This year’s LA Film Festival, running for the first time in its new fall position Sept. 20-28, is beginning to take shape. On Tuesday, the festival announced a number of programs and events, with further programming announcements expected at the end of the month.
Under the leadership of festival director Jennifer Cochis, in her second year heading the event, LAFF looks to continue embracing the core missions of its parent organization, Film Independent, while also further trying to distinguish itself amid a crowded fall festival landscape.
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What is it you’re after—the art of cool, or the cool of art?
The fact is, all of the most imaginative, surprising, and downright wild destinations tend to blur the fine line between the two. If the art of cool is measured by a fest’s ability to work with whatever iconic venues, raucous bars, and endearing local oddities its environment affords, then the cool of art is what’s waiting to be found within those stomping grounds—envelope-pushing programming, events that have never before been tried, let alone seen, and guests not afraid to make good trouble as they set trends.
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From the many reworkings of Shakespeare to inspirations for Kubrick and Paul Thomas Anderson films.
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Japan has to wait the longest to see Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom — the film won’t be released there until July 13, per IMDB — but Japanese fans of the movie might be the most spirited. Lovers of the film franchise can excavate their way out of a fossil cake and eat a curry volcano at “Jurassic World Cafe.”
The restaurant is a pop-up at two locations of The Guest Diner and Cafe, and it’s open for a limited time to celebrate the release of the film. Per Movieweb, the promotion will begin in Tokyo from today until August 6, with seven weeks in Osaka to follow.
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