Tag: documentary

Broadway Treasures – December 21st, 6pm

Broadway Treasures (2019)

A Love Letter to the Historic Theaters of Los Angeles

A film by Haeyong Moon

Through interviews with historians, theater owners, preservationists and Los Angeles natives, find out why so many are still in love with these theaters. Also, why it’s important to preserve them for future generations.

The film encourages you to explore a historic theater near you. Treasure what remains of the past and imagine what went on behind the red curtains.

More info on: www.mooncinema.com.

Note: Tickets can be purchased at the door via cash, venmo or paypal.

 

Tickets available online here!

We Shall Not Die Now – December 3rd, 7pm

Join director Ashton Gleckman and Dr. Michael Berenbaum (Holocaust Historian, Curator at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum) for the Los Angeles premiere of “We Shall Not Die Now,” a documentary film chronicling the Holocaust. Seventy-five years after the conclusion of the war, the film explores not only the horrific human tragedy and what we can learn from it, but also the resilience of those that rebuilt their lives in spite of the unimaginable. Told by the survivors and liberators who experienced it first hand such as Cantor Moshe Taube (number twenty-two on Schindler’s List) and Ben Ferencz (concentration camp liberator and last living prosecutor of the Nuremberg trials), We Shall Not Die Now is a journey of despair, hope, and the triumph of the human spirit through history’s darkest hour. Following the event, there will be a Q&A discussion with Ashton and Dr. Berenbaum. Learn more at www.weshallnotdienowmovie.com

LA Chinese Film Festival – In Character – October 27th, 4:25pm

In Character – Documentary Feature + Q&A

To bring their characters to life, 13 actors agreed to voluntarily live in an isolated arsenal of Sichuan Province, relinquishing any contact from the outside world to experience the way of life from the Cultural Revolution in an experience tantamount to a social experiment. They wore costumes from the period and listened to the music of that time. When one of the actors requests a leave of absence, surprising and frightening changes come over the other actors, and an unexpected struggle ensues.

Director: Tracy Dong

Length: 74 mins

LA Chinese Film Festival – Confucian Dream – October 26th, 3:15pm

Confucian Dream – Documentary Feature + Q&A

Chaoyan is a young wife and mother with a steady job living in a giant city. Her life is comfortable, but she increasingly finds emptiness at home with her young son Chen, her husband Mei, and his mother. Chaoyan met Mei when he was a young man with big dreams. Now, with a utilitarian focus on money, he isn’t that way anymore.

But Chaoyan discovers ancient teachings that her generation has forgotten: Confucianism. Daily she reads and recites mantras on themes of morality and harmony, and in them, she sees hope for her estranged family. She insists that Chen join her studies, so he can absorb these values from an early age.

Mei finds their studies excessive but reluctantly allows Chen to attend a classics summer camp. Chaoyan pushes him to allow their son to attend a year-round traditional school, but he firmly refuses. Split across different values, the family’s conflicts intensify, and their ties weaken. In this zealous pursuit of harmony, Chaoyan and her family instead find themselves approaching a breaking point from which they might never recover.

Director: Mijie Li

Length: 87 mins

LA Chinese Film Festival – Body Talk – October 26th, 11:20am

Body Talk – Documentary Feature

Is this my body? Who am I? As the carrier of a spirit and will, how does a woman’s body struggle, jostle, collide, and merge with all things other than themselves. The body seems to follow the mind as merely its shell or tool. However the body does possess memory. A tired body, an injured body, a sick body, a fat body, a visible or invisible body, a body nourishing life, or a decaying and aging body… Have you looked at your own body carefully? Everything about you is buried amongst the hair, deep in your skin, down in your viscera and bowels, or within those millions of nerves. No matter whether you have forgotten about them, your body still remembers. In this film we interviewed thirty women, through the clips of their interspersed interviews the film implicitly discusses the “birth, aging, and illnesses” of the body during the course of life. Through their talks, we are led into the diverse female body experience. The film experience thus is akin to secretive women’s talk emitting a feminine and flowing tone.

Director: Singing Chen

Length: 82 mins

Panamanian International Film Festival in Los Angeles (PIFF/LA)- October 20th

In its fifth year, The Panamanian International Film Festival in Los Angeles (PIFF/LA) brings PANAFEST 2019, a celebration of cinema, culture and community, to The Downtown Independent Theater Los Angeles on October 18, 19, and 20.

PIFF/LA’s non-traditional approach to PANAFEST is reflected in our initial slate of dynamic features and feature-length docs.

“The Latino community is under attack and the creative community is striking back against stereotypes and marginalization,” said Carlos Carrasco, PIFF/LA’s Artistic Director. “PANAFEST 2019 will share the work of a vibrant group of innovative storytellers whose fresh voices and perspectives illuminate things that matter to us all.”

Inspiring themes like immigration, profiling, diversity, and identity are brought to life in new ways in films that range from heartwarming comedy, to a technologically sophisticated thriller, to a horror film based on a Panamanian folk tale.

The films include:

Edgar Soberón Torchia’s Panama Radio (a US premiere) which is an award-winning documentary that tells the story of a Panama City record store run by women. Its focus on music and the 60’s and 70’s social scene is not just a trip down memory
lane but a celebration of groundbreaking musicians and moments of importance to Panama and far beyond.

