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Indie Spirit’s Best Adam Sandler Zings Oscar Snub, Feather-weight Leads, But Rocks Win List

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Yes, this 35th Independent Spirit Awards show had a star speech that will last through the ages - or at least be talked about at the Oscars tonight. It was comedy's mostly respectable curmudgeon Adam Sandler that lit up the gala with his own uncut acceptance for Best Lead Actor for UNCUT GEMS that blew away the boring cloud over this year’s heavily predicted and perhaps predictable Awards Season. And you have to see it to appreciate...

Part two of Festival happening this week! (Plus after party!)

Hey filmmakers and movie fans! Don't forget there will be a WRAP UP PARTY on Friday night in Paris! ???????? After the last screening we will announce the winners of the festival and then all celebrate until the bar closes, around 2AM. It will be a good time for you to meet other filmmakers, movie geeks and have your picture taken by our official photographer! ???? Of course for those who can only make it on Thursday, we will also have a small celebration after the screenings...


          LOS ANGELES FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES FULL 2015 LINE-UP 30 Films chosen for U.S. Fiction, Documentary and World Fiction Competitions – 18 World Premieres – – Full competition lineup showcases 54 feature films and 39 World Premieres – LOS ANGELES (May 5, 2015) – Today the Los Angeles Film Festival, produced by Film Independent with Presenting Media Sponsor the Los Angeles Times and Host Partne...

LAFF 2014 Serves Up Some Spring Cinema Freebies

  by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent   Now you can escape to the movies this Spring courtesy of Film Independent and the 2014 Los Angeles Film Festival during its 20th anniversary. Sometimes a press release is so good, it deserves to run by itself. That said... all the details below courtesy of Film Independent (the people who run this festival), LAFF 2014, The Los Angeles Times, and L.A. LIVE.   FILM INDEPENDENT ANNOUNCES EXCITING LINE-UP OF FREE COMMUNITY SC...

Robert Redford and Film Independent President Josh Welsh on the Continuing Rise of Independent Filmmaking (Second of Two Parts)

By Mike Takeuchi The Film Independent’s 29th Annual Spirit Awards will be held on Saturday afternoon in Santa Monica.  Hosted by Patton Oswalt, the Spirit Awards will be televised later that evening on the Independent Film Channel (IFC).  Check your local listings for showtimes.                                                         ...

Film Independent's Josh Welsh's Accidental Discovery Leads to a Life Path (First of Two Parts)

  By Mike “Tak”  Takeuch                                                                                                                                ...

2014 Film Independent Spirit Award nominees announced

Watch Octavia Spencer and Paula Patton announce the 2014 Film Independent Spirit Award nominees or read the full list here.    The Awards will be given Saturday March 1st 335 film for votes by the members. and the nominees are: Film Independent, the nonprofit arts organization that produces the Film Independent Spirit Awards, the Los Angeles Film Festival and the Film Independent at LACMA Film Series, announced nominations for the 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awar...


WINNERS ANNOUNCED FOR 2013 LOS ANGELES FILM FESTIVAL   Janis Nords’ Mother, I Love You and Ryan McGarry’s Code Black Win Jury Awards   Destin Daniel Cretton’s Short Term 12, Grace Lee’s American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs and Haifaa Al Mansour’s Wadjda Win Audience Awards   Best Performance, Short Film and Music Video Award Winners Also Revealed   Sloan Fast Track Grant and Millennium Entertainment Fellowship Given...

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Spirit Awards Underway in Santa Monica: Stars Arrive

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent   Celebrity arrivals are just beginning on the red carpet for the Spirit Awards. LIVE arrivals footage can be seen on -- the show is expected to outshine the 83rd Annual Oscars this year because media attention is on the independents. James Franco, Oscar host, is expected to arrive shortly. IFC will air the 2011 show at 10 pm. (More coverage coming, including a Winner's List.) Joel McHale is MC for the awards presenta...

The Global Film Village: DAVID ANSEN, Artistic director of the LA film festival shares his insights today

DAVID ANSEN, Artistic director of the LA film festival by Marla Lewin I just got off the phone with David Ansen, who I have known from the festival circuit, as well as I must admit we are neighbors.  Through the years I loved reading his Newsweek reviews, as he is so highly regarded as one of Americas top film critics.  It was an honor to speak with him today in his new position. Marla: So David, I remember last year you were on the Jury of the LA film festival, and w...

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LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE Is Big Winner At Spirit Awards

Saturday, February 24----LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE and HALF NELSON, two films that had their premieres at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival, were the big winners at the Spirit Awards, the annual awards event honoring independent filmmakers, producers and acting talents, sponsored by film organization Film Independent. LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE, which may just pull a Best Film Oscar out of its hat tomorrow night, was recognized for Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor (for vet...

The Indie Oscars Get Ready To Take A Bow

     Friday, February 23----For the last couple of years, it is becoming increasingly harder to tell the indies from the majors. When a truly indie film like LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE may just win the Best Picture Oscar race on Sunday evening, the distinctions leave those in and out of the industry just a little bit confused. So, let's just do away with labels and appreciate the films that made the strongest impressions, and leave our dictionaries at the door. The 2007 Film I...


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