A screening of Paramount Vantage’s Like Crazy will open the three-day Film Independent Forum on Oct. 21 at the Directors Guild. The event is put on by Film Independent, the nonprofit organization that produces the Spirit Awards and the Los Angeles Film Festival. The screening of the film, directed by Drake Doremus, will be followed by a Q&A and reception with writer Ben York Jones, producers Jonathan Schwartz and Andrea Sperling, editor Jonathan Alberts and cinematographer John Guleserian. The forum will feature independent filmmakers speaking on production, distribution, documentaries and new media. Among the featured panelists are director Azazel Jacobs (Terri), producer Laura Bickford (Duplicity, Che), ICM’s Peter Trinh and Emily Verellen of The Fledgling Fund.
Film Independent also is teaming with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art on its film series. The premiere of Johnny Depp’s The Rum Diary will open the series Oct. 13. Also featured will be some classics — Modern Times (Oct. 18) and Accattone (Oct. 27) — as well as Sundance entry Martha Marcy May Marlene (Oct. 16) and a live reading of John Hughes’ script for The Breakfast Club, directed by filmmaker Jason Reitman (Oct. 20). The screenings will be held at the museum’s Bing Theater and curated by former New York Times film critic Elvis Mitchell in collaboration with LACMA film coordinator Bernardo Rondeau and Film Independent’s programming team. The New York Times is the series’ presenting sponsor.