Downtown Film Festival premieres on Broadway

posted by Michael Zoldessy on July 30, 2008 at 10:00 am

LOS ANGELES, CA — On Wednesday, August 13, 7:30 pm, the Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation (LAHTF) and Downtown Film Festival-Los Angeles, in association with the Orpheum Theatre and IFC Films, present a special screening of “In Search of a Midnight Kiss.” This benefit event is the opening night attraction of the new Downtown Film Festival – L.A., set for August 13-17.

Visit for more information about the Festival and to purchase tickets.

The Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation is a non-profit membership organization which seeks to protect, preserve, restore and sustain historic theatres. Official Website

“In Search of a Midnight Kiss” is the story of two lonely people who don’t want to be alone at midnight on New Year’s Eve. They hook-up for a date on Craigslist and discover something special about each other, themselves, and love. The b&w film was shot entirely on location around Los Angeles, but for the most part Downtown, and it is almost a valentine to the city’s historic buildings and seldom seen streetscapes.

Opening night tickets are $15 per person, and may be purchased by going to the Festival website, . The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the writer-director, Alex Holdridge. There will also be a reception afterward at the Pacific Electric Lofts, for which a separate ticket may be purchased.

This year’s DFFLA Centerpiece feature is the 1929 classic silent film “Piccadilly”, starring silver screen siren Anna May Wong, the Silent Era’s most significant female Asian-American actress. (Wong was born in Downtown’s Chinatown neighborhood.) The film will be presented at the historic Los Angeles Theatre on Friday, 8/15 at 8:00 pm.

The DFFLA will screen 200+ films during its 5-day run, including additional screenings at the Los Angeles Theatre of Audie and the Wolf, at 7:30 pm, and This is the Life at 9:30 pm on 8/14. Wednesday lunchtime screenings at the Millennium Biltmore begin on 7/30. The Laemmle Grande, the Barker Block and numerous other unique venues throughout Downtown will also host screenings.

For more information about the LAHTF and “Kiss” benefit screening —-
Contact Hillsman Wright, 310 403-0865,

Visit for more information (and rave reviews) about the film Rotten Tomatoes calls, “The best American indie in years.”
This film explores adult themes and there is some explicit language, which may be inappropriate for those under the age of 17.

Comments (2)

LawMann on July 30, 2008 at 9:06 pm

I’ll definitely be there. I always enjoyed seeing any movie in those movie palaces just for the experience alone.

BradyWestwater on December 26, 2010 at 7:45 pm

Anna Mae Wong was born on the west side of Bunker Hill at 351 S. Flower in 1905, then two years later her family back moved to Chinatown at 21 Private Alley before they finally moved to 241 North Figueroa from 1910 to 1934.

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