1822 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026
Dan Croll is a solo artist making earworm-laden pop music with an ambitiously genre-hopping set of influences. He balances bountiful hooks with the kind of densely rewarding production that you’d expect from someone who spends half the year tweaking and testing in their home studio. Dan was born in 1990 to a marketing consultant dad and nurse mum in Trentham, a suburb of Stoke-On-Trent in England, home of Robbie Williams and Slash. Being caught on the wrong end of a nasty challenge at 17 cut short a career at rugby’s highest level, leaving him with his other adolescent obsession, music, partly acquired from his mother, a jazz, blues and folk fan who used to sing in brass bands. His first love was the nu metal of Blink 182 and Sum 41 followed by – via his older sister – the indie rock of The Strokes and The Libertines. He would later discover the varied pleasures of everyone from The Beach Boys to Beirut, Grizzly Bear and A Tribe Called Quest.
631 West 2nd St, Los Angeles, 90012
Critics and juries worldwide praise London-based Ben Rivers as one of the most compelling independent filmmakers of this generation. In a program of new works, his gritty, in-depth films portray convey subjects with an evocative vividness that distinguishes them from all familiar genres. Often following and filming people who have separated themselves from society, the raw film footage provides a starting point for oblique narratives imagining alternative existences in marginal worlds. Rivers is the recipient of the FIPRESCI International Critics Prize, 68th Venice Film Festival; the Artangel Open 2013; the inaugural Robert Gardner Film Award; the Baloise Art Prize, Art Basel; Artangel Open 2013; and two Tiger Awards from International Film Festival Rotterdam.
In person: Ben Rivers
In this suspenseful drama, Spencer Tracy stars as WWII veteran John J. Macreedy, the first person to visit the small town of Black Rock in years.
Looking for local Japanese farmer Komoko, whose son saved Macreedy’s life during the war, Macreedy is greeted with open hostility from the townspeople and unexpectedly finds himself uncovering a dark secret. Directed by John Sturges. (1955, 81 min. No MPAA rating.)
9081 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069
Tal Wilkenfeld is a musical marvel; the kind of dynamic young talent whose fresh vision and uncanny intuition puts a whole new perspective on an age-old art form. Like a muse-lit meteor, Tal blazed upon the scene as a teen, sitting in with the Allman Brothers within months of her 2006 arrival in New York City. By the end of 2007, she had released her acclaimed instrumental debut, Transformation, hit the road with Chick Corea, appeared on A&E with Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter, and joined Jeff Beck’s world tour for what culminated in her global breakout moment: Her performance at Eric Clapton's 2007 Crossroads Festival in Chicago, which has generated more than 10 million YouTube hits.