SUPPORT: You Say “Tomato” and I Say “Tomahto”

Global Lens and promoting a difference of opinion for the sake of diversity

Global Lens: grindhouse, arthouse, our house

Every year, we do our best to bring you the best in independent world cinema. And over the years, if there’s one thing we’ve learned, it’s that tastes vary from person to person and often what we see in a film isn’t always the same as what you see…

Earlier this year, we released what some audiences describe[d] as a “slasher” film–and others describe as an iconic representation of the “Indian New Wave.” For us, Sidharth Srinivasan’s SOUL OF SAND is an eccentric thriller that ‘delves into the dark interstices between Indian modernity and tradition,’ and for Memphis-based critic, John Beifuss:

“A blunt horror-art hybrid… With one foot in the arthouse and the other in the grindhouse.” [more]

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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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FESTIVALS & AWARDS: Havana, Pusan, Valdivia, and Marrakech Film Festivals!

Congratulations to the following Global Lens films and filmmakers:

Uruguayan director Federico Veiroj’s A USEFUL LIFE received the Coral Award for Best Film and Argentinean director Diego Lerman’s THE INVISIBLE EYE was awarded the Special Jury Prize at the 2010 New Latin American Film Festival in Havana, Cuba. Featured in Global Lens 2011.

DOOMAN RIVER, by Chinese director Zhang Lu, received the NETPAC Award at the 2010 Pusan International Film Festival. GFI grant awarded in 2009 and featured in Global Lens 2011.