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Downtown Film Festival LA to highlight music and feminism in film

By Hayley Fox
Published: Tuesday, July 09, 2013, at 03:20PM
Mikey Wally

Inside the Downtown Independent theater, where many of the film festival screenings will be held.

The Downtown Film Festival Los Angeles kicks off on Wednesday at locations throughout DTLA, and this year's line-up includes a hearty mix of music-related movies.

“Our festival has always underscored the close affinity between film and music, especially here in Los Angeles where both industries are centered and where creatives from each industry can’t help but rub shoulders with each other,” said festival co-director Peggy Ellithorpe in a statement.

Featured films include “Punk in Africa,” a documentary about politics and music in apartheid-era South Africa; and “Who the F**k is Arthur Fogel?,” a biopic about a man who started as a no-name musician and went on to lead some of the bestselling worldwide concert tours ever.

The film festival includes the screening of more than 100 films, as well as multiple panels, parties and discussions that will be hosted at DTLA locations including Union Station, the Downtown Independent and The Edison.

Other areas of focus in this year's film line-up include Los Angeles, pop culture and politics.

This year also marks the 50th anniversary of the publication of Betty Friedan's "The Feminine Mystique." To celebrate, the film fest will be showing "Femme," a documentary in which Sharon Stone was the executive producer. The movie "examines what the world will be like in the not too distant future when women are the majority in power."

Tickets for single screenings range from free to $20, and an all access pass (not including private parties) costs $150 online.

The Downtown Film Festival L.A. began in 2008 and according to organizers, the festival has screened more than 1,000 narrative, short and documentary films over the years.

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