Countdown to LAFF…

Silverdocs is happening and I’m not there. The past two years I made my way across the country for AFI/Discovery Channel’s celebration of documentary film – but this year I just couldn’t make it. They’ve got a terrific slate, program and conference including screenings of The Fighting Cholitas!

I’m in LA surviving the noise of helicopters hovering over Paris Hilton’s house (okay, that was last week, but I’m still complaining about it) and getting ready for the Los Angeles Film Festival. It looks like a goody. The programming is well-rounded with plenty of activities, guest artist and outdoor screenings. Plus their special Family Day programming. Two At Risk Films snuck their way into the fest, The Fighting Cholitas and JUMP!, the brand spanking new doc about competitive jumprope will have its World Premiere in competition at the fest. The filmmaker, Helen Hood Scheer is an LA native and a whole slew of the jumping kids are coming out. It’s sure to be a good time.

I’m going to build a schedule and I’m hoping I have time to see some stuff. How to Cook Your Life is a biodoc about Edward Espe Brown, a Zen master and best selling cookbook author. Julien Temple’s new music doc Joe Strummer: The Future is Unwritten is playing outdoors at the Ford Amphitheatre. Most of the competition docs are World Premieres, so there’s a lot to see and do.

Festival tickets went on sale last Friday. Get yours while they last. LA Film Festival runs Jule 21 – July 1.

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