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“Project Nim” to Open 20th Florida Film Festival; 21 World Premieres Set

"Project Nim" to Open 20th Florida Film Festival; 21 World Premieres Set

21 World Premieres, 4 North American Premieres, 7 U.S.Premieres, and 39 East Coast Premieres are on tap for the 20th anniversary of the Florida Film Festival, taking place in Orlando. FFF’s full roster includes 160 films from 25 countries, with Oscar-winning director James Marsh’s latest, “Project Nim” opening the event April 8 at the Enzian Theater.

The documentary tells the tale of a chimp taken from its mother and raised as a human in an upper west side brownstone in 1970s New York.

“We’re excited to launch our 20th edition of the Festival with this sensational documentary,” commented Henry Maldonado, President of Enzian and the festival in a statement. “We opened the first Florida Film Festival with the documentary, ‘A Brief History of Time,’ and it’s meaningful for us salute that moment 20 years later.”

“The incredible scope of cinematic expression in this year’s Festival is found not simply in terms of the volume of submissions or its demographics but in the variety of types of filmmakers and the issues they explore,” added Matthew Curtis, Florida Film Festival Programming Director in a statement. “This year we are screening films that embody risk-taking, diversity, and aesthetic innovation, and we are hopeful that audiences will find them as engaging and entertaining as we did.”

The 2011 Florida Film Festival takes place April 8 – 17.

The Narrative and Documentary competitions follow with information provided by the Florida Film Festival.

Narrative competition:

“Dog Sweat” – East Coast Premiere (Directed by Hossein Keshavarz)
“Fanny, Annie & Danny” – (Directed by Chris Brown)
“Hamill” – (Directed by Oren Kaplan)
“The Happy Poet” – Florida Premiere (Directed by Paul Gordon)
“Kinyarwanda” – East Coast (Directed by Alrick Brown)
“Norman” – Southeast Premiere (Directed by Jonathan Segal)
“Silver Tongues” – East Coast Premiere (Directed by Simon Arthur)
“This Narrow Place” – World Premiere (Directed by Sooney Kadouh
“Without” – East Coast Premiere and 2nd US Showing (Directed by Mark Jackson)
“Wuss” – East Coast Premiere (Directed by Clay Liford)

Documentary competition:

“Bobby Fischer against the World” – Regional Premiere (Directed by Liz Garbus)
“Chekhov for Children” – Southeast Premiere (Directed by Sasha Waters Freyer)
“Journey from Zanskar” – Southeast Premiere (Directed by Frederick Marx)
“Holy Wars” – East Coast Premiere (Directed by Stephen Marshall)
“Louder Than a Bomb” – Florida Premiere (Directed by Greg Jacobs and Jon Siskel)
“Made in India” – Florida Premiere (Directed by Rebecca Haimowitz and Vaishali Sinha)
“mindFlux” – Southeast Premiere (Directed by Ryan Kerrison)
“A Matter of Taste: Serving Up Paul Liebrandt” – Florida Premiere (Directed by Sally Rowe)
“Stuff” – World Premiere (Directed by Lawrence Johnson)
“Windfall” – Southeast Premiere (Directed by Laura Israel)

FFF’s 21 World Premieres Features:

“A Beautiful Belly” – (Directed by Andrew Kenneth Gay)
“TANZANIA a Friendship Journey” – (Directed by Sylvia Caminer)
“This Narrow Place” – (Directed by Sooney Kadouh)
“Stuff” – (Directed by Lawrence Johnson)

World Premiere Shorts:

“La Salle de Jeux” (The Playroom) – (Directed by Tim Miller)
“Thule” – (Directed by Robert Scott Wildes)
“The Thief” – (Directed by Rachel Weisz)
“Victims of Gravity” – (Directed by Vlady Valentin Oszkiel)
“California Romanza” – (Directed by Eva Mendes)
“The Candidate” – (Directed by David Karlak)
“The Deep” – (Directed by PES)
“Tales of Mere Existence: How to Be a Man” – (Directed by Lev Yilmaz)
“Tales of Mere Existence: How You May Fall for a Girl on Facebook” – (Directed by Lev Yilmaz)
“Nosy Bear” – (Directed by Fran Krause)
“Snot Bubble Boy” – (Directed by John Derevlany)
“Bad Influences” – (Directed by Kate Emery)
“A Coincidence of Sorts” – (Directed by Edgar Jorge)
“City of Murals” – (Directed by Ricky Rose)
“I’m Sorry I Forgot” – (Directed by Jason Rosette)
“Deadliest Throw” – (Directed by Joe York)

[For more information and a full lineup, visit the Florida Film Festival’s website.]

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