L.A. Festival kicks off with ‘Paper Man’

Film premieres, hopes to find buyer

The L.A. Film Festival kicked off Thursday with “Paper Man,” an indie film that’s looking for distribution, at Westwood’s Village Theater.

“That’s the range of this festival,” said programming director Rachel Rosen. “It goes from this to Michael Mann’s ‘Public Enemies’ and (Hayao) Miyazaki’s ‘Ponyo.’ ”

After-party was at Napa Valley Grille, where producer Richard Gladstein said a key reason for premiering the unsold pic at the fest was “the buyers actually live here. Why should they have to get on a plane to see your movie?”

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