The inaugural New York Hell’s Kitchen Film Festival kicks off next week on September 1, and in advance of ten days of films and fun, the festival has released their full lineup. The festival will open with Jay DuplassKevin and will close with Craig VivierosLost in Italy (starring Glen Murphy and Ray Winstone). The festival’s centerpiece film is Josh Hyde’s Postales (an Official Selection at the Edinburgh and Shanghai International Film Festivals). In between those three framing films, the festival will show over 140 features and shorts, along with a number of interesting and unique panels.

Duplass’ documentary Kevin is the director’s first foray into documentary features, and its opening night screening will be followed by a performance by Kevin Gant himself (a talented performer that both the Duplass brothers idolized as kids). Gant and Duplass will also participate in a Q&A moderated by Matt Singer. Other standouts in the NYHKFF schedule include a special 10th Anniversary Screening of Ken Park, with director Larry Clark and actress Tiffany Limos appearing for a Q&A following the film, along with screenings of Mike Petty’s Karaoke Man (starring James Denton), gay comedy Walk A Mile In My Pradas (starring Tom Arnold), and Sheron Dayoc’s Halaw (Special Jury Prize winner at this year’s Berlin International Film Festival).

The festival has also put together a couple of very, very interesting panels (cough, cough, I’m on one, cough), which you can read more about after the break.

Straight from the official press release itself: “In addition to numerous premieres, NYHKFF devised a number of exciting panels to provide a unique opportunity for festival goers to hear insightful discussions from a variety of film industry experts. Among these is a special live recording of Operation Kino, the popular weekly movies and pop culture podcast from Katey Rich(Editor and Chief of Cinemablend.com), Matt Patches (Movies Editor of Hollywood.com), David Ehrlich (Criterion Corner, Movies.com) and Da7e Gonzales(LatinoReview.com). Anyone can join the specially formatted “Film Court” show featuring three debates about film topics, tidbits, prizes and the ever-popular Lightning Round. (Find more Operation Kino at OpKino.com and on Twitter at @OpKino.)

NYHKFF has also assembled two teams of film pros from New York and Los Angeles to hash out which of the two film capitols reigns supreme. Team NYC (The AV Club writer Alison Willmore & Fangoria contributing editor Samuel Zimmerman) will square off for five rounds with Team LA (MSN Movies and Film School Rejects contributor Kate Erbland [edit: ME ME ME!!] and former Gordon and the Whale soundtrack editor Allison Loring). Moderator John Lichman (co-host, Grassroots Podcast) will be in the thick of it to drop some REFEREEBOMBS as teams discuss each city’s differences for filmgoers, film writers, and filmmakers.”

You can check out the full schedule at the festival’s official website. Tickets will go on sale tomorrow.


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