L.A. Indies Set Stage For First Film Fest

The inaugural Los Angeles Independent Film Festival has set its 14-film slate. Founding sponsors for the event, which will run from April 6-10, are the Filmmakers Foundation and the Independent Film Channel. Other sponsors include Eastman Kodak, Virgin Records and the William Morris Agency.

The opening-night gala will feature Abel Ferrara’s “The Addiction,” starring Lili Taylor, Christopher Walken and Annabella Sciorra. Closing-night event will be a screening of Gramercy Pictures’ “New Jersey Drive,” directed by Nick Gomez.

Also slated to screen:

* “The Low Life,” a world premiere by director George Hickenlooper, a bittersweet drama starring Rory Cochrane, James LeGros, Sean Astin and Kyra Sedgwick.

* “The Big Bang Theory,” a world premiere of Ash’s film about duty, class, role and power in L.A., starring Peter Green and Darling Narita.

* “Pharaoh’s Army,” a world premiere of Robby Henson’s drama based on a legendary Union captain during the Civil War, starring Kris Kristofferson and Richard Tyson.

* “Without Air,” a world premiere of Neil Abramson’s docudrama about an exotic dancer.

* “Nothing to Lose,” a world premiere of Eric Bross’ story set in a working-class Irish-Italian neighborhood in New Jersey.

* “Lost on the Bohemian Road,” a world premiere of Sean Hoessli’s drama about a young photographer’s seduction of a 16-year-old girl.

* “Low,” Lise Raven’s exploration of a man’s homecoming after being imprisoned for the molestation of his young sister-in-law.

* “Heading Home,” Maria Heritier’s study of the relationship between an African-American bus driver and a young white girl during a trip to a Washington peace rally in the early 1970s.

* “… And the Earth Did Not Swallow Him,” directed by Severo Perez, based on his semi-autobiographical novel about growing up in a Chicano migrant worker family.

* “Desert Winds,” Michael Nickles’ film about a man and a woman whose voices meet across the Grand Canyon through a 600-mile wind tunnel.

* “Maya Lin: A Strong Clear Vision,” Frieda Lee Mock’s Academy Award-nominated documentary.

* “Not Bad for a Girl,” directed by Lisa Apramian, about women as rock music icons, with Joan Jett, Courtney Love and members of the band L7, partially financed by Love and her late husband, Kurt Cobain.

Short films will precede each feature, including Julie Delpy’s “Blah, Blah, Blah,” and Robert Miller’s “Mail Bonding,” the first all-digital film shot directly to disc by Sony’s first digital camera. Also scheduled are two full programs of shorts.

The festival will include several seminars, including “Navigating & Negotiating the Distribution Agreement” and “Legal Aspects of Low-Budget Financing,” sponsored by California Lawyers for the Arts.

For more information, call (213) 466-8101, ex. 863.

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