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MDC’s 29th Annual Miami International Film Festival Presents Five Florida Based Films Including Re-Release of Islands Documentary

~ MIFF runs from Mar. 2 to 11, 2012
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Miami, March 2, 2012 - Five films with a theme connected to the Sunshine State will have their premiere during the 29th Annual Miami International Film Festival (MIFF), produced and presented by Miami Dade College (MDC). The films, Born & Raised; David; The Diary of Preston Plummer; The Perfect Family; and Islands, are part of the Festival’s Florida Focus program, which is an annual celebration of films made in Florida or by Florida filmmakers. Florida Focus gives local producers and filmmakers an opportunity to exhibit their talents to a proud local audience.

Here’s more about the Florida Focus films:

Born & Raised is a rough and tough coming-of-age drama set in Florida’s beautiful panhandle. This is a world premiere of the film directed by Joshua Dragge. It will be presented at 9:15 p.m., Friday, March 9, at Regal South Beach Cinemas, 1100 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach; and at 7 p.m., Saturday, March 10, at O Cinema, 90 NW 29 Street.

David is Miami-born director Joel Fendelman’s study of the unlikely connection between two 11-year old boys belonging to deeply conservative religious families – one Arab, one Jewish. (Tuesday, March 6, at 6:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., Sun., March 11, at Regal South Beach Cinemas, 1100 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach).

The Diary of Preston Plummer: Florida has rarely looked so romantic as in this tale of young love set in Amelia Island, co-starring Rumer Willis and Robert Loggia from Scarface and Prizzi’s Honor. (7 p.m., Monday, March 5, at the Gusman Center for the Performing Arts, 174 E. Flagler St., downtown Miami).   

In The Perfect Family, Miami-born producer Jen Dubin put together a superb cast, led by Kathleen Turner, Jason Ritter, and Emily Deschanel for this story of a devout Catholic mother struggling to accept her lesbian daughter’s lifestyle. (6:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 7 at Regal South Beach Cinemas, 1100 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach).   

In Islands, legendary documentarians Alberto and David Maysles, along with editor Charlotte Zwerin, capture the true story of artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s famed 1983 “Surrounded Islands” project that also became part of Miami’s folklore and art history. It will be presented at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Mar. 3, at the Coral Gables Art Cinema.

This year’s Festival will showcase of more than 100 films from 35 countries during the 10-day event, which runs March 2-11, 2012. Highlights include red carpet galas at Olympia Theater, parties, education seminars, international film premieres, and more!

For more information about films, screenings and tickets, visit

Miami International Film Festival (MIFF), celebrating its 29th edition on March 2-11, 2012, is considered the preeminent Ibero-American film festival in the U.S. The annual Festival, produced and presented by Miami Dade College, attracts more than 70,000 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. MIFF’s special focus on Ibero-American cinema has made the Miami International Film Festival a natural gateway for the discovery of Ibero-American talent. 

Additionally, the Festival offers unparalleled educational opportunities to filmmakers and the community at large. For more, visit or call 305-237-MIFF (3456).   Major sponsors of the 2012 Miami International Film Festival include: Lexus, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Miami Beach Visitors & Convention Authority, FPL, EGEDA, Downtown Development Authority of the City of Miami, Comcast, Miami New Times, The Historic Alfred I. Dupont Building, ABC Management Services, Screen International and the City of Miami Beach.  The official headquarter hotel of MIFF 2012 is The Standard Spa, Miami; and the Festival is produced with the support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners. 

Miami Dade College has a long and rich history of involvement in the cultural arts, providing South Florida with a vast array of artistic and literary offerings including The Miami Book Fair International, the Florida Center for the Literary Arts, the MDC Live! Performing Arts Series, The MDC Tower Theater Cinema Series, nine visual arts galleries including The Freedom Tower at Miami Dade College and the School of Entertainment and Design Technology, in addition to the renowned Miami International Film Festival. MDC is the largest institution of higher education in the country and is nationally recognized for many of its academic and cultural programs. With an enrollment of more than 174,000 students, MDC is the nation’s top producer of degrees. The college’s seven campuses and two centers offer nearly 300 distinct degree programs including several baccalaureate degrees. It has admitted nearly 2 million students since it opened its doors in 1960. More at

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