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Discussion of independent film in Los Angeles cites CalArts filmmakers

November 15, 2012
Art:21 Blog

One of the things that strikes me now is the way that the whole town got behind the Athens International Film and Video Festival, which, as the name implies, features independent films and videos from around the globe.  The Athena—Athens’s only movie theater—screens short film programs for free during the day and affordable feature films at night.  People drive in from miles around to attend screenings and participate in a huge community event centered on films that are not widely distributed.  It was while living in Athens that I first saw films by Bruce Baillie, Pat O’Neill, and recent Calarts graduates Lee Ann Schmitt and Lee Lynch—works that were very personalized portraits of California landscapes. Read Full Story

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