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"Lowriders" to open LA Film Festival
A scene from "Lowriders" (photo by Justin Lubin)
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The LA Film Festival, produced by Film Independent, the non-profit arts organization that also produces the Film Independent Spirit Awards, has announced that Ricardo de Montreuil’s Lowriders will open this year’s Festival. The film, produced by Academy Award® winner Brian Grazer (A Beautiful Mind, 8 Mile, American Gangster) and Oscar® nominee® and Emmy Award winner Jason Blum (Whiplash, The Gift, HBO’s The Normal Heart), stars Eva Longoria, Demián Bichir, Melissa Benoist, Theo Rossi, Tony Revolori and Gabriel Chavarria. It was also announced that Ryan Coogler (Fruitvale Station, Creed) has been named the 2016 Guest Director. 
Additionally, Ava DuVernay (Middle of Nowhere, Selma) and Array Releasing will receive the Festival’s annual Spirit of Independence Award. This award, which honors those who advance the cause of independent film and champion creative freedom, has previously been given to Don Cheadle, George Clooney, David O. Russell, Tom Bernard and Michael Barker, and Charlize Theron, among others.

The 22nd edition of the LA Film Festival will take place June 1-9, 2016 at ArcLight Cinemas. The LA Film Festival’s mission is to showcase diversity, innovation and uniqueness of vision in independent American and international cinema.

Set against the vibrant backdrop of East LA’s near-spiritual car culture, Lowriders follows the story of Danny, a talented young street artist caught between the lowrider world inhabited by his old-school father and ex-con brother, and the adrenaline-fueled outlet that defines his self-expression.

Guest Director Coogler will attend the 15th annual Filmmaker Retreat. A signature program of the Festival, the Filmmaker Retreat brings together all the feature directors in this year’s Festival along with seasoned filmmakers and Film Independent Board Members who attend as honored artists. The Filmmaker Retreat is an opportunity to build community among the Festival’s filmmakers before the Festival kicks off on June 1. Past Guest Directors of the Festival include Rodrigo García, Lisa Cholodenko, David O. Russell, Mira Nair, Kathryn Bigelow, George Lucas, William Friedkin, Sydney Pollack, Guillermo Del Toro and Alfonso Cuarón.

Festival passes are on sale to Film Independent Members starting today, April 5. Passes go on sale to the general public on Tuesday, April 12. The full line-up will be announced on Tuesday, April 26. Individual tickets go on sale to Members on Tuesday, May 5 and to the general public on Tuesday, May 10. Visit here for more information.