Forget about June gloom, today is the start of the LA Film Festival.
Now until June 9th, ArcLight is presenting over 100 films to the public and there’s still time to get tickets if you haven’t already. The festival premieres tonight with a world premiere of Ricardo de Montreuil’s East LA drama Lowriders at the ArcLight Cinerama Dome in Hollywood. But don’t expect any big-name actors and actresses to be in any of these films. “My theory is that people are hungry for authentic stories,” says director of LAFF Stephanie Allain, “and don’t give a [hoot] if there’s a movie star in a film.” (Los Angeles Times)
Special guests include Ryan Coogler (Creed), Ava DuVernay (Selma), John Krasinki (The Hollars), and Nate Parker (Birth of A Nation) to name a few.
On LA Weekly‘s list of must-sees are:
Jackson – Maisie Crow
Tracktown – Jeremy Teiche and Alexi Pappas
11:55 – Ari Issler and Ben Snyder
Girl Flu – Dorie Barton
HEIS – Anais Volpe
Mercy – Chris Sparling (also to be released on Netflix)