Wednesday, April 9, 2008

True Crime @ Beverly Hills Film Festival

There aren't many true crime-oriented films showing at this year's Beverly Hills Film Festival, but the two that are there seem like solid entries.

Tonight, at 7:30 p.m., be sure to catch the Thunder Man: The Don Aronow Story at the Laemmle Theater located at 9036 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA.

The description of the documentary from the BHFF website:

The ‘King of Powerboats’, Don Aronow rose to fame by esigning and racing the fastest boats of his time. He had it all: looks, charm, money, women and friends in the highest places. Working with governments and drug barons alike, Don’s business rose above the criminal turmoil of Miami in the 1980’s, until his life was cut short by a violent, and very public murder. Despite trials and convictions, the motives and agencies behind this notorious case are still unclear.

Be sure to check out the website for the doc here.

Also, here is the promo reel:

The second film is D.O.P.E. (Death or Prison Eventually), a 60-minute documentary about the rise and fall of the top Southern California skateboarding culture. It is the story of some of the top skaters of the 70's with their triumphs on wheels, their downfalls due to drug addictions and crime, and their hopeful resurrection.

D.O.P.E. will be screened on Saturday, April 12 at 11:15 A.M. at Clarity Theater located at 100 N. Crescent Drive in Beverly Hills, California.

The description from the BHFF website:

DOPE is a look at four legendary world champion skateboarders, Jay Adams from Dogtown's Z Boys, Christian Hosoi, Dennis Martinez, Bruce Logan. It examines their rise to the top and their descent into the drug and crime culture and slow climb back to life. Narration is by legend Danny Trejo music, title song by P.O.D. Archival period footage along with current interviews makes this must see project.

Stop by the filmmakers' website here.

Check out the trailer here:

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