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!
Did you know that there is a worldwide community of filmmakers who are creating independent 3-D movies without the backing of Hollywood studios? Well, there is. The L.A. 3-D Club‘s Movie Division has teamed up with the Downtown Film Festival-Los Angeles (DFFLA) to celebrate the current wave of do-it-yourself stereoscopic motion picture production.
The DFFLA is presenting an international program of 3-D shorts on Tuesday, August 18, 2009 at the Downtown Independent, a new film and event center. I participated in a couple of the projects, including a movie that features one of my dogs, Rusty. Following the screening, a panel of talented filmmakers will convene to discuss making your own 3-D films. A rooftop wine and cheese reception will follow.
The 3-DIY event is tomorrow, Tuesday, August 18th, 7:30pm at the Downtown Independent, which is located at 251 S. Main St. Click here for the complete list of films and ticket information.
If you’ve been looking for an excuse to go downtown (do you need one?) or just get out of the house, the second annual Downtown Film Festival-Los Angeles (DFFLA) opens tomorrow night, Wednesday, August 12th, 2009. This 11-day event is offering up a great variety of activities in several downtown venues.
There seems to be a little something for everyone on the DFFLA menu from the typical indie fare to a series of music films to nightly parties. In addition, there are several FREE happenings such as a Paul Newman tribute, an all-day environmental event, short films, and a showcase of art videos.
The DFFLA opens Wednesday, August 12th with the 2009 Spike Lee documentary “Passing Strange” at the AT&T Center Theater and will close on Saturday, August 22nd with the never-before-seen “Jackson 5 in Africa” at the Los Angeles Theater. Find up to date festival info by visiting their website. More info on a particular screening yours truly highly recommends coming soon!