Woody Allen’s romantic comedy To Rome With Love is set to kick off The 2012 Los Angeles Film Festival with its North American Premiere. Spanning 10 days from June 14-24, this year’s festival will be feature nearly 200 films, shorts and music videos from over 30 countries.
To Rome With Love – North American Premiere
Written and directed by Woody Allen, To Rome With Love is a story about a number of people in Italy — some American, some Italian, some residents, some visitors — and the romances and adventures and predicaments they get into.
DIRECTOR/WRITER Woody Allen
PRODUCERS Letty Aronson, Stephen Tenenbaum
CAST Woody Allen, Alec Baldwin, Roberto Benigni, Penélope Cruz, Judy Davis, Jesse Eisenberg, Greta Gerwig, Ellen Page
Magic Mike – World Premiere
Set in the world of male strippers, the dramatic comedy follows Mike (Tatum) as he takes a young dancer called The Kid (Pettyfer) under his wing and schools him in the fine arts of partying, picking up women, and making easy money.
DIRECTOR Steven Soderbergh
PRODUCERS Reid Carolin, Gregory Jacobs, Channing Tatum, Nick Wechsler WRITER Reid Carolin
CAST Channing Tatum, Alex Pettyfer, Matthew McConaughey, Cody Horn, Olivia Munn, Matt Bomer, Riley Keough, Joe Manganiello, Kevin Nash, Adam Rodriguez, Gabriel Iglesias.
Beasts of the Southern Wild
This stunningly imaginative, boldly original film follows six-year-old Hushpuppy as she fights to protect her father and their unique way of life in a remote, dreamlike area of the Delta threatened by apocalyptic floods.
DIRECTOR Benh Zeitlin
WRITERS Lucy Alibar, Benh Zeitlin
PRODUCERS Michael Gottwald, Dan Janvey, Josh Penn
CAST Quvenzhané Wallis, Dwight Henry
Middle of Nowhere
How do you maintain a marriage — and your own identity — when your husband has been sentenced to eight years in prison? Writer/director Ava DuVernay’s elegant and powerful portrait of a strong woman contending with conflicting feelings of love, guilt and desire marks the arrival of a bold new voice in independent cinema.
DIRECTOR/WRITER Ava DuVernay
PRODUCERS Howard Barish, Ava DuVernay, Paul Garnes
CAST Emayatzy Corinealdi, David Oyelowo, Omari Hardwick, Lorraine Toussaint, Edwina Findley, Sharon Lawrence
Seeking a Friend for the End of the World – World Premiere
Taking audiences on a humorous, moving and intimate journey against an epic backdrop of Earth’s final days, the film is Lorene’s feature directorial debut (she previously adapted Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist). Set in a too-near future where time at once stands still and is slipping away forever, the film explores what people will do and how they will feel when humanity’s end is near.
DIRECTOR/WRITER Lorene Scafaria
PRODUCERS Steve Golin, Joy Gorman, Steven M. Rales, Mark Roybal
CAST Steve Carell, Keira Knightley, Connie Britton, Rob Corddry, Gillian Jacobs, Derek Luke, Melanie Lynskey, T.J. Miller, Mark Moses, Patton Oswalt, William Petersen
The Narrative Competition is comprised of films made by talented emerging filmmakers that compete for the Filmmaker Award. The winner is determined by a panel of jurors, and films in this section are also eligible for the Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature or Best International Feature.
All Is Well – Portugal – North American Premiere
Strangers in a strange land, two beautiful Angolan sisters fleeing a civil war in their homeland struggle to survive in Lisbon. Pocas Pascoal’s deeply personal saga shows us the face of exile with quietly stunning power.
DIRECTOR Pocas Pascoal
PRODUCER Luis Correia
CAST Cheila Lima, Ciomara Morais
Breakfast with Curtis – World Premiere
A balmy eastern summer and a lush, rambling backyard are the perfect settings for this mirthful tale of unlikely friendships and rekindled neighborliness amongst a quirky and charming cast of bohemians.
