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Greenwich Film Festival Turns Its Lens On Connecticut

Norwalk filmmaker Alex Morsanutto's movie "Hi-Glow Retro" is part of GIFF's new "Connecticut Shorts" program.
Norwalk filmmaker Alex Morsanutto's movie "Hi-Glow Retro" is part of GIFF's new "Connecticut Shorts" program. Photo Credit: Submitted

GREENWICH, Conn. -- For the first time in its three-year history, The Greenwich International Film Festival (GIFF) will feature "Connecticut Shorts," short films that were either shot in state or made by a local filmmaker.

The program will screen as a series twice during the festival  -- on Saturday, June 3 and Sunday, June 4. It is sponsored by the Connecticut Office of Film, Television, and Digital Media. Go HERE for details.

According to Ginger Stickel, GIFF executive director, the new program was added "to celebrate the beautiful state of Connecticut and its many gifted filmmakers."

"The caliber of film entries we received was a testament to the skilled filmmakers from this area," she said.

The full GIFF schedule is online with tickets for sale. The festival kicks off on Friday, June 2 with the "Bending the Arc," a documentary about a team of doctors and activists whose work 30 years ago to save lives in a rural Haitian village grew into a global battle for the right to healthcare for all.

It will be followed by a special Town Hall Panel Q&A moderated by Barbara Pierce Bush with Ophelia Dahl (Partners in Health), Writer/Producer Cori Stern, Joia Mukherjee (Partners in Health), and Rifat Latifi M.D. from Westchester Medical Center.

Other GIFF highlights include:

  • The Changemaker Awards honoring Christy Turlington Burns for her work with Every Mother Counts and Renee Zellweger for her leadership and support in the search for a cure for ALS.
  • A performance by Flo Rida at the opening night party on Friday, June 2
  • The Social Impact Awards with a jury chaired by Actress, Activist and Humanitarian Sophia Bush.
  • "Live from Connecticut:" A discussion with Saturday Night Live Writers to be moderated by Lorne Manley of The New York Times.
  • "Producer Sports: ESPN 30 for 30’s Mike and The Mad Dog screening followed by an insightful panel with sports entertainment leaders Connor Schell, Mark Teixeira, Kyle Martino and moderator in sports Ryen Russillo.
  • “Women Driving ROI Panel in the Film Marketplace."

The festival runs from June 1 to June 4. Go to www.greenwichfilm.org for details.

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