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The 2016 Lower East Side Film Festival.

2016 will mark the 6th Anniversary of the Lower East Side Film Festival. We specialize in independent films from around the world, industry panels, and unique special events that create an unparalleled experience for both the filmmaker and the audience. Approachable, easy to navigate, and fun, like the Lower East Side itself, the Lower East Side Film Festival is absolutely for everyone!

 

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LESFF welcomes Ethan Hawke to the 2016 Festival Jury. 

Also joining this year's jury and “Straight Outta Compton” casting director Cindy Tolan, Steve Farneth of Cinetic Media and Raul Castillo of the HBO series “Looking”. More judges will be announced soon!


 

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A Cinephile's guide to NYC's Summer Film Festivals... 

The Lower East Side Film Festival... This always-provocative festival, which last year screened critically acclaimed documentaries like the transgender immigrants study Crossing Over, will have a jury headed by Ethan Hawke and Straight Outta Compton casting director Cindy Tolan.

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Joey Skaggs Doc Premieres in LES

A new documentary detailing the greatest hits of Skagg’s hoaxing career opened up the Lower East Side Film Festival on Thursday night. Art of the Prank, directed by Italian newcomer Andrea Marini, is both an upbeat summary of decades of mischief and an intimate portrait of an earnest man earnestly engaged in the business of tomfoolery.

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