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Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival 2020 Feb 12 – 27

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HOLLYWOOD — The Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival (HRIFF) exists to showcase the best in new cinema and classic filmmaking, with events that create opportunities for distribution, media attention, and public Hollywood screenings for films by independent and classic creators who operate outside mainstream Hollywood. 

HRIFF is a annual multi-week film event held during the end of the end of the film award season.  A not to be missed event for new filmmakers and fans of independent movies. This year it takes place Wednesday, February 12 at 4:30 pm – Thursday, February 27 at 11:30 pm at

Regal Cinemas / L.A. Live
1000 West Olympic Boulevard
Los Angeles 90015

Academy Award winning films to first screen at HRIFF include the Oscar nominated “Force Majeure” and HRIFF Best Picture winner “The Act of Killing”, the Oscar winning documentary “The Lady In Number 6”, the animated “Mr. Hublot”. 

Alongside an extensive selection of new filmmaking, HRIFF has recently honored films from Vanessa Redgrave, Peter O’Toole, Gerard Depardieu, Alejandro Jodoworsky, Franco Nero, Zack Braff, Klaus Kinski, Terri Polo, P.J. Harvey, Doug Jones, David Arquette, Don Hertzfeldt, Paul Donovan, Carla Gallo, Bai Ling, C. Thomas Howell, Winnie Holzman, Daryl Hannah, Tom Noonan, Tinto Brass, Danny Hoch, Gary Cole, Jeremy Sisto and Bryce Dallas Howard. 

HRIFF has discovered / premiered early work from Alanna Masterson (The Walking Dead), Keir Gilchrist (United States of Tara), Tyler Blackburn (Pretty Little Liars), Toby Hemingway (Black Swan), Alex Meraz (Twilight), and Dean West (The Ledge) and is recognized as home to the best up-and-coming talent and tomorrows cinema auteurs.

“Trumbo”, “The Act of Killing”, “Bridegroom”, “A Day At The Pool”, “Mr. Hublot”, “The Lady In Number 6”, “Drift”, “Assault on Wall Street: Bailout”, “City of Gardens”, “Sex, Violence and Family Values”, “Forget Me Not”, “Henri”, “Bible Storyland”, and “The Silent Thief” are just some of the recent HRIFF discoveries to receive wide acclaim and distribution. 

With screenings in legendary Hollywood cinemas, including LA LIVE and growing to prominence at Quentin Tarantino’s New Beverly Cinema, and with our festival guests including: Pierce Brosnan, Hilary Duff, Lee Meriwether, Danny Masterson, Kurt Fuller, Haylie Duff, Duane Peters, Lloyd Kaufman, Laura Prepon, Uwe Boll, Alan Howarth, Dominic Purcell, Frances Fisher, and the late Martin Landau, John Heard, Jon Polito, and Harry Dean Stanton and more…

For schedule and tickets: Eventbrite.

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Lily Tomlin to Receive Hand & Footprint Ceremony at TCL Chinese Theatre in April

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HOLLYWOOD — Iconic actress and comedian Lily Tomlin will be honored with a hand and footprint ceremony on Friday, April 17 at the world-famous TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood during the eleventh annual TCM Classic Film Festival.

Tomlin, a Tony, Grammy, eight time Emmy and two time Peabody Award winner, has had a remarkable career starting in the 1960s starring in cinematic classics, television staples and on stage.

“Lily Tomlin’s talent has endured for fifty years because she knows who she is. She’s managed to play broadly drawn roles alongside more nuanced characters without a hint of falseness,” said Ben Mankiewicz, TCM primetime anchor and official host of the TCM Classic Film Festival.

“Not long ago, Tomlin told The New York Times, ‘I wanted people to see the characters as human beings. And see themselves in them, too.’  The humanity she finds in the women she plays has enabled her to transition, seemingly with ease, from groundbreaking work on Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In to four Emmy nominations for Grace and Frankie, where she co-stars alongside another seminal artist, Jane Fonda.

There’s a consistent richness to her work, in comedy and drama, as well as on stage in her innovative one-woman show, The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe, and on the big screen.

Whether your favorite Lily Tomlin performance is The Late Show, or 9 to 5, or Nashville…wait, I’m not done. Or All of Me, Flirting with Disaster, I Heart Huckabees, or A Prairie Home Companion, you know all of those pictures were made more memorable because Lily Tomlin was among the cast. It’s hard to imagine a more deserving artist to have her hand and footprints cemented outside Hollywood’s signature classic movie house.”

This marks the tenth consecutive year TCM has featured a hand and footprint ceremony at the legendary TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX. In 2011, Peter O’Toole was the honoree, followed by Kim Novak in 2012, Jane Fonda in 2013, Jerry Lewis in 2014, Christopher Plummer in 2015, Francis Ford Coppola in 2016, Carl and Rob Reiner in 2017, Cicely Tyson in 2018, and Billy Crystal in 2019.

