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Downtown Film Festival in Full Swing

Tour producer Arthur Fogel and Andy Summers of The Police attend the Downtown Film Festival L.A. / Photo by Kryiaki Ross

Tour producer Arthur Fogel and Andy Summers of The Police attend the Downtown Film Festival L.A. / Photo by Kryiaki Ross

The Downtown Film Festival Los Angeles opened Wednesday (July 10) with a screening of “Who the F**k Is Arthur Fogel?”

Director Ron Chapman spoke before the U.S. premiere of his fascinating documentary about the man behind music’s biggest world tours.

Featuring Bono, Sting, Madonna, Andy Summers, Lady Gaga and the Rolling Stones, among others, the film goes behind the scenes as Fogel outwits Bill Graham to produce the Stones’ first megatour, including a venue in the Bay Area where the legendary promoter ruled with an iron fist.

It also shows the years of preparation for U2’s ill-fated 360º Tour, which featured concerts in the round with a specially engineered structure that straddled the stage to hold amps, lights and LCD displays. The tour had just gotten started when it had to be postponed because Bono had sustained a back injury.

Actor Adrien Brody and screenwriter Geoffrey Fletcher review submissions for the Bombay Sapphire Imagination Series.

Actor Adrien Brody and screenwriter Geoffrey Fletcher review submissions for the Bombay Sapphire Imagination Series.

Another highlight of the festival so far was the Bombay Sapphire Imagination Series, a program of five short films all created from the same one-page script by Oscar-winning screenwriter Geoffrey Fletcher (“Precious”).

Fletcher presented the films, which showed a great diversity of vision with essentially the same dialogue. The idea is, filmmakers around the globe take the same minimal dialogue and submit treatments that show how they would make it into a five-minute movie. The best ideas are awarded $50,000 each for production costs, and the results can be seen here.

The film series is an ongoing product sponsored by Bombay Sapphire, and the next round of submissions is open now. Click here for more information and to submit an idea. The deadline is Aug. 4, 2013.

Don’t forget: “Young Turks” screens Thursday, July 18, 2013, at 10:45 p.m., and there will be a reception beforehand with drink specials and more.

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Los Angeles, 90021
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