The independent film festival Dances with Films (DWF) is celebrating its 22nd annual event and has announced its 2019 lineup of both narrative and documentary features and short films.The festival has thrived and grown over its 22 years, and is widely acknowledged as the premiere showcase for innovative independent cinema in the U.S., presenting undiscovered talent to the industry audiences of Hollywood.
The festival will open June 13 with the drama Apple Seed, written and directed by Michael Worth and starring the late Rance Howard alongside Esther Anderson, Clint Howard, Adrienne Barbeau, Michael Worth and Robby Benson. The summary for the film is as follows:
Prince McCoy has found himself almost to the middle of age, and definitely to the end of his rope. Losing his home, his current girlfriend of the week and his father all at the same time, he decides to go out with a bang and drive across the country to rob his hometown bank. Relying on the help of an 88-year-old hitchhiker named Carl to make the journey possible, Prince finds one man’s past is on a collision course with the other man’s future that all will take place in a small bank in Apple Seed, Vermont.
The festival closes June 23 with Adolescence which is directed by Ashley Avis and stars Mickey River, India Eisley, Romeo Miller, Michael Milford, Elisabeth Rohm, Tommy Flanagan, Jere Burns, John Driskell Hopkins. The summary for the film is as follows:
When a creative, sensitive teen from a dysfunctional family named Adam (Mickey River), meets a beautiful, enigmatic runaway named Alice (India Eisley); his entire life is turned upside down. Quickly spiraling out of control and into her complicated, seductive vortex, Adam joins Alice down the rabbit hole of hard parties, drugs, and eventually heroine. It will take Adam’s broken family (Elisabeth Rohm, Michael Milford), his best friend Keith (Romeo Miller), and unlikely mentor Shepherd (Tommy Flanagan) to help pull him back toward the light again.
The final lineup features over 200 titles, selected from a record 3,700 submissions. The festival has a variety of categories including one for Narrative Short and Feature, Documentaries, provocative genre fare in the Midnight category, and the most exciting music videos and dance-themed films from the indie scene in the Downbeats category. Nearly 40% of the documentaries included this year were directed and written by women.
Dances with Films runs June 13-29 in Los Angeles, CA at the TCL Chinese Theaters. Tickets and passes will be available on the Dances with Films website as well as the list of all the 2019 films.