Ricardo de Montreuil’s Lowriders, set against the backdrop of East LA’s car culture, has been tapped to open the 2016 Los Angeles Film Festival, which this year runs June 1-9 at ArcLight Cinemas. It will serve as the world premiere of the pic, produced by Brian Grazer and Jason Blum. It stars Eva Longoria, Demián Bichir, Melissa Benoist, Theo Rossi, Tony Revolori and Gabriel Chavarria as Danny, a talented young street artist caught between the lowrider world inhabited by his old-school father and ex-con brother, and the adrenaline-fueled outlet that defines his self-expression.
The festival also said today that Creed helmer Ryan Coogler will be the fest’s Guest Director, and Selma helmer Ava DuVernay and Array Releasing will receive the festival’s annual Spirit of Independence Award.
“We are thrilled to open with Lowriders, a culturally vibrant film that explores familial relationships within a second-generation Mexican family in East LA. Made by filmmakers of color, Lowriders embodies our mission of shining the light on unique voices,” said festival director Stephanie Allain. “Spirit Award winner Ryan Coogler honors us as Guest Director – we had Fruitvale Station at the Festival in 2013 and are so happy to have him back this year as our Guest Director.”
Festival passes are on sale to members of organizer Film Independent starting today, and will be available to the general public on April 12. The full lineup will be announced on April 26.