la film fest 2013

2013 Los Angeles Film Festival - "Only God Forgives" Premiere

Would You Boo?

We weren’t surprised when Nicolas Winding Refn came to the Los Angeles Film Festival for the North American premiere of Only God Forgives, and gave an introduction that was as provocative as his work. (“I’m a pornographer,” he told the audience, “and I make films […]

2013 Los Angeles Film Festival - In Conversation: Ricky Jay, David Mamet And Heist

David Mamet and Ricky Jay Share Their Love of the Useless

They talked about poker hands and favorite films from the Criterion Collection. They talked about legendary magic tricks and vaudeville performers. They talked about eating sushi and staying at the Chateau Marmont. Two good friends, Ricky Jay, the sleight-of-hand artist and actor, and David Mamet, […]

2013 Los Angeles Film Festival - "Spike Jonez: A Brand Of His Own And His Comb" Premiere

Spike Jonze Gives LA Film Fest a Sneak Peek at Her, Talks Shop with David O. Russell

It was a big enough treat to see Spike Jonze and his good friend/sometime collaborator David O. Russell bantering, laughing, whispering and talking shop on the stage together during the “Spike Jonze: A Rubber Band and His Comb” conversation at the recent Los Angeles Film […]


Three Reasons We Love Fruitvale Station—And You Will Too

It’s exciting to see all the buzz building about tonight’s theatrical release of Fruitvale Station. Now the whole country gets to see what won us over when we selected it for a Gala Screening at the 2013 LA Film Fest last month. The award-winning film […]

Crystal Fairy

Three Reasons to Watch Michael Cera Get High

By Pamela Miller / Website & Grants Manager There are a lot of reasons everyone’s talking about the new Michael Cera film, Crystal Fairy, which screened at the Los Angeles Film Festival and is being released theatrically today. First off, there’s the fact that Cera, […]


Fruitvale Station Q&A

Director Ryan Coogler, cast members Michael B. Jordan, Octavia Spencer, Melonie Diaz, and producers Forest Whitaker and Nina Yang Bongiovi join Elvis Mitchell for a conversation following the gala screening of Fruitvale Station at the 2013 Los Angeles Film Festival.

2013 Los Angeles Film Festival - "Crystal Fairy" Q&A

Crystal Fairy Q&A

Excerpts from the Q&A following the screening of Crystal Fairy at the 2013 Los Angeles Film Festival featuring director Sebastian Silva and actor Michael Cera, moderated by David Ansen.

2013 Los Angeles Film Festival - Diversity Speaks: "New American" Indpendent Cinema

Spielberg Laments Hollywood’s Blockbuster Problem (Yes, that Spielberg)

By Lee Jameson / Film Education Coordinator Could “blockbuster mania” cause Hollywood to implode? Steven Spielberg thinks so. “You’re at the point right now,” Spielberg recently said, “where a studio would rather invest $250 million in one film for a real shot at the brass […]

coffee talks composers

LA Film Fest 2013: The Art of Music Composition & Tips to Get Started

“Music is changing pretty fast, and that’s great, that’s exciting.” Drew Sardy on the evolution of music and composition at this year’s Coffee Talks: Composers, sponsored by BMI. By Wendy Chuong / LA Film Fest Guest Blogger This year, the LA Film Fest brought together […]


LA FILM FEST 2013: This Year’s Fest Serves up Succulent French Fare

By Jim Lichacz / LA Film Fest Guest Blogger One of the things that makes the Los Angeles Film Festival so great is its ability to assemble a group of films that act as a showcase within the larger festival. This year’s Festival treated attendees […]