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Future Filmmakers Luncheon With Keynote Speaker Emilio Kauderer

Gravity Falls Live!
& ESPN Films’ Nine for IX Shorts Added to Festival Lineup

LOS ANGELES (May 20, 2014) – Today the Los Angeles Film Festival, presented by Film Independent, in conjunction with Presenting Media Sponsor Los Angeles Times and Host Partner L.A. LIVE, announced that the world premiere of Relativity’s Earth to Echo will take place at the Festival on June 14. Also taking place on June 14 as part of a special day of family programming is the Future Filmmakers Luncheon with keynote speaker Emilio Kauderer and Gravity Falls Live! Additional Festival programming announced includes ESPN Films’ Nine for IX Shorts Series: Short Takes on the Power of Women Athletes and Dolby’s The Sound of Your Story: A Case Study of Comet.

“We’re thrilled to host the World Premiere of Earth to Echo as the centerpiece of our family programming, which also includes Gravity Falls Live! and our annual Future Filmmakers Luncheon,” said Stephanie Allain, Director of the Festival.

David Ansen, Artistic Director added, “Kids are going to love Earth to Echo‘s non-stop adventure and its terrific young cast.”

Tuck, Munch and Alex are a closely bonded trio of inseparable friends, but their time together is coming to an end. Their neighborhood is being destroyed by a highway construction project that is forcing their families to move away. But just two days before they must part ways, the boys find a cryptic signal has infected their phones. Convinced something bigger is going on and looking for one final adventure together, they set off to trace the messages to their source and discover something beyond their wildest imaginations: hiding in the darkness is a mysterious being, stranded on Earth and wanted by the government. This launches the boys on an epic journey full of danger and wonder, one that will test the limits of their friendship and change all of their lives forever. Earth to Echo is the feature film directorial debut for director Dave Green. The film will be released in theaters nationwide on July 2.

The Future Filmmakers Luncheon, sponsored by Loyola Marymount University’s School of Film and Television and Relativity Education, will take place on June 14 and features composer Emilio Kauderer (The Secret in Their Eyes, Miss Bala, A Place in the World) as the keynote speaker. The Luncheon is an annual event honoring the talented high school students who have films in the Future Filmmaker Showcase at the Festival. The Luncheon is a celebration of the art of storytelling from the youngest voices of the creative community. Acclaimed composer Kauderer will pass on words of wisdom to empower and inspire the young filmmakers as they pursue a career in the industry.  The event is open to the public. Purchasing a ticket to the luncheon includes access to one of the Future Filmmaker Screenings, previously announced on May 6. The Future Filmmakers Showcase also takes place on June 14 is a selection of shorts made by high school age students from all over the country. The 2014 edition also includes shorts from Canada, Laos, The Netherlands and Taiwan.

Also part of the Festival’s family-friendly fare on Saturday, June 14 is Gravity Falls Live! Actors Jason Ritter (Parenthood), Kristen Schaal (The Daily Show with Jon Stewart) and creator/executive producer Alex Hirsch will perform a live reading of a scene from an upcoming episode of the hit Disney Television Animation series, reveal a sneak peek of Season Two and participate in a Q&A moderated by Doug Jones, Associate Director of Programming for the Festival. Gravity Falls follows the adventures of twins Dipper (Ritter) and Mabel Pines (Schaal), who spend the summer with their great uncle, Grunkle Stan (Hirsch). They think it’s just another usual summer until mysterious events start to take place. Season Two of Gravity Falls premieres this summer on Disney Channel.

On June 15, the Festival and the Dolby Institute are holding Dolby’s The Sound of Your Story: A Case Study of Comet, with director Sam Esmail and his sound team. They will discuss the process of designing and creating the soundtrack for the film. Comet is having its world premiere at the Festival.  On June 17, the Festival will screen ESPN Films’ Nine for IX series: Short Takes on the Power of Women Athletes, ESPN’s latest series of shorts that shine the spotlight on the challenges and triumphs of women athletes followed by a discussion with the filmmakers. The full series will premiere on ESPN’s platforms in late July and features Brittney Griner: Life Size by Melissa Johnson, Unchartered Waters by Tina Cerbone, Think Normal by Nikki Reed,

Play A Round With Me by Jessica Wolfson and Rowdy Ronda Rousey by The Mundo Sisters.

Previously announced, filmmaker Lisa Cholodenko will serve as this year’s Guest Director for the Festival and Sony Pictures Classics’ Tom Bernard and Michael Barker will receive the Spirit of Independence Award. Also announced earlier, free Community Screenings including a Dance-A-Long screening of Luis Valdez’s La Bamba, Dave LaMattina and Chad Walker’s I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story, Buster Keaton’s Cops and Sherlock Jr., and Thomas Miller’s Limited Partnership.

More Special Screenings and Programs will be announced in the coming weeks.

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.



Earth to Echo (World Premiere) – June 14


• Future Filmmakers Luncheon – June 14

• Future Filmmakers 1 & 2  – June 14

Gravity Falls Live! – June 14

• Dolby’s The Sound of Your Story: A Case Study of Comet – June 15

• ESPN Films’ Nine for IX Shorts series: Short Takes on the Power of Women Athletes – June 17




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