DIRECTOR/WRITER/PRODUCER Laura Colella
CAST Theo Green, Jonah Parker, David Parker, Virginia Laffey, Aaron Jungels, Yvonne Parker, Adele Parker, Laura Colella, Gideon Parker
The Compass is Carried by the Dead Man – Mexico – North American Premiere
A young man and a dead man journey north through a subtly surreal desert landscape, picking up a wagonful of odd characters as they go in this darkly humorous satire of contemporary Mexico.
DIRECTOR/WRITER Arturo Pons
PRODUCER Ozcar Ramírez González
CAST Gael Sanchez Valle, Pedro Gamez, Ana Ofelia Murguía, Eligio Melendez, Luis Bayardo, Marco Perez
Crazy and Thief – North American Premiere
With only a homemade “Star Map” and their own imagination to guide them, a brother and sister take a fantastical journey through the real world in this ode to being a little kid from cult director Cory McAbee.
DIRECTOR/WRITER Cory McAbee
PRODUCERS Cory McAbee, Scott Miller, Steve Holmgren
CAST Willa McAbee, John McAbee, Gregory Cook, Graham Stanford
Dead Man’s Burden – World Premiere
This tense, classically crafted Western, set in the aftermath of the Civil War, ignites with a startling act of violence: a father is shot on the open range. His eldest son, thought to be killed in the war, returns to the family homestead to reunite with his sister. This is not going to be just any old family reunion.
DIRECTOR/WRITER Jared Moshé
PRODUCER Veronica Nickel
CAST Barlow Jacobs, Clare Bowen, David Call, Joseph Lyle Taylor, Richard Riehle
Four – World Premiere
Over the course of a steamy 4th of July night, a father and daughter, each trapped in loneliness, reach out for sexual connection — he with a self-hating teenage boy, she with a smooth-talking wannabe homeboy — in this psychologically complex, beautifully acted drama.
DIRECTOR/WRITER Joshua Sanchez
PRODUCER Christine Giorgio
CAST Wendell Pierce, Emory Cohen, Aja Naomi King, EJ Bonilla
A Night Too Young – Czech Republic – North American Premiere
On New Years Day, two innocent 12-year-old boys score vodka for three strangers and get invited to an adult party they’ll never forget. This darkly comic tale by gifted 26-year-old Czech director Olmo Omerzu upends the conventions of the coming of age movie.
DIRECTOR Olmo Omerzu
WRITERS Bruno Hájek, Jakub Felcman, Olmo Omerzu
PRODUCER Jiří Konečný
CAST Martin Pechlát, Jirí Cerny, Natálie Rehorová, Vojtech Machuta, Jan Vasi
Pincus – World Premiere
An anchorless carpenter returns to his Miami home to help his ailing father. To escape the burden of his responsibilities, he seeks comfort in women, weed and his otherworldly German friend Dietmar.
DIRECTOR/WRITER/PRODUCER David Fenster
CAST David Nordstrom, Paul Fenster, Christi Idavoy, Dietmar Franosch
Red Flag – World Premiere
Writer/director/star Alex Karpovksy reveals his sterling comic chops playing an indie filmmaker named Alex Karpovsky who, unexpectedly dumped by his girlfriend, takes to the road for a misbegotten mini-tour of film screenings and overly ardent groupies.
DIRECTOR/WRITER/PRODUCER Alex Karpovsky
CAST Alex Karpovsky, Onur Tukel, Jennifer Prediger, Caroline White, Keith Poulson, Dustin Guy Defa
Thursday till Sunday – Chile – North American Premiere
With uncommon beauty and style, this Chilean road movie finds a family at a crossroads, as the daughter slowly realizes the divide between the adults in the front seat and the kids in back.
DIRECTOR/WRITER Dominga Sotomayor
PRODUCERS Gregorio González, Benjamin Domenech
CAST Santi Ahumada, Emiliano Freifeld, Francisco Pérez-Bannen, Paola Giannini
The Documentary Competition is comprised of films made by talented emerging filmmakers that compete for the Documentary Award. The winner is determined by a panel of jurors, and films in this section are also eligible for the Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature or Best International Feature.
