Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer,
Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer

Richard Gere’s new film, Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer, directed by 2-time Oscar-nominated Israeli filmmaker Joseph Cedar will open the 34th Miami Film Festival on March 3.   The Festival will close on March 12, with an Awards Night Gala screening of the International premiere of For Your Own Good from Spain, starring José Coronado, Javier Cámara and Roberto Alamo.

In addition to the Opening and Awards Night Galas and An Evening With Rossy de Palma, the Festival’s CINEDWNTWN Red Carpet Galas, will include a screening of the North American premiere of I’m Gilda (Gilda, no me arrepiento de este amor) from Argentina, based on the tragic life story of that country’s most famous cumbia singer, starring Natalia Oreiro and directed by Lorena Muñoz.

In all, the Festival will present 131 feature narratives, feature documentaries, and short films from 40 countries, including 22 world and international premieres. Thirty-six of the films are directed or co-directed by women filmmakers.

Notable world premieres include the Emilio Estefan produced A Change of Heart, filmed in Miami and starring Gloria Estefan, Aimee Teegarden, Virginia Madsen, Jim Belushi and William Levy, directed by High School Musical’s Kenny Ortega. Cannes Film Festival alumnus, Uruguayan-Argentine director Adrián Caetano, who competed in Cannes in 2006 with Chronicle of an Escape, will debut his new film The Lost Brother (El otro hermano), starring Leonardo Sbaraglia and Daniel Hendler. These films join the previously announced world premiere of Miami-born Blake Jenner’s feature film screenwriting debut Billy Boy, in which he stars with “Supergirl”‘s Melissa Benoist.

Two revered directors will receive spotlight MARQUEE EVENINGS. Romanian-French director Radu Mihaileanu, winner of Miami Film Festival’s Audience Award in 1999 for Train of Life, will present the North American premiere of The History of Love, a sweeping adaptation of the bestselling novel by Nicole Krauss about Polish-Jewish sweethearts separated during WW2, starring Derek Jacobi, Elliott Gould, and Gemma Arterton. Danish filmmaker Lone Scherfig, whose outstanding credits include Oscar-nominated An Education, Italian for Beginners, One Day and The Riot Club, will present her touching and hilarious new United Kingdom production, Their Finest, also starring Arterton, in addition to Jeremy Irons, Richard E. Grant and Jack Huston.

As always, Miamians will play a dominant role in the Festival program. Oscar winning director David Frankel and first-time director Xavier Manrique— both long-time Miami residents — will talk about the process of developing, producing and directing a debut feature film in the panel discussion Learn From The Best: An Oscar-Winning Mentor. Alfred Spellman and Billy Corben of Rakontur will preview clips from their upcoming works, A Sunny Place for Shady People and the new “Cocaine Cowboys” mini-series, in an extended discussion with Festival programmer Thom Powers billed as Straight Out Of Miami.

Documentarians Dennis Scholl and Marlon Johnson will world premiere Symphony in D, about MIT composer Tod Machover’s commission to create a new symphony in Detroit. Machover is now actively involved in Project 305, the New World Symphony’s upcoming musical collaboration with MIT.

Miami natives Yara Travieso and Jonathan David Kane will present the Florida premiere of their “live film” project, La Medea, an interactive project filmed just last weekend in New York City. Ultra Music Festival’s headliner Dubfire will attend a world premiere documentary about his own meteoric rise in the EDM world in Dubfire: Above Ground Level, and Miami born and raised documentarian David Borenstein presents the North American premiere of Dream Empire, based on his personal experience of being a “white monkey” in the center of the Chongqing, China real estate boom.

Cuba and the Caribbean are also prominently featured in the Festival’s program. Austin Peters’ Give Me Future: Major Lazer in Cuba which explores electronic dancehall superband Major Lazer’s groundbreaking 2015 Havana concert, will unspool in Miami Knight Documentary Achievement Award Competition. Veteran director Fernando Perez’s latest work, Last Days in Havana (Últimos días en la Habana), will receive its North American premiere in the Festival’s signature Knight Competition, as will Carlos Lechuga’s Santa & Andres (Santa y Andrés), which has yet to be screened in Cuba due to controversy. The Bahamas will send a world premiere to Miami: Kareem Mortimer’s Cargo. Haitian stories figure prominently in Serenade for Haiti by director Owsley Brown; Claudia Sainte-Luce’s The Empty Box, starring Jimmy Jean-Louis (one of three films the Haitian star has in this year’s Festival); Miami filmmaker Dudley Alexis will appear with a special presentation of his documentary Liberty in a Soup, about the Haitian New Year’s tradition of the “Soup Joumou”, a symbol of freedom for the Haitian people; and a Special Presentation of Participant Media’s Death by a Thousand Cuts, a co-production with Dominican Republic.

