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Film Courage Interactive Screening Series Featuring SPARE CHANGE - LA - 9/27/10 7pm to 11pm

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Film Courage Interactive Screening Series Featuring SPARE CHANGE - LA - 9/27/10 7pm to 11pm

LA Talk Radio's Film Courage presents the 10th Film Courage Interactive at The Downtown Independent showing the feature film SPARE CHANGE. SPARE CHANGE is the story of Trey Dice, a.k.a. Dice Man, a successful saxophone player living his dreams. But on one quiet night in the city, a chance encounter shakes his foundation and forces Trey to face hidden truths that may shift the course of his journey.  Starring Nicoye Banks, Fred Valle, and Suzette Azariah Gunn with her Directorial Debut.

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When: 9-27-10 (Monday)

Time: 7:00pm to 11:00 pm

Where: The Downtown Independent, 251 S. Main St., LA, CA 90012

The Film Courage Interactive is a three-part, 4-hour event featuring 1) Two short films with Directors’ Q & A; 2) A feature film screening of Spare Change with Director’s Q&A;  and (time permitting) 3) An in-depth discussion among fellow artists on upcoming projects, the current state of independent film, and epiphanies about the business (similar to a filmmaker support group).

The goal of the Film Courage Interactive is to build an appetite for independent film, bringing artists together in a collaborative setting while experiencing the beautiful theater of The Downtown Independent. 

More Film Courage Interactives at The Downtown Independents:

10-11-10 showing the feature Takedowns and Falls 7pm-11pm

10-25-10 showing the feature Cold Storage 7pm-11pm

11-29-10 showing the feature Paradise Recovered 7pm-11pm

We hope to see you there!