Calabasas movie extravaganza rolls out the indies, shorts, classics

Fifth annual film festival runs through this weekend
ACTION—The Calabasas Edwards Cinema is a bustle of activity during last year’s festivities. Courtesy of Calabasas Film Festival

ACTION—The Calabasas Edwards Cinema is a bustle of activity during last year’s festivities. Courtesy of Calabasas Film Festival

The curtain is up for the Calabasas Film Festival, which continues through the weekend.

Founded in 2014 by Natalie Khoury and Kelley Fries, the festival is heading into its fifth year with a new lineup of diverse and potentially award-winning films including, “Song of Back and Neck,” “Colette,” and “What They Had.”

This year there will be major industry executives, writers and celebrities in attendance, including some of the cast of the Academy-Awarding winning film “Platoon” in support of a new documentary about the making of the movie “Brothers In Arms.”

The film festival team includes Kelley Fries, director and co-founder; Natalie Khoury, co-founder; Nicole Fries, codirector; and Joseph Fries, chairman.

This year’s event is presented by AmaWaterways, the City of Calabasas and LHSpaces/Compass Realty.

The film fest has its roots in the Method Fest Film Festival, which ran from 2005 until 2011 in Calabasas and spotlighted American and foreign independent films.

The following is a list of the films for the remainder of the weekend.

Fri., Sept. 14

“Love Gilda,” a celebration of Gilda Radner’s life and career, will appeal to her fans, and make fans out of those who will be introduced to her work through this documentary. The film will screen at the Motion Picture Television Fund, L.B. Mayer Theater.

Sat., Sept. 15

Running at the Grand Palace Cinema at The Commons of Calabasas will be: “Let the People Decide” at 11 a.m. and the Calabasas Film Festival Shorts Program will take place at 1 p.m.

“Scotch: A Golden Dream” will be shown at 3 p.m. at Edwards Cinema.

Showing at Viewpoint School at 23620 Mulholland Hwy. in Calabasas will be: “Women Like Us” at 4 p.m.; “Do Or Die” at 6:30 p.m.; and “Brothers In Arms” to follow.

Sun., Sept. 16

The Student Film Program will take place in Founders Hall at the Calabasas Civic Center, 100 Civic Center Way.

For more information about the festival or to buy tickets, go to calabasasfilmfestival.com

Acorn staff report

Editor’s note: An earlier version of this article touted an appearance by Charlie Sheen. Film organizers have since called to say that Sheen will not be attending.