The New York Intl. Independent Film & Video Festival will inhabit Los Angeles April 28-May 4. Fest features some 100 full-length feature and short films during a first-ever West Coast run.
Screenings will be held at the Laemmle Monica 4-plex as well as the Ocean Avenue Screening Room.
Fest was established in Gotham in 1993. Festival director and founder Stuart Alson hopes a Los Angeles run will raise the event’s profile as one showcasing diversity in filmmaking. Among the films screening are “Battery,” starring Joshua Jackson (“Dawson’s Creek”); “Kismet,” starring Garry Marshall and Jerry Springer; “Swirlie,” starring David Caruso; “Amy Stiller’s Breast,” starring Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara; and “Why Did We Laugh,” a tribute to the late comedian Sam Kinison, starring Jay Leno, Richard Pryor and Rodney Dangerfield.
Pics making their world preems include Samer Al-Asadi’s “Consequence,” a story of Middle Eastern brothers struggling with clash of cultures as they adapt to life in America; writer-director Darryl Lassiter’s “Pay the Price,” an autobiographical pic centering around Lassiter’s experiences in a marching band at a mostly black Southern university; and Ron Marazzo’s “Cup of Coffee,” which concerns Italian-American life as seen through the eyes of a 9-year-old boy.
Fest also includes the comedy “Interruptions,” from writer-director Gretchen Somerfeld and the documentary feature “Yugoslavia: The Avoidable War,” from former political journalist George Bogdanich.