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The 28th Annual Pan African Film Festival in Baldwin Hills thru Feb 23

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BALDWIN HILLS — Celebrate black history month by voting with your dollars for black filmmakers. The 28th annual Pan African Film Festival in Baldwin Hills is absolutely packed with events and films worthy of our attention.

click here to see a PDF of the event schedule

On Wednesday Feb 12th The Last Black Man in San Francisco, a film by Joe Talbot, was screened at Cinemark BHC (on the property of the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza), followed by a reception.

The film is described as “A wistful odyssey populated by skaters, squatters, street preachers, playwrights, and ordinary people.” Starring Jimmie Fails and Jonathan Majors, with a cameo appearance by Danny Glover, the film won Best Independent Film from the African-American Film Critics Association, and the New Generation Award from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association.

The Festival highlights also include the John Singleton Short Film Competition: Inspired by the legacy of the Los Angeles-born and legendary filmmaker, this short film competition is the result of a partnership between the City of Los Angeles, the Pan African Film Festival and embRACE L.A. under the initiative of LA City Council President, Herb J. Wesson Jr.

According to the official website for the event “The program’s goal is to engage a citywide conversation about race and racism while challenging and changing inequities. In honor of the cinematic achievements of John Singleton and his commitment to the South Los Angeles community, we celebrate his unapologetic approach to film making that centralized Black characters in humanizing stories about the often-routine circumstances of individuals in society that were mostly ignored or exploited beyond the point of recognition.”

Three filmmakers will be awarded $20,000 each for the production and completion of a live-action narrative short film of their winning screenplays.

Short films are screened either grouped together or with a feature. All foreign language films are presented with English subtitles. Films are not rated. Parental discretion advised. Scheduled films may be substituted with another similar film for technical reasons.

The Pan African Film Festival is a non-profit corporation dedicated to the advancement of cultural diversity and education through the exhibition of positive and realistic media images.

Locations: 

ArtFest, SpokenWord Fest and Fashion Show: Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza, 3650 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90008 (At the corner of Crenshaw and King)

All PAFF Screenings: CINEMARK 15 BHC: 4020 Marlton Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90008 (On the grounds of Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza)

PAFF is sponsored by Los Angeles City Council President Herb J. Wesson Jr.; Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas; Los Angeles City Councilman Marqueece Harris-Dawson (District 8); Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza; Cinemark 15; the Directors Guild of America (DGA); FilmLA; Sony Pictures; Brotherhood Crusade; as well as the City of Los Angeles; the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs and the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.

Questions? Email: info@paff.org or CONTACT PAFF

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WeHo Celebrates Black History Month With Films Through February

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WEST HOLLYWOOD — The City of West Hollywood celebrates Black History Month with several events held throughout the month. Black History Month recognizes, celebrates, and honors the rich and diverse history and important contributions and achievements of African Americans, and is observed annually during the month of February.

On Saturday, February 8, attendees learned about the underground railroad and quilt codes in an event about Quilt Cards, which are believed to be secret codes and symbols that were sewn into quilts and used as visual maps to assist fugitive slaves in their escape to freedom.

On Saturday, February 22 at 3:30 p.m., you can experience an afternoon performance of an original play written and directed by Sharon L. Graine: Dorothy and Otto: The Dorothy Dandridge Affair.

Nominated for five awards by the Beverly Hills/Hollywood NAACP Theatre Awards Committee, Dorothy and Otto tells the story of the 1950s love affair between the most powerful director of his time, Otto Preminger, and the up-and-coming African American actress, Dorothy Dandridge. 

The performance will take place at the West Hollywood Library Community Meeting Room, located at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard.

Please RSVP in advance to the West Hollywood Library https://tiny.cc/dorothyandotto. Please RSVP at tiny.cc/dorothyandotto or by contacting the Information Desk at the library.

On February 25 at 7:30 p.m., a new work, At the Wake of the Drag Queen, is celebrated. Courtney Berringers would like to welcome you to her wake, but — make no mistake — this isn’t your grandma’s funeral. 

At the Wake of a Dead Drag Queen by Terry Guest is a one-act play about blackness, queerness, and the fine art of drag. From African goddesses to Trina, the play thoughtfully uses storytelling, drama, and drag to explore identity, illness, and the narratives we construct for ourselves.

Celebration Theatre presents new LGBTQ plays with the support of the City of West Hollywood. Admission is free; donations are gratefully accepted. The event will take place at the City of West Hollywood’s Council Chambers/Public Meeting Room, located at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard.

On Wednesday, February 26 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., enjoy Strong Women: A 2020 Film Retrospective featuring Foxy Brown. This ongoing film series features strong women in a variety of challenges and predicaments.

This month’s feature has Pam Grier in her groundbreaking role as Foxy Brown, a woman whose undercover agent boyfriend is murdered by the Mafia, prompting her to pose as a prostitute and reclaim power in order to exact revenge and make the streets safer.

This film retrospective will take place at the West Hollywood Library, located at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard. Light refreshments will be provided. Attendance is free and open to the public. This event is sponsored by the Friends of West Hollywood Library.

For additional information about West Hollywood Library programming, visit (310) 652-5340 or visit west-hollywood-library.

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