Chen tapped as IFP fest guest helmer

Lemmons will launch 'Residence' series

IFP/Los Angeles has tapped helmer Chen Kaige as guest director of its ninth annual Los Angeles Film Festival, skedded June 11-21.

IFP/LA executive director Dawn Hudson also announced Tuesday that filmmaker Kasi Lemmons will launch the fest’s new “Artist in Residence” series.

The program invites a filmmaker from the IFP Board to select three films that have been an inspiration, and to host a special evening that includes a discussion with an actor or filmmaker from one of the features.

Lemmons has opted to spotlight “Brother John” followed by a discussion with the film’s star Sidney Poitier. The event is set for June 16. Her other two choices, “Don’t Look Now” and “Sugar Cane Alley,” will screen June 19 and 21.Kaige will host a two-day filmmaker retreat, hand-pick a sidebar of films, and attend opening night festivities. For his sidebar, he selected Akira Kurosawa’s “The Seven Samurai,” Francis Ford Coppola’s “The Godfather: Part II,” and Francois Truffaut’s “Shoot the Piano Player.”

In addition, LAFF has lined up David Fincher, Jodie Foster, Mark and Michael Polish and Penelope Spheeris, among others, to join in the “Coffee Talk” panel series June 14 and 15.

For information visit www.lafilmfest.com.

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