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Miami Film Festival Entices Brickell Residents with Great Films

March 8, 2017
The Plaza on Brickell

Miami has seen some extraordinary films and documentaries either being made by Miami residents or being filmed within the city. Miami’s presence in Hollywood has been quite acclaimed in recent times, especially with the Academy Award-winning film, “Moonlight.” Every year, the Miami area hosts avid cinema lovers that come to town to see some of the hottest, most thrilling films and documentaries around. Brickell residents are lucky to be near the center of all the action surrounding the Miami Film Festival, and are enticed to catch some great films so close to home.

History of the Miami Film Festival

The Miami Film Festival was founded by the non-profit Film Society of Miami, Inc. on February 3rd, 1984. The Olympia Theater at the Gusman Center officially became the home of the Miami Film Festival in 1989; and, was moved to Miami Dade College in 2003. Over the years, the Miami Film Festival has grown, and runs for 10 concurrent days in this glorious city. Hollywood celebrities such as Sylvester Stallone, Antonio Banderas, and Ashton Kutcher, among many others, have all attended this star-studded event. The Miami Film Festival has also hosted a diverse range of filmmakers, which include Pedro Almodovar and Spike Lee.

Miami Film Festival 2017

The 34th Annual Miami Film Festival kicked off on March 3rd, and will run through March 12th. The opening night film was “Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer,” which was produced and starred by actor, producer, and humanitarian Richard Gere, whom attended the film screening and the Champagne & Stars Opening Night Party hosted by filmmaker Joseph Cedar. Screenings take place all over Greater Miami and the beaches at theaters such as O Cinema Miami Beach, the Coral Gables Art Cinema, the Olympia Theater, the Regal 17, and the Regal 18.
The 2017 Miami Film Festival showcases 131 films and documentaries. Entries into the film festival come from 40 countries around the globe. This year’s film festival is home to the world and international premieres of 22 films. Out of the 131 films being showcased, 36 of them are either directed or codirected by women.
The city of Miami and its citizens are being featured throughout the festival, as many films and documentaries were crafted by Miamians and/or have a Miami connection. Two Miami residents that have chosen the Miami Film Festival to premiere their films include Emilio Estefan with “A Change of Heart,” and Kenny Ortega and Miami-born Blake Jenner’s “Billy Boy.”

Brickell Residents Screening Options

Brickell residents have many screening options close to home. Brickell residents can just head on over to Downtown Miami or Coral Gables to catch some great films. If you are interested in experiencing cultural events such as the yearly Miami Film Festival, contact me, and I will help you find a wonderful Brickell condo within the Plaza on Brickell community, so that you can enjoy the cities’ fun.

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