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The official podcast of the Los Angels Diversity Film Festival, Film Forward is for Cinephiles, by Cinephiles. Through our events and podcast, LADFF establishes a true multicultural experience represented by the world’s independent film community.

10/25/19

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Filmmakers Elena Weinberg and Duncan Coe talk about their new movie A Room Full of Nothing, the joys of being a couple who works together, the Austin Film Festival and how you make one of the biggest cities in America look deserted on a budget.

Episode 17

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8/9/19

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Natalie Rodriguez discusses her feature film debut, "The Extraordinary Ordinary" which has it's World Premiere at the Los Angeles Diversity Film Festival on August 23rd.

Episode 13

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5/13/19

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Comedic writer/director Emily McGregor joins us to discuss her film Café Abundance, a film that poses an important question - is everything bullshit?

 

This continues our series on the films of LAdies Night - a special pop up screening hosted by LADFF on May 18th.

Episode 9

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3/12/19

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Jeremiah Zagar “We The Animals”

Jeremiah chats with us about his award-winning film “We The Animals.” We discuss his adaptation process, working with his young lead actor, and the family dynamic both on and off the screen. 

 

We The Animals is now available on Netflix, iTunes, Amazon and Blu-Ray. 

Episode 5

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10/23/18

In our first episode we chat with filmmaker America Young about her feature film, The Concessionaires Must Die! We also discuss Barbie Vlogs, working with Stan Lee and her non-profit organization The Chimaera Project which is dedicated to empowering women in the film industry. 

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8/19/19

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Filmmaker Thiago Dadalt discusses his film "Duke" and what is was like adapting a true story into a narrative film. He also gives us three fantastic recommendations in our Gimme Three segment.

 

Duke is playing August 24th at the Los Angeles Diversity Film Festival. Tickets are available at LADFF.com

Episode 16

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8/7/19

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Carly Usdin's latest short film "Misdirection" touches on unrequited love, obsessive compulsive disorder and... magic! The film sells itself but Carly does a pretty damn good job of selling it as well.

Join us as we chat with Carly about the making of her film and how her work in comic books helped influence this film getting made.

 

You can see "Misdirection" at the Los Angeles Diversity Film Festival on Opening Night, August 22nd. Tickets on sale at LADFF.com

Episode 12

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5/11/19

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Sara Karimipour joins us to talk about her film Hasti Joon and what is it was like growing up in the south as the only brown kid in her town. 

 

Hasti Joon will be playing at LAdies Night - a special pop up screening hosted by LADFF on May 18th

Episode 8

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1/24/19

Filmmaker Sebastien Paquet joins us to discuss the release of his award-winning documentary "Mind Over Matter." The film profiles Brandon Mendenhall, who was born with cerebral palsy and overcame the disease to fulfill his dream of becoming a rock guitarist. The film won the Audience Award at last year's Los Angeles Diversity Film Festival and will be available on iTunes and Amazon through Sumerian Films on January 25th, 2019.

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8/15/19

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Behold! The greatest interview with a Gay, Asian, Musical Comedian from Canada that you will hear today! Kevin Yee joins us to discuss his career and his new movie "About A Short Film."

 

Listen, laugh and enjoy! And if you dig this episode, come see Kevin's film at LADFF on August 24th. Tickets on sale now at LADFF.com

Episode 15

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5/15/19

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We conclude our series on the LAdies Night films with Tayo Amos, director of the film On The Clock.

 

We talk with Tayo about she captured an authentic depiction of East LA and the important subject of period poverty.

Episode 11

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5/9/19

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We continue our series on the films of LAdies Night -  a special pop up screening posted by LADFF on May 18th. 

 

Alexandra Hsu, the writer/director of the film Our Way Home chats with us about why she chose the 1960s as the backdrop for her film, and some of the more challenging elements of shooting a period piece.

Episode 7

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1/13/19

The latest episode of our podcast Film Forward is out now! We chat with Samantha Jayne Perez and Art Perez as they gear up for the Sundance premiere of their series "Quarter Life Poetry." 

Episode 3

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8/13/19

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Marli discuss their film The Gospel of Combat and their relationship with it's subject, Sensai Ben Kiyaga. This short documentary was shot in Kenya and is a beautiful character study.

 

We're thrilled to screen it in the Doc Block at this year's Los Angeles Diversity Film Festival. Tickets available at LADFF.com

Episode 14

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5/14/19

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Disfluency director, Laura Holliday joins Film Forward to the power of their film and her transition from comedy to drama.

 

This episode is part of our series on the films of LAdies Night - a special pop up screening hosted by LADFF on May 18th.

Episode 10

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5/8/19

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This episode kicks off our series which highlights the films of LAdies Night - a special pop up screening hosted by LADFF on May 18th. 

 

Adamma and Adane Ebo discuss their film Honk for Jesus. Save Your Soul. We do a deep dive of the film, discuss the wonders of praise miming and what it’s like making a movie with your twin.

Episode 6

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11/29/18

Producer Shannon Riggs chats with us about her new documentary The Smartest Kids in the World. We also discuss her Netflix docu-series The Innocent Man, her award-winning film Gleason, and the differences between narrative and documentary filmmaking.

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