News From the Global Film Initiative

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by Sydney Levine
September 6, 2012 10:30 AM
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The Global Film Initiative is a U.S.-based international arts organization specializing in the support of independent film from Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Latin America and the Middle East. Founded in 2002 to promote cross-cultural understanding through the language of cinema, the Initiative awards numerous grants to deserving filmmakers from around the world each year, and supports a touring film series entitled Global Lens. Below is an exciting list of films, theater releases, DVD announcements, news, and how to watch the new lineup for Global Lens 2012. 
 

FEATURE: Education and Your Public Library

As more and more libraries join the Global Public program, Laura Brewer discusses how public libraries aren't just for books anymore... [more]

Filmmaker Mohamed Mouftakir's debut feature, an eerie, David Lynch-like mind-twister—and winner of FESPACO’s highest honor, the Golden Stallion award—is now  available for booking in festivals or theaters, along with nine other award-winning and critically acclaimed films from the new Global Lens 2012 series,  Read
... [more]

SPOTLIGHT: Cinema Comes to Life in Salt Lake City

As the Salt Lake Film Society prepares to present Global Lens 2012, Jeremy Quist reveals some secrets about his relationship with Utah, and makes an offer ... [more

INDUSTRY: Expression, Grace and Life--Film by Film

Cathlene Stubbs, founder of the first annual Zendegi Film Festival, on making a difference in her community, one film at a time... [more]



In anticipation of the new school year--and International Education Week 2012--here's a spotlight on a group of inspiring teachers who know how to think outside the box... [more]

INTERVIEW: Capturing a Country in Transition

Painter-turned-filmmaker Bujar Alimani talks with Rob Avila about AMNESTY and Albania on the cusp of a new era... [more

Natasha Hull-Richter sings out about the daring of Global Lens film OPERA JAWA, and the ways in which music and film can change the way you see the world... [more]

EVENTS: 'A Perfect Cocktail' Happy Hour

GFI's recent Happy Hour--in partnership with Fandor, the Castro Theatre and CAAM--was a perfect way to end the summer season... [more]



FESTIVALS & AWARDS: Toronto IFF, Montreal FF, Cinema Digital Seoul FF and More!

MISS LOVELY, WHEN I SAW YOU and THE CREMATOR debut in Toronto, ROUTE OF THE MOON lights the way to Montreal and DON'T EXPECT PRAISES spices up Seoul! [more]  

SUPPORT: You Say You Want a Revolution

So innovate. Create. And free your mind... [more]



New films from the Global Lens series are now available on DVD. Browse the catalogue now!

 
Global Lens DVD sets by region and subject are now available exclusively for university, college and high school libraries! From Africa and Asia to Women's Studies, Religion & Culture and more! Click here to download the catalogue. 

 
Programmers and curators--watch the entire Global Lens 2012 lineup on Festival Scope and book now!
 
The Global Film Initiative is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization. All proceeds from the Global Lens film series support international filmmaker grants, educational programming and resources, touring film exhibitions and other philanthropic initiatives and programs sponsored by the Global Film Initiative.
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