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  • Mystery Skulls (Feat. Brandy & Nile Rodgers) “Magic”
  • BEVERLY HILLS MUSIC HALL
    May 22nd
    1:00pm
  • Dir.Double Ninja: Thomas Vernay and Yann Wallaert (FRANCE)
  • Mystery Skulls gold-dipped video for 'Magic' featuring Nile Rodgers and Brandy is the IFS Best Music Video of the year, and we are proud to open the 2015 IFS Film Festival with this amazing music video.

    BEST MUSIC VIDEO

  • LaemmleAwards Shorts Program A1
  • 130919 · A Portrait of Marina Abramović
  • BEVERLY HILLS MUSIC HALL
    May 22nd
    1:00pm
  • Dir.Matthu Placek (USA)
  • Shot in the then-empty location that was to become the Marina Abramović Institute in Hudson, NY, the experimental 3D film 130919 is a haunting, one-shot portrait of the famous artist at once physically and mystically occupying the space, set to a hypnotic track by Serbian singer Svetlana Spajic. This opening IFS film is not to be missed.

    BEST EXPERIMENTAL FILM

  • LaemmleAwards Shorts Program A1
  • Valiant
  • BEVERLY HILLS MUSIC HALL
    May 22nd
    1:15pm
  • Dir.Robin G. Phillips (USA)
  • Valiant is an action-adventure/sci-fi franchise set in a wholly new and original science fiction universe and is the winner of IFS Award for Best Sci-Fi Short Film.

    BEST SCI-FI SHORT

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  • Blackberry Winter
  • BEVERLY HILLS MUSIC HALL
    May 22nd
    1:45pm
  • Dir.René Leeds (USA)
  • Blackberry Winter is a slice of life. Grace, a teenage girl, skips school to have an affair with an older man. We catch a glimpse of her private world and her world at home. We don't know what happens outside of this one day, but there is an impression that she has been doing this a long time, and will continue to.



  • LaemmleDrama Shorts Program A2
  • Circle of Life
  • BEVERLY HILLS MUSIC HALL
    May 22nd
    1:45pm
  • Dir.Ray Arthur Wang (USA)
  • In his final hours of existence, an old hermit reflects on the circle of life before dying in complete solitude, ending one circle and beginning a new one in Circle of Life, a subtle short 35mm film about human life, told from the perspective of a Native American man, with a dose of surrealism and existentialism. As a Native American, he had never fit in wherever he went; on the one hand, he embraced the way of the settlers, shunning the more traditional lifestyle, but on the other hand, his appearance kept him from true assimilation.



  • LaemmleDrama Shorts Program A2
  • Mojave Junction
  • BEVERLY HILLS MUSIC HALL
    May 22nd
    1:45pm
  • Dir.Christian Jean (USA)
  • A Fistful of Dollars in The Twilight Zone. The Good, The Bad and Cthulhu. Set in 1899 in the sunbaked desolation of the high desert, Mojave Junction is a supernatural western telling the story of McTeague (Race Owen), a scoundrel who absconds with a treasure of stolen gold only to be tracked down by Marcus (Ed Marinaro), a wiry 'ole prospector whose impulsiveness far outweighs his intelligence. Watch from the edge of your seat as these rock-ribbed adversaries clash in an escalating battle of wills, and recoil in horror as something sinister lurking among the dunes renders a final judgment on their greed.



  • LaemmleDrama Shorts Program A2
  • The Party
  • BEVERLY HILLS MUSIC HALL
    May 22nd
    1:45pm
  • Dir.Andrew Merrill (USA)
  • The Party starts off looking back at the past, the meeting of the couple, the romance, the blooming of love, and then we see where it has ended up. A couple deals with the tension of their relationship right before their friends come over for a party, and only we get to witness how they cover up their feelings in front of their friends. The story is about the glamorous visions of the past butting up against the less perfect present.



  • LaemmleDrama Shorts Program A2
  • Attack of the Killer Trees
  • BEVERLY HILLS MUSIC HALL
    May 22nd
    2:30pm
  • Dir.Valerie Giuili (USA)
  • Attack of the Killer Trees depicts the surreal adventures of Louie Lumberjack and his chain-smoking existentialist friend, Pierre Beaver. Torn between his job and an increasingly eco-conscious society, Louie faces his guilt when he stumbles upon a forest of retaliatory, carnivorous trees. Through Louie's example, the film emphasizes the importance of both conserving and renewing the environment, the collective impact of environmentally conscious life-style changes as well as the interdependence of all living things.

    BEST ANIMATED SHORT

  • LaemmleAnimated Award Shorts A3
  • Rehovot
  • BEVERLY HILLS MUSIC HALL
    May 22nd
    2:30pm
  • Dir.Sofia Gutman (ISRAEL)
  • On a sunlit afternoon a mother leaves her girl at the entrance to a swimming pool. The girl watches the water, when behind her a man is approaching. This journey will take her through the depths of fear and confront her with the parent's violent past.



  • LaemmleAnimated Award Shorts A3
  • Sugar Coated
  • BEVERLY HILLS MUSIC HALL
    May 22nd
    2:30pm
  • Dir.Christopher Parson (USA)
  • Lolita, a fashion movement imported from the streets of Harajuku, Tokyo, has a thriving group of followers in Los Angeles. We follow four Lolitas and investigate their motivations for taking on the extreme style; from self-expression, to the questioning of identity and body image.

    BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT

  • LaemmleAnimated Award Shorts A3
  • Viscera
  • BEVERLY HILLS MUSIC HALL
    May 22nd
    2:30pm
  • Dir.Lauren Morrison (USA)
  • Viscera is a short, multi-media film that examines the disconnect between food and source, rich and poor, and the intentional ignorance that allows exploitation to flourish.



  • LaemmleAnimated Award Shorts A3
  • Dusty & The Desert Rose
  • BEVERLY HILLS MUSIC HALL
    May 22nd
    3:15pm
  • Dir.Shantie Midnight (USA)
  • Dustin Shelby, a misanthrope with OCD and a general disdain for humanity is voyaging into the desert to commit the perfect suicide, when he meets Rosie "Desert Rose" Santizi, an optimistic bohemian vagabond, on her spirit quest. They wind up traveling together and we follow their moving exploration of the desert and themselves. They are the polar forces of cynicism and idealism, as Dustin has consistently said, “No,” to life while Rosie embraces every reason to say “Yes.” A humanistic story of hope and change, the film proves that you can find meaning in life where you least expect it.

    BEST STUDENT SHORT

  • LaemmleAward Winning Drama Program A4
  • Marza
  • BEVERLY HILLS MUSIC HALL
    May 22nd
    3:45pm
  • Dir.Regan A. Young (USA)
  • A narrative beacon that shines light on both unrelenting tragedies and transcendent courage, Marza unearths glimmers of hope amidst the dehumanizing haze of war when a sweet, street-savvy Afghan girl befriends a despondent Marine Sergeant and forces him to reconsider his cynical worldview. Marza shares the human side of war on an intimately cinematic scale that draws focus to this story of uncommon valor, unlikely friendship, and ultimate sacrifice.

    BEST DRAMATIC SHORT FILM

  • LaemmleAward Winning Drama Program A4
  • The Men of Santa Muerte
  • BEVERLY HILLS MUSIC HALL
    May 22nd
    4:15pm
  • Dir.Jared Januschka (USA)
  • The directors state that this film is not suitable for the following: Minors. Romantics. Pacifists. Spiritualists. Feminists…Or Optimists.
    An underground Gladiator forced to fight imagines his opponents last moments in a Tijuana bar to try and recapture his humanity in this disturbing short film.

    BEST ACTION SHORT

  • LaemmleGenre Award Shorts A6
  • The Peripheral
  • BEVERLY HILLS MUSIC HALL
    May 22nd
    4:15pm
  • Dir.JT Seaton (USA)
  • When a patient shows up unexpectedly, Dr. Joanna Redding attempts to help him overcome his “irrational” phobia of the creatures that he sees in his peripheral vision. Dr. Redding uses Exposure Therapy, forcing Kenny to face his fear. Of course, the creatures that terrify Kenny are very real — and very deadly. It is a horrifying discovery that Dr. Redding uncovers all too late! Starring cult actress Lynn Lowry ("The Crazies", "Cat People") and features old school Stop Motion Creature Effects (in the vein of Ray Harryhausen) from artist Ron Cole.

    BEST HORROR SHORT

  • LaemmleGenre Award Shorts A6
  • The Boy Next Door
  • BEVERLY HILLS MUSIC HALL
    May 22nd
    4:15pm
  • Dir.Nicole Layson (USA)
  • Exploring themes of innocence and innocence lost, The Boy Next Door tells the story of Michael, a 14-year-old social outcast whose only friends are his toy dragons. Then one day his neighbor Ashlin, a 7-year-old girl, takes an interest in him, and against the advice of her friend Molly, forms an unlikely friendship with Michael.

    BEST SHORT THRILLER

  • LaemmleGenre Award Shorts A6
  • Behind the Times
  • BEVERLY HILLS MUSIC HALL
    May 22nd
    5:00pm
  • Dir.Natalie Gordon and Victoria Gordon (USA)
  • BEHIND THE TIMES is the story of the Wells Family: TV's perfect sitcom family. Of course, they live in 2015. Cue record scratch.

    In this family-driven story, the Wellses of Main Street live life the way TV taught us it should be: funny, sweet, and easily resolved in 22 minutes. When their new neighbor, a former FBI agent, meets the anachronistic brood, she makes it her mission to find out what's behind that perfect façade. BEHIND THE TIMES, created by 21-year-old Victoria Gordon, is, at its heart, a tale of what it means to be true to yourself.

