LAIFF to show ‘Five Easy’

Music events filled with 'Energy'

Organizers of the 2000 Los Angeles Independent Film Festival have announced a special 30th anniversary screening of Bob Rafelson’s “Five Easy Pieces,” as well as a variety of music-related events and a series of seminars as part of the sixth annual festival, running from April 13-18 in Los Angeles at the DGA, Harmony Gold, Laemmle Sunset 5 and The Laugh Factory.

Academy Award-winning filmmaker Curtis Hanson (“L.A. Confidential”) will present Rafelson’s film. A newly restored 35mm print of the 1970 Columbia release, starring Jack Nicholson, Karen Black and Susan Anspach, will be screened followed by a question and answer series, hosted by Hanson, with Rafelson, Black and Anspach, among other cast and crew members.

Festival music highlights will include an opening night event called “Energy” at Vynyl in Hollywood, featuring The Breakestra and DJ Hive. The documentary “Freestyle,” focusing on the improvisational art of rhyming, will be screened as part of the Festival, as will two musicvideo programs featuring new material from Dimitri, Air, Qbert, DJ Shadow and Mouse on Mars.

Seminar Series topics for LAIFF 2000 are: financing the feature film; marketing and distribution; production essentials; the world of festivals and markets; documentaries; songs, scores and soundtracks; post production sound; shorts; creative outlets; and new avenues of distribution.

LAIFF 2000 will also present its annual Kodak Close Up series on writing, directing, acting and editing to supplement the seminars. Panelists include helmers Neil LaBute (“In the Company of Men”) and Agnieszka Holland (“Europa, Europa”), scribe Susannah Grant (“Erin Brockovich”) and editor Lisa Zeno Churgin (“The Cider House Rules”).

Tickets and passes are available through (888) ETM-TIXS or http://www.etm.com. For information about LAIFF 2000 call (323) 937-9155 or visit the Web site at http://www.laiff.com.

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