LA Film Festival preps for fall debut with diversity push, new programs and guest director Jacqueline Lyanga

LA Film Festival preps for fall debut with diversity push, new programs and guest director Jacqueline Lyanga

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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The 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World, 2018

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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A ‘Jurassic World’ Restaurant Is Opening And The Food Looks Insane

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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NJ film business ‘going to explode,’ insiders predict

The newly signed Garden State Film and Digital Media Jobs Act enacted means dozens of film and digital media companies can take advantage of new tax credits to set up shop in the state.

Dozens of such organizations are already doing just that, and it could mean that by the end of the summer, New Jersey’s film industry will have a sizable film presence.

“There are at least 10 motion picture productions and 15 television series — ranging from television networks and cable/satellite program services to internet distributors — that are looking for locations in New Jersey or are in the planning stages to greenlight projects,” said Steven Gorelick, who heads the New Jersey Motion Picture & Television Commission.

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Upcoming film festival to benefit postpartum-depression advocacy

Shelane’s Run, an organization raising awareness about postpartum depression, will host a LUNAFEST film festival on Wednesday, July 18 at 6:30 p.m. at the Angelika Film Center, 2911 District Ave. in the Mosaic District of Merrifield.

The event will feature a screening of award-winning short films by, for and about women. Since its inception, the national LUNAFEST effort has raised more than $4 million for charities focused on women.

Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at For general information, see the Web site at

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Anna Paquin on Indie Film: You Don’t Do It for Fame, Finance or Glory

It’s a “True Blood” reunion for “The Parting Glass” star Anna Paquin.

Sitting down with Variety’s chief film critic Peter Debruge, Paquin discussed the release of her newest independent movie at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival in the Czech Republic. The drama was written by and also stars Denis O’Hare, Paquin’s former co-star on “True Blood,” while Stephen Moyer, Paquin’s husband and “True Blood” love interest, makes his directorial debut on the feature. The trio also have a production company together.

“One of the things that Denis and Steve were playing with is the idea of memories being unreliable,” Paquin said.

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Warner Bros. Partners With Young Storytellers, Ghetto Film School, LAUSD on Filmmaking Programs

warner bros. first cut student showcase

Warner Bros. has partnered with the Los Angeles Unified School District and nonprofits Young Storytellers and Ghetto Film School to create two in-school programs, Story Lab and First Cut, in an effort to cultivate the next generation of storytellers and filmmakers.

The programs are spearheaded by the studio’s social impact platform, WB Good. The initiatives have already had a test run through 10-week programs piloted in 16 middle and high schools across Los Angeles. The partnership offers students the chance to gain awareness of career opportunities in the entertainment business and storytelling skills that could be a stepping stone to work as writers and filmmakers. More than 30 teachers and 1,500 students took part in the pilot programs that will continue in the 2018-19 school year.

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