An invasion of cinema descends upon Highland Park this weekend for the 2nd Annual Highland Park Independent Film Festival. The three day affair is a celebration of shorts, documentaries, and features from around the world and around the block. With over 30 entries spanning five continents including films from Chile, South Africa, England, Japan, and our very own L.A., expect to find a little something for everyone. It all kicks of Thursday night, October 8 with the premiere of “After School.”
A police sergeant and former teacher find themselves caught in the middle of a stand off when a student is found in an empty classroom, gun in hand and blood stains on his shirt. Together they must piece together what’s happened before things take an even more tragic turn. What secret is the child holding and what could have caused him to take such drastic measures?
Friday night features the documentary “I am Thalente.”
How does a homeless teenager living in South Africa end up in America among some of the world’s top skateboarders? Come find out in this remarkable true story that could only have happened in the age of the internet.
Things close out Saturday night with the presentation of “East LA Interchange.”
In this documentary Boyle Heights residents, including: Father Greg Boyle, former Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, and musician will.i.am, discuss the ever changing demographic of the neighborhood and how it’s historically been a gateway to immigrants from all over the world. Expect stories of struggle, from the past to the present, and find out how through it all the community has thrived and found its voice and political clout.
There will also be a as a series of short programs centering around specific topics such as: Women Film Makers, L.A. Stories, and Sci-fi/Suspense in addition to a panel on Women in Film. For tickets and the entire list of events head over to: