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"Kinky Boots," An Appropriate Kick-Off At Florida's 15th Annual Film Festival

A scene from Julian Jarrold's "Kinky Boots," the opening night film at the Florida Film Festival. Photo courtesy of the Florida Film Festival.

The Florida Film Festival has announced the lineup for its 15th edition, which will take place March 24-April 2 in Orlando. This year, the festival showcases 51 feature films and 91 shorts from 18 countries, which will be screened at the Enzian Theater. The festival kicks off with Julian Jarrold's "Kinky Boots." The film, which marks Jarold's feature directorial debut, is about a son who struggles to save his father's shoe factory after the sudden death of his father. The son receives help from an unlikely character, a cabaret singer named Lola, whose taste in high heels and business tactics bring the factory success when they produce spike-heeled boots.

The opening film will be preceded by the east coast premiere of Chel White's award-winning animated short, "A Painful Glimpse Into My Writing Process (In Less Than 60 Seconds)" in which the filmmaker attempts to portray what takes place in his subconscious.

The festival's independent competition lineup includes seven films making their world premiere. The narrative feature category debuts "Inside," by Jeff Mahler, a film about a troubled young man who tries to look in on people's lives by breaking into their homes while they are there. Marylou Tibaldo-Bongiorno's "Revolution '67" will make its world premiere in the documentary feature category. "Revolution '67" shows archived footage of the 1967 riots in Newark, New Jersey, and includes interviews from civil rights activists in an attempt to shed light on one of the untold uprisings of the 1960s.

Other festival highlights include several films directed by well-known actors, such as Vincent D'Onofrio's "Five Minutes, Mr. Welles." The narrative short features D'Onofrio as Orson Welles in 1949 London preparing for his role as Harry Lime in "The Third Man."

The festival will also welcome guest John Waters, for "An Afternoon with John Waters: Cinematic Immunity," where the filmmaker will take the stage to talk about his craft and share his quirky taste in film. "John Waters has gained phenomenal international renown as writer and director of a range of wildly original, irreverent and offbeat portraits of the American dream gone-wrong," a festival press release notes.

For a complete lineup of films and special events, visit their Web site.

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