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Independent 3D Feature Film Missing Persons at the Los Angeles Film Festival

The Los Angeles Film Festival kicks off nine days of screenings this Friday, June 21, 2002, including the Los Angeles premiere of MISSING PERSONS, an independent feature length 3D animated film that tells the story of four lost souls in the 60th Precinct of Coney Island. The lives of a burnt-out detective, a rookie sergeant, an emancipated World War II Army surplus robot and a disfigured streetfighter intersect during the investigation of a mysterious man in this debut feature film from directors/animators/twin brothers Dan & Matt O'Donnell. In addition to writing, animating and voicing the film, the brothers wrote the 3D animation and rendering software with which the film was produced. MISSING PERSONS is based on their short film OFFICER DOWN, which premiered at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival. MISSING PERSONS screens on Friday, June 21 at 5pm and on Saturday, June 22 at midnight.

Other animation-related screenings include Cordell Barker's Oscar-nominated short STRANGE INVADERS, screening as part of the "Modern Man" shorts program on Sunday, June 23 at 10:30am and Friday, June 28 at 9:45pm and Brooke Keesling's BOOBIE GIRL, screening as part of the "Growth Spurts" shorts program Sunday, June 23 at 10:15amand Thursday, June 27 at 5:00pm. All screenings take place at the DGA Theater or the Laemmle Sunset 5. Visit for more details.

In addition to screenings, the festival also offers some interesting panel discussions including:

"On the Cutting Edge," featuring a discussion of cutting-edge technologies and the future of cinema. Panelists will discuss everything from creating content for artificial intelligence to showing movies on your palm pilot. Panelists include Jeff Rickel (Project Leader USC Information Sciences Institute), Jason Wishnow (Creator & director, The New Venue), Katherine Anna Kang (Producer & CEO, Fountainhead Entertainment), Tommy Pallotta (Producer, Walking Life), and Bart Cheever (Festival producer/organizer,

Friday, June 28, 11:00am.

"Pre-Visualizaton: 3D Storyboards" Ron Frankel of Pixel Liberation Front walks through the process of working with digital storyboards. Digital and live action clips of David Fincher's PANIC ROOM will be shown, demonstrating the amazing capabilities of this new technology.

Friday, June 28, 11:30am.