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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 filmindependent.org.

America remembers our fallen soldiers and love ones on this Memorial Day Weekend

18th Annual Memorial Day in Hollywood Hills

Join Councilmember LaBonge and Forest Lawn for a special Memorial Day event, saluting our local veterans who bravely fought for justice and freedom in Normandy. Details: May 26, 2014 10:00 am – 11:00am. Venue: Forest Lawn – Hollywood Hills 6300 Forest Lawn Dr., Los Angeles,CA 90068 United States + Google Map

Program highlights include:

  • Keynote Address by Axel Cruau, Consul General of France, Los Angeles
  • Presidential Proclamation
  • Rifle Salute
  • Pledge of Allegiance
  • Invocation
  • Color Guard
  • Awarding of the Legion of Honor (the highest award given to French citizens or foreign nationals)
  • Free Souvenirs and Refreshments

Runners Finish Their 1st Miracle Mile Run

Councilmember Tom LaBonge in partnership with A Runner’s Circle hosted the first annual Miracle Mile Run this past Sunday through the Miracle Mile District on Wilshire Boulevard. Runners began racing at 7:00AM at the intersection of Wilshire Boulevard and Orange Drive and ended at “Urban Lights” on the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) Campus at Wilshire Boulevard and Odgen Drive. This amazing race was open to all ages, and there is no fee. Participants were timed and received race bibs. All participants under 17 were also able to sign up for LACMA NextGen membership, which offers art activities and tours for youth during the museum’s “Family Sundays,” held weekly on Sunday from noon to 3PM.Known as the only 1 mile run in Los Angeles, the Councilmember created this run to showcase destinations along the Miracle Mile, while promoting outdoor exercise and health. The Miracle Mile features museums, restaurants, and safe neighborhoods, which make it one of greatest neighborhoods in Los Angeles. The Miracle Mile community joins Councilmember LaBonge in the creation of this run to benefit their neighborhood. Cadets from the Los Angeles Police Department Wilshire Division and the Los Angeles Police Department Olympic Division were in attendance. Councilmember LaBonge plans to hold this run again in the fall in hopes it will become a regular event in the area for many more years to come.