LA Film Festival kicks into high gear opening night in Los Angeles

  A 15-year-old girl decides to bring her two passions together for her final film project:  making movies and her favorite band. Stars  Kiernan hipka, Meg Ryan, Kara Hayward  Fan Girl Paul Jarrett, USA, LA Premiere. Ironic cool teen Telulah has two obsessions: music and  filmmaking. She hatches a plan to film a concert by her music idols All Time Low and bring her passions together. Starring Kiernan Shipka and  Meg Ryan. (To become a Film Independent Member visit

Los Angeles Film Festival Offers a Line-Up of Free Screenings, Coffee Talks, UN Panel and Film Independent members only screen of
Fan Girl.

LA Film Fest starts Monday June 10th.

LA Film Fest starts Monday June 10th.

The Los Angeles Film Festival, now in its 21st year, showcases the best in American and international cinema. Drawing an enthusiastic audience of over 90,000, the Festival attracts critically acclaimed filmmakers, film industry professionals and emerging talent from around the world to its hub at L.A. LIVE in vibrant downtown Los Angeles for a nine-day cinematic celebration. On Monday, June 10-18,  You can enjoy more than 200 feature films, shorts, and music videos, along with red carpet premieres, special events and intimate conversations with renowned directors and actors.

red carpet last year LA FILM FESTIVAL

The Los Angeles Film Festival, now in its 21st year, showcases the best in American and international cinema.

Los Angeles Film Festival, produced by Film Independent with Presenting Media Sponsor the Los Angeles Times and Host Partner L.A. LIVE, announced several Free Community Screenings to take place during the 21st edition of the Festival including the 15th anniversary screening of Love & BasketballThe LXD: The Uprising Begins and Who Framed Roger Rabbit. The Festival’s Social Impact Free Screenings include American DREAMersBridging the Divide: Tom Bradley and The Politics of Race and HBO’s Requiem for the Dead: American Spring 2014. Also, the annual Coffee Talks Panels featuring actors Kathryn Hahn (We’re The Millers, Afternoon Delight), David Koechner (Cheap Thrills, Anchorman)Bryce Dallas Howard (Jurassic World,The Help) and Alfre Woodard (12 Years a Slave, Passion Fish) and moreThe Festival will also host a special panel on the UN about filmmaking and a special Members only screening of Fan Girl, starring Mad Men’s Kiernan Shipka with Meg Ryan.

“The LA Film Fest is about bringing the community together through our partnership with the UN, free screenings of favorite anniversary titles, social impact premieres, a Members-only screening of a fantastic new film, Fan Girl and our signature event populated by A-list talent, Coffee Talks.” – Stephanie Allain, Director of the Los Angeles Film Festival.  

LA FILM FESTIVALFree Screenings 

  • Love & Basketball, dir. Gina Prince-Bythewood

Gina Prince Bythewood’s ode to romance on the court – and the competitive efforts to keep romance alive off the hardwood – stars Sanaa Lathan and Omar Epps as friends whose lifelong relationship tracks their obsession with basketball as it blooms into something deeper, and not without pitfalls. This 15th anniversary screening will reunite Prince-Bythewood with her cast including Sanaa Lathan, Regina Hall, Kyla Pratt, Glenndon Chatman, Gabrielle Union, Dennis Haysbert

Debi Morgan and Alfre Woodard. The event takes place on Saturday, June 13, 8pm at FIGat7th.

  • The LXD: The Uprising Begins, dir. Jon M. Chu, Ryan Landels, Charles Oliver, Scott Speer.

Jon M. Chu will be in attendance to present The LXD: The Legion Of Extraordinary Dancers, a groundbreaking cinematic dance adventure. Join seemingly ordinary people who discover they have extraordinary powers in a mythology about hope, greed, love and the force that moves us all. The event takes place Friday, June 12, 8:00 pm at FIGat7th.

  • Who Framed Roger Rabbit, dir. Robert Zemeckis.

In 1988, Director Bob Zemeckis pulled off something no one dreamed possible: he packed a period detective yarn about the changing landscape of Los Angeles with a energetic, slapstick story about where reality begins and ends. This event is family friendly and will take place at, and in partnership with, Union Station on Friday, June 12 @ 8:00 pm. Festival family programming is supported by Lisa Argyros / Argyros Family Foundation.

LA FILM FESTIVAL IMAGESSocial Impact Free Screenings 

  • American DREAMers Jenniffer Castillo and Saray Deiseil, USA, World Premiere.

Six youth walk 3,000 miles across America’s heartland, from San Francisco to Washington D.C., risking their freedom by publically exposing their own undocumented status to fight for the DREAM Act and immigrant rights. Partial development support provided by the Incubator Lab, a post-graduate program funded by the Elbridge and Debra Stuart Family Foundation and sponsored by Loyola Marymount University School of Film and Television. This event takes place on Tuesday, June 16, 8:00 pm at La Plaza de Cultura Y Artes.

  • Bridging the Divide: Tom Bradley and The Politics of Race, dir. Lyn Goldfarb, USA, World Premiere.

Thirty-five years before Barack Obama rose to victory to become America’s first African-American President, a young Angeleno named Tom Bradley bridged the racial divide to become the first black mayor elected in a city with an overwhelmingly white majority. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion on police and citizen relations moderated by Patt Morrisson of the LA Times and will feature director Lyn Goldfarb, producer Alison Sotomayor and actor Andre Royo (The Wire). This event takes place on Sunday, June 14, 1:30 pm at Regal Cinemas L.A. Live.

