TAMPA, Fla. – Feb. 25, 2014 – The Gasparilla International Film Festival (GIFF) announces its list of scheduled films for the eighth annual event held March 19-23, 2014.
This year GIFF received a record-number of submissions, totaling more than 500+ films from across the world. The GIFF Programming Team narrowed its selections down to 100 films which will be screened at the Tampa Theatre, Cinébistro at Hyde Park and Muvico Centro Ybor 20, Tampa Art Museum and Firehouse Cultural Center during the Festival.
“Since last year’s amazing World Premiere of Dito Montiel’s, Empire State, GIFF has become a festival where filmmakers want to premiere, feature and launch their work,” says Joe Restaino, GIFF Program Director and Past President (2012-2013). “We’ll have 35 feature films screening this year, and out of those 35 we have: 11 World premieres, two U.S. premieres, 15 Florida premieres and six Tampa premieres.”
Below is a list of some of the films that will be featured at the GIFF 2014 event:
Opening Night Film
There’s Always Woodstock: When neurotic, struggling songwriter, Catherine Brown’s life in New York City falls apart, she is forced to confront her past when she spends the summer at her childhood home in Woodstock, New York, learning that becoming successful means becoming your true self first.
World premiere, opening night film directed by Rita Merson and featuring: Brittany Snow, Katey Sagal, Ryan Guzman, Allison Miller, Jason Ritter, Rumer Willis and James Wolk. Artist, Aaron Embry will perform songs from the film live at Tampa Theatre on opening night, March 19.
The Boys of Abu Ghraib: An American soldier deployed at Abu Ghraib finds himself behind the walls of the infamous Hard Site, where he develops a secret friendship with an Iraqi detainee.
World premiere film directed by Luke Moran and starring: Luke Moran, Sean Astin, Sara Paxton and Michael Welch.
Enemy: Adam Bell is a glum, disheveled history professor, who seems disinterested even in sex with his beautiful girlfriend, Mary. Watching a movie on the recommendation of a colleague, Adam spots his double, an actor named Anthony Clair, in a bit role, and decides to track him down — an adventure he quite relishes. The identical men meet, and their lives become bizarrely and irrevocably intertwined.
Florida premiere film directed by Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners) and featuring Jake Gyllenhaal and Melanie Laurent.
Obvious Child: An honest comedy about what happens when Brooklyn comedian Donna Stern gets dumped, fired and pregnant just in time for the worst/best Valentine’s Day of her life.
Florida premiere directed by Gillian Robespierre and starring: Jenny Slate, Gaby Hoffmann, David Cross and Richard Kind. World premiered at Sundance 2014.
Hank and Asha: An Indian student in Prague and a lonely New Yorker correspond online through video letters.
Directed by James E. Huff and starring Mahira Kakkar and Andrew Pastides, this Tampa premiere was the Audience Award recipient at Slamdance 2013.
Narrative Competition Films
House of Last Things: A mind-bending thriller set in Portland, Oregon about an unspoken tragedy and its effects on a house, its temporary caretakers and the owners, a classical music critic and his wife on a recuperative trip to Italy.
U.S. premiere directed by Michael Bartlett and starring Lindsey Haun, Blake Berris, and RJ Mitte.
The Red Robin: A family reunion goes awry when the oldest son makes the accusation that his dying father, a famed psychiatrist who also did work for the CIA, adopted his children for the purposes of psychological experimentation.
Directed by Michael Z. Wechsler and featuring: Judd Hirsch, Ryan O’Nan, C.S. Lee, Jaime Ray Newman and Caroline Lagerfelt. A Florida premiere film.
Copenhagen: When the girl of your dreams is half your age, it’s time to grow up.
Directed by Mark Raso and starring: Gethin Anthony, Frederikke Dahl Hansen and Olivia Grant, this Florida premiere film was the Slamdance 2014 Audience Award Winner.
In Lieu of Flowers: Most love stories are about losing love or finding it. This is a story about what happens in between.
Florida premiere film directed by William Savage and cast includes: Josh Pence, Spencer Grammer, Nate Corddry, and Melissa Rauch.
Winter in the Blood: True to the tough, lyrical, magical spirit of James Welch’s classic novel of Native American life, this hauntingly beautiful movie follows a young Blackfoot Indian’s alcohol-fueled search for his wife, his rifle, his identity—and salvation.
Directed by Alex Smith and Andrew J. Smith, and featuring: Chaske Spencer, David Morse, Gary Farmer and Julia Jones.
Teddy Bears: Dark comedy about three couples who head to the desert to help their friend heal after the death of his mother. They would do anything for him – except for the one thing he wants.
Florida premiere directed by Thomas Beatty and Rebecca Fishman, and cast includes: Gillian Jacobs, Zachary Knighton, David Krumholtz, Melanie Lynskey, Ahna O’Reilly, Jason Ritter, and Ned Beatty.
Odd Brodsky: Audrey Brodsky is a lovable loser who hates her job. After 11 years, she finally quits the office to pursue her childhood dream of becoming an actress. There’s just one problem – she’s not very good at it.
Directed by Cindy Baer and starring Tegan Ashton Cohan and Matthew Kevin Anderson, this is a Florida premiere film.
Closing Night Film
Chu and Blossom: A coming-of-age comedy that centers on an unlikely brotherhood between a pensive, awkwardly tall Korean foreign exchange student and a militant performance artist, both trapped together in a small town.
This Florida premiere movie was filmed throughout the Tampa Bay region, including: Tampa, Lakeland, Plant City, Ocala and Pinellas County, over 18 days in summer of 2012. Directed by Gavin Kelly and Charles Chu, the World premiere of this film was at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival earlier this year. Features: Charles Chu, Ryan O’Nan (GIFF 2012 Rising Star Award recipient), Annie Potts, Caitlin Stasey, Alan Cumming, Melanie Lynskey, Richard Kind and Mercedes Ruehl.
In addition to the above films, GIFF 2014 will include competition films in the following categories: Narrative, World Showcase, Documentary Feature, Focus on Florida and New Visions Competition, sponsored by Indie Pix Distributors.
There will also be Cuisine Short Films at the Tampa Museum of Art, which celebrates the culinary delights of cinema, a Women Filmmakers panel, and a selection of Cuban documentaries and feature films that explore the vibrant film culture and beautiful landscape of Cuba.
The 2014 annual event will be celebrated with a “magic 8-ball” theme that will be weaved throughout the festival events and promotions, including the VIP opening night and popular closing night parties.
“If our amazing film line-up is any indication, this will be a breakout year for GIFF!” says Elizabeth Fendrick, GIFF President. “We’re bringing the magic of film to an ever-widening and receptive audience. The magic 8-ball says, ‘stay tuned!’”
For more information about the Gasparilla International Film Festival or to view the full list of featured films, visit: GasparillaFilmFestival.com. To set-up interviews with the GIFF team or assistance with talent interviews, please contact Nancy Vaughn of White Book Agency at firstname.lastname@example.org or 813.994.9807.
ABOUT THE GASPARILLA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
First launched in the summer of 2006, the Gasparilla International Film Festival (GIFF) has grown into an entertaining and educational year-round entity in Tampa Bay. Well-known for its annual film festival, GIFF is operated by the 501(c)(3) non-profit Tampa Film Institute and continually upholds its mission to provide year-long support for film screening, production, and education throughout Tampa Bay and the region. For more information on GIFF including sponsor and volunteer opportunities, visit www.gasparillafilmfestival.com.