SOUTH FLORIDA – I Will Tell International Film Festival announces its 16e film festival lineup in south florida starting 27e october to 3rd November 2022. The long-running festival in London has now expanded to American shores with screenings at venues in Fort Lauderdale, Deerfield Beach, Delray Beach and Boca Raton. The virtual screenings are accessible via the Festival’s streaming platform, I will tell.tv.
Red Carpet Gala – Fort Lauderdale
International Film Festival I Will Say Opening Night Red Carpet Gala is Friday, October 28e at 6 p.m. It is hosted by the YMCA, Fort Lauderdale with the film REMEMBER ME: THE MAHALIA JACKSON STORY, featuring Ledisi, a musical biopic of the gospel queen telling her story from when she sang in her mother’s front yard to international stardom and her significant influence on Dr Martin Luther King Jr and the civil rights movement. The film was directed by Denise Dowse, who recently passed away. Executive Producer and Screenwriter Ericka Nicole Malone will lead the Q&A after the screening and Tracey Dowse, Denise’s sister, will be on hand to represent her sister and receive the tribute in Denise’s honor.
Jenny Lee, Founder and Director of the I WILL TELL International Film Festival, said: “I am thrilled that we have this phenomenal film to open the festival. We had the pleasure of hosting Denise’s last public interview at the London festival and are grateful to host this screening in her honor. Hosting the Opening Gala at the prestigious Victory Black Box Theatre, which is so steeped in history and where many of our heroes have already walked, is a double honor.
Another film from the festival is PURPLE BEATZ – a coming-of-age romance set in the 90s drum ‘n bass scene. The film is led by an ethnically diverse and mostly female cast and crew. The Confessional Documentary SEND PROOF is an exploration of the gap between the intellectual and the spiritual. The Peace Gala and the Premiere understand MAISON SLOVO: UNFINISHED NOVELa thought-provoking Ukrainian epic about the power of cultural genocide as a tool of war.
Closing Gala – Deerfield Beach
The closing gala, dinner and awards ceremony, as well as the weekend block party and outdoor beach screening will take place in Deerfield Beach.
In front of his 16efestival, Jenny Lee notes that filmmakers are at the forefront of the fight against cultural genocide and hopes to inspire filmmakers, moviegoers and the wider film industry to better support the equity of ethnically diverse filmmakers and l inclusion of more diverse stories.
Industry Event – Boca Raton
On October 27, I WILL TELL will host an industry event in Boca Raton. This includes, “Filmmakers at the Forefront” – Filmmaker Screening, Talkback and Networking Session, including an update from the film curators on filming in South Florida.
Jenny Lee says, “The I Will Tell International Film Festival takes a simple yet powerful stance to celebrate the freedom to tell untold stories that bring us new perspectives and inspire hope for change. We encourage everyone to come and explore these exciting cultures and stories in dramatic feature films, documentaries, short films, experiments, animations, talks, live performances and more. It’s rich, it’s diverse and that’s where it’s waiting for you! Lee further observes, “The main appeal of I WILL TELL is that it’s so much more than just watching movies. At a time when people are looking for more meaning, meaning and authentic connection, the festival offers audiences insight through film and art.