Moondance – March 20th, 8pm

Moondance, screening March 20th at 8 PM

Moondance is a zany musical comedy that follows a rogue director that turns a run of the mill Hollywood love story into a big band musical with the help of his crew and the out of the loop actors.
Join the cast and crew at this exclusive opportunity to see Moondance during its theatrical run!

Tickets available here!

Moondance was written and directed by Cooper Flannigan

The film stars Jonah Robinson, Carolyn Rabbers, Cooper Flannigan, Sam Jones, Brandon Stewart with Kami Flanders, Jordan Mullins and Adam Conove

The film was produced by Chase Crawford and Cooper Flannigan

**POSTPONED** Feral – March 19th, 7:30pm

Latin American Cinemateca of Los Angeles presents the second annual celebration of liminal spaces and states of being in film

CINE NEPANTLA  

Featuring the 2018 Mexican horror mockumentary Feral  

Thursday, March 19, at 7:30PM at the Downtown Independent

Nepantla is a Nahuatl word which describes the state of living in-between different cultures. It can also refer to living in the borderlands or being at a literal or metaphorical crossroads. In line with this concept, Cine Nepantla aims to create a space in which meaningful dialogue among audiences of different socio-economic backgrounds, races, ethnicities, ages, abilities, genders, sexualities, nationalities, and religions can take place and effect change.

About Feral (Andrés Kaiser, Mexico, 98 minutes)

Somewhere in the Oaxacan mountains are the burnt-out remains of a shelter that housed a psychoanalyst priest who was obsessed with rehabilitating savage children to place them back into society. Through videotape diaries, viewers are treated to a portrait of a man whose singular pursuit of this goal saw him excommunicated from the church he holds dear, separated from society, and plagued by a self-doubt which chipped away at his humanity. However, a more sinister picture begins to emerge as interviews with individuals from the nearby village and his close family appear.

Kaiser’s found-footage documentary weaves a spellbinding tale by featuring deep character explorations that threatens to spill into malevolence at any moment. Examining questions of blind faith, trust, and doubt, Kaiser explores the individual in relation to the church through a critical lens that highlights the hypocrisies prevalent within religion and builds on the idea of the “other,” an ostracized figure both feared and reviled. A small cast of remarkable actors helps keep the atmosphere tense and frightening in the build-up to a haunting and unforgettable climax. Feral is a compelling debut that marks Kaiser as a talent to watch.

WATCH THE TRAILER! https://youtu.be/L9jRHTiyfHk

About Andrés Kaiser

Mexican director, writer and editor Andrés Eichelman Kaiser studied directing and film writing at Escuela Superior de Artes y Espectáculos in Madrid, Spain. After returning to Mexico, he worked as an assistant editor for the film Rudo y Cursi (2008) by Carlos Cuarón. A year later, he wrote, produced and edited the short documentary En algún lugar, which is about the migration of Central Americans to Mexico. It was presented at the Festival Internacional de Cine Documental in Mexico City, the DOCSDF, in 2010. His directorial debut comes with Feral (2018), which was screened at the Festival Internacional de Cine in Morelia, MX in 2017. Most recently, Kaiser has been working on the horror film Preciosísima sangre, which takes place in 18th-century Mexico and follows a priest sent to investigate a series of strange murders that have taken place within one of the convents of the church.

LACLA curator and screenwriter Guido Segal will host a question and answer session with Kaiser following the screening.

**POSTPONED ** Feral – March 19th, 7:30pm

Latin American Cinemateca of Los Angeles presents the second annual celebration of liminal spaces and states of being in film

CINE NEPANTLA

Featuring the 2018 Mexican horror mockumentary Feral

Thursday, March 19, at 7:30PM at the Downtown Independent

Nepantla is a Nahuatl word which describes the state of living in-between different cultures. It can also refer to living in the borderlands or being at a literal or metaphorical crossroads. In line with this concept, Cine Nepantla aims to create a space in which meaningful dialogue among audiences of different socio-economic backgrounds, races, ethnicities, ages, abilities, genders, sexualities, nationalities, and religions can take place and effect change.

