Los Angeles Film Festival 2013 (June 13-23)

June 24th, 2013 - Graham Eley

World Premieres (Narrative Competition)


All Together Now (USA)
Alexander Mirecki


Alexander Mirecki’s debut feature is set at a rock concert where the behind the scenes action provides various mini dramas that drive the narrative.  Lou Taylor Pucci, best known as Eric in the 2013 version of ‘Evil Dead’, heads the cast playing the concert promoter.


Forev (USA)
Molly Green and James Leffler


Molly Green joins forces with James Leffler for a quirky road movie/romantic comedy where one neighbour proposes to another without the pair having been on a date.  Matt Mider, in his first feature role, and Noël Wells (The Do-Deca-Pentathlon) play the leads.


Forty Years From Yesterday (USA)
Robert Machoian and Rodrigo Ojeda-Beck


Robert Machoian, who had two films compete for the short film grand jury prize at this year’s Sundance, and his co-director on various shorts, Rodrigo Ojeda-Beck, turn to the long form for the first time.  And Bruce Graham makes his big screen debut playing a middle aged man coming to terms with the loss of his wife.


Four Dogs (USA)
Joe Burke


Joe Burke, best known for his short films and T.V. work, branches into features with a comedy drama depicting a week in the life of a failed actor.  ‘Project X’ star, Oliver Cooper, co-wrote the script with Burke and plays the lead.


Goodbye World (USA)
Denis Henry Hennelly


Adrian Grenier, best known as Nate in ‘The Devil Wears Prada’, heads the cast in Denis Hennelly’s third feature, playing a young father trapped between an unresolved past and an uncertain future following a devastating cyber attack.  Hennelly came to the fore with the hip hop doc, ‘Rock the Bells’, co-directed with Casey Suchan, before going on to make the domestic terrorism thriller, ‘Bold Native’.


The House That Jack Built (USA)
Henry Barrial


Henry Barrial’s fifth feature is based on the final script of Joseph Vasquez (‘Hangin’ with the Homeboys’), who died of AIDS complications almost twenty years ago.  E.J. Bonilla stars as a drug dealer, who faces chaos after purchasing a large Bronx apartment for his extended family.  Barrial is best known for ‘Pig’, which won best film at the London Sci-Fi Film Festival.


Pollywogs (USA)
Karl Jacob and T. Arthur Cottam


Actor, Karl Jacob (The Roost) and director, T. Arthur Cottam (Carbuncle), co-directed comedy drama, ‘Pollywogs’, where a thirty something returns home after a devastating break-up and finds potential happiness.  Jacob plays the lead alongside Kate Lyn Sheil, who received a best actress Certificate of Excellence from Brooklyn International Film Festival for her performance in ‘Knife Point’.


Winter in the Blood (USA)
Alex Smith and Andrew J. Smith


Twin filmmakers, Alex Smith and Andrew J. Smith, reunite for the first time since their festival hit, ‘The Slaughter Rule’, starring a young Ryan Gosling, over ten years ago.  In one of the festival’s most keenly anticipated films, Chaske Spencer (‘Shouting Secrets’) plays a Blackfoot Indian in a personal quest of understanding.silvitra in the ussilvitrasilvitra ussilvitra cheapsilvitra from canadaBuy silvitra online canadaBuy silvitra online canada

L.A. Film Festival has awarded best narrative feature to Janis Nords’ ‘Mother, I Love You’, a coming of age drama that follows a troubled teenager on the run.  The award, which comes with a $10,000 cash prize for the director, further enhances the film’s growing reputation after it picked up the Grand Prix of the Generation Kplus International Jury at Berlin earlier this year.


Destin Daniel Cretton’s ‘Short Term 12′, starring Brie Larson, bagged the narrative feature audience award.  The foster home drama came to the fore during March when it won the best feature and audience awards at SXSW, and Cinedigm will release the film stateside on August 23.


The best feature documentary prize went to Ryan McGarry’s US health care exposé, ‘Code Black’.  McGarry is an ER doctor making his film debut.


Grace Lee’s elaborately named activist profile ‘American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs’ claimed the documentary audience award.  Lee’s previous feature ‘Janeane from Des Moines’ competed for last year’s Discovery Award at the Toronto International Film Festival.





Best Narrative Feature
“Mother, I Love You,” directed by Janis Nords


Best Documentary Feature
“Code Black,” directed by Ryan McGarry


Best Performance in the Narrative Competition
Geetanjali Thapa in Kamar K.M’s “I.D.”


Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature
“Short Term 12,” directed by Destin Daniel Cretton


Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature
“American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs,” directed by Grace Lee


Audience Award for Best International Feature
“Wadjda,” directed by Haifaa Al Mansour


Best Narrative Short Film
“Walker,” directed by Tsai Ming-Liang


Best Documentary Short Film
“Stone,” directed by Kevin Jerome Everson


Best Animated/Experimental Short Film
“Oh Willy…,” directed by Emma De Sweaf, Marc James Roels


Audience Award for Best Short Film
“Grandpa and Me and a Helicopter to Heaven” directed by Åsa Blanck and Johan Palmgren


Audience Award for Best Music Video
“Katachi” directed by Kijek/Adamski


Narrative Competition:


