‘Fast Times’ live at L.A. Film Fest

Los Angeles Times - - CULTURE MONSTER - — Oliver Get­tell

This year’s Los An­ge­les Film Fes­ti­val closer won’t be screened. It will be per­formed.

Hor­ror au­teur Eli Roth (“Cabin Fever,” “Hos­tel”) will di­rect a live read­ing of the 1982 teen com­edy “Fast Times at Ridge­mont High” to wrap up the fest on June 18, or­ga­nizer Film In­de­pen­dent an­nounced Tues­day.

Cast mem­bers for the read­ing will be re­vealed via the fes­ti­val’s Twit­ter ac­count.

The film, writ­ten by Cameron Crowe and di­rected by Amy Heck­er­ling, fea­tured an en­sem­ble cast that in­cluded Jen­nifer Ja­son Leigh, Sean Penn, Judge Reinhold, Phoebe Cates and Ni­co­las Cage (then Ni­co­las Cop­pola).

The “Fast Times” event marks the first ap­pear­ance of Film In­de­pen­dent’s Live Read se­ries at the fes­ti­val, of which The Times is a spon­sor. Live Read has be­come a sta­ple of the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s non-fes­ti­val pro­gram­ming over the last four years.

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