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L.A. Film Fest Award Winners: ‘Becks’, ‘The Keeping Hours’ Among Honorees – Complete List

Becks, the musical drama directed by Elizabeth Rohrbaugh and Daniel Powell starring Lena Hall, won the LA Film Festival’s U.S. Fiction Award today, while Karen Moncrieff’s The Keeping Hours took the Audience Award for a fiction feature. Those winners were among the awards announced today at the festival’s Awards Reception by Festival Director Jennifer Cochis and Film Independent President Josh Welsh (see the complete list below). Festival Guest Director Miguel Arteta (Beat… Read


Samuel Goldwyn & Orion Acquire SXSW Pic ‘Maya Dardel’

Orion Pictures and Samuel Goldwyn Films have teamed for their second pickup of a SXSW film this week, acquiring North American rights to Maya Dardel, the drama co-written and co-directed by Zachary Cotler and Magdalena Zyzak and starring Lena Olin. It bowed in Austin this year under the title A Critically Endangered Species. Olin stars as Maya Dardel, an internationally respected poet and novelist who lived until 2016 in the Santa Cruz Mountains of California. That’s when… Read


In Battle Of The Film Festivals, Telluride Comes Into Town And Upstages LAFF In Its Own Backyard

Aug. 29 - Sept. 1, 2014

The currently running Los Angeles Film Festival, which by nature of its Hollywood industry hometown roots should be cock of the walk, just can’t catch a break as interlopers like Telluride are hogging the attention. Proving it is never too early to kick-start the movie awards season, the Telluride Film Festival once again temporarily relocated to the London Hotel rooftop deck in West Hollywood on Tuesday evening to tout this year’s upcoming Labor Day weekend edition of… Read


IFC Films Acquires Tribeca Pic ‘Love After Love’

IFC Films has acquired U.S. rights to Love After Love, the debut feature from director Russell Harbaugh starring Andie MacDowell and Chris O’Dowd. The pic had its world premiere at the Tribeca Film festival, where it won a cinematography prize. A release strategy is in the works. Co-written by Harbaugh and Eric Mendelsohn, the drama documents the ways a family including a college theater professor (MacDowell) and her two sons (O’Dowd and James Adomian) move forward in the… Read


‘Everything Beautiful Is Far Away’ Clip: The Quest For Connection At L.A. Film Festival

Everything Beautiful Is Far Away

EXCLUSIVE: The Los Angeles Film Festival’s U.S. Fiction Competition section is hosting the world premiere of Pete Ohs and Andrea Sisson’s fable tale Everything Beautiful Is Far Away tonight. The pic stars Julia Garner, Joseph Cross, C.S. Lee and Jillian Mayer and centers on a trio — Lernert (Cross), Rola (Garner) and the head of a robot (Mayer) — who traverse a barren planet in search of a mythical lake. Check out the exclusive clip above of the pic, which beings to… Read


‘The Bachelors’ Starring J.K. Simmons A Window Into Two Generations Of “Life Survivors”

EXCLUSIVE: Twenty-two years ago — longer than the young star of The Bachelors Josh Wiggins has been alive — writer-director Kurt Voelker and then-producer Matt Baer began a friendship. Kurt was just out of film school, and Baer was working at management company Brillstein-Grey. They began working on a film based on a popular video game at the time called Leisure Suit Larry. That picture never got made, but a more important film did — The Bachelors starring J.K. Simmons… Read


‘A Crooked Somebody’ Clip: A Psychic Eye For An Eye At The Los Angeles Film Festival

A Crooked Somebody

EXCLUSIVE: Rich Sommer and Clifton Collins Jr star in A Crooked Somebody, the Trevor White movie that has its world premiere Wednesday at the Los Angeles Film Festival. Joanne Froggatt, Amanda Crew, Amy Madigan, Ed Harris and Amy Madigan also star in the pic, which is being sold at the fest by CAA. Watch a clip above. Sommer (Mad Men) plays Michael Vaughn, a self-professed psychic who travels town-to-town to help provide people closure with their deceased loved ones. One… Read


‘20 Weeks’ Clip: Expecting Couple Grapples With Difficult Decision In L.A. Film Festival Drama

EXCLUSIVE: Here’s a clip from the Leena Pendharker-directed drama 20 Weeks, a timely narrative that explores the pressures surrounding pregnancy as well as how prenatal and genetic testing can contribute to the choices people face. The pic, from Meritage Pictures/Spicy Mango Productions, will have its world premiere today at the Los Angeles Film Festival. Written by Pendharker, the film stars Anna Margaret Hollyman (Mr. Roosevelt) and Amir Arison (The Blacklist) as a new… Read


Ildiko Enyedi’s ‘On Body And Soul’ Wins At Sydney Fest; FremantleMedia Hires NBCU Veteran; Joanne Froggatt Starrer ‘Liar’ Scores Int’l Deals – Global Briefs

Ildiko Enyedi's On Body and Soul swooped up the Sydney Film Prize at the 2017 Sydney Film Festival on Sunday. The win follows up the Hungarian director's Berlin Golden Bear win for the title in February earlier this year. The $60,000 cash prize for the "audacious, cutting-edge and courageous" film was awarded to Enyedi at the festival's closing night gala ahead of the Australian premiere screening of Bong Joon-ho's Okja. Other winners include Sascha Ettinger Epstein and… Read


‘Queen Sugar’ Cast On Identity, Legacy & What To Expect In Season 2

The cast of OWN’s hit drama series Queen Sugar was on hand at the 21st annual American Black Film Festival to premiere the first episode of the upcoming season 2. Before that, the actors spoke to Deadline about what themes will be explored in the sophomore run. “The biggest theme really across the season is about legacy,” said Dawn-Lyen Gardner, who plays Charley Bordelon West in the series. “We’re talking about how all these characters are moving forward after [their… Read


‘Snowfall’ Team On Why Themes In FX’s ’80s-Centered Series Still Resonates

“We're still kind of feeling the ramifications… it set those communities back for generations,” said Snowfall executive producer/showrunner Dave Andron today during a panel discussion at the American Black Film Festival about the upcoming FX drama series, which follows the onset of the cocaine epidemic in Los Angeles during the early 1980s. “I think we're still dealing with it,” he continued. “The story hasn't been told the way TV allows it, where we can really dig into… Read


L.A. Film Festival Comedy ‘Fat Camp’ To Air On BET

BET has acquired domestic TV rights to Fat Camp, the comedy film that stars Chris Redd, Anabelle Acosta, Mel Rodriguez and Vivica A. Fox and will have its world premiere next week in the L.A. Muse section of the Los Angeles Film Festival. A July airdate is in the works. Redd stars as Hutch, a twentysomething who thinks image is everything — he fronts like a baller and is too spoiled to get a job. But when his mom kicks him out of the house, and he's forced to work at his… Read