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The Bel-Air Film Festival is set for Oct. 12 to 17, enjoy

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   It was interesting to read the "Mission Statement" of the Bel-Air Film Festival. It says, "The Bel-Air Film Festival promotes the appreciation and knowledge of film, and seeks to recognize the most creative films and individuals in the film industry each year. The Festival's goal is to inspire filmmakers and help provide them with the resources needed to further their knowledge." Well said! I personally think that statement should be etched in stone and put on the desk of every studio executive in town, because that's what studios should think about when they green-light a project. Of course, if those creative films and individuals can make some money, that would be nice too.
   What is nice is that the fourth annual Bel-Air Film Festival, set for Oct. 12 to 17, has a great lineup of 36 films, which will include the world premiere of My Father's Will, written and directed by Fraydun Manocherian. And some very creative individuals will be honored during the festivities: writing partners Babaloo Mandel and Lowell Ganz (Happy Days, Splash, A League of Their Own), producer Bob Yari (Crash, The Illusionist), and actor Victor Alfieri (Angels and Demons, Southland, Persons Unknown).
   Adding some fun to the opening night of the festival is a poker fundraiser, which will benefit the Bel-Air Film and Arts non-profit organization, which helps film students attending the USC School of Cinematic Arts, among others. Opening Night Red Carpet Gala held at the Skirball Cultural Center will be hosted by Don Cheadle (Crash, Hotel Rwanda), Kathy Najimy and Mimi Rogers. Other events during the festival will be at the Luxe Sunset Hotel, and the UCLA James Bridges Theatre. For more information about screenings and tickets got to www.belairfilmfestival.com, and go and enjoy the movies!

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