Thursday, February 29th 2024

Regal Cinemas / LA LIVE

Ticketing Guide / Venue Info

HRIFF Box Office: 3:00pm - 10:00pm

Under The Willow (Kazakhstan)

3:30 PM

Director: Diana Kuanysh

DRAMA PROGRAM A-29

This is a poignant and captivating film that transports you to the vibrant landscape of the 90s. Against that backdrop, viewers are introduced to Aman, a forward-thinking individual whose life takes an unexpected turn when he meets Gauhar, a woman whose intelligence and wisdom captivate him.

As their love story unfolds, they face challenges, including opposition from his mother due to financial constraints. A surprising twist occurs when his father suggests an unconventional solution rooted in tradition.

This heartwarming tale explores the timeless themes of love at first sight, resilience and the enduring power of tradition to unite hearts. "Under the Willow" promises to take audiences on an emotional journey through the complexities of love and the human spirit.

U.S. Premiere

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Feb 29th, Regal Cinemas / LA LIVE

PG

Living Still

3:30 PM

Director: Frederik Wiedmann

DRAMA PROGRAM A-29

A woman wakes up in park, and she doesn't remember how she ended up there, or who she is. She starts walking, aimlessly, slowly uncovering her truth.

This film follows Liv, a women in her late 30's, as she finds clues about who she is on her journey through urban Los Angeles.

HRIFF Premiere

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Feb 29th, Regal Cinemas / LA LIVE

PG

Driving There

3:30 PM

Director: Marlaina Smith

DRAMA PROGRAM A-29

Daniel, a young man grappling with loss, embarks on a solitary road trip to a familiar yet changed destination. As he navigates his memories, he encounters Marly, a spirited but burdened traveler.

Taking on the road together, the gap between their experiences gradually narrows, bringing each other closer to what pulls at their hearts.

World Premiere

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Feb 29th, Regal Cinemas / LA LIVE

PG

Whiskey Mountain Days

5:00 PM

Director: Bill Walker

ROMANCE PROGRAM B-29

1976—Twenty-year-old Ben Miller is eager to kick-start his film career, but the Hollywood-aspirant’s prospects look bleak. His hopes reignite when a famous director offers him a production role on an upcoming project. And when Ben arrives on set, he can’t believe his luck when he’s assigned to work under the gorgeous older assistant director.

Struggling to contain his growing feelings, Ben is thrilled when his beautiful supervisor admits to the same forbidden desires. As profound and unexpected love propels him into adulthood, will Ben become the man he’s meant to be, or will he lose the woman of his dreams forever?

HRIFF Premiere

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Feb 29th, Regal Cinemas / LA LIVE

PG

A Close Encounter

5:00 PM

Director: Adam Linkenhelt

ROMANCE PROGRAM B-29

Love comes in many forms. A serendipitous meeting between Thomas and Ashley on an almost empty flight leads to revelations they were never expecting.

HRIFF Premiere

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Feb 29th, Regal Cinemas / LA LIVE

PG

Boy Meets Girl

5:00 PM

Director: Ricardo Franco

ROMANCE PROGRAM B-29

Boy Meets Girl is a romantic comedy musical about love in your 20’s.

Girl is reeling from a break up as she tries to navigate her life. Unbeknownst to her, Boy is in a very similar situation. After months of dating, Boy can’t get over his ex, and he can’t understand why the relationship ended.

As fate would have it, a chance encounter would soon help both Boy and Girl find answers and direction.

California Premiere

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Feb 29th, Regal Cinemas / LA LIVE

PG-13

When A Fire Starts To Burn

6:00 PM

Director: Sophie Kairis

DRAMA SHORTS PROGRAM C-29

A filmmaker becomes obsessed with making his vision come to life. Learning that not everything can be perfect, Nolan does not let his goal of perfection stop him.

'When A Fire Starts to Burn' is a piece about being so in love with your passion, that you could work towards it forever, letting your inner spark and fire stay ablaze. Though inspired by the character archetype of the ‘obsessive artist’, the heart of this piece lies in my love for fellow creative dreamers and moments witnessing the lengths one takes to bring a vision to life.

HRIFF Premiere

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Feb 29th, Regal Cinemas / LA LIVE

PG

Pirouette

6:00 PM

Director: Johnathan McClain

DRAMA SHORTS PROGRAM C-29

An up and coming young film director meets with an older actress who is desperate to regain her former glory.

Through the course of their conversation, it becomes apparent that neither one is prepared for the outcome of their encounter. PIROUETTE is a film about perception, the vicissitudes of influence and power, and, ultimately, how the world’s valuation and definition of us informs how we value and define ourselves.

Los Angeles Premiere

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Feb 29th, Regal Cinemas / LA LIVE

PG

Surprise

6:00 PM

Director: Sahil Juneja

DRAMA SHORTS PROGRAM C-29

This film is about three siblings who have to overcome their differences and come together as a family.

