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LA Film Fest Spotlights Playa Vista Campus

LMU’s new Playa Vista Campus is ready for its close-up. It will host a specially curated portion of the Los Angeles (LA) Film Festival this weekend through partnership with the School of Film and Television. “Immersive Storytelling,” curated by Jacqueline Lyanga, former director of the AFI Film Festival, will showcase daring new work that focuses on virtual reality (VR), artificial intelligence, augmented reality and more.

“LMU has one of the best film schools in the country and their shared enthusiasm around VR & Immersive storytelling has made this partnership a great fit,” Jennifer Cochis said, LA Film Fest Director.

Cochis adds that highlights of this year’s festival include “We the People,” a two-day summit committed to advancing inclusion within the entertainment industry; a partnership with the International Documentary Association’s biannual conference, “Getting Real ’18;” and a benefit dinner celebrating 25 years of Project Involve, honoring LMU alumna Effie T. Brown, among other luminaries.

“If you want to know more about Hollywood and the business, this is the place to be at zero cost,” Cochis said. “Some of the industry’s biggest names will be in attendance. The truly great thing about film festivals is that they are where you start to build your community and LMU happens to have the LA Festival right in its backyard.”

Cochis urges those interested in attending to download the fest’s free app to discover what might appeal to their inner-cinephile. The two-day experience runs September 22-23 and admission is free to the public.

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Alums Return for Tasty Tradition

LMU will welcome back Lion alums for its 65th annual Alumni BBQ on Sunken Garden this weekend. The bluff-top tradition is just one of the many festivities surrounding Alumni Weekend and will run from 11 a.m. till 4 p.m.

“This event is a wonderful LMU tradition started by alumni, for alumni,” said Heather Wells, Associate Director for LMU Alumni and Parent Engagement. “We are featuring 12 alumni owned businesses throughout the weekend including our BBQ caterer (Spring Street Smokehouse by Chris Patterson ’96), wine, beer, tequila, salsa and other event services. With live music, kid-friendly activities, delicious food and drinks, and much more – there is something for everyone!”

In addition to delicious food, drinks and family fun, this year’s shindig will offer special campus walking tours every hour starting at Sacred Heart Chapel, as well as a chance to meet and greet with Craig Pintens, the new LMU Athletic Director, in the Beer Garden from noon-2 p.m.

Those interested in attending can still register. The event is free for Golden Lions and a guest (Class of ’68 and earlier). A portion of the alumni ticket price helps support LMU’s Greatest Needs.

Go Lions!

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