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WELCOME

CONTENTS

Photo by K&K Photography

THE FESTIVAL

FILM. FEST. REPEAT! On behalf of our Board of Directors, tireless staff and generous volunteers, it is my honor to welcome you to the 11th Annual Gasparilla International Film Festival! On the heels of our unforgettable 10th anniversary, GIFF has expanded our festival to a full 8 day love affair with film—rallying our community around the magic of film and the art of storytelling. Last year’s festival captured more than 15,000 attendees from approximately 1,000 cities around the world. We are so excited to embark on GIFF’s next chapter with you all! GIFF continues to be one of the fastest-growing film festivals in Florida and this year’s program vows to go even further. As President of GIFF, I am proud of the festival we have created for you all to experience and enjoy. There truly is something for everyone…from documentaries to features to an expanded offering of family-friendly programming, including our FREE Suncoast Credit Union Family Fun Day and a special curated program featuring the best of the New York International Children’s Film Festival.

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Sponsors

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Board Members

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How to Fest & Festival Map

Staff & Coordinators, Supporters, Screeners, Red Carpet VIP Members Welcome Letters from Film Tampa Bay, The City of Tampa and Hillsborough County Festival Overview Venue Info / Filmmaker Lounge Family Fun Day Industry Panels Jury Members Film Timetable

FEATURE FILMS

Best,

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Rachel Marks Feinman

SHORTS PROGRAMS

We believe in the power of film to entertain, educate and inspire. Don’t just sit back and watch; take advantage of the unique opportunity that GIFF provides by engaging in dialogue with the stars, filmmakers and industry experts behind the films you will see. As we like to say, if you sit through the credits on purpose, you get it! We invite you to celebrate with us and get ready to binge on eight days of independent film, industry panels and red carpet parties.

RACHEL MARKS FEINMAN, PRESIDENT GASPARILLA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

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Opening and Closing Night Spotlight Screenings Narrative Feature Competition Documentary Feature Competition Virtual Reality Showcase Cuba: Baseball’s Final Frontier / Danger Close Fun & Thrills International Narrative Competition Focus on Florida Competition

Get Inspired | Scare Your Face Off Love is in the Air | LMAO Films 101 | Save the Drama Spartan Shorts High School Film Competition

Dates and showtimes are subject to change. Please visit www.gasparillafilmfestival.com for the most current info.

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OUR THANKS THANK YOU TO OUR SUPPORTERS

STAFF Monica Varner Executive Director Ferdian Jap Director of Development

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER PASS HOLDERS Karen & John Marker

Leslie Hudock

Greg Firestone

Xuan Hurt

Marnie & Greg Bauer

Ron Shemesh

Ashley & David Germain

Christie Hill

Phara & Scott McLachlan

Hillary O’Brien

Ken Turkel

Florence & William Klaasen

Nancy Collet Senior Progammer Hilda Sommariba National PR & Media Al Frederick Latin Media Relations Michelle Canas Marketing Coordinator Anne Fox Guest Services/Film Traffic Coordinator Mitchell Ritter Theater Manager

A SHOUT OUT TO OUR SCREENERS!

Robert Galindo Events

Tyler Martinolich

Chelsea Cromar

James MacNeil

Dylan Meicher

Robert Stines

Robert Galindo

Greg Firestone

Doug Tschirhart

Steven Rybicki

Nicholas Popp

Casey Hempel

Andrew Hogsten

Ken Turkel

Elizabeth Fendrick

Aaron Rodd

Allison Archer

Rose O Toole

Anjani Pandey

Tim Zehnder

Mary Rachel Dudley

Micheal O Toole

Alyssa Burgos

Nick Naylor

Monica Mendez

Al Frederick

Matthew Pacheco

Monica La Puente

Tracy Osborne

Kimberli Cummings

Cathy Cromar

Jody MacNeil

Evan Smith

COORDINATORS Tyler Martinolich Education and Industry Panels Cathy Cromar Volunteer Manager Chelsea Cromar Volunteer Manager Timothy Zehnder Grand Jury Coordinator Tricia Kelly Fimmaker Lounge Coordinator

RED CARPET VIP Michelle & Robert Shimberg Rachel & Dan Feinman Carrie & Joseph Alexander Jillian & Steven Rybicki Helene & Leonard Marks Tammy Briant Spratling & Kareem Spratling Kim & Alex Cheng

Andrea & Michael Cichon Elizabeth & Keith Fendrick Shanna & Bryan Glazer Phyllis & Gary Gould Sarah & David Scher Karl Brandes Becky & Omar Medina Bill Wagner

Nicholas Popp Area/Virtual Reality Coordinator Alyssa Burgos Box Office Lead Brennan Faught Technical & Theater Operations

Illin Perez Area Coordinator Louise Krikorian Area Coordinator Les Lloyd Opening Night Coordinator Ryan Regensdorfer Opening Night Area Coordinator Roia Barrios Family Day Coordinator 9


GIFF BOARD BOARD OF DIRECTORS Rachel Marks Feinman, President

Kevin Ambler

Hill Ward Henderson, PA

Michael Cichon, Vice-President

Dale Gordon, Ex-Officio Film Commissioner

Law Office of Kevin Ambler, PA

Tampa Hillsborough Digital & Film Commission

Jonathan Ellis

Merrill Lynch

Shumaker, Loop and Kendrick, LLP

Joseph Alexander, President Elect

Evan Smith

Phelps Dunbar, LLP

Steven Rybicki

AREA Real Estate, inc

PPK/Contender Studios

Tammy Briant Spratling, Treasurer

Dr. Gregory Firestone

Stetson University College of Law

Robert A Stines Seminole Electric Co-op

My Florida Mediator

Roia Barrios, Secretary

ADVISORY BOARD Jason Ambler

Ken Hagan

Eric Polins*

Cinda Snow

Film Director

Hillsborough County Commissioner

HCP and Associates

Snow Entertainment

Armand Assante

Miray Holmes

Joseph J. Restaino*

Dori Sperko

Leslie Cohen

Dr.Patrizia Latrecchia, PH.D.

Robert (Rob) Sterrett III

Honorable Bob Martinez

Paul Cohen

Charles (Chad) Moore*

Michael Stewart

SAG/AFTRA Actor HBO

FSU/Torchlight Film Program

Randall Emmett

City of Tampa

University of South Florida Morgan and Morgan

Eric Odum*

Film Producer Filmaker

Film Producer

Former Governor of Florida

Honorable Dick Greco

717 South, AVA

Former Mayor of City of Tampa

EFO Films

ROI Commercial Property Brokerage

America Media Group

Ted Warren

Phara McLachlan

Tom Garrett

Ryan O'Nan

Bryan Glazer

Elizabeth Frendrick* * denotes past president

Circa Films

SAG/AFTRA Actor

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Tom Gordin

Aakash Patel

Phillip Sipiora

Tagwear

Elevate, Inc

USF Professor

Nahteava

SAG/AFTRA Member


On behalf of the Tampa Hillsborough Film & Digital Media Commission, I would like to welcome you to the 11th Annual Gasparilla International Film Festival! As we enter the second decade of our festivals’ run, we continue to grow and evolve as a highly-regarded industry event. As such, GIFF has quickly become recognized as one of the top International Film Festivals in the nation and hopes to entertain and inspire audiences with its selective programming, educational panels and renowned filmmaker receptions. Be sure to take in the sights and locations while in Tampa Bay. You might just find the perfect character or destination for your next film! I applaud and congratulate all of the films selected for the Gasparilla International Film Festival and hope that you enjoy yourselves while in beautiful Tampa Bay. See you at the movies!!!

Dale Gordon, Film Commissioner

Tampa Hillsborough Film & Digital Media Commission

401 East Jackson St., Ste. 2100, Tampa, FL 33602 813.218.3830 (F) 813.218.3330

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HOW TO FEST TICKETS ONLINE IN ADVANCE To purchase tickets for films and parties, visit GASPARILLAFILMFESTIVAL.COM and select SCHEDULE. Select the film or event you wish to attend and follow the directions to purchase. Individual film tickets are $12 and Opening and Closing Night film tickets $15. PICK UP & PROCEDURE Patrons who order tickets online can go directly to the “Cheng Gang” GIFF Box Office—sponsored by Kim & Alex Cheng. You must have a photo ID or have your purchase receipt. For all films, you must arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the film screening, and be seated prior to show time. If you are not seated before the film starts, your seat will be released to our rush line. DAY OF SHOW SALES If you haven’t ordered online and wish to purchase a ticket for a film that day, please go to “Cheng Gang” GIFF Box Office— sponsored by Kim & Alex Cheng (at the theater of the screening) to purchase in person. WAIT LIST/RUSH LINE SALES A dedicated rush line will be available for SOLD OUT films before the start time. At 5 minutes prior to film screening we will start selling tickets on an available seat basis.

EXCHANGES

PRODUCER PACKAGE • $250

There are no refunds. Tickets may be exchanged for another screening based on availability.

Access to the following for one: Audi Tampa VIP Opening Night Reception, Closing Night Party, Unlimited Film Screening Pass w/ Priority Pass Entry including Opening and Closing Night Film.

PASSES FILM PASS PROCEDURE & BENEFITS

UNLIMITED SCREENING PASS • $125

Pass holders receive priority entry to the theater. Passes ADMIT ONE PERSON to each film screening and cannot be shared. You must arrive at the theater 15 minutes prior to the scheduled screening time and be seated 5 minutes prior to show time or your seat will be given to rush line patrons.

Unlimited film screenings for one person throughout the Festival with Priority Entry to Films. Passes are for films ONLY and do not include parties.

Passes are for FILMS ONLY and do not include parties unless otherwise noted. Event tickets are available for purchase on our website (subject to availability).

