NEW ON DVD: My Time Will Come and Those Three!

MY TIME WILL COME from Ecuador and THOSE THREE from Iran Available March 29th!

The Global Film Initiative is pleased to announce the DVD release of two new films from the Global Lens film series:

MY TIME WILL COME (CUANDO ME TOQUE A MI) Dir. Víctor Arregui Ecuador, 2008, 90 minutes Spanish, with subtitles in English A moody, Altman-esque portrait of five intertwined lives in Quito, hailed by the Museum of Modern Art as a “brooding, poignant film…a poetic ode to Ecuador’s capital city.” Official Selection of the AFI Latin American Film Festival and the Miami and Locarno International Film Festivals.

THOSE THREE (AN SEH) Dir. Naghi Nemati Iran, 2007, 80 minutes Farsi and Turkish, with subtitles in English A stark and surrealist epic about three army deserters who escape into the barren, snow-swept mountains of Iran. According to Screen Daily, “This austerely shot existential odyssey … seems tailor-made to illustrate Fellini’s claim that ‘cinema uses the language of dreams.’” Awarded the NETPAC Award at the Locarno International Film Festival.

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The Puerto Rico Film Society: Moving the Island One Film at a Time

GFI celebrates the island-launch of Global Lens 2011 and another year with its inaugural Global Lens Partner Program member

It’s been almost two years since SF State cinema-graduate Guillermo Vasquez, and Eunice Soto-Ralat, founded the Puerto Rico Film Society (La Sociedad de Cine de Puerto Rico/SCPR), and as another year of Global Lens opens on the island, we’re proud to say we’ve been a part of their vision since the beginning.

Guillermo Vasquez

SCPR is the inaugural member of our Global Lens Partner Program, which was established in 2009 to support the development of community arts initiatives in the United States and it territories. At the heart of the program is Global Lens, and participants, like SCPR, use the series as a building-block to connect with local partners in the arts, and create dynamic film exhibitions and educational events.

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Asia Pacific Films and Global Lens Streaming!

Jeannette Hereniko’s online brainchild, Asia Pacific Films, launches with THOSE THREE and MY TEHRAN FOR SALE

Global Lens is finally online! After more than a few years of keeping our most precious cargo in hiding from the world of streaming media, GFI is stepping into the next generation with an online presentation of Iranian films THOSE THREE and MY TEHRAN FOR SALE through the Honolulu-based, Asia Pacific Films!

What finally did the trick?

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NOW PLAYING: Global Lens in the Bay Area!

Did you know that the Global Lens film series has screened in 43 states and one U.S. territory over the past eight years? We’ve even taken to the skies on Virgin American airlines!

Of course, it’s also nice to have Global Lens film shown in our own backyard, and over the next few weeks, the Bay Area will be buzzing with screenings of Global Lens and GFI grant-supported films!

Read on for more about each exciting presentation!

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Veiroj Vérité

Rob Avila and Global Lens filmmaker, Federico Veiroj, discuss sexual rites of passage, Montevideo’s Jewish community and the director’s short film, AS FOLLOWS

With something more like resignation than enthusiasm, 13-year-old Rafael Bregman (Diego Radzewicz) prepares for his bar mitzvah. At the rabbi’s desk, he dutifully mouths the ceremonial Hebrew that comes so much less naturally to him than his native Spanish. But it’s all part of becoming a man in this Jewish enclave of Montevideo, Uruguay—and, as follows here, will no doubt prove a complex memory some day. (Perhaps it’s his own bar mitzvah that Bregman senior (Omar Varela) is remembering as he slumbers on his analyst’s couch!)

Federico Veiroj’s 13-minute short, As Follows (Bregman, el siguiente)—which GFI is distributing alongside the 35-year-old Uruguayan filmmaker’s feature film, A Useful Life (La Vida Útil)—is a wry, charming story of a rich Latin American subculture and a boy set on the uncertain, ambiguous cusp of manhood. Watch the entire film below and read on for an interview with Federico Veiroj!

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WATCH: Director of Programs Santhosh Daniel on Film Funding and the Future of Indian Cinema

The San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival (SFIAAFF), the nation’s largest showcase for new Asian American and Asian films, is presented each year by the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM)–-our neighbors upstairs at the Ninth Street Independent Film Center!

This year, GFI’s Director of Programs Santhosh Daniel will be a panelist at the SFIAAFF‘s panel discussion, “Stepping Forward, Looking Back: Taking Stock of the Nature, Business and Future of Indian Cinema” taking place on Saturday, March 12th at the Sundance Kabuki Cinema in San Francisco. In preparation for the event, Santhosh sat down with the folks at CAAM to give some exclusive insight into his thoughts on Indian cinema and offer advice to aspiring filmmakers. Watch the interview above and click here for more information about the event!