It’s the 16th annual LA Film Festival, but almost everything about it seems new. It has new digs--downtown’s LA Live complex (it was formerly held in Westwood). The films will be shown all over town in places like the Orpheum Theater, the Disney Hall’s Redcat theatre and the Ford Amphitheater. It has a new artistic director, David Ansen, who is attempting to combine mass appeal with art house taste (if that’s possible). One example—Big Hollywood is there in spades. The festival will premiere both Summit Entertainment’s The Twilight Saga: Eclipse and Universal’s 3-D feature Despicable Me. That doesn’t sound like a typical line-up at most indie-centric film festivals, right? Well, the more sophisticated types will appreciate that over half of the films competing for bragging rights this year are international submissions. Ansen wants the under forty types to get an education in how to read and appreciate sub-titles. Are his hopes too high? In short, the festival will screen close to 80 films. Patt talks us through some of them….but sans the sub-titles.
Rebecca Yeldham, Los Angeles Film Festival Director
David Ansen, Artistic Director, Los Angeles Film Festival