WEEK IN REVIEW: Saving Birds and Soaking it up in San Sebastian

We’re gearing up for the busiest season of the year here at GFI, with final decisions being made for the Global Lens 2012 lineup, grant applications under review and continuing DVD releases and Global Lens screenings.

In the midst of all this, it seems that each day brings more great news, important events and unexpected surprises. Here’s what we’ve been up to lately, and what’s in store for the near future:

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"Look for the yellow bag!" (Our calling card at festivals)

WHEN IN SPAIN: GFI Founder and Board Chair Susan Weeks Coulter traveled to the San Sebastián International Film Festival, where she met with filmmakers from around the world, saw a few unreleased and extremely impressive new projects, and made some new friends—most memorably after missing the last bus and getting stranded in the rain!

Gaston Kabore

Gaston Kabore

A VISIT TO REMEMBER: We’re very excited about Gaston Kabore’s visit during the Mill Valley Film Festival (Oct. 6-16)! The festival features a tribute to the Burkinabe filmmaker and GFI Film Board member, as well as a screening of Kabore’s Buud Yam

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NEW ON DVD: Becloud and Gods!

BECLOUD from Mexico and GODS from Peru Available June 28th!

We’re pleased to announce the DVD release of two new films from the Global Lens film series:

BECLOUD (VAHO) Dir. Alejandro Gerber Bicecci Mexico, 2009, 117 minutes Spanish, with subtitles in English After years of separation, three boyhood friends reunite in Mexico City to overcome a tragedy that scarred their neighborhood, and childhood, years before; Special Mention at the Morelia International Film Festival and awarded the Jury Prize at the Marrakech International Film Festival.

Vividly shot…surprising and devastating.” -Variety

Naturalistic acting, the almost documentary quality of the filming and the setting in the real-life barrios of Mexico City heightens the sense of realism and the feeling that you’re catching a glimpse of the unvarnished truth of daily life in Mexico.” -St. Louis Beacon

GODS (DIOSES) Dir. Josué Méndez Peru, 2008, 91 minutes Spanish, with subtitles in English A wealthy industrialist’s working-class fiancee plunges into the extravagance of her lavish new life as her future stephchildren self-destruct in a series of desperate attempts to escape their privileged upbringing; awarded the Best Film at the Biarritz Film Festival and Best Peruvian Film at the Lima Film Festival.

Méndez’s coolly scathing satire of Peru’s upper classes conveys the anguished hollowness beneath

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3 ON 1: The Inside, Upside and Best Side of BECLOUD

This month, as we celebrate our newest addition to the Global Lens DVD family—Becloud (available June 28th)—we’re also taking the opportunity to introduce a new feature to our blog: the 3 on 1 column.

After years of separation, three boyhood friends reunite in Mexico City to overcome a tragedy that scarred their neighborhood, and childhood, years before.

3 on 1—what is it? Well, it’s three people (insiders, outsiders, fans and friends of GFI) speaking about one subject. Films, grantees, events and travel… The list of what we can discuss is endless. And this month, it all begins with Becloud (and three folks who you may already know):

Jeremy Quist (Global Lens Series Manager): Becloud first came to us as a grant-submission, back when we only knew the film as Vaho (its original Spanish-language title). So the forthcoming DVD release of this title is quite significant for us, having seen it first as an unassuming rough cut before the final sound mix was complete, then touring the finished film to great acclaim in Global Lens 2010, and now finally making it available to everyone on home video.

The outstanding technical quality of the DVD comes courtesy of our wonderful authoring facility, AM-DVD, and the packaging features gorgeous artwork from designer Gary Ponzo (who also created this awesome chandelier made completely out of

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