25 to Life – World Premiere
William Brawner contracted the HIV virus through a blood transfusion as a toddler and kept it a secret as an adult while living a promiscuous, womanizing life. 25 years later, he comes clean, and this unflinching, sure-to-be-controversial documentary records his struggle for redemption.
DIRECTOR Mike Brown
PRODUCERS Mike Brown, Yvonne Shirley
A Band Called Death – World Premiere
Equal parts electrifying rockumentary and inspiring family chronicle, this is the captivating and little known story of the Hackney brothers and their band Death, the best punk band the world almost never heard.
DIRECTORS Jeff Howlett, Mark Covino
PRODUCERS Matthew Perniciaro, Scott Mosier, Kevin Mann, Jerry Ferrara
FEATURING David Hackney, Bobby Hackney, Sr., Dannis Hackney
Birth Story: Ina May Gaskin and The Farm Midwives – World Premiere
Ina May Gaskin and the courageous midwives of the Farm commune inspired the modern midwifery movement. This beguiling documentary tells their empowering story with depth, intelligence and wit.
DIRECTORS Sara Lamm, Mary Wigmore
PRODUCERS Kate Roughan, Zachary Mortensen, Sara Lamm, Mary Wigmore
FEATURING Ina May Gaskin, Stephen Gaskin, Pamela Hunt, Farm Midwives past and present, Kristina Kennedy Davis
Call Me Kuchu – US Premiere
To be openly gay in Uganda is to risk imprisonment and death, yet brave men like David Katos, the country’s first openly gay activist, have fought back. This heartbreaking and stirring documentary takes us inside this life and death struggle for human rights.
DIRECTORS Katherine Fairfax Wright, Malika Zouhali-Worrall
PRODUCER Malika Zouhali-Worrall
Drought – Mexico – US Premiere
Contrasting the lives of a cattle-ranching community with the arid northeastern Mexican landscape that surrounds them, this cinema vertité documentary paints a poetic portrait of a community on the verge of extinction.
DIRECTOR Everado González
PRODUCER Martha Orozco
The Iran Job – USA/Germany/Iran – World Premiere
An American pro basketball player signs up for a season with upstart Iranian Super League team A.S. Shiraz. This sports documentary takes a surprising turn when this gregarious charmer meets three strong Iranian women fighting the repressive regime.
DIRECTOR Till Schauder
PRODUCERS Sara Nodjoumi, Till Schauder
FEATURING Kevin Sheppard, Leah Sheppard, Hilda, Laleh, Elaheh, Abdullah, Zoran “Z” Milicic, Kami Jamshidvand, Ali Doraghi, Mehdi Shirjang, Gholamreza Khajeh, Asadollah Kabir, Fereidoon Reisi, Mohammad Ahmadi, Ehsan
Sun Kissed – World Premiere
With remarkable strength of spirit, a husband and wife examine their lives and why their children and others have been struck with a rare genetic disorder in this powerful portrait of a small Navajo community.
DIRECTORS Maya Stark, Adi Lavy
PRODUCERS Jocelyn Glatzer, Maya Stark, Adi Lavy
Vampira and Me – World Premiere
Before Elvira there was Vampira, the playfully ghoulish host of a local L.A. late night horror movie show who became a national celebrity, then disappeared. This loving, personal portrait reveals the remarkable woman behind the chalk-white mask.
DIRECTOR/PRODUCER R. H. Greene
Words of Witness – Egypt/USA – North American Premiere
Updating your Facebook status is a political act in this street-level documentary depicting the recent Egyptian revolution as seen through the eyes and social network accounts of a young female journalist working for an English language newspaper.
DIRECTOR/PRODUCER Mai Iskander
FEATURING Heba Afify
The International Showcase highlights innovative independent narrative and documentary features from outside of the United States. Films in this section are eligible for Audience Awards for Best International Feature, Best Narrative Feature, or Best Documentary Feature.
