The LA Film Festival kicks off tonight with the North American premiere of Woody Allen’s latest flick To Rome With Love. Obviously a hot ticket. By tomorrow, however, the fest will drift into discovery territory, with several films making their world premieres. You can see the full schedule here. We’re no film reviewers, but for the media-obsessed out there like us, here are few news biz-oriented films you might want to check out over the course of the 10-day festival.
• Reportero — Director Bernardo Ruiz’ documentary about Zeta, the weekly Baja political newspaper that has seen its reporters harassed and even murdered for its tough investigative coverage of narco-traffickers and the politicians in their pockets. From the press material: “Not even the brutal (and unsolved) murders of several colleagues can deter these brave men and women from their principles as journalists and their unflagging efforts to expose the truth, no matter what the cost.”
• Vampira and Me – From director R. H. Greene, this is the story of the LA late night horror movie host Vampira, who became a star long before Elvira, only to suddenly disappear off the radar.
• Words of Witness – Director Mai Iskander’s documentary account of the Arab Spring, as told through the online social networking and reporting of a young female journalist working for an English language newspaper in Egypt.