Jun 09, 2009
LOS ANGELES (June 9, 2009) – Today Film
Independent, the non-profit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards
and the Los Angeles Film Festival, announced critically acclaimed author Khaled
Hosseini and Pritzker Prize winning architect Thom Mayne as the Artists in
Residence for the 2009 Los Angeles Film Festival, presented by the Los
Angeles Times. The Los Angeles Film Festival will run from Thursday,
June 18 to Sunday, June 28.
In their roles as Artists in
Residence, each has programmed a film that has inspired their work, followed by
a conversation. Khaled Hosseini has selected Cyrus Nowrasteh’s The Stoning
of Soraya M., to be followed by a panel discussion with Nowrasteh, the
film’s actress Shohreh Aghdashloo, and internationally acclaimed writer and
scholar of religions Reza Aslan.
Thom Mayne will be engaging in a
fascinating dialogue with acclaimed cinematographer Frederick Elmes about
architecture and cinema, and screening specific film references that will offer
insight into their work with light and space to create both imagined and living
"We love having artists from
different mediums who share a passion for cinema and a critical and conscious
engagement with society as our Artists in Residence," said Festival
Director Rebecca Yeldham. "We look forward to having Khaled and Thom
share their film selections and insights with the Festival's audiences and our
community of artists."
Additional Official Festival
selections include the documentaries When You’re Strange from director Tom
DiCillo and The Wild and Wonderful Whites of West Virginia from
director Julien Nitzberg, Fox Searchlight’s offbeat romantic comedy (500)
Days of Summer from director Marc Webb, and First Independent Pictures’ Big
Fan, a character study drama from director Robert D. Siegel.
Festival passes, individual
tickets and event information is currently available by contacting the Festival Ticketing Center
at 866.FILM.FEST (866.345-6337) or LAFilmFest.com. Festival
Passes and tickets can also be purchased
in person beginning Friday, June 12 at the Festival Ticketing
Center located at 1038 Westwood Blvd.
In addition to screenings and events, Festival passes at all levels provide access
to a series of networking receptions and entry to the ZonePerfect live.create.
lounge at 1028 Westwood Blvd.
where Festival pass holders can interact with Festival filmmakers and professionals
in the film community.
ABOUT THE 2009 LOS ANGELES FILM FESTIVAL
Now in its fifteenth
year, the Los Angeles Film Festival is widely recognized as a world-class
event, showcasing the best in new American and international cinema and
providing the movie-loving public with access to some of the most critically
acclaimed filmmakers, film industry professionals, and emerging talent from
around the world.
The Festival features unique
signature programs including the Filmmaker Retreat, Film Financing Conference,
Ford Amphitheatre Outdoor Screenings, Poolside Chats at the W
Los Angeles – Westwood Hotel, and more. Additionally, the
Festival screens short films created by high school students and has a special
section devoted to music videos.
More than 70 features,
70 shorts, and 50 music videos, representing more than 30 countries, make up
the main body of the Festival.
Awards are given out in the following
categories at the conclusion of the Festival: Target Filmmaker Award for Best
Narrative Feature with an unrestricted cash prize of $50,000 funded by Target;
Target Documentary Award with an unrestricted cash prize of $50,000 funded by
Target; Outstanding Performance in the Narrative Competition; Best Narrative
Short Film; Best Documentary Short Film; Best Animated/Experimental Short Film;
and Audience Awards for Best Narrative Feature, Best Documentary Feature, Best
International Feature, Best Music Video, and Best Short Film.
The Los Angeles Film Festival is presented by
the Los Angeles Times and is supported by Premier Sponsors Target and
ZonePerfect® Nutrition Bars and Principal
Sponsors Kodak, IFC, and Netflix. Special support is provided by the
National Endowment for the Arts. American Airlines is the Official
Airline Partner, WireImage is the Official Photography Agency of Film
Independent, and W Los Angeles – Westwood
Hotel and the Hotel Palomar are the Official Hotel Partners of the Festival.
ABOUT FILM INDEPENDENT
Film Independent is a
non-profit arts organization that champions independent film and supports a
community of artists who embody diversity, innovation, and uniqueness of
vision. Film Independent helps filmmakers make their movies, builds an audience
for their projects, and works to diversify the film industry. Film
Independent’s Board of Directors, filmmakers, staff, and constituents, is
comprised of an inclusive community of individuals across ability, age,
ethnicity, gender, race, and sexual orientation. Anyone passionate about film
can become a member, whether you are a filmmaker, industry leader, or a film
With over 250 annual
screenings and events, Film Independent provides access to a network of
like-minded artists who are driving creativity in the film industry. Film
Independent offers free Filmmaker Labs for selected writers, directors, and
producers; provides cut-rate services for filmmakers; and presents year-round
networking opportunities. Film Independent’s mentorship and job placement
program, Project:Involve, pairs emerging culturally diverse filmmakers with
film industry professionals.
produces the Los Angeles Film Festival and the Spirit Awards. For more
information or to become a member, visit FilmIndependent.org.
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