In recognition of Canada’s 150th Anniversary of Confederation in 2017, the Festival will highlight Canada’s internationally influential film culture. Among the films to be screened are the world premiere of Quebecois filmmaker Denis Langlois’ A Paradise Too Far and Cannes-winning, Oscar-shortlisted Xavier Dolan’s It’s Only The End of the World (Juste La Fin Du Monde).

KNIGHT COMPETITION

The KNIGHT COMPETITION, PRESENTED BY THE JOHN S. & JAMES L. KNIGHT FOUNDATION, will feature a mesmerizing variety of powerful works from around the world, directed by filmmakers who have directed at least one Official Selection (feature) in a prior edition of the Festival. Films are eligible for Achievement awards totaling $40,000 in cash. By premiere status, the 20 films selected for this Competition are:

WORLD PREMIERES

▪ CARGO (The Bahamas, directed by Kareem Mortimer). Mortimer previously participated in the 2010 Festival with Children of God.
▪ EL PAMPERO (Argentina/Uruguay/France, directed by Matías Lucchesi). Lucchesi previously participated in the 2014 Festival with Natural Sciences.
▪ THE LOST BROTHER (Argentina/Uruguay/Spain/France, directed by Adrián Caetano). Caetano previously participated in the 2003 Festival with A Red Bear and the 2007 Festival with Chronicle of an Escape.

INTERNATIONAL PREMIERES

▪ THE CANDIDATE (Argentina/Uruguay, directed by Daniel Hendler). Hendler previously participated in the 2011 Festival with Norberto’s Deadline.

NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERES

▪ THE BAR (Spain, directed by Álex de la Iglesia). De la Iglesia previously participated in the 2005 Festival with Ferpect Crime, the 2011 Festival with The Last Circus, 2014 Festival with Witching & Bitching, and the 2016 Festival with that year’s opening night selection, My Big Night.
▪ DON’T BLAME IT ON YOUR KARMA! (Spain, directed by Maria Ripoll). Ripoll previously participated in the 1999 Festival with Twice Upon a Yesterday.
▪ THE HISTORY OF LOVE (France/Romania/Canada, directed by Radu Mihaileanu). Mihaileanu previously participated in the 1994 Festival with Betrayal and the 1999 Festival with Train of Life, which won that year’s Audience Award.
▪ LAST DAYS IN HAVANA (Cuba/Spain, directed by Fernando Pérez). Perez previously participated in the 2000 Festival with Life is to Whistle, the 2004 Festival with Havana Suite, the 2008 Festival with Madrigal, and the 2011 Festival with Marti, The Eye of the Canary.
▪ MAY GOD SAVE US (Spain, directed by Rodrigo Sorogoyen). Sorogoyen previously participated in the 2014 Festival with Stockholm.
▪ THE NIGHT MY MOTHER KILLED MY FATHER (Spain, directed by Inés Paris). Paris previously participated in the 2008 Festival with Miguel & William.
▪ SMOKE & MIRRORS (Spain, directed by Alberto Rodriguez). Rodriguez previously participated in the 2006 Festival with 7 Virgins and the 2015 Festival with Marshland.
▪ SUCH IS LIFE IN THE TROPICS (Ecuador/Germany, directed by Sebastián Cordero). Cordero previously participated in the 2005 Festival with Cronicas and the 2012 Festival with Pescador.
▪ TESOROS (Mexico, directed by María Novaro). Novaro previously participated in the 1992 Festival with Danzon.
▪ THAT THING CALLED LOVE (Colombia, directed by Carlos César Arbeláez). Arbelaez previously participated in the 2011 Festival with The Colors of the Mountain.

U.S. PREMIERES

▪ THE EMPTY BOX (Mexico, directed by Claudia Sainte-Luce). Sainte-Luce previously participated in the 2014 Festival with The Amazing Catfish.

