will host a screening of Men Without Jobs on Thursday,
june 19, 9:30pM at laemmle sunset 5 and Tuesday, June
22, at 5:00pm at the Directors Guild of America.
Anchored by the nuanced performances of journalist Bonz
Malone and Ishmael Butler — formerly of the hip-hop
group Digable Planets — this feature debut from
writer/director Mad Matthewz is a sly rebuke to the
rampant consumerism and misplaced priorities of contemporary
urban culture. Best friends and roommates, Ish and Oz
are a pair of boho layabouts who would rather just talk
about their band than actually do anything to make their
musical dreams come true. Despite a vow to avoid that
dreaded nine-to-five, the two eventually realize there’s
more to life than just watching TV all day.
Sat., June 19, 9:30pm, Laemmle Sunset 5
Tue., June 22, 5:00pm, Directors Guild
Soul at the 2004 Los Angeles Film Festival
Angeles Film Festival’s programming boasts a diverse
selection of work by and about Black people. The Black
films screening as part of our new program, Cinema Soul,
represent a truly global spirit and celebrate a long
and rich Black history.
Who Sat By The Door -
Q&A Session with Sam Greenlee, screenwriter,
and author of the book on which the film was
..:: Synopsis ::..
“You represent the best of your race,” flatters
a CIA recruiter to a roomful of talented black applicants,
momentarily redeeming a reputation for discriminatory
hiring. Still, after an obstacle course of judo, demolitions,
and scuba training, not to mention hidden camera surveillance,
only Dan Freeman — “Uncle Tom” to
his rivals — is deemed worthy enough to hire.
His first assignment for the Agency? The new, top-secret
Reproduction Center Section, a.k.a. the photocopy machine.
Following years of patronizing drudgery, the bitter,
fiercely empowered agent quits, heads for Chicago to
re-connect with his old friends, and stokes them to
a gun-laden revolution. Originally released over 30
years ago and rarely seen since then due to government
suppression, Spook is an underground classic not just
of blaxploitation cinema but of political cinema as
well. Ivan Dixon’s venomous blaxploitation-style
commentary is as subversive and, regrettably, as topical
Thu., June 24, 7:30pm, DGA 1
Thou Art Loosed -
Starring Bishop T.D. Jakes, Kimberly Elise, Loretta
Devine, and Debbi Morgan
Starting with its attention-grabbing opening —
where a young woman fires gunshots into a crowd at a
religious revival with unseen results — and moving
on to a tale not only of rape, addiction, and poverty,
but also of survival, belief, and redemption —
Woman Thou Art Loosed never plays it safe. Anchored
by a ferociously committed performance by Kimberly Elise,
as well as a charismatic and soulful turn as himself
by Bishop T.D. Jakes (on whose book the film is based),
Woman is a hard-charging look at the struggles faced
by many today, that never pulls punches but also never
gives up hope.
Sun., June 20, 4:30pm, DGA 1
for full feature synopsis and Cinema Soul program schedule
DAY OF DIVERSITY at the 2004
LOS ANGELES FILM FESTIVAL
June 18th- 2004
A Rap Session With Hollywood's
Top Executives Of Color
Fri., Jun. 18, 4:30pm, DGA 1
IFP/Los Angeles’ Project:Involve
presents a panel discussion featuring top studio executives
of color. The panel explores the role of the executive,
the challenges of working within the system, and the
impact such executives have on increasing diversity
in the entertainment industry.
Stephanie Allain, Producer and former Senior VP, Columbia
Bowles, Executive VP Marketing/Publicity, Focus Features
• Devon Franklin,
Creative Executive, MGM
• Peter Kang,
VP of Production, 20th Century Fox
• Susan Lewis,
VP of Development, MTV/Paramount
• Zola Mashariki,
Director of Production, Fox Searchlight
• Vanessa Morrison,
Senior VP of Production, 20th Century Fox
Fri., Jun. 18, 6:00pm –
9:00pm, DGA Atrium
Hosted by IFP/LA’s Diversity Committee and actor
Richard T. Jones (Twisted, Phone
Booth, The Wood).
The IFP/LA Diversity Expo is and opportunity for
filmmakers of color to meet with key film and entertainment
organizations and network!
• Meet industry
professionals and representatives from over 40 film
• Live DJ, complimentary cocktails,
• Diversity Expo is free and open
to the public
• Last year over 400 people attended
the Diversity Expo
• Student filmmakers, recent arrivals
to the city, and all filmmakers looking to expand
their network are encouraged
• Find out how IFP/LA can help you
as a filmmaker as well
DIVERSITY EXPO IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!
more information and a complete line-up of films,
To purchase tickets and passes, call 1-866-FilmFest
or visit www.lafilmfest.com.
Tickets on Sale Now! Tickets to screenings are $10
unless otherwise noted. BHERC members receive a $1.00
discount on screenings before 6:00pm.
• Directors Guild
of America: 7920 Sunset Blvd.
• Laemmle Sunset 5 Theatre: 8000
• Laemmle Playhouse 7: 673 E. Colorado
Public parking is available at the Directors Guild
of America (7920 Sunset Blvd., at Hayworth) and at
8000 Sunset/ Laemmle Sunset 5.
Additional Festival parking is available
at St. Ambrose Church, (1281 N. Fairfax Avenue, at
Fountain). Parking at the church is $5 per vehicle.
There are some time restrictions at this location,
so please read the posted signs.
A free festival shuttle is
available between the St. Ambrose Church lot and the
Directors Guild from 10 a.m.-12 Midnight, June 18-25.