Hanson, Williams will share a LAFF


Curtis Hanson will serve as guest director and Pharrell Williams will act as artist in residence at the 2007 Los Angeles Film Festival.

As guest director, Hanson is programming a special sidebar of films that have inspired his work. They include John Ford's "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance" and Samuel Fuller's "The Naked Kiss." The screening of "Liberty Valance" will be followed by a Q&A with Hanson. In addition, he will attend the two-day festival retreat hosted at Skywalker Ranch in Marin County, Calif.

In his role as artist in residence, Williams has programmed his own sidebar of influential films: "National Lampoon's Vacation" and Steven Spielberg's "Close Encounters of the Third Kind." Williams also will participate in a conversation with Elvis Mitchell on June 23 at the Hammer Museum in Westwood. The event, presented in cooperation with the Hammer Museum, is free and open to the public.

Hanson's recent credits include "Lucky You" and "In Her Shoes." He also directed "L.A. Confidential," "Wonder Boys" and "8 Mile."

Williams is half of the Grammy-wining musical duo the Neptunes and has worked with the likes of Gwen Stefani, Justin Timberlake and Usher. He also is part of alt-rock's N.E.R.D.

LAFF runs in Westwood Village from June 21-July 1.