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HISTORIC CUBAN DOCUMENTARY EMBARGO SCREENING & PANEL AT THE GARDEN STATE FILM FESTIVAL
- Both Take Place on Saturday, April 2nd in Atlantic City -
Atlantic City, NJ, March 30, 2016 – President Obama's recent trip to Cuba marks the beginning of a brand new relationship with a country many Americans hardly know about. Embargo filmmaker Jeri Rice was there with the movie’s executive producers Jorge Perez and Geralyn Dreyfous getting an inside view of history in the making.
Producer and director Jeri Rice's new documentary Embargo could not be more timely as the film begins after Rice had a rare encounter with Fidel Castro that lead her on a personal journey to uncover truths behind the tumultuous and often clandestine relationship marking a half-century of United States and Cuban foreign policy. The film is now a work in progress as Rice will be updating it to include footage shot on her historic trip.
“I just returned from Cuba and witnessed the euphoria in the streets of Havana as the Cuban people gathered in the pouring down rain to greet President Obama as he walked the streets of Havana. He is the first American president to visit the island since 1928,” said Rice. “Why has it taken so long? Embargo tells the story that we, as Americans, have never heard. The Cuban embargo is far from over; it is a very fragile time between the United States and Cuba. Anything can happen and it is up to us the American people. Please watch the film that has taken more than a decade to make and is still a work in progress, but the time is now! Let the reconciliation begin!”
The annual Atlantic-City based Garden State Film Festival is excited to host a special screening of this important film on Saturday April 2 at the Resorts Hotel & Casino, Ocean Tower starting at 2:45p.m. Prior to the screening, Rice will host a can't miss panel at 1:00p.m. in which she will discuss the 10 years of research that preluded this film, her experience touring Cuba alongside President Obama and of course, share her passion for the craft of filmmaking with the audience. Pultizer Prize Award-winning investigative reporter Russell Baker will also be a part of the riveting panel giving a special insight from his years covering Washington politics for the New York Times.
Tickets are first come first serve and available for $12 for purchase here.
Other events over the GSFF weekend include screening of 233 films from around the globe, workshop, an open talent casting call, panel discussions, Q&A sessions, and a black-tie awards ceremony. All events are open to the public. Weekend passes are $45 and provide access to all events except the Black Tie Awards Dinner, which can be purchased separately for $125. Individual screening tickets are $12. All can be purchased at www.gsff.org where complete schedule information can be found. Parking is available for attendees with a discount on the festival’s website.
About the Garden State Film Festival:
The Garden State Film Festival was envisioned by 25-year film industry veteran Diane Raver and the late Hollywood actor Robert Pastorelli in 2002 and launched the following year. Since 2003, thousands of films have made their public premiers, hundreds of thousands of people from around the world have attended; and the total infusion of cash to local businesses since its inception exceeds $5 million. Until 2013, it was held in Asbury Park, in and around the Convention Center complex. In 2014, it moved to Atlantic City with financial and operation support from the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA). GSFF now serves as a major component of the strategic plan to promote arts and culture in Atlantic City to re-establish the resort as the premier Mid-Atlantic destination. The GSFF is a 501-c-3 non-profit organization.
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