While I don’t expect Woody Allen had any problem when he came opening night to introduce his ensemble roma-romantic comedy “To Rome With Love,” or Steve Carell during last night’s premiere of his apocalypse comedy “Seeking a Friend for the End of the World,” navigating the Los Angeles Film Festival (LAFF) at LA LIVE can be daunting for those not used to a film festival crowd.
But it is worth it. At last year’s festival, the neo noir "Drive" was a highlight that matched its press release promise. Then there was the documentary gem “The Bully Project” entering the festival with no distributor, but made an impact throughout the year. That is the Indie feel you get attending screenings, and somehow fits downtown so well. (Even though foreign and East Coast filmmakers still wish the event was held in Santa Monica).
Hey, being Indie-esque doesn’t mean a day at the beach.