Hollywood’s backyard film festival is set to run June 11–19, giving local talent a chance to showcase several films that reveal a side of the city far from the red carpet.
The festival has 11 films screening as part of its L.A. Muse program, which focuses on “celebrating Los Angeles filmmakers making work in L.A. and about L.A.,” according to Maggie Mackay, senior programmer of the Los Angeles Film Festival.
L.A. Muse is part of a revamp for the festival’s 20th anniversary this year, which also includes a talent search conducted with Funny or Die.
“It’s very much about building community through the film festival and within the film community itself,” Mackay tells Backstage. “L.A. is a big city. Our goal is to give everybody something and introduce filmmakers to each other and filmmakers to audiences.”
The Muse selections include the feature “Echo Park,” from first-time filmmaker Amanda Marsalis. The comedy stars Mamie Gummer as Sophie, who leaves her seemingly perfect life in Beverly Hills to move to Echo Park, Los Angeles’ hipster enclave.
Danny Glover stars in “Supremacy,” a based-on-a-true-story thriller about a black family taken
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