  • Requiem for the Dead: American Spring 2014, dir. Shari Cookson and Nick Doob, USA, World Premiere.LA FILM FEST

Through found footage from social media, 911 calls and police file material, HBO’s Requiem for the Dead puts a human face on some of the estimated 8,000 individuals who died by gun violence in America from March to June 2014. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion on gun safety. This event takes place Wednesday, June 17, 5:30 pm at Regal Cinemas L.A. Live.

On Saturday, June 13 the Los Angeles Film Festival will hold its annual Coffee Talks. The Festival’s popular series returns with four sessions featuring some of today’s most interesting film figures discussing their craft with their peers in fun and freewheeling conversations including director: Colin Trevorrow (Jurassic World, Safety Not Guaranteed), actors Kathryn Hahn (We’re The Millers, Afternoon Delight),David Koechner (Cheap Thrills, Anchorman), Bryce Dallas Howard (Jurassic WorldThe Help) and Alfre Woodard (12 Years a Slave, Passion Fish), writersDavid S. Goyer (Man of Steel, The Dark Knight), Meg LeFauve (Inside Out) and Melisa Wallack(Dallas Buyers Club, Mirror, Mirror). The Directors panel is Sponsored by Directors Guild of America, the Actors panel is Sponsored by SAGIndie, the Composers panel is Sponsored by BMI and the Screenwriters panel is Sponsored by Writers Guild of America, West.

 Free UN Panel 

  • UN(earthing) Stories: Behind the Scenes on the World Stage

Join us for a unique opportunity to go behind the scenes with filmmakers, narrative as well as documentary, who have found inspiration in real human stories and the experts from the UN who have helped unearth them. Sponsored by Loyola Marymount University School of Film and Television. In partnership with the United Nations and the United Nations Creative Community Outreach Initiative.

Film Independent Members-only Screening 

  • Fan Girl Paul Jarrett, USA, LA Premiere

Ironic cool teen Telulah has two obsessions: music and filmmaking. She hatches a plan to film a concert by her music idols All Time Low and bring her passions together. Starring Kiernan Shipka and Meg Ryan.

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View/download 2015 Los Angeles Film Festival Programming Addendum (PDF) for all film titles, synopses, cast and credits.

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Silicon Beach Young Professionals were doing the “Hop, Stop & Pop” at the an SBYP event

Lucas Bean, Aida Mayo, George McQuade III

(L-R) SBYP Founder Lucas Bean, Aida Mayo, MAYO Communications, LA and SBYP Board member, George McQuade III at the April monthly event at the Viceroy, Santa Monica.

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First there was “HopStop“, an online city transit guide offering door-to-door subway and bus directions and maps for more than 140 cities around the world using its website, or apps for iPhone, iPad and formerly Android.  Now, in beta testing comes, “Hop, Stop & Pop”, a brand new phone app designed by Sooyong Oum, a general manager at a solar company in Torrance, CA.

Hop, Stop, Pop is about changing the way people travel,” said Sooyong Oum, who was attending the Silicon Beach Young Professionals (SBYP) event, (April 23, 2015), at the Viceroy Hotel, Santa Monica.

Sooyong Oum, Stop, Hop,

Ceo Sooyong Oum, Stop, Hop, Pop attending SBYP event in Santa Monica.

“For example when someone plans to travel to San Francisco from LA, you might discover more exciting places you can stop and explore along the way,” he said. “It’s different from Trip Advisor, Inc., in that it personalizes your trip experiences that are shared on your smartphone.”
Oum says the app will allow you to download other people’s itinerary and you can do the same things other people did on the same trip.

“If you compare this concept with Trip Advisor or similar types of apps, the nice thing here with Hop, Stop, Pop, here you’re sharing a personal experience about your trip, your journey is like having a journal about your trip,” said

Aida Mayo at SBYP event.

Aida Mayo, president, MAYO Communications stands in the middle of the crowd of the SBYP event at the Viceroy, Santa Monica.

Aida Mayo, president, MAYO Communications, LA, who was at the SBYP mixer. “Other people might want to know what to experience going from point A to point B for a 20-year-old, which would be different than for a 60-year old traveler.”

Oum said, Hop, Stop, Pop is a prototype based on a GPS system. “If you and I are friends on the app and I want go to San Francisco. You first post your subject interest, then I download it. I will follow you and learn what you ate, where you ate, where you stopped and what interest you along the way to San Francisco from LA,” he said. “When you travel to San Francisco, it is different than how I travel there and maybe I want to do what you do.”SBYP event

Oum noted that people are trying to get to places very fast and America has lost that true road trip. “We want to bring the fun back, get to the local deli, museum or whatever in between here and San Francisco,” said Oum. “So if say ‘George’ finds a great place to ‘Stop’, shares it  or ‘Pop’ and it if it’s much more interesting than how I travel, I might just ‘Hop’ over to those places next time I go there.”

groups at SBYP

SBYP is the fastest growing high tech young professionals group in SoCal. Average turnout 400+ each month and has recorded as many as 1,000 attendees.

Oum said he got the idea traveling back to LA from San Francisco on Highway One with beautiful scenery along the coast. He noticed that there were a lot of places to stop and see, and he couldn’t figure out why everyone want to get to Interstate Five to go straight home.

“When I analyzed how people only do travel destination based to Las Vegas or elsewhere they only plan to do stuff over there,” explain Oum. “They never plan things in between.”  The travel app will be available to download next year for free and there might be some advertising opportunities later to be announced.

Oum said he comes to the SBYP events to find out what other people like to do and their reaction to his phone app idea. He said it has been all positive so far. The SBYP, which is sponsored by Google, is one of the fastest growing young professionals group in Southern California with mostly 20 somethings and young CEO’s of startup companies. The next event is set for Thursday, May 14th, at 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at the Le Meridien Delfina, Santa Monica, CA.