On Thursday, June 17th, the Los Angeles Film Festival will descend upon the jutting skyscrapers and flashing streetlights of Downtown L.A. with an army of actors, writers, directors, editors and all-around movie lovers. Now in its 16th year, the festival will feature everything from the world premiere of the latest Twilight movie (sorry, we can’t get you in. We can’t get in either.) to a bevy of up-and-coming independent features looking to find their place in cinema history. As always, the Writers’ Program will be in on the action.

The Festival–which runs from June 17-27–will include:

Over 200 feature films, documentaries, shorts, and music videos

  • Competitions for Narrative and Documentary films
  • A showcase of international films, some premiering for the first time in North America
  • Special screenings of classic films and much more…

The UCLA Extension Writers’ Program will be hosting Upstate, written and co-directed by Katherine Nolfi and starring Iracel Rivero, Suzan Mikiel Kennedy, and Max Arnaud. The film is competing in the festival’s Narrative Competition against others from Iran, Denmark, France, Japan, and the United States.

Upstate is “A sun-dappled portrait of the shifting dynamics of personal relationships past and present. Still coping with the death of her mother, Liz decides to break her self-imposed isolation by visiting Steve, an old friend she has not seen in years who is now married and living in rural upstate New York. What begins as a simple reunion, however, grows more complicated as Liz’s presence reignites long forgotten emotions in this thoughtful rumination on the regrets of the past and the possibility for change.”

The film will screen on the following dates and features appearances by directors Katherine Nolfi and Andrew Luis and actors Iracel Rivero and Suzan Mikiel Kennedy:

Mon, Jun 21st 7:45pm at Regal 10
Thu, Jun 24th 5:00pm at Regal 8
Fri, Jun 25th 9:45pm at Regal 13

Be sure to check out Upstate and all the other exciting films being screened this June 17-27th.

For passes, tickets and full Festival details, call 1.866.FilmFest or visit lafilmfest.com/.

Daniel Sanchez is the Program Assistant in Creative Writing onsite. Follow him on Twitter at http://twitter.com/WriterDaniel


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