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The Los Angeles Film Festival announced on Tuesday that it will present Rick Famuyiwa’s Dope and Pete Docter’s Inside Out as pre-festival screenings that will take place in advance of the festival, which runs from June 10-18 in downtown Los Angeles.
The fest, produced by Film Independent, will screen Dope on June 8. The African-American comedy stars Shameik Moore as a high school kid in a tough neighborhood who’s invited to an underground party. The cast also includes Tony Revolori, Kiersey Clemons, Blake Anderson, Zoe Kravitz, A$AP Rocky, Chanel Iman and Quincy Brown.
It was produced by Forest Whitaker and Nina Yang Bongiovi, with Pharrell Williams, Michael Y. Chow, Famuyiwa and David Lonner serving as executive producers, Sean Combs as co-executive producer and Mimi Valdes and Caron Veazy as co-producers. Open Road is releasing the movie nationwide on June 19.
“This idea-driven, fast-moving comedy-drama tracks the way African Americans wrestle with the concept that either they affect the culture or culture subsumes them,” said Film Independent curator Elvis Mitchell.
On June 9, the fest will screen Pixar’s newest movie Inside Out, preceded by a master class with Docter, who directed the film and served as one of its screenwriters. Set inside the head of a young girl, the movie features the voices of Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, Lewis Black, Mindy Kaling, Phyllis Smith, Diane Lane, Kyle MacLachlan and Kaitlyn Dias. Disney will release Inside Out on June 19.
“In Inside Out Pete Docter animates the volatile emotions of a pre-teen girl, giving audiences a front-row seat to adolescence, parental frailty and the power of human connection,” said Los Angeles Film Festival director Stephanie Allain.
The fest also announced that Todd Strauss-Schulson’s The Final Girls will be presented during the festival on June 16 as a gala screening. The film stars Taissa Farmiga, Malin Akerman, Adam Devine, Thomas Middleditch, Alia Shawkat, Alexander Ludwig and Nina Dobrev in a comedy about a high school senior who is mysteriously transported with her friends into a 1980s horror film that starred Max’s mother, a celebrated scream queen.
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