Echo in the Canyon
Echo in the Canyon

The World Premiere of the documentary Echo in the Canyon by Andrew Slater, which features some of music’s biggest names reflecting on the sustained influence of Laurel Canyon’s historic music scene, will be the Opening Night film of the 2018 LA Film Festival,  followed by a live performance.  The festival also announced today the titles in Premieres section, the Future Filmmakers Showcase, the Music Video program and the Indie Pilot program.

“I’m so proud to be opening the Festival with a love song to Los Angeles via Andrew Slater’s Echo in the Canyon,” said Jennifer Cochis, Festival Director. “We are committed to showcasing documentaries, and premiering this work at the Ford Theatres to be followed by a live musical performance is going to be a once in a lifetime experience.”

Opening Night Film

Thursday, September 20, the Ford Theatres

Echo in the Canyon, dir. Andrew Slater, USA, World Premiere
Echo in the Canyon is a look at how The Byrds, The Beach Boys, Buffalo Springfield, The Mamas & the Papas birthed the beginnings of the Laurel Canyon music scene and how the echo of these artists’ creations reverberated between each other and ultimately across the world with a timelessness that continues today. With appearances by Tom Petty, Brian Wilson, Stephen Stills, David Crosby, Graham Nash, Michelle Phillips, Jackson Browne, Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton, Roger McGuinn, John Sebastian, Lou Adler, Jakob Dylan, Norah Jones, Beck, Regina Spektor, Cat Power, and others. The film was executive produced by Jakob Dylan.


World and US Premieres of fiction and documentary films featuring noteworthy talent.

American Dreamer, dir. Derrick Borte, USA, World Premiere
Ashes in the Snow, dir. Marius A. Markevicius, Lithuania/USA, World Premiere
Brian Banks, dir. Tom Shadyac, USA, World Premiere
The Chaperone, dir. Michael Engler, USA, World Premiere
The Clovehitch Killer, dir. Duncan Skiles, USA, World Premiere
Good Girls Get High, dir. Laura Terruso, USA, World Premiere
Kate Nash: Underestimate the Girl, dir. Amy Goldstein, USA, World Premiere
Ride, dir. Jeremy Ungar, USA, World Premiere
Tea With the Dames, dir. Roger Michell, UK, US Premiere
We Have Always Lived in the Castle, dir. Stacie Passon, USA, US Premiere

Music Videos

Celebrating the marriage of music and visuals in these groundbreaking works.

Apartment, dir. Ellis Bahl, USA

Art in Motion, dir. Hayk Matevosyan, USA, World Premiere

Bones, dir. Hunter Brumfield, USA

Camisa Al Reves, dir. Andrew Vasquez, USA

Clutch, dir. Christopher Ripley, USA

Dis Generation, dir. Hiro Murai, USA

Dreams, dir. Elliott Sellers & Erik Ferguson, USA

Found, dir., USA

Half a Million, dir. Lamar + Nik, USA

Hard World, dir. Mike Hollingsworth, USA

Heart Attack, dir. Mimi Cave, USA

Indie, dir. Angel Kristi Williams, USA

I Want You, dir. NORTON, USA

Land of the Fairies, dir. Amiel Kestenbaum, Israel

Lost Angeles, dir. Evanston Moore, USA

Loving is Easy, dir. Chris Ullens, United Kingdom

My Way, dir. WATTS., USA

Pleader, dir. Isaiah Seret, United Kingdom

Side by Side, dir. Bohdan Zajcenko, Czech Republic

Terraform, dir. Sil van der Woerd & Jorik Dozy, Spain

True Love Waits, dir. Adi Halfin, Israel

Future Filmmakers Showcase: High School Shorts

Made by incredibly accomplished high school filmmakers from across the country and globe, 43% of the short films in this diverse slate are directed by young women and 47% are directed by filmmakers from diverse backgrounds.

Indie Pilots

In this section, each pilot stands on its own and navigates the full hour of an episodic show. Storytellers bring an independent sensibility to these original series.

2 Kawaii 4 Comfort, co-dirs., Luke Palmer, John Bickerstaff, USA
40 And Single, dir, Leila Djansi, USA/Ghana
Mulligan, dir, Steve Parys, USA

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