GIFF 2019: Program Announcement Includes Films Like THE HUMMINGBIRD PROJECT and TEEN SPIRIT

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On February 26, the Gasparilla International Film Festival announced their program of films that will be shown during the festival, which runs from March 19-24 in Tampa, FL. The program includes many exciting prospects, from favorites of the festival circuit to brand new films making their premiere.

The Opening Night Film is The Hummingbird Project, directed by Kim Nguyen and starring Jesse Eisenberg, Alexander Skarsgard, Salma Hayek, and Michael Mando. It debuted at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival. The Closing Night Film is Family, directed by Laura Steinel and starring Taylor Schilling, Bryan Tyree Henry, Matt Walsh, and Kate McKinnon. Family debuted at the 2018 SXSW Film Festival.

The Spotlight Screenings category includes films with bigger-name stars, like Stockholm (Tribeca 2018), starring Ethan Hawke, Teen Spirit (TIFF 2018, SXSW 2019), starring Elle Fanning, and Hotel Mumbai (TIFF 2018) starring Dev Patel and Armie Hammer. The category also includes the acclaimed documentary Amazing Grace (AFI Fest 2018) about queen of soul Aretha Franklin.

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Some highlights in the Narrative Feature Competition include Little Woods (Tribeca 2018) starring Tessa Thompson and Lily James, and The Tomorrow Man (Sundance 2019) starring John Lithgow and Blythe Danner. The Documentary Feature Competition features films like The Brink (Sundance 2019) and Hail Satan? (Sundance 2019).

The late-night “Freaks, Frights, and F(r)iends” series includes some festival hits like Freaks (TIFF 2018) and The Hole in the Ground (Sundance 2019). However, perhaps most exciting in the category is the return of Tommy Wiseau and Greg Sestero to Tampa with the second installment of Best F(r)iends. Additionally, the GIFF is home to the Tampa Bay Jewish Film Festival, in which films like The Samuel Project and Tel Aviv on Fire are playing.

The 2019 Gasparilla International Film Festival runs from March 19-24 in Tampa, FL. Hope to see you at the festival!

By Sean Boelman

Sean is a film student, aspiring filmmaker, and life-long cinephile. For as long as he can remember, he has always loved film, but he credits the film Pan's Labyrinth as having started his love of film as art. Sean enjoys watching many types of films, although some personal favorite genres include dramatic comedies, romantic comedies, heist films, and art horror.

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