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    Festivals: LA Film Festival Unveils 2018 Lineup

    Last we received some big news about the major festivals for awards season, both in North America and abroad. TIFF and Venice announced large pieces of their lineups, making it officially festival season. One of the more recent festivals to move to the fall was the LA Film Festvial (Los Angeles Film Festival). The old festival […] More

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    LA Film Festival Moves from June to September in 2018

    LOS ANGELES (October 18, 2017) — Today Film Independent announced new dates for the LA Film Festival and a multi-year partnership with ArcLight Cinemas. The Festival, previously held in June, will now take place in late September starting in 2018. Submissions for the 24th edition of the Festival will open January 1, 2018, exclusively on Withoutabox, as […] More

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    ICYMI: 2017 Los Angeles Film Festival Award Winners Include ‘Becks’

    Over on the west coast, the Los Angeles Film Festival announced their winners for 2017 a few days ago. Taking the top prize was “Becks,” which we reviewed on the site right here. Joining it as top tier award winners for this year are “The Keeping Hours” (review here), “Liyana,” “The Night Guard,” and more. […] More

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    Film Independent is leading the way for women in cinema

    Women in Cinema: Film Independent held its annual Los Angeles Film Festival from June 1-9. The slate of offerings this year gave me hope for the future of women in cinema. Not just in front of the camera, but off screen as well. From films about and created by women, to a panel with women […] More


    LA Film Festival 2016: Where diversity takes center stage – A Wrap-Up

    In perusing the schedule for the 2016 Los Angeles Film Festival, my attention was immediately drawn to the level of diversity in the line up. So many of the films focused on women and people of color both on and off the screen and it’s refreshing to see this shift happening in the world of […] More


    LA Film Festival Review: “Beyond the Gates” is where nostalgia effectively slays

    There are some genres of films that get me instantly excited. Horror comedies just make my heart soar. It’s where the tortured comedic souls go to turn their twisted nightmares into almost farcical magical little films that the public hates because genre mashups “confuse them.” “Beyond the Gates” had all the makings of being a sinful […] More

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    Film Review: ‘The Conjuring 2’ uses the familiar to its advantage and its detriment

    LAFF: Several years after helping the Perron family in Rhode Island, Ed and Lorraine Warren became household names when they investigated a haunting in Amityville, New York. It is through those familiar quarter round windows that The Conjuring 2 begins, in the house the Lutz family fled in 1976. Lorraine (Vera Farmiga) attempts to make contact […] More

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    LA Film Festival Review: ‘Political Animals’ gives a focused look at political LGBT strides

    Everyone deserves a seat at the political table. That was the philosophy of the subjects of “Political Animals,” an engrossing new documentary about the four pioneering women who became the first openly gay elected state politicians – Carole Migden, Sheila Kuehl, Jackie Goldberg, and Christine Kehoe. The chronological tale seemed to naturally unfold as it […] More


    LA Film Festival Review: ‘Chee and T’ come up bust

    How many times have you seen “The Hangover?” The 2009 modern comedy classic seemed to have perfected the comedy subgenre of “taking care of your shit-show best friend.” As original a perspective as “Chee and T” wants to believe it has, the bromance comedy fails to be anything but a cheaply made, watered down version […] More

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