In three short years, the Lower East Side Film Festival has become one of the most exciting under the radar film events in all of New York City. Indeed, the festival – which emphasizes films made on tight budgets – has so much to offer that the fact that all of the screening venues are within 100 paces of my apartment isn't even the most exciting part about it. Occupying some of the finest and most festival perfect theaters in all of Manhattan, the L.E.S.* Fest has quickly evolved from the cool, BYOB-style vibe of its inaugural edition to a really cool and excellently curated BYOB-style vibe, complete with neat (but low-key) celebrity guests and unexpectedly major premieres (last year, L.E.S.* snagged the NY bow of Abel Ferrara's "4:44: Last Day on Earth," beating the esteemed NYFF to the punch).
This year's fest kicks off on June 13, with a screening of "How to Follow Strangers," and Film.com is pleased to announce that two excellent titles – "Having You," starring Anna Friel, and Fantastic Fest sensation "History of Future Folk" – have been added to the fest's ever-expanding lineup. Check out the trailers below, and don't forget to pick up your tickets when they go on sale tomorrow.
Visit L.E.S.* Fest's website for more info, and I hope to see you there!
"The History of Future Folk"
And here's the full press release:
New York -- Lower East Side Film Festival Directors Damon Cardasis, Tony Castle, Roxy Hunt and Shannon Walker announced today that “How To Follow Strangers” will open the 2013 L.E.S* Film Festival at Landmark Sunshine Cinema, June 13. 2013. More For Less At The Movies, the L.E.S* Film Festival shows low budget independent films in all categories: features, shorts, documentaries, experimental, foreign and animation.
Tickets will be available for sale starting Wednesday, May 15 at Landmark Sunshine Cinema, 143 East Houston Street between the hours of 12:30pm to 2:30pm as well as online at LESFilmFestival.com. The Festival Directors will be distributing free product from sponsor Pop Chips and on hand to answer questions from interested parties looking to find out more information about the festival or wanting to purchase tickets.
L.E.S* is thrilled to open their 2013 festival with “How To Follow Strangers” directed by Chioke Nassor and starring Broad City’s Ilana Glazer.
There is a true story of a woman who died in her apartment and it took people a year to find her body decomposing in a crisp Chanel suit. A young man becomes obsessed with this urban tragedy and disappears, wondering if anyone will notice. A young woman who shares his commuting schedule DOES notice. And when he resurfaces, she decides to follow him setting of a chain of events that may eventually bind them together...
Chioke Nassor has directed and written short films starring Steve Buscemi, Gina Gershon, and Kieran Culkin, including “The Gina Gershon Sex Tape”, viewed over 2 million times online. He’s written for the three- time Emmy Award winning production company, Goldfish Pictures, developing television shows and feature projects. Mr. Nassor is also the director for the recently completed TV on the Radio Tour Documentary “Minor/Major.”
Ilana Glazer is the co-creator/star of the cult web series, Broad City, which is currently being adapted for television with Amy Poehler (star of NBC’s Parks and Recreation/Saturday Night Live) serving as Executive Producer along with Dave Becky (Executive Producer of HBO’s Bored to Death and FX’s Louie). This past year Ms. Glazer was nominated by ECNY (Excellence in Comedy in New York) for Best Emerging Comic and has been a featured comedian in Time Out New York, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Fader, and The Huffington Post.
The L.E.S* Film Festival runs June 13 - 23rd at Landmark Sunshine Cinemas, Anthology Film Archives, The Crosby St Hotel and other Lower East Side venues. Judges for this year’s festival include writer and director Rebecca Miller, SAG Award winner and comedian Judah Friedlander, Academy Award Nominees Dan Janvey (“Beasts Of The Southern Wild”), Travis Knight (“ParaNorman”), David France (“How To Survive A Plague”), producers Lars Knudsen and Jay VanHoy, ("Beginners"), Emmy Winner Jerry Kupfer (“30 Rock”), Bladimiar Norman of The Weinstein Company, Jason Janego of TWC Radius, documentary filmmaker Mark Becker, cinematographer Clyde E. Bryan and DJ’s AndrewAndrew.
A preview party for this year’s festival will be held on Wednesday, May 15th at Casa Mezcal's Obra Negra from 8:00pm to 11:00pm. Tickets will soon be available for $15 and will include free wine bar and a film screening of this year’s upcoming program as well as past L.E.S* Award Winners.
L.E.S* is also partnering with the Writers Guild of America to feature a panel on June 17th that will feature Tamara Jenkins, Ira Sachs, Stu Zicherman, and Craig Zobel. Other special events, panels, live music performances, and the festival film line up will be announced in the near future. More information and updates can be found at www.lesfilmfestival.com.