Long Beach Indie International Film Festival
(l to r) Emmy Winner Mark Kirkland, DGA Winner Jesus Savador Trevino, 2015 Winner for Best Narrative Feature, and filmmaker Al Gragg III, Long Beach Indie International Film Festival

The 2016 Long Beach Indie International Film Festival will open on Wednesday, August 31 with South Bureau Homicide from Mark Earl Burman and Mike Cooley. The award-winning documentary offers a tense, gritty, and hopeful examination into the relationship between the Los Angeles Police Department’s South Bureau Homicide division and the mostly Black and Latino residents of South Los Angeles.

Other highlights of the festival include Oscar Rene Lozoya’s How We Met featuring Emmy nominee and NAACP Image Award winner Ice-T (Law & Order SVU), Wes Miller’s Prayer Never Fails with Oscar and Golden Globe nominee Eric Roberts, Emmy and NAACP Image Award winner Lynn Whitfield, and Emmy nominee Corbin Bernsen, Jonathan Stein’s Out of the Village with Beasts of No Nation breakout star Abraham Attah, and Alain Maiki’s Devuelveme La Vida/ Give Me Back My Life with Dad Dager (Tierra de Reyes).

In the documentary category Ebony Taylor’s A Beautiful Genocide, Robyn Symon’s award-winning Uncle Gloria: One Helluva Ride, and You See Me from Linda J. Brown, head of the cinematography division at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts, compliment an encore screening of Al Gragg III’s Jamaica House (LBI 2015 Winner for Best Documentary Short). Gragg’s film includes extensive, never-before-seen footage of hip hop icons Tupac Shakur, Notorious BIG, Snoop Dogg, and Dr. Dre in their youth.

The 3rd annual Long Beach Indie International Film, Media, and Music Festival will take place Wednesday, August 31, 2016 through Sunday, September 4, 2016 at the Cinemark at the Pike Theaters, Long Beach Convention Center, and Renaissance Long Beach Hotel.

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