Bestiaire – Canada
This mesmerizing and poetic movie looks at animals — zebras, hyenas, lions rattling their cages, rhinos taking a bath — in ways you’ve never seen before. It’s a beautiful and provocative meditation on the relationship between man and beast.
DIRECTOR/WRITER Denis Côté
PRODUCERS Sylvain Corbeil, Denis Côté
Bunohan: Return to Murder – Malaysia
Equal parts Shakespearian drama and Muay Thai crime thriller, this contemporary Malaysian noir pits brother against brother and friend against friend as they fight for revenge, power and their lives.
DIRECTOR/WRITER Dain Said
PRODUCER Nandita Solomon
CAST Faizal Hussein, Zahiril Adzim, Pekin Ibrahim, Bront Palarae, Nam Ron, Soffi Jikan, Wan Hanafi Su, Amerul Affendi
Canícula – Mexico
This is a hauntingly beautiful portrait of the rituals and crafts of contemporary Indians in remote Veracruz, who teach their boys to fly.
DIRECTOR José Álvarez
WRITERS Sebastián Hoffman, José Álvarez
PRODUCER Mauricio Fabre
CAST Hermelinda Santes, Esteban González, Mario García
The First Man – France – US Premiere
Based on Albert Camus’ autobiographical novel, Gianni Amelio’s gorgeously crafted movie follows a famous novelist as he returns to Algeria, where he grew up, on the eve of revolution. His journey triggers his memories of his fatherless childhood, rendered in unforgettable vignettes by a cinematic master.
DIRECTOR/WRITER Gianni Amelio
PRODUCER Marco Chimenz
CAST Jacques Gamblin, Catherine Sola, Maya Sansa, Denis Podalydès, Ulla Baugue, Jean-Francois Stevenin
The Last Elvis – Argentina
John McInerny gives a staggering performance in this poignant tale of a Buenos Aires Elvis impersonator who only comes alive when he dons the King’s clothes to perform. How can he reconcile his dreams of glory with his dead end factory job and an estranged wife and daughter who can’t live inside his fantasies?
DIRECTOR Armando Bo
WRITERS Armando Bo, Nicolás Giacobone
PRODUCERS Steve Golin, Hugo Sigman, Patricio Alvarez Casado, Victor Bo, Armando Bo
CAST John McInerny, Griselda Siciliani, Margarita Lopez
Neighboring Sounds – Brazil
Kleber Mendonca Filho’s astonishing, suspenseful debut film focuses on one upscale street in the seaside town of Recife, where a private security team is enlisted to protect the residents from crime. By its startling conclusion, you feel you’ve seen all of Brazilian society exposed.
DIRECTOR/WRITER Kleber Mendonça Filho
PRODUCER Emilie Lesclaux
CAST Irandhir Santos, Gustavo Jahn, Maeve Jinkings, W.J. Solha
On The Edge – France/Morocco/Germany
Powered by a fierce lead performance, this visually striking debut film from writer/director Leila Kilani focuses on a young Casablancan woman who refuses to accept the limitations put upon her by contemporary Moroccan society.
DIRECTOR/WRITER Leila Kilani
PRODUCER Charlotte Vincent CAST Soufia Issami, Mouna Bahmad, Nouzha Akel, Sara Betioui
P-047 – Thailand
Part meditation, part multi-layered mystery, this mind-bending Thai movie tells the story of two friends who break into apartments to borrow the lives of the people who live there.
DIRECTOR/WRITER Kongdej Jaturanrasamee
PRODUCERS Soros Sukhum, Kongdej Jaturanrasamee
CAST Parinya Kwamwongwan, Aphichai Trakulphadejkrai
Return to Burma – Taiwan/Myanmar
In this peculiar blend of fact and fiction, a laborer returns home after a ten-year stint working in Taipei to reacquaint himself with the backstreets and personal finances of contemporary Burma.
