Eli Roth to Direct ‘Fast Times at Ridgemont High’ Live Read Closing Night of LA Film Festival

The Los Angeles Film Festival will close not with a screening, but its first-ever live read: “Fast Times at Ridgemont High.”

Writer, director and actor Eli Roth (“Hostel,” “Inglorious Basterds”) will direct the read on June 18. The cast will be announced via the L.A. Film Fest’s Twitter feed.

“I can’t think of a better way to close this year’s festival than with a live read!” said Stephanie Allain, director of the Los Angeles Film Festival in a statement. “Eli Roth is directing a quintessentially L.A. story.”

The film, which came out in 1982, was directed by Amy Heckerling and written by Cameron Crowe.

Jason Reitman started Film Independent’s Live Reads in 2011 as one-night only events, with no recordings or livestreams. The L.A. Film Festival opens Wednesday, June 10, with Chris Weitz’s “Grandma.”

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