12 items from 2010
Making headway on recent statements that Oprah Winfrey's new Own network will be a player in the documentary scene, the fledgling channel announced three pick ups Monday. Own has acquired rights to Lisa Leeman's "One Lucky Elephant," Nimisha Mukerji and Philip Lyall's "65_Redroses," and Matthew D. Kallis' Most Valuable Players. The films will air as part of Own's monthly documentary film club, debuting in Spring 2011. Filmed over a decade, »
“I’ve always wanted an elephant.” These words are spoken by David Balding — the former guardian of Flora — an African elephant for which Saint Louis’ own Circus Flora was named. Having adopted Flora as a young orphaned elephant, he developed a strong and caring relationship with her and turns her into the star of his circus.
One Lucky Elephant is a charming documentary that begins with David having a bittersweet epiphany, that as much as he loves Flora, she is getting older and needs to be retired from show business. The film follows David’s search for a suitable new home for Flora, but David finds out this is not only like watching your child leave home for good, but that the process is far from smooth.
First considering a return to Africa for Flora, David searches for a sanctuary where Flora will be safe and happy. One Lucky Elephant »
- Travis Keune
After running for 10 days and showing over 200 feature films, shorts, and music videos, this year’s Los Angeles Film Festival finally came to a close on Sunday. In my final write up you can read which films won the major prizes and my thoughts on the festival along with my mini-reviews on a couple of films including the Australian crime film Animal Kingdom, the documentary Freakonomics, the Chilean martial arts film Mandrill, the British comedy about suicide bombers Four Lions, the recently much buzzed about Monsters, and Welcome to the Rileys starring James Gandolfini and Kristen Stewart. My write up after the jump:
Jury Prize for Best Narrative film – A Family (En Familie) directed by Pernille Fischer
- Ramses Flores
David Balding.s lifelong dream was to own an elephant, and in 1984 he fulfilled it by acquiring Flora, an African elephant, in 1984. After having her as the centerpiece of his St. Louis circus for 16 years, however, Balding realized a change in the pachyderm and knew exactly what was causing it: elephants are social creatures and she had not seen another elephant in 10 years. Thus began his search to find a new, safe home for his beloved pet, a nine year search that was documented by director Lisa Leeman and made into the film One Lucky Elephant. It.s an overused adjective when trying to describe elephants, but majestic is really the only word that does them justice. Huge, amazing creatures, they are almost human in their actions and emotions and Leeman succeeds in bringing this to her documentary. The story is not Operation Dumbo Drop; it.s not overly saccharine, »
Pat Tillman as shown in Amir Bar-Lev‘s The Tillman Story (top); Flora and David in Lisa Leeman‘s One Lucky Elephant (middle); Jesper Christensen in Pernille Fischer Christensen‘s A Family (bottom) The documentaries One Lucky Elephant and The Tillman Story, Pernille Fischer Christensen‘s A Family, and Hossein Keshavarz‘s Dog Sweat are a few of the highlights at the Los Angeles Film Festival on Saturday evening, June 19. Lisa Leeman‘s One Lucky Elephant portrays the heartfelt relationship between a circus owner and an elephant named Flora. Flora, ready to retire, must get used to living among other elephants after spending her life in a circus surrounded by another type of animal (human beings). Amir Bar-Lev‘s The Tillman Story examines the exploitation of National Football League player Pat Tillman as a red-white-and-blue poster boy for the American military, whose powers-that-be later decided to lie about Tillman’s »
- Andre Soares
Who is Flora? She is an African elephant born in Zimbabwe who lost her mother and family to then-legal cullting. She was captured and relocated to the United States where she was purchased by an elephant broker.
The story of Flora documented in "One Lucky Elephant," which premieres at the Los Angeles Film Festival on Saturday (June 19) begins when circus owner David Balding, who became Flora's guardian and surrogate father for 18 years, realizes that it's time for Flora to retire from circus life to be with other elephants.
In 2001, Ahali Elephants was formed in 2001 and they acquired Flora, who was first moved from David's circus to Miami's MetroZoo, where she could be with other African elephants.
Flora resided in Miami for nearly two (not exactly trouble-free) years, while Ahali Elephant searched the world for the best elephant-retirement home. In 2004, a 300-acre sanctuary for Asian elephants in Tennessee added 2,700 acres for a separate African elephant area. »
The 2010 Los Angeles Film Festival is set to run June 17-27 in a brand new location. Oh, it’s still in L.A, but it’s moving across town, from Westwood — where it’s been held the past few years — all the way over to Downtown.
