1. The Surface
Directed by Gil Gates and starring Sean Astin (Lord Of The Rings Trilogy) and Chris Mulkey, The Surface tells the story of two men facing death. Mitch (Sean Astin) is intent on suicide when he stumbles upon the debris from a crashed, small engine floatplane where the survivor, Kelly (Chris Mulkey) is struggling to stay alive.
The film is ripe with pathos as it investigates the nature of mortality and how death's imminence afflicts and clarifies the existences of both men.
The film debuts on on Tuesday, March 24, at 7:30pm at the Tampa Theatre, 711 North Franklin Street.
2. The Last Time You Had Fun
Starring Demitri Martin (Taking Woodstock), Mary Elizabeth Ellis (It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia), Eliza Coupe (Happy Endings), Kyle Bornheimer (Agent Carter). What starts as a casual meet up at a wine turns into an all night adventure to have the most fun that four decidedly dysfunctional adults are capable of having.
On the shoulders of four proven, witty actors, The Last Time You Had Fun takes the bottle rocket formula of comedy and allows its talented to cast to bring you into the satirical malaise that exists in adulthood.
The Film Debuts on Wednesday, March 25, at 9:30pm at Sample Music Theater at Channelside Bay Plaza, 615 Channelside Drive.
3. Among The Discarded
On his 44th birthday, artist Trent Dion Soto voluntarily joined the homeless population, on L.A.’s notorious Skid Row for 30 days in an attempt to foster positive change upon the community. Trent’s goal was total immersion, as he wanted to live as they did, with zero outside assistance. To accomplish this, Trent only brought basic toiletries, art supplies and his trusty GoPro camera, to capture the experience. Through Trent’s eyes, and personal interactions, you will experience, first-hand, the cheers, tears, struggles and dangers of the homeless epidemic via this raw, emotional expose.
Among The Discarded debuts on Friday, March 27 , at 11:30am at Lieser Skaff Theater at Channelside Bay Plaza, 615 Channelside Drive.
4. Traveling At Night With Jim Jarmusch
Directed by Lea Rinaldi, Traveling at Night with Jim Jarmusch is a documentary that forms itself as an intimate portrait of the iconic Jim Jarmusch. The documentary follows Jarmusch on the set of his latest film, Only Lovers Left Alive (starring Tilda Swinton, Tom Hiddleston, John Hurt and Mia Wasikowska).
The film debuts on Thursday, March 26, at 9pm at Sample Music Theater at Channelside Bay Plaza, 615 Channelside Drive.
5. 15 To Life: Kenneth's Story
The U.S. is the only country in the world that condemns children to die in prison. 15 to Life is the story of one of those children. This film follows the story of Kenneth Young, sentenced to life in prison at the age of 14, and his struggle for redemption.
This film reveals a justice system with thousands of young people serving sentences intended for society's most dangerous criminals.
The film debuts on Friday, March 27, at 2:45pm at 360 Realty Theater at Channelside Bay Plaza, 615 Channelside Drive.
6. The Poet Of Havana
Cuban musician Carlos Varela is one of the most influential artists of his time. This documentary reveals how his country, politics and people shaped his art and how he has influenced them in return. The film features interviews with Benicio Del Toro, Jackson Browne, Luis Enrique and others.
The film debuts on Friday, March 27, at 6:45pm at Realty Theater at Channelside Bay Plaza, 615 Channelside Drive.
Starring James Caan, Sonja Bennett, Danny Trejo, Laura Harris and Paul Campbell. Preggoland tells the story of Ruth, a 35 year-old woman who pretends to be pregnant to fit in with her friends. Her attempts to come clean are halted by the perks of pregnancy.
The film debuts on Sunday, March 29, at 6:30pm at Realty Theater at Channelside Bay Plaza, 615 Channelside Drive.
These are just seven of the many films we can't wait to see and parties we can't wait to experience.
On Tuesday, March 24, from 5:30-7:30pm, GIFF will host its Stella Artois VIP opening night reception and film presented by Merril Lynch. The event will feature unlimited food samplings from area restaurants along with complimentary Stella Artois Beer and Dark Horse Wine.
On Wednesday, March 25, at 3:30pm Mayor Bob Buckhorn with special guests will officially cut the ribbon on Channelside Cinemas after its GIFF makeover.
For a full list of events, screenings and panels visit GIFF's official website.