Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Coming Attraction: 2012 LA Film Festival

The 2012 LA Film Fest, aka the city's largest film festival, will be returning to L.A. Live from June 14-24, and there are some fun, family-friendly entries, as well as a few oldies but goodies.

Not only will Brave, Disney*Pixar's new animated, girl-centric film, be screening at the festival, but E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial will be celebrating its 30th anniversary (!) with a free screening as well.

For older kids, and maybe a few nostalgic parents, a Dirty Dancing Dance-A-Long will liven up California Plaza on June 22.

You know I love documentaries, and I can't resist recommending a couple here:

* Birth Story: Ina May Gaskin and the Farm Midwives tells the story of Gaskin, who with her friends in the '70s began delivering each other's babies on a caravan of hippie (their words, not mine) school buses headed to a part of rural Tennessee. I'm sure this will get a lot of moms talking about their own birth stories and choices! (Directed by: Sara Lamm and Mary Wigmore; screens June 16, 22)

* Sun Kissed looks at a Navajo reservation, on which some children have developed a fatal reaction to sunlight. The film explore cultural taboos and what has caused this genetic disease. (Directed by: Maya Stark and Adi Lavy: screens June 16, 18)

Lastly, I wanted to give a shout-out to a narrative film that looks good, Crazy & Thief, about two young children who make their own star chart and set out on a wondrous journey to find the ultimate prize, the Star of Bethlehem. (Directed by: Cory McAbee; screens June 17, 19)

For more information about the Los Angeles Film Festival, go to www.lafilmfest.com. And be sure to check online for ticket availability. Most run about $13, but a lot of the films sell out quickly.

Have fun!

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