Miami, FL — Miami Dade College’s (MDC) acclaimed Miami Film Festival GEMS 2017 is supporting the victims of Hurricane Irma with the recent addition of The Leisure Seeker to their GEMS lineup. The film, directed by Italian filmmaker Paolo Virzi, was shot in Key West and stars Academy Award-winner® Helen Mirren and two-time Golden Globe-winner® Donald Sutherland, as they recapture their passion for life and their love for each other on a road trip that provides revelation and surprise right up to the very end. All ticket sale proceeds will be donated 100% to the United Way of the Florida Keys for the Hurricane Irma Relief Fund.
“We are thankful to Sony Pictures Classics for the opportunity to showcase a film that not only was partially shot with such a phenomenal cast in Key West, an important and iconic staple of our community, but also because 100% of all proceeds will go directly to those affected by Hurricane Irma in that area,” said Jaie Laplante, director of Miami Film Festival.
Tickets for this screening will be $13 and the showtime will be on Sunday, Oct. 15 at 1 p.m. No discounts, promotions, or All-Access Passes may be used.
For more information on the Irma Relief Fund, please visit http://www.keysunitedway.org/.
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About Film: The Leisure Seeker (Italy), directed by Paolo Virzi
The Leisure Seeker (112 minutes) stars Academy Award-winner® Helen Mirren and two-time Golden Globe-winner® Donald Sutherland as a runaway couple going on an unforgettable journey in the faithful old RV they call The Leisure Seeker, travelling from Boston to The Ernest Hemingway Home in Key West. They recapture their passion for life and their love for each other on a road trip that provides revelation and surprise right up to the very end.
About Miami Dade College’s Miami Film Festival
Celebrating cinema in two annual events, Miami 2017 GEMS Festival October 12-15, 2017 and its 35th annual edition March 9 – 18, 2018, Miami Dade College’s Miami Film Festival is considered the preeminent film festival for showcasing Ibero-American cinema in the U.S., and a major launch pad for all international and documentary cinema. The annual Festival more than 60,000 audience members and more than 400 filmmakers, producers, talent and industry professionals. It is the only major festival housed within a college or university. In the last five years, the Festival has screened films from more than 60 countries, including 300 World, International, North American, U.S. and East Coast Premieres. Miami Film Festival’s special focus on Ibero-American cinema has made the Festival a natural gateway for the discovery of new talent from this diverse territory. The Festival also offers unparalleled educational opportunities to film students and the community at large. Major sponsors of the 2017-18 Festival season include Knight Foundation, American Airlines and Miami-Dade County. For more information, visit miamifilmfestival.com or call 305-237-FILM (3456).
About Culture at Miami Dade College
The Cultural Affairs Department of Miami Dade College (MDC) is composed of the Miami Book Fair, Miami Film Festival, Tower Theater Miami, Koubek Center, Freedom Tower, MDC Live Arts and MDC Galleries and Museum of Art + Design. MDC is committed to providing its community with the opportunity to come in contact with innovative thinkers, creators and tradition bearers from around the world. With each presentation, MDC offers a bridge between cultures and ideas, creating new opportunities for the increasingly diverse population of Miami to come together through shared live arts experiences. For more information, visit mdc.edu/arts.
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