The main “hub” for the fest will be the new L.A. Live complex, but there will also be screenings at other locations, such as the Downtown Independent and Redcat theaters. The city is really trying to build downtown up into a major arts and culture hub, so the festival moving there fits in with that agenda. Film Independent, the organization that runs Laff, also runs the annual Independent Spirit Awards, an event that also moved downtown — from Santa Monica — this year.
On Bad Lit, I tend to like to put up festival lineups that include days and times of screenings. However, since I »
- Mike Everleth
David and Flora in Lisa Leeman’s One Lucky Elephant The Los Angeles Film Festival will take place from June 17-27. Camera, Camera: (Director Malcolm Murray Writer Michael Meyer, Producer Josh Haner.) This gorgeously shot, poetic documentary, set in the free-for-all playground of Laos, gazes at the ex-pats and tourists who live out their fantasies of the "exotic East" through the lenses of their omnipresent cameras. World Premiere Circo – USA/Mexico: (Director Aaron Schock, Producers Aaron Schock, Sally Jo Fifer, Jannat Gargi.) The Ponce family – who have owned a traveling circus for over one hundred years – find themselves struggling to survive a growing family conflict and the severe economic downturn in this beautifully crafted documentary. World Premiere Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone: [...] »
- Anna Robinson
There are plenty of films to be excited about at this year’s Los Angeles Film Festival, but sadly they’ll probably be overshadowed by one. The Twilight Saga: Eclipse will make its world debut at the festival on June 24th, six days before the film’s release date. However, the screening is invitation-only. How do you get an invitation? I have no idea. Maybe if you sign a contract saying your shrieking won’t rise above a certain decibel level.
As for the other films that aren’t invitation-only, there’s also the Sundance hit The Kids Are Alright, the closing night film Despicable Me, the Duplass Brother’s Cyrus, Neil Marshall’s Centurion, the education documentary Waiting for Superman, and Golden Lion-winner Lebanon.
Hit the jump to check out the full line-up. The 2010 Los Angeles Film Festival will from June 17 – 27.
Here’s the full line-up. For more details, »
- Matt Goldberg
Like the headline says, the complete lineup for the 2010 Los Angeles Film Festival has been announced and it's a fascinating, eclectic mix. How happy am I to see music doc Separado! in there? Pretty damn happy, as it's one of my absolute favorites of the year and has been resoundingly overlooked. Read the complete announcement below!
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Los Angeles (May 4, 2010) - Today Film Independent, the non-profit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards, the Los Angeles Film Festival, and year-round artist development programs and exhibition events, announced the official selections for the 2010 Los Angeles Film Festival, presented by the Los Angeles Times. The Festival will run from Thursday, June 17 to Sunday, June 27 in downtown Los Angeles, with its central hub at L.A. Live. Now in its sixteenth year, the Festival is recognized as a world-class event, showcasing the best in new American »
Today Film Independent, the non-profit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards, the Los Angeles Film Festival, and year-round artist development programs and exhibition events, announced the official selections for the 2010 Los Angeles Film Festival, presented by the Los Angeles Times. The Festival will run from Thursday, June 17 to Sunday, June 27 in downtown Los Angeles, with its central hub at L.A. Live. Now in its sixteenth year, the Festival is recognized as a world-class event, showcasing the best in new American and international cinema and providing the movie-loving public with access to critically acclaimed filmmakers, film industry professionals, and emerging talent from around the world.
The 2010 Los Angeles Film Festival will screen over 200 feature films, shorts, and music videos, representing more than 40 countries. This year, the Festival received more than 4,700 submissions from filmmakers around the world. The final selections represent 28 World, North American, and U.S. premieres, which more »
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Los Angeles (May 4, 2010) - Today Film Independent, the non-profit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards, the Los Angeles Film Festival, and year-round artist development programs and exhibition events, announced the official selections for the 2010 Los Angeles Film Festival, presented by the Los Angeles Times. The Festival will run from Thursday, June 17 to Sunday, June 27 in downtown Los Angeles, with its central hub at L.A. Live. Now in its sixteenth year, the Festival is recognized as a world-class event, showcasing »
12 items from 2010
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