Focus Forward is a series of three-minute documentaries that shed a light on innovative individuals who are shaping the world through acts or inventions. The program boasts a roster of 30 international filmmakers and since its inception in September, nine of its films have been shown at festivals (five premiered at Sundance and four at Tribeca). Four more will premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival, which kicked off Thursday (in all, The Times-sponsored fest is showing 52 short films). GE has put up more than $1 million to underwrite the program, which is administered by Cinelan.
The Focus Forward debuts in L.A. include shorts by two Oscar nominees, Liz Garbus and Eddie Schmidt. Garbus, producer-director of âThe Farm: Angola, USAâ and âBobby Fischer Against the World,â has made a short called âRobot,â which looks at the benefits well-developed robots can provide. Schmidt (âTwist of Faithâ) has made a short called âGood Bread,â a story about L.A.âs Father Greg Boyle, who teaches job skills to ex-cons through Homeboy Industries.
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