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Miami Film Festival Looks Strong at 36
By Kimberly Burke
Miami Film Festival March 1-10, 2019 will open with the documentary THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING in a Florida Premiere. The film engaged members of working Hollywood to get to the root of the causes and consequences of ingrained discrimination in the industry women are experiencing. Interviews include Geena David, Meryl Streep, Sandra Oh, Rosario Dawson, Taraji P. Henson, Cate Blancett, and new talent Chloe Grace Moretz and Tara Shahidi.
"The cultural reckoning of our current times has irrevocably and positively changed sensibilities surrounding inclusiveness and diversity," said Festival director Jaie Laplante. "Director Tom Donahue's This Changes Everything, created by CreativeChaos vmg and New Plot Films, is a vital and inspirational showcase of values that reverberate throughout the program of our 36th edition."
The film will screen March 1st, Friday evening at Olympia Theater at 7:00p.m. The documentary was created in association with Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, Regina Scully's Artemis Rising Foundation, David Yurman and Left Entertainment.
The 2019 premiere of the film took place at the Toronto International Film Festival and was first runner up for the People's Choice Documentary Award.
Miami Dade College has been the anchor of the festival now in its 36th year.
"I look forward to another dynamic and impactful Miami Film Festival covering such timely topics. We are so pleased and honored to deliver to Greater Miami this high-caliber event that elevates the standing of our community on the global stage. Film is such a thought-provoking and educational medium," added MDC's President, Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón. "I commend Jaie and his team for such a powerful lineup."
The line up has been announced and highlights include:
Patricia Clarkson will receive the Precious Gem Award on March 4th at the historic tower theater Miami. Clarkson who has nominations for Oscars and Tonys and has won Emmy awards, just won a Golden Globe for HBO limited series Sharp Objects. Clarkson has worked with Tom McCarthy, Todd Haynes, and Isabel Coixet as well as mainstream directors Scorcese, dePalma, and Eastwood.
The Knight Heroes, a new program, supported by the John and James L. Knight Foundation will focus on merging South Florida moving image content creators. The inaugural program will include a two hour panel at the Olympia Theater with feature Knight Heroes, Miami born Oscar winning filmmaker Barry Jenkins (Moonlight, If Beale Street Could Talk), Aaron Stewart-Ahn (Mandy), and Boots Riley (Sorry to Bother You).
The Marquee Series will feature a film screening and on stage conversations with film person of the moment. The scheduled makers are:
Miami native Timothy Greenfield-Sanders documentary Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am
Jayro Bustamante and feature film Tremors
Stanley Nelson documentary Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool
Billy Corben will screen opening night of Knight Made in Mia, March 2nd at the Tower Theater. The double feature will include Screwball, Corben's expose of Major League Baseball and Magic City Hustle, his new feature about ex-Hurricane football players turning to Jai Alai.
This year will also include a day long symposium on the Chinese film trends and market. The day will include feature films from Chinese filmmakers.
March 8th will be an after dark event at 11:59p.m. with a "40" anniversary screening of Ridley Scott's Alien taking place at O Cinema Miami.
A all day documentary workshop will be conducted by DOC NYC on Friday March 1. DOC NYC's Make our Documentary will give lessons from programmer Thom Powers so you can conceive, produce, raise funds, and distribute non-fiction short, feature or series in the current growing marketplace.
To read more about the opening night and party as well as the full lineup of films in this year’s Miami Film Festival, go to: miamifilmfestival.com