If Ojai, Whittier and Santa Clarita can host film festivals, so can our congested, unnavigable but artistically rich downtown Los Angeles. With events taking place from Bunker Hill to Little Tokyo, the inaugural Downtown Film Festival boasts hundreds of screenings, from shorts to feature films (many were shot in downtown) — including a documentary on photographer Cindy Sherman (Guest of Cindy Sherman) and the forthcoming thriller starring Don Cheadle and Guy Pearce (Traitor) — plus lots of parties and prefestival workshops and readings. Various locations, Wed.-Sun., Aug. 13-17; film screenings $10. www.dffla.com.
Wed., Aug. 13; Thu., Aug. 14; Fri., Aug. 15; Sat., Aug. 16; Sun., Aug. 17, 2008

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