Week Day Pass • $75 Valid Thursday 3/2 (Opening Night) and Monday 3/6 to Thursday 3/9 (Closing Night)

RED CARPET VIP PASS FOR 2 • $1500 ALL ACCESS and FRONT OF THE LINE Benefits for TWO to all films, Opening Night Audi Tampa VIP Reception, Closing Night Party, Film Tampa Bay Filmmaker Lounge Access, and Invites to Special Events. EXEC. PRODUCER PACKAGE • $500 Access to the following for TWO: Unlimited film screenings, Opening Night Audi Tampa VIP Reception, Closing Night Party, Unlimited Film Screening Pass w/Priority Pass Entry including Opening and Closing Night Film, and Access to Film Tampa Bay Filmmaker Lounge.

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Mon, Tues, Weds • $20 Friday or Sunday • $30 Saturday • $35

PARTIES Opening Night VIP Party and Closing Night Party require hard tickets! Tickets may be purchased online or at “Cheng Gang” GIFF Box Office. A film screening pass does not cover admission to parties. Must be 21+

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CENTENNIAL PARK

FAMILY FUN DAY 1800 E 8th Ave

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Weekend Pass • $75 Valid Friday 3/3 to Sunday 3/5

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WEEKEND OR WEEKDAY FILM PASSES

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Tampa Improv

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Filmmaker Lounge

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Crowbar

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The Blind Tiger

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1600 E 8th Ave A117 (First Floor)

1812 N 17th St

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Valet Parking

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Parking Garage N 15th St & E 5th Ave

Dates and showtimes are subject to change. Please visit www.gasparillafilmfestival.com for the most current info.

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FESTIVAL OVERVIEW THURSDAY, MARCH 2

SUNDAY, MARCH 5

AUDI TAMPA VIP OPENING NIGHT RECEPTION

FILM SCREENINGS

5 - 7PM • TAMPA THEATRE

$65 (INCLUDES FILM AND RECEPTION)

AMC CENTRO YBOR 10 • 11AM - 11PM

Business-casual attire suggested, must be 21+

VR SHOWCASE

ASHLEY HOMESTORE OPENING NIGHT FILM: BURN YOUR MAPS

INDUSTRY PANELS

AMC CENTRO YBOR 10 • 11AM - 6PM

DOORS AT 7PM, FILM AT 7:30PM Director in Attendance

TAMPA IMPROV • STARTING AT 12PM See page 19 for more details.

TITO’S HANDMADE VODKA AFTER PARTY

SUNCOAST CREDIT UNION FAMILY FUN DAY

OUTSIDE OF TAMPA THEATRE • 9PM - 12AM Tito’s Vodka Drinks and DJ Entertainment. Open to GIFF pass and ticket holders.

FRIDAY, MARCH 3 FILM SCREENINGS

AMC CENTRO YBOR 10 • 5PM - 11PM

VR SHOWCASE

AMC CENTRO YBOR 10 • 5PM - 8PM

TBIBC’S INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS SUMMIT

12PM - 4PM • TAMPA IMPROV FREE ADMISSION W/ GIFF PASS. Members of the Bay Area’s binational chambers of commerce come together to address the growing commerce and networking needs of the bi-national community and experience an event that offers both high-level business presentations and unique networking opportunities.

LATE NIGHT SOCIAL EVENT: JOEY’S SHOW

11AM - 3PM • CENTENNIAL PARK Kids Activities, Games & Prizes, & more! Free film screening: Zootopia (12:30PM) and live music by Mr. Tommy. See page 18 for more details.

COMMUNITY SCREENING WITH BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS

4PM - 7PM • CENTENNIAL PARK Free film screening: Trolls (5:00PM) Sponsored by AREA Real Estate.

OXFORD EXCHANGE SPOTLIGHT

1:30PM • OXFORD EXCHANGE Join us for an intimate conversation with author Sarah Weeks and screenwriter Garry Williams of the feature film So B. It. Followed by the film screening at AMC Centro Ybor.

CHANCE TO WIN A GAMETIME PLAY CARD 11AM - 11PM • GAMETIME Free 30 minute Time Play game card for the first 200 people throughout the day with a GIFF pass, while supplies last.

MONDAY, MARCH 6

10PM - 2AM • BRADLEY’S ON 7TH NO COVER. Celebrate the World Premiere of the film “Joey’s Show Will Go On” and see Joey perform live at 11:30PM and 1:15am.

FILM SCREENINGS

SATURDAY, MARCH 4

AMC CENTRO YBOR 10 • 5PM - 8PM

FILM SCREENINGS

AMC CENTRO YBOR 10 • 5PM - 11PM

VR SHOWCASE

INDUSTRY PANELS

AMC CENTRO YBOR 10 • 11AM - 11PM

TAMPA IMPROV • STARTING AT 1PM See page 19 for more details.

VR SHOWCASE

CUBA: BASEBALL’S FINAL FRONTIER

AMC CENTRO YBOR 10 • 5PM - 8PM

INDUSTRY PANELS

TAMPA IMPROV • STARTING AT 11AM See page 19 for more details.

FILM AND MUSIC PARTY

9PM - 1AM • THE ATTIC YBOR CITY NO COVER W/ GIFF TICKET OR PASS. $10 ALL OTHERS. CASH BAR.

Join the Suncoast Credit Union Gasparilla International Film Festival and the Gasparilla Music Festival Presented by Frontier Communications, for a joint celebration of film and music. Featuring live performances by J.T. Brown Band (11pm) and Kristopher James (10pm). 16

10AM - 12PM • TAMPA IMPROV FOX Sports explores a world of baseball purity that may be on the precipice of radical change. Q&A following the film.

GIFF INDUSTRY PARTY

9PM - 11PM • COPPERTAIL BREWERY NO COVER. Join us at the GIFF Industry Party on the second floor of Coppertail Brewery. 1 Complimentary Coppertail Beer for GIFF Badge Holders. Free screening: Strange Brew. Sponsored by AREA Real Estate.

Dates and showtimes are subject to change. Please visit www.gasparillafilmfestival.com for the most current info.


TUESDAY, MARCH 7 FILM SCREENINGS

AMC CENTRO YBOR 10 • 5PM - 11PM

FILMMAKER LOUNGE

VR SHOWCASE

AMC CENTRO YBOR 10 • 5PM - 8PM

1600 E 8th Ave, Tampa

INDUSTRY PANELS

Friday • 2pm - 9pm Saturday & Sunday • 11am - 9pm Monday - Wednesday • 2pm - 9pm

(Downstairs, across from Tampa Bay Brewing)

THE BLIND TIGER • STARTING AT 10AM See page 19 for more details.

LATE NIGHT SOCIAL: FLAVOR SAVOR: BEATS, BREWS, AND BURRITOS.

Filmmaker Happy Hour Complimentary Beer & Wine Daily • 5pm - 7pm Sunday Brunch • 12pm - 1:30pm

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 8

VENUE INFORMATION

FILM SCREENINGS

Tampa Theatre 711 N Franklin Street Downtown Tampa

Bradley’s on 7th 1510 E 7th Ave Ybor City, FL 33605

VR SHOWCASE

AMC Theater Ybor 1600 E 8th Ave Tampa, FL 33605

Coppertail Brewery 2601 E 2nd Ave, Tampa, FL 33605

INDUSTRY PANELS

Filmmaker Lounge 1600 E 8th Ave, A117 Tampa, FL 33605

The Vault 611 N Franklin St, Tampa, FL 33602

Closing Night Party 633 N Franklin St. 3rd Floor Tampa, FL 33602

Crowbar 1812 N 17th St, Ybor City, FL 33605

8PM - 12AM • CROWBAR NO COVER. Featuring live performance by The Jackettes & Flavor Deluxx bringing Tacos & Burritos (for purchase). $5 Liters.

AMC CENTRO YBOR 10 • 5PM - 11PM AMC CENTRO YBOR 10 • 5PM - 8PM THE BLIND TIGER • STARTING AT 10AM See page 19 for more details.

SECOND SCREEN CULT CINEMA

6PM - 9PM • THE VAULT Featuring music selections from DJ Brian Oblivion. GIFF passholders receive one free cocktail courtesy of Film Tampa Bay. Film screening: Big Trouble in Little China (at 7PM). Sponsored by The Wilson Company, Creative Loafing, and the Gasparilla International Film Festival.

CODY WOODS STAND UP 8PM • TAMPA IMPROV

$1 ADMISSION WITH CODE: GIFF2017. WWW.IMPROVTAMPA.COM

*Filmmaker credentials required

Centennial Park 1800 E 8th Ave Ybor City, FL 33605 Tampa Improv   1600 E 8th Ave, C-112 Ybor City, FL 33605 The Attic Ybor City   1510 E 8th Ave Ybor City, FL 33605

Oxford Exchange 420 W. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa, FL 33602 The Blind Tiger   1901 E. 7th Ave, Ybor City, FL 33605 GameTime   1600 E. 8th Ave Tampa, FL 33605

THURSDAY, MARCH 9 DANGER CLOSE

5PM - 7PM • TAMPA THEATRE Follow freelance female war reporter Alex Quade and her mission to tell “soldiers’ stories” during a series of unprecedented embeds. Q&A following the film.

HILL WARD HENDERSON CLOSING NIGHT FILM: UNLEASHED DOORS AT 7PM, FILM AT 7:30PM Director and Talent in Attendance

AWARDS PRESENTATION

TAMPA THEATRE Join us prior to the closing night film as we announce the winners of the 2017 Suncoast Credit Union Gasparilla International Film Festival Competition.

LARCENY BOURBON CLOSING NIGHT PARTY

633 N FRANKLIN ST. 3RD FLOOR • 8PM - 12AM Enjoy complimentary signature Larceny Bourbon cocktails, Tito’s Handmade Vodka cocktails, along with hors d’oeuvre, Coppertail Beer, and Dark Horse Wine.

Dates and showtimes are subject to change. Please visit www.gasparillafilmfestival.com for the most current info.

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INDUSTRY PANELS From the celebrity to the digital evolution of film distribution, the GIFF panels provide some of the top industry players sharing their perspectives on some of the newest trends in the entertainment business. These panels are free and open to all film festival patrons, unless otherwise noted.