    VANGUARD AWARD BREAKTHROUGH PERFORMER – Victoria Gordon

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  • Bound for Greatness
  • BEVERLY HILLS MUSIC HALL
    May 22nd
    5:30pm
  • Dir.Jimmy Gadd (USA)
  • Darren, living with Asperger's, has gone throughout his life not truly connecting with anyone. Seeking the comforting sounds of crashing waves one blustery day, he happens upon a girl nursing a broken bird. She needs him and he's never been needed before in the short film, "Bound For Greatness", starring Karen Gillan of "Dr. Who," "Guardians of the Galaxy,", and Keir O'Donnell of "Wedding Crashers," and "American Sniper," Directed by Jimmy Gadd in his directorial debut with this short film that is an IFS staff favorite.

    BEST SHORT FILM
    BEST ACTOR – Keir O'Donnell
    BEST ACTRESS – Karen Gillan
  • LaemmleAward Winner Program A7
  • Coward
  • BEVERLY HILLS MUSIC HALL
    May 22nd
    5:30pm
  • Dir.Karen Gillan (USA)
  • Directed by starring Karen Gillan ("Dr. Who," "Guardians of the Galaxy"), this hypnotic short focuses on two people connect over the mutual experience of murder, starring The Wire's James Ransone and Rose McIver. Winner of IFS Best Independent Short Film.

    BEST INDEPENDENT SHORT

  • LaemmleAward Winner Program A7
  • Cracked
  • BEVERLY HILLS MUSIC HALL
    May 22nd
    5:30pm
  • Dir.Adria Tennor (USA)
  • Nine-year-old Rosalie and ten-year-old Sam have an unusual relationship. Even though they are close in age, Rosalie is actually Sam's niece. An accident baby, Sam lives a lonely, awkward life with his much older, widowed mother, Theresa. Rosalie's sprightly mischief and insensibility to Sam's situation only exacerbates his uneasiness during her frequent summertime visits, which she makes with her mother, Mary, to pick the raspberries that grow in Theresa's backyard. However, an unfortunate mishap turns into a chance for Rosalie to make a very small but sage gesture winning her Sam's trust and friendship forever.

    BEST SHORT FILM DIRECTOR – Adria Tennor

  • LaemmleAward Winner Program A7
  • Knights of the Long Table
  • BEVERLY HILLS MUSIC HALL
    May 22nd
    5:30pm
  • Dir.Andrew Burlinson (USA)
  • KNIGHTS OF THE LONG TABLE taps into the skewed energy of Monty Python, early Mel Brooks and classic Looney Tunes. Imaginative and slightly strange, this short film from director Andrew Burlinson will make six-year-olds and sixty-year-olds laugh in equal measure as a young King Arthur struggles to unite a war torn kingdom. Interior design and super heroes somehow enter the fray.

    BEST COMEDIC SHORT

  • LaemmleAward Winner Program A7
  • IFS RED CARPET and PRESS EVENT
  • BEVERLY HILLS MUSIC HALL
    May 22nd
    6:00pm
  • Dir.Independent Filmmakers Showcase (USA)
  • Come get your press and personal photos taken on the IFS Red Carpet before the IFS Awards Ceremony! Show off those swanky threads! Show up early to take photos before the mad rush! All IFS festival filmmakers, cast, crew, and friends are invited to our Red Carpet Opening Day Event! Red Carpet Open from 5:00pm on til 11:00pm, with Press from 6:00pm - 6:45pm.

    See you there!



  • LaemmleIFS RED CARPET and PRESS EVENT
  • IFS AWARDS CEREMONY
  • BEVERLY HILLS MUSIC HALL
    May 22nd
    6:45pm
  • Dir.Independent Filmmakers Showcase (USA)
  • The IFS Awards Ceremony, the biggest event of the IFS Film Festival!

    Where current members of the Independent Filmmakers Showcase honor the best independent films of the recent and upcoming season with IFS HONORS and our IFS AWARDS to the best in new, underground, and independent films.


    Surprise celebrities are known to stop by, alongside tomorrows superstars. Join us for the fun!
    Get your tickets early! This event sells out quickly each year!
    Buy your tickets online or at Box Office prior to the day of the event to insure you get a ticket.

    Ticket holders: make sure to arrive by 6:45pm for seating. Arrivals after 7:00pm may not be able to be seated at arrival and may portions of the program.


    Awards Ceremony Event begins seating at 6:45pm and starts at 7:00pm.



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  • Savageland
  • BEVERLY HILLS MUSIC HALL
    May 22nd
    8:30pm
  • Dir.Phil Guidry, Simon Herbert, and David Whelan (USA)
  • “Harrowing… Scary as all get-out … A suggestion of absolute horror and it makes you fill the gaps in with things scarier than any film could play out conventionally… Highly recommended.” Ain't It Cool News

    On the night of June 2, 2011, the largest mass murder in American history occurs in the off-the-grid border town just a few miles north of Mexico. The entire population of 57 disappears overnight, and the next morning nothing is left but blood trails leading into the desert.

    The police arrest the lone survivor: an illegal immigrant found covered with the blood of a number of his fellow residents. Despite a lack of convincing forensic evidence, Salazar is charged with all the murders, against the backdrop of racial hysteria and paranoia that permeates the US/Mexico border.

    During the trial, a compelling new piece of evidence emerges: something terrible and remorseless passed through the town that night. Only one roll of film is a record of this gruesome wave of horror, and quite possibly, into a glimpse of more bloodshed to come.

    BEST HORROR FEATURE FILM

  • LaemmleSavageland
  • Despair Sessions
  • BEVERLY HILLS MUSIC HALL
    May 22nd
    10:00pm
  • Dir.Cagan Kayi (TURKEY, ITALY, INDIA)
  • This film from IFS Best Director 2015 award winner is a gritty crime drama about loss, grief and sense of justice. After the sudden death of his teenage son in a hit-and-run, a family man Gordon joins a support group led by an unconventional psychiatrist and an ex-police detective. He and four group members gather once a week to share their feelings, ease their pain, and find a way of self-healing. As days pass by, Gordon realizes that the world he and his estranged wife live in is surrounded with danger, flaws, and injustice. Eventually, when Gordon sees that the police struggle to resolve his son's case, he confronts the darkest side of his mind and discovers his new obsession.

    IFS BEST DIRECTOR

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  • IFS OPENING NIGHT PARTY
  • W HOLLYWOOD
    May 22nd
    10:30pm
  • Dir.Independent Filmmakers Showcase (USA)
  • Come to the IFS Opening Night Party after our Awards Ceremony. Socialize with your fellow Award Winners at our most memorable social event of the 2015 IFS film Festival, 10:30pm to 1:30am at the W HOLLYWOOD on Sunset and Vine. Enter from Argyle.



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    TICKETS ONLINE ONLY.



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  • I Married My Family's Killer
  • BEVERLY HILLS MUSIC HALL
    May 23rd
    1:00pm
  • Dir.Emily Kassie (CANADA, RWANDA)
  • Beatrice and Purudenci were childhood sweethearts. They planned to be wed. The only problem was, it was 1994 in Rwanda and Beatrice was being hunted. To make matters worse, Purudenci's family were the hunters. This film documents the lives of three couples that married from killer and victim families in Rwanda. In two of the three cases in this film, the victims married into the families that killed their own. The trauma and pain these couples experience is exceptional, and so is the power and resilience of their love for one another.

    BEST FOREIGN SHORT

  • LaemmleI Married My Family's Killer
  • Count to Five
  • BEVERLY HILLS MUSIC HALL
    May 23rd
    1:30pm
  • Dir.Christian Vinces (USA)
  • This is a hard-hitting urban film, with a quick but powerful story. This short is unapologetic about its premise or imagery. It is fast-paced, but it slows enough to explore the depth of some neglected characters. The characters themselves are anti-heroes — with nothing to makes us sympathize with them, other than their perseverance. Count to Five is gritty, dark, but quick.



  • LaemmleDrama Shorts Program B1
  • Day One
  • BEVERLY HILLS MUSIC HALL
    May 23rd
    1:30pm
  • Dir.Henry Hughes (USA)
  • Inspired by a true story, an Afghan-American woman on the heels of a divorce joins the US Military as an interpreter. On her first day of deployment in Afghanistan, her unit searches out the remote house of a bomb-maker. When the bomb-maker's pregnant wife goes into labor, the interpreter must go beyond the call of duty to deliver her breech child.



  • LaemmleDrama Shorts Program B1
  • Intersection
  • BEVERLY HILLS MUSIC HALL
    May 23rd
    1:30pm
  • Dir.Jason Honeycutt (USA)
  • A man is robbed… then offers to take his attacker to lunch in this quirky and well-made short film from director Jason Honeycutt, that screens at IFS as a part of Drama Short Film Program B1.



  • LaemmleDrama Shorts Program B1
  • One Minute to Leave
  • BEVERLY HILLS MUSIC HALL
    May 23rd
    1:30pm
  • Dir.Daniel Galo (USA)
  • A spy confronts her cousin about some unfinished family business in this short film that is also a part of the IFS Drama Short Film Program B1 today!



  • LaemmleDrama Shorts Program B1
  • Ashes
  • BEVERLY HILLS MUSIC HALL
    May 23rd
    2:30pm
  • Dir.Steven Roderick Jurich (USA)
  • "Ashes" is a story of two brothers struggling to save their sister's life and heal their family's broken bonds in a nuclear war-torn, post-apocalyptic America.

    Caught between the reverie of a peaceful past, and the harsh reality of an unrelenting present, brothers Tom and Mark must battle the elements, cannibals, and each other to find the medication which shall cure their sister Julie's disease.
    On a mission of little hope, in a land of no forgiveness, can Tom and Mark find the meds and return to save Julie in time… or will they make it back home at all…?

