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Film Independent & The Blackhouse Foundation Unveil
Diversity Speaks Panels

Inaugural Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory to the Filmmaker Award Given to
Lisa Cholodenko


LOS ANGELES (May 27, 2014) – Today the Los Angeles Film Festival, presented by Film Independent, in conjunction with Presenting Media Sponsor the Los Angeles Times and Host Partner L.A. LIVE, announced its annual Sunday ‘Coffee Talks’ programming for June 15.  The four talks will take place over the course of one day and feature Directors, Actors, Composers and Screenwriters, including Demian Bichir (The Heat, A Better Life), Alfred Molina (An Education, Spider-Man 2), Olivia Munn (The Newsroom, Magic Mike), Mark Isham (42, A River Runs Through It), John Ottman (X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Usual Suspects), Aaron Zigman (The Other Woman, Sex and the City), Susannah Grant (The Soloist, Erin Brockovich), Max Borenstein (Godzilla, Seventh Son), Ed Solomon (Now You See Me, Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure) and more. Scheduled for June 14 are the Diversity Speaks Panels, which bring together network executives, independent filmmakers, rising Internet sensations and aspiring artists to discuss an array of topics in an effort to further promote inclusivity in the industry. The inaugural Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory to the Filmmaker Award conferred to Festival Guest Director Lisa Cholodenko. For more information on general ticketing/programming, please visit

“Maria Bozzi and her team have once again done an amazing job bringing together some of the best crafts people in Los Angeles for our ‘Coffee Talks’ programming, “ said Stephanie Allain, Festival Director. “We are also thrilled to be embarking on a relationship with Jaeger-LeCoultre for the inaugural Glory to the Filmmaker Award at the Los Angeles Film Festival. They have shown outstanding taste in selecting Lisa Cholodenko as this year’s recipient. We look forward to a long collaboration for many years to come championing innovative filmmakers.”

Maria Raquel Bozzi, Senior Director of Education at Film Independent adds, “If you’ve ever wanted to eavesdrop on conversations between some of the most talented artists in our city, the ‘Coffee Talks’ are your chance.  Over the years, this signature program has gathered the brightest minds in our industry to talk freely with their peers about their craft, careers and everything in between.”

On Sunday June 15 the Los Angeles Film Festival will hold its annual Sunday “Coffee Talks”. The Festival’s popular series returns with four sessions featuring some of today’s most interesting film figures discussing their craft with their peers in fun and freewheeling conversations:


Sponsored by Directors Guild of America
11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Panelists TBA

Sponsored by SAGindie
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Panelists include: Demian Bichir (The Heat, A Better Life), Alfred Molina (An Education, Spider-Man 2), Olivia Munn (The Newsroom, Magic Mike), other   panelists TBA.

Sponsored by BMI
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Panelists include: Mark Isham (42, A River Runs Through It), John Ottman (X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Usual Suspects), Aaron Zigman (The Other Woman,Sex and the City). The panel is moderated by Doreen Ringer Ross (BMI)

Sponsored by Writers Guild of America, West
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Panelists include: Max Borenstein (Godzilla, Seventh Son), Susannah Grant (The    Soloist, Erin Brockovich), Ed Solomon (Now You See Me, Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure), other panelists TBA.


At the Diversity Speaks panels, taking place on June 14 at The Conga Room at L.A. LIVE, content creators of color who embody innovation will discuss how they manage to combine their passions for storytelling, entrepreneurship and their cultural identities into success stories.  Panels include A Singleton Perspective, a conversation with Oscar® nominated filmmaker/producer John Singleton (Boyz n the Hood, Shaft, Four Brothers, 2 Fast 2 Furious) on his career and the state of film today. This event will be moderated by Elvis Mitchell, Curator, Film Independent at LACMA and Guest Curator of LA Muse. Cine-Sounds is a music video showcase that highlights innovative filmmakers and artists of color who are pushing the boundaries of storytelling through their collaborations. Panelists include Tyler The Creator and Luis Perez, with additional panelists to be announced. Rounding out the day’s programming is Leveling The Playing Field, a panel featuring a group of this year’s Festival Filmmakers and Film Independent Fellows sharing their experiences launching their films and careers with the support of Film Independent and other like-minded media arts organizations that offer resources for emerging filmmakers.  All of the Diversity Speaks panels are free and open to the public. Diversity Speaks is supported by Yvonne Huff and Jason Delane.

For the first time at the Los Angeles Film Festival, Jaeger-LeCoultre will pay tribute to the creative ingenuity of filmmakers by conferring the Jaeger-LeCoutlre Glory to the Filmmaker Award to a personality who has brought great innovation to contemporary cinema. This year’s recipient is filmmaker Lisa Cholodenko, the Festival’s Guest Director. At the Venice International Film Festival, the list of past recipients includes Takeshi Kitano (2007), Abbas Kiarostami (2008), Agnès Varda (2008), Sylvester Stallone (2009), Mani Ratnam (2010), Al Pacino (2011), Spike Lee (2012), followed in 2013 by Ettore Scola. This year marks the first time the Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory to the Filmmaker Award has been given to a filmmaker at the Los Angeles Film Festival.

