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Film

A new film festival

By STEVE PERSALL
Published February 22, 2007


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The inaugural Gasparilla Film Festival begins Wednesday with an opening night gala at Tampa Theatre, including a feature film and an after-show party at Fly Bar and Restaurant. Tickets are $75 and are available at the festival Web site, www.gasparillafilmfestival.com.

Film presentations get into gear at 2 p.m. March 1 at Channelside Cinemas 10 in Tampa with a showing of An American Opera, an examination of the domestic pet crisis resulting from Hurricane Katrina's destructive path. Filmmaker Tom McPhee will introduce the screening and answer questions afterward.

That day's lineup also includes a pair of short film showcases (4 and 5:30 p.m.), the documentary Motherland Afghanistan (7 p.m.), the political comedy 12:08 East of Bucharest (7:30 p.m.) and a 9:30 p.m. showing of Callback, a drama involving an actor getting too close for comfort to his role.

Tickets for all shows are $8, available at the box office, with discounts for students and seniors.

Visiting filmmakers will be honored that evening at 9:30 with a reception downstairs at Channelside's Splitsville. Tickets are $50, available on the festival Web site.

The festival continues through March 4 at Channelside and the Cuban Club in Ybor City with a strong accent on Latin cinema. Next week's Weekend will preview the highlights, or visit the festival Web site for details.

[Last modified February 21, 2007, 14:14:26]


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