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Scott’s Los Angeles Film Festival Dispatch, Part Two

Los Angeles Film Festival hosted so many films directed by women, packing them all into one article would just be excessive. I already talked about Maria Goven’s tepid Play the Devil, but these next four films were real standouts. While too many independent films are plagued by a need to fit in, to conform, to act as a demo reel for some up-and-coming filmmakers just dying to get hired for a studio gig, these four purposefully and forcefully resist the marketplace, acting as pure vessels for the artists behind them. They find varying degrees of inspiration, but each is more than noteworthy.

I’m not very familiar with Amber Tamblyn, actress, but if she’s anything like Amber Tamblyn, filmmaker, I need to go consume her entire filmography right now please. Her debut feature, Paint it Black, somehow both assured and experimental, is rich with tonal variety and a
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Kate Nowlin’s ‘Blood Stripe’ Wins U.S. Fiction Award at La Film Festival

Kate Nowlin’s ‘Blood Stripe’ Wins U.S. Fiction Award at La Film Festival
Kate Nowlin’s thriller “Blood Stripe,” directed by Remy Auberjonois, has won the U.S. Fiction Award at the La Film Festival.

The movie, which marks Auberjonois’ feature debut, centers on a Marine sergeant returning home to find herself hemorrhaging anxiety and paranoia from unseen wounds. Auberjonois directed from a script he co-wrote with Nowlin.

Producers are Schuyler Weiss, Julie Christeas, Auberjonois and Nowlin. Tom Lipinski, Chris Sullivan, Rusty Schwimmer and Auberjonois’ father Rene also star.

The nine-day festival, now in its 22nd year, closes Thursday night with a screening of “Desierto,” starring Gael Garcia Bernal. “Lowriders” was the opening night film.

The U.S. Fiction Jury also awarded a special mention for comedy for “Chee and T,” directed by Tanuj Chopra; and a special mention for visual accomplishment for Amber Tamblyn’s drama “Paint it Black.” Tamblyn co-wrote the script with Ed Dougherty and produced with Wren Arthur, Amy Hobby and Anne Hubbell.
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Five Questions with Amber Sealey, Director of No Light and No Land Anywhere

Five years after her last feature, writer-director-actor Amber Sealey returns with No Light and No Land Anywhere, a psychosexual drama executive produced by Miranda July. Starring British stage actress Gemma Brockis in a riveting film debut, No Light and No Land Anywhere tells the story of a grieving and rudderless British woman who flees to Los Angeles in search of the father who abandoned her as a child. Set against an emotionally bleak Los Angeles backdrop, the film explores the bonds of family and what it means to be a woman adrift at a certain stage age of life. The L.A.-based Sealey, […]
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LA Film Festival Unveils 42 World Premieres

LA Film Festival Unveils 42 World Premieres
The LA Film Festival has announced its competition lineup of 42 world premieres with 43% of the films directed by women and 38% of the films by people of color.

“Curating films for La audiences is so special because Angelenos have a uniquely homegrown love of cinema,” said Creative Director Jennifer Cochis. “It’s with true film lovers in mind that we program: from political theater to musical theater, we’re highlighting storytelling in all its forms.”

Festival director Stephanie Allain said the diversity numbers have risen from the 2015 festival. “It’s very much our mission to discover new voices and support diversity,” she added.

Among the notable titles unveiled Tuesday was Amber Tamblyn’s debut feature film “Paint It Black” in the U.S. fiction lineup and Ben Lear’s documentary “They Call Us Monsters.”

Director of programming Roya Rastegar told Variety, “We were looking above all for stories with a sense of urgency to them.
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Miranda July Talks to Amber Sealey About Artistic Impulses and Low-Budget Filmmaking

Miranda July Talks to Amber Sealey About Artistic Impulses and Low-Budget Filmmaking
Filmmaker, writer and artist Miranda July is serving as consulting producer on award-winning writer-director Amber Sealey's third feature, "No Light and No Land Anywhere," which is currently crowdfunding on Indiegogo. Below, July interviews Sealey exclusively for Indiewire. Miranda July (Mj): I met Amber Sealey when we were both 18 at Uc Santa Cruz. She was the first person I knew who waxed her legs and did sexual role-playing. She was a gutsy, complex ball of fire and she still is. We're good at very different things and I think that keeps us perpetually in awe of each other. I'm proud to talk with her here about her film "No Light and No Land Anywhere," campaigning on Indiegogo now. Read More: Amber Sealey Launches Indiegogo Campaign for 'No Light and No Land Anywhere' Mj: You're making your third feature film!  I'm curious if you feel like you've made progress, or
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Amber Sealey Launches Indiegogo Campaign For 'No Light and No Land Anywhere'