FLORIDA PREMIERES

▪ FAMILY LIFE (Chile, directed by Cristián Jimenez and Alicia Scherson). Jimenez previously participated in the 2010 Festival with Optical Illusions, the 2012 Festival with Bonsai (which won the Grand Prize in this category), and the 2015 Festival with Voice Over. Scherson previously participated in the 2006 Festival with Play and the 2013 Festival with The Future.
▪ IT’S ONLY THE END OF THE WORLD (Canada/France, directed by Xavier Dolan). Dolan previously participated in the 2013 Festival with Laurence Anyways.
▪ SANTA & ANDRES (Cuba/France/Colombia, directed by Carlos Lechuga). Lechuga previously participated in the 2013 Festival with Melaza. *THE UNKNOWN GIRL (Belgium/France, directed by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne). The Dardenne brothers previously participated in the 2006 Festival with The Child and the 2012 Festival with The Kid With A Bike.
▪ ZIP & ZAP AND THE CAPTAIN’S ISLAND (Spain, directed by Oskar Santos). Santos previously participated in the 2014 Festival with Zip & Zap And The Marble Gang.

KNIGHT DOCUMENTARY ACHIEVEMENT AWARD COMPETITION

In the KNIGHT DOCUMENTARY ACHIEVEMENT AWARD COMPETITION PRESENTED BY THE JOHN S. & JAMES L. KNIGHT FOUNDATION, candid, thought-provoking feature-length documentaries examining social issues, diverse cultures and influential people compete for an audience-voted $10,000 cash achievement award. By premiere status, the 25 films selected for this Competition are:

WORLD PREMIERES

▪ A CONCRETE CINEMA (Argentina, directed by Luz Ruciello)
▪ DUBFIRE: ABOVE GROUND LEVEL (USA, directed by Michael Koczynski and Mino Kodama)
▪ EMBARGO (USA, directed by Jeri Rice)
▪ SYMPHONY IN D (USA, directed by Dennis Scholl and Marlon Johnson)
▪ TAKE MY NOSE… PLEASE! (USA, directed by Joan Kron)
▪ VOICES BEYOND THE WALL: TWELVE LOVE POEMS FROM THE MURDER CAPITAL OF THE WORLD (Honduras, directed by Brad Coley)

INTERNATIONAL PREMIERES

▪ THE LAMBIRDS (USA, directed by Fini Maza)
▪ VEINTE AÑOS (Cuba/Brazil/Costa Rica, directed by Alice de Andrade)

NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERES

▪ THE CAT FROM HAVANA (Brazil, directed by Dacio Malta)
▪ DREAM EMPIRE (Denmark/China, directed by David Borenstein)
▪ LOVE AND SAUCERS (USA, directed by Brad Abrahams)
▪ SEX, MARACAS & CHIHUAHUAS (Spain, directed by Diego Mas Trelles)

US PREMIERES

▪ THE GROWN-UPS (Chile/Netherlands/France, directed by Maite Alberdi)

FLORIDA PREMIERES

▪ CITIZEN JANE: BATTLE FOR THE CITY (USA, directed by Matt Tyrnauer)
▪ ELLA BRENNAN: COMMANDING THE TABLE (USA, directed by Leslie Iwerks)
▪ GIVE ME FUTURE: MAJOR LAZER IN CUBA (Cuba/USA, directed by Austin Peters)
▪ LEAGUE OF EXOTIQUE DANCERS (Canada/UK/USA, directed by Rama Rau)
▪ MR. CHIBBS (USA, directed by Jill Campbell)
▪ NOBODY SPEAK: HULK HOGAN, GAWER AND TRIALS OF A FREE PRESS (USA, directed by Brian Knappenberger)
▪ RESTLESS CREATURE: WENDY WHELAN (USA, directed by Adam Schlesinger and Linda Saffire)
▪ SERENADE FOR HAITI (USA, directed by Owsley Brown)
▪ UNTOUCHABLE (USA, directed by David Feige)
▪ VEGAS BABY (USA, directed by Amanda Micheli)
▪ VISITOR’S DAY (USA, directed by Nicole Opper)
▪ WALK WITH ME: THE TRIALS OF DAMON J. KEITH (USA, directed by Jesse Nesser)

HBO Ibero-American Feature Film Competition

HBO is the new title sponsor of the Festival’s Ibero-American feature film competition category. The HBO COMPETITION is open to Ibero-American and US Hispanic narrative feature films in the Official Selection, competing for a jury-selected cash Achievement Award of $10,000, courtesy of HBO. By premiere status, the 35 films selected for this Competition are:

WORLD PREMIERES

▪ THE DEATH OF MARGA MAIER (Argentina, directed by Camila Toker).
▪ EL PAMPERO (Argentina/Uruguay/France, directed by Matías Lucchesi).
▪ LITTLE WHITE LIE (Chile, directed by Tomas Alzámora).
▪ THE LOST BROTHER (Argentina/Uruguay/Spain/France, directed by Adrian Caetano).

