

LA Film Fest 2012 Review: THE KING OF PIGS Has Rage to Spare

On the surface, it's tempting to characterize The King of Pigs as another angry, cautionary tale about school bullying --  a worthy and topical theme to be sure, though not a particularly novel one. However, as the film hints from... More »
By Brian Clark   
  

LA Film Fest 2012 Interview: A BAND CALLED DEATH Co-Dirs Jeff Howlett & Mark Covino On The Discovery That Changed Punk Rock History

A BAND CALLED DEATH is the story of an all-black proto-punk band from Detroit who waited over thirty years to get their due. Active in the early 70s, Death--teenage brothers David, Dannis, and Bobby Hackney--were largely ignored and their only... More »
By Lainna Fader   
  

LA Film Fest 2012 Review: GIMME THE LOOT is Criminally Charming

If you want to tell a story about American street culture and the rough and tumble young folks that live it everyday, it would seem New York City has got to be your setting. Fitting into the pantheon somewhere between... More »
By Ryland Aldrich   
  

LAFF 2012 Interview: The Wonderfully Weird Wayne White and BEAUTY IS EMBARRASSING Director Neil Berkeley

A few days ago I was talking to BEAUTY IS EMBARRASSING's director Neil Berkeley on Twitter about setting up an interview. I saw the film a few days ago and it's unquestionably one of the best of the fest.... More »
By Chase Whale   
  

LA Film Fest 2012 Review: BRAVE

First a mini review: La Luna LA LUNA is the seven minute short that precedes Brave. It is a charming story about the newest member of a family finding his own way of doing things between his father's methods... More »
By Alex Koehne   
  

LA Film Fest 2012 Review: SEEKING A FRIEND FOR THE END OF THE WORLD

Seeking a Friend for the End of the World isn't your typical pre-apocalyptic Hollywood thriller. There is no escaping or delaying impending disaster -- the end is coming and there are only two options: continue on with your regular life,... More »
By Lainna Fader   
  

LA Film Fest 2012 Review: RUBY SPARKS Sings of Honest Chemistry

There's no shortage of movies exploring the minefields of love and relationships. With the abundance of schlocky Hollywood romances, the presence of honest connections on the big screen is too often undervalued. When a film is able to capture those... More »
By Ryland Aldrich   
  

LA Film Fest 2012 Interview: THE HISTORY OF FUTURE FOLK Co-Directors J. Anderson Mitchell and Jeremy Kipp Walker On Working With Bluegrass Playing Aliens

After seeing a couple stills in the festival guide, sci-fi comedy THE HISTORY OF FUTURE FOLK immediately became one of my most anticipated films at the 2012 Los Angeles Film Festival. Flight of the Conchords is a natural reference... More »
By Lainna Fader   
  

LAFF 2012 Interview: PINCUS Writer/Director David Fenster

I have a lot of respect for David Fenster. He made an excellent movie called PINCUS, about a slacker with heart who takes cares of his father with Parkinson's Disease. He got really up-close-and-personal for the film and cast... More »
By Chase Whale   
  
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