The Middleburg Film Festival has booked “La La Land” as its Centerpiece selection on Oct. 22 and a keynote conversation with Cheryl Boone Isaacs, president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
“La La Land,” starring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, opened the Venice Film Festival, where Stone won the Best Actress award. The musical romance also screened at the Telluride and Toronto festivals and will open the Chicago International Film Festival on Oct. 13.
“La La Land” director Damien Chazelle will appear at the screening at Middleburg, which is located in Northern Virginia. Lionsgate is opening “La La Land” in the U.S. on Dec. 2.
Boone Isaacs was heavily involved in expanding the membership of AMPAS this year to become younger and more diverse.
“We are honored to have Cheryl Boone Isaacs join us at this year’s festival,” said Middleburg Film Festival Founder and Chair Sheila C. Johnson. “We are inspired by Cheryl’s’ work and applaud her commitment to changing the numbers for women and people of color working in the film industry, both in front of and behind the camera. Last year’s festival featured films from seven women directors, and our 2016 program will again showcase and celebrate the talents of a diverse group of filmmakers.”
Boone Isaacs will discuss her role at the Academy and how the organization supports a range of initiatives to promote the art and science of the movies.