“All Together Now,” Alexander Mirecki – USA – WORLD PREMIERE
“Forev,” Molly Green, James Leffler – USA – WORLD PREMIERE
“Forty Years From Yesterday,” Robert Machoian, Rodrigo Ojeda-Beck – USA – WORLD PREMIERE
“Four Dogs,” Joe Burke – USA – WORLD PREMIERE
“Goodbye World,” Denis Henry Hennelly – USA – WORLD PREMIERE
“The House That Jack Built,” Henry Barrial – USA – WORLD PREMIERE
“Mother, I Love You,” Janis Nords – Latvia – NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
“My Sister’s Quinceañera,” Aaron Douglas Johnston – USA – NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
“Pollywogs,” Karl Jacob, Todd Arthur Cottam – USA – WORLD PREMIERE
“Winter in the Blood,” Andrew Smith, Alex Smith – USA – WORLD PREMIERE
“Workers,” Jose Luis Valle – Mexico/Germany – US PREMIERE


Documentary Competition:


“All of Me,” Alexandra Lescaze – USA – WORLD PREMIERE
“American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs,” Grace Lee – USA – WORLD PREMIERE
“Code Black,” Ryan McGarry – USA – WORLD PREMIERE
“The Island of Saint Matthews,” Kevin Jerome Everson – USA – WORLD PREMIERE
“Llyn Foulkes: One Man Band,” Christopher Quilty, Tamar Halpern – USA – WORLD PREMIERE
“My Stolen Revolution,” Nahid Persson Sarvestani – Sweden – NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
“The New Black,” Yoruba Richen – USA – WORLD PREMIERE
“Rain,” Olivia Rochette, Gerard-Jan Claes – Belgium – US PREMIERE
“Tapia,” Eddie Alcazar – USA – WORLD PREMIERE
“Purgatorio,” Rodrigo Reyes – Mexico/USA – US PREMIERE


International Showcase:


“The Act of Killing,” Joshua Oppenheimer, Christine Cynn – Denmark/Norway/UK (Drafthouse Films)
“Black Out,” Eva Webber – UK – NORTH AMERCAN PREMIERE
“Boxing Day,” Bernard Rose – UK
“Dormant Beauty,” Marco Bellocchio – Italy
“Drug War,” Johnnie To – China
“Ernest & Celestine,” Stéphanie Aubier, Vincent Patar, Benjamin Renner – France (Gkids)
“The Expedition to the End of the World,” Daniel Dancik – Denmark
“The Fifth Season,” Peter Brosens, Jessica Woodworth – Belgium/Netherlands/France
“House with a Turret”, Eva Neymann – Ukraine
“The Moo Man,” Andy Heathcote, Heike Bachelier – UK
“Nobody’s Daughter Haewon,” Hong Sang-soo – Korea – NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
“The Patience Stone,” Atiq Rahimi – Afghanistan/France/Germany/UK (Sony Pictures Classics)
“Wadjda, “Haifaa Al Mansour – Saudi Arabia/United Arab Emirates/Germany (Sony Pictures Classics)
“When I Saw You,” Annemarie Jacir – Palestine/Jordan/Greece/United Arab Emirates/USA
“The Women and the Passenger,” Valentina Mac-Pherson, Patricia Correra – Chile – US PREMIERE


Summer Showcase :


“Ain’t Them Bodies Saints,” David Lowery – USA (IFC Films)
“Brothers Hypnotic,” Reuben Atlas – Netherlands/USA
“Casting By,” Tom Donahue – USA (HBO Films)
“Concussion,” Stacie Passon – USA (RADiUS-TWC)
“The Crash Reel,” Lucy Walker – USA (HBO Films)
“Crystal Fairy,” Sebastián Silva – Chile (IFC Films)
“Europa Report,” Sebastián Cordero – USA (Magnolia Pictures/Magnet Releasing) – US PREMIERE
“First Cousin Once Removed,” Alan Berliner – USA (HBO Films)
“Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction,” Sophie Huber – Switzerland
“In a World…,” Lake Bell – USA (Roadside Attractions)
“Our Nixon,” Penny Lane – USA
“Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton,” Jeff Broadway – USA – WORLD PREMIERE
“Short Term 12,” Destin Daniel Cretton – USA
“The Spectacular Now,” James Ponsoldt – USA
“Venus Vs.,” Ava DuVernay – USA (ESPN) – WORLD PREMIERE


Community Screenings:


“Brasslands,” Adam Pogoff, Jay Sterrenberg, Bryan Chang – USA – FIGat7th Screening
“Dazed and Confused (1993),” Richard Linklater – USA – 20th Anniversary Screening – FIGat7th Screening
“Hairspray (1988),” John Waters – USA – Grand Park Dance-A-Long – 25th Anniversary Screening
“Inequality for All,” Jacob Kornbluth – USA – Grand Performances Screening
“Life of a King,” Jake Goldberger – USA– Project Involve Screening – WORLD PREMIERE


The Beyond:


“Delivery,” Brian Netto – USA – WORLD PREMIERE
“Lesson of the Evil,” Takashi Miike – Japan – US PREMIERE
“You’re Next,” Adam Wingard – USA (Lionsgate)




“Amarcord (1973),” Federico Fellini – Italy – 40th Anniversary Screening
“Between Two Worlds (2009),” Vimukthi Jayasundara – Sri Lanka/France – LAFCA’s The Film That Got Away
“Two Men in Manhattan (1958),” Jean Pierre-Melville – France (Cohen Media Group) – 55th Anniversary Screening


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