There is an exciting mix of films this year from the opening night documentary Art of the Protest produced by Dave Navarro with interviews from Pussy Riot, Shepard Fairey, Moby, and more to the closing night film Mr. Sister a feature set in the underground drag world of NYC featuring LGBTQI icon Ari Gold. Many of the films presented this year will be world premieres of some of the best emerging filmmaker talent as well as many starring recognizable faces such as Kyle Gallner (American Sniper), James McMenamin (Orange Is the New Black), Jeremy Sisto, Lance Hendrickson, David Krumholtz, Francis Fisher, Katia Winer (The Boys), Heather Matarazzo (Princess Diaries), Neil Brown Jr., Trevor Stines (Riverdale) and many more. Some of the producers involved in films selected this year include Rosario Dawson, Hank Azaria as well as other notable names.
Heading into its 24th year carrying a highly relevant theme of “Let’s Get Physical,” DANCES WITH FILMS (DWF: LA) returns to the famed TLC Chinese Theaters expanding into 3 weeks on August 26 – September 12 with their opening night “Meet the Filmmakers” gala to be held at the Roosevelt Hotel Ballroom (where the original Oscars ceremony was held). Launching a slate of impressive films by some of the best ‘undiscovered’ talent on the indie circuit, the festival also brings home a slew of highly recognizable names in Hollywood within its Unleashed division. DWF: LA will be launching their First Film Series, presenting the early, and more current, works of established filmmakers, with this year’s honorees being Oscar-Nominated Producer Michael London (Thirteen, Sideways, Trumbo, Milk) and Oscar Nominated Director Paul Greengrass (United 93, Captain Phillips, News of the World).
DWF: LA is one of the largest festivals of its kind in the United States and remains dedicated to creating opportunities and launching careers of exceptionally talented artists based on their talent alone.