SATURDAY, MARCH 4

SUNDAY, MARCH 5

MONDAY, MARCH 6

THE IMPROV, YBOR

THE IMPROV, YBOR

THE IMPROV, YBOR

BREAKDOWN SERVICES 11 AM Find out how Breakdown Services can assist with casting, talent representation, educating and encouraging actors and filmmakers at every stage of their career. Breakdown Services continues to expand and develop exciting new services for Filmmakers, Casting Directors, Talent Reps and Actors. Jason Teresi (Breakdown Services)

 O YOU’VE MADE A FILM, NOW S WHAT? 12 PM Making a film is difficult enough, but selling a film often proves impossible for the uninformed. Industry professionals highlight the pitfalls of distribution as well as new opportunities to have your work seen. Mike Repsch (Breaking Glass), Christine Yoo (Producer), Tony Armer (Producer), Christina Campagnola (APA)

CALL MY AGENT! 12:30 PM An actor relies on a network of agents, casting directors and managers to market their talents. How do you find representation with a good agent or casting director? What’s the secret to nailing an audition? Learn from the experts in casting and discovering talent. Kelly Paige (Level Talent Group/ Film Florida), Rose Rosen (Casting By...), Curtis Graham (Director), Marcus Ovnell (Director), Cinda Snow (Cinda Snow Entertainment)

NEW WAY OF STORYTELLING 1:30 PM Augmented or virtually created spaces have been dominating tech trade shows for years. With technology slowly finding a presence in the hands of consumers how does this technology change tried and true storytelling methods. An exploration into how viewer choice now dictates the flow of a narrative, and how filmmakers and composers are reshaping storytelling. Gregg Perkins (Moede) Kale Greco (Moede) Andres Castillo (Borscht Film Festival)

THE CHANGING LANDSCAPE OF ADVERTISING 1 PM The mission to educate and build a film community stems from a variety of resources including local and national organizations. Darcy McKinnon and Dale Gordon (Film Tampa Bay) discuss efforts to grow and sustain the film and television industry in Tampa Bay. George Zwierko (Rumbo Cultural Marketing), Travis Horn (S3 Media), Tom Jennus (Trickey Jennus), Mike Compton (Three Chairs Productions), Evan Smith (PPK/Contender)

BILLION DOLLAR PITCH 2 PM Got a script? Ready for Hollywood? Pitch your passion. Winner gets a movie deal! From an agency mailroom to producing over 85 films equaling more than one billion dollars of box office revenue, Hollywood power producer, Randall Emmett (Lone Survivor, Everest, Precious Cargo, 2 Guns), shares his story of industry successes, failures, and everything in between. From experiences raising money to making deals with the studios, Emmett keeps the independent vision alive toward the filmmakers’ artistic and creative freedom while uncovering new talent. CULT CINEMA 101 4:30 PM Despite the cheeky title, this segment features an in-depth exploration of the unconventional, left-of-center films that seep into our brains and compel us to share them with (or “recruit”) new followers. Presenters Ann-Eliza Musoke-Taylor and Michael Martz – co-founders and co-curators of the award-winning Second Screen Cult Cinema series in downtown Tampa – will dissect the anatomy of cult movies, discuss their staying power with audiences, examine how they span genres and eras, and more. Ann-Eliza Musoke (Second Screen Cult Cinema), Michael Martz (Second Screen Cult Cinema)

INDEPENDENT FUNDRAISING AND SPONSORSHIP 3 PM Join producer/director Christine Yoo (Wedding Palace, Afro Samurai) for an indepth discussion on independent fundraising, sponsorship and independent distribution.

A CONVERSATION WITH BOB LAYTON 3 PM One of the comics industry’s true visionaries at every level, creator, writer, artist, designer, and entrepreneur, with over 5000 comic book credits to his name, Bob Layton has successfully migrated from comics to other media, including television, animation and feature films. If you’ve seen the Iron Man movies, then you’re familiar with Bob’s work. An intimate conversation with Bob, exploring where great ideas come from, how comics can make you a better filmmaker, and the art of pitching the perfect script. Not to be missed!

TUESDAY, MARCH 7

FILMMAKER’S LOUNGE

THE BLIND TIGER

FILMMAKER BRUNCH 12 PM Join local Tampa Bay film commissioners Dale Gordon (Hillsborough County) and Tony Armer (Pinellas County) for a filmmaker brunch. Network and learn what Tampa Bay has to offer.

CAFE CON TYLER 10 AM Join Tyler Martinolich from the Film Commision Office for an open forum on any questions you have about Filmmaking in the Tampa Bay area.

FILM SCHOOL CONFIDENTIAL 2 PM In a world where technology is aggressively accessible, and opportunities to begin a career in multimedia are abundant are film degrees still relevant? An honest conversation on the importance of continued education, and the value of understanding process, theory, and application. Gregg Perkins (University of Tampa), Aaron Walker (University of Tampa), Robin Bronk (Creative Coalition), Tamara Nemirovsky (USF)

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 8

COMPLIMENTARY COFFEE.

THE BLIND TIGER CAFE CON TYLER 10 AM Join Tyler Martinolich from the Film Commision Office for an open forum on any questions you have about Filmmaking in the Tampa Bay area. COMPLIMENTARY COFFEE.

PANELS SPONSORED IN PART BY

Dates and showtimes are subject to change. Please visit www.gasparillafilmfestival.com for the most current info.

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THE GRAND JURY AARON WALKER Aaron Walker is a filmmaker and Assistant Professor of Communication at UT, teaching within the Film and Media Arts program. He specializes in narrative filmmaking, performance, directing, screenwriting, and producing. He earned his BFA in Film and his BA in English Literature from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and his MFA in Film from Columbia University. He formerly worked in documentary production with Just Media in Denver, Colorado, working on social justice documentaries with Oscar-winner Daniel Junge.

CHRISTINA CAMPAGNOLA Christina Campagnola is an agent in the film finance and sales division at APA (Agency for the Performing Arts). During her time at APA she has sold award winning films in the festival circuit. She represents screenwriters, directors, and producers and consults for independent productions and film funds. Christina is on the advisory board for the IFP and serves on the Dean’s Council of the Florida State University Film School. She is also a mentor at the Ghetto Film School in the Bronx.

ESTEBAN VALDEZ Esteban Valdez, founder and Director of Echo Bridge, one of the top independent animation studios in North America that continues to produce 2D - hand drawn - animated works for commercials, music videos, television shows, short and feature films. A 5 time Addy, Communicator and Davey Award winner for animation, coffee enthusiast, and Stanley Kubrick fanatic. Esteban is a classically trained artist and animator. Recent projects include Harmonquest, Major Lazer, Axe Cop, and Ugly Americans.

STEVE PERSALL A founding member of the Florida Film Critics Circle, Persall accepted the movie critic position at the St. Petersburg (later Tampa Bay) Times in 1993, currently making him Florida’s longest-tenured journalist on that beat. He’s a founding member of the Florida Film Critics Circle, and also a member of the Southeastern Film Critics Association. His commentary on all things cinema is heard weekly on Tampa Bay’s Eagle 107.3 and WWBA-820 AM, and internationally on RadioIo. com, along with occasional television appearances on four local stations.

MICHAEL REPSCH A graduate of the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, Michael has distributed over 150 films to date. As the Senior Vice President of Distribution & Sales at Breaking Glass Pictures, Michael strategically manages the digital, festival and theatrical releases on all films. Additionally, Michael plays a key role in acquisitions, traveling to film festivals worldwide seeking unique content for domestic release and prospective international sales.

MARCUS OVNELL Marcus Ovnell made his feature directorial debut with ”The break-In” which received the World Showcase Grand Jury Award at GIFF 2015. Marcus studied filmmaking at NYFA and has a long experience from working in various film productions. Marcus is at the moment in development of 2 feature films and 1 TV drama.

CURTIS GRAHAM Raised in a photographic family, Curtis started taking pictures at age 15. He attended Los Angeles Art Center College of Design, which started a career in photography and filmmaking. Curtis has won many accolades including: N.Y. Art Director Award, Norma Award, National Addys, and Clio Award. A graduate of AFI, Curtis received the Mary Pickford Award Scholarship. His Master Thesis film the “The Blue Men” starring Estelle Parsons is listed as one of the most award winning films of 1990.

ANNE CHAISSON Anne Chaisson, Executive Director of The Hamptons International Film Festival (HIFF) since December 2012, has specialized in fundraising and development for entertainment non-profits as well as garnered awards as an independent film producer with her company Dirty Rice. Chaisson produced Jesse Eisenberg’s first feature film, Roger Dodger that earned a Best First Feature award at the Venice and Tribeca Film Festivals and honors from NYFCC, National Board of Review, The Gotham and Independent Spirit Awards.

STEPHANIE WEBB Stephanie Webb is the host of “Great Day Tampa Bay” on 10News WTSP. She is also a film/TV critic as a voting member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association and Broadcast Television Journalists Association that helps decide the annual “Critics Choice Awards”. As an avid movie lover and entertainment reporter she’s travelled the world interviewing celebrities and covering major film festivals like the Cannes and Toronto International Film Festivals. She also recently declared herself a “professional TV bingewatcher.”

ROBIN BRONK Robin Bronk is the Chief Executive Officer of The Creative Coalition, the premier nonprofit of the entertainment industry dedicated to educating and mobilizing the arts community on issues of public importance, particularly the First Amendment, arts advocacy and public education. She is a best-selling author, has a column in the Huffington Post and has won numerous awards and honors for her public affairs work.

ANDRES CASTILLO Andres Castillo was born in Guayaquil, Ecuador and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and Anthropology from Florida International University. In 2001, he created Tiwintza Media Producciones in Guayaquil to help launch electronic music and mixed visual media in that city. He worked at the Miami International Film Festival as a Senior Programmer. Andres is currently collaborating with the Borscht Film Festival.

TAMARA NEMIROVSKY Tamara Nemirovsky is a filmmaker, animator and educator, whose award-winning stop-motion films have been screened internationally. A Fulbright Scholar, she holds an MFA and is a faculty member at USF’s School of Art and Art History. She is also the Director of Video Productions at Absolute Mobile Solutions.

Dates and showtimes are subject to change. Please visit www.gasparillafilmfestival.com for the most current info.

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OPENING NIGHT

THURS MARCH 2 | 7:30PM AT THE TAMPA THEATRE

DIRECTOR IN ATTENDANCE

OPENING NIGHT SPONSORED BY

BURN YOUR MAPS DIRECTED BY:

102 MIN | DRAMA

Jordan Roberts

Vera Farmiga, Jacob Tremblay, Suraj Sharma, Virginia Madsen, Ramon Rodriguez STARRING:

OPENING NIGHT AUDI TAMPA VIP OPENING NIGHT RECEPTION 5PM - 7PM Kick off the Suncoast Credit Union GIFF’s 11th Year Anniversary with the Audi Tampa VIP Opening Night Reception, sponsored by Dark Horse Wine & Coppertail Brewery. Enjoy complimentary light fare from Eddie V’s Prime Seafood and complimentary Coppertail Beer & Dark Horse Wine. Mix and mingle with all the filmmakers, directors, talent, and more! $65 - Ticket Required.

Burn Your Maps is s a cross-cultural comedic drama about an eight-year old American boy who declares to his parents that he is actually a Mongolian goat herder, born in the wrong place. When he meets a similarly displaced Indian filmmaker they journey east, seeking what they believe to be their true place in the world. The adventure reveals life-affirming secrets for the entire family, about the value of getting lost and the right way to get back home.

TITO’S HANDMADE VODKA OPENING NIGHT AFTER PARTY 10PM - 12AM After the Opening Night Film, come on out to the Tito’s Handmade Vodka After Party, where you will enjoy Tito’s Vodka Drinks and DJ Entertainment. Open to GIFF pass and ticket holders.

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Dates and showtimes are subject to change. Please visit www.gasparillafilmfestival.com for the most current info.


THURS MARCH 9 | 7:30PM

AT THE TAMPA THEATRE

CLOSING NIGHT DIRECTOR PRODUCER & TALENT IN ATTENDANCE

UNLEASHED DIRECTED BY:

96 MIN | COMEDY

Finn Taylor

Kate Micucci, Justin Chatwin, Steve Howey, Sean Astin, Josh Brener, Illeana Douglas STARRING:

When a cosmic event turns Emma’s dog (Steve Howey) and cat (Justin Chatwin) into two perfect guys, Emma (Kate Micucci) reconsiders her outlook on dating, hilariously works out her trust issues, and ultimately learns to love herself.

CLOSING NIGHT SPONSORED BY

CLOSING NIGHT AWARDS PRESENTATION Join us as we announce the winners of the GIFF Film Competition. Both the Grand Jury and Audience Choice winers will be announced prior to the Closing Night Film.

CLOSING NIGHT PARTY PRESENTED BY LARCENY

THURSDAY NIGHT 8PM - MIDNIGHT COME PARTY WITH THE FILMMAKERS AND STARS WITH LIVE ENTERTAINMENT AND DJ FRESH AT THE WORLD FAMOUS GIFF CLOSING NIGHT PARTY Celebrate the end of the 11th season of the Suncoast Credit Union Gasparilla International Film Festival at the Closing Night Party: “Larceny”. Enjoy complimentary signature Larceny Bourbon cocktails, Tito’s Handmade Vodka cocktails, along with hors d’oeuvre, Coppertail Beer, and Dark Horse Wine.

THIS PARTY WILL SELL OUT QUICKLY. GET YOUR TICKETS TODAY!

LOCATION: 633 N FRANKLIN ST. (3RD FLOOR) TICKETS: $75 FOR TICKETS, GO TO

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Dates and showtimes are subject to change. Please visit www.gasparillafilmfestival.com for the most current info.

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SPOTLIGHT SCREENINGS

Selection of favorite films chosen by the programming committee

DIRECTOR IN ATTENDANCE

DIRECTOR IN ATTENDANCE

ALL NIGHTER

BREAKABLE YOU

DIR: GAVIN WIESEN | 86 MIN | USA | COMEDY | WORLD PREMIERE

Starring: J.K. Simmons, Emile Hirsch, Analeigh Tipton, Taran Killam, Kristen Schaal

When a globe-trotting, workaholic father (J.K. Simmons) trying to visit his daughter (Analeigh Tipton) on a last minute layover in L.A. discovers that she’s disappeared, he forces her awkward, nervous ex-boyfriend (Emile Hirsch), still nursing a broken heart, to help him find her over the course of one increasingly crazy night.

FILMS

DIRECTOR & TALENT IN ATTENDANCE

CHIEF ZABU

DIR: ANDREW WAGNER | 120 MIN | USA | DRAMA/COMEDY | EAST COAST PREMIERE

DIR: HOWARD ZUKER & NEIL COHEN | 74 MIN | USA | COMEDY | TAMPA PREMIERE

Starring: Holly Hunter, Tony Shalhoub, Cristin Milioti, Omar Metwally, Isabelle Candelier, Alfred Molina

Starring: Allen Garfield, Zack Norman, Allen Arbus, Lucianne Buchanan, Manu Tupuo, Marianna Hill

Breakable You chronicles a turbulent and transformative year in the lives of the Wellers, a dynamic family on New York’s Upper West Side, as they come to terms with themselves and each other.

An outrageous social comedy about a New York realtor who dreams of having political influence by taking over a new Polynesian nation.

SAT MARCH 4 | 5:00PM | THEATER 7

SAT MAR 4 | 3:00PM | THEATER 5

WED MAR 8 | 9:45PM | THEATER 1 SPONSORED BY DIRECTOR & TALENT IN ATTENDANCE

COUNTRY CRUSH

THE LAST WORD

DIR:ANDREW CYMEK | 96 MIN |CANADA | DRAMA/MUSICAL | FL PREMIERE

Starring: Jana Kramer, Munro Chambers, Sophie Simmons This drama from Andrew Cymek follows city girl Nancy Taylor who meets Charlie on her way to a party in the country. When the ultimate tragedy strikes, these country souls will have to find the strength to carry on, love again and learn to follow their dreams.

FRI MAR 3 | 5:00PM | THEATER 7

THE LOST CITY OF Z

DIR: MARK PELLINGTON | 108 MIN | USA | COMEDY | FL PREMIERE

DIR: JAMES GRAY | 140 MIN | USA | ACTION/DRAMA | FL PREMIERE

Starring: Shirley MacLaine, Amanda Seyfried, Thomas Sadoski, Anne Heceh, Tom Everett Scott

Starring: Charlie Hunnam, Sienna Miller, Tom Holland, Robert Pattinson

Harriet is a retired businesswoman who tries to control everything around her. When she decides to write her own obituary, a young journalist takes up the task of finding out the truth, resulting in a life-altering friendship.

SAT MAR 4 | 7:30PM | THEATER 7

Based on author David Grann’s nonfiction bestseller, The Lost City of Z tells the incredible true story of British explorer Percy Fawcett, who journeys into the Amazon at the dawn of the 20th century and discovers evidence of a previously unknown, advanced civilization that may have once inhabited the region.

SPONSORED BY

MON MAR 6 | 6:45PM | THEATER 1

DIRECTOR IN ATTENDANCE

SOUL ON ICE DIR: DAMON KWAME MASON | 86 MIN | USA/CANADA

Soul On Ice: Past, Present, and Future presents and retells the virtually unknown contributions of black athletes in ice hockey. Soul On Ice presents the exploits of athletes who dared to stand out, and dared to make the sport their own.

TUE MAR 7 | 5:00PM | THEATER 1 SPONSORED BY

NYICFF’S KID FLIX #1

NYICFF’S KID FLIX #2

RECOMMENDED FOR AGES 3 TO 7

RECOMMENDED FOR AGES 8 AND OLDER

A collection of award winning short films from the New York International Children’s Film Festival.

A collection of award winning short films from the New York International Children’s Film Festival.

SAT MAR 4 | 12:00PM | THEATER 1

SAT MAR 4 | 1:30PM | THEATER 1

FREE SCR

EEN

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Dates and showtimes are subject to change. Please visit www.gasparillafilmfestival.com for the most current info.

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US NARRATIVE COMPETITION Juried competition of US Narrative Features

PRODUCER & TALENT IN ATTENDANCE

DIRECTOR IN ATTENDANCE

DIRECTOR & TALENT IN ATTENDANCE

AMERICAN WRESTLER: THE WIZARD

FILMS

FUTURE 38

AWOL

DIR: ALEX RANARIVELO | 117 MIN | USA | DRAMA/SPORTS | FLORIDA PREMIERE

DIR: DEB SHOVAL | 85 MIN | USA | ROMANTIC DRAMA | FLORIDA PREMIERE

Starring: Jon Voight, William Fichtner

Starring: Lola Kirke and Breeda Wool

Ali Jahani, a freshly minted immigrant from Iran, is looking for one thing above all else in his new homeland— acceptance. Unfortunately, his timing couldn’t be worse. The year is 1980. Iranian radicals are holding US citizens hostage in Tehran. And in the picture- perfect town of Petaluma, California, the soft-spoken teenage newcomer is the face of the enemy. As Ali struggles with limited results to navigate the strange new landscape of an American high school, he hits upon the idea of joining a sports team to prove himself to his peers.

Lola Kirke shines as Joey, an aimless young woman searching for a direction in her small town in rural Pennsylvania. A visit to an Army recruiting office appears to provide her a path but when she meets and falls in love with Rayna (Breeda Wool), a rough and tumble housewife neglected by her long-haul trucker husband, that path diverges in ways that neither woman anticipated.

DIR: JAMIE GREENBERG | 75 MIN | USA | FLORIDA PREMIERE

Starring: Ilana Becker, Sean Young, Robert John Burke The Peppiest Picture of 1938! American agent travels time to hamstring Hitler! Arriving in 2018 AD, he sees silvery skyscrapers, connected computers, and working women! He hoodwinks hoodlums and goes gaga for a gal 80 years his junior! To save civilization he must leave his love behind.

