Los Angeles Film Festival: Watch exclusive trailer

The Los Angeles Film Festival has unveiled a new trailer for this year’s fest, paying homage to the diverse creative community that calls the city home and inspires the annual event, now in its 20th year.

Debuting exclusively on, the trailer (which you can watch above) is narrated by actor and filmmaker Billy Bob Thornton, who recites Shel Silverstein’s “Invitation” from “Where the Sidewalk Ends.”

“If you are a dreamer, come in,” Thornton intones over a city-spanning montage of art lovers, fitness enthusiasts, bookworms, dancers, foodies, photographers, musicians and other culture vultures.

In addition to the trailer, LAFF presenter Film Independent announced that the festival, which runs June 11-19 at L.A. Live’s Regal Cinemas downtown, will host the world premiere of “Earth to Echo” as part of a special day of family programming June 14.


The day’s offerings also include “Gravity Falls” Live, based on the hit Disney animated show and featuring stars Jason Ritter and Kristen Schaal along with series creator Alex Hirsch, and a Future Filmmakers Showcase of short films made by high-school students from all over the country.

Film Independent, which presents the LAFF, previously announced Bong Joon-ho’s post-apocalyptic sci-fi film “Snowpiercer” as the festival opener and Clint Eastwood’s big-screen adaptation of the Tony Award-winning musical “Jersey Boys” as the closer.

There will also be gala screenings of Ira Sachs’ romantic drama “Love Is Strange,” Justin Simien’s satirical comedy “Dear White People” and Hossein Amini’s European-set period thriller “The Two Faces of January,” as well as pre-festival screenings of “22 Jump Street” and “How to Train Your Dragon 2.”

Nine films will screen in the narrative competition, and eight films will screen in the documentary competition. In honor of the festival’s 20th anniversary, a new section, L.A. Muse, will highlight movies set in, shot in and inspired by Los Angeles.

Co-sponsored by the Los Angeles Times, the LAFF will screen more than 200 feature films, shorts and music videos from more than 30 countries over its nine-day run.

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