LOS ANGELES, CA (05.31.05) -- Director of Programming Rachel Rosen joined Festival Director Rich Raddon and Film Independent [FIND] Executive Director Dawn Hudson in announcing the full program line-up for the 2005 Los Angeles Film Festival (June 16-26), including the Centerpiece Premiere, the Guest Director, the Artist in Residence, and the Closing Night Film.

Musician, film composer, actor and hip-hop rap legend THE RZA will serve as Artist in Residence for this year’s Festival. THE RZA is the chief producer and founding member of the legendary hip hop group the Wu-Tang Clan, which also spawned the solo careers of rap artists Method Man and the late O.D.B.

In addition to his success as a recording artist/producer, THE RZA is a BAFTA-nominated film composer whose credits include Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai, Kill Bill Vol. 1 and Vol. 2, Barbershop II, Blade: Trinity, and Unleashed. THE RZA starred in Coffee and Cigarettes opposite Bill Murray. He will also star in the upcoming film Derailed, opposite Jennifer Aniston and Clive Owen. As Artist in Residence, THE RZA has selected three films which will screen at the Festival and will also be headlining “ToonTime with THE RZA” at the Ford Amphitheater on Wednesday, June 22 at 8:30 pm.

While some of the strangest, coolest cartoons screen behind him, THE RZA will layer together a live soundtrack. The Festival also announced today that Don Cheadle, Lisa Kudrow, and Elijah Wood will serve as Honorary Festival Chairs for the 2005 Los Angeles Film Festival.

story courtesy of press wire