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 official US and international selections.
Warner Bros. Pictures’ Jersey Boys, directed by Clint Eastwood, will be the Closing Night film for the 2014 Festival. The film stars John Lloyd Young, Erich Bergen,Michael Lomenda, Vincent Piazza and Oscar winner Christopher Walken.
Also announced are the Festival’s Gala Screenings, which include Ira Sachs’ Love Is Strange, Justin Simien’s Dear White People, and Hossein Amini’s The Two Faces of January.
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Festival. The Los Angeles Film Festival 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 2014 Los Angeles Film Festival, which returns to downtown Los Angeles at L.A. LIVE for a fifth year and runs from Wednesday, June 11 to Thursday, June 19.
Filmmaker Lisa Cholodenko will serve as Guest Director, and Sony Pictures Classics’ Tom Bernard and Michael Barker will receive the Spirit of Independence Award. A conversation with them will be followed by a screening of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000).
“Los Angeles has nurtured the collective hopes and dreams of generations,” said Stephanie Allain, Festival Director. “This year in honor of our 20th anniversary, we’re putting the spotlight on films, conversations and performances inspired by the spirit of L.A. Many events are One Night Only so come out and celebrate!”
The Festival concludes with the Premiere of Warner Bros Pictures’ Jersey Boys. The film is the big-screen version of the Tony Award-winning musical “Jersey Boys” and tells the story of four young men from the wrong side of the tracks in New Jersey who came together to form the iconic 1960s rock group The Four Seasons. The story of their trials and triumphs are accompanied by the songs that influenced a generation, including “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Walk Like a Man,” “Dawn,” “Rag Doll,” “Bye Bye Baby,” “Who Loves You” and many more. Warner Bros. will release the film on June 20.
The Gala Screenings at the 2014 Festival include Ira Sachs’ Love Is Strange, which stars John Lithgow and Alfred Molina as longtime companions who finally get to marry, only to be separated when they’re forced out of their New York apartment in Sach’s ode to love, family ties and big city life.
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 May 20. Contact the Ticket Office for passes, tickets and event information by calling 866.FILM.FEST (866.345.6337) or visit LAFilmFest.com.