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Santa Monica fest has Moxie! to fete pix

64 films to be screened, auds select winners

The Santa Monica Film Festival has ramped up an impressive, intensive three days of screenings and panels that will culminate Sunday with the presentation of the first Moxie! Awards.

The event, headquartered at the Santa Monica Pier and Georgian Hotel, will showcase 64 features, documentaries and shorts from around the world. Prize winners will be determined from audience balloting.

The emphasis of the program is independently produced features with selections from the U.S., Germany, Switzerland and the U.K. Among the entries in the main section are “Divorcing Jack,” a Belfast-set thriller starring David Thewlis as a newspaper columnist entangled in a political scandal that’s about to explode, and the distaff coming-of-age yarn “Girl,” based on the bestseller by Blake Nelson and starring Dominque Swain.

Feature premieres include “Riding With James Dean,” with Bentley Mitchum and Tina Corsini as teens caught up in the “Rebel” mystique; the Runyanesque “Get a Job,” in which a young man must find employment to secure his inheritance; and the intriguingly titled “30, Still Single: Contemplating Suicide,” a yarn of a man’s failure on the L.A. dating circuit. Also screening are the Atlantic City-set crime drama “Gunshy” with William Petersen, Michael Wincott and Diane Lane; Miguel Ferrer as a private eye who’s the subject of a student documentary in “Where’s Marlowe”; and “Obsession,” a menage-a-trois road pic from Germany.

All features are preceded by short subjects, and separate programs of competition shorts have been divided thematically. Panel sessions will focus on tech issues relating to new developments in film editing and music composing and indie producing topics ranging from distribution to financing.

Complete program info and ticketing is available by calling fest headquarters at: (310) 823-3323.

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