SUN MAR 5 | 7:30PM | THEATER 7

SAT MAR 4 | 8:45PM | THEATER 1

SAT MAR 4 | 6:00PM | THEATER 1 DIRECTOR IN ATTENDANCE

DEAN

WRITERS IN ATTENDANCE

CARRIE PILBY

DIR: DEMETRI MARTIN | 87 MIN | USA | DRAMA/COMEDY | FLORIDA PREMIERE

Starring: Mary Steenburgen, Gillian Jacobs, Kevin Kline A comedy about loss, grief and the redemptive power of love, Dean is an NY illustrator who falls hard for an LA woman while trying to prevent his father from selling the family home in the wake of his mother’s death.

FRI MAR 3 | 8:00PM | THEATER 1

SO B. IT

DIR: SUSAN JOHNSON | 98 MIN | USA

DIR: STEPHEN GYLLENHAAL | 98 MIN. | USA | | FLORIDA PREMIERE

Starring: Bel Powley, Nathan Lane, Jason Ritter

Starring: Alfre Woodard, Jacinda Barrett, John Heard

A person of high intelligence struggles to make sense of the world as it relates to morality, relationships, sex and leaving her apartment.

For as long as Heidi can remember, her mentally challenged mother has had only 22 words in her vocabulary. And that’s fine with the precocious 12 yearold. Then one day a new word pops out of Mama’s mouth — the mysterious “soof” — and it changes everything.

WED MAR 8 | 7:15PM | THEATER 1

SUN MAR 5 | 5:00PM | THEATER 7

SPONSORED BY

DIRECTOR IN ATTENDANCE

THEATER SPONSORS HELENE & LEONARD MARKS | THEATER #7 PPK/CONTENDER STUDIOS | THEATER #1

THE ARCHITECT DIR: JONATHAN PARKER | 95 MIN | USA | DRAMA/COMEDY | FL PREM.

BAJO CUVA COHEN TURKEL | THEATER #5

Starring: Parker Posey, John Carroll Lynch, Eric McCormack When Mr. and Mrs. Stone set out to build their dream house, they enlist the services of Miles Moss, a visionary modernist architect. Mrs. Stone is so swept away by this uncompromising creative artist, that she hardly notices the Architect is building HIS dream house, not theirs.

FRI MARCH 3 | 9:30PM | THEATER 7

Dates and showtimes are subject to change. Please visit www.gasparillafilmfestival.com for the most current info.

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AFTER PARTY

Q&A

DIRECTOR IN ATTENDANCE

8:00 • 102 MINS

BURN YOUR MAPS

PROGRAM BEGINS

11 PM

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1 PM

GA DOORS OPEN

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VIP RECEPTION

THEATER #7

Q&A

9:30 • 95 MIN

THE ARCHITECT

Q&A

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GOOD FORTUNE

Q&A

5:00 • 96 MIN

COUNTRY CRUSH

(279 SEATS)

HELENE & LEONARD MARKS

Q&A

10:00PM • 54 MIN

JOEY’S SHOW WILL GO ON

8:00 • 87 MIN

DEAN

Q&A

INVISIBLE ELEPHANT

MUSIC BOX

LA FOLIA

SILVER ALERT

MY FIRST DRAG SHOW

LEGACY LETTERS

COURTHOUSE DOGS

ORDINARY TO EXTRAORDINARY

BENEATH THE CROWN

SHORTS 5:15 • 125 MIN

Q&A

GHOST APP

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NIGHTWATCH

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JOEY’S SHOW 10:00PM - 2:00AM

SHORTS 5:15 • 48 MIN SMART PHONE HACKER

LATE NIGHT SOCIAL

TAMPA IMPROV

12:00PM - 4:00PM

INT’L BUSINESS SUMMIT

SPECIAL EVENTS

SCARE YOUR FACE OFF

7:45 • 97 MIN

ABOUT US

5:00 • 128 MIN

QUEEN OF THE DESERT

(96 SEATS)

GET INSPIRED

THEATER #5

(198 SEATS)

BAJO CUVA

THEATER #1

PPK / CONTENDER

FRIDAY MARCH 3

TIMETABLE

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5 PM

(1400 SEATS)

TAMPA THEATRE

THURS MAR 2

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10:00 • 96 MIN

FIRST ROUND DOWN

7:30 • 108 MIN

THE LAST WORD

Q&A

5:00 • 120 MIN

BREAKABLE YOU

Q&A

THE SECRET OF SPRING

DARYL AND HIS FRIENDS

AMELIA & CHARLEY

ITS NOT ABOUT SEX

SHAKEN IDENTIDY

3:00 • 58 MIN

ROMANCE SHORTS

Q&A

IF IT’S BROKEN SHOULD WE FIX IT

RUNNING ON EMPTY

TAMPA LAPSE II

OPHELIA

MAMA, DONDE ESTAS?

THE NETHER WORLD

ELLA POR IGUAL

YAGIRL, DYNASTY

CAUGHT IN A STORY

12:30 • 95 MIN

UT SHORTS

(279 SEATS)

THEATER #7

HELENE & LEONARD MARKS

Q&A

8:45 • 85 MIN

AWOL

Q&A

6:00 • 117 MIN

AMERICAN WRESTLER

3:30 • 108 MIN

SENSE OF AN ENDING

1:30 • 93 MIN

SCORE

Q&A

OTHERHALF

THE CUDDLER

COST OF LIVING

ALICE

DEPOSITION

CUPCAKE

PEZZONOVANTE (BIG SHOT)

11:30 • 67 MIN

LMAO SHORTS

(198 SEATS)

THEATER #1

PPK / CONTENDER

10:30 • 111 MIN

VERAS MANTEL

8:15 • 109 MIN

PAST LIFE

5:30 • 113 MIN

FRANTZ

Q&A

3:00 • 74 MIN

CHIEF ZABU

AGES 8 TO ADULTS

SHORTS 1:30 • 63 MIN

NYICFF’S KID FLIX #2

AGES 3 TO 7

SHORTS 12:00 • 58 MIN

NYICFF’S KID FLIX #1

(96 SEATS)

THEATER #5

BAJO CUVA

THE ATTIC

9:00PM - 1:00AM

FILM & MUSIC PARTY

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9:45 • 90 MIN

KING CHARLES

Q&A

7:30 • 75 MIN

FUTURE 38

Q&A

5:00 • 98 MIN

SO B. IT

HIGH SCHOOL AWARDS

Q&A

2:00 • 103 MIN

HIGH SCHOOL COMPETITION

Q&A

11:30 • 86 MIN

TURTLE TALE

(279 SEATS)

THEATER #7

HELENE & LEONARD MARKS

Q&A

8:30 • 96 MIN

HANDSOME DEVIL

6:00 • 100 MIN

FINDING OSCAR

Q&A

3:45 • 83 MIN

DISTURBING THE PEACE

Q&A

2:00 • 52 MIN

LEA & MIRA

Q&A

CONCESSIONS

FOR THE RECORD

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REUNION

BATTLE OF THE BRIDES

FRIDAY THE 14TH

BEFORE MIDNIGHT

SHORTS 12:00 • 77 MIN

FILMS 101

(198 SEATS)

PPK / CONTENDER

THEATER #1

TROLLS

FREE SCREENING

CENTENNIAL PARK

WITH BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF TAMPA BAY 4:00PM - 7:00PM

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11:00AM - 3:00PM

FAMILY FUN DAY

SPECIAL EVENTS

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WOMEN WHO KILL

6:45 • 140 MIN

LOST CITY

COPPERTAIL BREWERY

9:00PM - 11:00PM

PLUS SCREENING: STRANGE BREW

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GIFF INDUSTRY PARTY

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9:30 • 91 MIN

THE LOST DIGIT

7:00

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Q&A

5:00 • 86 MIN

SOUL ON ICE

(198 SEATS)

THEATER #1

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CROWBAR

As a festivalgoer, you get the unique opportunity to have Q&A sessions with the filmmakers and actors. These sessions are among the most fascinating and rewarding aspects of the festival experience. Directors, producers, screenwriters and actors discuss all of the details of the filmmaking process: the original idea for the story, the production details and challenges, the meaning of the film’s subtleties, future projects and anything and everything you want to ask. Be sure to stay after the films and discover this one-of-akind interactive experience with filmmaking.

ABOUT Q&A

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NOTES

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BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA

SCREENING

THE VAULT

6:00PM - 9:00PM

SECOND SCREEN CULT CINEMA

8:00PM - 12:00AM

Q&A

7:15 • 98 MIN

CARRIE PILBY

Q&A

TINY BACTERIA

PRODIGAL

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UNCLE SILAS

THE CLOSET

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DOCUMENTARY FEATURE COMPETITION Juried competition featuring the best Documentary Features

FILMS

EXEC PRODUCER IN ATTENDANCE

DIRECTOR IN ATTENDANCE

DISTURBING THE PEACE

FINDING OSCAR

GOOD FORTUNE

DIR: STEPHEN APKON & ANDREW YOUNG | 83 MIN | USA | DOCUMENTARY

DIR: RYAN SUFFERN | 100 MIN | USA, CANADA, GUATEMALA | DOCUMENTARY | FL PREMIERE

DIR: REBECCA & JOSH TICKEL | 86 MIN | USA | DOCUMENTARY | EAST COAST PREMIERE

Disturbing The Peace follows former enemy combatants - Israeli soldiers from elite units and Palestinian fighters, many of whom served years in prison - who have joined together to challenge the status quo and say “enough.” The film reveals their transformational journeys from soldiers committed to armed battle to nonviolent peace activists, leading to the creation of Combatants for Peace.

Executive Producer: Steven Spielberg

Featuring: Danny Trejo, Dan Aykroyd, Cheech Marin, Arianna Huffington

SUN MAR 5 | 3:45PM | THEATER 1

In a forgotten massacre during Guatemala’s decadeslong civil war, a young boy was spared, only to be raised by one of the very soldiers who killed his family. Nearly 30 years after the tragedy, it will take a dedicated team, from a forensic scientist to a young Guatemalan prosecutor, to uncover the truth and bring justice to those responsible… by finding the missing boy named Oscar.

