Thursday, February 22nd 2024

Regal Cinemas / LA LIVE

Ticketing Guide / Venue Info

HRIFF Box Office: 4:30pm - 10:00pm

Metamorfosi (Canada)

5:10 PM

Director: Arty Sandler

MUSIC VIDEO PROGRAM A-22

A composer chooses to write music for "Alice in Wonderland" and by doing so accidentally opens a portal inside her piano, falls down the rabbit hole into Wonderland and meets manifestations of different sides of her own character - Queen of Hearts and Jabberwocky.

HRIFF Premiere

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Feb 22nd, Regal Cinemas / LA LIVE

G

Lovejoy: Normal People Things (UK)

5:10 PM

Director: Ted Nivison

MUSIC VIDEO PROGRAM A-22

This is a Music Video depicting the band in a series of nostalgic living photos, inspired by awkward family portraits taken at department stores in the late 20th century.

HRIFF Premiere

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Feb 22nd, Regal Cinemas / LA LIVE

PG

Devotion

5:10 PM

Director: Sima Galanti

MUSIC VIDEO PROGRAM A-22

Israeli American singer, songwriter, and filmmaker Sima Galanti's spiritual song Devotion was inspired by the tragic events that occurred in Israel on October 7th.

Originally planned as part of her peace documentary titled Broken Wings. Sima decided to release the music video now as the song's message of faith and the power of prayer is so desperately needed right now, for our spiritual strength and resilience. The song represents Sima's deep connection to the creator, her roots, her life journey, and her homeland.

Devotion starts as a prayer, very meditative, and slowly builds up into an intense rock song that captures her emotional turmoil. The video features powerful visuals and symbols. Sima hopes to inspire healing through her art.

World Premiere

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Feb 22nd, Regal Cinemas / LA LIVE

PG-13

Party Foul

5:10 PM

Director: Frank Most

MUSIC VIDEO PROGRAM A-22

At times we feel like we're in a sunken place. "Places of Plenty" is all about sourcing inspiration from a place of abundance and prosperity, creating a perfect world from your surroundings.

A fresh take on an original underground lofi/rap song, "Party Foul" is the main piece in Static Res' 5th album "Places of Plenty". The song paints a surreal perspective within the sublime, diving deep into themes of duality and peace.

This marks newly emerging director Frank Most's debut music video, in collaboration with original songwriter/producer Static Res. A hometown childhood friendship collaborates for the first time, as their craft and voices align into one vision.

World Premiere

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Feb 22nd, Regal Cinemas / LA LIVE

PG

Like This

5:10 PM

Director: Ricardo Bonisoli

MUSIC VIDEO PROGRAM A-22

Amidst the uncertainty of our own times, this narrative music video unfolds in a 1960s alternate reality where the world faces impending chaos. Our protagonist's quest for love with an unlikely counterpart becomes a poignant statement on the importance of escapism during turmoil.

The film captures the essence of seeking solace and connection in moments of uncertainty, highlighting the timeless human need for sources of comfort and escape. Through its blend of retro aesthetics, it combines surrealism and nostalgia, challenging conventional notions of connection with a humorous lens. This piece does not take itself too seriously and is a fun story of love during the end of the world.

HRIFF Premiere

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Feb 22nd, Regal Cinemas / LA LIVE

PG

1986 Punk Show

5:10 PM

Director: Angela Matemotja

MUSIC VIDEO PROGRAM A-22

A raw depiction of a punk rock baptism after a young punk falls for a cheerleader and shows her his world.

Los Angeles Premiere

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Feb 22nd, Regal Cinemas / LA LIVE

PG

Studio One Forever

5:45 PM

Director: Marc Saltarelli

From 1974-1994, Studio One and its adjoining live music venue, The Backlot, became symbols of hope and community for gay men during tumultuous times.

Amidst the rise of gay rights, disco's heyday, and the devastating AIDS crisis, the club offered sanctuary from rampant homophobia and police oppression. It was where legends like Liza Minnelli and Eartha Kitt performed, and rising stars like Roseanne Barr and Rosie O'Donnell ignited their careers. Fast forward 26 years, as West Hollywood faces the demolition of this iconic building, a community uproar emerges to preserve its history.

Through personal accounts, the documentary delves into Studio One's story against the backdrop of a progressing gay liberation clashing with 80s conservatism and the escalating AIDS nightmare. It's a testament to an era, immortalizing the club's legacy for future generations.

Best LGBTQ Feature

HRIFF Premiere

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Feb 22nd, Regal Cinemas / LA LIVE

R

NORJACK

7:30 PM

Director: Walt Perez

DRAMA PROGRAM B-22

In 1971 a Mystery Man Hijacks a Boeing 727 Aircraft.

Best Dramatic Short

Los Angeles Premiere

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Feb 22nd, Regal Cinemas / LA LIVE

PG-13

Malti

7:30 PM

Director: Mrunal Mestri

DRAMA PROGRAM B-22

"An ode to the silent women in relationships".

Malti is a story about a woman living in an illusional world, choosing to ignore the reality of her broken marriage. But... until when can one hold on?

Best Experimental Film

North American Premiere

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Feb 22nd, Regal Cinemas / LA LIVE

R

The Hitchhiker Effect

8:30 PM

Director: Zack Van Eyck

Unhappily married Alan and Liz are nearly run off the road, an incident Alan believes was an attempt on his life by someone who knows he’s written a manuscript revealing the “alien presence” on Earth.

Seth and Jane, an eccentric interracial couple, stop by to welcome Alan and Liz to the neighborhood. They offer some unsolicited relationship advice then refuse to leave until Alan forcibly kicks them out. The cabin he inherited from his father is soon beset by poltergeist-like activity that Alan associates with a mysterious energetic disturbance known as the hitchhiker effect, a conclusion the neighbors refute.

Struggling to maintain his sanity, Alan becomes convinced Seth and Jane are to blame for the physical and psychological inflictions intended to silence him and takes matters into his own hands.

Best SciFi Feature

World Premiere

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Feb 22nd, Regal Cinemas / LA LIVE

PG-13

Filthy Animals

9:45 PM

Director: James T. North

Filthy Animals follows two South Bay misfits, Lars, a drug-loving martial arts fanatic, and Freddy, a soft-hearted bodybuilder just out of rehab, who are on a mission to hunt sexual predators to bring meaning to their lives.

To buy bait for the next pedophile on their hit list, the two buddies go to a flower shop where Lars meets the lovely Bella, who may have dark tendencies of her own. As tensions rise and their mission goes off course, Freddy begins to question their cause.

Best Independent Film

World Premiere

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Feb 22nd, Regal Cinemas / LA LIVE

R