DIRECTOR/WRITER Midi Z.
PRODUCERS Midi Z., Patrick Mao Huang
CAST Wang Shin-Hong
Sister – Switzerland – North American Premiere
Simon is a 12-year-old thief who steals equipment from rich tourists at a luxurious Swiss ski resort, then descends to the industrial town below where he lives with his jobless, irresponsible sister. This stunning tale of secrets and lies won the Silver Bear in Berlin.
DIRECTOR Ursula Meier WRITERS Antoine Jaccoud, Ursula Meier
PRODUCERS Denis Freyd, Ruth Waidburger
CAST Léa Seydoux, Kacey Mottet Klein, Gillian Anderson
The Strawberry Tree – Canada/Cuba/Italy
Filmed in a small Cuban fishing village mere weeks before a hurricane decimated the entire region, this stunning documentary unknowingly captures the town’s final days even as it reframes the usual filmmaker-film subject relationship.
DIRECTOR/PRODUCER Simone Rapisarda Casanova
Summer Games – Switzerland
While his parents fight violently, a troubled 12-year-old boy on holiday in seaside Tuscany plays dangerous games with some newfound friends. This captivating story of lost innocence and first love swept the Swiss Film Awards.
DIRECTOR Rolando Colla
WRITERS Rolando Colla, Roberto Scarpetti, Olivier Lorelle, Pilar Anguita-MacKay
PRODUCER Elena Pedrazzoli
Teddy Bear – Denmark
This award-winning feature follows mama’s boy bodybuilder Dennis as he searches for true love at home in Denmark. When that fails, this gentle giant sets his sights on a more exotic location—Thailand.
DIRECTOR Mads Matthiesen
WRITERS Mads Matthiesen, Martin Pieter Zandvliet
PRODUCER Morten Kjems Juhl
CAST Kim Kold, Elsebeth Steentoft, Lamaiporn Sangmanee Hougaard, David Winters, Allan Morgensen
Unforgivable – France
In André Téchiné’s sensual, slippery psychological thriller, a jealous mystery writer in Venice hires an ex-con to tail his beautiful, bisexual new wife and a woman detective to search for his missing daughter.
DIRECTOR André Téchiné
WRITERS Mehdi Ben Attia, André Téchiné, Philippe Djian
PRODUCER Saïd Ben Saïd
CAST André Dussollier, Carole Bouquet, Mélanie Thierry, Adriana Asti
Without Gorky – UK
The suicide of the great abstract expressionist Arshile Gorky in 1948 hangs over his surviving family. This intimate documentary, made by Gorky’s granddaughter, is both a brilliant portrait of an artist and the tale of a family still haunted by his turbulent ghost.
DIRECTOR Cosima Spender
PRODUCER Valerio Bonelli
The Summer Showcase section offers an advance look at this summer’s most talked about independent film releases from the festival circuit. Films in this section are eligible for Audience Awards for Best International Feature, Best Narrative Feature, or Best Documentary Feature.
The great fashion models of the past 60 years — Christie Brinkley, Marisa Berenson, China Machado, Isabella Rossellini, Jerry Hall and many more — tell their stories in this candid, lively and dishy behind-the-scenes exploration of what it means to be the object of our dreams.
DIRECTOR Timothy Greenfield-Sanders
PRODUCERS Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, Chad Thompson
FEATURING Marisa Berenson, Christie Brinkley, Isabella Rossellini, Carmen Dell’Orefice, Paulina Porizkova, Carol Alt, Bethann Hardison, Beverly Johnson, Cheryl Tiegs, China Machado, Christy Turlington, Dayle Haddon, Eileen Ford, Esme, Jerry Hall, Karen Bjornson, Kim Alexis, Lisa Taylor, Nancy Donahue, Pat Cleveland, Harry King, Calvin Klein, Jade Hobson
Beauty Is Embarrassing
Expect the unexpected from artist Wayne White, whose iconoclastic career stretches from the East Village to the set of Pee Wee’s Playhouse to the thrift stores of Los Angeles, as seen in this lively and humorous documentary.
