Not only will the LA Film Festival feature prominent cinematographers, directors and movies, but the annual week-long string of events will celebrate other art forms — like food. To that end, Los Angeles chef Michael Voltaggio (Ink, Ink.sack) has been chosen to be an Artist in Residence for this year's festivalT.

On June 20 at 7:50 p.m., Voltaggio will present a screening and discussion of Dinner Rush (2000), an independent film directed by Bob Giraldi that follows one evening of a New York restaurant whose staff works both in the kitchen and with the mob. Voltaggio will discuss how films like Dinner Rush inspired his work as a chef.

Artists in Residence for the LA Film Festival are those who have excelled in their artistic field. Voltaggio was the season six winner of Bravo's Top Chef competition. Before opening his own restaurant, he was the chef de cuisine at The Bazaar by Jose Andres and chef briefly at The Langham in Pasadena. Ink. was also deemed the “best new restaurant in America” by GQ this year.

The 2012 LA Film Festival will run from June 14-24 at downtown's LA Live. Individual tickets go on sale May 29.

LA Weekly