American Cinematheque Launches This Is Not A Fiction Film Festival

The American Cinematheque has always been known for their unique festivals; some past ones include The All Night Horrorthon at the Aero, Mods & Rockers Festival and the Screwball Comedy Festival. This year American Cinematheque is slated to continue this tradition of distinctive festivals with the This Is Not A Fiction film festival. This Is Not A Fiction, scheduled to run from April 10–18, 2024, is a nine-day celebration of documentaries and non-fiction storytelling that will take place across three different venues in LA/Santa Monica: Aero Theatre, Egyptian Theatre and Los Feliz.

A total of 43 feature-length films and 11 short films make up the festival’s lineup. Showcasing films from “Jackass: The Movie” to “Landscape Suicide,” This Is Not A Fiction, according to the website, aims to go “beyond the limits of genre, with the lineup reflecting the boundless possibilities of non-fiction storytelling.” This Is Not A Fiction will also include 20 filmmakers and subjects for in-person Q&As, a 15th anniversary panel of “30 for 30,” and six premieres. The festival will open at the Aero Theatre with the Los Angeles premiere of “Thank You, Goodnight: The Bon Jovi Story,” and will close at Los Feliz with a showing of “This is Not a Film.” 

The festival will also be paying tribute to filmmakers such as Barbara Kopple, Brett Morgen, Bill Morrison and Jeff Tremaine, in addition to a retrospective honoring the work of Véréna Paravel and Lucien Castaing-Taylor, both anthropologists and artists who works in film, video and photography. American Cinematheque will also celebrate the 15th anniversary of ESPN’s 30 For 30, featuring a panel discussion with VP and executive producer of ESPN Films, Marsha Cooke. “The festival is a celebration of non-fiction as a form of filmmaking and its profound impact on our lives, from its influence in art and entertainment to its power in education, political advocacy and social discourse,” said co-founders Chris LeMaire, Senior Film Programmer and Cindy Flores, Film Programmer. 

Ticket information and full festival schedule available at the American Cinematheque website.

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