Lisa Cholodenko Named Los Angeles Film Festival Guest Director

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Lisa Cholodenko

Sony Pictures Classics' Tom Bernard and Michael Barker to be honored with the Spirit of Independence Award.

Filmmaker Lisa Cholodenko has been selected to serve as guest director of the 2014 Los Angeles Film Festival, which takes place June 11-19 in downtown Los Angeles.

The festival also announced Tuesday that Sony Pictures Classics co-presidents Tom Bernard and Michael Barker will be honored with its Spirit of Independence Award. They will discuss their work with festival artistic director David Ansen and choose a film to screen from the SPC catalogue.

Cholodenko’s films include High Art, Laurel Canyon and The Kids Are All Right, which opened the 2010 festival. She also has worked on such television programs as Hung, Six Feet Under, The L Word and the Showtime feature Cavedweller. Cholodenko will attend the fest’s 13th annual Filmmaker Retreat at The Parker Palm Springs before the fest begins,

“It's an honor to name Lisa Cholodenko as guest director of the 20th anniversary of the Los Angeles Film Festival,” said festival director Stephanie Allain. “Lisa’s work exemplifies our mission of supporting artists who are diverse, innovative, and have a unique point of view. We’re lucky to have her share her insights and process with us at our annual retreat.”

The festival is also programming a series of master classes that will launch with musician-producer-composer Atticus Ross performing an original electronic soundscape created for the festival and discussing his work scoring films such as The Social Network and The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.

The festival’s annual celebration of women’s achievements in film will focus on Women Who Call the Shots: Women Directors and Showrunners. The event will consist of a panel of directors and showrunners including Nicole Holofcener (Enough Said), Marta Kauffman (Friends) and Gina Prince-Bythewood (Love & Basketball).

As part of LA Muse, the fest will also offer a conversation with Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, the stars of Key & Peele.