2019 SPECIAL GUESTS
This year's Opening Night films are Dakota and Prescience. Dakota is a narrative feature directed by Roberto Carmona that stars pop star Phoebe Ryan, known for chart topping hit songs with The Chainsmokers and Tove Lo. Ryan stars in her debut acting role as Dakota. Jake Etheridge from the TV show 'Nashville' joins as her co-star in this comedy about friendship, love, music, and where boundaries blur. Writer, Director, Producer Roberto Carmona and key crew and cast will be present for the premier with a Q & A to follow the film.
Prescience is a narrative feature directed by James Helsing about a criminal attorney that struggles with his sexuality, a cryptic new boyfriend, unemployment and the disturbing childhood secrets his parents hold. Award winning actor, Eric Roberts, will be the special guest of the evening. Mr. Roberts will also be presented with the 2019 Legacy Award. The film’s cast also includes award winning actor Linda Gray. Producer, René Mena and key crew and other cast will also be present for the premiere with a Q & A to follow the film. A VIP Mixer will preceded the above screenings at 5:30pm at the Capital One Café and is open to all VIP Badge and Pass holders plus Special Guests.
The 2019 Closing Night film is Saint Judy, a narrative feature directed by Sean Hanish that tells the true story of Los Angeles immigration attorney Judy Wood, who single-handedly changed the United States Law of Asylum and saved countless lives in the process. The film stars Michelle Monaghan, Leem Lubany, Alfre Woodard, Common, Alfred Molina, Benjamin Adebayo, Asefa Ashwari, Judy Wood, and more. Executive Producer Jaime Surenkamp will be present for a special Q & A that will follow the film. Alfre Woodard is the distinguished recipient of the 2019 Founders Award.