Turnover, an Audience Award and Best Family Film winner at the Idyllwild Film Festival. This film brings together a diverse cast and shines a light on the power of that diversity. Starring CSI’s Paul Guilfoyle and co-starring Festival Director Carlos Carrasco, Turnover is directed by multiple-award-winner Linda Palmer Cardone and features American Horror Story actress Jamie Brewer, also known for her advocacy in support of actors with Down Syndrome as well as Hollywood veterans Donna Mills and Beverly Todd.

A U.S. Premiere, El Diablo Rojo, is Panama’s first official horror feature. Named for Panama’s vibrant painted buses, El Diablo Rojo takes audiences on a nail biting ride by putting a modern spin on the story of La Tulivieja, Panama’s equivalent to La Llorona.

“Inspired by today’s news,” is the opening title on the film Intolerance No More. Emmy Award winner Sergio Guerrero Garzafox (A Day Without A Mexican) has directed a thriller that leverages the power of new media and technology to comment on police brutality, profiling, privacy, and other themes of our hyper-connected yet hyper-divided times.

The immigrant journey is captured in Andrea Victoria Calderon’s powerful Panamanian documentary Darien Vienen O Van, winner of the Festival de Cine Pobre de Panalandia for best documentary and production. PIFF/LA’s alliance with several independent film festivals in Panama has created a bridge between both creative communities and facilitated an exchange of select films to share with audiences in both countries.

The closing night film on Sunday, October 20th is also a documentary. Our Quinceañera, directed by Fanny Veliz Grande. This heartwarming story of Gilbert Galvan, principal for San Benito Veterans Memorial Academy, follows his mission to make sure every girl who wants a Quince has one. The documentary won the Audience Award at the prestigious Bentonville Film Festival, co-founded by Geena Davis.

RESERVE YOUR SEAT!

Tickets on sale now for the 5th annual #PANAFEST by PIFF/LA (October 18 – 20, 2019). 

Get an All-Weekend or Day-Pass. Or attend one or more film blocks!

Get tickets now here: 5panafest.eventbrite.com

Check our schedule here: piffla.com/films-2019

 

 

Panamanian International Film Festival in Los Angeles (PIFF/LA)- October 19th

In its fifth year, The Panamanian International Film Festival in Los Angeles (PIFF/LA) brings PANAFEST 2019, a celebration of cinema, culture and community, to The Downtown Independent Theater Los Angeles on October 18, 19, and 20.

PIFF/LA’s non-traditional approach to PANAFEST is reflected in our initial slate of dynamic features and feature-length docs.

“The Latino community is under attack and the creative community is striking back against stereotypes and marginalization,” said Carlos Carrasco, PIFF/LA’s Artistic Director. “PANAFEST 2019 will share the work of a vibrant group of innovative storytellers whose fresh voices and perspectives illuminate things that matter to us all.”

Inspiring themes like immigration, profiling, diversity, and identity are brought to life in new ways in films that range from heartwarming comedy, to a technologically sophisticated thriller, to a horror film based on a Panamanian folk tale.

The films include:

Edgar Soberón Torchia’s Panama Radio (a US premiere) which is an award-winning documentary that tells the story of a Panama City record store run by women. Its focus on music and the 60’s and 70’s social scene is not just a trip down memory
lane but a celebration of groundbreaking musicians and moments of importance to Panama and far beyond.

Turnover, an Audience Award and Best Family Film winner at the Idyllwild Film Festival. This film brings together a diverse cast and shines a light on the power of that diversity. Starring CSI’s Paul Guilfoyle and co-starring Festival Director Carlos Carrasco, Turnover is directed by multiple-award-winner Linda Palmer Cardone and features American Horror Story actress Jamie Brewer, also known for her advocacy in support of actors with Down Syndrome as well as Hollywood veterans Donna Mills and Beverly Todd.

A U.S. Premiere, El Diablo Rojo, is Panama’s first official horror feature. Named for Panama’s vibrant painted buses, El Diablo Rojo takes audiences on a nail biting ride by putting a modern spin on the story of La Tulivieja, Panama’s equivalent to La Llorona.

“Inspired by today’s news,” is the opening title on the film Intolerance No More. Emmy Award winner Sergio Guerrero Garzafox (A Day Without A Mexican) has directed a thriller that leverages the power of new media and technology to comment on police brutality, profiling, privacy, and other themes of our hyper-connected yet hyper-divided times.

The immigrant journey is captured in Andrea Victoria Calderon’s powerful Panamanian documentary Darien Vienen O Van, winner of the Festival de Cine Pobre de Panalandia for best documentary and production. PIFF/LA’s alliance with several independent film festivals in Panama has created a bridge between both creative communities and facilitated an exchange of select films to share with audiences in both countries.

The closing night film on Sunday, October 20th is also a documentary. Our Quinceañera, directed by Fanny Veliz Grande. This heartwarming story of Gilbert Galvan, principal for San Benito Veterans Memorial Academy, follows his mission to make sure every girl who wants a Quince has one. The documentary won the Audience Award at the prestigious Bentonville Film Festival, co-founded by Geena Davis.

RESERVE YOUR SEAT!

Tickets on sale now for the 5th annual #PANAFEST by PIFF/LA (October 18 – 20, 2019). 

Get an All-Weekend or Day-Pass. Or attend one or more film blocks!

Get tickets now here: 5panafest.eventbrite.com

Check our schedule here: piffla.com/films-2019