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Downtown Film Festival L.A. celebrates indie film and urban renewal
Downtown Film Festival L.A. celebrates indie film and urban renewal

Downtown Los Angeles has a long history with the movies, dating back to the days when Harold Lloyd dangled from a clock tower in "Safety Last!" and neon-lighted movie palaces lined Broadway. Much has changed since then — for the neighborhood and the movie business — but Downtown Film Festival Los Angeles, which kicks off its sixth year Wednesday, makes the case that now is just the time to shine a light on downtown L.A. as the historic center of the film industry and a current hotbed of independent cinema. "Downtown is more than just a place that's convenient to show films," festival co-founder Greg Ptacek said in a recent phone interview. "In...

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