Starting Wednesday, September 8th and going through the 12th, the Downtown Film Festival Los Angeles aims to highlight the best indie flicks while reminding you that, oh, Downtown used to be – and getting to be – this cultural touchstone for all of LA. There are a couple interesting indies that will be screened in venues across downtown: a documentary on the Red Hot Chili Peppers at the Grammy Museum; Greenlit, a look (hilarious, I hope) at The Squid and the Whale producer’s woeful attempts to keep the set of The River Why environmentally friendly; and, the one I’m most interested in, American: The Bill Hicks Story, about the life of the comedian who died too young at age 32. Tickets are here.
Gauging by the awesome lack of street traffic over the last two days, I’d guess that the lot of you are out of town, de-Laboring over Labor Day weekend. For those of you who are around and checking in, I have a present: tickets to festival’s opening night, which includes a screening of American: The Bill Hicks Story and the post-screening gala party. All you have to do is submit a comment with the name of your favorite film that took place in LA. If you need help, our crew of motley bloggers did a series not too long ago on exactly this subject. I’ll randomly pick the winners by Tuesday evening. Good luck!