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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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‘Death and Bowling’ Film by Trans Artists to Premiere at Arclight – Mar 29

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UPDATE: The event has been postponed until further notice.

HOLLYWOOD — Slamdance is set to premiere Death and Bowling, the debut feature by transgender filmmaker Lyle Kash. The film was made by over 40 transgender artists and their collaborators.

Kash’s team goes by the name T4T ProductionsT4T stands for “trans for trans”, an abbreviation born out of bygone Craigslist personals ads. 

Slamdance announced “ArcLight Cinemas and Slamdance are proud to present a four-day festival of new films, with a focus on filmmakers and stories from California. The event will also feature live music performances, daily educational workshops and selected works from Slamdance’s (D)igital (I)nteractive (G)aming program.” 

Transparent producer and filmmaker Zackary Drucker will present the film and host a Q and A following the screening.

In a February 27th interview in The Advocate, Kash notes, “usually, I say that Death and Bowling is the story of two trans men who meet at the funeral of the captain of a lesbian bowling league in Los Angeles. On paper, it is definitely about that. But Death and Bowling is just as much about that as it is a coming-of-age tale of a leather jacket. Put another way, it’s a straightforward story about what it’s like to have holes.”

The production team behind the film says they are committed to putting trans people in front of and behind the camera lens, and casting trans people in both trans and non-trans character roles.

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HEY DEATH AND BOWLING FAM: go give @disclosuredoc a follow, and support more #t4t filmmaking. DISCLOSURE: TRANS LIVES ON SCREEN “is an unprecedented look at the depiction of transgender people and experiences throughout the history of film and television. Over 100 years of footage, from A Florida Enchantment (1914) to Pose (2018), is woven together with the personal stories of prominent media figures like Laverne Cox, revealing how Hollywood has simultaneously reflected and manufactured our deepest beliefs and anxieties about gender. Disclosure shows both the consequences of depicting marginalized communities without their participation, and the liberatory potential of film and TV when their voices are centered.” ❤️🎥❤️ 📸: @kingtexas

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“We created a set in which trans people have creative autonomy, access to the film industry, and control over trans narratives,” comments producer and trans NYC filmmaker Ariel Mahler.  

 WORLD PREMIERE to be held March 29th at 6:30PM at ArcLight Hollywood hosted by Slamdance as part of the inaugural Slamdance Emergence LA festival. 6360 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

To learn more, visit www.t4tproductions.com

Instagram: @deathandbowlingmovie

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/deathandbowlingmovie/ 

Twitter: @lylekashtweets

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WeHo Women’s History: ‘LA Woman Rising’ Screening with Director – Mar 7

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WEST HOLLYWOOD — From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. the City of West Hollywood, it’s Women’s Advisory Board, and WeHo Women’s Leadership Conference & Network will host a screening of the film LA Woman Rising, produced by actor Rosario Dawson. 

The film is described as “50 Los Angeles women revealing what motivates them to wake up each morning. Director Nana Ghana gracefully captures the morning rituals and untold stories of uncertainty, struggle and success. Considered a love letter to the real and diverse women of Los Angeles, LA Woman Rising is a distinct celebration of the female voice.”

Special guest speakers include the film’s director Nana Ghana. Admission is free, but RSVP is requested at www.wlcmovienight.

Saturday, March 7, 6pm

West Hollywood Park Auditorium, 647 N. San Vicente Boulevard

The City presents two Women’s History events on March 7 at the WeHo Park Auditorium. Come by from 12pm -3pm for a flamenco show.

Free parking for both events will be available in the adjacent five-story parking structure at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard with validation at each event.

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WeHo HRSS Presents ‘Tsirk (Circus)’ Film Screening & Panel – Feb 28

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WEST HOLLYWOOD — The City of West Hollywood’s Human Rights Speakers Series will host a free panel discussion and screening of the feature film Tsirk (Circus) on February 28 at West Hollywood’s Council Chambers.

This Soviet musical comedy, directed by Grigori Aleksandrov and Isidor Simko, tells the story of Marion, an American circus artist, played by Lyubov Orlova, who flees to Russia after being persecuted because of her mixed-race child who is played by James Lloydovich Patterson.

Although billed as a lighthearted circus romance, this complex film explores themes of miscegenation, racism in America, and the rise of global white supremacy in the 1930s.

Opening remarks will take place at 7 p.m. followed by the film screening, and panel discussion.

The panel discussion will feature: Sasha Razor, Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Languages & Cultures at UCLA, Sarah Valentine, Scholar/Author, When I Was White, Rob Adler Peckerar, Executive Director, Yiddishkayt, and will be moderated by Boris Dralyuk, Executive Editor of the Los Angeles Review of Books.

The event is free, but seating is limited, but RSVP is requested. Validated parking will be available at the adjacent five-story West Hollywood Park parking structure, limited to availability.

The City of West Hollywood’s Human Rights Speakers Series brings together diverse communities to learn about and discuss global, national, and local human rights issues in a supportive environment. The series reflects the City’s commitment to human rights and core value of Respect and Support for People.

Friday, February 28, 2020 at the City of West Hollywood’s Council Chambers/Public Meeting Room, located at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard.


For additional information about the Human Rights Speakers Series, please visit www.weho.org/hrss. For more information, please contact City of West Hollywood Arts Technician Joy Tribble at (323) 848-6360 or at jtribble@weho.org. For people who are Deaf or hard of hearing, please call TTY (323) 848-6496.

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