Amber Sealey Launches Indiegogo Campaign For 'No Light and No Land Anywhere'
Read More: Laff Review | Amber Sealey and Kent Osborne Make a Provocative Marital Drama in 'How to Cheat'Amber Sealey ("How to Cheat") is turning to Indiegogo to help finance the post-production end (including editing, sound design and scoring) of her new film "No Light and No Land Anywhere." Sealey's third feature film will tell the story of Lexi, a woman who abruptly puts a hold on her life in London in order to travel and find her estranged father.  Filmmaker and artist Miranda July is just one of the many women who have, and continue to, work on this film. With a crew that is 90% women, Sealey's project strives to utilize and shed light on the numerous talented, strong and capable women who work in the movie industry.  You can help contribute to "No Light and No Land Anywhere" by visiting the official Indiegogo site. Sealey is
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Amber Sealey’s ‘No Light and No Land Anywhere’ Launches Indiegogo Campaign

Amber Sealey’s ‘No Light and No Land Anywhere’ Launches Indiegogo Campaign
Filmmaker Amber Sealey is launching a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo to complete her absent-parent drama “No Light and No Land Anywhere.”

Sealey has been joined by consulting producer Miranda July and producers Alysa Nahmias and Drea Clark in the campaign to raise $35,000 for post-production.

The film follows a woman whose career, emotional state and marriage are in shambles. She leaves her life in London behind abruptly and travels to Los Angeles in search of the father who left her and her mother when she was two years old.

“‘No Light and No Land Anywhere’ is a film that highlights the lasting, rooted effects of a missing parent,” Sealey said. “We focused on distinctive and spellbinding performances to demonstrate how this woman’s complicated, twisting journey through the darkness of Los Angeles can be traced back to a childhood estrangement.”

The producers assembled a cast and crew that was 87% female.

“We
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Film Independent Picks 8 Filmmakers for 2013 Directing Labs

Film Independent has selected rising filmmakers Nicholas Greene, Jacob Hatley, Krisy Gosney, Aldo Velasco, Amber Sealey, Daniel Casey, Morna Ciraki, and Alex Moratto for its 2013 Directing Labs, an annual intensive program that helps promising directors develop new feature films, perfect their craft, and advance their careers.From now until mid-April, these eight filmmakers will work on their next projects with the aid of professional mentors, stipends, access to a variety of production resources including digital camera and sound packages, and more.James Ponsoldt (“The Spectacular Now,” “Smashed”), Karen Moncreiff (“The Trials of Cate McCall,” “The Dead Girl”), and Angela Robinson (“True Blood,” “The L Word”) are among the mentors who will help guide these filmmakers with script feedback, casting and workshopping scenes, and more.Greene, a New York-based British filmmaker whose short film “Salar” was shortlisted for the 2011 Oscars, will work on “A Death in the Andes,” his film about
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How To Cheat Movie Review - Los Angeles Film Festival

How To Cheat Movie Review - Los Angeles Film Festival
Title: How To Cheat Writer-director: Amber Sealey Starring: Kent Osborne, Amber Sealey, Amanda Street, Gabriel Diamond, Paulette Osborne A dramatic competition title at the Los Angeles Film Festival, writer-director Amber Sealey’s How To Cheat is a seriocomic depiction of the messiness of modern marriage, and the temptation of infidelity. On the surface, a minor sort of thematic companion piece might be something like Kate Aselton’s The Freebie, in which she starred with Dax Shepard as a married couple who, trying to liven up their stagnant sex life, agree to mutual one-night-only, no-strings-attached hall passes, only to find discord and regret in their decision. Sealey’s movie, however, is a bit more subjectively focused and channeled...
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Laff Recap: Los Angeles Film Festival Hands Out Film Awards

The Los Angeles Film Festival just finished another successful year with some great entries and awesome film making showcased throughout the festival.

