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5TH ANNUAL LOS ANGELES DIVERSITY FILM FESTIVAL OPENS JULY 26

THE FIFTH ANNUAL LOS ANGELES DIVERSITY FILM FESTIVAL RUNS JULY 26-28
WITH SCREENINGS, PANELS AND GUEST SPEAKERS PRESENTED AT THE LET LIVE THEATER

PROGRAMMING EMPHASIZES WORKS THAT  “INSPIRE, EMBRACE, EMPOWER”

FESTIVAL KICKS OFF JULY 26 WITH OPENING NIGHT PARTY, A BLOCK OF GLOBAL SHORTS, AND Q&A WITH FILMMAKERS

The Los Angeles Diversity Film Festival (LADFF) is a three-day event that provides independent filmmakers from around the world a venue to showcase their voices in an inclusive and multicultural environment. Now in its fifth year, the growing festival runs July 26 – 28, and features 40 films, guest speakers, panel discussions, and Q&As, with all programming presented at the Let Live Theater (916 N. Formosa Ave, LA 90046). LADFF kicks off Thursday, July 26 at 8PM with a screening of eight global shorts featuring selections from Latvia, Israel, Iran, Sweden, Germany, and the U.S., followed by a Q&A. The evening will be capped with an opening night party and meet and greet with the filmmakers at The Other Space, next door to the theater; food and beverages will be served. For tickets to opening night and other festival programming: https://filmfreeway.com/LADFF/tickets

LADFF was founded by filmmaker and educator Hollis McLachlan whose vision is to promote films that share accurate portrayal and reflection of life, without stereotype or degradation, for children and adults alike. The overarching goal is to establish a true multicultural experience represented by the world’s independent film community.

Independent film producer and educator Sonja Mereu returns for her second year as festival director for LADFF. Of this year’s expansive programming she says, “This year we had a record breaking number of submissions to the festival. it was difficult to narrow down so many amazing movies, but we are beyond thrilled with the programming this year. This selection of stories and filmmakers will give our audience unique perspectives on the human experience that they won’t see at other film festivals.”

In addition to the opening night shorts, Festival highlights include: Purple Dreams (block 5), a behind-the-scenes documentary chronicling at-risk youth in a public high school in North Carolina staging a production of The Color Purple; Mind Over Matter, a documentary about the life of musician Brandon Mendenhall (Korn, Mendenhall Project), who overcame cerebral palsy to become a celebrated rock ‘n roll guitarist (block 7); and the Come As You Are LGBTQ block, featuring LGBTQ stories from divergent perspectives, including Scar Tissue, in which a young man flees Syria for Belgium to live as openly gay; Manicure, in which a young Iranian man tries to protect his wife legacy – and his own life – after her suicide; and Evoke, exploring the aftermath of a romance, by local filmmaker Asia LeMasters.

The full list of LADFF programming blocks is:
• Thursday July 26, 8PM: Opening Night Shorts (and after party), featuring eight global shorts including films from Latvia, Israel, Iran, Sweded, Germany, and the U.S.
• Friday July 27, 8PM: Skater Boiz & Girlz, a pairing of films that highlight skateboarders and how their sport can help break rules, transcend surroundings, and find community (Block 2)
• Friday July 27, 9:45PM: Friday Night’s Alright for Shorts, a block of thriller/sci-fi shorts from around the world, followed by a meet and greet and reception (Block 3)
• Saturday July 28, 1PM: Female Storytellers, featuring selections from Israel, U.S., Canada, and Morocco (Block 4)
• Saturday July 28, 3:15: Power to the Young People, an inspiring set of films highlighting the talents of young artists from all over the country (Block 5)
• Saturday July 28, 5:15PM: Doc Block, featuring five diverse documentaries from Ethiopia, the U.S., and Nepal (Block 6)
• Saturday July 28, 7PM: Mind Over Matter, a documentary about Brandon Mendenhall, a young man with Cerebral Palsy who defies the odds to make it as a successful rock and roll guitarist, followed by a Q&A with Mendenhall and the filmmaker (Block 7)
• Saturday July 28, 9:15PM: Come As You Are/The LGBTQ Shorts Block, featuring seven selections from the U.S., Iran, Belgium, India, and Spain

Visit www.ladff.com for additional information on the official selections.

(images at top from Lawman, Evoke, and Purple Dreams) – see festival website for information on all selections

http://ladff.com/
https://www.facebook.com/LADFF/
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