Los Angeles United Film Festival is proud to present an amazing list of award-winning documentaries and LA premieres. There will be a Q&A with the filmmakers & cast after each of these films. All films will be preceded by a block of amazing short films (20 min) to be announced online soon at www.launitedfest.com.
Friday, April 18th, 2008
“Dirty Country” (70 min) – 7:00pm
America’s raunchiest country music singer, Larry Pierce, attempts to thrust his dirty songs out of obscurity and into the spotlight with the help of a young band with dirty songs of its own.
“The Union: The Business Behind Getting High” (104 min) – 9:10pm
BC’s illegal marijuana trade industry has evolved into a business giant, dubbed by those involved as ‘The Union.’ Commanding upwards of $7 billion Canadian annually. With up to 85% of ‘BC Bud’ being exported to the United States, the trade has become an international issue.
The film contains many personalities including hilarious insight from comedian Joe Rogan.
Saturday, April 19th, 2008
“From The 50 Yard Line” (94 min) – 11:15am
The emotional story of two high school marching bands, one an Ohio championship show band, the other a Los Angeles band reborn after 18 years of silence due to cutbacks.
“Darius Goes West” (94 min) – 1:50pm
Darius Weems, a 15-year-old with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, and a group of young college students traveled across the country in a wheelchair-accessible RV to test accessibility in the United States. Their ultimate goal was to reach Los Angeles and convince MTV’s hit show, “Pimp My Ride,” to customize Darius’s wheelchair.
The film also has appearances from famous actors William H. Macy & Felicity Huffman.
“Wiener Takes All” (87 min) – 4:25pm
A behind the scenes glimpse at the surprisingly political world of competitive wiener dogs. This film unleashes the truth as it tracks America’s sexiest and fastest weenies on the professional dachshund circuit.
“Strictly Background” (84 min) – 6:50pm
A Tulsa native filmmaker, Jason Connell and his production company Connell Creations founded Los Angeles United Film Festival and recently completed their first feature length film “Strictly Background.” A heartfelt film that explores the charm and determination behind some of Hollywood’s hardest working actors, professional “extras”. Following ten background actors, the film examines life on and off set as they attempt to make a living as a face in a crowd.
“Red Hot Chili Peppers: Untitled Documentary” (72 min) – 9:15pm
Unlike the current trend of brooding portraits of rock bands on the fringe of creative or mental bankruptcy, this is a joyous celebration of the production of three music videos created for the Chili Peppers recent CD Stadium Arcadium.
The film also has an appearance from famous comedian Chris Rock.
Sunday, April 20th, 2008
“Fish Kill Flea” (50 min) – 11:30am
Once thriving, a dead mall in upstate New York is now home to a ragtag flea market, living proof that the American Dream is in perpetual decay.
“The Jesus Guy” (66 min) – 1:30pm
The film covers the mystical journey of America’s “Barefoot Evangelist.”
“Finding Kraftland” (66 min) – 3:35pm
After the death of his brother, a Hollywood film music agent drags his son through an obsessive quest to recapture his own childhood transforming their home into “Kraftland,” a shrine to Disneyland and American Consumer Culture.
The film also has appearances from world famous composers Danny Elfman & Alan Menken.
“Row Hard, No Excuses” (88 min) – 5:40pm
This film chronicles the voyage of the only American entry in a rowing race across the Atlantic Ocean. It is both an exciting sports-adventure story and an intimate portrait of the two-man crew that explores masculinity, midlife and ambition.
“Piece Of Mind” (60 min) – 8:10pm
Follow the lives of 4 graffiti artists in Los Angeles as they evolve from street tags to graffiti bombing to canvas art to gallery showings.