Dominicans unspool first film fest

Dominican Republic Global Film Festival runs until Nov. 12

The Dominican Republic is launching its inaugural film festival Nov. 8 with Oscar buzz-worthy pics including Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s “Babel,” Kevin MacDonald’s “The Last King of Scotland” and Pedro Almodovar’s “Volver.” 

The Dominican Republic Global Film Festival, which runs until Nov. 12, is held under the auspices of President Leonel Fernandez’s charity, Funglode. 

With a focus on global issues and personal stories, its lineup includes “An Inconvenient Truth,” “Water,” “Mad Hot Ballroom” and “The Lost City.”

A series of panels and master classes will bring notable film pros including Guillermo Navarro, d.p. of “Pan’s Labyrinth”  and “Hellboy”; Julio Noriega of  Venevision; Kathryn Galan, executive director of the National Assn. of Latin American Producers; Genna Terranova of the Latin Film Fund and the Weinstein Co.; and Troublemaker Studios’ Elizabeth Avellan, who produced “Sin City,” “Spy Kids” and  “Secuestro Express.”

“The Global Film Festival will present an eclectic program of dramatic and documentary films with a broad range of aesthetic treatment and point of view,” said programming and fest consultant Nicole Guillemet, who co-launched the fest with Funglode executive director Natasha Despotovic.

Guillemet worked at the Sundance Institute for more than 15 years. She was VP of the institute, co-director of the Sundance Film Festival and founder and director of the documentary program before becoming director of the Miami Film Festival for four years. She is now based in Cambridge, Mass.

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