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Poster for LA Festival of Movies Closing Night: Rap World

LA Festival of Movies Closing Night: Rap World

Opens on April 7

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Director: Conner O'Malley, Danny Scharar Run Time: 56 min. Format: Digital Release Year: 2024

Starring: Conner O'Malley, Eric Rahill, Jack Bensinger

Los Angeles Festival of Movies Closing Night. World premiere with writer/directors Conner O’Malley and Danny Scharar, writer/actors Jack Bensinger and Eric Rahill, and producers Harris Mayersohn and Meryl Faye Crock in person

In 2009, four friends living in Tobyhanna, Pennsylvania document their attempt to record a rap album over the course of one eventful night.

The feature directorial debut of comedian Conner O’Malley and director/editor Danny Scharar is a riotously entertaining mockumentary—a 2009-set period satire comparable only to the duo’s previous Youtube oeuvre, but is also perhaps their most rigorous work yet. A divorced cinema worker and rapper (O’Malley) dedicates himself to recording an album, passing the camera back and forth with fellow aspiring artists (played by Jack Bensinger and Eric Rahill) over the course of a long picaresque night. Written by leads O’Malley, Bensinger, and Rahill and shot on a DV handycam from the era, this fuzzy portrayal of after-hours Midwestern suburban life captures both sides: the inescapable boredom as a catalyst for bad decisions, and an appreciation for simple pleasures. After all, some of the best nights of your life can be had in parking lots. 

The Los Angeles Festival of Movies (presented by MUBI and Mezzanine) will redefine Los Angeles as a destination for independent film. Running April 4-7, 2024, we will showcase a curated selection of high-profile narrative and documentary film premieres, talks with local artists, luminaries, and thought leaders; and a party each night, at three exciting new venues on the east side of Los Angeles. LAFM will be the nexus for this city’s robust community to gather, and take advantage of a burgeoning audience for independent film.

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