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Cinema Paradiso Joins Full Frame Doc Fest
(originally released on 3/24/2006)


Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival announced its participation in the four-day, twelve-title syndication of the 2006 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival to be held at the Cinema Paradiso.

Emerging Pictures, the New York-based digital cinema network, will be bringing 12 of the documentary films from the festival to 11 cities simultaneously across the United States. This is the third consecutive year that Emerging Pictures has, through its Emerging Cinemas network, syndicated the renowned festival to theatres across the country and, the first year Cinema Paradiso has participated.

Building on the success it had in syndicating the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival in 2004 and 2005, Emerging Pictures is able to reach multiple communities across the country simultaneously because of the digital projection technology the company employs in the venues in its theatrical consortium, Emerging Cinemas.

Special 2006 Full Frame-Emerging Pictures Audience Award Sponsored by JVC Pro

Electronics leader JVC Pro is sponsoring the 2006 Full Frame-Emerging Pictures Audience Award. The winning filmmaker, whose work is selected by voting audience members in all 11 of the syndicated venues, will receive a JVC GY-HD100U HDV camcorder.

The films screening at this year's syndicated Full Frame Documentary Film Festival are:

ASPARAGUS! (A Stalk-umentary) – Friday, April 7, 6:00pm
Film by: Anne De Mare and Kirsten Kelly
Synopsis: The Asparagus Capital of the World takes on the U.S. War on Drugs, Free Trade, and the Fast Food nation, all to save its beloved "roots".

BEYOND BEATS AND RHYMES: A Hip-Hop Head Weighs in On Manhood in Hip-Hop Culture – Sunday, April 9, 8pm
Film by: Byron Hurt
Synopsis: Former college football quarterback Byron Hurt gives a first person account of his disenchantment with hip-hop's thug-centered, misogynist and homophobic culture.

THE BOY IN THE BUBBLE – Saturday, April 8, 2pm
Film by: Barak Goodman and John Maggio
Synopsis: The fascinating, heartbreaking story of the real boy who, due to an immune system disorder, was forced to live his life in a germ-free plastic enclosure.

CHINA BLUE – Saturday, April 8, 4:30pm
Film by: Micha Peled
Synopsis: A rare perspective on the current state of Chinese Labor and its impact on global economy and culture told through the eyes of a 16-year-old worker in a blue jean factory.

FILTHY GORGEOUS, THE TRANNYSHACK STORY – Saturday, April 8, 6:30pm
Film by: Sean Mullens
Synopsis: A transgressive rock and roll drag show featuring subversive and absurdist performances, a fierce soundtrack, and a transcendent spirit.

THE IMMIGRANT (EL INMIGRANTE) – Thursday, April 6, 8pm
Film by: John Sheedy, David Eckenrode, John Eckenrode
Synopsis: The Mexican-American border crisis is explored through the tragic story of the murder of a young Mexican migrant.

RAIN IN A DRY LAND – Thursday, April 6, 6pm
Film by: Anne Makepeace
Synopsis: A moving chronicle 18-life-changing months for two Somali Bantu families who journey from the Kakuma Refugee camp to destinations in the U.S. under the auspices of the USRP.

THE REFUGEE ALL STARS – Sunday, April 9, 6pm
Film by: Zach Niles and Banker White Synopsis: War refugees from Sierra Leone form an Afro-pop band and express the hope and loss of their brethren.

SACCO AND VANZETTI – Friday, April 7, 8pm
Film by: Peter Miller
Synopsis: The heartbreaking story of two Italian immigrant radicals who were executed in 1927 offers insights into present-day issues of civil liberties, the rights of immigrants and the death penalty.

SAZ – Sunday, April 9, 8pm
Film by: Gil Karni
Language: Arabic and Hebrew, Hebrew and English subtitles
Synopsis: A dramatic year in the life of 20-year-old Palestinian rapper Samekh Zakhut.

SONGBIRDS – Saturday, April 8, 2:00pm
Film by: Brian Hill
Synopsis: The musical meets the documentary in Sutton, England's Downview Prison, home to 250 female inmates from all over the world. Women in an English prison use musical therapy to deal with their life behind bars

SWEET DREAMS – Saturday, April 8, 8:15pm
Film by: Eric Latek
Synopsis: An innovative film that banishes the stereotype of the Italian-American man, the sport of boxing and the common assumptions of what it means to be tough.


Ticket Prices: $8 general admission; $7 students and seniors; $5 FLIFF Members
Parking: Free after 4:45pm weekdays and all day on weekends at the Courthouse parking garage. Free parking at meters after 6pm weekdays & Saturdays and all day Sunday.

Cinema Paradiso is located at:
503 SE 6 Street
Downtown Fort Lauderdale
954-760-9898
www.cinemaparadiso.org



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