Los Angeles Film Festival Keynote Speaker Chris McGurk

HollywoodNews.com: Several new events at the 2012 Los Angeles Film Festival were announced this morning including this year’s Festival Keynote Speaker, Chris McGurk, Chariman and CEO of Cinedigm Entertainment group. On June 16, McGurk will speak on the art and business of independent film by addressing the Renaissance of Indie Film. The keynote speech will also open a full day of panels at the AFCI Locations Show. Also announced is a new event on June 19 featuring comedian Marc Maron hosting his WTF podcast live with a to-be-announced guest in front of an intimate Festival audience. Past WTF podcast guests include Judd Apatow, Louis CK, Jon Hamm, Patton Oswalt and Amy Poehler.

The Festival’s popular Coffee Talks will take place on June 17 featuring actors Jason Isaacs and Melanie Lynskey, directors Lawrence Kasdan and Catherine Hardwicke, screenwriters John August and Zak Penn, composers Rolfe Kent, Cliff Martinez, and Michael Penn, plus more to be announced.

The always raucous Poolside Rant will happen on June 23 with a group of comedians ready to discuss (and rant about) movies in general, and what bugs them in particular.

Spotlight on the Craft will offer free multiple panels throughout the Festival exploring the various filmmaking tools and digital technologies that have revolutionized the way we make and see movies.

– Long Story Short, sponsored by FOCUS Forward Short Films, Big Ideas on the art and power of online storytelling.

– Capturing Ron Howard’s Imagin8ion: A Case Study from Canon U.S.A., Inc. will feature the key creative and technical minds behind When You Find Me, a short film from Ron and Bryce Dallas Howard.

– Kodak Focus: Wally Pfister spotlights the work of Oscar-winning cinematographer Wally Pfister (Inception, Moneyball). He will discuss his craft, his career and screen highlights from his work.

– In the Air and On the Go: Pioneer Filmmaking, sponsored by Virgin America, will bring together the makers of groundbreaking films made (and edited) at 35,000 feet and shot entirely on a camera phone to discuss how they pulled it off.

– The Sound of Stories: sponsored by Dolby Laboratories, presents filmmakers, sound designers, technology innovators and industry experts to speak about what’s involved in achieving the ultimate immersive sound.

– Talk Score to Me: Emerging Filmmakers on Collaborating with Composers, sponsored by ASCAP, will bring together Film Independent’s Project Involve Fellows for a screening and discussion on collaboration between directors and composers and their experience in the inaugural ASCAP/Project Involve Composers Workshop.

– Café Latino sponsored by HBO invites you to join the filmmakers of Latin American Films at the LA Film Fest as they explore their roles as storytellers in an increasingly global world. LA Times Arts and Culture Reporter Reed Johnson will moderate this free discussion with directors Arturo Pons (writer/director, The Compass is Carried by the Dead Man), Everardo González (director, Drought), José Alvarez (writer/director, Canícula), Dominga Sotomayor (writer/director, Thursday till Sunday), Bernardo Ruiz (director, El Reportero), and Alejandro Brugues (writer/director, Juan of the Dead).

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Tickets to the 2012 Los Angeles Film Festival can be purchased beginning at 12:00 pm PST on Tuesday, May 29 at lafilmfest.com.

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