The New York City International Film Festival is returning for it’s ninth year on March 5th running through March 9th and will feature 19 short and 13 feature-length films form around the world in three distinctive New York venues which are The Directors Guild of America, The Dolby Theater & Screening Room and The Producers Club.
The five day Film Festival will close with a VIP reception and special screening of Keely Shaye Smith and Pierce Brosnan’s Poisoning Paradise on March 9th at the Director’s Guild of America. Poisoning Paradise takes the viewer on a journey to the seemingly idyllic world of Native Hawaiians, whose communities are surrounded by experimental test sites for genetically engineered seed corn and pesticides sprayed upwind of their homes, schools, hospitals, and shorelines. The film details the ongoing struggle to advance bold new legislation governing the fate of their island home. Discover what’s at stake for Hawaii from local activists, scientific experts and healthcare professionals as they expose the effects of environmental injustice on a local population. Join the international debate about pesticides that is raging around the world, as well as the people’s movement to hold corporations and governments accountable for poisoning planet Earth. Award-winning investigative journalist Paul Kolberstein describes Kauai as “one of the most toxic agricultural environments in all of American agriculture.”
After the screening there will be a Q&A with the creators and special guests including V.A Shiva Ayyadurai, Ph.D.; Carey Gillam, Author of “Whitewash”. Following the Q&A there will be an awards reception honoring actress Natali Yura, recipient of the Rising Star Award, and philanthropist, Jean Shafiroff, who will be honored with the Philanthropic Award for Art, Culture & Film.
This weekend’s event will benefit the New York International Film Festival’s Foundation for the Arts, established to provide scholarships and opportunities to aspiring filmmakers, directors and performers around the world.
You can purchase tickets here: www.nycifffoundation.org
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