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GIFF Announces 2012 Films Line-Up


The Gasparilla International Film Festival (GIFF), presented by Digital Domain Institute (a subsidiary of leading digital production company, Digital Domain Media Group), has announced its list of scheduled films for the sixth annual event held March 29 through April, 1, 2012.

Attendees at this year’s event will have an opportunity to choose from more than 120 movies that will be seen in a variety of Tampa locations, including: Tampa Theatre, Cinebistro in Hyde Park Village and Muvico Ybor.

Films range from drama and horror features to a selection of shorts, and the line-up also includes the world premiere of Alive Again, which features a Tampa resident, Joel Tavera.

“This year’s selection gives the Tampa Bay Community a first look at some of the most sought after independent films before they are released,” says Joe Restaino, board president of GIFF. “We have recruited and screened films from all of the top film festivals and are excited more filmmakers and talent will be present at GIFF this year to represent their films.”

Films include:

The Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best
This comedy features actors, Andrew McCarthy, Arielle Kebbel (2010 GIFF Rising Star award winner), Wilmer Valderrama, Ryan O’Nan (this year’s Rising Star Award recipient) and a cast of others in a film about a singer/songwriter who goes on the road with a music revolutionary. Director: Ryan O’Nan.

Cabin in the Woods
A horror/thriller about five friends who take a trip to a remote cabin in the woods and as the movie poster insinuates: “you think you know the story.” Director: Drew Goddard. Cast: Richard Jenkins, Bradley Whitford, Chris Hemsworth and Brian White. http://discoverthecabininthewoods.com/

Juan De Los Muertos
A horror/political comedy about a new revolution that begins 50 years after the Cuban Revolution. Director: Alejandro Burgues. Cast: Blanca Rosa Blanco, Elsa Camp and Alexis Diaz de Villegas. http://www.juanofthedeadmovie.com/lang/es/

Nice Guys Finish Last
A short comedy/thriller film about “when a guy is so nice you wanna kill him.” Director: Kimberly McCullough. Cast: Danielle Harris, Micah Cohen and Michael Trotter.

A short drama/romance, featuring Michael Roark and Lili Mirojnick, that’s about a woman who wants what other women have, and a man who steals it for her. Director: Ricky Rose. Cast: Yoonsuh Burnsed, Abigail Davis and Susan Gallagher.

Save the Date
Featured in the Sundance Film Festival, two incredibly different sisters are the center of attention in this movie featuring Lizzy Caplan, Martin Star and Alison Brie. Director: Michael Mohan.

Searching for Sunny
Directed by Andrew Disney, this comedy/mystery is about reunited friends who become chief suspects in a murder that resembles a play they performed in high school. Cast: Jason Dohring, Minka Kelly and Masi Oka. http://www.searchingforsonny.com/

Theresa Sareo: Alive Again
Documentary and inspirational true story of Theresa Sareo, a professional singer/songwriter whose life was changed after an impaired driver caused the amputation of her entire right leg. The inspirational film chronicles Sareo’s emotional and physical rehabilitation, along with her unexpected calling to support trauma survivors and wounded military around the world. Directors: Rye Joseph and Theresa Sareo. http://aliveagainmovie.com/

Additional films will be announced at a press conference on Monday, March 12 at 1 p.m. The press conference will be held at the Cinebistro in Hyde Park. Cinebistro is located at 1609 W. Swann Ave., Tampa, FL 33606. Press that wishes to attend the press conference should contact Nancy Vaughn

For more information about the Gasparilla International Film Festival, visit the event's website or call 813-514-9962.

About the Gasparilla International Film Festival
First launched in the summer of 2006, the Gasparilla International Film Festival (GIFF) has grown into an entertaining and educational year-round entity in Tampa Bay. Well-known for its annual film festival, GIFF is operated by the 501(c)(3) non-profit Tampa Film Institute and continually upholds its mission to provide year-long support for film screening, production, and education throughout Tampa Bay and the region. For more information on GIFF including sponsor and volunteer opportunities, visit the event's website.

About Digital Domain Institute
The Digital Domain Institute inspires those looking to blaze new trails in digital arts and animation. A subsidiary of Digital Domain Media Group (NYSE: DDMG), DDI sets a new standard in digital media education. Through an unprecedented public-private partnership with The Florida State University College of Motion Picture Arts, DDI stands in a class of its own, offering programs that combine creative and technical training with hands-on immersion in a studio environment.

About Digital Domain Media Group
Digital Domain Media Group is an award-winning digital production company. Since its inception in 1993, it has been a leading provider of computer-generated ("CG") animation and digital visual effects ("VFX") for major motion picture studios and advertisers. The company, its work and its employees have been recognized with numerous entertainment industry awards and nominations, including seven awards issued by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences - three Academy Awards® for Best Visual Effects and four awards for Scientific and Technical Achievement. Our filmography of over 80 major motion pictures includes Thor, TRON: Legacy, the Transformers trilogy, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Apollo 13 and Titanic. The company's digital production capabilities include the creation of CG animated content, performance capture, the conversion of two-dimensional ("2D") imagery into three- dimensional ("3D") imagery and CG visual effects such as fluid simulation, terrain generation and photorealistic animation.

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