    "Ashes" is an ambitious short-film which dares to pair action and adventure with the dramatic heart of duty of love.

    In a setting which defies convention, composed of compelling visuals, powerful performances, and spectacular action, "Ashes" is a an engaging film sure to please and impress its audiences.



  • LaemmleHorror/Sci-Fi Shorts B2
  • New Skin
  • BEVERLY HILLS MUSIC HALL
    May 23rd
    2:30pm
  • Dir.Christopher Carson Emmons (USA)
  • In the IFS officially Selected horror film "New Skin", a faded film actress Jade Preston plans her return to the limelight after scheduling an experimental procedure to replace her aged skin with horrific consequences.



  • LaemmleHorror/Sci-Fi Shorts B2
  • Sumer
  • BEVERLY HILLS MUSIC HALL
    May 23rd
    2:30pm
  • Dir.Alvaro Garcia (UNITED KINGDOM, SPAIN)
  • This brilliant animated feature from the United Kingdom and Spain is a not to be missed event for animation lovers at IFS Film Fest 2015!



  • LaemmleHorror/Sci-Fi Shorts B2
  • The Cloning Box
  • BEVERLY HILLS MUSIC HALL
    May 23rd
    2:30pm
  • Dir.John Avina (USA)
  • What would you do if you had a clone? In a world very similar to ours, a teenager named Jeremy is the subject of a domestic test of technology: The Cloning Box. At first, having a clone serves to be quite enjoyable. Jeremy sends his clone to school for him, and enjoys every minute of his lazy days. The plot thickens when the Clone somehow gets a date with a girl who Jeremy only dreamed of dating. Will his identity be stolen next?



  • LaemmleHorror/Sci-Fi Shorts B2
  • Those Screams
  • BEVERLY HILLS MUSIC HALL
    May 23rd
    2:30pm
  • Dir.Royce Gorsuch (USA)
  • One day my girlfriend and I woke up to blood curdling screams outside our cabin home. They were so strange I told her to wait inside while I went to check them out… What I found was so disturbing we had to tell the story. …Those screams…



  • LaemmleHorror/Sci-Fi Shorts B2
  • Lulu and the Right Words
  • BEVERLY HILLS MUSIC HALL
    May 23rd
    3:30pm
  • Dir.Enrico Le Pera (USA, ITALY)
  • A mysterious young woman undertakes a dark mission to redeem herself through love in this thriller/crime/romance story about a young woman who works for a criminal organization. Innocent and cruel: that's Lulu in this IFS favorite genre film.



  • LaemmleGenre Shorts B3
  • On the Border
  • BEVERLY HILLS MUSIC HALL
    May 23rd
    3:30pm
  • Dir.Guillermo Polo (USA)
  • After a cowboy survives a gunfight with a Texas Ranger, he finds himself lost and on foot in the vast desert on the Arizona-Mexico border. He soon discovers a weak young woman covered in blood that cannot speak English. Soon a terrifying and wounded stranger comes out of the wastes, forcing the cowboy to defend a woman he barely knows, and he finds himself quickly caught up in a shocking turn of events that may cost him his life.



  • LaemmleGenre Shorts B3
  • The Courier
  • BEVERLY HILLS MUSIC HALL
    May 23rd
    3:30pm
  • Dir.J.Mackye Gruber (USA)
  • THE COURIER - Ignorance isn't bliss

    What if you discovered that you are an active participant in atrocities beyond your worst nightmares?… That your silence and inaction have lead to violence and death?… Ignorance is no longer bliss and a fat pay check.

    The Courier explores a karmic theme with a twist. Joseph George Mendicino plays Joey — a seemingly nice guy who consciously disguises his identity to do his job. We meet him on the day that his morally conscious girlfriend questions his activities and their implications, suggesting that he may be a silent cog in a ghastly machine.

    Then when an unexpected event forces Joey to reconsider everything, he is given unexpected powers from the universe to make amends. But is that enough to clear his karmic debt?



  • LaemmleGenre Shorts B3
  • All Kinds
  • BEVERLY HILLS MUSIC HALL
    May 23rd
    4:30pm
  • Dir.Starina Johnson (USA)
  • A comic artist finds out her wife is unable to have a baby, and so the couple must figure out exactly how far they are willing to go in order to make one another happy in this dramatic short film that screens as a part of program B4 today at the IFS Film Festival.



  • LaemmleDrama Shorts B4
  • Jet Lag
  • BEVERLY HILLS MUSIC HALL
    May 23rd
    4:30pm
  • Dir.Rachel Avery (USA)
  • In this quirky romance, an unhappy couple travels to Hollywood from a far away land to try to salvage their relationship, but when they each experience jet lag at opposing times of day, their adventures take them closer to themselves, re-igniting their passion for life and thus each other.



  • LaemmleDrama Shorts B4
  • Joe
  • BEVERLY HILLS MUSIC HALL
    May 23rd
    4:30pm
  • Dir.Ray Arwas (USA)
  • Joe, a naive taxi driver working the graveyard shift, struggles to connect with the lost souls he encounters on the job until one costumer forces him to confront his personal demons. This is a story of what could only be perceived as a sincere man who cannot find any hope in the insincere world he lives in. The story is not just trying to explore the life of a taxi driver, but it tries to explore the idea that sometimes people can get so lost in their own problems to the point where they cannot appreciate those around them, which eventually leads Joe, the guy who feeds off of people's happiness, to not appreciate himself.



  • LaemmleDrama Shorts B4
  • Textisms
  • BEVERLY HILLS MUSIC HALL
    May 23rd
    4:30pm
  • Dir.D. Jeremy Bolton (USA)
  • A 13-year-old girl accidentally sends a text message meant for a school friend to a complete stranger — a man in his 30s. This innocent mistake sets into motion a series of misunderstandings that ends up ruining the man's long-term relationship while, at the same time, starting a first ever romance for this shy girl. We witness the drama intersecting these two strangers' lives — as they're completely oblivious to each other's existence — while it unfolds in real time side-by-side in split-screen format from its happy/sad beginning to its sad/happy end.



  • LaemmleDrama Shorts B4
  • Dr. Kahn
  • BEVERLY HILLS MUSIC HALL
    May 23rd
    5:30pm
  • Dir.Luke McClure and Eddie Ruiz (USA)
  • A trio of friends visit an unlikely private investigator with the hopes of finding a lost love in this absurdist comedic romp from directors Luke McClure and Eddie Ruiz, that screens today at 5:30pm as a part of the IFS Comedy Program B5 screening bloc.



  • LaemmleComedy Shorts B5
  • Gym Rat
  • BEVERLY HILLS MUSIC HALL
    May 23rd
    5:30pm
  • Dir.Steven Michael Swadling (USA)
  • Clayton: an overweight aspiring actor who wants to whip into shape for an upcoming role in less than a week. As they say, No Pain, No Gain, but for our comedic hero, it ends up being a lot of Pain and the wrong kind of Gain…! Sit back, take a cool sip from your color enhanced, icy, sugar loaded energy drink and enjoy this IFS comedy film favorite.



  • LaemmleComedy Shorts B5
  • The Other, Other Guy
  • BEVERLY HILLS MUSIC HALL
    May 23rd
    5:30pm
  • Dir.Todd Schumacher (USA)
  • A vain college student is sleeping with a girl that has a boyfriend. He justifies his cocky behavior because this beautiful girl is jeopardizing her relationship for him but then he finds out that she might be sleeping with yet another guy. He decides to conduct an investigation to determine if he is the only other guy.



  • LaemmleComedy Shorts B5
  • Those Shoes!
  • BEVERLY HILLS MUSIC HALL
    May 23rd
    5:30pm
  • Dir.Crafty St. James (USA)
  • Those Shoes was honored to make its Asian premiere in India at DIFF Delhi International Film Festival in 2014 and the filmmakers are excited for its North American premiere here at IFS. Love it or hate it, this absurd comedy is not at all what it seems. Crafty St. James has a way of playing with and twisting our perceptions in a very creepy, slightly disturbing, yet amusing way.



  • LaemmleComedy Shorts B5
  • Walk-Ons
  • BEVERLY HILLS MUSIC HALL
    May 23rd
    5:30pm
  • Dir.Andrew Kadikian (USA)
  • A high school student decides to enter a paintball tournament to prove himself to the local jock and win the heart of the most popular girl in school, but his fixation may distance himself from his two best friends.



  • LaemmleComedy Shorts B5
  • Unreal Estate
  • BEVERLY HILLS MUSIC HALL
    May 23rd
    6:30pm
  • Dir.Todd Malkin and Nick Huntington (USA)
  • Agoraphobic Curtis Rinzler meticulously studies his neighbors from the safety of his living room, wherein he has constructed a life of perfect order and social isolation. His demented father unexpectedly arrives on his doorstep as Curtis starts to suspect that something sinister has happened to his next door neighbor, Erma. As his carefully crafted world spirals out of control, Curtis has no choice but to push himself to his limits to figure out what happened. Very soon everything comes into question, including his own sense of reality, in Unreal Estate: an art house thriller with shades of Eraserhead and Rear Window.

    BEST DRAMATIC FEATURE FILM

  • LaemmleUnreal Estate
  • L.A. Slasher
  • BEVERLY HILLS MUSIC HALL
    May 23rd
    8:15pm
  • Dir.Martin Owen (USA)
  • L.A. Slasher is a Neon Horror Satire about a flamboyant masked stranger called the L.A. Slasher who hunts and abducts celebrities who have found fame through Reality TV. The Slasher uses social networking as a platform to create an audience for his timely social statement. As events unfold, the Slasher's newly found audience grows rapidly, appreciating the lessons the Slasher inflicts on a range of victims. Each victim represents an aspect of the culture that the Slasher and the public have grown to despise. Set to a pulsing electric score, the film has an identity as unique as the Slasher himself!

