Miami International Film Festival, Produced & Presented by Miami Dade College, Launches its 30th Anniversary Celebrations with the Opening Night Film, Twenty Feet From Stardom, and the Ultimat Opening Night After Party

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February 25, 2013

Miami International Film Festival, Produced & Presented by Miami Dade College, Launches its 30th Anniversary Celebrations with the Opening Night Film, Twenty Feet From Stardom, and the Ultimat Opening Night After Party

WHO & WHAT:     

Miami International Film Festival (MIFF), produced and presented by Miami Dade College, kicks off its Festival week with the opening night screening of the film Twenty Feet from Stardom. One of the film’s leading and legendary stars, Darlene Love, will be at the Olympia Theater at the Gusman Center for the Performing Arts for a special performance. After the screening, the celebrations will continue at the Ultimat Opening Night Party in The Historic Alfred I. Dupont Building.

Twenty Feet from Stardom, directed by Morgan Neville, is a documentary that shines a light on the black back-up singers who lend their strong voices to the songs that have become some of our favorites. Neville interviews music legends such as Bruce SpringsteenMick Jagger, and Stevie Wonder, whose music has been transformed by the help of the back-up singers. However, the real stars of the film are singers like Darlene LoveMerry Clayton, and Lisa Fischer. These women tell their stories behind their careers, their anonymity, and their experience being twenty feet from stardom.

MIFF’s Ultimat Opening Night Party will directly follow the screening. MIFF patrons will witness the transformation of the historic Alfred I. Dupont building with state-of-the-art adornments and savory food stations brought to you by the finest local restaurants including Tuyo Restaurant, 5 Napkin Burger, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, La Taberna Giralda, Morton’s The Steakhouse, The Oceanaire Seafood Room, Piola, Season’s 52 Fresh Grill & Wine Bar, and Truluck’s Seafood, Steak & Crab House. Drinks such as Jolivet Sancerre wine, provided by Frederick Wildman, and an Ultimat Bar, provided by Patrón, will flow throughout the evening. Attendees can dance to music provided by MTV’s DJ Mauricio through the night in anticipation of the remaining Festival dates.


Twenty Feet From Stardom screening
Friday, March 1, 2013
7:00 PM

Ultimat Opening Night Party
Friday, March 1, 2013
9:30 PM



Twenty Feet From Stardom Screening
Olympia Theater at the Gusman Center for the Performing Arts
174 East Flagler St.
Miami, FL 33131

Ultimat Opening Night Party
The Historic Alfred I. Dupont Building
169 East Flagler St.
Miami, FL 33131



Tickets to the Twenty Feet from Stardom screening and Opening Night Party are $125. To purchase tickets, visit

RSVP Is Mandatory for the Red Carpet before the screening of Twenty Feet from Stardom.

Your coverage is invited.
Photo and interview opportunities available upon request.



Miami International Film Festival (MIFF), celebrating its 30th anniversary March 1 – 10, 2013, is considered the preeminent film festival for showcasing Ibero-American cinema in the U.S., and a major launch pad for all international and documentary cinema. The annual Festival, produced and presented by Miami Dade College, attracts more than 70,000 audience members and more than 400 filmmakers, producers, talent and industry professionals. It is the only major festival housed within a college or university. In the last five years, the Festival has screened films from more than 60 countries, including 300 World, International, North American, U.S. and East Coast Premieres. MIFF’s special focus on Ibero-American cinema has made the Festival a natural gateway for the discovery of new talent from this diverse territory.  The Festival also offers unparalleled educational opportunities to film students and the community at large. Major sponsors of the 2013 Festival include Knight Foundation, Lexus and Miami-Dade County. For more, visit or call 305-237-MIFF (3456).

Miami Dade College has a long and rich history of involvement in the cultural arts, providing South Florida with a vast array of artistic and literary offerings including the Miami Book Fair International, the Center @ MDC, the Miami International Film Festival, the MDC Live Arts Performing Arts Series, the Cuban Cinema Series, the Miami Leadership Roundtable speakers’ series, numerous renowned campus art galleries and theaters, and the nationally recognized School of Entertainment and Design Technology. With an enrollment of more than 174,000 students, MDC is the largest institution of higher education in the country and is a national model for many of its programs. The college’s eight campuses and outreach centers offer more than 300 distinct degree programs including baccalaureate, associate in arts and science degrees and numerous career training certificates leading to in-demand jobs. MDC has served nearly 2,000,000 students since it opened its doors in 1960.

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MIFF Contacts:
Jessica Wade Pfeffer, Jessica Wade Inc., +1 305-804-8424,

Janice Roland, Falco Ink,  +1 212-445-7100,
Shannon Treusch, Falco Ink, +1 212-445-7100,

MDC Contacts:

Juan Mendieta, +1 305-237-7611,

Sue Arrowsmith +1 305-237-3710,

Alejandro Rios  +1 305-237-7482,