June bloom for IFP fest

'Good Girl' to close event; entries up 25%

The eighth annual IFP/West — Los Angeles Film Festival has selected 57 features and docus for its 2002 edition, unspooling June 20-29.

Screenings will be held at Laemmle’s Sunset 5 Theaters, Directors Guild of America, the John Anson Ford Amphitheater and the ArcLight Cinerama Dome. Event is expected to attract over 30,000 attendees.

In addition to features, fest will present centerpiece premieres, a live music screening of “The Fall of the House of Usher” June 22, as well as high school shorts, the annual craft and close-up series, musicvideos, an international cinema section, a series of special screenings and a guest director spot for Alfonso Cuaron (“Y tu mama tambien”).

“We were thrilled with the increase in the number of submissions this year (up 25% on last year to more than 2,500),” said festival director Rich Raddon. “With the announcement of the $50,000 Target Filmmaker Award and the addition of the international film section, we saw increased interest from filmmakers wanting to showcase their films at the festival.”

‘Good Girl’ gala

A gala presentation of the opening night film, which has not yet been announced, will be held June 20 at the Cinerama Dome. Closing night gala will feature a screening of Fox Searchlight’s dark comedy “The Good Girl,” directed by Miguel Arteta and starring Jennifer Aniston and Jake Gyllenhaal.

Selected from over 2,500 submissions, the dramatic features include “Ball in the House,” directed by Tanya Wexler and penned by Matthew Swan; “The Business of Fancydancing,” written and directed by Sherman Alexie; “Charlotte Sometimes,” written and directed by Eric Byler; “The Dogwalker,” written and directed by Jacques Thelemaque; and “G,” directed by Christopher Scott Cherot, penned by Cherot and Charles Drew.

Others are “Missing Persons,” penned and directed by Matthew and Dan O’Donnell; “Paradox Lake,” directed by Przemyslaw Reut, penned by Reut and Wieslaw Saniewski; “The Perfect You,” written and directed by Matthew Miller; “Searching for Paradise,” by writer-director Myra Paci; “Showboy,” written and directed by Christina Taylor and Lindy Heymann; “2 wks, 1 yr,” written and directed by Chris McKay; and “Washington Heights” directed by Alfredo de Villa, penned by de Villa and Junot Diaz.

In the Intl. Cinema Section are “Absolut Warhola,” directed by Stanislaw Mucha; “A Hell of a Day,” directed by Marion Vernoux; “The Cabbie,” directed by Chen Yiwen and Chang Huakun; “Georgie Girl,”

directed by Annie Goldson and Peter Wells; “Harmful Insect,” directed by Akihiko Shiota; “Hi, Tereska,” directed by Robert Glinski; “I’ll Sing for You,” written, directed and produced by Jacques Sarasin; “The Inner Tour,” directed by Ra’anan Alexandrowicz; and “Loco Fever,” directed by Andres Wood.

Doc slate

In the doc category are “American Standoff,” by Kristi Jacobson; “The Big O,” by Michaline Babich; “Breath Control: The History of the Human Beat Box,” by Jacob Craycroft and Joey Garfield; “I am Trying to Break Your Heart,” by Sam Jones; “La Tropical,” from director David Turnely; “OT: Our Town,” from Scott Hamilton Kennedy; “The Rough South of Larry Brown,” written and directed by Gary Hawkins; “Shaolin Ulysses: Kungfu Monks in America,” written and directed by Mei-Juin Chen and Martha Burr; “Spellbound” from Jeffrey Blitz; and “That’s My Face,” from Thomas Allen Harris.