‘Lane 1974’ Selected As Centerpiece Film
by 2017 DTLA Film Festival

Director S.J. Chiro’s coming-of-age story to have its Los Angeles theatrical premiere on Sunday, Sept. 24, 7 pm, Regal L.A. LIVE

LOS ANGELES — September 22, 2017 — Director’s S.J. Chiro’s poignant coming-of-age story Lane 1974, a 2017 SXSW Film Fest selection, will have its Los Angeles theatrical premiere screening as the Centerpiece selection of the 9th DTLA Film Festival on Sunday, Sept. 24, 7:00 pm at Regal L.A. LIVE.

“We’re absolutely delighted that our Centerpiece selection this year can spotlight the emerging talent of a woman filmmaker. S.J. has created a film that is at once deeply personal but also universal in its theme. We expect many great things from S.J. in the years ahead,” said Karolyn Sosa, the festival’s programming director.

Based on a true story, Lane is a 13-year-old girl coming of age on a Northern California commune in the 1970s. While Lane enjoys the freedom of living off-the-grid with her mother and younger siblings, she craves a stable “normal” life – a life she’s only seen in pictures from a stolen Sears catalog. Lane must navigate her troubled mother, Hallelujah, while trying to care for her younger brother and sister. After a series of dangerous and isolating events, Lane decides to forge her own path in hopes of finding a better life after it becomes clear her family has fallen apart.

Based on the memoir “The Hypocrisy of Disco” by Clane Hayward, writer-director SJ Chiro pulled a great amount of inspiration from her own childhood experiences, according to a recent article in IndieWire. Chiro and Hayward lived in communes in the same county in Northern California. On why she chose not to tell her own story, Chiro said, “It was too hard to tell my own story. It was too amorphous. It was too huge to get my mind around. But when I read Clane’s book, I could see it. It was just easier to talk about my own experience through somebody else.”

The 9th DTLA Film Festival will continue through Sept. 30. Tickets and information at www.dtlaff.com

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The only major film festival in the Capital of Cool – downtown Los Angeles – DTLA Film Festival was established in 2008 as a showcase for independent cinema in the historic core of the Film Capital of the World.  The festival embraces in its programming and mission the unique cultural, ethnic and gender diversity of downtown Los Angeles and its neighboring communities. DTLA Film Fest is produced annually by a nonprofit arts organization that is led by a volunteer group of filmmakers and community activists.