Highways Performance Space & Gallery is pleased to present Film Maudit 2.0, its inaugural film festival celebrating the work of outré filmmakers. Conceived and curated by Highways’ Artistic Director, Patrick Kennelly, the festival program will include six feature films and 40 shorts from around the globe with work from Belgium, Canada, Columbia, Estonia, France, Germany, Mexico, the Netherlands and the UK. 50% of selected films are by female-identifying filmmakers. Each feature and short film in the program will make its Los Angeles premiere. Awards will be given for Best Narrative Feature, Best Experimental Feature, Best Narrative Short, Best Experimental Short and Best Animated Short. Festival passes cost $40 for the entire four-day program. Tickets for individual screenings will cost $10 each, and go on sale next week.
Film Maudit 2.0 is a film festival dedicated to outré films, inspired by the legendary artist Jean Cocteau’s 1949 Festival Du Film Maudit, which celebrated a group of films that were criminally overlooked and neglected at the time. The term “film maudit” literally means “cursed films,” and this showcase of genre-driven cinema will blend narrative, documentary and experimental films that in style or subject matter are deliberately bold, extreme, confrontational or unusual. Film Maudit 2.0will celebrate adventuresome cinema including work that deals with socio-political issues and taboo subject matter that challenges artistic assumptions and sexual mores.
“Each of these films are an L.A. premiere - which really goes to show the need here in Los Angeles for something like this - that doesn’t cater to any one community or genre; that is fiercely grass roots, declares, Festival Founder, Patrick Kennelly. “Film Maudit encompasses not just live-action narrative films, but also documentary and experimental works. There is a connecting spirit to all of these works, with each selected to engage a different facet of the cinematic imagination. These radical 'cinemasations' are guaranteed to not just entertain, but challenge the mind and shock the senses.”