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IFP festival to close with Anders’ ‘Things’

Event includes high school shorts, musicvids, filmmaking seminars

Unspooling April 20-28, the Independent Feature Project/West Los Angeles Film Festival has selected 36 features and docus for its 2001 edition.

Screenings will be held at the Directors Guild of America, Harmony Gold, Laemmle Sunset 5 and the Los Angeles Film School.

In addition to features, fest will present centerpiece premieres as well as high school shorts, musicvideos, seminars on digital filmmaking and the annual craft and close-up series.

“The strength of this year’s program is reflective of the amazing level of talent utilizing digital filmmaking techniques,” said programming director Thomas Ethan Harris. “This exciting, new technology provides greater access to innovative artists truly working outside the system.”

Opening night film and gala will be held on April 20 at the DGA. The West Coast premiere of Allison Anders’ “Things Behind the Sun” will close the fest on April 28.

‘America’ is in

Selected from over 2,000 submissions, the dramatic features include “America So Beautiful,” directed by Babak Shoknian, penned by Shoknian and Brian Horiuchi; “Attraction,” written and directed by Russell Degrazier; “The Chateau,” helmed by Jesse Peretz, penned by Peretz and Thomas Bidegain; “The Cookers,” helmed by Dan Mintz, written by Jeff Ritchie and Jack Moore; and “Dancing at the Blue Iguana,” helmed by Michael Radford from a script by Radford and David Linter.

Also in the dramatic section are “Dirt,” written and directed by Michael Covert; “Ever Since the World Ended,” co-helmed by Calum Grant and Joshua Atesh Litle, written by Grant; “Kaaterskill Falls,” co-directed by Josh Apter and Peter Olsen, written by Apter, Olsen, Hillary Howard, Mitchell Riggs and Anthony Leslie; “Kissing Jessica Stein,” directed by Charles Herman-Wurmfeld, written by Heather Juergensen and Jennifer Westfeldt; and “Margarita Happy Hour,” written and directed by Ilya Chaiken.

Docus include ‘Tapie’

In the doc category, accepted pics include “Who Is Bernard Tapie?” from “Independent’s Day” doc director Marina Zenovich; “90 Miles,” from writer-director Juan Carlos Zaldivar; “Amato: A Love Affair With Opera,” directed by Stephen Ives; “The Hotel Upstairs,” helmed by Daniel Baer; “In the Bathtub of the World,” directed by Caveh Zahedi; “Life and Debt,” directed by Stephanie Karen Black; “Undetectable: The New Face of AIDS,” helmed by Jay Corcoran; and “The Young and the Dead,” co-directed by Shari Springer and Robert Pulcini, a docu about the refurbished Hollywood Forever cemetery.

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