The Greenwich International Film Festival set to run June 9 to 12, will screen Rob Burnett’s THE FUNDAMENTALS OF CARING, Sophie Goodhart’s MY BLIND BROTHER and Kim Snyder’s NEWTOWN as part of its Centerpiece program.
“We are proud to be featuring these three wonderful films in the centerpiece section of our second edition,” said Colleen deVeer, Founder and Director of Programming for GIFF. “We feel these stories will inspire our audience, while also highlighting social impact themes, an important part of our festival’s mission.”
THE FUNDAMENTALS OF CARING tells the story of an unlikely pair who, through their struggles, come to understand the importance of hope and the necessity of true friendship. The film will screen on Saturday, June 11th at The Greenwich High School Performing Arts Center and will be followed by a Q&A with Director Rob Burnett and star Craig Roberts, moderated by actor/comedian Tom Cavanagh (Ed, Scrubs). “I’m thrilled to be a part of the Greenwich Film Festival,” said Burnett. “Greenwich has been my home for 15 years and it’s special to be able to show the film surrounded by friends and family.”
Stars Nick Kroll and Charlie Hewson will be joined by Screenwriter and Director Sophie Goodhart on Saturday, June 11th for a screening of their film MY BLIND BROTHER at Bow Tie Cinemas and will be followed by a post screening Q&A. In the film, love for the same woman creates a rift between an over-achieving blind athlete and his resentful brother. “I couldn’t be more excited to be included in this year’s Greenwich International Film Festival! It’s thrilling to be part of this new festival’s journey,” said Goodhart.
As part of GIFF’s commitment to community engagement, the festival will be screening NEWTOWN, a documentary about the victims and families of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. NEWTOWN will screen on Saturday, June 11th at Bow Tie Cinemas. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Director Kim Snyder, Producer Maria Cuomo Cole, and several of the family members profiled in the film along with first responders, doctors, educators, and community heroes. “NEWTOWN is a portrait of community resilience and hope in the aftermath of heartbreaking tragedy. We thank the families and survivors in our film for their courage, grace and trust in sharing their most personal stories, and we thank the Greenwich International Film Festival for allowing us to share these stories with the local community.”