Los Angeles Film Festival director and indie producer Stephanie Allain announced that she will be stepping down from the festival to focus on producing.  Creative director Jennifer Cochis will be promoted to the top spot.

Allain is a seasoned producer who has been working in Hollywood for almost two decades.  She was the studio executive behind classic films in the 90’s such as Boyz in the Hood and Poetic Justice, and went on to produce films such as Hustle & Flow, Something New starring Sanaa Lathan, Dear White People, and most recently produced Beyond the Lights directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood.  She is currently working on Crushed, a digital pilot in pre-production at Hulu, that revolves around a black family as they find success in the wine-making business in Napa, California, and is also the executive producer of Justin Simen’s upcoming Netflix series Dear White People.  In addition to these projects, she will be producing Gerard McMurray’s Burning Sands and Alfre Woodard vehicle, Juanita, which will be directed by Clark Johnson.

“It has been such an honor to shine a spotlight on women and directors of color and leaving is bittersweet. But I know that the festival is in extremely capable hands with Jennifer Cochis at the helm because she helped me build it.” – Stephanie Allain

Film Independent President Josh Welsh called Cochis “a brilliant new force on the Festival scene and I am extremely happy to have her step into this new role.” He said Cochis has worked closely with Allain for the past two years, first as Senior Programmer and then as Creative Director.

“It’s an incredibly exciting challenge to build upon the great work that Stephanie has done at the LA Film Festival these past five years,” said Cochis. “I am passionate about continuing to grow this Festival, bringing together audacious and brave visual storytellers with the audiences of Los Angeles.”

 

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