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La Film Festival to close after 18 years

La Film Festival to close after 18 years
’While we are very proud of what we’ve accomplished… the truth is that it has struggled to thrive.’

Film Independent said on Wednesday (31) that the La Film Festival will close down after 18 years and be replaced by a series of year-round events.

Programmes will include a number of new initiatives to be announced in coming months as well as several that have traditionally taken place during the festival, among them Vr and immersive storytelling showcase The Portal, produced in partnership with Loyola Marymount University School of Film and Television.

Events include a two-day event centred on inclusion in the film industry,
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Rip La Film Festival, 2001–2018

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The Los Angeles Film Festival is no more. Film Independent announced today that this year’s edition, which ran from September 20–28, will be its last and that the organization (which also hosts the Spirit Awards) will now focus on year-round events. 2018 marked a turning point for Laff, which had traditionally taken place in the summer.

“We took a hard look at the healthy growth of Film Independent’s year-round programs and events over the past six years: the Spirit Awards, our film series curated by Elvis Mitchell, membership, labs, workshops, filmmaker grants and international programs,” Mary Sweeney, Chair of the Film Independent Board of Directors, said in a statement. “In the end, we concluded that the organization should explore a more nimble, sustainable form of exhibiting and celebrating independent film artists year round.”

“While we are very proud of what we’ve accomplished with the La Film Festival over the past eighteen years,
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Los Angeles Film Festival Pulling Plug After 18 Years

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Los Angeles Film Festival Pulling Plug After 18 Years
After 18 years under Film Independent, the Los Angeles Film Festival is no more.

Film Independent announced Wednesday that it was ending the festival — which had been moved this year from June to September — and replace it with year-round events aimed at building community and broadening its support of visual storytellers. Josh Welsh, president of the nonprofit, admitted that the event had “struggled to thrive.”

“We took a hard look at the healthy growth of Film Independent’s year-round programs and events over the past six years: the Spirit Awards, our film series curated by Elvis Mitchell, membership, labs, workshops, filmmaker grants and international programs,” said Mary Sweeney, chair of the Film Independent board of directors. “In the end, we concluded that the organization should explore a more nimble, sustainable form of exhibiting and celebrating independent film artists year round.”

Film Independent assumed control of the festival in 2001 after it first
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La Film Festival to End After 18 Years

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The L.A. Film Festival will end after 18 years and will be replaced by “year-round events aimed at building community and broadening its support of visual storytellers,” Film Independent announced Wednesday.

“We took a hard look at the healthy growth of Film Independent’s year-round programs and events over the past six years: the Spirit Awards, our film series curated by Elvis Mitchell, membership, labs, workshops, filmmaker grants and international programs,” said Mary Sweeney, chair of the Film Independent board of directors. “In the end, we concluded that the organization should explore a more nimble, sustainable form of exhibiting and celebrating independent film artists year round.”

Josh Welsh, president of Film Independent, added, “While we are very proud of what we’ve accomplished with the La Film Festival over the past 18 years, the truth is that it has struggled to thrive, and the time has come for us to try something new.
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Los Angeles Film Festival Ending After 18 Years

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The Los Angeles Film Festival just moved to a fall slot this year, and now Film Independent says it is ending the fest after 18 years and will replace it with “year-round events aimed at building community and broadening its support of visual storytellers.”

The nonprofit arts organization also will eliminate three full-time staff positions, but it didn’t give specifics.

“We took a hard look at the healthy growth of Film Independent’s year-round programs and events over the past six years: the Spirit Awards, our film series curated by Elvis Mitchell, membership, labs, workshops, filmmaker grants and international programs,” said Mary Sweeney, Chair of the Film Independent Board of Directors, which made the decision. “In the end, we concluded that the organization should explore a more nimble, sustainable form of exhibiting and celebrating independent film artists year round.”

The new programs will include a number of initiatives to be
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‘The Romanoffs’ Recap: Scared Silly

‘The Romanoffs’ Recap: Scared Silly
A review of “The House of Special Purpose,” this week’s The Romanoffs, coming up just as soon as I blame it on the Method…

“I’m sorry, I… I feel like I’m losing my mind here.” -Olivia

In conversations with fellow critics about this series, “The House of Special Purpose,” which follows an actress who is being tortured by her director, has either been their favorite or least favorite of the three episodes Amazon provided us in advance. No middle ground. I fall in the latter group, though
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David Lynch Is No Fan of Trump, but Thinks He ’Could Go Down as One of the Greatest Presidents in History’

David Lynch Is No Fan of Trump, but Thinks He ’Could Go Down as One of the Greatest Presidents in History’
David Lynch describes himself as “not really a political person” in a new Guardian interview, though he does have some strong views. The singular filmmaker, who endorsed Bernie Sanders in the 2016 Democratic primary and thinks (but isn’t sure) he ultimately voted Libertarian in the general election, “really like[s] the freedom to do what you want to do.”

