What's your favorite romantic comedy starring Carole Lombard? "Hands Across The Table," perhaps? "My Man Godfrey"? "Mr. & Mrs. Smith"? Whatever it is, in less than two weeks, you can help celebrate the cinematic genre Carole helped make famous.
It's the inaugural Rom Com Fest, set for downtown Los Angeles June 20-23. And among the films to be shown will be one where Lombard could've landed the female lead had schedule and studio conflicts not gotten in the way. Just as well, since Rosalind Russell gives the performance of her career co-starring with Cary Grant and perennial third-wheel Ralph Bellamy in 1940's rapid-fire newspaper comedy "His Girl Friday":
That and several rom-coms of more recent vintage ("Never Been Kissed," "How Stella Got Her Groove Back," "10 Things I Hate About You") are scheduled -- but so are premieres of several feature films and shorts, proof the genre still has appeal to fans of both genders. (While the festival takes a certain feminist perspective, one should never conflate rom-coms with the patronizing term "chick flicks.")
The host theater is the Downtown Independent at 251 South Main Street:
Among the other events are a June 22 table read of the winning screenplay in a competition. A total of 71 scripts were entered, including two of mine: "Stand Tall!" and "Fugitive Sweetheart."
No matter whose script is chosen, it promises to be fun.
Check out the schedule at https://www.romcomfest.com/schedule. Tickets for individual events and festival badges are now on sale; visit https://www.eventbrite.com/o/rom-com-fest-18709582682 to learn more and to purchase.