DIRECTOR Neil Berkeley
PRODUCERS Neil Berkeley, Chris Bradley, Morgan Neville, Eddie Schmidt, Bart McDonough, Milan Erceg, Aimee Bothwell, Liah Corral, Anthony Maiuri
FEATURING Wayne White, Matt Groening, Paul Reubens, Mark Mothersbaugh, Todd Oldham, Gary Panter, Rick Heitzman, Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris, Woodrow White, Lulu White, Mimi Pond
Big Easy Express
Ride the rails with Mumford & Sons, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros and Old Crow Medicine Show as the bands travel from Oakland to New Orleans, playing their unique blend of bluegrass and modern Americana.
DIRECTOR Emmett Malloy
PRODUCERS Tim Lynch, Mike Luba, Bryan Ling
Celeste and Jesse Forever
This fresh, delightful romantic comedy stars Rashida Jones and Andy Samberg as an L.A. couple who married young and are now going through an “amicable” divorce. Their goal: to remain best friends, which is easier said than done.
DIRECTOR Lee Toland Krieger
WRITERS Rashida Jones, Will McCormack
PRODUCERS Jennifer Todd, Suzanne Todd, Lee Nelson CAST Rashida Jones, Andy Samberg, Chris Messina, Ari Graynor, Emma Roberts, Elijah Wood
A hilarious and heartfelt comedy about two best friends — a gay man and a straight woman — who decide to have a baby the old fashioned way. This baby makes more than three.
DIRECTOR/WRITER/PRODUCER Jonathan Lisecki
CAST Jenn Harris, Matthew Wilkas
Gimme the Loot
Sofia and Malcolm have a plan to become the most famous graffiti artists in New York City, but first they have to hustle their way through two days of schemes, dreams and spray paint.
DIRECTOR/WRITER Adam Leon
PRODUCERS Natalie Difford, Dominic Buchanan, Jamund Washington
CAST Tashiana Washington, Ty Hickson, Meeko, Zoe Lescaze
The House I Live In
Eugene Jarecki’s powerful, award-winning documentary exposes the monumental failure of the War on Drugs, which has torn apart communities, weakened our police forces and turned incarceration into a big time America business.
DIRECTOR/WRITER Eugene Jarecki
PRODUCERS Eugene Jarecki, Melinda Shopsin, Sam Cullman, Christopher St. John
It’s a Disaster – World Premiere
Assembled for their regular Sunday brunch, a clique of hip Angelinos become hilariously entangled in a web of personal drama so complex they hardly notice the apocalypse is knocking on their front door.
DIRECTOR/WRITER Todd Berger
PRODUCERS Jeff Grace, Kevin M. Brennan, Gordon Bijelonic, Datari Turner
CAST Rachel Boston, Kevin M. Brennan, David Cross, America Ferrera, Jeff Grace, Erinn Hayes, Blaise Miller, Julia Stiles
La Camioneta: The Journey of One American School Bus – USA/Guatemala
The journey and transformation of a yellow American school bus into a vibrant Central American camioneta sensitively reveals both the beauty and violence of everyday life in Guatemala.
DIRECTOR Mark Kendall
PRODUCERS Mark Kendall, Rafael González
Neil Young Journeys
Jonathan Demme and Neil Young team up for a third time to capture a dual homecoming for Young, as he performs at Toronto’s Massey Hall and reminisces about his childhood town of Omemee, Ontario.
DIRECTOR Jonathan Demme
PRODUCERS Jonathan Demme, Elliot Rabinowitz
FEATURING Neil Young
An Oversimplification of her Beauty – USA/France
A fresh and original take on young love in the big city, Terence Nance’s playfully personal narrative pushes the cinematic envelope.
DIRECTOR/WRITER Terence Nance
PRODUCERS Terence Nance, James Bartlett, Andrew Corkin
CAST Terence Nance, Namik Minter, Chanelle Pearson
People Like Us – World Premiere
In a story inspired by true events, Sam (Pine), a twenty-something, fast-talking salesman, is tasked with fulfilling his estranged father’s last wishes—delivering an inheritance to a sister he never knew he had.
DIRECTOR Alex Kurtzman
WRITERS Alex Kurtzman, Jody Lambert, Roberto Orci
PRODUCERS Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Bobby Cohen, Clayton Townsend
CAST Chris Pine, Elizabeth Banks, Olivia Wilde, Michael Hall D’Addario, Philip Baker Hall, Mark Duplass, Michelle Pfeiffer
The Queen of Versailles
When their plans for constructing the world’s largest home are halted by the 2008 economic collapse, a flamboyant billionaire couple must reconcile their grandiose dreams with new financial realities in Lauren Greenfield’s award-winning documentary.
DIRECTOR Lauren Greenfield
PRODUCER Danielle Renfrew Behrens
FEATURING David Siegel, Jackie Siegel, the Siegel Family
A look at the incredible danger facing journalists in Mexico through the eyes of investigative reporter Sergio Haro and other staff at Zeta, the defiant Tijuana-based newsweekly.
DIRECTOR Bernardo Ruiz
PRODUCERS Bernardo Ruiz, Patricia Benabe, Anne Hubbell
FEATURING Sergio Haro Cordero, Adela Navarro Bello
Robot & Frank
In the near future, an aging widower is forced to accept a robot caretaker into his home, which inspires him to pick up some old bad habits in this charming comedy of circuits and companionship.
DIRECTOR Jake Schreier
WRITER Christopher D. Ford
PRODUCERS Jackie Kelman Bisbee, Sam Bisbee, Galt Niederhoffer
CAST Frank Langella, James Marsden, Liv Tyler, Susan Sarandon, Peter Sarsgaard
Searching for Sugar Man
Years after fading into obscurity at home, the music of ’70s U.S. singer/songwriter Rodriguez became an underground sensation in South Africa. Decades after his disappearance, two fans uncover the startling truth behind the legend.
DIRECTOR/WRITER Malik Bendjelloul
PRODUCERS Simon Chinn, Nicole Stott, George Chignell
These films will be presented free to the public. New films in this section are eligible for Audience Awards for Best Narrative Feature or Best Documentary Feature.
E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
Steven Spielberg’s classic tale of a kind-hearted little alien who miraculously befriends a precocious young boy remains as touching, delightful and inspiring today as it did when it first premiered thirty years ago.
DIRECTOR Steven Spielberg
WRITER Melissa Mathison
PRODUCERS Kathleen Kennedy, Steven Spielberg
CAST Henry Thomas, Drew Barrymore, Dee Wallace, Robert MacNaughton, Peter Coyote
Dirty Dancing Dance-A-Long
Celebrate this romantic, music-packed classic with an evening of audience participation under the stars. We’ll dance, laugh, and reminisce as Swayze reminds us all that “nobody puts Baby in the corner.” Produced in cooperation with Dance Camera West and Grand Performances.
DIRECTOR Emile Ardolino
WRITER Eleanor Bergstein
PRODUCER Linda Gottlieb
CAST Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey, Jerry Orbach
G-Dog – World Premiere
A look at Father Greg Boyle, aka G-Dog, as he and his Homeboys and Homegirls struggle to keep one of the country’s leading gang intervention programs afloat during troubling economic times.
DIRECTOR/PRODUCER Freida Mock
FEATURING Greg Boyle
The Invisible War
In this devastating exposé of injustice, Academy Award-nominated documentarian Kirby Dick uncovers the epidemic of sexual abuse that pervades America’s military system, in which over 500,000 US soldiers have been victimized. DIRECTOR/WRITER Kirby Dick
PRODUCERS Amy Ziering, Tanner King Barklow
Boasting stellar performances, Sheldon Candis’ feature directorial debut is a riveting portrait of a young boy learning some harsh truths at the side of his uncle, who has recently been released from prison. Project Involve Screening. DIRECTOR Sheldon Candis
WRITERS Sheldon Candis, Justin Wilson
PRODUCERS Jason Michael Berman, W. Michael Jenson, Gordon Bijelonic, Datari Turner, Joel Newton, Common, Derek Dudley
CAST Common, Michael Rainey Jr., Dennis Haysbert, Danny Glover, Charles S. Dutton, Michael Kenneth Williams
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)
When a long-forgotten enemy reappears, thirsty for vengeance, Captain Kirk takes the helm of the USS Enterprise once again in this action-packed fan favorite of the long-running franchise. DIRECTOR Nicholas Meyer
WRITERS Jack B. Sowards, Nicholas Meyer
PRODUCER Robert Sallin
CAST William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, James Doohan, Walter Koenig, George Takei, Nichelle Nichols, Kirstie Alley, Ricardo Montalban, Paul Winfield
The Beyond offers films that dare to be different. Films in this section are eligible for Audience Awards for Best International Feature or Best Narrative Feature.
The History of Future Folk – World Premiere
Aliens from the planet Hondo cancel their plans of world domination to form a bluegrass band and fall in love in this wonderfully odd, surprisingly sweet sci-fi musical comedy. DIRECTORS J. Anderson Mitchell, Jeremy Kipp Walker
WRITER J. Anderson Mitchell
PRODUCERS Jeremy Kipp Walker, Jon Bulette, Andrew Goldman, Smokey Nelson CAST Jay Klaitz, Nils d’Aulaire, Julie Ann Emery, April Hernandez Castillo, Onata Aprile, Dee Snider
Juan of the Dead – Cuba
The streets of Havana are alive with the undead in Cuba’s first zombie comedy, a wild and bloody romp that sinks its sharp satirical teeth into the Cuban body politic. Castro may not be amused, but you will be.
DIRECTOR/WRITER Alejandro Brugués
PRODUCERS Gervasio Iglesias, Inti Herrera
CAST Alexis Días de Villegas, Jorge Molina, Andrea Duro, Andros Perugorría, Jazz Vila, Eliecer Ramírez
Saturday Morning Massacre – World Premiere
Four professional ghost hunters, who travel in a vintage van accompanied by their canine companion (sound familiar?), get far more than they bargained for when they take on a rambling mansion with a mysterious past.
DIRECTOR Spencer Parsons
WRITERS Jory Balsimo, Aaron Leggett, Jason Wehling
PRODUCERS Jonny Mars, Jason Wehling, Jesse Lyda
CAST Josephine Decker, Paul Gordon, Jonny Mars, Ashley Spillers, Adam Tate
Ballads, Blues, and Bluegrass (1961) – World Premiere
Filmed in 1961 but never released until now, this impromptu concert film, shot by famed music archivist Alan Lomax in his West Village apartment, captures amazing performances by Roscoe Holcolm, Doc Watson, Willie Dixon, Jack Elliott and others.
DIRECTOR Alan Lomax
PRODUCER George Pickow
In this breathtaking Russian film, a loving husband and father relocates his family to the idyllic countryside, but this would-be Eden soon disintegrates when his wife reveals a terrible secret: she’s pregnant with another man’s child. LAFCA’s The Films That Got Away
DIRECTOR Andrey Zvyagintsev
WRITER Oleg Negin
PRODUCER Dmitry Lesnevsky
CAST Konstantin Lavronenko, Maria Bonnevie, Alexander Baluev, Maxim Shibaev, Katya Kulkina, Dmitry Ulianov, Alexey Vertkov
The Breaking Point (1950)
Based on Ernest Hemingway’s To Have and Have Not, this little seen, action-packed classic sees a down on his luck sport fishing boat captain drawn into a sea of crime off the coast of California. Preservation funding provided by Warner Bros. in association with The Film Foundation and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association
DIRECTOR Michael Curtiz
WRITER Ranald MacDougall
PRODUCER Jerry Wald
CAST John Garfield, Patricia Neal, Phyllis Thaxter