Though he remains on the fence about Donald Trump, Lynch thinks he has potential. “He could go down as one of the greatest presidents in history because he has disrupted the thing so much. No one is able to counter this guy in an intelligent way.” Trump “may not be doing a good job himself,” according to the profile, but he might provide a template for other outsiders: “Our so-called leaders can’t take the country forward, can’t get anything done. Like children, they are. Trump has shown all this,” Lynch says.
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The Roundup Begins, As More Than 180 Vie For 17 Film Academy Board Seats

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At this point, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ governors election looks more like a round-up than a race; more than 180 members have declared their interest in filling 17 contested spots on the 54-member Board of Governors.

Voting in the run-off round starts on Monday and ends May 18. That will narrow the present field to a maximum of four nominees per branch in the final round, which follows.

For now, there are on average about 11 candidates in the running for each slot. In the casting directors and costume design branches, only three members have declared for each slot. But not so in the actors branch, where 17 members — including Brie Larson, Jacki Weaver and Meg Ryan — are vying for the spot being vacated by termed-out Tom Hanks; or the producers, executives, and public relations branches, all of which have a bumper crop of candidates. Marvin Levy, currently a governor in the public relations branch,
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Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me

Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me

Blu-ray

Criterion

1992/ 1:85 / 135 Min. / Street Date October 17, 2017

Starring Sheryl Lee, David Lynch, Ray Wise, Kyle MacLachlan

Cinematography by Ron Garcia

Written by David Lynch, Robert Engels

Music by Angelo Badalamenti

Edited by Mary Sweeney

Produced by Mark Frost, Tim Harbert, David Lynch

Directed by David Lynch

Making its debut in April of 1990, Twin Peaks arrived on ABC’s doorstep as a kind of Trojan horse, infiltrating the network disguised as a weekly melodrama while hiding its arthouse inclinations behind a Peyton Place exterior. A supernatural soap opera governed by doppelgängers, time travelers and the transmigration of souls, director David Lynch’s effort was a short-lived sensation but has since enjoyed its own reincarnations in a feature film, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, and the Showtime series, Twin Peaks: The Return.

The Return reunited the familiar characters created by Lynch and Mark Frost
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Jennifer Cochis promoted to Laff director

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Film Independent announced the promotion on Friday.

Cochis replaces outgoing Los Angeles Film Festival director Stephanie Allain, who is moving on to focus on producing.

Cochis herself is a producer who has worked with Drake Doremus and James Ponsoldt and she also served as the festival’s creative director.

Jennifer Cochis is a brilliant new force on the festival scene and I am extremely happy to have her step into this new role,” said Film Independent president Josh Welsh. “She brings so much experience, intelligence and passion to everything she does.

“She’s worked closely with the mighty Stephanie Allain on the festival for the past two years, first as senior programmer and then as creative director, turning the festival into a powerful platform for discovering new and diverse talent.”

“Jennifer is a secret weapon and I expect exciting things for the La Film Festival from her,” said Film Independent board chair Mary Sweeney.

“It has been
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Mulholland Dr.

Ambiguous Ave.?  Bizarro Blvd.?  David Lynch's major mystery movie is back looking better than ever in a 4K transfer. Criterion's presentation accompanies it with a stack of interesting interviews with Lynch, Naomi Watts, Laura Herring plus other actors and crew people. The movie began, it seems, as sort of a non-spinoff spinoff of Twin Peaks. Mulholland Dr. Blu-ray The Criterion Collection 779 2001 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 146 min. / available through The Criterion Collection / Street Date October 27, 2015 / 39.95 Starring Justin Theroux, Naomi Watts, Laura Harring, Ann Miller, Scott Wulff, Robert Forster, Brent Briscoe, Maya Bond, Patrick Fischler, Michael Cooke, Bonnie Aarons, Lee Grant, Chad Everett, James Karen, Dan Hedaya, Monty Montgomery, Rebekah Del Rio. Cinematography Peter Deming Production Designer Jack Fisk Film Editor Mary Sweeney Original Music Angelo Badalamenti Written by David Lynch Produced by Neal Edelstein, Tony Krantz, Michael Polaire, Alain Sarde, Mary Sweeney Directed by David Lynch

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Time alters everything,
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25 Years in La Part 3: Showtime, the Silverado, and the rise of Ain't It Cool

