LOS ANGELES FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES 2015 CLOSING NIGHT: ELI ROTH TO DIRECT LIVE READ OF FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH
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LOS ANGELES FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES 2015 CLOSING NIGHT:
ELI ROTH TO DIRECT LIVE READ OF FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH
LOS ANGELES (June 9, 2015) – Today the Los Angeles Film Festival, produced by Film Independent with Presenting Media Sponsor the Los Angeles Times and Host Partner L.A. LIVE, announced a very special Closing Night. For the first time, the Festival will include a Live Read, a regular feature of Film Independent’s programming over the last four years. For Closing Night, writer/director/producer/actor Eli Roth (Cabin Fever, Grindhouse, Hostel, Inglorious Basterds) will direct a Live Read of Fast Times at Ridgemont High. Follow @LAFilmFest on twitter for cast announcements.The film, which came out in 1982, was directed by Amy Heckerling and written by Cameron Crowe. The Festival opens this Wednesday, June 10.
Stephanie Allain, Director of the Los Angeles Film Festival had this to say about the historic event, “I can’t think of a better way to close this year’s Festival than with a Live Read! Eli Roth is directing a quintessentially LA story, Fast Times at Ridgemont High.”
“We’re so pleased to have Eli Roth lead the Live Read of one of his favorite films,” said Elvis Mitchell, Film Independent Curator.
This year is the 21st edition of the Los Angeles Film Festival (June 10-18). The 2015 Festival will showcase 81 films of which 45 World Premieres (39 are in competition), four International Premieres, six North American Premieres, four US premieres and 20 LA premieres. There are 60 short films and over 50 new media works representing 35 countries. The Festival opens with the LA Premiere of Paul Weitz’s Grandma. The Festival also features Gala Screenings of the television series Scream, The Final Girls and Seoul Searching.
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Developed by Los Angeles-based AEG, L.A. LIVE, considered to be the nation’s most active ‘live content and event campus,’ has become the region’s most in-demand and busiest hospitality location featuring 260,480 sf of conference center and ballroom facilities, world-class restaurants including The Farm of Beverly Hills, WP24, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, Katsuya, Lawry’s Carvery, Rock ‘N Fish, Rosa Mexicano, Starbucks, Triple 8 China Bar and Grill, Ford’s Filling Station, Smashburger, Live Basil Pizza, Tom’s Urban 24, Yard House, Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill, BOCA at the Conga Room and others; 100,000 sf special events deck, the famous Lucky Strike Lanes and Lounge, the celebrity owned Conga Room, the one-of-a-kind GRAMMY Museum, saluting the history of music and the genre’s best known awards show all centered around Microsoft Square, a 40,000 sf outdoor event space.
With the music venues coming on-line in October, 2007, and the hotel, residential and meeting space components opened as of April, 2010 combined with the assets, resources and infrastructure of STAPLES Center and the Los Angeles Convention Center, L.A. LIVE showcases more events, award shows, sporting competitions, concerts and hospitality options than any other destination in the world.