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LA Film Festival features diverse slate of films, directors

Associated Press logo Associated Press 6/13/2017 By LINDSEY BAHR, AP Film Writer

LOS ANGELES (AP) — While the rest of Hollywood lags behind, the LA Film Festival continues to break the mold with its robustly diverse programming.

The festival begins Wednesday and includes a slate in which 42 percent of the films playing are directed by women and 40 percent by filmmakers of color.

The festival includes the directorial debut of actress Lea Thompson, who directs herself and her daughters Zoey and Madelyn Deutch in "The Year of Spectacular Men" and Whitney Cummings' ensemble relationship pic "The Female Brain," with Sofia Vergara and James Marsden.

Festival Director Jennifer Cochis says the numbers are due to exhaustive outreach, a diverse programming staff and a shared goal of amplifying underrepresented voices.

The festival begins Wednesday in Culver City with the premiere of Colin Trevorrow's "The Book of Henry."

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