The 3-D revolution is a lightning rod in cinema at the moment, leaving some audiences rapt over the technology's advances, and others perturbed about what the current trend means for the future of 2-D cinema. (Most seem to agree, however, that as with all trends there are applications good and bad -- more of the truly revolutionary actually-shot-in-3-D features, and less of the retrofitted postproduction 3-D on films that were not intended to be exhibited that way. It just looks baaad.) Good show by the Los Angeles Film School, then, being at the forefront of the educational charge toward schooling film students on how to do 3-D right; they are also serving as hosts to this year's 3DFF, the third-annual 3D Film Festival which returns for four days starting this week. Actor Thomas Jane (who recently made his directorial debut on the 3-D feature Dark Country) will emcee the opening and closing ceremonies; highlights of the fest include "72 Hour 3DFF Short Film Festival," where LAFS students have three days to produce a short for competition, as well as a nightly 3-D horror showcase at midnights. Tickets are free via the festival's Facebook and Twitter pages; see the following link for more information. Los Angeles Film School, 6363 Sunset Blvd.; Thurs.-Sun., Sept. 30 – Oct. 3; free. For full schedule including off-site events, and to obtain tickets, visit 3dff.org/TICKETS.html. --Nicole Campos
Sept. 30-Oct. 3, 2010

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