The 28th Annual Miami International Film Festival announced their lineup that runs March 4th through 13th.
Of note, Danish filmmaker Susanne Bier will be bestowed with a Career Achievement Tribute. Bier won the 2011 Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film with her film In a Better World. Her tribute will be Sunday, March 6th, during which In a Better World will screen. It is also in Oscar contention for Best Foreign Language Film.
Doc maker Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me) will be at the festival headlining "A Conversation With..." seminar on Tuesday, March 8 at 6:00 p.m. at the W South Beach. Also on the documentary topic, MIFF's DOX Competition has 2 Oscar nominees and 2 Oscar winning directors with films.
There are a few world premieres at the fest. One of which is Things Fall Apart, co-written and starring Curtis Jackson aka 50 Cent. It was directed by Mario Van Peebles and produced by Miami's Randall Emmett. Things Fall Apart screens at the Gusman on Saturday, March 5th at 9:45pm.
The festival has a Florida Focus on 3 films: Making Sh*t Up, Magic City Memoirs, and Mooney vs. Fowle.
Making Sh*t Up, by director Bill Bilowit, gives the movie star treatment to Miami's own conceptual artist, Bert Rodriguez. His eccentric life, battling his personal demons and transforming them into ingenious works of arts, is his masterpiece-in-progress. Making Sh*t Up is screens on Wednesday, March 9th at 7pm at the Tower Theater.
Magic City Memoirs, from executive producer Andy Garcia and Miami director Aaron Salgado, is a filmed-in-Miami, coming-of-age drama starring Dominik Garcia-Lorido (City Island), Natalie Martinez (Detroit 1-8-7) and Jordi Vilasuso (The Lost City). Magic City Memoirs screens at the Gusman on Friday, March 11th at 6:45pm.
Mooney vs. Fowle, by director James Lipscomb, filmed in 1961, is a candid and searing documentary portrait of a Miami moment in time: That year's Florida state football championship game between historical rivals, Miami High and Edison High, the coachesand their unorthodox methods and the players who lived it. Although produced for television, the film was not aired on local stations. On its 50th anniversary of its completion, MIFF will present the World Premiere and true Florida "From The Vault" screening. Mooney vs. Fowle screens Wednesday, March 9th at 7pm at the Cosford Cinema.
Returning to MIFF once again is Filmapalooza 2011, the international competition of 48 Hour Film Project city finalists. Teams of filmmakers from more than 90 cities worldwide are given a character, prop, genre and a line of dialogue and must write, shoot and edit a film in just 48 hours.