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25 world premieres to unspool at LAIFF

'Lakeboat' to kick off event

The world premiere of “Lakeboat,” written by David Mamet and directed by Joe Montegna, will open the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival on April 13. The festival will close April 19 with another world premiere, “Big Eden,” from writer-director Thomas Bezucha.

Over the seven-day event, 35 feature films will be screened, including 25 world premieres, two North American premieres and two U.S. premieres as well as 45 short films. The films were selected from more than 1,700 submissions.

“Lakeboat,” which stars Charles Durning, Peter Falk and Robert Forster, is a coming-of-age tale about a college student who joins the crew of a shipping freighter.

A complete lineup follows.

Features:

“A Texas Funeral,” written and directed by William Blake Herron. North American premiere.

“Beat,” written and directed by Gary Walkow. The life of Joan Burroughs, wife of William Burroghs. Stars Courtney Love, Keifer Sutherland and Norman Reedus. West Coast premiere.

“Broke Even,” directed by David Feldman. World premiere.

“Bruno,” Shirley MacLaine’s directorial debut. Stars Alex D. Linz, MacLaine and Gary Sinise. World premiere.

“Bunny,” written and directed by Mia Trachinger. World premiere.

“Citizen James,” directed by Doug E. Doug. World premiere.

“Cowboys and Angels,” written and directed by Gregory C. Haynes. World premiere.

“First, Last and Deposit,” directed by Peter Hyoguchi. World premiere.

“George Washington,” written and directed by David Gordon. North American premiere.

“I’ll Take You There,” written and directed by Adrienne Shelley. Stars Ally Sheedy. West Coast premiere.

“Just One Time,” directed by Lane Janger. U.S. premiere.

“Kill By Inches,” written and directed by Arthur Flam and Diane Doniol-Valcroze. U.S. premiere.

“King of the Jungle,” written and directed by Seth Zvi Rosenthal. Stars John Leguizamo, Julie Carmen and Rosie Perez. World premiere.

“Maryam,” written and directed by Ramin Serry. World premiere.

“Red Dirt,” written and directed by Tag Purvis. World premiere.

“Roads and Bridges,” written and directed by Abraham Lim. World premiere.

“Seed,” written and directed by Bobby Sheehan. World premiere.

“Straight Right,” directed by P. David Ebersole. World premiere.

“Straightman,” directed by Ben Berkowitz. World premiere.

“The Last Man,” written and directed by Harry Ralston.

“The Magic of Marciano,” written and directed by Tony Barbieri. Stars Robert Forster and Nastassja Kinski. World premiere.

“The Photographer,” written and directed by Jeremy Stein. World premiere.

“The St. Francisville Experiment,” produced by Dana Scanlan. Four strangers take part in an experiment to capture the actual images of poltergeist on film.

“The Young Girl and the Monsoon,” written and directed by James Ryan. World premiere.

“What Happened to Tully,” directed by Hilary Birmingham. World premiere.

Documentaries:

“Always a Bridesmaid,” written and directed by Nina Davenport. World premiere.

“Amargosa,” written and directed by Todd Robinson. West Coast premiere.

“Bounce: Behind the Velvet Rope,” directed by Steven Cantor. World premiere.

“Fighter,” directed by Amir Bar-Lev. World premiere.

“Freestyle,” directed by Kevin Fitzgerald. World premiere.

“Keep the River on Your Right: A Modern Cannibal Tale,” written and directed by David Shapiro and Laurie Gwen Shapiro. World premiere.

“W.I.S.O.R.,” directed by Michel Negroponte and written by Gabriel Morgan. World premiere.

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