Into Eternity

Into Eternity
Scene from Into Eternity

The Festival of the Moving Image, in partnership with the Gasparilla International Film Festival, is screening the documentary Into Eternity, a film about building a nuclear waste facility designed to last 100,000 years — and the problem of how to warn off our curious descendants.

Into Eternity will be screened at 9:00pm Friday, March 25, 2011, in the Mainstage Theater at Hillsborough Community College Performing Arts building. Tickets are $10.00. This feature documentary is co-sponsored by Gasparilla International Film Festival. All GIFF festival passes and GIFF tickets honored for this screening.

The Lost Thing

The Lost Thing
Scene from The Lost Thing - 2011 Academy Award winner for Best Animated Short

The 2011 Festival of the Moving Image is pleased to present The Lost Thing, winner of the 2011 Academy Awards Oscar for Best Animated Short Film.

The Lost Thing is an animated short film based on the book by the same name by noted children's author Shaun Tan. It is directed by Andrew Ruhemann and Tan.

More Than Skin Deep

More Than Skin Deep
The Tanning Craze

The 2011 Festival of the Moving Image will screen More Than Skin Deep, a film by Tampa director Stan Kozma that examines the history, science and culture of skin cancer.

The documentary reveals how the tanning craze was accidentally popularized by Coco Chanel, how pioneering medical trials for melanoma may revolutionize cancer treatments and how human skin color evolved as a survival response.

The film has been praised by the medical community, media outlets and skin cancer organizations as addressing a significant health issue in an entertaining and engaging fashion.

Waste Land

Night Picking
Night picking the garbage at Rio de Janeiro's Jardim Gramacho, the world's largest garbage dump

The Festival of the Moving Image will present Academy Award nominee for Best Documentary, Waste Land, at 7:30pm Thursday, March 24, 2011, at the Mainstage Theater in the Performing Arts Building at the Hillsborough Community College-Ybor. Tickets will be available at the event for $5.00.

Waste Land, directed by feature length documentary filmmaker Lucy Walker, follows Brazilian-born New York City artist Vik Muniz as he returns to his Rio de Janerio roots to photograph the "catadores", self-designated pickers of recyclable materials who swarm over the world's largest garbage dump, Jardim Gramacho.

Muniz's collaboration with the inspiring characters as they recreate photographic images of themselves out of garbage reveals both the dignity and despair of the catadores as they begin to re-imagine their lives.

Working on Festival Trailer

Festival Trailer shoot
The Green Screen: Festival Director David Audet instructs actor Jessica DiTomaso

Festival staff and personnel from Tampa's GrownManBrand produced some footage Thursday morning that will be made into a trailer for the 2011 Ybor Festival of the Moving Image, set to open Wednesday, March 23, 2011. The video was shot at GrownMan's Seminole Heights studio, 6412 Central Ave, in Tampa, Florida.

Jessica DiTomaso is the actor, Marlene For and was chief of make-up, Fred Smith worked the audio soundtrack, Matt Wiggins will edit the finished piece, and Stan Kozma directed the shoot. Smith and Festival Director, David Audet, did on-set still photography.

Highlights of 2011 Festival

The Ninth Annual Ybor Festival of the Moving Image, Wednesday March 23 to Sunday March 27, 2011, will bring to Tampa an eclectic spectrum of non-traditional uses of motion media, including video sculpture and installations, performances and unique work by very independent filmmakers, plus documentaries, workshops, lectures and surprises.

All the venues and events take place in the HCC-Ybor Performing Arts Building at the northeast corner of East Palm Avenue and North 14th Street in Ybor City, Tampa, Florida (map).

The Festival of the Moving Image is open to the public. Ticket prices range from free to $10.00 depending on venue and event.

Partnering with Gasparilla International Film Festival

"We are pleased this year that FOMI is coordinating with Gasparilla International Film Festival to bring a wide range of serious and whimsical films, live performances and digital installations to Tampa Bay audiences," said David Audet, FOMI director.

Apprenticeship for Marriage
Digital Lounge Show
Apprenticeship for Marriage by Elizabeth Skadden

The 2011 Festival features the work by winners of the Festival of the Moving Image Florida Filmmakers Contest, the Digital Lounge Show, a group of video sculptures, installations and international short films looping in the HCC Art Gallery and a preview of, The Evening Room, presented by Tampa filmmaker Victoria Jorgensen.

NYC performance artist Pat Oleszko, with a nod (and wink) towards the Festival's unofficial theme, water, is creating two works for the fest; the slime of the recent marinade with other unnatural acts to foul, and an installation: the quit draggin' and the see change. Florida artist and author Margaret Ross Tolbert will present films and a lecture based on her book AQUIFERious, and also a program with Florida author and documentary filmmaker Bill Belleville titled, Springs Eternal?, concerning Florida freshwater springs.

Opening Night

Opening night, Wednesday, March 23, will kick off with a reception, 5:30-8:00pm, for the Digital Lounge Show in the HCC-Ybor Art Gallery. Video installations by Francesca Talenti are complimented by a fresh collection of digital works by 20 international independent filmmakers. The gallery will be open Thursday through Saturday during the Festival.

At 7:30 pm on the HCC Mainstage, the Festival will open with screenings of selected works by Festival artists. More screenings will be held outdoors at New World Brewery from 9:00pm to 11:00pm.