    BEST THRILLER

  • LaemmleLA Slasher
  • Jonny's Sweet Revenge
  • BEVERLY HILLS MUSIC HALL
    May 23rd
    9:45pm
  • Dir.Mark David (USA)
  • Rick and Reni came to California in search of a new lease on life. Unfortunately, all they found was each other… In a last ditch effort to save their struggling relationship, the duo twist their couples' counseling therapy into a plot that would see them turning back into their Texas low-life roots as petty criminals.

    As has been the case throughout the history of Rick and Reni's calamity plagued relationship, their haphazard scheme to hold up a dive bar goes horribly wrong, and is more of a metaphor for their fragmented relationship than a solution to their problems. When a diverse cast of bar patrons gets caught up in their failed plot, Rick and Reni begin to not only wonder if they'll survive the day, but if they can survive one another. Sometimes it's better and certainly less bloody to just let go.

    BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR – Blake Clark
    BEST SCORE – Mark David
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  • Restoration
  • BEVERLY HILLS MUSIC HALL
    May 24th
    1:00pm
  • Dir.Ryan Oliver (USA)
  • The ghost of 10-year-old Yvonne LeMay has been tethered to the trunk of a 1950 Fleetline Deluxe for over half a century. Uprooted from a rural setting, the change in car ownership doesn't sit well with her as she is displaced and relocated to a mechanic's clubhouse in the city. Ultimately frustrated with her new digs, she throws a temper tantrum that proves deadly for the resident gear heads.



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  • Pacific Edge
  • BEVERLY HILLS MUSIC HALL
    May 24th
    2:00pm
  • Dir.Maggie Grant (USA)
  • A story of love, relationships, finding out what is important in life, repairing hearts. An older man encounters a young girl who is at a crossroads in her life. Through the mistakes that he has made in his own life and the help of his loving wife, he helps her to find her way, while finding his own way himself.

    Starring Hollywood legends Ed Asner and Barbara Bain.



  • LaemmleShorts Program C1
  • Baptized by the Weekend
  • BEVERLY HILLS MUSIC HALL
    May 24th
    2:00pm
  • Dir.Catherine Grieve (USA)
  • They make the rules and the rules are simple: Scream, you're out. Cry, you're out. Give up and… you get the picture. One group of high school girls runs the school. They don't have a name, but everyone knows who they are — and everyone wants to be one of them. Each year, they put ten sophomores through a brutal hazing weekend. After it's over, only two of the original ten get to join their group. One sophomore, Milly, takes the road to hell and comes out on top, but loses her best friend and some of her humanity in the process.



  • LaemmleShorts Program C1
  • Campbell's
  • BEVERLY HILLS MUSIC HALL
    May 24th
    2:00pm
  • Dir.Michael Effenberger (USA)
  • Holly Weathers, a prestigious chef, performs charitable work by volunteering to prepare last meals for prisoners on death row. She is called in one evening to prepare a meal for an inmate before she learns his request: a simple can of Campbell's Tomato Soup.

    This film poses a challenge to reminisce the past to find what we feel is important, and reminds one to cherish all they have, even when there is nothing left. By the end of the film, Holly and the audience are left questioning what she really values.



  • LaemmleShorts Program C1
  • Flying Lessons with Mr. Smolin
  • BEVERLY HILLS MUSIC HALL
    May 24th
    2:00pm
  • Dir.Matt Checkowski (USA)
  • His students call him Schmo, Mr. Schmo, Big Daddy Schmo, or Pimp Daddy Schmo — and he's pretty much the teacher we all wish we had. Los Angeles native Barry Smolin has been teaching English for 28 years. Lately, using a light saber, he's been convincing ninth graders at Hamilton High in Los Angeles that really, there's no difference between them and young Telemachus in the Odyssey. Funny, passionate, and brilliant, Smolin does the great names of literature justice while opening up young minds. Just never mention to him the saying, “Those who can't do, teach.”



  • LaemmleShorts Program C1
  • Out Here
  • BEVERLY HILLS MUSIC HALL
    May 24th
    2:00pm
  • Dir.Alessio Morello (USA)
  • A lonely survivor of a torn and abandoned post-apocalyptic world is traveling when he encounters an armed stranger. The survivor spares himself from being looted by agreeing to help the stranger find his family at an airfield. But things take a turn when the two traveling men stumble into the camp of combative bandits. "Out Here" effectively portrays a tarnished world through rich imagery and sound design, while demonstrating themes of comradery, love for family, and the human will to survive.



  • LaemmleShorts Program C1
  • #lakehollywood
  • BEVERLY HILLS MUSIC HALL
    May 24th
    3:00pm
  • Dir.Rachel Sondag (USA)
  • When Dave and Anne bump into his ex on a grueling hike, Dave ends up botching the perfect Instagram… and maybe his new relationship. #LAKEHOLLYWOOD is a comedic short that explores the awkwardness, difficulty and pain of keeping up appearances.

    This is the directorial debut of writer/actress Rachel Sondag, and features comedic talents of Duncan Birmingham (Writer/producer on Maron, and Starz Blunt Talk), Frances Chewning (Mimi and Flo), Tim Rock (House of Lies, House MD) and Calliope Porter (Criminal Minds).



  • LaemmleComedy Shorts Program C2
  • If One Plays Music
  • BEVERLY HILLS MUSIC HALL
    May 24th
    3:00pm
  • Dir.Rob Hampton (USA)
  • If One Plays Music is an ultra-short comedy about 70's kids who stumble upon a modern-day gift. Written and directed by Rob Hampton, a TV producer/director who owns the LA production company Splat Pictures. The film features Rob and his two daughters, and is the second 70's short they've made that has been featured at IFS (the first being Guess Who's on the Radio). Their family house was converted into a groovy pad with wood paneling, retro toys, and vintage posters to complete the 70's look. Crew members from some of Rob's commercial productions lent their talents for the one-day shoot.



  • LaemmleComedy Shorts Program C2
  • New Life
  • BEVERLY HILLS MUSIC HALL
    May 24th
    3:00pm
  • Dir.Christopher Cole (USA)
  • "New Life" is a short silent film based in the style of 1930s newsreels which depicts a felt laboratory attempting to make purely artificial life. A commentary on colonialism wrapped in the adorable guise of felt safety goggles and felt microbes, New Life also sports a Martin Denny-esque score by my one-man exotica band Cheese From Denny's.



  • LaemmleComedy Shorts Program C2
  • WHOA!
  • BEVERLY HILLS MUSIC HALL
    May 24th
    3:00pm
  • Dir.Tom Blomquist (USA)
  • Corey had it all. A thriving family law practice, a gorgeous soap star wife and the Hollywood Hills home of his dreams. But when he loses his house in a Laurel Canyon mudslide, a conniving realtor introduces him to a fresh new hell also known as condo living at the Westerlies Homeowners Association.

    Still licking his wounds from a divorce, Corey just wants some peace and quiet. Fat chance in this asylum thanks to all night orgies and hidden surveillance cameras operated by demented cross-dressing maintenance man, Joe Chowder. To his horror, Corey discovers that he's fresh meat droolingly eyed by porn stars, an emancipated 16-year-old actress, and an aging cougar. But alas, the two hottest women in the building — a lesbian couple — don't even know he's alive in this hilarious comedy.



  • LaemmleComedy Shorts Program C2
  • I'll See What I Can Do
  • BEVERLY HILLS MUSIC HALL
    May 24th
    3:00pm
  • Dir.Lana Titova (USA)
  • I'll See What I Can Do is a part of IFS Film Festival Comedy Short Film Program C2, collecting the Best Short Comedy films of the last year for our festival audience to enjoy.



  • LaemmleComedy Shorts Program C2
  • 4am Gas Station Muzak
  • BEVERLY HILLS MUSIC HALL
    May 24th
    4:00pm
  • Dir.Jaime Zevallos (USA)
  • The narrative opens on a typical gas station in the dead of night, its welcoming and warm lights illuminating the middle of nowhere and inviting weary traveling guests to refuel their vehicles, as well as their minds and bodies. Inside, two men play a simple game of chess to the unsuspecting eye. What we really find are an Angel and the Devil waging bets on the souls of patrons passing through. One such customer is Mark (played by Philip Adkins), who, after his car runs out of gas, finds himself in the middle of the desert and at a crossroads in life as he is propelled into a journey of self-discovery. But will he make the right choice? Or will his devil-may-care attitude lead him down the wrong path for good?



  • LaemmleDramatic Shorts C3
  • Hero.Traitor.Patriot
  • BEVERLY HILLS MUSIC HALL
    May 24th
    4:00pm
  • Dir.Weyni Mengesha and Eion Bailey (USA)
  • In the summer of 2013, three individuals risked their lives to stand up against the full force of the US government to expose corruption. Their actions have sparked international debates and protests, making an undeniable impact on the world. Based on the lives of Edward Snowden, Michael Hastings, and Chelsea (formerly Bradley) Manning, their three stories interweave to explore the question, who are we, and what truths do we hold self-evident? This film offers an intimate look into their very public lives where they have been both celebrated as heroes and charged as traitors.



  • LaemmleDramatic Shorts C3
  • Let Me Finish
  • BEVERLY HILLS MUSIC HALL
    May 24th
    4:00pm
  • Dir.Carlos Carrasco (USA)
  • We all need to share. To tell our story. To feel that someone is listening. But in today's constantly accelerating, chatter-filled environment, the sense of being discarded as used up and irrelevant can pose a genuine existential challenge. This is a brief story about how two lonely, older gentlemen cope with that challenge.



