This weekend (October 9 thru 11) the neighborhood of Highland Park will hold its first annual Highland Park Independent Film Festival. The event (held at the aptly named Highland Theater) will screen features, shorts, and documentaries from all over the world as well as host panel discussions, industry mixers, and an awards ceremony honoring HPIFF’s best work. And though the festival certainly embraces a world perspective it makes sure not to forget its roots with several works about the City of Angels and a couple, including Highland Park is ____ ____and Robot Apocalypse, focusing on the neighborhood itself.
It all kicks off Thursday night with the screening of Water and Power, a story of two brothers who find themselves caught up in the city’s complex web of corruption and politics as their live’s are turned upside after one of their decisions takes a dark turn. The story is an adaptation of Culture Clash’s work of the same name and is directed by troupe member Richard Montoya. Friday night’s feature, Scenic Route, stars Josh Duhamel in a buddy road trip movie that goes horribly wrong when their truck breaks down on a desolate desert road. Expect to see him in a role like never before. Saturday night it all comes to a close with the screening of Avenues; the story of a man in search of a better life as he returns home after a decade spent in prison. He quickly realizes that although time his changed him, the streets remain the same, often dangerous place he left. And that’s just a sampling of what to expect. In all over twenty films will be screened! For more information and a full rundown head over to: http://www.hpifilmfest.com/. And check back here often as I expect to interview some the festival’s directors and the inspiration for their films.