The festival has announced the jury and audience winners at the Awards Brunch on Sunday, with awards presented by Allison Janney and John C. Reilly. The film festival ran from Thursday, June 16 to Sunday June 26, 2011 in downtown Los Angeles.

The two top jury winners in the Narrative and Documentary category each won a $15,000 cash prize for the films director. This year, the Narrative Award went to Stephane Lafleur for the North American premiere of Familiar Ground about isolated family living in Canada.

The Documentary Award went to Beverly Kopf and Bobbie Birleffi for their film Wish Me Away, following the journey and coming-out of country singer Chely Wright.

The award for Best Performance in the Narrative Competition went to Amber Sealey, Kent Osborne, Amanda Street, and Gabriel Diamond
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And the Los Angeles Film Festival Winners Are…

Beginning in downtown Los Angeles with Richard Linklater’s well-received “Bernie” on June 16, and wrapping up on June 26 with “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark,” the 2011 Laff managed to infuse its festival with the key ingredients of celebration and levity that make it one of the most enjoyable festivals on the planet.

Free outdoor screenings of classic comedies and contemporary documentaries, guest directors and artists-in-residence such as Guillermo del Toro and Erykah Badu, conversations and chats with Julie Taymor, James Franco, Jack Black and Shirley Maclaine, and a lounge sponsored by Jameson whiskey, all added up to another winning festival, the last planned under Dawn Hudson’s leadership of Film Independent.

With the two top juried awards each carrying a $15,000 cash prize for that film’s director, there is always weighted attention paid to the winners.

And the 2011 Los Angeles Film Festival winners are…

Narrative Award – Stéphane Lafleur for
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And the Los Angeles Film Festival Winners Are…

Beginning in downtown Los Angeles with Richard Linklater’s well-received “Bernie” on June 16, and wrapping up on June 26 with “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark,” the 2011 Laff managed to infuse its festival with the key ingredients of celebration and levity that make it one of the most enjoyable festivals on the planet.

Free outdoor screenings of classic comedies and contemporary documentaries, guest directors and artists-in-residence such as Guillermo del Toro and Erykah Badu, conversations and chats with Julie Taymor, James Franco, Jack Black and Shirley Maclaine, and a lounge sponsored by Jameson whiskey, all added up to another winning festival, the last planned under Dawn Hudson’s leadership of Film Independent.

With the two top juried awards each carrying a $15,000 cash prize for that film’s director, there is always weighted attention paid to the winners.

And the 2011 Los Angeles Film Festival winners are…

Narrative Award – Stéphane Lafleur for
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Los Angeles Film Festival 2011

Updated through 6/27.

This year's Los Angeles Film Festival, running through June 26, opens tonight with the latest from Richard Linklater, and Steven Zeitchik talks with him for the Los Angeles Times: "'It was my most difficult one to get made,' he said flatly. 'It took 12 years to happen, and even then it was tough. People can say shooting in 22 days makes a movie better. It doesn't.' … Bernie is a shaggy, idiosyncratic work, possibly the strangest yet in a career full of strangeness. Set in the small town of Carthage, Texas, it tells of an effeminate, musical-loving mortician named Bernie Tiede [Jack Black] who befriends and then commits a horrible crime against a repressed wealthy matriarch [Shirley MacLaine], leaving him to face the wrath of a local prosecutor [Matthew McConaughey]. The movie is a dramatization of an actual case — the script was based on a 1998 Texas Monthly article about Tiede, and Linklater, who attended Tiede's trial,
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Los Angeles Film Festival 2011 Winners

Amber Sealey's How to Cheat Narrative Award – Familiar Ground Documentary Award – Wish Me Away Best Performance in the Narrative Competition – The Cast of How to Cheat: Amber Sealey, Kent Osborne, Amanda Street and Gabriel Diamond Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature – Attack the Block Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature – Beats Rhymes and Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest Audience Award for Best International Feature – Senna Best Narrative Short Film – The Wind Is Blowing on My Street Best Documentary Short Film – I Am A Girl! Audience Award for Best Short Film – Blind Date Best Animated Short Film – The Eagleman Stag Audience Award for Best Music Video – Can’t Shake This Feeling Photo: Los Angeles Film Festival
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Laff 2011 - Narrative Feature Competition Wrap

La Film Fest is just about wrapped up and awards have been announced for the Narrative Competition films premiering at this year's festival. The $15,000 top Narrative Prize went to Stéphane Lafleur's Familiar Ground. While I have yet to catch Lafleur's French-Canadian deadpan comedy, I did see and like How to Cheat - which took home the Best Performance award for the ensemble cast of Amber Sealey, Kent Osborne, Amanda Street, and Gabriel Diamond. Here's a quick look at a few of the competition films premiering at this year's fest: My pick of the competition lineup is Mike Akel's An Ordinary Family. This very well scripted verite piece, co-written and produced by Matthew Patterson, takes us inside a family vacation that becomes a bit...
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Winners Announced For 2011 Los Angeles Film Festival

Presented By Los Angeles Times

Stéphane Lafleur.s Familiar Ground and Beverly Kopf & Bobbie Birleffi.s Wish Me Away Win Jury Awards Joe Cornish.s Attack the Block, Michael Rapaport.s Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest and Asif Kapadia.s Senna Win Audience Awards

Best Performance, Short Film and Music Video Award Winners Also Announced

Los Angeles (June 26, 2011) . Today the Los Angeles Film Festival, presented by the Los Angeles Times and supported by L.A. Live, announced the jury and audience award winners for the 2011 Festival at the Awards Brunch, sponsored and hosted by Chaya Downtown for the second year, and sponsored by Dove® Hair Care. Allison Janney and John C. Reilly were on hand to present the awards. The Los Angeles Film Festival ran from Thursday, June 16 to Sunday, June 26 in downtown Los Angeles. (See list Here).

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2011 Los Angeles Film Festival Winners

The 2011 Los Angeles Film Festival gave two juried awards: the Narrative Award recognizes the finest narrative film in competition at the festival and went to Stéphane Lafleur for the North American premiere of Familiar Ground, while the Documentary Award recognizes the finest documentary film in competition and went to Beverly Kopf and Bobbie Birleffi for the world premiere of Wish Me Away. Each carries an unrestricted $15,000 cash prize funded by Film Independent for the winning film’s director to pursue their artistic ambitions. The award for Best Performance in the Narrative Competition went to Amber Sealey, Kent Osborne, Amanda Street and Gabriel Diamond for their performances in Amber Sealey’s How to Cheat. For the first time, the Los Angeles Film Festival awarded an unrestricted $5,000 cash prize to each short film category. The award for Best Narrative Short Film went to Saba Riazi’s The Wind Is Blowing on My Street.
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"Familiar Ground" & "Wish Me Away" Win Los Angeles Film Festival

Stéphane Lafleur's "Familiar Ground" won the Narrative Film Competition during an awards ceremony at the Los Angeles Film Festival, while Beverly Kopf and Bobbie Birleffi's "Wish Me Away" took Best Documentary at the awards brunch, which took place at Chaya Downtown and co-hosted by Allison Janney and John C. Reilly. Both awards include a $15,000 cash prize. Also taking home prizes were actors Amber Sealey, Kent Osborne, Amanda Street, and ...
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L.A. Film Fest Futures | "How to Cheat" Director Amber Sealey on Ditching the Script

L.A. Film Fest Futures |
Why She's On Our Radar: Amber Sealey's first feature, the relationship drama "A Plus D," played the regional film festival circuit (although Sealey initially generated interest from Sundance). Her latest effort, "How to Cheat," premiered at the L.A. Film Festival last week to generally positive reactions. The film stars Kent Osbourne (most recently the star of Joe Swanberg's "Uncle Kent" and a writer for "Spongebob Squarepants") as a depressed chauffeur who ...
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Laff 2011 Interview: How To Cheat director/writer/actor Amber Sealey

In her second directorial effort, How To Cheat, Amber Sealey takes on the taboo subject of cheating on one’s marriage. Rather than the narrative we have seen before with a husband unexpectedly being tempted or making a mistake one drunken night, How To Cheat has Beth’s (as played by Sealey) husband Mark (Kent Osborne) make the conscious decision to cheat and work to find a partner willing to cheat with him.

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