THE CREATOR Online Table Read of Screenplay + Live Cast-Crew Q+A

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Ben Everhart’s ‘The Creator’ Selected As Grand Prize Winner 
Of 2020 DTLA Film Festival’s Screenplay Contest

The real-life story of how Gene Roddenberry and Lucille Ball created the original
‘Star Trek’ debuts as a virtual table read Oct. 21st

Michael Bakkensen (‘The Americans’) and Risa Benson (‘Home Cooked News’)
Tapped for Starring Roles in a Cast of 30+
 Contest Winners for Best Short Film and Best TV Pilot Also Announced

LOS ANGELES | October 6, 2020 DTLA Film Festival, a leading showcase of independent film in Los Angeles, announced today that writer Ben Everhart’s “The Creator” has been selected as the grand prize winner of it 2020 Screenplay Contest.  The story about how the unlikely collaboration between Gene Roddenberry and Lucille Ball produced the multi-billion-dollar “Star Trek” franchise will be produced as a taped-to-live table read, debuting on Wednesday, Oct. 21st, 7:00 pm PST on the festival’s Facebook and YouTube.

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DTLA Film Festival in Los Angeles Selects Colleen Davie Janes To Direct
Online Table Read of 2020 Screenplay Contest Winner

Contest – Accepting Features, Shorts and TV Pilots – Closes September 15th

LOS ANGELES | September 10, 2020 – Filmmaker Colleen Davie Janes has been tapped by DTLA Film Festival to direct the online table read for the winning entry of the Los Angeles festivals 2020 screenplay contest. The submission deadline for the contest closes next Tuesday, Sept. 15th with the winning entry announced on Oct. 1st. The taped-to-live table read will debut on Facebook and YouTube on Thursday, Oct, 21st, followed by a live chat with the director and cast.

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‘Downtown DNA,’ a new podcast celebrating the vibrant urban community of downtown Los Angeles, launches its first season

Seven DTLA influentials discuss how DTLA has helped to shape their diverse backgrounds in the arts, community activism, design, education and entertainment

LOS ANGELES | August 27, 2020 – The vibrancy of one of America’s most culturally and ethnically diverse communities – downtown Los Angeles (aka DTLA) – is captured in a new podcast, “Downtown DNA,” which officially launched this week. The podcast is a program of DTLA Film Festival, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts organization celebrating multi-cultural diversity.

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DTLAFF would like to congratulate our filmmaker alumni Director Teo Frank, 2018 winner of our Best Music Documentary “Underdogs” on their deal with NETFLIX worldwide distribution December 15th. Check it out!

Filmmaker Awards Announced!
Winners include Simon Pegg, Scott Wolf, Hong Chau and William Fichtner

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