Tickets are now on sale for ArcLight Cinema's third annual documentary film festival, the only festival in Los Angeles to recognize the creativity of independent film makers. This year's festival was curated by renowned documentary filmmaker and International Documentary Association president Marjan Safinia. The festival received more than 400 submissions and the caliber of talent includes renowned films ranging from heroic journeys to historic events that have received awards at major festivals including Sundance, Tribeca and Toronto, that will be shown for the first time in Los Angeles.
This annual event has rapidly grown to become one of the most recognized festivals of its kind in Southern California, receiving more than 400 film submissions in 2013, the highest number in the festival's history to date.
Opening the Documentary Film Festival is “Let The Fire Burn” directed by Jason Osder, who won this year's Tribeca Film Festival Best New Documentary Director. The film is a shocking account of the events surrounding the 1985 clash between Philadelphia authorities and the radical black organization MOVE.
Other notable films include Sundance and Toronto Film Festival award winner “The Square,” a look inside the recent events in Egypt from the heart of Tahrir Square; the moving film, “The Other Shore,” a tale of the true power of human resilience, this raw and inspiring film gives audiences a ringside seat for Diana Nyad's emotional and physical battle to achieve her life-long goal of swimming from Cuba to Florida; “A World Not Ours” director Mahdi Fleifel looks at what it means to be a refugee with the intensely intimate and personal story of his family and friends who are Palestinian refugees in the Lebanese refugee camp Ain El-Heweh.
ArcLight Cinemas founded the annual Documentary Film Festival in 2011 to fill the industry gap of recognizing independent filmmakers in Los Angeles. The top documentaries will be recognized at the festival reception at ArcLight Hollywood on Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013. ArcLight moviegoers will pick an Audience Favorite and a jury winner will receive a $10,000 prize. Past winners have been recognized with top industry honors including “Open Heart,” which received a nomination for “Best Documentary Short” by the 2012 Academy Awards.
For more information and to purchase tickets for the 2013 Documentary Film Festival, please visit www.ArcLightCinemas.com/news/docfest-2013