  • LaemmleDramatic Shorts C3
  • Noticed
  • BEVERLY HILLS MUSIC HALL
    May 24th
    4:00pm
  • Dir.Limor Diamant (USA)
  • Olga is a postal worker who lives in her imaginative reclusive world of Spaghetti Westerns and the whimsical life of bugs. Her self created universe is interrupted one night when she discovers that a suspicious peeping tom lives across from her. Olga's unexpected obsession to get NOTICED by him takes her on a new journey of no return.



  • LaemmleDramatic Shorts C3
  • Hair
  • BEVERLY HILLS MUSIC HALL
    May 24th
    5:00pm
  • Dir.Sasha Boudreaux and Guy Boudreaux (USA)
  • From the moment we are born we share an intimate connection to our hair. When a young woman sets out to shave her head to rid herself of the weight that was controlling her life, she discovered the birth of a new mind. She goes from a rib-eating, beer-drinking woman to one that chooses tea over cocktails and swaps meat for spinach. The new person that was born was suddenly mindful of life, thankful for the present and hopeful for the future. The veil wasn't lifted — it was completely cut off. As a result of her transformation, she decides to throw a fundraising event in LA to empower women through shaving off their own locks. What she finds is that hair has a much deeper meaning than that of looks, and it affects men and women. It is part of our identity. What role do other people play in the perception of our hair, how far can our identity grow to what lengths are we willing to go to either break the mold or to succumb to society's pre-determined perception of ones inner beauty? What happens if we shave our hair off? If we lose it from cancer? How does a new hair look change your outlook? Is your hair an extension of you, or are you an extension of your hair?

    BEST DOCUMENTARY FILM

  • LaemmleHair
  • Bereave
  • BEVERLY HILLS MUSIC HALL
    May 24th
    6:15pm
  • Dir.Evangelos Giovanis and George Giovanis (USA)
  • IFS BEST ACTOR AWARD WINNER 2015 Malcom McDowell stars in this haunting drama about a man who, unable to reveal his new, dark secret, thinks he has figured out how to die alone. But when his beloved wife Evelyn, goes missing on their 40th anniversary, he must stay alive to save her in the IFS Award Winning film Bereave.

    BEST ACTOR – Malcom McDowell

  • LaemmleBereave
  • Amigo Undead
  • BEVERLY HILLS MUSIC HALL
    May 24th
    8:15pm
  • Dir.Ryan Nagata (USA)
  • Amigo Undead is a horror/comedy that begins when Kevin Ostrowski, a straight laced financial adviser, is invited to his ne'er do well older brother Norm's 40th birthday party. It takes some arm twisting, but the free-wheelin' Norm eventually convinces his brother to come out and join him in the desert.

    Much to Kevin's dismay, the 'party' turns out to be a small gathering of a few of Norm's eccentric friends at a campsite. When one of the friends, the titular Jovan, chokes on a hot dog, circumstances conspire to make the group decide that an impromptu burial is the right course of action. Unbeknownst to them, they bury Jovan in cursed native American land, and he soon returns possessed by a demon hell bent on fulfilling an ancient vendetta.

    Antics ensue as Norm, Kevin, and the others run through the desert, the monster in hot pursuit, encountering a few other strange back-woods types as they go. As things get increasingly bizarre and ridiculous with the monster seemingly impossible to stop, the brothers find themselves with their backs against the wall; can they find a way to finally look past their differences and reconcile in the face of their imminent demise?

    IFS VANGUARD AWARD FOR BREAKTHROUGH FILM

  • LaemmleAmigo Undead
  • The Aspect Ratio
  • BEVERLY HILLS MUSIC HALL
    May 24th
    10:00pm
  • Dir.Ari Dassa (USA)
  • A video store clerk who dreams of making movies decides to write and direct a short film as a way to re-connect with his ex-girlfriend, a struggling actress living in Los Angeles. "The Aspect Ratio" is a personal drama about writers, directors and actors pursuing their dreams and discovering their voices as they navigate through emotional conflicts in their lives. It's about love, cinema and being independent in Los Angeles.



  • LaemmleThe Aspect Ratio
  • Aspie Seeks Love
  • BEVERLY HILLS MUSIC HALL
    May 25th
    1:00pm
  • Dir.Julie Sokolow (USA)
  • From Sundance award-winning production company Animal, ASPIE SEEKS LOVE follows a fearless outsider who has been searching for love longer than many of us have been alive. David has spent the past twenty years posting personal ad fliers to telephone poles seeking love — fliers that double as art pieces featuring witty, humorous prose, pop culture references, and suave photos of the artist. Not diagnosed with Aspergers syndrome until age forty-one, at which point his entire life changed, including his strategy for winning the love of women and achieving his artistic dreams. Come see this striking documentary from Julie Sokolow at IFS today.



  • LaemmleAspie Seeks Love
  • Cairo Year Zero
  • BEVERLY HILLS MUSIC HALL
    May 25th
    2:15pm
  • Dir.Niko Volonakis (EGYPT, GREECE)
  • In the culminating months before the 2011 Egyptian Revolution, four young friends spend a casual evening roaming their native Cairo before an unexpected altercation fatefully transforms one of them into an unlikely revolutionary symbol. A social coming-of-age drama / comedy in the neorealist tradition about the dark side of revolt and the last moments of young adulthood, shot on location guerrilla-style by two blokes from Greece and Egypt constantly on the lookout for cops seeking to confiscate their cameras.



  • LaemmleCairo Year Zero
  • Lucky #7
  • BEVERLY HILLS MUSIC HALL
    May 25th
    2:45pm
  • Dir.Antonia Bernard (USA)
  • After years battling the criminal justice system, the long awaited moment of my brothers release after 14 years of incarceration. Filled with emotion as my camera captures his first moments of freedom, the awkwardness of being outside without shackles, and his first taste of food. The story reveals his attempts to shift from the existence of prison survival, to the uncertainty of the future, and his quiet attempts to re-adjust in an unfamiliar world.



  • LaemmleDocumentary Shorts Program D1
  • Mountain Fire Personnel
  • BEVERLY HILLS MUSIC HALL
    May 25th
    2:45pm
  • Dir.Alex Tyson (USA)
  • Mountain Fire Personnel is an experimental documentary that explores a wild fire near an evacuated mountain tramway in Southern California. Using amateur footage, internet media and professional camerawork, the film surveys an area occupied by firemen and California State prisoners. In lieu of interviews, the film integrates dialogue recorded from radio systems used by fire crews, trucks, helicopter pilots and air dispatchers.



  • LaemmleDocumentary Shorts Program D1
  • Cafe Glass
  • BEVERLY HILLS MUSIC HALL
    May 25th
    3:45pm
  • Dir.Wen Ren (USA)
  • Cafe Glass features a near future augmented by wearable technology and online dating. Strangers are only a wink and a message away from becoming new friends and lovers. Offline dating has become taboo and online dating becomes the socially acceptable way to communicate and connect. What happens when this new world suddenly goes offline?



  • LaemmleSci-Fi Shorts Program D2
  • Inner Horizon
  • BEVERLY HILLS MUSIC HALL
    May 25th
    3:45pm
  • Dir.Christopher Rowe (USA)
  • Jimmi, a young drifter, awakens to a desolate, snowy landscape. He hitches a ride with Hazel, a preacher who prowls the land eager to spread the Good Word. However, Hazel's Good Word doesn't involve God — it involves black holes. What seems like a chance encounter turns into a spiritually cleansing experience of destruction, re-birth, and hope. Ultimately, Hazel believes in possibility. And possibility might be enough to save Jimmi from his worst tendencies of nihilistic despair.



  • LaemmleSci-Fi Shorts Program D2
  • rem
  • BEVERLY HILLS MUSIC HALL
    May 25th
    3:45pm
  • Dir.Eeshaan Roy (USA)
  • Xander, a 23-year-old musician, left home at the age of 17 to pursue his passion for music when his mother, Tabitha, was against him taking up music as a career. He now comes across an experimental drug, rem, that enables him to re-visit past memories. With the help of rem, Xander experiences moments from his life that gives him a different perspective to the events that led to his strained relationships with his family in this coming-of-age short film.



  • LaemmleSci-Fi Shorts Program D2
  • Heart of Hate
  • BEVERLY HILLS MUSIC HALL
    May 25th
    5:00pm
  • Dir.Daniel Witkowski (USA)
  • "Heart of Hate" tells the story of how blind loyalty and ignorance are overcome by curiosity, understanding, and love.

    Eric, a Neo-Nazi, who abides by his brother Carl's bidding to strive for a "white future", falls in love with Ayla, a Middle-Eastern girl. She shows Eric her Bookstore: a world of knowledge, acceptance, and understanding, hoping to have him reject his blind loyalty to a lost cause. Carl, however, has other plans when he decides to initiate Eric into the leadership. On the night of, Eric must choose when Carl hands him a gun and brings him to Ayla's Bookstore.

    The world audiences need to see a harsher truth, planted with a grain of soothing hope to strive and grow for a brighter tomorrow.



  • LaemmleDrama Shorts Program D3
  • Stanford & Son
  • BEVERLY HILLS MUSIC HALL
    May 25th
    5:00pm
  • Dir.Moe Irvin (USA)
  • An eccentric senior citizen wants to be a rapper but is met with opposition from his aristocratic son in the film Stanford & Son, screening today at IFS Film Festival.



  • LaemmleDrama Shorts Program D3
  • Times Like These
  • BEVERLY HILLS MUSIC HALL
    May 25th
    5:00pm
  • Dir.Lorena Gordon (USA)
  • After immigrating to Queens, New York, Marisol has suffered alone and in silence at the hands of her abusive and cheating husband for years. Now pregnant with her second child, her desperation to save her young son and soon-expected daughter from this hell has reached its breaking point. The catalysts that finally make Marisol muster up the courage to escape are the words from her son, “Mom, get us out of here,” and the encouragement of her neighbor, Gladys. One night, she wakes her son while her husband is asleep. They escape with nothing but the clothes on their backs. Marisol is all alone in a new country with no means of support, but she knows she must find the strength to make a better future for her children.