SUN MAR 5 | 6:00PM | THEATER 1

Good Fortune is the rags to riches tale of a conscious capitalism pioneer John Paul, DeJoria. Born with nothing, at times homeless on the streets of LA, “JP” spent his early adulthood in and out of motorcycle gangs only to wheel and deal his way to the top of a vast hair and tequila empire. A modern day Robin Hood, JP’s motto is “Success unshared is failure.” The son of immigrants, JP defies the stereotype of ‘the 1%’ and is the poster boy of the triple bottom line - people, planet, and profit.

FRI MARCH 3 | 7:15PM | THEATER 7

LEA AND MIRA

SCORE

DIR: POLI MARTINEZ KAPLUN | 52 MIN | ARGENTINA | DOCUMENTARY WORLD PREMIERE

The film tells the story of two elderly women living in Argentina. As children, they were taken to the Auschwitz concentration camp. The movie depicts the thoughts of these women who, in the twilight of their lives, transmit their wisdom, their resilience, and their way of looking at life after trauma.

SUN MAR 5 | 2:00PM | THEATER 1

ZONA FRANCA

DIR: MATT SCHRADER | 93 MIN | USA | DOCUMENTARY

DIR: RA AMEN | 63 MIN | USA/CUBA | MUSICAL DOCUMENTARY

Featuring: Hans Zimmer, James Cameron, Danny Elfman, John Williams, Randy Newman, Quincy Jones, Alexandre Desplat, Garry Marshall

Documentary film capturing the music, lives, and dreams of the troubadours who make their living playing along Havana, Cuba’s Malecon seawall. The film captures the social, political, and personal context from which this music arises giving a unique and unfettered view of Cuba.

What makes a score unforgettable? Taking a peek at how composers developed some of the most iconic scores in history, the film follows the creative struggles of designing a modern soundtrack from scratch, featuring some of cinema’s most recognized names in film music.

MON MAR 6 | 5:00PM | THEATER 1

SAT MAR 4 | 1:30PM | THEATER 1 SPONSORED BY

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Dates and showtimes are subject to change. Please visit www.gasparillafilmfestival.com for the most current info.

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FILMS

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CUBA: BASEBALL’S FINAL FRONTIER 22 MIN | CUBA | DOCUMENTARY/SPORTS SHORT DIRECTED BY:

Laura Mickelson, Loren Mendell

Cuba is a country trapped in time; where vintage convertible Cadillac’s weave between kids playing stickball in the pothole-riddled streets; where the game that makes baseball players rich in the United States, is played for national pride and simply for the love of it. FOX Sports explores a world of baseball purity that may be on the precipice of radical change. Q&A following the film hosted by Orestes Destrade and special guests. (Courtesy of FOX Sports & Tampa Bay Rays) Run time: 22mins. Sponsored by Film Tampa Bay, AXA Advisors, LLC, iHeart Radio and Rumba 106.5FM.

Presented By

MON MAR 6 | 10:00AM | THE IMPROV

DANGER CLOSE

CLOSING EVENING SPECIAL SCREENING

90 MIN | USA | DOCUMENTARY | WORLD PREMIERE DIRECTED BY: Christian Tureaud, David Salzberg DIRECTOR, EXEC PRODUCER & TALENT IN ATTENDANCE

Director, Executive Producer, & Talent in Attendance.

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Danger Close follows freelance female war reporter Alex Quade and her mission to tell “soldiers’ stories” during a series of unprecedented embeds with both Conventional Forces and US Special Operations Forces (SOF) at the height of the Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Alex is bound and determined to complete the mission, even when on one airborne assault and ensuing rescue attempt, she nearly loses her life trying to tell the stories of these Heroes. During one highlyclassified combat mission in Iraq, she would embed with a Green Beret A Team that had just lost their Combat Engineer, Green Beret SSG Rob Perelli. When an injured Alex ends up back in the States to rehab and prepare to redeploy, little does she know just how pivotal her redeployment would become. Through a series of compelling events and a fated meeting with Rob Pirelli’s family, her return to Iraq turns into the mission of a lifetime. THUR MAR 9 | DOORS 4:30 / FILM 5:00PM | TAMPA THEATRE

Dates and showtimes are subject to change. Please visit www.gasparillafilmfestival.com for the most current info.


FUN AND THRILLS

A Collection of Fun and Late Night Films

DIRECTOR & TALENT IN ATTENDANCE

FILMS

DIRECTOR IN ATTENDANCE

FIRST ROUND DOWN

VERAS MANTEL

DIR: BRETT BUTLER, JASON BUTLER | 96 MIN | CANADA | ACTION COMEDY | US PREMIERE

DIR: RONALD UNTERBERGER | 111 MIN | GERMANY | THRILLER | U.S. PREMIERE

Starring: Dylan Bruce, Rachel Wilson

Veras Mantel is about a successful writer who is prevented from leaving her house by agoraphobia. Sinister threats from a fan eventually lead her uncovering the secret of her illness.

Tim Tucker, a former hockey prodigy, returns home to take care of his younger brother having spent the last ten years as a hit man for the mob. Tim now lives on the straight and narrow, but his checkered past catches up to him faster than he can deliver pizza.

SAT MAR 4 | 10:00PM | THEATER 7

SAT MAR 4 | 10:30PM | THEATER 5

WOMEN WHO KILL DIR: INGRID JUNGERMANN | 93 MIN | USA | FLORIDA PREMIERE

Commitment phobic Morgan and her ex-girlfriend Jean are locally famous true crime podcasters obsessed with female serial killers. There’s a chance they may still have feelings for each other, but co-dependence takes a back seat when Morgan meets the mysterious Simone during her Food Coop shift. Blinded by infatuation, Morgan quickly signs up for the relationship, ignoring warnings from friends that her new love interest is practically a stranger. Is she just afraid of what it means to be in a relationship or is her life actually in danger?

MON MAR 6 | 9:45PM | THEATER 1

Dates and showtimes are subject to change. Please visit www.gasparillafilmfestival.com for the most current info.

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FILMS

INTERNATIONAL NARRATIVE COMPETITION Juried competition featuring the best International Narrative Features

DIRECTOR & TALENT IN ATTENDANCE

ENTONCES NOSOTROS (ABOUT US) DIR: HERNAN JIMENEZ | 97 MIN | COSTA RICA | ROMANTIC COMEDY | FLORIDA PREMIERE

Diego, a hopeless romantic desperately trying to salvage his relationship with longtime girlfriend Sofía, plans a beach getaway to clear the air, and propose to her. But a “chance” encounter with Sofía’s old friend Malena will cast doubts on their relationship, and his skewed understanding of love, quickly turning a perfect weekend in paradise into Diego’s worst nightmare.

FRANTZ

HANDSOME DEVIL

DIR: FRANCOIS OZON | 113 MIN | FRANCE/GERMANY | DRAMA

DIR: JOHN BUTLER | 96 MIN | IRELAND | DRAMA/COMEDY/LGBT

A haunting tale of love and reconciliation begins in a small town in Germany in the immediate aftermath of World War I when a young woman mourning the death of her fiancé encounters a mysterious Frenchman laying flowers on her beloved’s grave.

Ned and Conor are forced to share a bedroom at their boarding school. The loner and the star athlete at this rugby-mad school form an unlikely friendship until it’s tested by the authorities.

SAT MAR 4 | 5:30PM | THEATER 5

SUN MAR 5 | 8:30PM | THEATER 1

FRI MAR 3 | 7:45PM | THEATER 5

PAST LIFE DIR: AVI NESHER | 109 MIN | ISRAEL/POLAND | DRAMA | FLORIDA PREMIERE

Sponsored by: Phyllis & Gary Gould | Sarah & David Scher Inspired by true events, “Past Life” tracks the daring 1977 trans-European odyssey of two sisters – one an introverted ambitious classical music composer, and the other a combative liberal magazine editor. As they try to unravel a disturbing wartime mystery that has cast a foreboding shadow on their entire lives, they realize that freedom from the shackles of the past requires painful sacrifices, as does the struggle to discover one’s unique voice.

SAT MAR 4 | 8:15PM | THEATER 5

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QUEEN OF THE DESERT

THE SENSE OF AN ENDING

DIR: WERNER HERZOG | 128 MIN | GERMANY | FLORIDA PREMIERE

DIR: RITESHA BATRA | 108 MIN | UK | FLORIDA PREMIERE

Starring: Nicole Kidman, James Franco, Damian Lewis, Robert Pattinson

Starring: Jim Broadbent, Michelle Dockery, Charlotte Rampling, & Emily Mortimer

A chronicle of Gertrude Bell’s life, a traveler, writer, archaeologist, explorer, cartographer, and political attaché for the British Empire at the dawn of the twentieth century.

Tony Webster leads a reclusive and quiet existence until long buried secrets from his past force him to face the flawed recollections of his younger self, the truth about his first love and the devastating consequences of decisions made a lifetime ago. Adapted for the screen by award-winning playwright Nick Payne and produced by David Thompson and Ed Rubin.

FRI MAR 3 | 5:00PM | THEATER 5

SAT MAR 4 | 3:30PM | THEATER 1

Dates and showtimes are subject to change. Please visit www.gasparillafilmfestival.com for the most current info.


FOCUS ON FLORIDA COMPETITION World Premieres of this year’s best Florida Features

DIRECTOR & TALENT IN ATTENDANCE

KING CHARLES

DIRECTOR & TALENT IN ATTENDANCE

JOEY’S SHOW WILL GO ON

FILMS

DIRECTOR & TALENT IN ATTENDANCE

THE LOST DIGIT

DIR: NICHOLAS NAYLOR | 90 MIN | USA | ACTION/DRAMA | WORLD PREMIERE

DIR: MARCUS KEMPTO | 54 MIN | USA | DOCUMENTARY | WORLD PREMIERE

DIR: GARRETT BROWN | 591 MIN | USA | DARK COMEDY | WORLD PREMIERE

A shady DEA agent does everything in his power within and outside the law to catch a cocaine kingpin. During a city’s crime investigation a DEA’s partner is gunned down. TC will now stop at nothing to catch his man and what he’s about to do next is pure justice.

