Fest sails on Silver Lake

Anders, Flea receive special awards

The third annual Silver Lake Film Festival programmed an intense and eclectic array of events tailored to L.A.’s Eastside crowd.

The 10-day film and music fest opened Sept. 12 with the screening of “Letters From the Underground,” a compilation feature commissioned especially for the fest.

On Saturday, Allison Anders, who has shot several films on the Eastside, was awarded the 2002 Filmmaker Award and put her hands in cement in front of the historic Vista Theater.

The fest’s Spirit of Silver Lake award will be presented on Friday to local resident Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

While the fest was heavily music-oriented, with programs devoted to the history of L.A. punk rock, an all-night electronica fest and the premiere of “American Rap Stars,” several other pics, such as amateur wrestling doc “The Backyard” and controversial Sundance selection “Better Luck Tomorrow,” drew sellout crowds.

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