EXCLUSIVE: Los Angeles’ Dances with Films has announced the lineup for its 2021 Film Festival, featuring Oscar nominees Paul Greengrass and Michael London as speakers for its debut First Films series.
The Dances With Films festival, which had to go virtual in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, returns for a 24th edition in person at the TCL Chinese Theater, from August 26 to September 12. It will kick off on the 26th with an opening night carpet celebration at the Roosevelt Hotel.
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This year’s festival will feature 40 narrative feature films, 100 narrative shorts, 31 documentaries, 30 midnight films, 26 Downbeat titles, 27 pilots and 23 titles in the Dance with Kids category.
Lineup Features Include Matthew Ya-Hsiung Balzer Capturing, with Kyle Gallner, James McMenamin, Katia Winter and Thomas Kee; Generation wrecks with Heather Matarazzo and Emily Bergl; Ryan McDonough and Sean Gannet Last night in Rozzie with Jeremy Sisto and Neil Brown Jr .; Dan Lantz’s Alpha fault with Lance Henriksen; Talia Lugacy This is not a war story, produced by Rosario Dawson and starring Frances Fisher and Sam Adegoke; and that of Jon Sherman They / Them / Us, with Amy Hargreaves and Joey Slotnick.
Others to watch out for include Voodoo Macbeth, Alek Lev What?, at Gina Garcia’s Unpublished: my story, Lane Michael Stanley’s A drug addict named Hal, Josh Hope Alex / October, Charlotte Louise Spencer and Alejandro Lopez Evan Wood, and Paula Rhodes Delicate condition, among others.
Short films to be screened at the festival include Robbie Bryan and Stephen Dexter american morning, with Richard Schiff, winner of an Emmy; To classify, executive produced by Hank Azaria, Enzo Cellucci and Ash McNair and starring David Krumholtz; Oscar nominee Melisa Wallack and Scott Ashby’s Raymond; Nora Mariana Salim and Rami Kodeih Alina, with Alia Shawkat and Sean Harmon; Pork party, with Oscar nominated Keisha Castle-Hughes, and more.
The First Films lecture series will debut on September 1, as producer Michael London (Next to) joins writer-producer John McNamara for a conversation around his incredible rise in the film industry. Their conversation will be followed by a screening of the award-winning London film, Trumbo, with Bryan Cranston.
Director Paul Greengrass (World news) will join DWF: LA live via satellite from London, for a conversation with producer Lloyd Levin, which will be followed by a screening of his Oscar nominated film United 93 on the 20th anniversary of September 11.
As previously announced, this year’s festival will open with the world premiere of the documentary The art of protest, which was funded by Red Hot Chili Peppers rocker Dave Navarro, and features interviews with Navarro, Tom Morello, Moby, Shepard Fairey, Pussy Riot and more. At the end of the festival on September 12, scriptwriter-director Mars Roberge Mr. Sister.
DWF: LA is one of the largest festivals of its kind in the United States and remains dedicated to creating opportunities and launching careers for exceptionally talented artists based on their talent alone.
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