9 items from 2013
It’s hard to know what to think of Grace Lee Boggs when we first meet her on-screen. The white-haired 95-year-old activist is both open and enigmatic, honest about some things but also incredibly guarded about others. Hers is a persona that not only crushes stereotypes, but serves as the embodiment of an apparent contradiction: for over fifty years, the Chinese-American Boggs has been a prominent member of Detroit’s African American community and a radical supporter of the black power movement. In American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs, director Grace Lee (no relation) constructs a fascinating profile that attempts to unpack the dense juxtapositions that make up the »
- Zeba Blay
Singling out the most intriguing of her numerous namesakes from 2005′s “The Grace Lee Project,” Korean-American documaker Grace Lee pays tribute to a remarkable social activist in “American Revolutionary.” Known for her landmark work on behalf of black communities during the civil-rights era, as well as her FBI-rattling rise within the Black Power movement, 97-year-old Detroit fixture Grace Lee Boggs doesn’t just explode the docile-Asian-female stereotypes Lee set out to question with her earlier pic; she makes an inspiring case for self-determination and intellectual fortitude regardless of background. She also reps the sort of feisty, irresistible camera subject that will lend this lively and intelligent documentary a decent fest profile (it took the audience award at the Los Angeles Film Festival) and strong broadcast potential.
“You don’t choose the times you live in, but you do choose who you want to be,” Boggs says, and her own life »
- Justin Chang
Janis Nords’ "Mother, I Love You" and Ryan McGarry’s "Code Black" led the winners of the 2013 Los Angeles Film Festival, taking the jury prizes for narrative and documentary feature, respectively. The festival -- which wrapped up last night with the closing night film "The Way Way Back" -- also saw audience award prizes going to Destin Daniel Cretton’s "Short Term 12," Grace Lee’s "American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs" and Haifaa Al Mansour’s "Wadjda." Full winners in the press release below. Los Angeles (June 23, 2013) – Film Independent, the non-profit arts organization that produces the Los Angeles Film Festival and the Spirit Awards, announced the jury and audience award winners for the 2013 Festival at the Awards Brunch, hosted by Chaya Downtown for the fourth year. Actor Mary Elizabeth Winstead was on hand to present the awards. The La Film Fest, presented by Film Independent, in conjunction »
- Peter Knegt
"Mother, I Love You" and "Code Black" were the big winners at the 2013 Los Angeles Film Festival awards. "Mother, I Love You" won Best Narrative Feature while "Code Black" took home the Best Documentary Award.
Here's the complete list of winners of the 2013 Los Angeles Film Festival awards:
Directv Narrative Award (for Best Narrative Feature)
Mother, I Love You directed by Janis Nords
Directv Documentary Award (for Best Documentary Feature)
Best Performance in the Narrative Competition
Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature
Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature
American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs, directed by Grace Lee
Audience Award for Best International Feature
Wadjda, directed by Haifaa Al Mansour
Honolulu Film Office Award for Best Narrative Short Film
Walker directed by Tsai Ming-Liang
Honolulu Film »
Daniel Crettin’s “Short Term 12″ (pictured above) won the fest’s audience award, three months after the drama took the grand jury and audience awards at South by Southwest. Cinedigm plans to release the film, starring Brie Larson and set in a foster care facility, on Aug. 23.
“Mother,” Nord’s second feature, played at Berlin and centers on a misunderstood boy who becomes involved in petty crime. Jay Weissberg said in his Variety review that the film was “an honest, involving pic about an adolescent boy unable to extricate himself from a web of lies.”
McGarry, an emergency physician in Los Angeles, spent four years in production on “Code Black” in an attempt to portray the realities of »
- Dave McNary
As the last day of the Los Angeles Film Festival arrived Sunday with closing night gala "The Way, Way Back," the festival announced its winners at an awards brunch. The two top juried awards of the Los Angeles Film Festival are the Directv Narrative Award and Directv Documentary Award, each carrying an unrestricted $10,000 cash prize, funded by Directv, for the winning film’s director. The Directv Narrative Award for the finest narrative film in competition at the Festival went to Janis Nords’ "Mother, I Love You," making its U.S. premiere, and The DIRECTVDocumentary Award for the finest documentary film in competition at the Festival went to Ryan McGarry for world premiere "Code Black." Destin Daniel Cretton’s drama "Short Term 12" (Cinedigm, August 23), Grace Lee’s documentary "American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs" and Haifaa Al Mansour’s Saudi Arabian drama "Wadjda" (Sony Pictures »
- Anne Thompson
The L.A. Film Festival is now in full swing, kicking off last night, and continuing our week of exclusives from films playing the fest, we've got cut from score to the Documentary Competition title "American Revolutionary: The Evolution Of Grace Lee Boggs." Directed by Grace Lee (no relation, but they met on the helmer's earlier project "The Grace Lee Story" about the many people who share that name), the film chronciles Boggs' lifetime spent battling for labor and civil rights, while getting involved in Black Power, feminist, Asian American and environmental justice movements and much more. But her role in the African-American movement is one of the most unlikely and powerful, with folks like Angela Davis, Bill Moyers, Bill Ayers, Ruby Dee, Ossie Davis, Danny Glover and more all speaking to her importance. It sounds like a fascinating doc, and helping to texture the film is award-winning composer Vivek Maddala's score. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The coming-of-age story stars Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Allison Janney, Annasophia Robb, Sam Rockwell, Maya Rudolph and Liam James. Fox Searchlight, which acquired the comedy at Sundance, is releasing “The Way, Way Back” on July 5.
The festival, now in its 19th year, also announced Wednesday gala screenings for Ryan Coogler’s “Fruitvale Station” from the Weinstein Co. and the North American premiere of Nicolas Winding Refn’s “Only God Forgives” from Radius-twc. James Ponsoldt’s “The Spectacular Now,” David Lowery’s “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, ” Ava DuVernay’s “Venus Vs.” and Lake Bell’s “In a World …” will also screen as part of the summer showcase series.
The festival had previously announced that Pedro Almodovar’s “I’m So Excited!” will be its opening-night selection on June 13.
The festival, »
- Dave McNary
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When we first heard rumors of Liaison Femme, an all-female DJ collective, our interest was piqued. Yet upon hearing founding lady DJ Grace Lee discuss her collective's plans to collaborative with everyone from fashion lines to the Guerrilla Girls, our interest blossomed into obsession. We spoke to Lee on her ever-growing collective, which includes DJs du jour like Mia Moretti and Sam Ronson, to learn more about the group.
Hp: What are you trying to say with this project? Why does it matter?
Gl: Liaison Femme was never really a “project” creation, but rather a vision I wanted to fulfill since starting my career as a professional DJ at 14 years old. The idea of gathering female DJs »
- Priscilla Frank
9 items from 2013
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