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‘I Saw the TV Glow’ to Open Inaugural Los Angeles Festival of Movies

From a pandemic and Hollywood’s dual strikes to fundraising issues, film festivals have faced a number of challenges in recent years. But a new one is braving the scene and about to hit the circuit.

The Los Angeles Festival of Movies will present its inaugural edition on April 4-7, co-presented by MUBI and Mezzanine and featuring 12 titles (one world premiere), three 4K restorations, a featured artist talk, documentary series and a short film program. Passes are currently on sale with single tickets on sale March 14. LAFM screenings will take place at three recently opened venues across Los Angeles: Vidiots in Eagle Rock, 2220 Arts + Archives in Historic Filipinotown and Now Instant Image Hall in Chinatown.

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A24’s I Saw the TV Glow from filmmaker Jane Schoenbrun will open the fest with a West Coast premiere at Vidiots on April 4. Closing LAFM three days later will be the world premiere of Conner O’Malley and Danny Scharar’s Rap World, also at Vidiots.

In addition to those two titles, the feature slate includes Lev Kalman and Whitney Horn’s Dream Team, Bill Ross IV and Turner Ross’s Gasoline Rainbow, India Donaldson’s Good One, Eduardo Williams’ The Human Surge 3, Tana Gilbert’s Malqueridas, Bridgett M. Davis’ Naked Acts, Artemis Shaw and Prashanth Kamalakanthan’s New Strains, Lance Oppenheim’s Ren Faire, Chantal Akerman’s Toute Une Nuit, and Niki de Saint Phalle’s Un Rêve Plus Long Que La Nuit (preceded by Maximilla Lukacs’ Realms).

“This lineup is a snapshot of the past and present landscape of independent cinema, and a group of films we feel very passionately about. We’re really proud to be presenting such a varied group of films that are all ambitious, personal, and self-determined,” said LAFM founders Micah Gottlieb and Sarah Winshall in a joint statement.

The featured artist talk will see musician and visual artist Kim Gordon and writer Rachel Kushner sit down for a discussion about all things Los Angeles and cinema. For more details on LAFM, including synopses of films and the short film lineup, click here.

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