The Palm Beach International Film Festival boasts a few star-studded indie films, but the schedule also is packed with a host of alternately gritty and inspirational documentaries featuring everyday folks in extraordinary circumstances.
The festival, which kicked off on April 4, continues through Thursday. Every day, there are a dozen or so films screening at various theaters throughout Palm Beach County. You can't be everywhere at once, so below are four documentaries to consider making a priority at this year's festival.
This weekend marks the 11th annual edition of the Heineken Transatlantic Festival, a project spearheaded by the Rhythm Foundation in 2003. Like most other musical events mounted by the area nonprofit, the focus here is on a confluence of sounds from across the globe.
On the schedule for this year's Palm Beach International Film Festival are some of the usual suspects: Independent films starring Hollywood stars given the freedom to explore something outside of the typecasting norm. But the festival, which kicks off today, also includes an opportunity for South Floridians to become the star of the show while literally exploring a city's real and imagined history.
In her March 22 article in the New York Times, Liesl Schillinger wrote that she wanted to capture the Miami restaurants and tourist haunts that are "uncool" and serve "the salty fried food, the lime-drenched cocktails."
Three years ago, a group of friends and I started to dream up what a lot of people considered impossible: a festival that would bring poetry to all 2.6 million residents of greater Miami.
At that time, Miami’s cultural scene was exploding. Art Basel was in full force, and we wanted to do a festival that was the opposite of the “pipe-and-blazer” readings that most people associate with poetry. We wanted to do a festival that reflected Miami’s diversity and personality.