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 New Films About the Legendary Musicians Will Play as Florida Premieres at GEMS 2016,

Held Exclusively at MDC’s Tower Theater Miami

Miami, FL — Miami Dade College’s Miami International Film Festival, the only major film festival worldwide produced by a college or university, unveiled today a sneak peak of two of the spectacular films that will be playing at GEMS 2016, the annual four-day film event taking place October 13-16, 2016. As a precursor to the 34th annual Festival event in March 2017, Miami Film Festival’s GEMS is expected to delight film buffs and music enthusiasts alike with the Florida premieres of two of the most anticipated documentaries of the year, Jim Jarmusch’s Gimme Danger and Paul Dugdale’s The Rolling Stones Olé Olé Olé: A Trip Across Latin America.

“With the Stones’ recent historical free concert in Cuba and with Iggy Pop being a beloved resident of our city, both of these films are so eagerly awaited by Miami film and music fans that we could not contain ourselves any longer,“ states Jaie Laplante, the Festival’s executive director & director of programming. “Both of these revealing, intense visits with great musical icons are just a glimpse of the jewels that will be unveiled in next month’s full GEMS line-up announcement.”

Dugdale’s The Rolling Stones Olé Olé Olé: A Trip Across Latin America follows the rock giants on a road trip in early 2016 as they tour South America for the first time in over a decade. The film focuses especially on stops in Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro, both cities with significant history for the band, and then the history-making final stop in Havana, Cuba, on March 25th. The film will hold its world premiere at Toronto International Film Festival in September.

Jarmusch’s Gimmee Danger was a special selection at Cannes Film Festival, and relives Iggy Pop’s tumultuous early performances as a member of The Stooges, plus Pop’s famous tendencies to self-destruction (to keep things interesting) and multiple comebacks. Directed by another American icon, Jim Jarmusch, director of numerous classic indies including Stranger than Paradise (84), Dead Men (95), Broken Flowers (05) and Only Lovers Left Alive (13), the new documentary is candid, funny and poignant.   

Both films were programmed for GEMS 2016 by the Festival’s senior documentary programmer of many years, Thom Powers. MDC’s Tower Theater Miami will serve as the exclusive venue for the premieres. Individual screening ticket vouchers for both films are now on sale at  The full GEMS lineup will be announced on September 15th.

Details of the GEMS 2016 films announced today:

  1. Gimme Danger (USA/documentary), directed by Jim Jarmusch *Florida Premiere
    Jarmusch provides an in-depth look of never-before-seen footage of the iconic and legendary punk band from the 60’s and 70’s, The Stooges, known as one of the main influences of the punk movement.

Executive Producer: Serge Lobo, José Ibáñez, Jon Kilik
Producer: Carter Logan, Fernando Sulichin, Rob Wilson
Subjects: Iggy Pop, Ron Asheton, Scott Asheton, James Williamson, Steve Mackay, Mike Watt, Kathy Asheton, Danny Fields
Cinematographer: Tom Krueger

  1. The Rolling Stones Olé Olé Olé: A Trip Across Latin America (United Kingdom/ documentary), directed by Paul Dugdale *Florida Premiere  The rock ‘n’ roll road trip movie chronicles The Rolling Stones on their 2016 tour of Latin America, that includes their appearances in countries they had never performed in before such as Uruguay, Colombia and Peru, as well as the historical free concert event in Havana, Cuba; drawing 100,000 people and becoming the first major international rock band to perform in that country since the revolution.

Director: Paul Dugdale
Executive Producer: Julie Jakobek, Joyce Smith, Terry Shand, Geoff Kempin, Jane Rose
Producer: Sam Bridger
Cinematographer: Jonas Mortensen
Subjects: Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood, Charlie Watts

Tickets will go on sale to Miami Film Society members exclusively on Friday, September 16, 2016 and to the general public on Thursday, September 22, 2016. Tickets: 1-844-565-6433(MIFF) or Opening Night Film + Cocktail Reception $50 for general // $40 for Miami Film Society members. GEMS Night Gala Party $85 for general // $50 for Miami Film Society members. All other screenings $13 adults, $12 seniors, $10 members, $10 students, Masterclass Seminars $9 (MDC students FREE with student ID). Group rates are available. For membership opportunities or more information, please visit or call 305-237-FILM (3456). Miami International Film Festival is the only major film festival event housed within a college or university. Guests of the GEMS Festival are hosted exclusively at Mandarin Oriental Brickell in Miami.

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About Miami Dade College’s Miami Film Festival

Celebrating its 34th anniversary March 3 – 12, 2017, Miami Dade College’s Miami Film Festival 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 60,000 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. The Festival’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. Additionally, every October, the Festival hosts a mid-season festival titled GEMS, showcasing the season’s finest new cinematic works. Major sponsors of the 2017 Festival include Knight Foundation, Lexus and Miami-Dade County. For more information, visit or call 305-237-FILM (3456).

About Culture at Miami Dade College
The Cultural Affairs Department of Miami Dade College (MDC) is composed of the Miami Book Fair, Miami Film Festival, Tower Theater Miami, Koubek Center, Freedom Tower, MDC Live Arts and MDC Galleries and Museum of Art + Design. MDC is committed to providing its community with the opportunity to come in contact with innovative thinkers, creators and tradition bearers from around the world. With each presentation, MDC offers a bridge between cultures and ideas, creating new opportunities for the increasingly diverse population of Miami to come together through shared live arts experiences. For more information, visit


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