INTERNATIONAL PREMIERES

▪ THE CANDIDATE (Argentina/Uruguay, directed by Daniel Hendler).
▪ EL INCA (Venezuela, directed by Ignacio Castillo Cottin)
▪ FOR YOUR OWN GOOD (Spain, directed by Carlos Theron)
▪ ON THE ROOF (Cuba/Nicaragua, directed by Patricia Ramos Hernández)

NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERES

▪ THE BAR (Spain, directed by Álex de la Iglesia).
▪ THE BLIND CHRIST (Chile/France, directed by Christopher Murray)
▪ DON’T BLAME IT ON YOUR KARMA! (Spain, directed by Maria Ripoll).
▪ HERO STEPS (Colombia, directed by Henry Rincon)
▪ I’M GILDA (Argentina, directed by Lorena Muñoz)
▪ LA SOLEDAD (Venezuela, directed by Jorge Thielen Armand)
▪ LAST DAYS IN HAVANA (Cuba/Spain, directed by Fernando Pérez).
▪ MARIA (AND EVERYBODY ELSE) (Spain, directed by Nely Reguera)
▪ MAY GOD SAVE US (Spain, directed by Rodrigo Sorogoyen).
▪ THE NIGHT MY MOTHER KILLED MY FATHER (Spain, directed by Inés Paris).
▪ THE ONE-EYED KING (Spain, directed by Marc Crehuet)
▪ SMOKE & MIRRORS (Spain, directed by Alberto Rodriguez).
▪ SUCH IS LIFE IN THE TROPICS (Ecuador/Germany, directed by Sebastian Cordero).
▪ TESOROS (Mexico, directed by Maria Novaro).
▪ THAT THING CALLED LOVE (Colombia, directed by Carlos Cesar Arbelaez).

US PREMIERES

▪ THE EMPTY BOX (Mexico, directed by Claudia Sainte-Luce).
▪ THE MOTHER (France/Romania/Spain, directed by Alberto Morais)

FLORIDA PREMIERES

▪ THE DARKNESS (Mexico, directed by Daniel Castro Zimbrón)
▪ EL AMPARO (Venezuela/Colombia, directed by Rober Calzadilla)
▪ FAMILY LIFE (Chile, directed by Cristián Jimenez and Alicia Scherson).
▪ JEFFREY (Dominican Republic/France, directed by Yanillys Perez)
▪ JESUS (Chile/France/Colombia/Germany/Greece, directed by Fernando Guzzoni)
▪ MONDAY NIGHTS AT SEVEN (USA, directed by Marty Sader)
▪ SANTA & ANDRES (Cuba/France/Colombia, directed by Carlos Lechuga).
▪ WOODPECKERS (Dominican Republic, directed by José María Cabral)
▪ X500 (Canada/Colombia/Mexico, directed by Juan Andres Arango)
▪ ZIP & ZAP AND THE CAPTAIN’S ISLAND (Spain, directed by Oskar Santos).

New to this year’s 34th edition, The Related Group sponsored MIAMI FILM 2017, an initiative to reward developing talent in Latin America, awarding 3 cash prizes of $5,000 each to short filmmakers. The winning short films, which will be screened together at a special event during the Festival, are: “And the Whole Sky Fit in the Dead Cow’s Eye” (Chile, directed by Francisca Alegria), “Connection” (Cuba, directed by Zoe Garcia Miranda), and the US premiere of “The Inconvenience” (Argentina, directed by Adriana Yurcovich).

