Starting Wednesday, March 7, the fifth edition of the Pasadena International Film Festival (PIFF) returns to the Playhouse District, continuing through March 15, 2018. The Festival will present more than 115 films from 15 countries during its nine-day run at the Pasadena’s Laemmle Playhouse 7 theater. Q&As, panels, a nightly Filmmakers Lounge, and a Great Gatsby-themed closing night awards ceremony are also planned.
Expected guests include actors Shia LaBeouf, Mary Beth Hurt, Macy Gray, Felicia Day, Heather Matarazzo, James Marsters, Clare Kramer, Laura Slade Wiggins, David Hayter; showrunner Rene Balcer (Law & Order True Crime); Emmy Award-winning composer W.G. “Snuffy” Walden (The West Wing); Pasadena Mayor Terry Tornek, former Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard, and Pasadena City Councilmember Andy Wilson, among others.
Festival entries include features, shorts, documentaries, animation, music videos and web series. They are presented in 26 programming blocks with categories such as “A View to a Thrill,” “The Best Medicine” and “Behind Closed Doors,” among others. Every block features a moderated Q&A with filmmakers after the screening(s).
PIFF’s opening night film is the world premiere of director Dianne Dreyer’s Change in the Air, starring Mary Beth Hurt, Aidan Quinn, Peter Gerety, M. Emmet Walsh, Rachel Brosnahan, Macy Gray and Olympia Dukakis.
On Saturday, March 10, the indie comedy feature Stuck screens, starring Independent Spirit Award-winning actress Heather Matarazzo, with Joel McHale, Felicia Day, Chris Coppola and Kate Flannery. Also on Saturday, Vroman’s Bookstore will present the panel “Breaking into Screenwriting,” hosted by the Scriptwriters Network.
The festival’s closing night film, on Wednesday, March 14, is the world premiere of the documentary feature Up to Snuff, which tells the story of veteran, award-winning film and television composer W.G. “Snuffy” Walden, who created music for such iconic television shows as The West Wing, The Wonder Years and thirtysomething, among others. Aaron Sorkin, Martin Sheen, Tom Arnold, Fred Savage, Ed Asner and Timothy Busfield are among those featured in the film.
The following evening, the festival’s Great Gatsby Gala and awards ceremony takes place at The Speakeasy, a hip, 1920s-vibed cocktail lounge. For complete information about the film festival schedule visit www.pasadenafilmfestival.org.
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