Thursday, October 7, 2010

LA Femme Film Festival Announces Honorees, New Programs and 100+ Film Premieres

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Beverly Hills, CA, - LA Femme Film Festival’s Founder Leslie LaPage announced today that the 6th Annual LA Femme Film Festival 2010, October 14-17, 2010 will be honoring Angela Bassett (What’s Love Got to do with it, Green Lantern), Virginia Madsen (Sideways, Scoundrels), Angela Kinsey (The Office), Loretta Devine and Maggie Wheeler (Friends, Everybody Loves Raymond) at the festival’s Awards Ceremony on October 17, 2010. Carmen Carter (Dancing with the Stars) will be performing throughout the evening and comedian Gloria Bigelow will be the ceremony’s MC. Guests to attend: Steve Carell, Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer, B.J. Novak, Mindy Kaling, Craig Robinson, Ellie Kemper, Tasha Smith (Tyler Perry Films), Vanessa Bell Callaway, Peter Sarsgaard, Tim Robbins, Forest Whitaker, Rick Fox, Tyler Perry, Sofia Vergara, Lance Gross, Keke Palmer, Laurence Fishburne, Amanda Seyfried, Sandra Oh, Paul Giamatti, Jim Carrey, David Schwimmer, Diablo Cody (United States of Tara), Sara Gilbert, Daphne Zuniga (One Tree Hill), Marisol Nichols (The Gates), Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Marla Gibbs, Tippi Hedren, Vivica A. Fox, Lorraine Toussaint, Rosanna Arquette, Lea Thompson, Jacqueline Bisset, Sally Kirkland.

LA Femme in conjunction with SAG’s (Screen Actors Guild) Diversity Committee and Magnolia Pictures will be hosting a Special Screening of “Night Catches Us” starting Anthony Mackie and Kerry Washington. The film focuses on a love story that flourishes within the violence and political struggle of the Black Power movement of the 1970’s. The screening will be followed by a Q&A session with Director/Writer Tanya Hamilton, Jamie Hector, Nikita Dillard, Vic Bulluck Executive Director of the Hollywood Bureau of the NAACP, along with surprise, guest actors from the film!  An additional Special Screening of “The Seedling”, a story of human survival, will be a fundraising event for the national non-profit foundation, RAINN.

LA Femme is excited to announce that this year’s festival will include the first annual Women in Music event and fundraiser with Grammy Nominated Performer Lisa Haley and the Zydekats performing a unique blend of Cajun, American style music creations. Opening for Lisa Haley is the Haberdashery Ensemble performing a mix of jazz, gypsy and folk on October 14th which will launch this year events at LA Femme. Ticket to include 2 hour show with a full after party with DJ, Hosted Bar, Food and Goodies Bags! Tickets are: $75, $65 and $45 dollars which can be purchased online.

LA Femme’s full program of films screening is available on line. Some selected films screening at the festival include: “Truth About Kerry”, Stana Katic (Castle); “ I Know a Woman Like That” Rita Moreno (Westside Story), Virginia Madsen (Sideways), Eartha Kitt (Batman), Lauren Hutton (American Gigolo); “Mountains that Take Wing” Angela Davis (Political Activist) & Yuri Kochiyama (Japanese American Human Rights Activist); “ Assisting Venus”, Michael Steger (90210), Jordan Bridges (Rizzoli & Isles), Julian Sands (24), Kirsten Gronfield (10 Items or Less); “Nothing Special” , Karen Black (Five Easy Pieces); “B-Girl” Jonathan Wesley (Roll Bounce),  Jules “Lady Jules” Urich (America’s Best Dance Crew, Beat Freaks), Ivan “Flipz” Velez (Step Up 3D), Rynan “Rainen” Paguio (America’s Best Dance Crew, Jabbawockeez (Winner)), Jonathan “Legacy” Perez (So You Think You Can Dance)

Our long time sponsor the WGA will again be hosting one of our most compelling and outstanding seminars for emerging writers: “Sci-Fi – Can You Make It Scary Enough: How women are doing it” with writers -Pamela Pettler (Corpse Bride, Monster House, Robositter for Robert Zemekis), Gillian Horvath (Highlander: The Series) and Amy Berg (Leverage, Eureka).

The festival will run from October 14th -17th, 2010 in Los Angeles, CA and where we will be screenings of over 100 films which include independent features, shorts, music videos, commercials, special screenings and seminars.  The four day event will be held at the Renberg Theatre in Los Angeles.  LA Femme is dedicated to celebrating and empowering female artists creating work for a worldwide audience. LA Femme showcases works “by women for everyone” from all over the world. Ms LaPage states, “No Festival does what we do for women, we care about the women Filmmakers, Writers, and Producers and help them gain access to Hollywood and get their films seen, sold and produced.”

Previous Celebrity Award Honorees included : Marianne Jean-Baptise, Sara Gilbert, Diablo Cody , Vivica Fox, Rosanna Arquette , Lea Thompson, Penelope Spheeris, Susan Seidelman,  Maria Conchita Alonso, Jacqueline Bisset  and many more.

To purchase Full Access VIP Pass go to: Regular Price ($150) Discounts for WGA and SAG Guild Members for ($59.99). Tickets for individual films are $10.00; Seminars are $20 and can be purchased online or at the door. Events held at the Renberg Theatre in Hollywood: 1125 N McCadden Place 90038. For information on the entire line up of activatIes please visit our website at

Key sponsors include: (SAG) Screen Actors Guild Affirmative Action & Diversity, SAG Women’s Committee, (WGA) Writers Guild America West, Governor’s Office of Film and Entertainment State of Florida, W Hotel, Eurochannel, Dish Network, Red Light Promotions, 759 Events, Roaring Lion Drinks, Slim Stix, The Hair & Makeup Artists Network, Music Association, Pama, and Sofitel Luxury Hotels. This year we welcome our new sponsor American Airlines.

Media Inquiries: To register press credentials for the Festival or to schedule an interview with Leslie LaPage, contact Donna Hull at 213-926-3301 or email

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LA Femme Film Festival highlights commercially-viable films written, directed or produced “by women for everyone”.  Now in its sixth year, the festival is solely dedicated to nurturing a new breed of female filmmakers and providing opportunities for those careers to blossom.

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