Independent film festival Dances With Films unveils its lineup for 2022

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Dances With Films (DWF:LA) has unveiled the lineup for the 2022 edition of the independent film festival, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. In addition to highlighting the films that will be part of this year’s edition of Dances With Films, the festival also reiterated its commitment to diversity and inclusion, announcing that the 2022 edition will close on June 16.

To celebrate their 25th anniversary, Dances With Films will open the 2022 festival with The walkbased on the real events of the Boston desegregation bus in 1974. The film is directed by daniel adams and the stars Terrence Howard, Jeremy Piven, Malcolm McDowelland Justin Chatwin. By kicking off the festival with a discussion of the history of racism in America, DWF:LA highlights how committed the festival is to raising awareness of critical social debates including women’s rights, homelessness, mental health , refugee stories and sexual abuse.

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Other works featured in this year’s edition include Ashgrovea pandemic-era film starring Amanda Brugel (The Handmaid’s Tale). As for Manhattan Latinthe film is inspired by the life of the adult film icon vanessa del rio and the stars Shane West, Jesse Metcalfe, Taryn Manning, Esai Moralesand Drea de Matteo. For the documentary selection of the festival, we will have We paid Let us in!, chronicling the reunion of Chicago rhyming duo Abstract Mindstate after a 16-year hiatus. To finish, How does it feel to be a problem? deals with the mistreatment of marginalized groups in America, revealing how a nation founded on the principles of justice and equality abandoned many of its people. Closing the festival is the thriller Ghostwritesfeaturing Jay Duplass and Maria Ditzia.


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Established in 1998, DWF:LA has established itself as a true independent festival, allowing unknown writers and directors to show their first works to the public. Festival alumni include names such as Dan Harris (X-Men 2), Will Scheffer (Great love), and Mike Flanagan (Midnight Mass), all of whom would become Hollywood big shots. It’s more than proof that spaces like DWF:LA need to exist to shine a light on talented filmmakers struggling to make their voices heard in a crowded industry.

Commenting on the 2022 edition of Dances With Films, Founders Leslee Scallonand Michael Trentin collaboration with the producing partner Jackie Tipperdeclared:

“25 years is no small feat in Hollywood, and Dances With Films continues to be about new voices and fresh perspectives that help transform the way people see the world through the visual medium. We have always provided a safe space for emerging filmmakers to enhance awareness and understanding of the world through their art. The impact of cinema in creating change is undeniable, and DWF:LA is proud to be part of it.

This year’s edition of DWF: LA will take place at the TCL Chinese Theater from June 9-19. In addition to film screenings, Dances With Films will also host a series of panels and performances. You can check out the full festival lineup at Dances With Films’ official siteand watch the images of the films screened below:


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