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May
2014

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By SBI

“Harmontown” Makes Los Angeles Premiere at LA Film Festival

On 20, May 2014 | In Press & News | By SBI

TV writer Dan Harmon bares it all in Neil Berkeley’s documentary film, “Harmontown” an official selection of the 2014 Los Angeles Film Festival

(Burbank, CA – May 20, 2014) “Harmontown”, director Neil Berkeley’s feature-length documentary film based on TV writer/producer Dan Harmon’s popular weekly podcast, has been named an official selection of the 2014 Los Angeles Film Festival, presented by Film Independent.

“Harmontown” is a comedic, brutally honest documentary following Dan Harmon (NBC’s “Community”, Adult Swim’s “Rick and Morty”) as he takes his live podcast on a national tour. The film joins Harmon, long time friend Jeff B. Davis (Whose Line is it Anyway), regular guest Erin McGathy (This Feels Terrible) and Game Master Spencer Crittenden as they bring live, town hall style rants to sold-out audiences around the country.

An intimate and revealing look into the life and headspace of a classic tortured creative, “Harmontown” gives filmmaker Neil Berkeley unfiltered access. Dan Harmon takes himself on a journey of self-discovery and the film finds him uncharacteristically opening up on camera.

A co-production of Starburns Industries and Future You Pictures, the film marks director Neil Berkeley’s second feature-length documentary. “Beauty is Embarrassing”, a documentary about artist Wayne White, premiered at SXSW in 2012 to critical acclaim. Dan Harmon and Neil Berkeley will be available for interviews.

Screening:

Monday, June 16th at 7:30PM
LACMA, Bing Theater

About Harmontown

Featuring an irreverent and sadistically honest social commentary on all things personal and pop-culture, the Harmontown podcast began in 2012 as a way for creator Dan Harmon to connect with fans through an unfiltered medium where no subject was off limits. The podcast quickly grew in popularity and gained a cult following, with nearly a hundred thousand devoted listeners downloading each week’s episode.

About Los Angeles Film Festival

Now in its 20th year, the Los Angeles Film Festival, presented by Film Independent, showcases diversity, innovation and uniqueness of vision in new American and international cinema, and provides the movie-loving public with one-of-a-kind events featuring critically acclaimed filmmakers, film industry professionals, and emerging talent from around the world. The Festival’s signature programs include the Filmmaker Retreat, Music in Film at The GRAMMY Museum®, Celebrating Women Filmmakers, Master Classes, Spirit of Independence Award, LA Muse and more. Over 200 features, shorts, and music videos, representing more than 40 countries, make up the main body of the Festival. The Festival also screens short films created by high school students and a special section devoted to music videos. The Festival hosts juried cash awards for best narrative and documentary features, best narrative, documentary and animated short film, and a jury award for best performance in the narrative competition. Audience awards are presented to best documentary, narrative and international feature, short film and music video. The Los Angeles Film Festival is presented in conjunction with Presenting Media Sponsor the Los Angeles Times. The Official Host Venue is Regal Cinemas L.A. LIVE Stadium 14. Subaru is the Official Automotive Sponsor. Relativity is a Principal Sponsor. Platinum Sponsors include HBO, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Stella Artois Dolby Laboratories, Inc., Canon U.S.A., Inc. and EFILM. The University Sponsor is Loyola Marymount University’s School of Film and Television. Renwood Winery is the Official Wine Provider. Tanqueray is the Official Gin Provider. The Los Angeles Athletic Club is the Official Host Hotel. WireImage is the Official Photography Agency and PR Newswire is the Official Breaking News Service of Film Independent. More information can be found at lafilmfest.com.

About Future You Pictures

Future You Pictures is a Los Angeles film and television production company founded in 2009 by Neil Berkeley. “Harmontown” is the company’s second feature documentary production. The company is currently developing a roster of television and film projects. Future You Pictures is one of several companies controlled by The Berkeley Company, LLC., which also owns BRKLY, a design based production company focusing on brand development and marketing for television, film and commercials.

About Starburns Industries

Under the creative partnership of Dan Harmon (NBC’s “Community”, Adult’s Swim’s “Rick and Morty”, Channel 101) Dino Stamatopoulos (HBO’s “Mr. Show”, “Conan”, Adult Swim’s “Moral Orel” and “Mary Shelley’s Frankenhole”), Joe Russo II (“The Simpsons”, “Rug Rats”) and James A. Fino (“King of the Hill”), the company produces TV shows, features, commercials and new media projects. Starburns is currently in production on “Anomalisa”, the stop-motion animated feature written by Charlie Kaufman and the studio is home to Adult Swim’s hit animated show, “Rick and Morty”, co-created by Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland (Channel 101, “House of Cosbys”). Starburns Industries is a full-scale production studio based in Burbank, CA.

* APPROVED LOS ANGELES FILM FESTIVAL MEDIA CREDENTIALS ARE REQUIRED *
Please contact Rachel Walker at the LA Film Festival for credentials – rwalker@filmindependent.org

Tickets go on sale beginning today, May 20. Contact the Ticket Office by calling 866.FILM.FEST (866.345.6337) or visit LAFilmFest.com.