"Killer Joe," Woody Allen's "To Rome With Love" and Aaron Sorkin's "Newsroom" Set for 2012 L.A. Film Festival

By Michael Gioia
16 May 2012

Academy Award winner William Friedkin, who directed the film version of Pulitzer Prize winner Tracy Letts' Killer Joe, will be the guest director at the 2012 Los Angeles Film Festival, which runs June 14-24 in California.



Friedkin will screen "Killer Joe" at LACMA's Bing Theater June 15 at 7:30 PM, preceded by an onstage interview. The film, according to press notes, "follows 22-year-old Chris (Emile Hirsch) in debt to a drug lord and he must hire a hit man to dispatch his mother, whose $50,000 life insurance policy benefits his sister Dottie (Juno Temple). Chris finds Joe Cooper (Matthew McConaughey), a creepy, crazy Dallas cop who moonlights as a contract killer. When Chris can’t pay Joe upfront, Joe sets his sight on Dottie as collateral for the job." LD Entertainment will release "Killer Joe" on July 27.

Musician and composer Danny Elfman, award-winning Los Angeles chef Michael Voltaggio and Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter and record producer Raphael Saadiq will be the artists in residence at the festival, which kicks off with a screening of Woody Allen's "To Rome With Love." Allen's newest film stars Alec Baldwin, Roberto Benigni, Penelope Cruz, Judy Davis, Jesse Eisenberg, Greta Gerwig and Ellen Page.

Additionally, the festival will feature an intimate conversation with filmmakers and talent from Aaron Sorkin's anticipated HBO series "The Newsroom." An exclusive screening of the series premiere will be held June 22 at 8 PM  followed by a dialogue with Sorkin, executive producer Alan Poul and director Greg Mottola. The three men will "discuss what it took to develop the show, assemble the amazing cast, which includes Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer and Sam Waterson, and bring their behind-the-scenes look at the intricacies of the fast-paced 24-hour cable news world to air."

For more information and a complete lineup of films, visit LAFilmFest.com.