Los Angeles Film Festival: Nate Parker Q&A and 11 More Can't-Miss Highlights

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'Lowriders'

The event, running June 1-9, is moving from downtown L.A. to Culver City for its 2016 edition.

After five years downtown, the Los Angeles Film Festival, presented by Film Independent, is on the move. Its 2016 edition, running June 1 to 9, will be headquartered at the ArcLight Cinemas in Culver City, with screenings also taking place at the ArcLights in Hollywood and Santa Monica. Some highlights:

LOWRIDERS
June 1, ArcLight Hollywood Cinerama Dome

With a focus on diversity — 38 percent of this year's films were directed by people of color, 43 percent by women — the festival kicks off with Peru-born director Ricardo de Montreuil's feature about Southern California car culture.

THE MUSIC OF STRANGERS
June 2, Bing Theater LACMA

The documentary from Oscar winner Morgan Neville (20 Feet From Stardom) looks at cellist Yo-Yo Ma and his Silk Road Ensemble.

NATE PARKER'S LABOR OF LOVE
June 2, ArcLight Culver City

The director of Sundance breakout The Birth of a Nation will participate in a conversation about what it took to bring his film to the screen.

PAINT IT BLACK
June 3, Bing Theater LACMA

Actress Amber Tamblyn makes her directorial debut with this adaptation of the Janet Fitch novel starring Janet McTeer and Alia Shawkat as two women dealing with the aftermath of a death.

WOMEN BEHIND THE LENS: SPOTLIGHT ON CINEMATOGRAPHERS
June 4, ArcLight Culver City

Women cinematographers Maryse Alberti, Joan Churchill, Mandy Walker, Tami Reiker and Amy Vincent will discuss their craft.

DON'T HANG UP
June 4, ArcLight Culver City

Visual effects artists Damien Mace and Alexis Wajsbrot make their directorial debut with this thriller about teenage pranks gone bad in the Nightfall section.

SENSITIVITY TRAINING
June 5, Arclight Culver City

Writer-director Melissa Finell's screenplay for this female buddy comedy has won both the Samuel Goldwyn Writing Award and an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Production Grant.

LIFE, ANIMATED
June 6, ArcLight Culver City

Roger Ross Williams' documentary is based on journalist Ron Suskind's book about how Suskind's autistic son learned to communicate through his favorite lines from Disney movies.

DON'T THINK TWICE
June 6, ArcLight Culver City

Mike Birbiglia writes, directs and stars — alongside a cast that includes Keegan-Michael Key and Gillian Jacobs — in this tale about a New York improv comedy troupe whose friendships are tested when a hit TV show comes calling.

THE CONJURING 2
June 7, TCL Chinese Theater

Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson return as married paranormal investigators fighting off demonic possession in the latest feature directed by James Wan.

A HUNDRED STREETS
June 8, ArcLight Culver City

Jim O'Hanlon's multicharacter drama set in contemporary London stars Idris Elba and Gemma Arterton.

DESIERTO
June 9, ArcLight Culver City

Jonas Cuaron's U.S.-Mexico border thriller, starring Gael Garcia Bernal and Jeffrey Dean Morgan, is the event's closing-night film. 

A version of this story first appeared in the June 10 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

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