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Film Fest to show movies from around the world

Published: Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014 11:04 a.m. CDT
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The film “American Arab,” a documentary about Iraqi-American filmmaker Usama Alshaibi’s experience with racism in post-9/11 America, will be shown at the Geneva Film Festival at 9:30 p.m. Friday, March 7, at Dodson Place in Geneva.

GENEVA – More than 40 films from across the globe will be shown on the silver screen in March as part of the seventh annual Geneva Film Festival.

The mission of the Geneva Film Festival is to celebrate the art of filmmaking by setting the stage for independent filmmakers to showcase their talent to the world, according to a news release.

The festival will take place from Thursday, March 6, through Saturday, March 8, at Dodson Place, located at the corner of Second and Fulton streets in Geneva. Attendees can enjoy a variety of films from the U.S., Canada, Europe, Brazil, India and more.

“Every year we try and raise the bar in the quality of films we select for our festival, and this year was no different,” Geneva Film Festival Executive Director Scott Rolf said in a news release. “With more than 100 films submitted, it was easy to elevate the cut-off point and select only the very top-rated films for each category. With such a diverse offering of genres and subject matter, there is definitely something for everyone at the 2014 Geneva Film Festival.”

Patrons also will have opportunities to meet with the producers and directors of selected films.

And festival-goers can help choose the winning films in various categories.

Other festival highlights will include Student Night on March 6, where students with an ID will receive a free T-shirt (while supplies last) and discounted all-festival or single day passes.

In addition, the Filmmakers’ Roundtable will take place at 9 a.m. March 8. The event will begin with a free continental breakfast while attendees learn about the filmmaking process and challenges faced when producing an independent film.

Finally, the “It’s a Wrap” party will take place at 9:30 p.m. March 8 and will serve as a closing celebration. It will take place at Wildwood Restaurant, 477 S. Third St., Geneva, and will feature live music. Patrons also will be able to meet with Mayor Kevin Burns, film producers, directors and actors.

The event is sponsored by the Geneva Cultural Arts Commission.

Tickets cost $5 a block, $10 a day and $15 for an all-festival pass.

For a full movie schedule, to purchase tickets or for more information, visit the festival website at www.GenevaFilmFestival.org.

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