Erykah Badu and Daniele Luppi, Artists in Residence for 2011 LAFF presented by Los Angeles Times (June 16-23)



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FILM INDEPENDENT ANNOUNCES ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE

ERYKAH BADU & DANIELE LUPPI FOR 2011 LOS ANGELES FILM FESTIVAL,

PRESENTED BY LOS ANGELES TIMES


Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Erykah Badu will present a screening of Ricky Gervais’ and Matthew Robinson’s The Invention of Lying, followed by an intimate discussion.


Composer Daniele Luppi will present a screening of Italian genre maestro Sergio Corbucci’s Navajo Joe, followed by a conversation about movies and music.



- Jack Black & Shirley MacLaine Join Festival Conversations -


- Attack the Block & The Devil’s Double Added to Galas -


LOS ANGELES (June 10, 2011) – The Los Angeles Film Festival, presented by Los Angeles Times and supported by L.A. LIVE, announced Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Erykah Badu and composer Daniele Luppi as Artists in Residence, as well as a conversation with Jack Black and Shirley MacLaine, stars of the Festival’s opening night film Bernie, sponsored by Virgin America. Screen Gems’ Attack the Block and Lionsgate’s The Devil’s Double have also been added to the Galas section. As previously announced, the 2011 Los Angeles Film Festival will screen a diverse slate of over 200 feature films, shorts, and music videos, representing more than 30 countries. The Festival is produced by Film Independent, the non-profit arts organization that also produces the Spirit Awards. Artists in Residence and additional talent and programming will be announced in the coming weeks.

As an Artist in Residence, Erykah Badu will present a screening of Ricky Gervais’ The Invention of Lying, followed by a conversation. Universal Motown artist Erykah Badu, best known for her eccentric style and cerebral music, is a Grammy Award-winning American soul singer and songwriter. Regarded as the Queen of Neo Soul, Erykah’s sound — a concoction of soul, hip-hop and jazz — cannot be contained to a single genre. Self-described as a “mother first,” Erykah is a touring artist, DJ, actress, director, teacher, community activist, holistic healer, vegan, recycler and conscious spirit. “Baduizm,” her highly acclaimed debut album, was released in early 1997 and went triple platinum, with her song “On & On” winning at the 1998 Grammy Awards. In 2010, Badu released her fifth studio album, “New Amerykah, Part II: Return of the Ankh” — the second installment of a two-part New Amerykah series. Her charity Beautiful Love Incorporated Non Profit Development (B.L.I.N.D.) provides development for inner-city youth through music, dance, theater and visual arts in her native Dallas, Texas.

Daniele Luppi will present a screening of Italian genre maestro Sergio Corbucci’s Navajo Joe, followed by a conversation about movies and music. Daniele Luppi has spent the last decade quietly making his mark upon the landscapes of film and popular music with his sophisticated, sleekly modern and wonderfully timeless sounds. If you’ve listened to Danger Mouse and Sparklehorse’s epic “Dark Night of the Soul,” Gnarls Barkley’s Grammy-winning “St. Elsewhere” or John Legend’s platinum-selling “Once Again,” you’ve already experienced the beguiling musical talents of this Italian-born composer, record producer and arranger. Early in the past decade, with several indie film scores already under his belt, Luppi began writing his acclaimed debut album, 2004’s “An Italian Story,” in homage to the cinematic sounds he discovered in his youth. “Rome,” Luppi’s latest album with Danger Mouse, Jack White and Norah Jones, has received rave reviews and catapulted Luppi into the spotlight, earning him the title “this generation’s Morricone.”

“To bring two artists of this pedigree and vision to the Festival and expose audiences to their passionate movie choices is a privilege and an honor. As exciting as it will be to see Erykah and Daniele’s selections through the lenses of their own work, the conversations that will follow will no doubt be unforgettable and illuminating, and amongst the most memorable experiences of the Festival,” said Festival Director Rebecca Yeldham.

As part of the Festival Conversations, Bernie co-stars Jack Black and Shirley MacLaine — two beloved and celebrated actors — (try to) answer questions about their careers and body of work in a fun, game show approach to the old career discussion. This freewheeling evening will be moderated by Leonard Maltin and is sponsored by Regal Entertainment Group.

The Festival has added two more high-profile films to its Gala section. Screen Gems’ Attack the Block is written and directed by Joe Cornish and stars Jodie Whittaker, John Boyega, Alex Esmail, Franz Drameh, Leeon Jones, Simon Howard, Luke Treadaway, Jumayn Hunter and Nick Frost. From the producers of Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, Attack the Block follows a gang of tough inner-city kids who defend their turf against an invasion of savage alien creatures, turning a South London apartment complex into an extraterrestrial warzone.