JORDAN RESSLER SCREENWRITER AWARD COMPETITION

A jury will award $10,000 cash in the JORDAN RESSLER SCREENWRITER AWARD COMPETITION. The 13 nominated films in this category previously announced on January 4, 2017, are:

WORLD PREMIERE

▪ BILLY BOY (USA, screenplay by Blake Jenner, directed by Bradley Buecker)
▪ LITTLE WHITE LIE (Chile, written and directed by Tomás Alzamora)

INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE

▪ ON THE ROOF (Cuba/Nicaragua, written and directed by Patricia Ramos)

NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE

▪ THE ONE-EYED KING (Spain, written and directed by Marc Crehuet)
▪ THE SUMMER IS GONE (China, written and directed by Dalei Zhang)
▪ LA SOLEDAD (Venezuela/Canada, written by Rodrigo Michelangeli and Jorge Thielen Armand, directed by Jorge Thielen Armand)

FLORIDA PREMIERE

▪ ARE WE NOT CATS (USA, written and directed by Xander Robin)
▪ CHRONICALLY METROPOLITAN (USA, screenplay by Nicholas Schutt, directed by Xavier Manrique)
▪ THE DANCER (France, screenplay by Stephanie Di Giusto and Sarah Thibau, directed by Stephanie Di Giusto)
▪ JEFFREY (Dominican Republic/France, written and directed by Yanillys Perez)
▪ NAMOUR (USA, written and directed by Heidi Saman)
▪ WITHOUT NAME (Ireland, screenplay by Garret Shanley, directed by Lorcan Finnegan)
▪ WULU (France/Mali/Senegal, written and directed by Daouda Coulibaly)

Shorts Competition

In the Festival’s Shorts Competition, the latest in films 30 minutes or less from around the globe, will compete for a jury-selected $2,500 cash prize. The competing films are:

▪ ALTERATIONS *World Premiere (USA, directed by Juan Carlos Zaldivar)
▪ AS TIME GOES BY (Mexico, directed by Eduardo Valenzuela)
▪ BASED ON A TRUE STORY *International Premiere (France, directed by Cédric Prévost)
▪ BIG *International Premiere (Colombia/Mexico, directed by Pedro García-Mejía)
▪ BUSINESS (Argentina, directed by Malena Vain)
▪ GREAT MUY BIEN (Cuba, directed by Sheyla Pool)
▪ HAVANA HOUSE *World Premiere (USA, directed by Gaspar Gonzalez)
▪ THE HEAD VANISHES (Canada/France, directed by Franck Dion)
▪ HOUSE FOR SALE (Cuba/Colombia, directed by Emanuel Giraldo Betancur)
▪ I AM HERE (Canada, directed by Eoin Duffy)
▪ LA FEMME ET LE TGV (Switzerland, directed by Timo von Guten) * 2017 ACADEMY
▪ AWARD NOMINEE FOR BEST LIVE-ACTION SHORT FILM
▪ A MAN RETURNED (UK/Lebanon/Denmark/Netherlands, directed by Mahdi Fleifel)
▪ SCENES FROM OUR YOUNG MARRIAGE (USA, directed by Ronald Baez)
▪ SPARK (USA/Venezuela/Mexico directed by Juan Martinez Vera)
▪ WAIT FOR ME, ITALIA (Algeria/France/Lebanon, directed by Hamid Saïdji and Jonathan Mason)
▪ WHIPPET *World Premiere (Mexico, directed by José María Espinosa de los Monteros and Ricardo Espinosa de los Monteros

Cinemaslam

Entering its sixth year, the Miami film schools competition Cinemaslam features the following films:

▪ AT YOUR SERVICE by Christine Vorsteg (Miami International University)
▪ BALLET BUS by Isaac Mead-Long (University of Miami)
▪ CASTING by Hansel Porras Garcia (Center of Cinematography, Arts and Television)
▪ DEER GOD by Tomorrow Mingtian (University of Miami)
▪ KURU by Jonathan Cuartas (Miami Dade College)
▪ OCD by Alexander Beregovoy (Miami Dade College)
▪ OSCURO by Yolanda Baez Oyola (Center of Cinematography, Arts and Television)
▪ PARADISE by Andrea Garcia Marquez (University of Miami)
▪ RED STRING by Minghao Shen (New York Film Academy Miami)

ZENO MOUNTAIN AWARD

Two new awards make their debut in 2017. The ZENO MOUNTAIN AWARD, named after the Vermont-based nonprofit Zeno Mountain Farm, will award $5,000 cash to the film in the Festival, in any Festival category, that best helps to break down barriers to our understanding of people living with disabilities. The film will be selected by a jury sponsored by Fringe Partners.

RENE RODRIGUEZ CRITICS AWARD

The RENE RODRIGUEZ CRITICS AWARD will be bestowed on the film in the Festival selected by all accredited critics covering this year’s edition. Named for Rene Rodriguez, the Miami Herald’s nationally influential film critic since 1995, the Award winner will be announced at the end of the Festival.

