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Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Miami, FL — Organizers of Miami Dade College’s Miami Film Festival unveiled the full line-up of their acclaimed Miami GEMS Festival today, and among the many highlights will be the Miami premiere of Sean Baker’s The Florida Project and the US premiere of Antonio Méndez Esparza’s Florida film Life and Nothing More.
Miami GEMS 2017 Festival, now in its third year, will take place Oct. 12 – 15, at MDC’s Tower Theater Miami. Miami GEMS 2017 Festival is a fall extension of the annual, internationally-renowned Miami Film Festival that celebrates its 35th edition, March 9 – 18, 2018.
Luca Guadagnino’s Call Me By Your Name, easily one of 2017’s most critically lauded and Oscar-buzzed titles, is the Opening Night Film of Miami GEMS 2017 and its Florida premiere on Thursday, Oct. 12, will be followed by A TASTE OF ALTA ITALIA Opening Night Party held to celebrate October’s annual nationwide Italian Heritage Month. Another major highlight among the best offerings of world cinema of the moment includes Ruben Östlund’s The Square, winner of the prestigious Palme d’Or at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, from a jury presided over by Pedro Almodóvar.
A special presentation of Miami GEMS 2017 Festival will be a seminar conversation entitled Don’t Take Yes For An Answer, featuring Miami-Haitian filmmakers Edson Jean and Joshua Jean-Baptiste speaking about their recently-wrapped, eight-episode web series “Vakabon”, 100% filmed in Miami and due for release in 2018. The $2.5 million series was born out of a winning pitch that the Miami duo made to the Project Greenlight Digital Studio’s first “Get The Greenlight Digital Series” contest in early 2016.
For the first time, Miami Film Festival will introduce a Virtual Reality (VR) sidebar throughout the Miami GEMS 2017 weekend, VR Escape, in partnership with MDC’s Miami Animation & Gaming International Complex (MAGIC). Festivalgoers will experience four 360° videos by Angel Manuel Soto, an L.A. based Puerto Rican artist and filmmaker and Miami Film Festival alumni (Soto’s feature The Farm (La granja) played in competition at the Festival’s 2015 edition).
Miami GEMS 2017’s Miami premiere of The Florida Project will take place as a Festival preview on Oct. 5, at Tower Theater Miami, with filmmaker Sean Baker (Tangerine), among others from the production, presenting the film in person. The Florida Project is distributed by A24 Films, the company that shepherded the Miami-based Moonlight to Oscar glory,
These films, events and parties will continue to grow Miami’s film culture and trust in the Festival for bringing the best of world cinema to South Florida throughout the year. The full Miami GEMS 2017 Festival slate includes: