the LA Film Festival, produced by Film Independent, the non-profit arts organization that also produces the Film Independent Spirit Awards, announced a special event featuring multi-platinum selling GRAMMY® award winning artist Zedd and his new documentary Zedd True Colors. Also added to the Festival lineup are the annual Coffee Talks featuring writers, directors, documentarians and screenwriters including Damien Chazelle (Whiplash), Tim Miller (Deadpool), Phil Johnston (Zootopia), Lucy Walker (Waste Land) and Phyllis Nagy (Carol). The Festival will also feature free Community Screenings of Independence Day, Ghostbusters, Shrek and ESPN Films and Eva Longoria’s VERSUS – Sports for Change. The Festival will also host a special event entitled Talk Score To Me that features Project Involve Fellows in conversation with ASCAP Composers about their collaborative process and a screening and panel hosted by the United Nations on sustainable development and freedom of the press. The Festival runs June 1-9, 2016 at the ArcLight Cinemas.
“Come on out. Bring the family to our community screenings, watch Eva Longoria’s short sports documentaries, get inspired by working artists at Coffee Talks, be the first to see the new Zedd documentary or learn about the world through our UN program,” said Festival Director, Stephanie Allain. “You’ll be glad you did.”
- Zedd True Colors, dir. Susan Bonds, Alex Lieu. World Premiere.
Embark on a journey with multi-platinum, GRAMMY® award winning electronic dance music artist Zedd as he explores new territory on his latest albumTrue Colors. Following the screening is a Q&A with Zedd and filmmakers, then a short acoustic performance with Zedd and special guests. 8:00 pm, June 2 at The Theater at Ace Hotel.
On Sunday, June 5 the LA Film Festival will hold its annual Coffee Talks. The Festival’s popular series returns with four sessions featuring some of todays most interesting film figures discussing their craft with their peers in fun and freewheeling conversations including directors Damien Chazelle (La La Land, Whiplash), Tim Miller (Deadpool), Lucy Walker (Waste Land) and Patricia Riggen (Miracles from Heaven, The 33); and screenwriters Fede Alvarez (Don’t Breathe, Evil Dead), Phil Johnston (Zootopia, Cedar Rapids) and Phyllis Nagy (Carol, Mrs. Harris). Coffee Talks lead sponsor is Ovation TV. The Directors panel is sponsored by Directors Guild of America, the Actors panel is sponsored by SAGIndie and the Screenwriters panel is sponsored by Writers Guild of America, West.
- Ghostbusters, dir. Ivan Reitman
In the 1984 original, a team of underdog scientists lose their cushy positions at a university in New York City, and they set out on their own and become “ghostbusters,” waging a high-tech battle with supernatural spirits taking up residency in NYC. The event takes place on Friday, June 3, 8:00 pm at FIGat7th. Sponsored by Arts Brookfield.
- Independence Day, dir. Roland Emmerich
The aliens are coming and their goal is to invade and destroy Earth. Fighting superior technology, mankind’s best weapon is the will to survive. The event celebrating the 20th anniversary of the films’ release takes place on Saturday, June 4, 8:00 pm at FIGat7th. Sponsored by Arts Brookfield. Screening made possible by Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.
- Shrek, dir. Vicky Johnson, Andrew Adamson
In this classic animated comedy adventure, an ogre is forced to become an unlikely hero to save a group of fairytale creatures. The event celebrating the 15thanniversary of the films’ release takes place on Saturday, June 4, 11:00 am at ArcLight Culver City.
- Talk Score To Me
Filmmakers on Collaborating with Composers
Get a sneak preview of the 2016 Project Involve Shorts, and join the conversation between the Project Involve Directing Fellows and the ASCAP Composers about their collaborative process. The event takes place on Monday, June 6 at 6:00 pm at the ArcLight Culver City.
- VERSUS – Sports for Change
Versus is a short-film documentary series that explores moments of inspiration, when the world of sports transcended the action on the field. The series is executive produced by Eva Longoria in conjunction with ESPN Films. The event takes place on Tuesday, June 7 at 6:45 pm at the ArcLight Culver City.
Special United Nations Event
▪ Screening and Panel
For the fifth consecutive year, the LA Film Festival supports the work of the United Nations by showcasing a new documentary film that grapples with one of the most pressing global issues of the day. This year, following World Press Freedom Day, we will screen a new documentary film about a war photographer that examines the everyday life and the very real risks and challenges that conflict photographers face around the globe. Following the screening will be a conversation with the filmmakers and U.N. representatives as well as a reception. The event takes place on Tuesday, June 7 at 6:00 pm and is sponsored by Loyola Marymount University School of Film and Television in participation with the United Nations. Special Work in Progress Screening and UN Panel.