L.A. Film Fest-Now Playing Downtown

The 2010 Los Angeles Film Festival is well-underway, but you still have four days to partake in the diverse program of features, short films, and music videos. Personally, I’m a documentary junkie and have seen five so far that I really enjoyed. I’ve watched a lot of great (and of course, not-so-great) films over the past six or seven years of attending the festival that continues to change and grow.

For the past four years, the L.A. Film Fest took over Westwood for 10 days. It was so much fun the first year it was there, but declined a bit every one thereafter. Parking was always a pain, each year a theater closed down, and the entire area was clearly hit by the economy with more storefronts shuttered leaving little to do between screenings. I was very excited when I heard the operation was packing up and heading downtown.

View of Downtown from L.A. Live

I love Downtown L.A. and it’s been amazing to see the number of people attending various screenings. The festival is spread out among several venues including The Regal Cinemas and Nokia Theater at L.A. Live, The Grammy Museum, the REDCAT, Grand Performances at California Plaza, and one of  my favorite places in this city, the Downtown Independent. Parking has not been an issue and I’ve taken advantage of the free festival shuttle to move between theaters. I would be using the Red Line more, but am often hanging out until after it stops running. I was struck by this awesome view when coming out of a screening at the Regal. I hope the L.A. Film Fest makes Downtown its forever home.

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