The Ybor Festival of the Moving Image is celebrating its eighth year of presenting new, outstanding film, video, art and performances from both established and emerging artists from around the world.
Below are links to the Festival archives, and highlights of each year's festival.
The Eighth Annual Festival of the Moving Image continued to examine the social, political and philosophical implications and effects of art on the history of film, and the effects of these films on American culture. Highlights included "Crackie", a film directed by Sherry White, and "Gentlemen, We've Got to Go, a tribute to Tampa film legend Chano Rodriguez, directed by Stan Kozna.
The 2009 Festival of the Moving Image featured a historical look at filmmaking in Florida. Author Shawn Bean discussed his book "The First Hollywood: Florida and the Golden Age of Silent Filmmaking". Larry Elliston presented a lecture about his film "The Florida Dream — The Story of Modern Florida and How It Grew", based on a book by Tampa author and historian Gary Mormino.
Tampa director Pete Guzzo presented his documentary about the man behind local crime, a non-Italian, Charlie Wall, Tampa's first crime lord and perhaps the earliest crime lord to control most of Florida, in "Ghosts of Ybor: Charlie Wall".
Robert M. Young screened his newly released feature file, "Human Error", at the 2007 Festival and presented an informal discussion of his work which includes "Dominick and Eugene" (1988), "Triumph of the Spirit" (1989), "Talent for the Game" (1991) and "China: The Panda Adventure" (2001) and directing stars such as Ray Liotta, Tom Hulce, Jamie Lee Curtis, Edward James Olmos, Tom Conti and and Paul Simon.
Two new works by Tampa-born filmmaker Les Blank were featured in a retrospective of his work at the Fourth Annual Ybor Festival of the Moving Image. The artist attended the festival and discussed his films at workshops.
In "Falling Grace", Grace, a messenger from the outside world was sent to earth on a routine mission. Back then, she unintentionaly caused the spiritual awakening of George W. Bush that finally led him straight into the White House. Today, Grace returns on urgent call trying to correct her tragic mistake.
Matthew Barney's epic "Cremaster Cycle" (1994-2002) is a self-enclosed aesthetic system consisting of five feature-length films that explore processes of creation.
"Conga Lessons at the Bay of Pigs" follows three Americans who traveled in December 2002 to Cuba under the U.S. Government's People-to-People exemption of the Trading With the Enemy Act, which at the time allowed for a variety of educational and cultural exchanges between the United States and Cuba.
"Ellis Marsalis: Jazz is Spoken Here" profiles the renowned pianist, influential teacher, inspirational role model, and father of distinguished musicians Branford, Wynton, Delfeayo, and Jason Marsalis. The hour-long program features outstanding musical performances.
"Unseen Cinema: Early American Avant-Garde Film 1893-1941" is a treasure trove of rare material from the first decades of cinema. The films bear witness to a world gone by and provide a missing link in the history of experimental filmmaking in the United States.