The highly anticipated film, La La LAND is to be the 2016 Centerpiece selection for this year’s Middleburg Film Festival.  Starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, La La Land will screen on Saturday, October 22 with Oscar-nominated director Damien Chazelle (WHIPLASH) in attendance. The Festival runs October 20-23, 2016 in historic Middleburg, VA, located one hour from the nation’s capital.

“Filmgoers are in for a very special treat,” said MFF Executive Director Susan Koch. “Damien Chazelle’s LA LA LAND is a charming, original, and innovative take on the golden age of Hollywood musicals, filled with memorable song and dance – and featuring the talented and perfectly-paired Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone. We’re delighted to present this as our Centerpiece film.” LA LA LAND will be released by Lionsgate’s Summit Entertainment on December 2.

 Middleburg Film Festival also announced a Keynote Conversation with Cheryl Boone Isaacs, President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

“We are honored to have Cheryl Boone Isaacs join us at this year’s festival,” said Middleburg Film Festival Founder and Board Chair Sheila C. Johnson. “We are inspired by Cheryl’s’ work and applaud her commitment to changing the numbers for women and people of color working in the film industry, both in front of and behind the camera. Last year’s festival featured films from seven women directors, and our 2016 program will again showcase and celebrate the talents of a diverse group of filmmakers.”

Boone Isaacs will discuss her role at the Academy and how the Academy supports a wide range of initiatives to promote the art and science of the movies, including public programming, global outreach, educational outreach and the upcoming Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, which is under construction in Los Angeles.

 The Coca-Cola Company returns as the Middleburg Film Festival’s Presenting Sponsor.

For more information, visit middleburgfilm.org. The full film slate and schedule will be announced the end of September.