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L.A. Film Fest: Free screenings to include 'Clueless,' 'La Bamba'

An outdoor screening of Amy Heckerling's teen comedy "Clueless" and a dance-along screening of Luis Valdez's Ritchie Valens biopic "La Bamba" will be among the Los Angeles Film Festival's free community screenings, organizer Film Independent has announced.

The community screenings will also include a program of Buster Keaton's "Sherlock Jr." and "Cops" accompanied by the French garage rock band Magnetix; a presentation of "I Am Big Bird" with "Sesame Street" puppeteer Caroll Spinney in attendance; and the world premiere of the documentary "Limited Partnership," about two pioneers in the struggle for same-sex marriage.

Heckerling and actors Stacey Dash, Elisa Donovan and Donald Faison will introduce the "Clueless" screening, which will take place at L.A. Live on May 6, a month before the festival proper, which runs June 11-19. The full festival lineup will be announced May 6.

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Valdez and actors Lou Diamond Phillips and Elizabeth Pena will be in attendance for a Q&A before the "La Bamba" dance-along, to be held at Union Station (a date has yet to be announced).

Academy Award-nominated writer and director Lisa Cholodenko ("The Kids Are All Right," "High Art") will serve as guest director of the festival, and South Korean director Bong Joon-ho's postapocalyptic sci-fi film "Snowpiercer" will be the opening film.

Presented by Film Independent and sponsored by the Los Angeles Times, the Los Angeles Film Festival will screen a diverse slate of nearly 200 feature films, shorts and music videos from more than 30 countries.

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