Tampa drag queen legend Joey Brooks, the ‘First Lady Of Ybor City’, talks about her decades-long femaleimpersonator career and judges a whacky contest to choose a new diva for her Christmas show.

After accidentally cutting off his finger, a man can’t escape the dire feeling that something important in his life is missing. As a dangerous obsession takes hold his career, marriage and grasp on reality suffer. The best part of his life gone, he ends up in a nursing home devoid of love and utterly alone.

SUN MARCH 5 | 9:45PM | THEATER 7 DIRECTOR & TALENT IN ATTENDANCE

TURTLE TALE DIR: LUC CAMPEAU | 86 MIN | USA | FAMILY | WORLD PREMIERE

TURTLE TALE is inspired by events that took place at the George C. McGough Nature Park in Largo, Florida: the story of JR the owl as witnessed and told by the nature park’s first inhabitants, ‘the turtles.’

SUN MARCH 5 | 11:30AM | THEATER 7

FRI MARCH 3 | 10:00PM | THEATER 1

TUES MARCH 7 | 9:30PM | THEATER 1


SHORTS

PROGRAMS

Juried competition featuring the best Short Films

GET INSPIRED

SCARE YOUR FACE OFF

Photo from the film: THE MUSIC BOX

Photo from the film: GHOST APP

BENEATH THE CROWN DIR: SUSAN GALLAGHER | USA | 22 MIN

SMARTPHONE HACKER DIR: RAM SAANDAL | UK | 9 MIN

When the spotlight and sparkles fade, what remains beneath the crown? The story of Miss USA 1967 AND Miss Universe 1967— Ms. Sylvia Hitchcock Carson.

A well driven hacker uses the power of smart phones in order to obtain private information on people; affairs, lies and other secrets. He soon becomes addicted and ends up using this power to expose a powerful parliamentary figure. Little does he know the consequences of his actions.

THE MUSIC BOX DIR: RYAN SEYBOLD | USA | 23 MIN Using almost exclusively re-purposed materials, we follow a small group of talented artists and students from around the country as they race against the clock to build small houses filled with playable musical elements as a part of a larger art installment called New Orleans Airlift.

NIGHTWATCH DIR: PAUL HARDWAY | USA | 5 MIN

ORDINARY TO EXTRAORDINARY DIR: ANDREW MARINARI | USA | 18 MIN

OH, THE EFFING HORROR DIR: JUSTIN T. BOWLER | USA | 17 MIN

Ordinary To Extraordinary is a promising comeback story about Gail Marinari, who is training to compete in her 1st Ironman at the age of 52. Gail was the ordinary youth minister who ran a few marathons in her lifetime. The extraordinary part of her didnt comer to fruition until she sustained a neck injury that left her bed-ridden for nearly three years.

While camping, Chris tells Luci about the many murders that have taken place in the surrounding woods. Later, a distant rustling interrupts their make out session. But, it’s not the ghosts of the murdered victims. Because that would be impossible... Duh.

THE COURTHOUSE DOG DIR: JOSHUA SANTOS | USA | 15 MIN

Picasso’s “1971 Harlequin Head”, believed forever lost in a Romanian Fire, is found vividly alive in a tortured man’s psyche.

The “Dogumentary” tells the story of how former Voices for Children of Tampa Bay Director Betsy Smith and Guardian ad Litem (GAL) volunteer and handler Brenda Kocher were able to bring the Courthouse Facility Dog Program and the film’s star, Tibet, to the Hillsborough County 13th Judicial Circuit. With the success of the program, which began in 2014, they hope to expand and bring more facility dogs to courthouses around the state of Florida.

LEGACY LETTERS DIR: TYLER COUNCIL | USA | 16 MIN A documentary exhibiting senior citizens as they create books about their lives in order to share them with future generations of family. The film showcases a Legacy Letters class lead by Leah Dobkin, who teaches her students how to reflect deeply on their past in order to chronicle their lives in creative ways.

A young boy reads his scary storybook before bedtime on a stormy night. When the power goes out, the image comes to life in his darkened bedroom.

CUCKOLD PICASSO DIR: LANCE LARSON | USA | 5 MIN

GHOST APP DIR: GERALD J GODBOUT | USA | 12 MIN On this night Sher will receive a text offering her a chance to download a new app. One that will let her see what can not be seen with the naked eye, The Other Side. But this app comes with a warning for all users that something may be waiting for them on the other side.

MAR 3

FRIDAY 10:00PM @ THEATER 5

MY FIRST DRAG SHOW DIR: BRIAN GRAVES | USA | 5 MIN “My Drag Show” is a short documentary that captures the experiences of first time drag performers as they take the stage at Florida State University’s Amateur Drag Show.

SILVER ALERT DIR: DEBORAH ORTIZ | USA |13 MIN When Paul is diagnosed with a terminal disease, he chooses to enjoy life even if it’s just for one day.

LA FOLIA DIR: ADAM GRANNICK | USA | 13 MIN La Folia follows a young ballerina whose body type excludes her from an audition for which she is eminently qualified. The film’s 24 micro-stories, inspired by variations on one ancient melody, embody the sorrow, fury, and ecstasy she must face.

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FRIDAY 5:15PM @ THEATER 1

Dates and showtimes are subject to change. Please visit www.gasparillafilmfestival.com for the most current info.


PROGRAMS

Juried competition featuring the best Short Films

LOVE IS IN THE AIR

SHORTS

LMAO

Photo from the film: AMELIA & CHARLEY

SHAKEN IDENTITY DIR: EVAN ZISSIMOPOLOUS | USA | 13 MIN When two lovable loners on the internet agree to go a blind date, they become entangled in a web of intrigue and deadly peril.

ITS NOT ABOUT SEX DIR: ANJANI PANDEY | USA | 9 MIN

Photo from the film: ALICE

PEZZONOVANTE (BIG SHOT) DIR: BOB PUSATERI | USA | 8 MIN An 11 year old girl makes a deal with the mob to take over the pizza operation from the eighth graders.

A celebration of coworkers bring an office couple to a turning point in their relationship. As Sharon cuts her cake and is happily fed by her fiance’. Sara decides to ask Brad if this is time for them to take their relationship up a notch and they too, get entangled, hooked line and sinker... Brad gets his hackles up. If only she knew it was more than about sex.

CUPCAKE DIR: JOHN C JONES | USA | 7 MIN

AMELIA & CHARLEY DIR: ISIAH MILLER | USA | 16 MIN

Mired in a midlife crisis and disillusioned with the legal profession, a once proud attorney sits through another tedious deposition. Irritation quickly turns to disgust with his narcissistic client and arrogant opposing counsel. A brawl erupts which forces him to come to terms with his job and his life.

Amelia and Charley, two young women of color in the early stages of their relationship, must go up against Victor Stanton, a man who wants to exploit Charley’s telekinetic abilities in order to create a team of super soldiers.

DARYL AND HIS FRIENDS DIR: EVAN SMITH | USA | 16 MIN A man sees imaginary friends well into adulthood, so when he meets the girl of his dreams the hardest part is deciding whether or not she’s real.

THE SECRET OF SPRING DIR: JEAN CLAUDE BILLMAIER | USA / GERMANY / SPAIN | 4 MIN The Secret of Spring is a poetic short film on the uplifting and unknown feeling of staring deeply at someone’s eyes for the first time. It explores the themes of youth and courage as well as an innocent look on love and modern romance.

MAR 4

SATURDAY 3:00PM @ THEATER 7

While earth is under attack by invading aliens, three office workers contemplate the end of the world and lament the missed opportunities in their lives.

DEPOSITION DIR: CARRIE DRAZEK | USA | 20 MIN

ALICE DIR: KARI LEE CARTWRIGHT | USA | 6 MIN Alice is about to be late for rehearsal. This colorful dancer is indefinitely stuck at the dinner table of life with her traditional Korean parents who have arranged a date with a wealthy doctor. As Alice’s dreams clash with her parents’, her imagination takes us through her hopes, fears, and future.

COST OF LIVING DIR: ELI HAVIV & DANIEL NAJENSON | USA | 10 MIN A politician borrows a friend’s yacht after working on the state budget. Suddenly a prostitute emerges from the bottom of the boat. He doesn’t know her and asks her to hide but she recognizes him as the ‘tax rising Dick from TV’. Now it’s her turn to negotiate the terms.

THE CUDDLER DIR: RICK KELLARD | USA | 7 MIN Samantha is a single woman with commitment issues and very specific rules on dating. Those get challenged by super-hunk David, who doesn’t want to leave Samantha’s bed after a night of mind-blowing, first date sex. So Samantha must resort to bringing out “The Secret Weapon”. This romantic comedy challenges sexual mores and is a cautionary tale to all men who just want a little post-coital cuddle.

OTHERHALF DIR: BEN WEST | USA | 9 MIN A comedy about a man breaking up with himself.

MAR 4

SATURDAY 11:30AM @ THEATER 1

Dates and showtimes are subject to change. Please visit www.gasparillafilmfestival.com for the most current info.

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SHORTS

PROGRAMS

Juried competition featuring the best Short Films

FILMS 101 SPONSORED BY COCA-COLA

SAVE THE DRAMA

Photo from the film: ICON

Photo from the film: BROKEN PINES

BEFORE MIDNIGHT DIR: STEVEN FARES | USA | 8 MIN

PHONE DIR: DAVID SCOTT LEATHERWOOD | USA | 6 MIN

This film shines light on the cruelty in the police department around the world. The story is told threw the eyes of a young man seeking for the truth in his girlfriend’s lies.

“Phone” is a vignette of a dysfunctional relationship and their insecurities triggered by modern technology.

FRIDAY THE 14TH DIR: LUCAS OMAR | USA | 6 MIN

UNDERTAKING DIR: KEVIN JAMES O’NEILL | USA | 18 MIN

When psychotic Trysh invites Caleb to her Valentine’s Day party, he thinks she knows his secret and wants to murder him.

