Swing State, a political satire about a dyed-in-the-wool, down-on-his luck boho DJ who uses his on-air charisma to create a fictitious conservative radio host who becomes an overnight sensation, will kick off the lineup for the 2016 Downtown Film Festival Los Angeles (DTLA Film Fest).
Making its Los Angeles premiere, the film is written and directed by Jonathan Sheldon, and stars Billy Zane (“Titanic”) Sean Astin (“The Lord Of The Rings”) Shane Black (“Iron Man 3”), Taryn Manning (“Orange Is The New Black”), Elaine Hendrix (“Good Interions”), Angela Kisney (“The Office”) and Jake Busey (“Identity”).
Taking center stage as the festival’s Centerpiece Film program is “The Loner,” a dark, film noir set against the backdrop of multicultural Los Angeles from the creative team known for the 2014 indie hit “A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night.” After being wrongly accused of stealing from his former boss, an Iranian gangster must hunt down stolen drugs in this neon-lit fever dream set in the Persian and Russian Los Angeles underworld. Directed by Daniel Grove and written by Grove and Reza Sixo Safai, the film, which is making its Los Angeles premiere, stars Safai, Helena Mattsson (“Iron Man 2”), Julian Sands (“Leaving Las Vegas”), Dominic Rains (“The Fixer”) and Laura Haring (“Mulholland Drive”).
The 2016 festival’s Closing Night Film is a special presentation of the 40th anniversary edition of director Nicholas Roeg’s seminal Seventies movie “The Man Who Fell To Earth,” which marked the screen debut of rock superstar and pop culture icon David Bowie. Being released this fall in the U.S by Rialto Pictures, the pristine restoration of the director’s cut of the film by Deluxe London is based on a 4K scan of the original negative.
Oscar-nominated actress Candy Clark (“American Graffiti”) in only her fourth film appearance plays the female lead character of Mary Lou (Bowie’s love interest). Ms. Clark, who went on to have a long career in both independent and Hollywood films, will be honored during the Closing Night Film program with the festivals’ Film Pioneer Award.
The festival is being held Sept. 21 to 28, 1016 at Regal Cinemas L.A. LIVE.