Los Angeles Fim 20th Anniversary with Commemorative poster by World Reknown Artist Ed Ruscha

Festival Dates: June 11- June 19, 2014 

 The Los Angeles Film Festival, presented by Film Independent, in conjunction with Presenting Media Sponsor the Los Angeles Times and Host Partner L.A. LIVE, today unveiled the Festival’s 20th Anniversary commemorative poster, designed by iconic American artist Ed Ruscha, based on his 1962 painting “Large Trademark With Eight Spotlights.”

“I’m pleased to have designed the poster in support of the 20th LA Film Festival and Film Independent, and I hope the image reaches as many people as possible,” said Ruscha. Ruscha’s work is collected by museums worldwide, including the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Musée National Jeu de Paume, The Getty Center, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney.

“We’re honored that Ed Ruscha created the artwork for the 20th anniversary poster,” said Josh Welsh, President of Film Independent. “Ruscha’s body of work represents the creative spirit of Los Angeles that is embodied in the Festival.”

Ignition, an LA-based creative agency, worked with Ruscha on the poster design.


2014 LA Film Fest poster art

The Festival opens Wednesday, June 11, and runs through Thursday, June 19. It will include world premieres of American and international features, documentaries and short subject films as well as conversations, master classes, Music in Film Nights at the GRAMMY Museum, Hollywood studio premieres, and other signature events.

In celebration of the Los Angeles Film Festival’s 20th Anniversary, Festival Director Stephanie Allain and Film Independent at LACMA curator Elvis Mitchell along with artist/scholar Roya Rastegar will program a special section of films and events that celebrates the cultural wealth of Los Angeles.

“Our mission is to foster a community of artists who embody diversity, innovation and uniqueness of vision and to celebrate the cultural splendor of Los Angeles,” said Festival Director, Stephanie Allain. “In addition to our stellar film programming, the festival produces unique, one of a kind evenings, that illuminate the artistic process and shine light on the creators and collaborators behind today’s most exciting visual storytelling.”

The Los Angeles Film Festival programming team is comprised of Festival Director Stephanie Allain, Artistic Director David Ansen, Associate Director of Programming Doug Jones, Senior Programmer Maggie Mackay, Programmers Jenn Wilson, Drea Clark, Hebe Tabachnik and Jennifer Murphy, as well as Guest Curators Elvis Mitchell and Roya Rastegar.

Festival passes go on sale to the general public on Tuesday, April 22. The full line-up will be announced on Tuesday, May 6. Posters will be sold to the public at a later date.

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’s Artist Development program offers free Labs for selected writers, directors, producers and documentary filmmakers and presents year-round networking opportunities. Project Involve is Film Independent’s signature program dedicated to fostering the careers of talented filmmakers from communities traditionally underrepresented in the film industry. For more information or to become a member, visit

Hollywood remembers Legendary Publicist Julian Myers, who rep. Marilyn Monroe

Julian Myers at Celebrity Shoe toss

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Legendary Hollywood Publicist, 96-year old Julian Myers,
who promoted AmigoDay by winning six medals in one day at World Senior Meet in St. George, Utah was Memorialized today (Jan. 19, 2014) at the Hollywood Museum.

Julian Myers represented Elvis PresleyJohn WayneGregory PeckCary GrantMarlon BrandoBette DavisJames StewartMickey RooneyJudy Garland and Marilyn Monroe, so it was fitting that the memorial was held at the Hollywood Museum. It has 10,000 artifacts on Hollywood, including Marilyn Monroe’s 1961 Cadillac Fleetwood Chauffeur car on display on the first of four floors.  Julian Myers was a big supporter of the Hollywood Museum, where he brought many celebrities to the museum’s red carpet events.
Julian Myers

At the memorial today’s (Jan. 19, 2014), several TV news interviews of Julian were played, including a KCBS TV interview, where Myers recalled, “helping Marilyn Monroe make it to the set for a morning shoot after the actress had been out late the night before partying at an event,” he said ‘I was the only guy trying to get her out of bed,” he joked, also explaining that he “was a happily married man.”

Myers died (Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013) last month just a few months after his wife of 43 years, Patsy Nanny Myers, who died in October, in Las Vegas.

Julian Myers posters

His son, a well-known New York Publicists, Eric Myers, who chaired the memorial said of his father, “Dad was a loving father, he adored us and supported whatever we did,” he said. “He was that way with every kid he met, and that side of him was treasurable.”

Another son, Jon Myers talked about his Dad as everyone’s publicist if you knew him at all.

“Julian was probably everyone’s best publicity agent,” he said. “If you knew my Dad you were represented. He did a phenomenal job not just for his family members, but for everyone. I have heard so many little stories over the past week on how Julian Myers helped so many people and made them feel welcomed”

Jon Myers, son of Julian Myers

Jon Myers said his father had so many accomplishments and if you took one thing like winning the senior Olympics, or teaching at LMU or USC that would be enough for one’s career.

As a professor at UCLA film publicity he continued to promoted everything and everyone Hollywood.

“And if you look at what he did for the motion picture industry, he was a walking historical empire,” Myers said

“I believe we shouldn’t judge people because of their political leanings. We all have different experiences and add them up differently. Attack or defend concepts, if we wish, but – because of them – individuals. Millions of good people are in all groups. Let’s make it our privilege to continue to add to the world’s progress.”   - Julian F. Myers  1918 – 2014.

Contributions can be made in Julian Myers’ memory to The Motion Picture Fund, of which he fought so hard to keep open.  
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