The 2005 Los Angeles Film Festival (June 16-26) is proud to present this year’s line up, which features a diverse selection of African-American films. Come support and enjoy our wide-range of African-American cinema.

Film Screening info:

Bullets in the Hood: A Bed-Stuy Story

Part of Shorts Program # 4
Directed by: Terrence Fischer and Daniel Howard
USA/ 22 Minutes
After several friends are shot and killed, two teenagers pick up a camera to document the gun violence in their Brooklyn neighborhood.

 
Saturday, June 18, 12:30, Laemmle Sunset 5
Sunday, June 26, 12:30 Laemmle Sunset 5



Gone Are the Days -
Directed by: Nicolas Webster
USA/ 99 Minutes


..:: Synopsis ::..
OSSIE DAVIS (1917-2005)
In addition to being the feature film debut of a young actor named Alan Alda, this tasty slice of old school indie filmmaking is an early example of black storytelling outside of the mainstream. In a no-frills adaptation of his own stage play, Ossie Davis stars as Purlie Victorious Judson, a self-ordained minister returning home to the plantation with his cousin Lutiebelle, played by Ruby Dee, to claim an inheritance due her. The plot twists and con games prefigure Davis's directorial debut, the 1970 film adaptation of Chester Himes' novel Cotton Comes to Harlem.

  
Thursday, June 23, 7:00, DGA 1


Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai -
Directed by: Jim Jarmusch
France/USA/ 116 Minutes


..:: Synopsis ::..
Only in the hands of legendary independent filmmaker Jim Jarmusch could Italian Mafioso’s so believably collide with a tough-as-nails hit man who purveys the Zen cool of a Japanese warrior chillin' to hip hop and rap. Amidst modern urban chaos, Ghost Dog lives by a strict moral code that guides him even while he undertakes methodic murders of the crime bosses who have ordered his own execution. Led by Forest Whitaker's superb performance, the motley cast does its deadly dance (while THE RZA's soundtrack keeps things hopping) in a world where not much makes sense but right still wins out over wrong in the end.
  
Sunday, June 26, 12:00, Laemmle Sunset 5


How to Eat Your Watermelon in White Company (and Enjoy It)
Directed by: Joe Angio
USA/ 85 Minutes

..:: Synopsis ::..
A true renaissance artist, Melvin Van Peebles blazed a distinctive path from his early years in Chicago. His short films led him to Paris in the 1960s, where he worked as a writer and musician. After the sensational success of Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song, Hollywood co-opted his ideas but refused to employ him. So Van Peebles proceeded to kick down doors on Broadway, television, and Wall Street. Joe Angio's revealing documentary features rare archival footage and interviews with friends and family, including Spike Lee, Elvis Mitchell, and the man himself, unabashed and unapologetic.
  
Saturday, June 18, 10:00, DGA2
Tuesday, June 21, 5:00, DGA2


Jellysmoke
Directed by: Mark Banning
USA/ 90 Minutes

..:: Synopsis ::..
In his feature debut, Mark Banning paints the portrait of a young man searching for love and a way to maintain his sanity. Though sweet, handsome, and well liked, Jacob suffers deeply from bipolar depression. After a stint in the psych ward, he resolves to find normalcy and sees the key to securing it in the love of a beautiful stranger and her young son. Quietly nuanced, Michael Ealy's performance is a beautiful and apt reminder of how heartbreakingly fragile, yet ultimately hopeful life can be.
  
Friday, June 17, 9:30, Laemmle Sunset 5
Monday, June 20, 5:15, DGA 2 [BHERC HOSTING]


The Last Laugh (with live score by J. Rocc)
Directed by: F.W. Murnau
Germany/ 75 Minutes

..:: Synopsis ::..
As magnificent and tragic as a Rodin statue, Emil Jannings gives an unforgettable performance as the proud, brass-buttoned doorman demoted to lavatory attendant in F.W. Murnau's masterful tale of pride and degradation. Renowned for its groundbreaking mobile camera, Murnau's visual artistry will be matched by the indomitable, world-famous style of turntablist J.Rocc. Founding member of Los Angeles's premier DJ crew the Beat Junkies, J.Rocc has composed a film score of original beats and samples, which he will perform live, putting a distinctly modern spin on a timeless classic.
  
Sunday, June 19, 8:30
Under the Stars at the Ford Amphitheatre


Rize
Directed by: David LaChapelle
USA/ 84 Minutes

..:: Synopsis ::..
The South Central-born dance style known as "krumping" is so dynamic that this energetic journey into the heart of the craze begins with a necessary disclaimer that no filmmaking tricks have been used to speed up the motion. Tracing the style from its roots at the "clown dancing" academy of children's entertainer Tommy the Clown through the movement's surprising splinterings and evolutions, award-winning photographer David LaChappelle beautifully captures both the amazing physical feats and unexpected emotional journeys of a group of Los Angeles youths who have turned to dance as a source of pride and a powerful means of self-expression.
  
Friday, June 17, 8:30
Under the Stars at the Ford Amphitheatre


Swenkas
Directed by: Jeppe Ronde
Denmark/South Africa/ 72 Minutes

..:: Synopsis ::..
Laborer Sabelo's late father was the dapper, upstanding leader of the Swenkas, a group of Zulu men who found their ultimate means of self-expression through donning their best threads and strutting their stuff in manly Saturday night fashion contests. Can Sabelo overcome his doubts about his own Swenkitude and take his father's elegant place? The second feature from Jerusalem My Love's Jeppe Rønde is a stylish and lyrical tale about fathers, sons, and a subculture of male dignity and outrageous argyle.
  
Thursday, June 23, 3:00, Laemmle Sunset 5
Saturday, June 25, 3:00, Laemmle Sunset 5


Toon Time with the RZA
Directed by: David LaChapelle
USA/ 84 Minutes

A founding member of the Wu-Tang Clan, THE RZA has been on a non-stop hot streak since the early Nineties. A multi-talented hip hop phenomenon, THE RZA has recorded and produced countless albums, he's scored films for Jarmusch and Tarantino, he's acted in movies, and recently he published his first book. But now, he faces his greatest challenge… CARTOONS. While some of the strangest, coolest cartoons you've ever seen screen behind him, THE RZA will layer together a soundtrack live, demonstrating his skill at using music to complement the action on screen and evoke moods with a few notes. Don't miss this once-in-a-lifetime performance when the animated and the Wu collide.
  
Wednesday, June 22, 8:30
Under the Stars at the Ford Amphitheatre


For more information and a complete line-up of films, visit www.lafilmfest.com or Call 1-866-FilmFest.

All screenings take place at
Laemmles’ Sunset 5, (8000 Sunset Blvd. @ Crescent Heights)
The DGA, (7920 Sunset Blvd.)
The Ford Amphitheatre, (2580 Cahuenga Blvd.)


Passholders can reserve and buy tickets starting today.
Tickets go on sale June 1.