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DTLA Film Festival Announces 2017 Filmmaker Awards

Tommy Swerdlow’s A THOUSAND JUNKIES Takes Best Picture

LOS ANGELES – September 30, 2017 – In Closing Night ceremonies earlier this evening for the 9th DTLA Film Festival, A Thousand Junkies — Tommy Swerdlow’s bittersweet dark comedy about a day in the life of three Los Angeles addicts — won this year’s top prize, Best Picture. The film will be released by The Orchard.

Best Director for documentary feature was awarded to Miranda Bailey for The Pathological Optimist about the controversial vaccine researcher Dr. Andrew Wakefield, being released by Film Arcade. Adam Cushman was awarded Best Director for Restraint, his narrative feature about the dark side of suburbia.

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9th DTLA Film Festival To Close
With 25th Anniversary Screening
Of Robert Altman’s Seminal Hollywood Satire


Cast and Crew Reunite for Special Screening
on Saturday, Sept. 30, 6 pm, Regal L.A. LIVE

Closing Night Gala Reception To Follow
At Jason Vass Gallery in the Arts District

LOS ANGELES — September 25, 2017 — Robert Altman’s seminal satire of Hollywood, “The Player,” will celebrate its 25th anniversary as the Closing Night program of the 2017 DTLA Film Festival on Sat., Sept 30 at 6:00 pm.

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‘Lane 1974’ Selected As Centerpiece Film by 2017 DTLA Film Festival

Director S.J. Chiro’s coming-of-age story to have its Los Angeles theatrical premiere on Sunday, Sept. 24, 7 pm, Regal L.A. LIVE

LOS ANGELES — September 22, 2017 — Director’s S.J. Chiro’s poignant coming-of-age story Lane 1974, a 2017 SXSW Film Fest selection, will have its Los Angeles theatrical premiere screening as the Centerpiece selection of the 9th DTLA Film Festival on Sunday, Sept. 24, 7:00 pm at Regal L.A. LIVE.

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2017 DTLA Film Festival
Announces Short Films

10 Distinct Programs of Short-Form Content Offer
Wide Range of Genres From Comedy to SciFi and Documentary

Local Filmmakers Showcased In ‘Only In DTLA’
and UCLA V. USC Programs

Webisode Series Showcases The Best in New Internet Content,
Including Spotlights on Creators of ‘555’ and ‘Caleb Gallo’

LOS ANGELES — September 14, 2017 — The 9th annual DTLA Film Festival, Sept. 21-30 at L.A. LIVE, announced today its short film line-up comprised of 10 distinctly different programs of all genres.

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2017 DTLA Film Festival
Announces Feature Films

More Than 100 Films of All Genres to Screen Sept. 21-30 at Regal L.A. LIVE and Venues Throughout DTLA

Theatrical Releases from The Orchard, Samuel Goldwyn, Indie Rights and Official Selections from Sundance, Tribeca and SXSW

To Open Festival’s 9th Edition

Curated Series Include ENEMY NATIONS, A Showcase of Foreign Films Reflecting the Festival’s Theme – ‘Movies. Not Walls.’ and MORE THAN FILM, a Look at Next Gen TV and Video Games

LOS ANGELES – September 1, 2017 – The 9th annual DTLA Film Festival, Sept. 21-30 at L.A. LIVE, announced today its feature films including all documentary and narrative feature-length films in competition. The festival’s lineup includes motion pictures of all genres, representing countries spanning the globe. In keeping with this year’s theme – “Movies. Not walls” – the festival will host the first Enemy Nations Film Series. This series will present films from the countries labeled by immigration initiatives and Presidential tweets as homes to enemies of the state.

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DTLA in the News

Inside This Week’s Hollywood Parties and Events

Beth Pratt-Bergstrom, Joel Schulman, Karolyne Sosa and Natalie Riggs attend The Cat That Changed America screening at DTLAFF. Read Full Article

Iran Filmmaker Wins Pioneer Award in LA

The 9th Downtown Los Angeles Film Festival (DTLA), held Sept. 21-30, granted its Female Pioneer Award to Iranian movie director Shiva Sanjari for her documentary

Specialty Box Office Preview

Like Vaxxed, The Pathological Optimist did not go to other high profile festivals but did screen at the DTLA Film Festival starting on Sept. 25.

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THE CAT THAT CHANGED AMERICA (Film) The Cat That Changed America is the documentary on P22, the mountain lion who lives in Griffith Park.The film

Robert Altman’s ‘The Player’ Closes 9th Annual DTLA Film Fest

The film called "one of the all-time great Hollywood satires" by Rotten Tomatoes will appear on the big screen for one night to culminate the

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Festival Debuts 2017 Trailer

The 9th Annual DTLA Film Festival has debuted its official festival trailer. Designed by festival art director Vlad Aksenov, the trailer carries forward the theme of the 2017 festival, “Movies. Not Walls.” See it here:

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