Los Angeles: Totally Crushing on Austin

A couple of homegrown films hit the L.A. Film Festival

Melonie Diaz in I'll Come Running
Melonie Diaz in I'll Come Running

The Los Angeles Film Festival has been awfully good to Austinites in recent years – Steve Collins' Gretchen won Best Dramatic Feature in 2006, Chris Eska's August Evening in 2007 – and now in 2008, we've got two shots at taking home the top prize.

The just-released lineup features two homegrown films (happily, not in competition with each other): PJ Raval's Trinidad (codirected with Jay Hodges and exec-produced by Matt Dentler), examines Trinidad, Colorado, "the sex change capital of America," and will premiere in the Documentary Competition, while "fractured romance" I'll Come Running (from Chron contributing writer and friend Spencer Parsons) will premiere in the Narrative Competition.

The lineup also features a half-dozen alum from SXSW 08 – Medicine for Melancholy, The Pleasure of Being Robbed (which will hit Cannes first), The Amazing Truth About Queen Raquela, The Order of Myths, Baghead. Oh, and the closing night film? Former Austinite Guillermo del Toro's super-anticipated Hellboy II: The Golden Army.

The Los Angeles Film Festival runs June 19-29. Check out the full lineup here.

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