CINEMA 360

The Festival’s non-competitive CINEMA 360 category is a vibrant and dynamic selection of narrative works from an international selection. This year’s line-up includes:

WORLD PREMIERES

▪ A CHANGE OF HEART (USA, directed by Kenny Ortega)
▪ A PARADISE TOO FAR (Canada, directed by Denis Langlois)

NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERES

▪ THE BLOOM OF YESTERDAY (Germany/Austria, directed by Chris Kraus)
▪ THE DARK WIND (Iraq/Germany/Qatar, directed by Hussein Hassan)
▪ LIPSTICK UNDER MY BURKA (India, directed by Alankrita Shrivastava)
▪ WHAT’S LEFT OF MY LIFE (Germany, directed by Jens Wischnewski)

US PREMIERES

▪ REALIVE (Spain/France, directed by Mateo Gil)

FLORIDA PREMIERES

▪ AFTERIMAGE (Poland, directed by Andrzej Wajda)
▪ CARRIE PILBY (USA, directed by Susan Johnson)
▪ HANDSOME DEVIL (Ireland, directed by John Butler)
▪ HARMONIUM (Japan, directed by Kôji Fukada)
▪ HEAL THE LIVING (France/Belgium, directed by Katell Quillévéré)
▪ HEROES WANTED (Spain, directed by Joaquín Mazón)
▪ IN BED WITH VICTORIA (France, directed by Justine Triet)
▪ MALIGLUTIT (Canada, directed by Zacharias Kunuk)
▪ MOKA (France, directed by Frédéric Mermoud)
▪ NORMAN: THE MODERATE RISE AND TRAGIC FALL OF A NEW YORK FIXER (Israel/USA, directed by Joseph Cedar) *Opening Night Gala
▪ THEIR FINEST (UK, directed by Lone Scherfig) *Marquee Evening
▪ TOMMY’S HONOUR (UK, directed by Jason Connery)

SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS

Lee Brian Schrager, founder of South Beach Wine & Food Festival, will host a Big Easy Brunch at River Yacht Club on Saturday, March 10th, coupled with a post-brunch screening of Ella Brennan: Commanding The Table at MDC’s Tower Theater. A screening of the Argentina-Spain coproduction The Distinguished Citizen (El ciudadano ilustre), starring Oscar Martinez (Wild Tales, Inseparables) in the role that won him Best Actor at the 2016 Venice Film Festival, will also be showcased at the festival.

In addition to showing the late Polish master Andrezj Wajda’s final film, Afterimage, the Festival will partner with Miami Beach Cinematheque on a retrospective tribute to some of Wajda’s earlier films, including Ashes and Diamonds (1957), which will screen during the Festival. Additionally, Wajda’s A Generation (1955) will screen on March 2nd and Danton (1983) will screen on March 16th. The retrospective is supported by Miami’s The American Institute of Polish Culture.

A new partnership with American Black Film Festival (ABFF) will commence at the 34th edition with the screening of Nnegest Likke’s Everything But A Man, starring Monica Calhoun, Jimmy Jean-Louis and Dio Johnson.

Miami premieres of Francois Ozon’s French-German coproduction Frantz and Participant Media’s Dominican Republic-Haiti documentary Death By A Thousand Cuts are also confirmed.

An SB Nation production of “The Muck” will screen, a 40 minute documentary about West Palm Beach County’s Pahokee high school football program – which has produced a number of NFL professional players disproportion to both its population of 5,000 and its poverty-stricken environment. Jokes Yanes returns to the Festival with his new out-of-competition short “Toyed”, as does Pioneer Winter and Tabara Mudra with their short “Gimp Gait”. Making their Festival debuts out-of-competition are Miamians Brian Blum with “Blood and Water” and Michael Lowney with “Sunghosts”.

Notable short films being screened out-of-competition include “A Beautiful Day” (USA) by Oscar-nominated cinematographer Phedon Papamichael, starring James Brolin; and Jamaican filmmaker Michelle Serieux’s “Sugar”.

The Festival’s MIFFecito program featuring films that the whole family can enjoy will feature 4 new films: Dreamworks’ animated The Boss Baby (USA), featuring the vocal talents of Alec Baldwin, Tobey Maguire, Lisa Kudrow, Jimmy Kimmel and Steve Buscemi; as well as Hero Steps (Colombia), Tesoros (Mexico) and Zip & Zap And The Captain’s Island (Spain).

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