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My Experience at the 2015 LA Film Fest

The LA Film Fest wrapped a week ago and I finished my last day as an intern yesterday. My immediate thoughts? Wow, was the entire experience a blast! First off, if you live in the Los Angeles area I would definitely recommend attending/volunteering/interning at next year’s LA Film Fest. The lineup this year was exceptionally diverse and exciting – a reflection of Film Independent’s dedication to supporting filmmakers and stories that are diverse and innovative – and I can only imagine that next year’s selection will be even better. I’m thankful for the opportunity to meet so many interesting and passionate people at the festival, and I’m also grateful that I had the chance to experience something that truly embodies the spirit of Los Angeles within my first three months living here. Overall, one of the best perks of being an intern was that I was able to attend events! During the festival I wrote about a few of the screenings and talks I attended, which you can check out below: → Diversity Speaks → Making Cool Shit with OK Go → ‘Inside Out’ with Pete Docter Long story short, I …

LA Film Fest ’15: Diversity Speaks

Last weekend I attended two of the Diversity Speaks panels the LA Film Fest. I made it to the second half of Oscar-winning screenwriter John Ridley‘s Q & A session, moderated by Elvis Mitchell, and was available for the entire Diversity in Primetime panel featuring Wendy Calhoun (writer/co-executive producer, Empire), Gail Lerner (writer/co-executive producer, Black-ish), Andrea Navedo (actor, Jane the Virgin), Randall Park (actor, Fresh Off the Boat), and Our Lady J (writer, Transparent). Here are a few of my favorite take-aways from the event: John Ridley was asked what it’s like to work in a biased industry that promotes racial stereotypes, and if he feels that by working in Hollywood he is somehow supporting the negative aspects of the industry. His response? Bias is everywhere, but it’s his duty to tell these stories. Since John Ridley wrote my favorite film of 2013 (12 Years a Slave), I definitely “fan-girled” a little bit in his presence, but luckily I was capable of internalizing those feelings. Listening to Ridley, it was impressive just how incredibly smart and well spoken he is. I really don’t think you …