Afro Cinema Comes to the L.A. Film Festival (June 14-24)

The 2012 Los Angeles Film Festival (or L.A. Film Fest) runs from June 14 until June 24 and will showcase films from across the globe. The festival also has a new Director, Hollywood Producer Stephanie Allain, who joined the team in March. Even if her name isn't familiar to you, the chances are her work is! She's responsible for bringing ground breaking movies, like "Something New," starring Sanaa Lathan and Simon Baker, the Oscar nominated classic "Boyz N The Hood," and the Oscar winner, "Hustle and Flow," to the big screen.

For lovers of films about the African American experience, the L.A. Film Fest has a special showcase called Spotlight On: Afro-Cinema, which runs on June 16 and 17. It will feature films like "Luv," starring superstar MC Common and Middle of Nowhere," by award-winning director Ava DuVernay. You can also check out films that reflect or are connected to the international African Diaspora experience, like "All Is Well," "Searching for Sugar Man," and "Call Me Kuchu."

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Stephanie Allain talked to me about what we can expect from this year's festival, the spotlight of "Afro Cinema" and her passion for connecting African Americans with the wider Diaspora, through the arts:

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