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Lowriders
Lowriders

Ricardo de Montreuil’s Lowriders starring Eva Longoria will open this year’s LA Film Festival. The 22nd edition of the LA Film Festival will take place June 1 to June 9, 2016 at ArcLight Cinemas.

The film, produced by Academy Award® winner Brian Grazer (A Beautiful Mind, 8 Mile, American Gangster) and Oscar® nominee® and Emmy Award winner Jason Blum (Whiplash, The Gift, HBO’s The Normal Heart), stars Eva Longoria, Demián Bichir, Melissa Benoist, Theo Rossi, Tony Revolori and Gabriel Chavarria.

Additionally, the festival announced that Ryan Coogler (Fruitvale Station, Creed) is named the 2016 Guest Director, and Ava DuVernay (Middle of Nowhere, Selma) and Array Releasing will receive the Festival’s annual Spirit of Independence Award.

2016 LA Film Festival Poster
2016 LA Film Festival Poster

The 2016 Festival poster artwork by Carolyn Castaño has also been unveiled.

Set against the vibrant backdrop of East LA’s near-spiritual car culture, Lowriders follows the story of Danny, a talented young street artist caught between the lowrider world inhabited by his old-school father and ex-con brother, and the adrenaline-fueled outlet that defines his self-expression.

Guest Director Ryan Coogler (Fruitvale Station, Creed) will attend the 15th annual Filmmaker Retreat. A signature program of the Festival, the Filmmaker Retreat brings together all the feature directors in this year’s Festival along with seasoned filmmakers and Film Independent Board Members who attend as honored artists. The Filmmaker Retreat is an opportunity to build community among the Festival’s filmmakers before the Festival kicks off on June 1. Past Guest Directors of the Festival include Rodrigo García, Lisa Cholodenko, David O. Russell, Mira Nair, Kathryn Bigelow, George Lucas, William Friedkin, 
Sydney Pollack, Guillermo Del Toro and Alfonso Cuarón.

Writer/director/producer/distributor Ava DuVernay (Middle of Nowhere, Selma) and her colleagues at Array Releasing will be awarded the Spirit of Independence Award. The Spirit of Independence Award is given to individuals who advance the cause of independent film, champion creative freedom or make a significant contribution to the preservation and proliferation of independent voices. Array Releasing is an LA-based film collective dedicated to the amplification of images by people of color and women. The collective’s film releases to date include: 2015 LA Film Festival winners Out of my Hand and Ayanda, Ashes and Embers, Mississippi Damned, Middle of Nowhere, Kinyarwanda, Restless City, Vanishing Pearls, Big Words, Better Mus’ Come and I Will Follow.

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