  • LaemmleDrama Shorts Program D3
  • Roar
  • BEVERLY HILLS MUSIC HALL
    May 25th
    6:00pm
  • Dir.Noel Marshall (USA)
  • An unprecedented—and wholly unpredictable—action-adventure, Roar follows wildlife preservationist Hank (The Exorcist producer Noel Marshall in his sole and career-derailing turn as an actor and director), who lives harmoniously alongside a menagerie of over 100 untamed animals, including cheetahs, elephants, lions and tigers on a preservation in the African plains. When his wife and children arrive (real-life wife Tippi Hedren, The Birds, and step-daughter Melanie Griffith, Working Girl, and his sons John and Jerry Marshall) for a visit, a long-brewing battle for dominance between the lions erupts and threatens their very lives.



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  • All-Stars
  • BEVERLY HILLS MUSIC HALL
    May 25th
    8:00pm
  • Dir.Lance Kinsey (USA)
  • "ALL-STARS" follows a girls' 10-year-old fastpitch softball team and their families through a recreation league season that culminates in the selection of the coveted 10-and-under All-Star team. Lance Grayden, a veteran coach who left the league years ago when his daughter moved to an elite softball club team, and then college, has returned to "give something back" to the community. Assuming he'd be coaching a 16-and-under team of seasoned and accomplished competitors, he is instead saddled with a 10-and-under team of inexperienced players. Not only is he forced to go back to the basics and teach the fundamentals of the game to the little girls, half of whom would rather be in the dugout eating snacks, but he also faces the greater challenge of riding herd over their over-eager, overly ambitious, and entirely delusional parents whose ridiculous behavior is more suited to 5-year-olds than adults.

    BEST COMEDIC FEATURE FILM

  • LaemmleAll-Stars
  • Girl on the Edge
  • BEVERLY HILLS MUSIC HALL
    May 25th
    9:45pm
  • Dir.Jay Silverman (USA)
  • Girl on the Edge is a powerful true story of a teenager struggling with the aftermath of a horrific trauma caused in part by social media and the old wounds from her childhood that it reopens. Despite her resistance, she is sent away to an oasis of healing called “Maheo” that uses innovative techniques like equine therapy to empower its troubled girls. With the help of an eclectic group of mentors, peers, and a bond with her horse Betsy, she starts to invest in her own recovery and overcomes this powerful rite of passage.

    BEST ACTRESS – Taylor Spreitler
    BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY – Andrew Russo
  • LaemmleGirl on the Edge
  • The Girl on the Roof
  • BEVERLY HILLS MUSIC HALL
    May 26th
    3:45pm
  • Dir.Skeet Ulrich (USA)
  • Facing increasing isolation and abuse from girls in her class at school and an equally unlovable home life, Lila's world slips from bad to worse when she witnesses a crime from her roof. Suddenly confronted by all her fears a plan begins to form, but things don't turn out as she expects.



  • LaemmleThe Girl on the Roof
  • Inheritance
  • BEVERLY HILLS MUSIC HALL
    May 26th
    4:15pm
  • Dir.Barak Shpiez (USA)
  • Jim Novak was never a good man. In the last years of his life he finds himself dependent on his daughter and her family. A cowardly soldier, an absentee father, and an abusive husband, his failures have come back to haunt him. He'll never discover what real dangers there are. "Inheritance" is a supernatural drama with Charles Dickens spirits with a Hitchcock twist. Called “a chilling drama” (Forest City Short Film Review) and “thought-provoking” (The Independent Critic), the film “…leaves you wishing it were longer” (Indyred).



  • LaemmleDramatic Shorts Program E1
  • My Father's Brownies
  • BEVERLY HILLS MUSIC HALL
    May 26th
    4:15pm
  • Dir.T.J. Pederson (USA)
  • When Ian Byrne visits his father on his death bed to finally forgive him for his past crimes and lay his own ghosts to rest. His father reveals an even greater secret. One that he and others close to Ian have conspired to keep secret for years with violent consequences.



  • LaemmleDramatic Shorts Program E1
  • Any Day
  • BEVERLY HILLS MUSIC HALL
    May 26th
    5:00pm
  • Dir.Rustam Branaman (USA)
  • Vian McLean (Sean Bean) is an ex-fighter who is filled with resentment. He killed a man with his bare hands and has just spent the last twelve years in prison for the crime. Upon his release from prison, he comes to stay with his Sister (Kate Walsh) and her son who looks up to his uncle as the greatest man ever. Vian meets a girl (Eva Longoria). Everything seems to be working out, but when a tragic event happens throws our hero into a dark place and he must face the greatest challenge of his life in the film ANY DAY.



  • LaemmleAny Day
  • Daisy
  • BEVERLY HILLS MUSIC HALL
    May 26th
    7:00pm
  • Dir.Elizabeth Brissenden (USA)
  • We follow young Rex in the Mojave desert as she falls in love for the first time in her life with Daisy, a young girl traveling through town, who changes her life forever in this charming film from Director Elizabeth Brissenden that screens as part of IFS Film Fest's LGBT Short Film Program E2 at 7:00pm today.



  • LaemmleLGBT Shorts Program E2
  • Humble Pie
  • BEVERLY HILLS MUSIC HALL
    May 26th
    7:00pm
  • Dir.Cynthia Hogan (USA)
  • A fly learns a lesson in the difference between 'want' and 'need' in a tale of insects and violence in this animated short film.



  • LaemmleLGBT Shorts Program E2
  • Stealth
  • BEVERLY HILLS MUSIC HALL
    May 26th
    7:00pm
  • Dir.Bennett Lasster and Melissa Hoppe (USA)
  • Stealth is the award-winning heart-warming story of a brave, transgender tween!

    Sammy is a transgender child. She was born a boy but is living in stealth as a girl with the support of her mother and a doctor. At her new school, Sammy finds the friends she has always dreamed of having and tells them her secret in confidence. When the threat of a betrayal arises, Sammy must decide whether to run or to live as her whole self.

    BEST LGBT SHORT FILM

  • LaemmleLGBT Shorts Program E2
  • Awaken
  • BEVERLY HILLS MUSIC HALL
    May 26th
    8:00pm
  • Dir.Mark Atkins (USA)
  • A random group of people wake up on an Island where they are being hunted down in a sinister plot to harvest their organs. In this IFS Award Winning action-adventure film starring: Edward Furlong, Daryl Hannah, David Keith, and Michael Paré.

    BEST ACTION FEATURE FILM

  • LaemmleAwaken
  • Floreana
  • BEVERLY HILLS MUSIC HALL
    May 26th
    9:45pm
  • Dir.Michael Yates (USA)
  • Floreana is a reflective drama focusing on two ecology students who travel to the Channel Islands of California to investigate a mysterious atmospheric anomaly. While inspecting the evacuated islands they find themselves strangely affected by their exposure to the elements and the isolation from society. In the tradition of Wim Wenders and Terrence Malick, Floreana is experimental and contemplative artistic character study from IFS alumni and 2015 IFS Vanguard Breakthrough filmmaker award winner Michael Yates.

    VANGUARD AWARD BREAKTHROUGH DIRECTOR – Michael Yates

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  • The Somnambulists
  • BEVERLY HILLS MUSIC HALL
    May 27th
    2:00pm
  • Dir.Mark Andres (USA)
  • THE SOMNAMBULISTS is a 'kinographic novel': a film comprised of still drawings, silent film inter titles and music. In 2047 ('twentyfourseven'), a new drug, Somnambula, takes away the need for sleep — no one sleeps, but everyone sleepwalks. On an underground city on the moon, Bruno Flowers, a former circus performer, searches for his missing partner, Falcis, a boy who mysteriously disappeared. The search brings him into contact with Gary Kali, the inventor of Somnambula, who seems to have the power to control others with his mind.

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  • Beneath the Skin
  • BEVERLY HILLS MUSIC HALL
    May 27th
    3:45pm
  • Dir.Michael MacKinnley and Aaron Ellis (USA)
  • After his mother dies, British student Joshua (Aaron Ellis) is forced to uproot and move to Canada, leaving behind his only friend and half-brother Noah (Jake Davies). Unfortunately for him his new school comes with an all-too-familiar group of relentless bullies lead by 'Queen Bee' Kaitlyn (Rachel Walters) and her hot-headed friend Zac (Michael Mackinnley). But when the pair take things a step too far, Joshua is rescued by Jay (Justin Liles), an aspiring American artist who fled the violent actions of his parents in Alabama.

    Jay introduces Joshua to his kooky friends Elijah, Rosalie &'; Sam (Jamie Knox, Lauren Falconer & Wayne Virgo) who are quick to welcome him to their wacky yet wonderful family. By finding each other after being abandoned in their own way Joshua and Jay finally begin to feel at home, leading Joshua to believe he may not be the outcast he thought he was. But not everyone is quite as willing to let happiness find him.

    BEST LGBT FEATURE FILM

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  • Boom Bust Boom
  • BEVERLY HILLS MUSIC HALL
    May 27th
    5:15pm
  • Dir.Bill Jones, Terry Jones, and Ben Timlett (USA)
  • Terry Jones presents Boom Bust Boom. The result of a meeting between writer, director, historian and Python Terry Jones and economics professor and entrepreneur Theo Kocken. Co-written by Jones and Kocken and featuring John Cusack, Nobel Prize winners Daniel Kahneman, Robert J Shiller and Paul Krugman, the film is part of a global movement to change the economic system through education to protect the world from boom and bust. A unique look at why economic crashes happen, Boom Bust Boom is a multimedia documentary combining live action with animation and puppetry to explain economics to everyone.



