The 4th Annual Highland Park Independent Film Festival (HPIFF) returns Thursday, October 5th for its celebration of documentaries, shorts, and feature films. Over the past four years, the grassroots organization has helped promote independent cinema and showcase emerging filmmakers while highlighting the artistic and cultural importance of the Highland Park community. This year is no exception as more than forty projects, ranging from international to local, will be screened at the historic Highland Park Theater. Festival highlights include:
“Tyrus”, a documentary about Tyrus Wong, a Chinese immigrant whose art had a profound effect at Warner Bros. and Disney Studios, especially in the creation of the beloved film,”Bambi.”
“The Icarus Line Must Die”, a film about a punk rock frontman struggling to keep his band and life from falling apart; and
“Ovarian Psycos”, the story about a group of Latinas from L.A. that used bike riding as a means of female empowerment.
The three-day festival features a different set of films each afternoon, revolving around a specific theme. Topics include Women on the Verge, Cine Now! The Latino Lens, and City of Los Angeles, amongst others. Each night features a red carpet event with special guests, as well as an after-party where artists and attendees can mingle and network.
One of the best things to come out of HPIFF is their community involvement, especially with local high school students. Through the HPIFF Mentoring Program students at Franklin High School have been able to learn about the processing of filmmaking, from both in front of and behind the camera. Their locally produced short tends to be one of the funniest and most creative works of the festival. It’s that type of involvement that makes HPIFF the unique experience that it is. For tickets and more information about attending head over to http://www.hpifilmfest.com/index.html