My video interview with “Nightingale” director Elliott Lester at 2014 LA Film Festival

On Tuesday, June 17, 2014 I attended the gala World Premiere of Elliott Lester's Nightingale at the Los Angeles Film Festival. The sold-out screening was held at the Regal Cinemas L.A. LIVE. The film was a selection in the LA Muse section.

Nightingale was written by Frederick Mensch and stars the multi award-winning David Oyelowo, who captivated audiences in Derailed, The Last King of Scotland, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, The Help, Red Tails, Lincoln, Jack Reacher, and Lee Daniels' The Butler. He's no stranger to the festival circuit, having appeared in several of my post-fest Top Picks over the years, including 96 Minutes (SXSW 2011) and Middle of Nowhere (Toronto 2012), for which he received an Independent Spirit Award nomination.      

This is director Elliott Lester's third motion picture, yet he's not new to the business -- he's a wildly successful commercial and music video director, and selects his feature film projects very carefully. His first movie, Love is the Drug, premiered at the Slamdance Film Festival in 2006 and was one of my favorite little indies of the last decade. Five years later brought Blitz, a crime thriller starring Jason Statham. Now, in 2014, he has two films in post-production along with Nightingale (for a synopsis see the festival's official page).  

As Iraq war veteran Peter Snowden, David Oyelowo's stunning performance is destined for recognition. Certainly another Film Independent Spirit Award nomination (and, hopefully, a win) is in his future.  

For the incredible collaborative cinematic achievement of Oyelowo and Lester, I gave Nightingale five stars and a place on my 2014 Los Angeles Film Festival Top Picks.

After the World Premiere screening I sat down with director Elliott Lester for an in-depth discussion about the film. There are no spoilers in this interview.

Interview with "Nightingale" Director Elliott Lester at LA Film Festival 2014

I sat down with "Nightingale" director/producer Elliott Lester at the 2014 Los Angeles Film Festival World Premiere.…
  • Video Release: June 22, 2014
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Larry Richman

Larry Richman

For 20 years I was a professional in the entertainment industry, from commercial broadcast radio in America's fourth largest market to band management to record production. But my passion is independent film, and I spend much of the year traveling to film festivals to see indies and meet the actors, directors, and others responsible for creating them. I'm a writer, photographer, and videographer, currently serving as Senior Vice President for Media & Technology and Public Relations at PROnetworks as well as Editor at

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