L.A Latino International Film Festival Announces Full Slate — Film News in Brief

.@LALIFF has announced its full slate. See the lineup of this year's titles:

5/6/2021 9:59:00 PM

.LALIFF has announced its full slate. See the lineup of this year's titles:

L.A Latino International Film Festival Announces Full Slate The full lineup for this year’s Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival (LALIFF) has been released. The festival is set to take p…

L.A Latino International Film Festival Announces Full SlateThe full lineup for this year’s Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival (LALIFF)  has been released. The festival is set to take place June 2 – 6 with both in-person and virtual screenings.

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As previouslyannounced,a Special Preview Screening of “In the Heights” will take place on June 4 at the TCL Chinese Theatre and the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres in Hollywood.“As we begin to finally see some normalcy in our lives, we are thrilled to be able to commemorate our 20th anniversary by bringing Angelenos together, safely, to celebrate our community of talented storytellers that so need our support,” says Edward James Olmos. “This past year has been hard for everyone, and we are excited to continue to support and provide a platform to these creators that despite all odds, continued to create art.”

The program will open with the World Premiere of “7th & Union.” The film, a Broken English production, is directed by Anthony Nardolillo and features Mexican actor Omar Chaparro in the leading role. “7th and Union” tells the story of an unlikely ally, a broken promise and an improbable chance to inspire two men to use their old passions to pursue their dream of providing a brighter future for their family. Opening night will take place on June 2 and will screen at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. headtopics.com

The film is financed by Ruben Islas’ Grandave Capital.Lissette Feliciano’s directorial debut and coming-of-age drama, “Women is Losers,” set in working-class San Francisco of the 60’s, will close the festival on Sunday, June 6 and will screen at the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres. The film stars “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’s” Lorenza Izzo and follows the story of a once-promising catholic schoolgirl who rises above the oppression of poverty and invests in a future for herself setting new precedents for the time. Simu Liu also stars in the film.

“Something Blue,” the debut feature by  Panamanian filmmaker Mariel García-Spooner,  “Papi” by Noelia Quintero (Dominican Republic), and the US premiere of the Colombian documentary “Between Fire & Water” by Viviana Gómez Echeverry will also feature as part of the lineup.

“After such a challenging year LALIFF comes stronger than ever, with a diverse program that is testament to the creativity and resilience of our artists. Our combination of in-person and virtual events is designed to enhance our viewership experience and to ensure that everyone can enjoy the rich offering of films, episodics, music and art that we have carefully curated,” said Diana Cadavid, LALIFF’s Artistic Director.

The LALIFF will launch its inaugural Animation Day, including its first-ever Animated Shorts Program. The program will be Presented by Cartoon Cartoons. Events kick off on June 3, with the debut and Q&A of Crypt TV’s first animated horror drama for Facebook Watch, “Woman in the Book.” headtopics.com

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Diane Warren Documentary in the Works at XTRXTR announced a new feature film documentary on songwriter Diane Warren is in the works.The 12-time Oscar nominee whose work has featured in over 100 movies has collaborated with artists such as Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Christina Aguilera, Snoop Dogg, Celine Dion and Aerosmith.

The feature film documentary will include never-before-seen archival footage and intimate interviews  with Warren for a firsthand insight into her career.Bess Kargman, known for her Sports Emmy nominated, PGA Award winning documentary series :Defying Gravity: The Untold Story of Women’s Gymnastics,” is on board to direct. Bryn Mooser, Kathryn Everett and Justin Lacob for XTR, Todd Garner/Broken Road (“All My Life”)  and Risa Shapiro will executive produce.

“With the popularity of music documentaries exploding, it’s finally time to tell the story of this prolific and legendary songwriter who has powered many superstars to the top of the charts. Diane Warren is one of the most prodigious, accomplished songwriters of our time,” said Justin Lacob, Head of Development at XTR. “This documentary gives an intimate look at all aspects of her life and career to pay homage to an unparalleled talent in the music and entertainment industry.”

“Having worked with Diane on four of the movies of her Oscar nominated songs, I have such a deep appreciation and love of Diane and her unparalleled talent,” said Todd Garner, executive producer. “I am truly excited for the rest of the world to see not only her process, but to dig deeper into where these incredible songs come from.” headtopics.com

“Diane’s impact on our culture has been profound and transcends generations of music fans — I remember (with great fondness) singing her hit songs a cappella as a college student,” said Bess Kargman. “It is an honor to chronicle her inspiring story and document the life and career of the most prolific songwriter of our time for this film.”

“I know there are a lot of music documentaries, but this is the first one about me! I am looking forward to ‘turning back time’ (see what I did there) and sharing my story. There will be looking back and there will also be looking forward, which to me is always the most exciting part,” said Warren.

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“The 355”  is produced by Chastain and Kelly Carmichael for Chastain’s Freckle Films and by Kinberg for his Kinberg Genre Films. The film is executive produced by Richard Hewitt, Esmond Ren and Wang Rui Huan.The thriller also stars  Diane Kruger, Lupita Nyong’o, Édgar Ramirez and Sebastian Stan.

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Directed by Amber Sealey (“No Light”), Elijah Wood, Luke Kirby (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”), Aleksa Palladino (“The Irishman”) and Robert Patrick (“Terminator 2”) all star in the film. Kit Lesser pens the screenplays.“‘No Man of God’ explores a familiar subject through a different lens. Through the brilliant direction of Amber Sealey, the film poses challenging questions about the dangers of our obsession with serial killers like Bundy,” Company X/SpectreVision CEO Lisa Whalen said. “RLJE Films immediately recognized what was special about this film. We’re thrilled to be working with them again.”

The film was produced by Wood, Daniel Noah, Lisa Whalen and Kim Sherman. Ward and Jess De Leo of RLJE Films negotiated the deal with Whalen and Stacy Jorgensen on behalf of Company X / SpectreVision and the filmmakers.RJLE Films acquired the film ahead of its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival.

Tues. May 4Laverne Coxhas been given the inaugural RAD Impact Award – which is funded by Luxury Stores at Amazon – and has chosen to share the prize with the non-profit organization APAIT.Cox chose Kadence King as her Honoree. King is a Black trans woman who has benefitted from bridge housing provided by APAIT and is now “thriving not surviving” in Los Angeles. Their RAD Impact Award will provide a safe and loving home at Casa de Zulma for 32 LGBTQ homeless individuals in Los Angeles.

Cox who recently appeared in “Promising Young Woman” recalls, “I remember my dear friends asked me to do a video conversation for APAIT, an organization here in Los Angeles that services, the LGBTQ+ community, she wanted me to talk about mental health.”

Casa de Zulma” is the first-ever publicly funded Enhanced Bridge Housing project for transgender women in Los Angeles County. Cox met the Trans women who lived there and says, “I was deeply moved by it. When RAD approached me, I said, ‘What can we do?’”

She knew the money from RAD could help Casa de Zulma with their efforts of even giving access to trans women who may need something as simple as a computer to apply for a job.On the issue of homelessness and house, Cox says there is a bigger issue with house and property values. “There’s not an investment in affordable housing. When people try to build it in certain neighborhoods, there are huge protests because people don’t want their property values to disintegrate.” Adds Cox, “We have to get honest with ourselves about how we think about our property value, and in relationship to affordable housing, and trying to make our politicians accountable. Do we want affordable housing anywhere but in our neighborhood, or do we care about getting people off the street?”

To improve the housing situation and make affordable housing a reality, Cox says, “We have to do better.” Read more: Variety »

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