About Feral (Andrés Kaiser, Mexico, 98 minutes)

Somewhere in the Oaxacan mountains are the burnt-out remains of a shelter that housed a psychoanalyst priest who was obsessed with rehabilitating savage children to place them back into society. Through videotape diaries, viewers are treated to a portrait of a man whose singular pursuit of this goal saw him excommunicated from the church he holds dear, separated from society, and plagued by a self-doubt which chipped away at his humanity. However, a more sinister picture begins to emerge as interviews with individuals from the nearby village and his close family appear.

Kaiser’s found-footage documentary weaves a spellbinding tale by featuring deep character explorations that threatens to spill into malevolence at any moment. Examining questions of blind faith, trust, and doubt, Kaiser explores the individual in relation to the church through a critical lens that highlights the hypocrisies prevalent within religion and builds on the idea of the “other,” an ostracized figure both feared and reviled. A small cast of remarkable actors helps keep the atmosphere tense and frightening in the build-up to a haunting and unforgettable climax. Feral is a compelling debut that marks Kaiser as a talent to watch.

WATCH THE TRAILER! https://youtu.be/L9jRHTiyfHk

About Andrés Kaiser

Mexican director, writer and editor Andrés Eichelman Kaiser studied directing and film writing at Escuela Superior de Artes y Espectáculos in Madrid, Spain. After returning to Mexico, he worked as an assistant editor for the film Rudo y Cursi (2008) by Carlos Cuarón. A year later, he wrote, produced and edited the short documentary En algún lugar, which is about the migration of Central Americans to Mexico. It was presented at the Festival Internacional de Cine Documental in Mexico City, the DOCSDF, in 2010. His directorial debut comes with Feral (2018), which was screened at the Festival Internacional de Cine in Morelia, MX in 2017. Most recently, Kaiser has been working on the horror film Preciosísima sangre, which takes place in 18th-century Mexico and follows a priest sent to investigate a series of strange murders that have taken place within one of the convents of the church.

LACLA curator and screenwriter Guido Segal will host a question and answer session with Kaiser following the screening.

Rock the Shorts Film Festival – March 7th, 12pm

Rock the Shorts Film Festival – click here for the festival website!

About the festival:

The founders of Rock the Shorts are both filmmakers and huge fans of short films. Shorts can pack an emotional punch and take us on a wonderful ride in 40 minutes or less. We feel the creators of such entertainment deserve recognition and encouragement.

When your film is an “Official Selection” at a well-organized film festival it is the most gratifying experience. This is what we want to bring to you. Our goal is to further inspire you to keep creating…keep writing…keep directing…keep producing…keep acting…keep telling stories…keep making short films!

Tickets available here!

Schedule

12 – 1:30PM – Film Block One:  (RAHEEL, UNDERSEE, YOUNG AND BEAUTIFUL, NIGHT TERRORS, SPIES, TOWN HALL with Q&A to follow)
2:00 – 3:30PM – Film Block Two: (IRIC, TRICK OF THE OLD CAT, THE CHANGE, SPACE JUMP, THE TOOTH RACKET, LOST TREASURE OF THE VALLEY with Q&A to follow)
4 -5:30PM – Film Block Three: (LATASHA HARLINS: A ROSE THAT GREW FROM CONCRETE, (UN) DIVIDED, THE DEEJAY, THE FORK, MOVIE NIGHT with Q&A to follow)
5- 6PM -Early RED CARPET for filmmakers & special guests (a professional photographer will take photos in front of the step and repeat banner and interviews by author  & comedian Beth Lapides host of the  UnCabaret Show!)
6 – 7PM – SHORTS FROM OUR FRIENDS: THE HOOSAC by actress Matilda Szydagis of THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL  and THE ARRIVAL featuring Michael McMillian of TRUE BLOOD and CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND. Q&A to follow. 
6:30- 7:30PM -Late RED CARPET for filmmakers & special guests (a professional photographer will take photos in front of the step and repeat banner and interviews by author  & comedian Beth Lapides host of the  UnCabaret Show!)
7:30-9:00PM – Film Block Four: (GENERATION LOCKDOWN, THE DIFFERENCE, TOWNES, 9862, BASIC, ME TOO NICE with Q&A to follow)
9:30 -11PM – Film Block Five and Announcement of “Best of the Fest” (ANACRONTE, ACTUALLY DYING UP HERE, THE LAST CALL, THE HUMAN CONDITION, RUG AND A HARD PLACE, APEULOGY, JUST FRIENDS with Q&A to follow)

For those staying for several film blocks THE FILMMAKERS LOUNGE, UPSTAIRS AT THE VENUE, WILL BE OPEN FROM 3-6PM. It will be stocked with complimentary water, soda and snacks. This is in addition to what the venue has available for sale.

