Tag: indie films

Dance Camera West Film Festival – January 12th, 12pm

Join us for a special matinee program to conclude the 2020 Dance Camera West Film Festival.

About this Event

MONK Aly Rose, Narrative short, 15:00

Her Magnum Opus Marta Renzi, Narrative, 1:00:00

Cipher Rafael Roy, Documentary Short, 24:33

The Ballet of the Nations, Narrative, Joshua Ben-Tovim & Roseanna Anderson, 30:00

at Downtown Independent Cinema.

251 S Main St, Los Angeles, CA 90012


Vimeo Staff Picks with Live Director Commentary – July 30th

A person talking during a film can be the most annoying thing imaginable  unless that person is the director. Join Vimeo curator Ina Pira as she screens recent and upcoming Staff Picked films with live, unscripted commentary from some of the best creators on Vimeo. Founded in 2008, Vimeo Staff Picks has emerged as one of the preeminent channels for online video and one of the most coveted awards for young filmmakers, having helped launch the careers of many celebrated directors. Hear from the next generation of storytellers in a format thats sure to be eclectic and insightful. The entire program will screen once, then a second time with commentary by the directors.

Screening at 7:30 PM on Tuesday, July 30th

Director David Lewandowski

Director Sean Buckelew

Director Patrick Bresnan

Director Jeron Braxton

Director Anna Kerrigan

Like A Prayer (Oxana Nabokova, 2019) – June 26th

You are invited to attend a Private Fundraiser Screening of “Like a Prayer” A Documentary Film about Madonna Fans!

About this Event

*Ticket price includes the private screening and the official After Party with DJ JENE hardcore @Madonna fan from NYC who organizes #MadonnathonNYC parties for 20 years! All night we will celebrate new era of Madame ❌ and the best music of our Queen!

Donate to the Like a Prayer Official ‘Go Fund Me’ Page

Can’t wait to see you all there !

A message from the Director:

I have worked independently on the film production of “Like a Prayer” for close to three and half years. I met many Madonna fans around the world during my travels and found that there were many special stories to be shared. I hired a film editor in Russia and film crews all over the world to help me document these stories of some of Madonnas most devoted fans. This film is about finding yourself, following your dreams and not caring what people think. Funding this project completely on my own has been a very difficult challenge but I am proud of the results and after an initial test screening of my film it is one step closer to finally being released everywhere.

Now that my film is complete I still have to raise additional money for post production costs including: securing a lawyer to go over the legal copyrights of the movie, as well as getting an insurance company to insure the film and promotion costs to hire a PR team. These are going to be very costly but necessary expenses that I currently can’t afford on my own.

I decided the best way to raise money for these final post production expenses, was to put together a private event to invite fellow fans to help contribute to this films release. As a way of saying thank you, you will be able to get tickets to attend the private screening of my film “Like a Prayer” as well tickets to the official after-party, immediately following the screening. Plus there will be a Madonna swag bag giveaway contest by the end of the night that will go to one very lucky winner!

All ticket sales will go towards the final costs of having the movie available for world wide distribution.

Tickets for this screening are available exclusively only here through this donation page.


With your support, you will help get this film to a world wide audience!

Sincerely, Oxana Nabokova



Wednesday, June 26th, 2019

At The Downtown Independent

251 S. Main Street,

Los Angeles, CA 90012

Time : 7:30PM



The Empire Files: Gaza Fights For Freedom Premiere w/Q&A – June 20th

Be the first to see the new Empire Files documentary, ‘Gaza Fights For Freedom’, at its world premiere at the Downtown Independent Theater in Los Angeles.

Click here to watch the official movie trailer!

This riveting collaboration between The Empire Files and a heroic team of Palestinian videographers in Gaza features exclusive coverage of the ‘Great March of Return’ protests, and extensive evidence—with frontline footage and victim testimony—of Israeli war crimes.

The premiere marks the one year anniversary of the killing of famed Gaza medic Razan al-Najjar by Israeli snipers (on June 1, 2018) and features never-before-seen interviews with Razan’s immediate family, medics who treated her, and victims shot down alongside her.

Following the screening will be a Q&A with the film’s creators, Abby Martin and Mike Prysner.

Join us before and after the screening for a reception. Beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages will be served.

LA Guild of Puppetry presents Handmade Puppet Dreams and Gloria’s Call w/Q&A – June 8th

The Los Angeles Guild of Puppetry presents a special screening of Heather Henson’s Handmade Puppet Dreams film series, along with the short documentary film Gloria’s Call

Handmade Puppet Dreams is an award winning film series created by Heather Henson (daughter of famed puppeteers Jane and Jim Henson) that promotes independent artists exploring their handmade craft for the screen. These films focus on real-time puppetry, and create fantastical worlds in which their characters live. This special collection showcases Dak’toka Taino from director Alba E Garcia-Rivas, Yamasong from director Sam Koji Hale, Cosmic Fling from director Jonathan Langager, Amaterasu from director Christine Papalexis, and Bunny Love from director Pam Severns. 

Gloria’s Call is a documentary short from director Cheri Gulke follows Gloria Orenstein, on a lifelong journey into art, ecofeminism and shamanism. The short film uses art, stop-motion animation and storytelling to celebrate this wild adventure from the cafes of Paris to the mountaintops of Samiland.
A special display of puppets form the Handmade Puppet Dreams films will be available before the screening. Filmmakers from both Handmade Puppet Dreams and Gloria’s Call will also be present for a Q&A afterwards!

Gloria’s Call trailer from Cheri Gaulke on Vimeo.


Join us at the Downtown Independent Theater in Los Angeles this upcoming Friday, June 7th, 2019 at 9PM for the bi-annual filmmaking event, Abracadabra Alakazam. Our festival is a celebration of funny, strange and unique short films from a wide array of eclectic local filmmakers. All films are made by weirdos, for weirdos. We will be showcasing over 20 pieces at the historic Downtown Independent. There will be beer, wine and other concessions for sale at the venue! 
Get your tickets at this link here:

Us (Jordan Peele, 2019) – June 6th

Us is signature Peele  a 1970s-inspired horror flick that wears its references on its sleeve, grapples with Big Ideas and crawls with genuinely creepy tension, lightened with dashes of well-earned humor. This is a family-horror melodrama that ponders huge philosophical questions about our existence and identity. But it doesn’t just pose conspiracy theories and ask what if? Us brings all those nightmares to life and visualizes the worst-case scenario.
–Katie Walsh,  Columbus Dispatch

As Hollywood continues to reveal the multitude of ways throughout the years it has held people back from its screen and seeing themselves represented, artists like Jordan Peele are creating complicated and entertaining films that allow audiences to do deep dives into their own lives, experiences and cultural histories to see how they participate in creating the current world that we all exist in.

The Downtown Independent is honored and excited to be able to support an artist like Peele and show his work that alternately provokes goose-bumps, hilarious laughter and intense reflection amongst the screams.
Bring a friend. See it a few times. Betcha can’t just watch it once!