Passes are currently on sale to Film Independent members and the general public. In addition to screenings and events, Festival passes provide access to a series of networking receptions and entry to the Festival Lounge, where Festival pass holders can interact with Festival filmmakers and professionals in the film community.  General admission tickets to individual films go on sale beginning today, May 20.  Contact the Ticket Office for passes, tickets and event information by calling 866.FILM.FEST (866.345.6337) or visit

For the ninth year, the Los Angeles Times will serve as the Festival’s Presenting Media Sponsor and will produce the Festival Guide, the comprehensive source for all movie info, screenings, locations and related special events. The Festival Guide will top the paper on Sunday, June 8 in Los Angeles and Orange County, and will be made available throughout downtown Los Angeles during the nine-day event.




  • Diversity Speaks Panels – June 14
  • “Coffee Talks” Directors/Actors/Screenwriters/Composers – June 15




Now in its 20th year, the Los Angeles Film Festival, presented by Film Independent, showcases diversity, innovation and uniqueness of vision in new American and international cinema, and provides the movie-loving public with one-of-a-kind events featuring critically acclaimed filmmakers, film industry professionals, and emerging talent from around the world. The Festival’s signature programs include the Filmmaker Retreat, Music in Film at The GRAMMY Museum®, Celebrating Women Filmmakers, Master Classes, Spirit of Independence Award, LA Muse and more. Over 200 features, shorts, and music videos, representing more than 40 countries, make up the main body of the Festival.  The Festival also screens short films created by high school students and a special section devoted to music videos. The Festival hosts juried cash awards for best narrative and documentary features, best narrative, documentary and animated short film, and a jury award for best performance in the narrative competition. Audience awards are presented to best documentary, narrative and international feature, short film and music video. The Los Angeles Film Festival is presented in conjunction with Presenting Media Sponsor the Los Angeles Times. The Official Host Venue is Regal Cinemas L.A. LIVE Stadium 14. Subaru is the Official Automotive Sponsor. Relativity is a Principal Sponsor. Platinum Sponsors include HBO, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Stella Artois Dolby Laboratories, Inc., Canon U.S.A., Inc. and EFILM. The University Sponsor is Loyola Marymount University’s School of Film and Television. Renwood Winery is the Official Wine Provider. Tanqueray is the Official Gin Provider. The Los Angeles Athletic Club is the Official Host Hotel. WireImage is the Official Photography Agency and PR Newswire is the Official Breaking News Service of Film Independent. More information can be found at

Film Independent is a non-profit arts organization that champions independent film and supports a community of artists who embody diversity, innovation and uniqueness of vision. Film Independent helps filmmakers make their movies, builds an audience for their projects and works to diversify the film industry. Film Independent’s Board of Directors, filmmakers, staff and constituents, is comprised of an inclusive community of individuals across ability, age, ethnicity, gender, race and sexual orientation. Anyone passionate about film can become a member, whether you are a filmmaker, industry professional or a film lover. Film Independent produces the Spirit Awards, the annual celebration honoring artist-driven films and recognizing the finest achievements of American independent filmmakers. Film Independent also produces the Los Angeles Film Festival, showcasing the best of American and international cinema and the Film Independent at LACMA Film Series, a year-round, weekly program that offers unique cinematic experiences for the Los Angeles creative community and the general public.

With over 250 annual screenings and events, Film Independent provides access to a network of like-minded artists who are driving creativity in the film industry. Film Independent’s Artist Development program offers free Labs for selected writers, directors, producers and documentary filmmakers and presents year-round networking opportunities. Project Involve is Film Independent’s signature program dedicated to fostering the careers of talented filmmakers from communities traditionally underrepresented in the film industry. For more information or to become a member, visit

The Los Angeles Times is the largest metropolitan daily newspaper in the country, with a daily readership of 1.5 million and 2.6 million on Sunday, more than 22 million unique visitors monthly and a combined print and online local weekly audience of 4 million. The Pulitzer Prize-winning Times has been covering Southern California for more than 132 years.

The Los Angeles Times Media Group (LATMG) businesses and affiliates also include The Envelope, Times Community News, and Hoy Los Angeles, which, combined with the flagship Los Angeles Times, reach approximately 5.2 million or 38% of all adults in the Southern California marketplace. LATMG also owns California Community News, LLC, operates Tribune Direct LA, and is part of Tribune Company, one of the country’s leading media companies with businesses in publishing, the Internet and broadcasting. Additional information is available at

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