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25 Years in La Part 3: Showtime, the Silverado, and the rise of Ain't It Cool
The first and most important thing that happened as a result of the staging of "Sticks and Stones" at the Met Theater as part of the Act One Festival was that Scott Swan and I got our first agent. Barbara Baruch worked for Ambrosio/Mortimer, a smaller boutique agency at the time, and from the moment we met her, she seemed like what I imagined an agent to be. She was nurturing, she was a cheerleader, she was a ballbuster, and she was always, always, always in our corner. Our time with her was unfortunately too short, and by the time the agency imploded in accusations of embezzlement, we were already repped by Gersh out of New York. Barbara was first, though, and she was the first one to start pushing people to come see our show and to read our work. The strangest thing about those early days is
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Women to Watch: Veronica Cura at FICG30 with 'Death in Buenos Aires'

Here at the Guadalajara Film Festival (Ficg), Verónica Cura is presenting her latest film, "Death in Buenos Aires" ("Muerte en Buenos Aires"), an Argentine policier. She is also meeting with her international sales agent, Film Factory, the Mexican distributor and the director, first-timer Natalia Meta. The film stars Demian Bichir, Chino Darin , Monica Antonopulos , Carlos Casella , Hugo Arana, Jorgelina Aruzzi , Emilio Disi, Fabián Arenillas, Humberto Tortonese, Gino Renni , Wullich Martin and Luisa Kuliok.

After one month in release in Argentina, it has racked up admissions which is astonishing for a first feature with no TV backing. Its returns were greater than 2014 and first semester 2015’s hit by Daniel Burman, " The Mystery of Happiness" ("El misterio de la felicidad”) .

One of Argentina’s top producers, Verónica Cura ’s opinions on the business and on the importance of education are crucial to understanding what is happening in Latin American production today. Not only does she teach about film production from an artistic and organizational perspective, starting from the moment the idea takes hold, to project development, to shooting and all the way to theatrical exhibition, but her productions are seminal to the cinema of Argentina.

Vero started working in 1992 as a director and head of production. In 2001 she began producing her own films. From 2007 to 2009 she was President of the Association of Independent Producers and Vice President of the Chamber of Film Producers from 2009 to 2011. Veronica has been Vice President of the Argentina Productions Companies Union from 2011 to 2013 .

She was the line producer on 2009’s U.S.- Spain coproduction "There Be Dragons" directed by Roland Joffe. Her credits go as far back as the 1995 film “Moebius" and the 1993 documentary "Radio Olmos," both directed by Gustavo Mosquera. She has been involved in films such as "The Headless Woman" ("La Mujer Sin Cabeza") by Lucrecia Martel (Cannes Competition), "The Other" by Ariel Rotter (Berlinale winner of two Silver Bears and the Jury Grand Prize).

She was executive producer on "Las Acacias" by Pablo Giogelli (Camera D’Or, Cannes 2011), an Argentina–Spain coproduction, as well as "Whisky Romeo Zulu" … and many many more including "One Love" ("Un Amor") by Paula Hernandez in 2011, "In the Eyes Abides the Heart" by Mary Sweeney, a short for Turner Classics Channel, all directed by women, which is something of importance in today’s world. She also produced "Live-in Maid" by Jorge Gaggero (Sundance Special Jury Prize), "Torrent 3" by Santiago Segura, "The Dead and Being Happy" by Javier Rebolla and "The Game Maker" by John Paul Buscarini, among others.

She was the Academic Coordinator for Production at Enerc and teaches in different labs and schools throughout Latin America. She is also a former student of La Fuc. Most recently she spent 1 1/2 weeks in Cuba at the International Film School (Eictv) giving a week's seminar and working with a director and two writers on scripts as part of a new Doctorate program for screenwriters.

"Regarding The film business today, as in every part of the world, cinema in Argentina is facing new challenges. Only about 20% of the theaters remain Un-digitized. Producers must be thinking about budgets, distribution and new forms of exhibition."
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Editors Guild Selects 75 Best Edited Films of All Time

Now this is a list that could result in a lot of fascinating dissection and thanks to HitFix it comes to our attention almost three years after it was originally released back in 2012, celebrating the Motion Picture Editors Guild's 75th anniversary. Over at HitFix, Kris Tapley asks, "Is this news to anyone elsec" Um, yes, I find it immensely interesting and a perfect starting point for anyone looking to further explore the art of film editing. In an accompanying article we get the particulars concerning what films were eligible and how films were to be considered: In our Jan-feb 12 issue, we asked Guild members to vote on what they consider to be the Best Edited Films of all time. Any feature-length film from any country in the world was eligible. And by "Best Edited," we explained, we didn't just mean picture; sound, music and mixing were to be considered as well.
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What is the best-edited film of all time according to those who do the job?