Roy Maynard is a man living with Asperger’s syndrome on a cattle ranch that his father Nash bequeathed to him after his father passed away. Roy begins burying all of the town’s road kill in a manner of respect. Roy is completely misunderstood by the townspeople who taunt and bully him.

BATTLE OF THE BRIDES DIR: PHILLIP THOMAS | USA | 13 MIN Meek groom Chris accidentally ruins his overbearing fiancée’s wedding plans when he allows a Bridezilla to steal their wedding venue. Now, his only hope is to become the first groom ever to compete in The Battle of the Brides for a one-of-a-kind wedding gown. And, he has to win, of course.

REUNION DIR: YI TAO | USA | 6 MIN Karen just flew home from serving military abroad. She arrives unexpectedly in hopes of reconnecting with her daughter who was raised by her ex-husband and another woman; but when Nicole meets her at the door, Karen realizes that she’ll have to work a lot harder to regain her daughter’s trust.

INNOCENCE DIR: CHARLES MALCOLM | USA | 5 MIN Margie runs after her younger sister, Hesta, who is determined to find her lost innocence. But when Margie explains that innocence is not easily found, Hesta loses heart. It’s up to Margie to restore her sister’s faith and to find something that looks like innocence.

ICON DIR: TONY AHEDO | USA | 10 MIN After learning he will become a parent, a son attempts to reconnect and recollect about his own father who abandoned him.

STUTTER DIR: IVO HUAHUA | USA | 14 MIN After the death of his wife, Ivan Henderson tries to connect with his teenage son. But the self-conscious boy doesn’t respect him because of his heavy stutter. Ivan finds the perfect opportunity to win his son’s respect: speaking in front of his class on Career Day.

THE CLOSET DIR: FRED SMITH | USA | 9 MIN Two strangers rely on each other for sanity and survival while hiding in a closet during a school shooting. Written and directed by Fred Smith, adapted from his acclaimed short story.

UNCLE SILAS DIR: REBECCA BRILLHART | 15 MIN Maureen, exhausted from child birth, must summon a mother’s strength to fight for redemption or choose to let go from a dangerous, self-destructive force: her family. A brother and sister stripped to their most bare and piercing, the two confront choices as only siblings can.

BROKEN PINES DIR: ANNIE PACE | USA | 11 MIN Sisters Molly and Cadence are forced to witness their parents’ martial conflicts first hand while stuck on a family camping trip. Cadence isolates herself, leaving her younger sister Molly alone and struggling. With rising tensions and nowhere to escape, the girls are forced to confront the issue and one another.

INVISIBLE MAN DIR: JAN NORD | UK | 9 MIN The elite, the beautiful, the unreachable. Our hero tries to see the mesh that bonds them. There is another world but will he get there?

PRODIGAL DIR: KEVIN OBRIEN | 10 MIN A teenage girl runs away from her suburban home seeking independence in the city, where she gets lured into human trafficking.

FOR THE RECORD DIR: JUSTIN BURT | USA | 8 MIN

TINY BACTERIA DIR: VICTORIA JORGENSEN | 6 MIN

After convincing two young boys to break into the house of a dangerous meth-cooking psychopath, a friendly yokel must decide whether stealing back his most prized rock and roll album from the crazed meth-head is more important than the lives of the two bewildered boys caught in the crossfire.

Martha Gellhorn, an American novelist, travel writer, and journalist, considered one of the greatest war correspondents of the 20th century, was also with the third wife of American novelist, Ernest Hemingway, from 1940 to 1945. This narrative short is a moment of Gellhorn’s life. Gellhorn speaks to a friend on the phone lamenting her dissatisfaction with Hemingway and their relationship.

CONCESSIONS DIR:SAM BARTZ | USA | 7 MIN Frank, a recently divorced narcissist, attempts to win over his estranged son Bobby with a birthday reunion. The two manage to bond over the game until Frank is caught flirting with a young woman. Tempers flare as Bobby confronts Frank about the extramarital affair that destroyed their family.

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MAR 8

WEDNESDAY 5:00PM @ THEATER 1

SUNDAY 12:00PM @ THEATER 1

Dates and showtimes are subject to change. Please visit www.gasparillafilmfestival.com for the most current info.


PROGRAMS

Juried competition featuring the best Short Films

SHORTS

MORE THAN MOVIES: ABOUT Q & A

SPARTAN SHORTS CAUGHT IN A STORY DIR: ROBERT PANTANO | 13 MIN MAMA, DONDE ESTAS DIR: LIZ ACEVEDO | 10 MIN

As a festivalgoer, you get the unique opportunity to have Q&A sessions with the filmmakers and actors. These sessions are among the most fascinating and rewarding aspects of the festival experience. Directors, producers, screenwriters, and actors discuss all of the details of the filmmaking process: the original idea for the story, the production details and challenges, the meaning of the film’s subtleties, future projects and anything and everything you want to ask. Be sure to stay after the films and discover this one-ofa-kind interactive experience with filmmaking.

THE NETHER WORLD DIR: CREED SMITH | 16 MIN OPHELIA DIR: MATTHEW RUSSELL | 12 MIN RUNNING ON EMPTY DIR: JACK GLEASON | 8 MIN YA GIRL, DYNASTY DIR: MADELINE LEWIS | 8 MIN TAMPE LAPSE II DIR: HISHAM MOLL | 4 MIN IF ITS BROKEN SHOULD WE FIX IT? DIR: GABRIELLE CABRERA | 12 MIN ELLA POR IGUAL DIR: EMMANUEL RAMOS | 26 MIN

LET YOUR “TEXT” BE HEARD! VOTE FOR THE FILM YOU JUST DISCOVERED.

TEXT “KEYWORD” # TO 22333 (1) Worst • (2) Not Good • (3) OK • (4) Good • (5) Awesome

Questions/Comments/Concerns? Text GIFF <Your message> to 22333 (Be sure to include your contact information in the message).

SPONSORED BY UNIVERSITY OF TAMPA

MAR 4

SATURDAY 12:30PM @ THEATER 1

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AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARDS Each film will have a unique “Keyword,” which will be provided to you after each screening. Add a number (1-5) to the Keyword to rate the film you just saw. At the end of the festival, votes will be tallied and our Audience Choice Winners will be announced at our Awards Ceremony on Sunday. Don’t miss it!

Rules/Disclaimers: There is no fee to vote. Your standard messaging rates apply. Only one vote per phone number will be tallied. Privacy: We do not receive or keep records of your phone number. We WILL NOT SPAM You. You will not receive any additional communication from us after you vote, except for a confirmation reply.

View your personal schedule, browse what’s happening right now or search for what you want. The mobile web app stores the schedule data locally on your phone for offline access too.

Dates and showtimes are subject to change. Please visit www.gasparillafilmfestival.com for the most current info.

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SUNCOAST CREDIT UNION HIGH SCHOOL FILM COMPETITION SUNDAY MARCH 5th | 2:00PM - 4:00PM @ THEATER 7 OFFICIAL SELECTIONS DADCULA

DIXIE M. HOLLINS HIGH SCHOOL

A PERIOD PIECE

High school filmmakers from across Tampa Bay submitted their films to this 3rd annual event. These students represent the very best talent in Tampa Bay, led by passionate and dedicated instructors. Congratulations to the official selections for the 2017 High School Competition!

HOWARD W. BLAKE HIGH SCHOOL

SUNCOAST CREDIT UNION AWARDS

MANIC

Suncoast Credit Union is pleased to support the arts in the Tampa Bay area with its sponsorship of the Gasparilla International Film Festival, as well as the 2017 Tampa Bay High School Competition. The credit union will award a $100 VISA gift card to the winners of each category. As the largest credit union in Florida serving 21 counties,Suncoast aims to provide excellent financial services, as well as fun and engaging events for the families it serves.

RINGLING COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN SCHOLARSHIP Ringling College of Art and Design is pleased to offer a $5,000 scholarship to the Best Picture winner of the 2017 Suncoast Credit Union Gasparilla International Film Festival Tampa Bay High School Competition. The scholarship will be awarded to a current or new accepted student who enrolls fulltime for the fall and spring semesters. To help defray cost of tuition and fees, the recipient will be able to use the scholarship in addition to other merit-based scholarships and need-based grants he or she may be awarded by Ringling College.

WITHOUT WARNING

HARRISON SCHOOL FOR THE ARTS

NEON NOIR DIXIE M. HOLLINS HIGH SCHOOL HOWARD W. BLAKE HIGH SCHOOL

THE BALLAD OF BILLY CREEL

HARRISON SCHOOL FOR THE ARTS

DR. HILL

SPOTO HIGH SCHOOL

GET OUT

GEORGE D. CHAMBERLAIN HIGH

THE SCRIPT

HARRISON SCHOOL FOR THE ARTS

RESTART

HOWARD W. BLAKE HIGH SCHOOL

HER STORY

AUBURNDALE HIGH SCHOOL

AWARDS BEST PICTURE

Winner of the Ringling College of Art and Design Scholarship! BEST DIRECTOR BEST EDITING BEST SCREENPLAY BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY BEST MALE PERFORMANCE BEST FEMALE PERFORMANCE

THE IMPACT OF THE ARTS

HOWARD W. BLAKE HIGH SCHOOL

LANDLINE

HARRISON SCHOOL FOR THE ARTS

ON MY OWN

DIXIE M. HOLLINS HIGH SCHOOL

ONE LAST TIME

GEORGE D. CHAMBERLAIN HIGH

IDIOT BUTTON

HOWARD W. BLAKE HIGH SCHOOL

MONSTER VISION

DIXIE M. HOLLINS HIGH SCHOOL

PICTURE PERFECT

HARRISON SCHOOL FOR THE ARTS

THE PASTELS

DIXIE M. HOLLINS HIGH SCHOOL

SAFE PLACE

HOWARD W. BLAKE HIGH SCHOOL

Dates and showtimes are subject to change. Please visit www.gasparillafilmfestival.com for the most current info.

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The Suncoast Credit Union Gasparilla International Film Festival | March 2nd to 9th, 2017 | www.GasparillaFilmFestival.com

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