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  • Ghost Dolls
  • BEVERLY HILLS MUSIC HALL
    May 27th
    6:30pm
  • Dir.Yuki Nishikata (USA)
  • Ghost Dolls is a science fiction film from director Yuki Nishikata about a local freakshow display in 19th century Japan of a life-sized figurine doll modeled on a bizarre corpse is being promoted. The doll's maker Sosuke witnesses a mysterious girl's rampage through the display and he becomes fascinated by her, and from that moment, he incomprehensibly begins to hear the voice of the bizarre doll, which has a tree growing from its chest.



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  • Don't Mourn Tuesday
  • BEVERLY HILLS MUSIC HALL
    May 27th
    6:30pm
  • Dir.Max Hambleton (USA)
  • Best friends are there for each other through everything. Heartbreak, milestones, experimental drug use. Stew is broken-hearted & turns to his best friend, Devin, for support. What could be better than two friends hanging out for a night of brotherly bonding? What if that night includes experimenting with a drug these two friends know nothing about? Don't Mourn Tuesday is a darkly funny tale of what can happen when booze just isn't enough to numb the pain of being dumped.



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  • Natural Insemination
  • BEVERLY HILLS MUSIC HALL
    May 27th
    6:30pm
  • Dir.Crosby Selander (USA)
  • David and Heather are trying to get pregnant when they find out that David is sterile. When their neighbor Johan, a proud father of two, offers to be their sperm donor, it sets off a chain reaction of hilariously desperate measures, through which Heather and David discover just how much strain their marriage can take, and how far they're willing to go to start a family.



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  • Performance Review
  • BEVERLY HILLS MUSIC HALL
    May 27th
    6:30pm
  • Dir.Vernon Davidson (USA)
  • Tonight is Larry and Renee's anniversary. Larry looks forward to a night of lover's bliss. Renee has something else in mind. It's time for a Performance Review. Let's see how Larry does. Shall we?



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  • Kittens in a Cage
  • BEVERLY HILLS MUSIC HALL
    May 27th
    7:30pm
  • Dir.Jillian Armenante (USA)
  • Ukulele-playing bad girl Junie Butler gets muscled into prison by her ratfink friends. Abandoned by all, she turns to the warm embrace of her pyromaniac cellmate as they plot to escape from a power hungry prison matron and an axe-murdering beauty queen. KITTENS IN A CAGE is an unapologetic comedy, filled with characters who collide in an old school woman's prison genre. Bad girls, doing bad things, in bad places. KITTENS IN A CAGE stars Rebecca Mozo, Erin Anderson, Gigi Bermingham, Rebecca Field, LaToya London, Jillian Armenante, Lauren Weedman, Kathryne Dora Brown and Pamela Dunlap. The series features original music performed by such artists as Vintage Trouble (Capitol/ Blue Note), Constantine Maroulis (American Idol) and LaToya London (American Idol) and hilarious cameos from some of Hollywood's top talent including Michelle Monaghan, Jason Ritter, Felicia Day, Misha Collins, Joel McHale, Tyne Daly, Amy Brenneman, Constantine Maroulis, Jonathan Sadowski and many more.



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  • The Wolves of Savin Hill
  • BEVERLY HILLS MUSIC HALL
    May 27th
    9:30pm
  • Dir.John Beaton Hill (USA)
  • Childhood friends from the streets of Boston drift apart following a shocking discovery deep in the woods of Savin Hill. Years later a tragic murder brings them together again. But for one man, it's no mistake. A trap has been set…

    After serving time for a crime he didn't commit, TOM GREYS (DAVID COOLEY) is released from prison with a score to settle: he is dead-set on tracking down the man who set him up… his childhood best friend and L.A. cop, SEAN O'BRIEN (BRIAN SCANNELL, GONE BABY GONE).

    Ravaged by his friend's betrayal, Tom hunts Sean through the dark streets of Los Angeles and finds himself trapped in a web of lies only a devil could weave. Face to face at last, the two men are caught in a final and explosive showdown. After years of gut-wrenching deception, it can only end with one man standing.

    THE WOLVES OF SAVIN HILL is a tale of betrayal, madness and revenge, where the line between good and evil is as thin as the thread that connects us all.



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  • Flat Chested
  • BELLE VARADO STUDIOS
    May 28th
    5:00pm
  • Dir.Kristyn Jo Benedyk (USA)
  • "Flat Chested" is a dark comedy designed to entertain, but also to push the boundaries of how we think about women's bodies as well as female sexuality; it does this while also spreading life-saving awareness about breast cancer prevention and the BRCA gene. The film tells the story of a young woman named Amanda, played by Alicia Witt, who has tested positive for the breast cancer gene; we meet her on the weekend before she is about to get a double mastectomy. She has a very specific, and shocking, way she would like to say goodbye to her breasts during the weekend, but her sister comes to town with her own ideas for how Amanda should be preparing for the impending loss.



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  • Devil Makes Work
  • BELLE VARADO STUDIOS
    May 28th
    5:30pm
  • Dir.Guy Soulsby (UNITED KINGDOM)
  • DEVIL MAKES WORK is a visually dark and sinister short film illustrating the devil's twisted view of humanity; our hopes and dreams, life, love and struggle together with the sacrifices we make for success.



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  • I've Been a Sweeper
  • BELLE VARADO STUDIOS
    May 28th
    5:30pm
  • Dir.Ciarán Dooley (IRELAND)
  • I've Been a Sweeper tells the story of The Sweeper (Eamon Morrissey & David Rawle) as he carries out his job cleaning the floors of iconic pubs across Dublin during his final day of life. Aware of his fate, and peacefully resigned to it, he reflects on the interesting journey which brought him from an innocent child to man of the world. The film is a blend of narrative and visual storytelling, aiming to capture a snapshot of a life lived less-ordinary. It's a beautiful and moving tale which asks us to questions our own life path and the regrets we live with.



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  • Sub Rosa
  • BELLE VARADO STUDIOS
    May 28th
    5:30pm
  • Dir.Thora Hilmarsdottir (UNITED KINGDOM, ICELAND)
  • SUB ROSA observes the 8-year-old Tilda, she lives with her grandmother who runs a flower shop. The young girl roams around freely and discovers a world of indecent activities lurking behind the flower store walls.



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  • MARROW: Actors' Live Reading
  • BELLE VARADO STUDIOS
    May 28th
    7:45pm
  • Dir.Various (USA)
  • Actors doing a live reading of IFS screenplay winner "Marrow" written by Greg Chandler and performed by local Los Angeles Theater Actors.



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  • Hot!
  • BELLE VARADO STUDIOS
    May 28th
    8:30pm
  • Dir.Victor Warren (USA)
  • Love, sacrifice, and sexual slavery rip apart two friends as their morality is tested in a virus-ravaged Los Angeles.



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  • Passage to Mars
  • BELLE VARADO STUDIOS
    May 28th
    10:00pm
  • Dir.Jean-Christophe Jeauffre (USA)
  • A NASA Arctic expedition designed to be the first Martian road trip on Earth becomes an epic two-year odyssey of human adventure and survival. Starring Zachary Quinto, Passage to Mars is the true story of a six-man crew's adventures aboard a NASA experimental vehicle, attempting “the first Martian road trip” on Earth. Training for Mars exploration in the High Arctic, these intrepid explorers undertake a 2000-mile journey across the frozen sea of the forbidding Northwest Passage — but their expedition planned to last a few weeks is about to become an epic two-year odyssey.

    BEST SCI-FI FEATURE FILM

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  • El Novillero
  • BELLE VARADO STUDIOS
    May 29th
    7:00pm
  • Dir.Geoff Webb (CANADA)
  • This short film shows the subtle moments in the life of a matador, from training, to the match itself and it's bloody ending, looking abjectly at the beauty and the horror, the tradition and the sport, as well as the brutality, this film is a fine documentary poem to a world outside the American norms.



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  • Hyena Boys
  • BELLE VARADO STUDIOS
    May 29th
    7:00pm
  • Dir.Tarryn Crossman (SOUTH AFRICA)
  • A documentary about the African boys who train and own wild cats as a part of a tourist business of epic danger created from the needs of poverty in this fascinating and compelling documentary that's a part of the IFS Short Film Documentary Block H1 that screens today at the IFS Film Festival.



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  • Sumer 
  • BELLE VARADO STUDIOS
    May 29th
    7:00pm
  • Dir.Alvaro Garcia (UNITED KINGDOM, SPAIN)
  • This brilliant animated feature from the United Kingdom and Spain is a not to be missed event for animation lovers at IFS Film Fest 2015!



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  • Protagonist vs. Antagonist
  • BELLE VARADO STUDIOS
    May 29th
    7:30pm
  • Dir.Brian Anderson (USA)
  • A short animated film with a title that says it all — or does it? Check out this animated movie as a part of Shorts Program G2 today at the IFS Film Festival.



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  • The Great American Comedy Tour
  • BELLE VARADO STUDIOS
    May 29th
    7:30pm
  • Dir.Daniel Zagayer (USA)
  • Watch these comedians travel across America, hitting open mice and trying to become crowed favorites in this quasi-documentary, that is part self-promotion, and part warts and all revealing portrait of the desire for art and fame in 2015.



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  • Break-Up
  • BELLE VARADO STUDIOS
    May 29th
    8:00pm
  • Dir.Alexander Tuschinski (GERMANY)
  • This satire on modern life and on the nature of power, interweaving many subplots to create an overview of life today is told in an experimental editing style from the director of film festival favorites Menschenliebe (Philanthropy), Killer Squirrels, and the upcoming feature Timeless.

