'Route 30' to kick off Valley Film Festival

North Hollywood fest begins Sept. 24

John Putch's comedy "Route 30" will kick off the 8th annual Valley Film Festival, which runs from Sept. 24-28 at the El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood.

Valley-lensed features making their Los Angeles debut at the fest include Bradley Ragland's "So Long Jimmy"; Jay Woelfel's "Live Evil"; Greg Salman and Brad Brough's "Welcome to Pornoland"; and the closing night film, Tate Taylor's "Pretty Ugly People."

The fest's documentary showcase includes "Devils Island, Journey into Jungle Alcatraz," "Judy Toll: The Funniest Woman You've Never Heard Of" and "Blocking the Path to 9/11."

There will be shorts programs built around comedy, drama, horror and "Made in the (818)."

Founded in 2000, the Valley Film Festival is a project of Community Partners.