People are always asking me for film recommendations. Unfortunately, my favorite movies are often tough to find. I see so many amazing films at festivals that rarely (if ever) get the attention they deserve. They may win the Audience Award at South by Southwest (like THAT EVENING SUN) or screen at Sundance before slipping into obscurity (like LOURDES). The best of world cinema may play in theaters in Los Angeles and New York for a week, then quickly vanish (like SERAPHINE). When (and if) they’re released on DVD, it won’t be at Best Buy (like GOODBYE SOLO). So how can discerning filmgoers find these hidden gems?
The City of the Angels Film Festival celebrates the most inspiring independent films of the year. We’ve assembled a stellar lineup of ‘buried treasures’, films that audiences will love if they know about them. We see our job as curating, sorting through an avalanche of options in such of the transcendent, the original, the artistic. In a world of bigger, faster, louder, these films may move at a more humane rhythm. They may sneak up on you, rather than grabbing you by the throat. You may find yourself strangely moved in ways you can’t quite describe. So check out the world premieres, LA premieres, and retrospectives that we’ve chosen to highlight here.
And join us at the Directors Guild in Hollywood for this classy occasion, March 12-14, 2010.