SUPPORT: Our Roots Are Showing

The Inauguration: MARGARETTE'S FEAST, the first film acquired for Global Lens

After years of ‘pushing the envelope’ and ‘changing the game’ with Global Lens, we went back to the basics for our tenth year…

Global Lens 2013 is just around the corner, and if you haven’t noticed [with all the fanfare], it’s the tenth anniversary of our most beloved series. A ‘decade of film’—from silent to sign language, notes of opera and narrative “firsts.” Baghdad. Mina Gerais. The Caspian Sea…

It’s an accomplishment. Over the years, almost 100 filmmakers, from backgrounds as varied and diverse as the history of cinema, trusted us to take their vision to screen via Global Lens. That we did, with the help of just a few thousand friends. And in just a few short weeks, we’ll be heading to New York to christen this tenth year of Global Lens with our very first friend: the Museum of Modern Art.

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INDUSTRY: A Decade of Film

A retrospective look at Global Lens via the images and ideas that took our signature series from infancy to adulthood…

As writer Robert Mckee said, “Storytelling is the most powerful way to put ideas into the world today.”

We agree.

Stories are the basis of humanity. They teach, they entertain, and they shape how we see the world. As humans, we are wired to connect and bond with others.

GFI was created with this purpose: to create global understanding, empathy and connectivity through the powerful medium of film, and to promote and support the vibrant growth of global filmmaking. To date, we have distributed 96 independent films from over 38 countries to North American audiences, and hosted screenings in every U.S. state except North Dakota. (Anyone in North Dakota want to help us with our 2013 New Years Resolution? Contact us!)

Through these films, we hope to inspire people to keep learning about other perspectives and ways of life. In celebration of Global Lens’ 10th year anniversary in January, we take a look at some of our films and the themes they contain from the past decade…

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OPEN MIC: Sight(read)ing Music’s Unique Tones in Film

The film OPERA JAWA, based on Javanese legends.

GFI intern Natasha Hull-Richter sings out about the daring Global Lens film OPERA JAWA, and the ways in which music and film can change the way you see the world…

As a musician, I am particularly interested in the similarities between film and music. The many common elements that I have seen from previous experience and through my internship at GFI include the cultural importance and storytelling of music, of film and of music in film. A particular song or score at just the right moment in a film can express so much more than the scene alone.

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First Time’s a Charm: Global Lens Comes to Iowa!

In October of 2008, my wife and I—along with our 2 cats and everything we owned—drove a Budget rental truck across the country, from New York to San Francisco. We would have loved to have taken our time and done some sightseeing, but we were under a bit of a time constraint, so we pretty much stuck to Interstate 80 during the day, and after the sun went down, finding the closest Super 8 (very highly recommended, and many of them allow cats!). On our second night, we stayed in Peru, IL, before pressing onward the next morning. If, however, we had ended up making our big cross-country move exactly 3 years later, I definitely would have driven the extra 2 hours to ensure that we spent that night in Iowa City so we could catch a Global Lens 2011 film at the University of Iowa’s incredible Bijou Cinema!

All of us here at GFI are particularly excited about the Bijou Cinema hosting the series as it marks the very first time that Global Lens has been shown in the state of Iowa. Thanks to the enthusiasm of the wonderful Christina Buckles (Programming Director and Comparative Literature PhD student) and the Bijou’s dedicated volunteer staff, the University of Iowa’s student-run cinema is bringing Global Lens 2011 to the greater Iowa City community from October 29th to November 10th. The Bijou has

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Leading Ladies Lead the World

A fast glance at five actresses making headlines on the global indie circuit

Artika Sari Devi

Tannishtha Chatterjee seems to be everywhere nowadays. And in case you hadn’t heard, Artika Sari Devi is starring in a new film and Gina Pareño is nearing 125 film and television productions. It’s rumored that Do Thi Hai Yen is about to be the face of a new Louis Vutton ad-campaign. And, of course, there’s Denise Newman

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