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A random bit of researching on a Tuesday night led me to something I didn't know existed: The Motion Picture Editors Guild's list of the 75 best-edited films of all time. It was a feature in part celebrating the Guild's 75th anniversary in 2012. Is this news to anyone else? I confess to having missed it entirely. Naturally, I had to dig in. What was immediately striking to me about the list — which was decided upon by the Guild membership and, per instruction, was considered in terms of picture and sound editorial as opposed to just the former — was the most popular decade ranking. Naturally, the 1970s led with 17 mentions, but right on its heels was the 1990s. I wouldn't have expected that but I happen to agree with the assessment. Thelma Schoonmaker's work on "Raging Bull" came out on top, an objectively difficult choice to dispute, really. It was so transformative,
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Sean McManus to leave Find

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Board chair Mary Sweeney said on Wednesday [24] that McManus was stepping down as co-president after 15 years at Film Independent to pursue other opportunities.

McManus served as co-president alongside Josh Welsh since January 2012. Effective immediately, Welsh will become president.

“Upon the close of our terrific 2013 Los Angeles Film Festival, it felt like a natural time to look ahead and I’ve realised that this is the perfect time to make a change in my own life,” said McManus.

“As a result, I have decided to step down as co-president. My immediate plans are to take the next few months off and explore some options. In the meantime, I want to express my deep gratitude to all my friends and colleagues throughout the independent film community for their artistry, inspiration and support.”

“Sean McManus has been an important and highly valued member of the team at Film Independent for 15 years, first as a transformative director of development and for
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Film Independent Co-President Sean Mc Manus Steps Down

Los Angeles-based non-profit Film Independent, the organization responsible for the Independent Spirit Awards, has taken its cues from two leaders over the past year and a half. Now that position has been reduced by half: Film Independent announced today that co-president Sean Mc Manus will be vacating the position, leaving Josh Welsh as the organization's sole president. In a statement released today, Film Independent's Board Chair Mary Sweeney praised Mc Manus for his 15 years of work at the organization, where he began as Director of Development before segueing into the role of co-president 18 months ago. “His skills, determination and signature enthusiasm have been instrumental in the tremendous growth of Film Independent during those years," Sweeney said. "We are deeply grateful to him for all his contributions, and he shall be missed. We know that he will move on to even greater accomplishments, and he has the continued full support
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David Lynch’s tryst at the Mouse House in ‘Straight Story’

The Straight Story

Written by John Roach & Mary Sweeney

Directed by David Lynch

France/UK/USA, 1999

A film entitled The Straight Story seems like a lie in the bizarre hands of a director like David Lynch, famous for injecting art house storytelling and theater styling into his more mainstream fare. An adaptation of an Iowa farmer’s journey? From Mr. Twin Peaks? Alright, what’s the catch?

The Straight Story’s title is no trick. In fact, it’s about as real as stories get, adapted from the actual 1994 journey of Iowa farmer Alvin Straight. After a less than satisfactory visit to the doctor reminds him of his mortality, Alvin (Richard Farnsworth) decides to set things right. He begins by setting off to Mt Zion, Wisconsin to make amends with his estranged brother Lyle (Harry Dean Stanton), who’s fallen deathly ill. There’s just a one problem: Alvin has no way of getting there.
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Looking back at Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me

Feature James Peaty 27 Feb 2013 - 06:35

A box-office failure, David Lynch's Fire Walk With Me divided critics in 1992. James looks back at a surreal cult film...

When Vincent Canby famously described Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (1992) as "…not the worst movie ever made; it just seems to be," the renowned Us critic was merely reflecting the overwhelming response to David Lynch’s big-screen prequel to his recently cancelled TV show.

Audibly jeered by the notoriously fickle festival crowd at its unveiling in Cannes, even fellow filmmakers joined the chorus of disapproval against Lynch.

At the festival for the first time with his debut feature, Reservoir Dogs, director Quentin Tarantino went so far as to say: "I’m not ragging on other people, but after I saw Fwwm […] David Lynch has disappeared so far up his own ass that I have no desire to watch another […] Lynch film until I hear something different.
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Film Independent Names Mary Sweeney as New Board of Directors Chair

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Film Independent Names Mary Sweeney as New Board of Directors Chair
Filmmaker Mary Sweeney has been named Film Independent's new sitting chair of its Board of Directors, the nonprofit's co-presidents, Sean McManus and Josh Welsh, announced on Friday. The producer and editor ("Mulholland Dr.," "Inland Empire") replaces director Bill Condon ("The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn"), who has held the position for the last three years. Also read: Salma Hayek, Jeremy Renner Named Honorary Co-Chairs of 2013 Independent Spirit Awards "We are so thankful and appreciative for Bill's incredible leadership during his tenure," McManus said in a statement. "We know Mary is equally devoted to our
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