    Best Foreign Film

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  • Friends and Romans
  • BELLE VARADO STUDIOS
    May 29th
    10:00pm
  • Dir.Christopher Kublan (USA)
  • A group of lifelong mob movie extras mount a production of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar in their local Staten Island theater in order to finally get some speaking roles. But the theater is the secret hideout of a real-life gangster who fancies himself an actor, and whom the FBI are hunting for the recent murder of a Broadway producer. The Feds insert their own undercover agent to audition for the role of Cassius, seeking to determine who is the real gangster among a cast of make-believe criminals. All the while, the oblivious cast seek only to prove to themselves, their families, and friends that they are more than just extras.



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  • Ararat
  • BELLE VARADO STUDIOS
    May 30th
    5:00pm
  • Dir.Atom Egoyan (CANADA, FRANCE)
  • Atom Egoyan's Genie Award Winner for Best Picture tells the tale about a filmmaker recreating the Siege of Van as a means to look at the events surrounding the Ottoman empires extermination of it's minority subjects in 1915. Screened as a part of the Eric Bogosian performance retrospective and in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. A film within a film, this is a contemporary story of the making of a historical epic follows how making the film transforms a man on the production. Starring Christopher Plummer, Elias Koteas, Charles Aznavour and Eric Bogosian.



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  • Funhouse
  • BELLE VARADO STUDIOS
    May 30th
    7:00pm
  • Dir.Jo Bonney (USA)
  • In 1986, Eric Bogosian brought the first of his well-known solo performance character collections, "Funhouse", to Los Angeles for an eight week run. This is Eric Bogosian in solo theater performance filmed in all his sweaty and maddened glory.

    “Bogosian creates a slew of characters, leaping artfully from one impersonation to another. A diverse crew, linked mostly by the symptoms they carry of social and personal ills that cry for correction.” - David Sterritt



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  • Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll
  • BELLE VARADO STUDIOS
    May 30th
    8:30pm
  • Dir.John McNaughton (USA)
  • Following the success of his Pulitzer Prize-nominated play Talk Radio and the 1988 film version directed by Oliver Stone which he starred in, the acerbic monologist Eric Bogosian created another one man show of numerous characters, the second of his most well-known “solo shows”, titled Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll to off-Broadway stages.

    This film record of those shows was directed by John McNaughton following his breakthrough film Henry: Portrait of A Serial Killer. This film maintains the stage show's bare theatrical setting, focusing entirely on Bogosian's embodiment of a wide range of self-destructive personalities, to look at rebellion, masculinity, rage, and what it means to take alpha maleness to the limit.



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  • Wake Up and Smell the Coffee
  • BELLE VARADO STUDIOS
    May 30th
    10:00pm
  • Dir.Michael Rauch (USA)
  • In Wake Up and Smell the Coffee, the final and most innovative of his one-man solo theatrical performance shows; Eric Bogosian truly shines. An insightful and provocative performer, the Obie Award winner never hides from disturbing truths.

    Like comedic social commentators Lenny Bruce and Spalding Gray to which he is often compared, Bogosian satirizes contemporary American values. Based upon his stage show, this film version of Wake Up and Smell the Coffee shows Bogosian at his funniest, smartest, and angriest. Taking us for a ferocious ride through a cavalcade of colorful characters, he skewers pop culture, conformity, hypocrisy and human nature.



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  • Confessions of a Porn Star
  • BELLE VARADO STUDIOS
    May 31th
    5:00pm
  • Dir.Rob Klug and Jo Bonney (USA)
  • This rare collection of early Eric Bogosian solo show performance monologues filmed before live audiences includes: "Our Gang" from "Drinking in America"; early versions of material from "Pounding Nails in the Floor with my Forehead” and some work only available here centered around the exclusive "Confessions of a Porn Star" interview tapes.



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  • American Vanity / Best of 100 Monologues
  • BELLE VARADO STUDIOS
    May 31st
    6:30pm
  • Dir.Various (USA)
  • The video "American Vanity" was originally made for Vanity Fair in 1989 and includes excerpts from a number of Bogosian's solo performances. Shown with a collection of performances from the 100 monologues project and website (www.100monologues.com) that includes the book collection of 100 Eric Bogosian monologues, and the filmed videos hosted on the website of 100 actors taking their turn at these monologues.



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  • Wake Up and Smell the Coffee  
  • BELLE VARADO STUDIOS
    May 31st
    8:00pm
  • Dir.Michael Rauch (USA)
  • In Wake Up and Smell the Coffee, the final and most innovative of his one-man solo theatrical performance shows; Eric Bogosian truly shines. An insightful and provocative performer, the Obie Award winner never hides from disturbing truths.

    Like comedic social commentators Lenny Bruce and Spalding Gray to which he is often compared, Bogosian satirizes contemporary American values. Based upon his stage show, this film version of Wake Up and Smell the Coffee shows Bogosian at his funniest, smartest, and angriest. Taking us for a ferocious ride through a cavalcade of colorful characters, he skewers pop culture, conformity, hypocrisy and human nature.



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  • Pigs Inferno
  • BELLE VARADO STUDIOS
    May 31st
    10:00pm
  • Dir.Nobu Yamaoka (JAPAN)
  • Come see this psychological horror masterpiece. These are the only prints of these films with English subtitles that are available for screening anywhere in the Americas and all of Europe. Come see the work of this Japanese filmmaking master.



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  • Inherent Vice
  • BELLE VARADO STUDIOS
    June 4th
    8:15pm
  • Dir.Paul Thomas Anderson (USA)
  • In 1970, a drug-fueled Los Angeles detective Larry “Doc” Sportello (Joaquin Phoenix) investigates the disappearance of a former girlfriend in this surrealistic comedy film directed and written for the screen by Paul Thomas Anderson from the novel by Thomas Pynchon.

    Also starring Josh Brolin, Owen Wilson, Eric Roberts, Maya Rudolph, and Joanna Newsom.



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  • The Immortal Head  
  • BELLE VARADO STUDIOS
    June 5th
    6:00pm
  • Dir.Mark Andres (USA)
  • Part of the retrospective for animator Mark Andres, winner of the Independent Filmmakers Showcase IFS Film Festival's Best Animated Feature Film Awards in both 2013 for "The Immortal Head" and in 2015 for "The Somnambulists".

    IFS Film Fest is delighted to again screen THE IMMORTAL HEAD, a silent horror/romance animation told entirely in still drawings as a motion picture-graphic novel hybrid. Set in Weimar Berlin, where a young doctor treating severe facial injuries from WWI is disturbed by the ruined faces around him and fixates on an ancient bust of an unknown woman in a museum until he falls in love with a beautiful Jewish artist who resembles the sculpture.



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  • Pompeii, Oregon
  • BELLE VARADO STUDIOS
    June 5th
    8:00pm
  • Dir.Mark Andres (USA)
  • WORLD PREMIERE
    Continuing the retrospective for animator Mark Andres, winner of the Independent Filmmakers Showcase IFS Film Festival's Best Animated Feature Film Awards in both 2013 for "The Immortal Head" and in 2015 for "The Somnambulists". IFS Film Fest is happy to announce the screenings of both those films this year, along with the premiere of Pompeii, Oregon.

    Pompeii, Oregon is the sexually explicit story of a marriage unraveling, told in the words and drawings of the husband, a watch repair man and amateur artist, whose paranoia over his wife's suspected infidelities leads to his breakdown as he recalls their honeymoon in Pompeii. Pompeii, Oregon is a "Kinographic Novel": a film comprised of drawings, silent movie inter titles and music. With music by Kevin Macleod. This is the premiere screening.



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  • Maps to the Stars
  • BELLE VARADO STUDIOS
    June 5th
    10:00pm
  • Dir.David Cronenberg (USA)
  • From master director David Cronenberg (The Fly, A History of Violence, Naked Lunch, Dead Ringers, Crash, Videodrome, and Scanners), Maps to the Stars is a look into the heart of a Hollywood family -chasing celebrity who inevitably must deal with the relentless ghosts of their pasts. Starring Julianne Moore, Mia Wasikowska, John Cusack, and Robert Pattinson (Twilight).



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  • Wildlike
  • BEVERLY HILLS MUSIC HALL
    June 6th
    9:00pm
  • Dir.Frank Hall Green (USA)
  • Mackenzie is sent to live with her thirty-something uncle (Brian Geraghty) in Alaska. Surrounded by vast forests, picturesque mountains, and spectacular waters, Juneau might provide an ideal retreat for this troubled teen, coping with the recent death of her father and current absence of her mother. Still, something is just not right. When her uncle crosses a line, Mackenzie makes a hasty getaway. But, in a city unreachable by road, finding an escape route to her hometown of Seattle is nearly impossible. Mackenzie must rely upon the help of reluctant strangers for any chance at survival, including a lonesome and crotchety hiker played by Bruce Greenwood who is suffering from demons of his own. Together they reconcile their circumstances while traveling across America's last frontier.



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  • Hello, My Name is Frank…  
  • BELLE VARADO STUDIOS
    June 6th
    7:00pm
  • Dir.Dale Peterson (USA)
  • A sweet and uplifting comedy about a recluse with Tourette Syndrome thrust into the harsh realities of the world when his caretaker dies. Frank is a sweet fellow — until his tics come out. His uncontrollable tics and profane outbursts surface at all the wrong times. After a childhood filled with ridicule and cruelty from those who didn't understand his condition, Frank gradually becomes a loner and hires a caretaker to insulate him from the world. The caretaker's teenage daughter, Laura, who is about to go on a graduation road trip with her girlfriends drags a reluctant Frank along on a life-changing road trip, and what starts out as a tragedy ends up as a life changing journey for Frank and his companions.

    BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS – Hayley Kiyoko
    BEST EDITING – Kenneth Greenbaum
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