Edan's entire world falls apart, when his sister Sia arrives on his birthday. This resurfaces their family history, but also puts them in a situation to speak the truth out loud in front of their younger brother...

World Premiere

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Feb 29th, Regal Cinemas / LA LIVE

PG

Culinary Quest With Chef Joe

7:00 PM

Director: Jessie Sanchez

COMEDY PROGRAM D-29

In a world filled with propaganda, fake news, and global warming... only one thing is certain - British food sucks. Gordon Ramsay's relocation to America cast a shadow over British cuisine, exacerbating its already tarnished reputation.

Faced with this culinary crisis, British intelligence orchestrated a strategic response: dispatching their second-best “celebrity chef”, Chef Joe, on a quest to restore Britain's gastronomic honor. Only one problem, Chef Joe is a fake celebrity chef and knows nothing about cooking. This episode takes viewers on a journey as Chef Joe fumbles his way through culinary tutorials in foreign lands.

Will Chef Joe restore Britain's culinary dignity in the world's eyes? In his majesty's words, "God Save The Cook King".

World Premiere

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Feb 29th, Regal Cinemas / LA LIVE

PG

Chauncey

7:00 PM

Director: Reilly Anspaugh & Daniel Rashid

COMEDY PROGRAM D-29

When Zoe brings her new boyfriend home for the first time, she decides to hide her childhood stuffed animal Chauncey in the sock drawer. But when she starts to her Chauncey’s voice in her head, she has to choose whether to continue hiding him, or to reveal the truth and risk disaster.

California Premiere

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Feb 29th, Regal Cinemas / LA LIVE

PG-13

The Arrangement

7:00 PM

Director: Brett Maline

COMEDY PROGRAM D-29

Allegorical look at the addictive nature of toxic relationships.

This film began at The Groundlings Theater in Los Angeles where Jessica Pohly is a Main Company member. It was a comedic sketch that grew into a film from director Brett Maline and writer Jessica Pohly.

Best Comedy Short

World Premiere

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Feb 29th, Regal Cinemas / LA LIVE

PG

High Jinx

7:00 PM

Director: Evan Ostrow

COMEDY PROGRAM D-29

Two slackers and an emotionless ex find it in their hearts to give a deceased loved one a proper send-off.

A trio-buddy comedy full of slapstick, and love, fueling their journey from beginning to end that will have you grinning ear-to-ear.

HRIFF Premiere

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Feb 29th, Regal Cinemas / LA LIVE

R

Celebrating Laughter, The Life and Films of Colin Higgins

8:00 PM

Director: Nicholas Eliopoulos

This film is a story of a shy Australian boy, Colin Higgins, who came to America as a teenager and rose to the pinnacle of success in Hollywood as a comedy screenwriter/director.

With clips from Colin’s hit films Harold and Maude, Silver Streak, Foul Play, 9 to 5 and Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, this documentary also features interviews with Jane Fonda, Dolly Parton, Lily Tomlin, Charles Durning and Jean Claude Carriere. Shirley MacLaine tells of co-writing with Colin the TV mini-series adaptation of her book, Out on a Limb. Hal Ashby provides rare commentary on directing Colin’s script for Harold and Maude. Cat Stevens/ Yusuf Islam talks about his music for Harold and Maude, which just celebrated its 50th anniversary last year.

An in-depth on camera interview with Colin reveals his life’s purpose, which centers on laughter. The documentary shows how the turbulent Vietnam War era of the 60s and 70s as well as the rise of Gay Rights in the 80s transformed Colin’s life and how his search for spirituality influenced his films.

In spite of Colin’s untimely death from AIDS in 1988, the documentary ends on a positive note, reminding us of how inspirational Colin’s films are to ongoing generations of film lovers.

Los Angeles Premiere

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Feb 29th, Regal Cinemas / LA LIVE

PG

Dear Luke, Love, Me

9:45 PM

Director: Guillermo Diaz

Set in the early to mid 2000’s,“Dear Luke, Love, Me”; is a relational drama about two platonic soulmates Penny and Luke as they navigate their seldomly understood relationship in a heteronormative world.

When the two teens meet as college freshman, they bond instantly as best friends -- the kind of friends who seem to have known each other for lifetimes. And after two years, their closeness begets romance, and they do start dating, opening doors for them to discover their places on the asexual spectrum.

After they discover that they work much better as best friends, they continue their non-sexual significant other bond for the next decade. But as they get older, they both feel the societal pressures to settle down with someone romantically and Luke finds someone who might be more than casual. However, a culture that pedalstalizes romantic relationships often breeds possessiveness and jealousy. Penny and Luke struggle to find a new normal in the face of this adversity.

This feature film explores the importance of platonic relationships, the validity of twin-flame bonds, and the nuances of asexuality.

World Premiere

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Feb 29th, Regal Cinemas / LA LIVE

PG-13