The Wrap

The Festival of the Moving Image will close Sunday, March 27, 2:00-6:00pm, at the Silver Meteor Gallery in Ybor City. The gallery will screen a Best Of Shorts program of festival winners and audience favorites. Tickets are $5.00 Silver Meteor Gallery is at 2213 East 6th Avenue, Tampa, 33605. Call 813-300-3585 for details.

Winners: Florida Filmmakers Contest

Florida Student Filmmaker: Hillsborough Community College Students: HCC-Ybor Festival Award: Best in Category: $300.00 Brittany Soots - Family Portrait

Nick Rua
Nick Rua
Merit Winner

Florida Student Filmmaker: University of South Florida Students: Atlantic & Pacific Productions Award: Best in Category: $300.00 Adrian Errico - Every Time I Dive; Merit Award: $100.00 Jean Carlo - Penaloza Stage 5; Merit Award: $100.00 John Shirk - Tender.

Florida Student Filmmaker: Florida Student filmmakers: Atlantic & Pacific Productions Award: Best in Category: $300.00 Freddy Rabbath - FSU - Drawn and Disconnected; Merit Award: $100.00 Briana Frapart - FSU - American Nightmare: Made in China; Merit Award: $100.00 Nick Rua – high school - The Artist’s Passion; Merit Award: $100.00 Fawn Testa - UT - Spin Cycle.

David Montgomery
David Montgomery
Best in Category

Florida Independent Filmmaker (non-student): Atlantic & Pacific Productions Award: Best in Category: $300.00 David Montgomery - Elements of Time; Merit Award: $100.00 Clint Mouriño - War of Our Children; Merit Award: $100.00 Stephen McKendree and R. Presley Stephens - You’ve Got Hell; Merit Award: $100.00 László Horváth - Glory; Merit Award: $100.00 Dana Plays - Exquisite Corpses.

The Atlantic & Pacific Production awards were presented by Charles Lyman, President, Atlantic & Pacific Productions, Tampa, and Professor Emeritus of Film and Electronic Media, University of South Florida.

Pat Oleszko

Pat Oleszko
Pat Oleszko

Pat Oleszko, will present her personally branded artistic humor as she returns for her third engagement at the Festival of the Moving Image.

A performance artist, costume designer, song writer and lyricist, Oleszko decorates her surrounding (and often herself) to illustrate a perspective, both with riveting insight and rib-tickling wit.

Oleszko previously thrilled and confounded attendees at the 2004 Festival, where she presented a series of workshops on costume design, and then again in 2007 when she performed Innuendo (And Out the Other).

You may learn more about Pat Oleszko at her website, There is also a fascinating interview with her posted on

Bill Belleville: Losing It All To Sprawl

Bill Belleville
Bill Belleville on a break from paddling

Florida writer and documentary filmmaker, Bill Belleville, will screen two films he co-produced and scripted: In Marjorie's Wake: Rediscovering Rawlings, a River & Time and Wekiva: Legacy or Loss?.

In Rediscovering Rawlings, a 60-minute documentary that Belleville produced for the National Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), Belleville retraced the float trip taken in 1933 by author Marjorie Rawlings (The Yearling) and her neighbor Dessie Smith along the St. Johns River in eastern Florida. His film Wekiva is about spring-fed Wekiva River in Central Florida, one of the best protected rivers in the state but one which still faces environmental damage from surrounding development.

Digital Lounge Show: Francesca Talenti

Pantry Ghost installation
Pantry Ghost - Francesca Talenti

Francesca Talenti is a featured artist in "Digital Lounge Show", a show at Hillsborough Community College-Ybor that kicks off the 2011 Festival of the Moving Image.

Talenti, a professor in media production at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will present five installations at the show. Talenti is a filmmaker and animator who has exhibited at events ranging from the Sundance Film Festival in the United States to events in Mumbai, Göteborg and Casablanca.

The show is at the Art Gallery in the HCC-Ybor's Performing Arts Building, 2204 N. 15th Street, Tampa, FL 33605. The show will be open days and evenings concurrent with the Festival of the Moving Image, March 23-26, 2011, but will not be open Sunday, March 27.

Festival Partners with Gasparilla International

The 2011 Festival of the Moving Image will partner this year with the Gasparilla International Film Festival, one of the other local gems in local film fan's list of must-attend events.

Gasparilla International Film Festival logo
Gasparilla Festival - March 24-27

The Gasparilla Festival coincides with the Moving Image event Thursday through Sunday, March 24-27, 2011. The Festival of the Moving Image opens one day earlier with presentations Wednesday evening, March 23.

"It is a sign of the vitality of the Tampa arts scene that we can support two film festivals running simultaneously," said David Aude, director of the Festival of the Moving Image.

"We are so happy that this year's Gasparilla International Film Festival could collaborate with the Ninth Annual Festival of the Moving Image," added Eric Polins, president of the 2011 GIFF. "This will be an incredible weekend for film in Tampa."

First launched in the summer of 2006, the Gasparilla International Film Festival (GIFF) has grown into an entertaining and educational year-round entity in Tampa Bay. Well-known for its annual film festival, GIFF is operated by the non-profit Tampa Film Institute. For more information on GIFF including sponsor and volunteer opportunities, visit the Gasparilla website

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