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LA Film Festival Unveils 42 World Premieres

26 April 2016 10:53 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The LA Film Festival has announced its competition lineup of 42 world premieres with 43% of the films directed by women and 38% of the films by people of color.

“Curating films for La audiences is so special because Angelenos have a uniquely homegrown love of cinema,” said Creative Director Jennifer Cochis. “It’s with true film lovers in mind that we program: from political theater to musical theater, we’re highlighting storytelling in all its forms.”

Festival director Stephanie Allain said the diversity numbers have risen from the 2015 festival. “It’s very much our mission to discover new voices and support diversity,” she added.

Among the notable titles unveiled Tuesday was Amber Tamblyn’s debut feature film “Paint It Black” in the U.S. fiction lineup and Ben Lear’s documentary “They Call Us Monsters.”

Director of programming Roya Rastegar told Variety, “We were looking above all for stories with a sense of urgency to them. »

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Good Universe Developing Chris Sparling Thriller ‘Intrusion’

15 March 2016 12:09 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Good Universe has picked up rights to Chris Sparling’s thriller spec script “Intrusion” and is fast-tracking development, Variety has learned exclusively.

Sparling’s credits include Matthew McConaughey’s “Sea of Trees” and Ryan Reynolds’ “Buried.”

“Intrusion,” which is out to directors, centers on a woman who moves with her husband to a small town in Maine after a cancer scare and becomes the victim of a strange home invasion. She begins to uncover a darkness underneath her seemingly idyllic new life.

Alexandra Milchan (“The Wolf of Wall Street”), Russell Hollander (“Valentine’s Day”), Josh Weinstock (“Nightingale”) and Sparling are attached to produce. Good Universe’s Nathan Kahane and Joe Drake will serve as executive producers.

Spencer Wong brought the project in to Good Universe and will oversee it.

Sparling just wrapped writing and directing “Mercy” for Netflix, and wrote and produced Gus Van Sant’s “Sea of Trees,” which »

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