Christian Audigier’s Story “VIF” To Open Festival

Los Angeles, CA (October 13, 2017) – For the third year, DOC LA, produced by the esteemed Parajanov-Vartanov Institute, will kick off on October 19th, 2017 at Raleigh Studios. Over a dozen documentary premieres will take place through to October 22nd.

Opening night will host the world premiere of “VIF,” directed by Didier Beringuer. The documentary retraces Christian Audigier’s rise to fame as he built the Ed Hardy clothing empire. Called “The King of Fashion” by Michael Jackson himself, Audigier tragically passed away after fighting a rare form of cancer. The story follows intimate accounts with the fashion icon’s friends, including Snoop Dogg, Michael Madsen, and Stephen Dorff. “VIF” also features Sylvester Stallone, Don Cheadle, Kim Kardashian, Daymond John and Ed Hardy.

Marion Cotillard’s environmental documentary “The Girl and the Typhoons,” which raises awareness about the impact of global warming will have its LA premiere. Narrated by Cotillard and directed by Christoph Schwaiger, the story is a powerful look at the aftermath of the typhoon disasters in Philippines and a young girl who survived them.

Alfred Molina-narrated “Erdogan: The Dictator’s Republic” by Ryan & Joe Heilman, will premiere and close DOC LA in a series about dictatorships. The lineup will also include Inga Bremer’s “Franco’s Legacy: Spain’s Stolen Children” about the Franco-initiated campaign to steal newborn babies of the opposition, which continued after his death and resulted in over 300,000 stolen children up to 1990s.

Directed by Sebastien Paquet, “Mind Over Matter” follows a man born with Cerebral Palsy who overcame his disability through his sheer will to form a rock band. The doc features his idols “Korn” and James ‘Munky’ Shaffer from the band.

The bride abduction epidemic “Grab and Run,” directed by Roser Corella is a stunning look at the ancient tradition in Kazakhstan.

Mothers in the Middle” by Lauren Hollingsworth follows working mothers—soap opera actress, realtor, teacher, and fashion exec—as they try to maintain sanity through emotional, hilarious and maddening moments of their lives.

He She I” by Carlotta Kittel is the first feature length student film ever to screen at DOC LA. Additionally, “Sisterly” by student Nina Vallado, about finding deeper connection and friendship with her autistic sister will also premiere.

Michael Weatherly’s Telluride documentary, “Jamaica Man” will premiere along with the short film, “The Incursion” by Sasha-Gay Lewis about the 2010 Jamaican government raid on Tivoli Gardens in Kingston. Joe Berlinger’s “Intent to Destroy” about the Turkish denial of the 1915 Armenian Genocide and David Koch’s “Witnesses,” starring Virginie Ledoyen will screen on closing night.

For more information about the documentaries and screening schedule visit: www.docla.org/2017films

When: October 19-22, 2017

Where: Raleigh Studios Theaters 5300 Melrose Ave, LA CA 90038

Tickets: http://www.docla.org