The Method Fest 2019 Lineup: Performance Driven, Socially On Point
Posted Friday, March 15, 2019 - 9:05 pm
The 2019 The Method Fest Independent Film Festival, committed to giving new films and great performances a Beverly Hills platform, will be held at Laemmle’s Ahyra Fine Arts Theatre, March 22-28. The program will showcase L.A.-based as well as U.S and international feature films that tackle current topcis including homelessness, immigration and LGBT issues.
The festival will feature seven world premieres, seven L.A. premieres, and two U.S premieres.
• Stockholm, a psychological thriller starring Ethan Hawke and Noomi Rapace, will be the opening night film of the festival.
• In the film lineup, Max Carlson’s Princess of the Row shines a light on homeless youth in Los Angeles, with an all-star cast including Martin Sheen, Edi Gathegi, Tayler Buck and Ana Ortiz.
• Another film tackling social issues is Darko Stante’s Consequences which gives us a look into the life of a boy thru the prism of his complicated sexuality.
• Additionally, The Method Fest will host the L.A. premieres of Michael and Thomas Mathews’ Slamdance hit Lost Holiday and Meryem Benm’Barek-Aloïsi’s award winning film Sophia.
• The festival’s closing night feature will be Windows on the World, a family-driven film, tackling issues of immigration in which a Mexican son travels to NYC post 9/11 to find his father, a worker at the Windows on the World restaurant atop the World Trade Center. Directed by Michael D. Olmos, the film features a performance by Michael’s father, actor Edward James Olmos.
Before the screening, Edward and Michael Olmos will receive the festival’s Generations of Cinematic Excellence Award.
Other highlights include the world premiere of Matthew A. Brown’s Bronx crime drama Albanian Gangster, Brad T. Gottfred’s Studio-City shot college thriller Confessional, William Wayne’s Lost Angelas starring Korrina Rico, Duncan Coe and Elena Weinberg’s A Room Full of Nothing, Josh Lobo’s I Trapped the Devil,” Renji Philip’s drama The Wake of Light and Liz Manashil’s time travel film Speed of Life round out the program.
“The Method Fest takes great pride in being a discovery festival, looking to help launch the works of fresh filmmakers and to discover breakthrough performances by bold new actors,” said Don Franken, executive director of The Method Fest in an official statement. “At The Method Fest we have helped launch 140 films that have gone on to get distribution.”
The festival will screen the Lord David Puttnam-produced, multiple Academy Award-winning drama Chariots Of Fire at 2 p.m., Saturday, March 23, with co-hosts, Olympic stars and record holders Wyomia Tyus and Jim Ryun. Other celebrities joining include Olympians Ruth and Tom Wysocki, USA Track and Field Hall of Famer Matha Watson, coach Bob Larsen, swimmer Gary Hall Jr., javelin world-record holder Tom Petranoff, and American distance runner Mark Covert.
A complete schedule of screenings directions for purchasing tickets to screenings and galas, may be found at www.methodfest.com.