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LA Film Festival Announces 2012 Jurors

With the 2102 LA Film Festival gearing up to start next week, Film Independent announced the jurors in its narrative, documentary and shorts competitions. Actress Rachael Harris, actor, writer, producer and director Robert Townsend and film critic Sheri Linden will be in charge of the narrative films. Frozen River producer Heather Rae, Karin Chien and 2010 LA Film Fest Audience Award-winning director Mark Landsman will handle the documentaries. Art and film critic Ernest Hardy, cinematographer Nancy Schreiber and 2010 Sundance Audience Award winner Javier Fuentes León have the shorts covered.

FishbowlLA will be at LAFF for the second year in a row and we’re pretty excited about it. Keep an eye out for our event coverage starting exactly one week from today.

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Viewers Clamor for More Los Americans

In terms of brave new distribution concepts, it would be difficult to find a more adventurous one this summer than the model pursued by Sun Valley firm Transit TV and non-profit OneEconomy with their web series Los Americans.

Produced by Robert Townsend and Dennis Leoni, who created Showtime’s Resurrection Blvd., and starring storied Latino actor Esai Morales, the eight-part web series debuted online in May and has since been piped into MTA buses. Each episode is about 17 minutes long, and after the eighth and final one was posted last month, hooked viewers were quickly wondering when they could expect more:

Wow. I’ve been crying my eyes out for the last 17 minutes @ a Starbucks. This was truly some great writing, acting and overall amazing episode. Thank you for speaking truth to the Latino American Experience. I am a huge fan! Make this a network show! Jonathan

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Ebony Celebrates Its 65th Anniversary in Los Angeles

Ebony magazine threw a big party in LA last Thursday in honor of its 65th anniversary. Somehow we missed the invite (ahem, get it together Ebony, ahem) but the mag’s website has details of the event.

Though the cocktail was fabulous and the dinner divine, the party really got started when Ebony’s Editor-in-Chief Amy DuBois Barnett kicked off the Soul Train line.

Tony Award winner Viola Davis, The Event’s Blair Underwood, Tron’s Yaya DaCosta, True Blood’s Rutina Wesley, Desperate Housewives’ Vanessa Williams, Vogue fashion editor Andre Leon Talley (who brought an actual princess with him to the party) and Johnson Publishing Company CEO Desiree Rogers shook and shimmied down the aisle – all to celebrate Ebony’s 65th anniversary.

Wolfgang Puck catered the event (ahem, seriously Ebony, let us know about his stuff, ahem). We’re also told comic Robert Townsend insisted on doing “the butt.” Which we would also have insisted upon too ahem, if we were invited, ahem.