Downtown Film Festival Draws Huge Crowd and Stars On the Red Carpet

9 09 2010


An exclusive interview with Actor Director John Hawkes

Los Angeles, CA – A larger crowd packed into the opening night of the 2010 Downtown Film Festival L.A. , where Actor Director John Hawks received the  “Indie Film Trailblazer Award.” The event was held at the Civic Center Theater (Ronald. F. Deaton Auditorium), 100 W. 1st St. Los Angeles, 90012 (s.e. corner of 1st & Main across from City Hall in downtown L.A.)
Actor John Hawkes former Deadwood co-star

John Hawkes, Actor Director, Downtown Film Festival on the red carpet with his friends at the Downtown Film Festival Los Angeles that honored him with the Trailerblazer Award.

John Hawkes – Born and raised in rural Minnesota, John Hawkes moved to Austin, Texas to begin his career as an actor and musician. He co-founded the Big State Productions Theatre Company and appeared in the group’s original play, In the West, at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. John starred in the critically acclaimed “Me and You and Everyone We Know,” which received wide praise and was awarded the special jury prize at the Sundance Film Festival as well as the Camera d’Or Award at the Cannes Film Festival.

Isabella Cascarano, Actress, Model and Choreographer on the red carpet at DFFLA.

Additional feature credits include, the Lion’s Gate film A Slipping-Down Life(1999) with Guy Pearce, the psychological thriller Identity(2003) alongsideJohn Cusack andRay LiottaMiami Vice (2006) withJamie Foxx andColin Farrell,Playing God (2004),The Perfect Storm(2000), From Dusk Till Dawn (1996) andHardball (1997). Hawkes also starred and co-produced the independent filmButtleman (2002) for which he received a Breakout Performance Award at the 2004 Sedona Film Festival and a Special Jury Prize at the 2003 Deep Ellum Film Festival. Hawkes’ television credits include a lead role in the critically acclaimed HBO series, “Deadwood” (2004) in which he played Sol Star, a spirited entrepreneur in a lawless town

Here’s the upcoming festival  schedule

Digital Art L.A. @ ART WALK

Thursday, Sept. 9. Noon to Midnight
Join us at the September Art Walk for the one-of-a-kind, free-to-the-public annual Digital Art L.A., Downtown Film Fest’s experimental program, featuring digital video exhibitions, free screenings and live performances by killer bands!

EXHIBITIONS
Los Angeles Center for Digital Art
7-9 pm
107 W. 5th (between Spring & Main)
Los Angeles 90013

LACDA presents a dynamic performance collaboration including Tiffany Trenda, video by Victor Acedevo, and experimental electronic music by SigAlert (Rex Bruce, Neil Kohanski and Alex Cole) that explores electro-communicative overkill, L.A. style. Prior performances by this exceptional group have caused a sensation in the Downtown art scene. As well, LACDA presents it annual international new media exhibit of juried submissions. More than 30 artists have been selected from hundreds of entries from around the world, by noted Los Angeles critic and curator Peter Frank of the Riverside Art Museum.

Board of Directors Downtown Film Festival Los Angeles opening night.

Rosslyn Hotel Lobby
2 pm to 9 pm
112 W. 5th St. (between Spring & Main)

Downtown Film Festival L.A. and LACDA present an invitational exhibit in the extravagant lobby of the historic Rosslyn Hotel with works from leading local, regional and national arts organizations: iotaCenter · UCR ARTSblock | California Museum of Photography · Dance Camera West · Downtown Film Festival Los Angeles · Orange County Center for Contemporary Art · Vortex Immersion Media · The Museum of Hyperreal Art (MOHA) More information for both exhibits: lacda Official Site

FREE SCREENINGS
DFFLA Cinema Lounge & Screening Room
Spring Arcade Building, Suite 214
514 S. Spring St. (between 5th & 6th)
Los Angeles 90013

LACDA Digital Short Fest Winners
1:30 pm
The winners of LACDA annual international contest will be screened. Wine & cheese reception to follow.

