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Carmel Film Festival to Screen ‘Nightcrawler,’ ‘Whiplash’

23 September 2014 2:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Carmel International Film Festival has announced the lineup for its 6th edition, which includes Jake Gyllenhaal’s “Nightcrawler,” Tommy Lee Jones’ “The Homesman” and Sundance winner “Whiplash.”

The film festival, running Oct. 15-19 in Carmel, Ca., will also include a tribute to “You’re Not You” actress Emmy Rossum and a DreamWorks Animation panel with the filmmakers of “How to Train Your Dragon 2.”

“We’re excited about our film slate this year,” said Thomas Burns, festival president and founder, in the announcement.

This year’s fest is expected to draw over 24,000 attendees and will include over 120 features, shorts and documentaries.

More information can be found on the festival’s website.

Main program lineup:


The Homesman

• Whiplash

• 2 Days, 1 Night

• You’re Not You

The Sound and the Fury (Lee Caplin,2014)

• 10,000 Km

• Laggies

• 5 to 7

Force Majeure

• Learning to Drive

• Merry Friggin’ Christmas

• Catch Hell

• Dare to be Wild

Confessions of a Womanizer (Miguel Ali, »

- Variety Staff

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L.A.’s Downtown Film Fest Highlights the Truly Independent

30 June 2014 8:34 AM, PDT | | See recent Backstage news »

The upcoming Downtown Film Festival Los Angeles (Dffla) is looking to promote minority performers. “We tend to lean toward films that have a multi-cultural theme, cast, crew,” Greg Ptacek, the festival’s co-director, told Backstage. “We’re an urban film festival.” The curtain goes up July 9 with the L.A. premiere of director Giovanni Zelko’s “The Algerian,” an international thriller shot both on location in Middle East and downtown L.A. The festival, which is held at venues throughout downtown, will screen about 100 films—three quarters of which are shorts of music videos. “Independent filmmakers used to, as their calling cards, make short films—and they still do, which is why we have four programs of short films—but increasingly a lot of them are making music videos,” Ptacek said. “We’re delighted to be the Los Angeles premiere platform for new videos by Sean Lennon and his band, »

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