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LA Film Fest: Day 7

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Thousands of innocent Angelenos are expected to perish today when a highly advanced robot civilization descends on Westwood. However, the carnage is not expected to ensue until 8:15 p.m. so you'll have most of the day to get your affairs in order. That's right, the LA Film Festival is celebrating the glory of independent film with a mult-theater premiere of the multi-million dollar budgeted Transformers. Indie favorite Michael Bay directs.

If such esoteric fare is not your speed, today is actually a good day at the festival especially for panel discussions. The daily Director Lunch Talk is with Talk To Me's Kasi Lemmons. It's free, of course, and starts at 12:30 p.m. at the Target Red Room. Another free talk being held is Paint it Black: African American Film Now at 6:30 p.m. at the Hammer Museum. It's moderated by Elvis Mitchell and panelists include former tyro director/producer John Singleton and Black Snake Moan's Stephanie Allain.

The last program of the day isn't free, but it's definitely worth your $11. The New Action Movies: Filmmaking with a Cause starts at 7:00 p.m. at the W. Don Cheadle, Davis Guggenheim and Kirby Dick are expected on the panel to discuss their role in creating movies with social change in mind. Incidentally, if you haven't seen Dick's hilarious This Film is Not Yet Rated, rent it today. Ted Sarandos of Netflix moderates.