Wednesday, May 25, 2016

"Destined" and "Sensitivity Training" at LAFF

The Los Angeles Film Festival kicks off June 1-9, 2016 at the Arclight Theater in downtown Culver City.  Two films, Destined and Sensitivity Training investigate the human condition and, in their own ways, issues of diversity.


Destined tells the parallel stories of Sheed and Rasheed, portrayed by the same actor (Cory Hardrict), as they explore the idea of destiny as well as how the smallest incident can manifest itself into a life changing event. Written and directed by Qasim Basir, “Destined” presents two possible outcomes, involving everything from street violence to corporate corruption. Cory Hardrict delivers a breakout performance navigating his role in each world, demonstrating that on any path, the future is mutable and journey toward fulfilling your destiny is never simple.

Writer/Director:         Qasim Basir  
Producers:                  Tommy Oliver, Rick Rosenthal, Matt Ratner  
Co-Producers:            Billy Mulligan, Codie Elaine Oliver, Eddie Rubin, Sultan Sharrief     
Exec Producers:         Tom Rau, Walter Thurmond, Cory Hardrict, Hill Harper, Hassan Golzari, Bert Kern, Arun Kumar, Nick Morton
Starring:                      Cory Hardrict, Margot Bingham, Jesse Metcalfe, Jason Dohring, Zulay Henao, Hill Harper, La La Anthony, Paula Devicq, James McCaffrey, Mo McRae, Robert Christopher Riley
Editors:                       Qasim Basir, Rene Besson
Composer:                  John Jennings Boyd           
Cinematography:        Carmen Cabana
Runtime:                     1hr 35min

Screening:                   Monday, June 6 at 9pm - Arclight Culver City  
Tuesday, June 7 at 12:00pm - Arclight Culver City

Sensitivity Training

Sensitivity Training follows the unlikely friendship of two decidedly opposite personalities. Serena (Anna Lise Phillips) is a misanthropic microbiologist, great with bacteria but horrible with people. After crossing a line with a colleague, Serena is forced into sensitivity training with Caroline (Jill Alexander), the bubbly woman assigned to be her coach. Caroline and her sunny disposition represent everything Serena hates, but she is determined to make Serena an acceptable human. While Serena does her best to get rid of Caroline, she may have finally met her match.

Writer/Director:         Melissa Finell 
Producer:                    Megha Kohli     
Exec Producer:           Charles Haid   
Starring:                      Anna Lise Phillips (Revolution, Animal Kingdom), Jill Alexander (Silicon Valley, Mad Men), Quinn Marcus, Amy Madigan, Charles Haid, Andy Gala, Amy Vorpahl, Gregory Itzen, Finnegan Haid, Michael Laskin, Challen Cates, Courtney Fansler   
Editor:                         David Egan     
Production Designer: Richard H. Perry
Music Supervisor:       Bryson Barnes 
Composer:                  Paul Chihara                  
Cinematography:        Paul Cannon
Runtime:                     1hr 25min 
Nominations/Wins:    Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Production Grant (won)
Samuel Goldwyn Writing Award (won)

Screenings:                 Sunday, June 5 at 11:15am - Arclight Culver City  
Wednesday, June 8 at 4:15pm - Arclight Culver City  

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