Desire Lines – March 3rd, 7:30pm

DESIRE LINES, Patrick Connolly’s first independent feature, explores the purpose of meditation and the parameters of the conscious mind.

Tickets available here!

It centers on Honey Zeal (Camille Calvin), a conflicted adult-film actress, who is directed to a mediation group and mixes with an offbeat clientele while being drawn to the troubled guru Joel Caldwell (co-writer Nigel Lysaght).

Part ensemble, part deep-character study, all cinema verite – DESIRE LINES is openly informed by adult-themed, darkly humorous narratives like Carnal Knowledge and My Dinner With Andre- making the most of a sparse budget, limited locations, and a moody, synth-based soundtrack by local Los Angeles band Drinking Flowers.

Doors will open for this screening at 7 PM, the screening will start at 7:30 PM. Filmmaker in Person, Q&A discussion with Cast and Crew to follow

HUMP! Film Festival – February 29th, 10:30pm

Dan Savage’s HUMP! Film Festival 2020 Spring Tour

The HUMP! Film Festival has been bringing audiences a new kind of porn since 2005. The festival features short dirty movies—each less than five minutes—all created by people who aren’t porn stars but want to be one for a weekend. The filmmakers and stars show us what they think is hot and sexy, creative and kinky, their ultimate turn-ons and their craziest fantasies. Our carefully curated program is a cornucopia of body types, shapes, ages, colors, sexualities, genders, kinks, and fetishes—all united by a shared spirit of sex-positivity. HUMP! is a celebration of creative sexual expression. You will see films at HUMP! that shock you. You will see films at HUMP! that make you laugh. And you will see films at HUMP! that turn you on. You will also be touched by the sincerity and vulnerability with which these films are lovingly made. HUMP!’s main mission is to change the way America sees—and makes and shares—porn.

Tickets available here! (18+ Only)

Showtimes:

Thursday, February 20th: 8:00 PM

Friday, February 21st: 8:00 PM, 10:15 PM

Saturday, February 22nd: 6:00 PM, 8:15 PM, 10:30 PM

Thursday, February 27th: 8:00 PM

Friday, February 28th: 8:00 PM, 10:15 PM

Saturday, February 29th: 6:00 PM, 8:15 PM, 10:30 PM

HUMP! Film Festival – February 29th, 8:15pm

Dan Savage’s HUMP! Film Festival 2020 Spring Tour

The HUMP! Film Festival has been bringing audiences a new kind of porn since 2005. The festival features short dirty movies—each less than five minutes—all created by people who aren’t porn stars but want to be one for a weekend. The filmmakers and stars show us what they think is hot and sexy, creative and kinky, their ultimate turn-ons and their craziest fantasies. Our carefully curated program is a cornucopia of body types, shapes, ages, colors, sexualities, genders, kinks, and fetishes—all united by a shared spirit of sex-positivity. HUMP! is a celebration of creative sexual expression. You will see films at HUMP! that shock you. You will see films at HUMP! that make you laugh. And you will see films at HUMP! that turn you on. You will also be touched by the sincerity and vulnerability with which these films are lovingly made. HUMP!’s main mission is to change the way America sees—and makes and shares—porn.

Tickets available here! (18+ Only)

Showtimes:

Thursday, February 20th: 8:00 PM

Friday, February 21st: 8:00 PM, 10:15 PM

Saturday, February 22nd: 6:00 PM, 8:15 PM, 10:30 PM

Thursday, February 27th: 8:00 PM

Friday, February 28th: 8:00 PM, 10:15 PM

Saturday, February 29th: 6:00 PM, 8:15 PM, 10:30 PM