June's Best Film Festivals
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June might be the month of blockbusters at the movie theater, but many small films will be highlighted at three of the best film festivals in the U.S., too. Not only are the Los Angeles Film Festival, Nantucket Film Festival and Maui Film Festival located in three of the best summertime destinations, but each will also feature programs with award-winning filmmakers. Check out the deets for each.
The 2016 Los Angeles Film Festival will include 42 world premieres in the competitive U.S. Fiction, Documentary, World Fiction, LA Muse and Nightfall sections. In addition to the films in competition, the fest is also hosting a Coffee Talks series of filmmaker panels on Sunday, June 5 at The Culver Hotel with directors Damien Chazelle ("Whiplash"), Tim Miller ("Deadpool"), Lucy Walker ("Waste Land") and Patricia Riggen ("The 33").
There will be several free movie screenings, like the "Ghostbusters" showing taking place Friday, June 3 at 8 p.m. at FIGat7th in downtown Los Angeles. Ricardo de Montreuil’s new drama "Lowriders" will kick off the Los Angeles festival on June 1 at the ArcLight Hollywood Cinerama Dome. Tickets for the L.A. Film Festival are available at https://tickets.lafilmfestival.com/Online/.
The Nantucket Film Festival might be the most underrated of them all. This year's roster is pretty impressive with "Finding Dory" as the opening night film, the debut of the spotlight comedy "My Blind Brother" starring Adam Scott, Nick Kroll and Jenny Slate, the In Their Shoes series with Molly Shannon and Oliver Stone, and a special screenwriters tribute.
The screenwriters event, hosted by Seth Meyers, will also honor Stone for his prolific and influential career. Shannon, whose film "Other People" is being represented at the fest, will receive the Compass Rose Acting Award that recognizes an actor who has "inspired great storytelling in film." Past recipients include Frank Langella, Robert Duvall, Vera Farmiga and Meg Ryan. Tickets are available at http://nantucketfilmfestival.org/.
It can't be very difficult to lure celebrities to your film festival when your home base is the Wailea Gold & Emerald Golf Course. This year, Bryan Cranston, Viola Davis, Michael B. Jordan, Kelly Rohrbach and Wyatt Russell are all being honored by MFF, and will all be in attendance. Cranston and Davis will win the prestigious Navigator Awards, while Jordan will get the Rainmaker honors and Rohrbach and Russell are this year's Rising Stars.
Along with awards and film screenings, the Maui Film Festival also has three foodie events planned. Taste of Summer, Taste of Chocolate and Taste of Wailea take place on June 15, June 17 and June 18, respectively. Tickets to all of these events can be purchased at http://www.mauifilmfestival.com/.
With these three outstanding film festivals taking place in June, cinephiles have no excuse for staying home this summer.
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