5 Reasons To Check Out This Weekend's Film Independent Forum In LA

Editor, U.S.; Los Angeles, California (@filmbenjamin)
Anyone of us who has attended a film festival has been in the following tight spot: It's that one between seeing a possibly great movie or attending a grade A industry panel that could give superb insight into the world of moviemaking. Nine times out of ten I pick the movie, 'cause that's the kid in me. But what if there was a whole weekend of top tier film festival panels, with no movies to miss out on? This is precisely what Film Independent have put together with their annual Film Independent Forum that once again takes place this weekend at Los Angeles's Directors Guild of America.

If you are in Los Angeles then the Forum is one of those no-brainer events of the year. Hopefully that means you have already registered, because those off-the-record networking lunches and Inide Link sessions with industry pros are the bee's knees.

But if you need a little more convincing to attend, or just want some guidance on what to check out, we've got you covered with our 5 top reasons for sitting pretty, and getting pretty film informed, at the DGA this weekend. Bonus, we've got a Q&A with Film Independet's Maria Bozzi, so read on!

Opening Night Screening: TRUMBO

There are probably few better ways to open up a weekend about moviemaking than with a big screen take on one of the medium's most legendary figures.

Bryan Cranston looks marvelous as our titular screenwriter, the blacklisted Dalton Trumbo, while there's a pretty stacked supporting cast, including John Goodman, Helen Mirren, Diane Lane, Elle Fanning and Louis C.K. Director Jay Roach (yep, of Austin Powers fame) will be on hand after the screening for a conversation.

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