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Gasparilla Added To Global Lens Series
(released 12/20/2007)
By greenroomwire

The Gasparilla Film Festival and its parent organization the Tampa Film Institute are proud to announce an exclusive partnership with the Global Film Initiative to represent their Global Lens 2008 Series in the Greater Tampa Bay area.

The GFI promotes cross-cultural understanding and diversity by presenting developing world feature films in major US cities, through their series entitled "Global Lens."

Films from Argentina, China, Croatia, India, Indonesia, Iran, Lebanon, Philippines and South Africa that will headline the Global Lens 2008 film series include:

  • All For Free (SVE DZABA), Croatia
  • The Bet Collector (KUBRADOR), Philippines
  • Bunny Chow, South Africa
  • The Custodian (EL CUSTODIO), Argentina
  • The Fish Fall in Love, Iran
  • Kept & Dreamless (LAS MANTENIDAS SIN SUEÑOS), Argentina
  • The Kite (LE CERF-VOLANT), Lebanon
  • Let The Wind Bloe (HAVA ANEY DEY), India
  • Luxury Car (JIANG CHENG XIA RI), China
  • Opera Jawa, Indonesia
"We are very excited about our new partnership with the Global Film Initiative," says Executive Director of the Gasparilla Film Festival John Rosser in a release. "The 'Global Lens' series strengthens our yearly programming schedule and will not only provide extraordinary value for our current members, but will also allow us to feature these exclusive, 'best of breed' international films to the Greater Tampa Bay community during 2008."

Rosser adds that he will work closely with local educational and government organizations to provide screening opportunities to the general public throughout 2008. Film schedules and venues will be announced in March 2008, following the conclusion of the Gasparilla Film Festival, which runs from Wednesday, February 27th - Sunday, March 2, 2008.

At the conclusion of each Global Lens tour, the films are archived for preservation purposes and become part of the permanent collection of The Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Past and present partners of the Global Lens Series include:

The Museum of Modern Art in New York
The American Film Institute
The Chicago International Film Festival
Gene Siskel Film Center
Miami International Film Festival
Boston Museum of Fine Arts
San Francisco Art Institute
Sarasota Film Society
The Seattle International Film Festival

Any local educational, cultural or government organization wishing to work with Mr. Rosser should contact him directly at (813) 514-9962.

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