DOWNTOWN FILM FESTIVAL L.A.

 

ANNOUNCES 2015 FILM AWARDS

 

LOS ANGELES – July 27, 2015 – The 7th annual Downtown Film Festival announced its film awards with the honors reflecting the diversity of films presented this year. More than 50 features, documentaries and short films screened in venues throughout downtown L.A. during the five-day event, July 22-26.

 

Taking home the prize for “Best Feature-Length Dramatic Film” was director Claudia Sparrow’s romantic drama “I Remember You,” which also was the festival’s Opening Night Film. Director Wes Weadon’s “When Bette Met Mae,” a docudrama about the real-life, first-time encounter between two Golden Era screen legends, captured the Audience Favorite Award for Feature-Length Narrative Film, while director Betsy Kalin’s insightful portrait of a Los Angeles community in transition, “East L.A. Interchange,” won the Audience Favorite Award for Feature-Length Documentary.

 

The Best Feature-Length Documentary Award was given to “Freeway: Crack In The System,” director Marc Levin’s searing look at the CIA’s illicit involvement in the crack cocaine epidemic of the Eighties and Nineties. The Best Feature-Length Music Documentary went to director Ron Chapman’s artistic biopic of Cuban singer-songwriter Carlos Varela, “The Poet of Havana.”

 

A complete list of the winning films follows.

 

FEATURE-LENGTH FILM AWARDS
 
Best Picture – Narrative
“I REMEMBER YOU,” DIRECTED BY CLAUDIA SPARROW
 
Best Picture – Documentary
“FREEWAY: CRACK IN THE SYSTEM,” DIRECTED BY MARC LEVIN
 
Best Music Documentary
“THE POET OF HAVANA” DIRECTED BY RON CHAPMAN
 
Best Editing – Documentary
“IMMINENT THREAT,” DIRECTED BY JANEK AMBROS
 
Audience Favorite – Narrative
“WHEN BETTE MET MAE,” DIRECTED BY WES WEADON
 
Audience Favorite – Documentary
“EAST L.A. INTERCHANGE,” DIRECTED BY BETSY KALIN
 
Audience Favorite – Music Documentary
“HARDCORE DEVO LIVE!” DIRECTED BY KEIDRA BAHRUTH
 
Best Dramatic Screenplay
KITTENS IN A CAGE DIRECTED BY JULLIAN ARMENANTE
 
Best Director – Drama
“A SORT OF HOMECOMING,” DIRECTED BY MARIA BURTON
 
Best Cinematography – Documentary or Narrative
“RADICALIZED,” DIRECTED BY SAM SLOVICK
 
Best Cinematography – Music Documentary
“WHO IS BILLY BONES,” DIRECTED BY KATHY KOLLA
 
Best First-Time Director
“ALTO,” DIRECTED BY MIKKI DEL MONICO
 
SHORT FILM AWARDS
 
Best Dramatic Film
“MUTED,” DIRECTED BY RACHEL GOLDBERG
 
Best Comedic Film
“MADELINE MAKES A MAN,” DIRECTED BY MICHELLE BOLEY
 
Best Animated Film
“LUNA & LARS,” DIRECTED BY ANNA ZLOKOVIC
 
Best Sci Fi Film
“HELIO,” DIRECTED BY TEDDY CECILE
 


 

7th Downtown Film Festival L.A., July 22-26, Announces Feature Films 

 

Half Of All Films Screening, Including Claudia Sparrow’s Opening Night Film ‘I Remember You,’

By Women Directors

 

5-Day event in historic core of DTLA features array of cutting-edge concert films, dramatic features and political documentaries

 

LOS ANGELES – June 29, 2015 – Organizers of the nonprofit Downtown Film Festival Los Angeles announced its 7th annual feature film line-up, today. The five-day event, July 22-26, will be held in venues throughout downtown L.A.’s historic core with The Regent theater, 448 S. Main St., serving as the festival’s primary venue.

 

Known for presenting cutting-edge indie cinema, the festival this year will present 13 feature films, most Los Angeles or world premieres, ranging from contemporary and historical dramas and music concert films to documentary features on issues at the forefront of progressive politics.

 

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2015 Feature Films

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WOMEN + FILM = M.I.A.

What’s Wrong With This Formula?

In response to the pernicious and continued under representation by women in the film industry, our festival this year has committed to having 50% of the films screened be by women directors. Learn more about women and their systemic marginalization in the industry they were instrumental in creating: