Preview: Mammoth Lakes Film Festival Debuts With Stellar Indie Lineup

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There are two things when one considers going to a film festival, or dare to put one on. The first is: location, location, location. The second (or perhaps it's the first): Movies, of course. Plenty of quality, eclectic flicks that will wow the locals and draw in film fans and industry from far and wide, alike

First year upstart Mammoth Lakes Film Festival should be in fine shape then in both categories. Located in the picturesque California community of Mammoth Lakes, just south of the iconic Yosemite National Park, the film festival opens tonight with Alex Gibney's doc Steve Jobs: The Man In The Machine. Running til May 31st, Mammoth Lakes is chock full of some of the strongest indies of 2015, including Closing Nighter and Sundance favorite Cartel Land, as well as Slamdance winner They Look Like People.

For those attending, for those curious, check out our gallery preview of some select films from the lineup below, plus a Q&A with Executive Director Shira Dubrovner and Director Of Programing Paul Sbrizzi on why Mammoth Lakes is ready to foster the filmmakers first.

And once done with that, please check out the full Mammoth Lakes Film Festival lineup here.  

They Look Like People

Straight up, Perry Blackshear's multi-award winning feature debut is one of my gems of the year. For its innovative micro-budget filmmaking and the wonderfully textured friendship at its core, They Look Like People charts the inner horrors of the mind with an astute, empathetic hand and visceral genre trappings to boot.

Read my full review out of Slamdance 2015

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