July 30: The Rumpus Lo-Fi Los Angeles Film Festival

11:30 AM Search Engines 1:30 PM S&M Sally
3:30 PM Panel: How To Film Festival 5:00 PM Creedmoria
7:00 PM Panel: Life Into Art, When Books Become Movies 8:30 PM After Adderall


The Rumpus Lo-Fi Los Angeles Film Festival is happening July 30 at The Brewery Arts Complex, 604 Moulton Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90031

Download the festival program.

Press inquiries: Bill Lessard, Publicist
The Rumpus Lo-Fi Los Angeles Film Festival
(914) 476-6089 – office

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UPDATES: Anthony Swofford (Jarhead) is joining the panel Life Into Art Into Art.
Following the festival there will be a musical set by Noveller.
Please don’t park in The Brewery residential lot. Street parking available on Moulton and the surrounding area.

The Rumpus Los Angeles Lo-Fi Film Festival is a direct result of an investigation into film festival submission fees called The Great Film Festival Swindle. We found some great festivals like Slamdance and Dances With Films but mostly we found the film festival circuit broken beyond repair. Doing research for that article we came across some movies we really wanted to see. Why not watch them together? It will also be the world premiere of After Adderalla movie about what happens when James Franco makes a movie about you.


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11:30 a.m.

SCREENING: Search Engines: Directed by Russell Brown

Search Engines is a social satire about the essential relationship of the modern era: human beings and their phones. It’s Thanksgiving, and family and friends have gathered for the annual American celebration of togetherness and gratitude. When reception mysteriously goes dead throughout the house, each character must deal with his own crisis: marriages are tested, values questioned and everyone’s future is thrown into the balance. If the human experience is one of search—for meaning, purpose and love—this is a story of how technology is leading us further astray. tickets

Search Engines premiered at Cinequest Film Festival.

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1:30 p.m.


 Directed by Michelle Ehlen
Winner of 5 best feature awards. A provocative queer feature film comedy about sex, love, and the most important question of all—who’s on top?

When Jamie finds out her girlfriend Jill has spent time exploring BDSM, her insecurities about falling behind in the bedroom push her to propose that they start going to underground clubs. Jamie decides to use the pseudonym Sally. “Sally” assumes she will take the dominant role in their escapades, with Jill as her submissive, but Jill has ideas of her own.

Meanwhile, their friends Lola and David start dating the polyamorous bisexual Sebastian, who proposes to have a threesome. They quickly agree without planning to follow through, expecting the other one to back out first so they can save face with their new boyfriend. A provocative and hilarious ride, S&M Sally details the unexpected journey that happens when your insecurities push you outside of your comfort zone, leading you down a path for which there is no going back. tickets

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3:30 p.m.

PANEL: How to Film Festival. An inside view of the festival world, culture, and industry. Featuring Josh Mandel (programmer Narrative Features, Slamdance), Leslee Scallon (co-founder Dances With Films), Frances Levy-Vine (programmer Moonfaze  Feminist Film Festival).  tickets

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SCREENING: CreedmoriaDirected by Alicia Swimmer.

Winner: Best Narrative Feature Film Comedy Award Cinequest Film Festival; Audience Award Brooklyn Film Festival; Industry Choice Award Dances With Films.

Candy injects the “fun” in her dysfunctional life. When your brother is found by a neighbor naked and drunk, you’re stuck with a caveman of a boyfriend, you have a dickhead boss, and the madness of everyday life competes with your mother’s need to appear “normal,” you have to peek between the cracks to find the warm rays of hope. But, maybe normalcy is just a construct for other people. And, maybe breaking out of the institution is more important than fitting in. After years of trying to save those she loves, it’s time for Candy to save herself. tickets

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7:00 p.m.


Life Into Art Into Art, when books become movies.

Featuring Janet Fitch (White Oleander, Paint It Black), Jerry Stahl (Permanent Midnight), Evan Wright (Generation Kill), Stephen Elliott (The Adderall Diaries), Anthony Swofford (Jarhead). Hosted by poet/performance artist Derrick Brown. Panel sponsored by Rare Bird BooksEventbrite - The Rumpus Lo-Fi Los Angeles Film Festival

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8:30 p.m.

SCREENING: World Premiere: After Adderall: directed by Stephen Elliott

“The most literary movie ever made.” — Michael Cunningham

In 2010 James Franco optioned the rights to Stephen Elliott’s memoir, The Adderall Diaries. In 2015 The Adderall Diaries starring James Franco and Ed Harris premiered at the TriBeca Film Festival. After Adderall is a surreal re-imagining about what happens when James Franco makes a movie about your life. tickets


Stephen Elliott, Mickaela Tombrock, Bill Heck, Lili Taylor, Michael C. Hall, James Urbaniak, Ned Van Zandt, Adam Busch


Marie Howe, Michael Cunningham, Nick Flynn, Jerry Stahl, Evan Wright, Susan Orlean, Derrick Brown

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After Party, featuring a musical set by Noveller.

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Co-sponsored by Rare Bird. rarebird

Film Festival Committee: Beverly Parayno, Julia Mok, Stephen Elliott, Antonia Crane

Logo by: Lauren Hemmick