Lionsgate’s The Devil’s Double is directed by Lee Tamahori, written by Michal Thomas and stars Dominic Cooper, Ludivine Sagnier, Mimoun Oaissa, Raad Rawi and Philip Quast. Based on an unbelievable, but true story of money, power and opulent decadence, The Devil’s Double is about an Iraqi army lieutenant ordered to become the body double for “Black Prince” Uday Hussein, a reckless, sadistic party-boy with a rabid hunger for sex and brutality.

Returning to downtown Los Angeles, with its central hub at L.A. LIVE, the Festival will run from Thursday, June 16 to Sunday, June 26. Now in its seventeenth year, the Festival is recognized as a world-class event, showcasing the best in new American and international cinema and providing the movie-loving public with access to critically acclaimed filmmakers, film industry professionals, and emerging talent from around the world.

Passes to attend the Festival are currently available to the general public, with special rates for Film Independent members. In addition to screenings and events, Festival passes provide access to a series of networking receptions and entry to the Jameson Filmmaker Lounge, where Festival pass holders can interact with Festival filmmakers and professionals in the film community. Contact the Ticket Office for passes, tickets and event information by calling 866.FILM.FEST (866.345-6337) or visit LAFilmFest.com. Festival passes and tickets can also be purchased in person beginning on Monday, June 13 at the Coca-Cola Ticket Center, located in the Festival Village on the rooftop of the West Parking Garage at L.A. LIVE’s Event Deck. The Official Film Guide, the comprehensive source for all movie info, screenings, locations, and related events is produced by the Los Angeles Times. It will top The Los Angeles Times on Sunday, June 12 in Los Angeles and Orange County and be made available throughout downtown during the ten-day event.

ADDITIONAL FILMS & PROGRAMMING

Artist in Residence Selection (2):

· Navajo Joe (1966), Sergio Corbucci – Italy

· The Invention of Lying (2009), Ricky Gervais

Galas (2):

· Attack the Block, Joe Cornish (Screen Gems)

· The Devil’s Double, Lee Tamahori (Lionsgate) - Belgium


ABOUT THE LOS ANGELES FILM FESTIVAL

Now in its seventeenth year, the Los Angeles Film Festival, presented by Los Angeles Times, is widely recognized as a world-class event, showcasing the best in new American and international cinema and providing the movie-loving public with access to some of the most critically acclaimed filmmakers, film industry professionals, and emerging talent from around the world.

The Festival features unique signature programs including the Filmmaker Retreat, Ford Amphitheater Outdoor Screenings, Poolside Chats, Coffee Talks and more. Additionally, the Festival screens short films created by high school students and has a special section devoted to music videos.

Over 200 features, shorts, and music videos, representing more than 30 countries, make up the main body of the Festival.

The Los Angeles Film Festival is presented by the Los Angeles Times and is supported by L.A. LIVE and Premier Sponsor Pechanga Resort & Casino and Principal Sponsor Virgin America and Platinum Sponsors Kodak, Stella Artois, Melrose Mac, Regal Cinemas L.A. LIVE Stadium 14, Dove Hair® Care, Volkswagen, and Jameson Irish Whiskey. Special support is provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Department of Cultural Affairs, UCLA Latin American Institute, and the University of Guadalajara Foundation. The Los Angeles Athletic Club is the Official Host Hotel, Virgin America is the Official Airline Partner, Jameson Irish Whiskey is the Official Spirit. WireImage is the Official Photography Agency, and PR Newswire is the Official Breaking News Service of Film Independent.

More information can be found at www.LAFilmfest.com

ABOUT FILM INDEPENDENT

Film Independent is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit arts organization that champions independent film and supports a community of artists who embody diversity, innovation, and uniqueness of vision. Film Independent helps filmmakers make their movies, builds an audience for their projects, and works to diversify the film industry. Film Independent’s Board of Directors, filmmakers, staff, and constituents are comprised of an inclusive community of individuals across ability, age, ethnicity, gender, race, and sexual orientation. Anyone passionate about film can become a member, whether you are a filmmaker, industry leader, or film lover.

With over 250 annual screenings and events, Film Independent provides access to a network of like-minded artists who are driving creativity in the film industry. Film Independent offers free Filmmaker Labs for selected writers, directors, and producers; provides cut-rate services for filmmakers; and presents year-round networking opportunities. Film Independent’s mentorship and job placement program, Project:Involve, pairs emerging culturally diverse filmmakers with film industry professionals.

Film Independent produces the Los Angeles Film Festival, celebrating the best of American and international cinema, and the Spirit Awards, a celebration honoring films and filmmakers that embody independence and dare to challenge the status quo.


For more information or to become a member, visit www.FilmIndependent.org.



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