Armenian Film Festival

A city with the largest Armenian immigrant population is befitting an event like the Arpa International Film Festival. For 15 years, nonprofit Arpa Foundation for Film, Music and Art has hosted the four-day festival — inspired by a river of the same name in Armenia — which singles out directors and other creative types of mostly Armenian-, Middle Eastern– and European descent. This year's schedule is bookended by Lost and Found in Armenia (the first American comedy shot in Armenia, starring funnyman Jaime Kennedy and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part II's Angela Sarafyan) on opening night and If Only Everyone (pictured, Armenia's submission for Best Foreign Language Film for next year's Oscars) on closing night. The lineup boasts screenings of 40 other feature films, shorts, music videos and documentaries on subjects ranging from Armenian political activities and Armenian folk musicians to the conflict in Syria and American imam in Brooklyn. The festival concludes with an awards gala (past recipients have included Canadian director Atom Egoyan) at the Sheraton, which, this year, honors actress and ex–Mrs. Clint Eastwood Frances Fisher. Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Hlywd.; Thurs., Nov. 29, 7:30 p.m.; thru Dec. 2; $12 in advance, $15 at the door. (323) 663-1882,
Thu., Nov. 29, 7:30 p.m., 2012


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