Destricted
3:30pm

This celebrated collection of experimental, erotic shorts gets a rare public screening as part of the 2010 Downtown Film Fest. The films explore the intersection of sex and art in a series of films created by some of the world’s most preeminent and provocative artists and directors. Explicit in content they reveal the diverse attitudes by which we represent ourselves sexually. Participating artists include Matthew Barney, Richard Prince, Larry Clark, Marina Ambromavic, Marco Brambilla and Gaspar Noe. More info: Destricted Official Website

ART WALK PARTY: The DFFLA Sterephonic Arcade
7 pm to Midnight
Spring Arcade Building
541 S. Spring Street
Los Angeles 90013

DFFLA 2010 presents an indie rock explosion of bands that help define the future of modern music. In conjunction with the screening of the rockumentary Echotone – a highly-stylized film that explores the diversification of the current music scene in Austin, Texas – the producers and DFFLA have assembled a collection of musicians and bands that reflect the fomenting kaleidoscope of new sounds, which emphasize a stringent, uncompromising ideology. L.A.’s Eastside ‘hoods shares a disitinct musical bond with many of the bands from Austin. Almost every week you can find at least one Austin band performing at one of L.A.’s music clubs, and L.A. bands are always in full force at Austin’s SXSW music fest.


Echotone, screening Thursday, Sept. 9, 8 pm, Downtown Independent Theater

Live Music Line-Up:

7-7:45pm – George Glass
8-8:45pm – The Changos
9-9:45pm – Kissing Cousins
10-10:45pm – Twilight Sleep

Press Contact:
Greg Ptacek
Downtown Film Festival L.A.
323-841-8002; greg@dffla.com

Press Contact:
Katie Littlejohn
Downtown Film Festival L.A.
Mobile: 676-898-3587; Katie@dffla.com

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More than a dozen movie premieres at the Downtown Film Festival in Los Angeles starts Wednesday ends on 9-11

8 09 2010

John Hawkes To Be Honored With The
Indie Trailblazer of the Year Award

Los Angeles, CA – Downtown Film Festival Los Angeles announced today that “Everything Will Happen Before You Die,” a hilarious romp through the underbelly of L.A.’s boho subculture, will be presented as the 2010 festival’s Centerpiece Gala premiere film, Saturday, Sept. 11th, 7:30 pm at the new 400-seat Civic Center F. Deaton Auditorium, at corner of 1st and Main St., across from City Hall in downtown L.A.

John Hawkes
(courtesy JHS Class of 1997)

The presentation marks the world premiere of the film directed by Dan Finkel and written by Finkel and Brian McGuire. The film stars McGuire and Bret Roberts. Bruce Dickson is the director of photography.

That evening during the Centerpiece program, actor John Hawkes will be honored with the festival’s Indie Trailblazer of the Year Award, for his body of work in 2010. In addition to appearing in “Everything Will Happen Before You Die,” Hawkes also appears in “On Holiday,” another feature screening premiering at the festival earlier that afternoon. Earlier this year, Hawkes received critical acclaim for his starring role in “Winter’s Bone,” which debuted at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival and went on to nationwide commercial release. Hawkes also has appeared in the feature releases “The Perfect Storm,” “Wristcutters: A Love Story” and “Me and You and Everyone We Know” as well as TV’s “Deadwood& quot; and “Lost.”

In “Everything Will Happen Before You Die,” Edgar (Brian McGuire) finally has got his shit together. After years of riding the party train, he has finally stepped off and is living the nerdy, hipster dream. He has his own on-line fabric company where he designs controversial T-shirts, and has a new beautiful Kenyan girlfriend whom he’s marrying at the end of the day (ok, for her immigration status). He’s right on track with his new life when an unexpected visitor from the past sets him on a new (old) course. Doran (Brett Roberts), a Russian expat who has his own private cabin on life’s party train, insists that he gives his best friend an all-day bachelor adventure. Next stop: chaos! Their friendship is tested as they must square off with a low-re nt Russian mobster and embark on a spiritual quest that brings them in contact with a motley crew of characters from L.A.’s self-professed bohemian underbelly.

“We’re delighted to be the launching platform for this film that so much captures the spirit of L.A.’s ‘alt subculture.’ Brian, Bret, Dan and the rest of their filmmaking team have proven that you don’t need a huge production budget to make a superior – and I’ll add, extremely funny – feature film,” said Greg Ptacek, DFFLA’s Festival Co-Director. “It’s also our honor to award John Hawkes with our Indie Trailblazer Award. John has had an amazing year, and his talent for completely transforming himself in roles, as evidenced in ‘Everything,’ never ceases to amaze me, and audiences everywhere.”

The 2010 Downtown Film Festival L.A. will be held Sept. 8-12 in venues throughout Los Angeles’ historic core. More than 100 feature-length and short films – narrative, documentary and experimental – will be presented along with filmmaker Q&As, panel discussions, cocktail parties, live music events and receptions. For more information, please visit us online at www.dffla.com.

PRESS CONTACT

Katie Littlejohn, publicist
Downtown Film Festival L.A.676-898-3587; katie@dffla.com

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