Since 1995 the LA Film Festival has showcased some of the world's best films. While the festival has premiered some bigger-named titles (this year's festival will have premiered Brave, To Rome with Love (North American), and Magic Mike,) its primary focus is on smaller, independent features, short films, docmentaries, and music videos. It is a 10-day event that started this year on June 14 and will last until the 24th. We decided to host a special edition of Movie Recon today to highlight just a few of the many films selected to screen at the festival.
The Story: A solipsistic filmmaker takes his independent film on tour. Hoping to escape the pain of his recent breakup, he stumbles into a twisting constellation of fear, sex, and tortured illumination. A tragicomedy about death and marriage, Red Flag unfurls across six sates, four broken souls, and one very elusive bird.
The Filmmakers: Written, directed and starring Alex Karpovsky (who is playing an independent filmaker named Alex Karpovsky) and featuring Jennifer Prediger and Onur Tuckel.
The Story: Pincus Finster is in way over his head: trying to find a way to stall his father's Parkinson's; halfheartedly taking up yoga to meet girls; and letting his only friend, Dietmar, an aging German illegal alien, get drunk and sleep in the homes they're supposed to be remodeling. Pincus spends his time stoned and fumbling for some sort of spiritual truth. Drawing from his own life, writer/director David Fenster has cast his family and friends (including his father, Paul Fenster, who has been living with Parkinson's for 13 years) and woven documentary footage shot in and around his hometown of Miami, Florida, into the story, capturing the singular beauty of a city that is so often misrepresented.
The Filmmakers: Written and directed by David Fenster and starring David Nordstrom, Paul Fenster, Christi Idavoy, and Dietmar Franosch.
Pincus will be screening at Thu, Jun 21st 7:40pm Regal Cinemas L.A. LIVE 13. For more information about the film please visit their website.
The Story: A documentary about a Navajo couple who discovers that their children have a disorder that makes exposure to sunlight fatal and that their reservation is a hotbed for this rare genetic disease. Why? Sun Kissed follows Dorey and Yolanda Nez as they confront cultural taboos, tribal history, and their own unconventional choices to learn the shocking truth: The consequences of the Navajos' "Long Walk" - their forced relocation by the U.S. military in 1864 - are far from over.
The Filmmakers: Produced/directed by Maya Stark and Adi Levy.
Sun Kissed will be screening at Mon, Jun 18th 7:40pm Regal Cinemas L.A. LIVE 14. For more information please visit their website.
Call Me Kuchu
The Story: In an unmarked office at the end of a dirt track, veteran activist David Kato labors to repeal Uganda's homophobic laws and liberate his fellow lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender men and women, or "kuchus." But David's formidable task just became much more difficult. A new "Anti-Homosexuality Bill" proposes death for HIV-positive gay men, and prison for anyone who fails to turn in a known homosexual. Inspired by American evangelicals who have christened Uganda ground zero in their war on the "homosexual agenda," the Bill awaits debate in Uganda's Parliament. With unprecedented access, Call Me Kuchu depicts the last year in the life of a courageous, quick-witted, and steadfast man whose wisdom and achievements were not fully recognized until after his death. While heartbreaking, the documentary traces a narrative that takes the viewer beyond the chronicle of victimization depicted in international news media: it tells the nuanced story of David and Kampala's kuchus as they work to change their fate, and that of other kuchus across Africa.
The Filmmakers: Directed by Katherine Fairfax Wright & Malika Zouhali-Worral
For more information please visit the movie's website.