WINTER PARK, FL (FNN News) – The 2015 Global Peace Film Festival (GPFF) kicked off Tuesday night with an 8:30 p.m. screening of Director Brad Allgood’s feature film “Landfill Harmonic” at Rollins College Bush Auditorium, but the real welcome mat was laid out for film fans during a simultaneous VIP opening party at the Alfond Inn in Winter Park.
The VIP Opening Party
GPFF donors, film buffs and filmmakers turned out for the opening celebration with food, cocktails, and speeches. Still smiling after months of preparation for the festival, GPFF Executive Director Nina Streich said the festival promotes the art of motion picture to further the goal of peace on earth–beyond anti-war, ideology, and activism and encourages audiences to get involved in local and national causes.
Opening Night Feature Film ‘Landfill Harmonic’
Featured on NPR and 60 Minutes, “Landfill Harmonic” follows the Recycled Orchestra of Cateura, a group of young musicians who rose from their poverty-stricken homes next to one of South America’s largest landfills to the global stage, playing instruments made entirely of garbage.
Four Days of Panel Discussions
What is peace?
On Thursday, October 1, 2015, at 4:00 p.m., Brian Rusch (above, left), Executive Director of the Desmond Tutu Peace Foundation, will lead a panel discussion on what it means to strive for a world of peace with justice. The panel discussion will be held at Rollins College SunTrust Auditorium. It is free and open to the public. Other panel discussions will also take place at Rollins College:
• Making Films That Make A Difference
Friday, October 2, 2015, 4:00 p.m.
SunTrust Auditorium, Free
Featuring filmmakers whose work is featured in the festival and a special guest from South Asian Film Festival, the panel will discuss their commitment to independent film and the special challenges they face, often telling stories that are outside of the mainstream.
• Media Dialogue
Saturday, October 3, 2015, 11:00 a.m.
SunTrust Auditorium, Free
Journalists and special guests discuss pressing social issues concerning media coverage and reporting.
• Interfaith Dialogue
Sunday, October 4, 2015, 7:00 p.m.
Bush Auditorium, ticket for film required
Following the screening of “The Armor of Light” at 5:30 p.m., a panel of leaders from different faiths will take about taking action regarding the issues raised in the film.
Nearly 60 Films
The Global Peace Film Festival continues through Sunday, October 4 with a schedule of nearly sixty films from around the world and the United States, with appearances by film directors, producers, actors, and activist speakers. For details and tickets, see www.peacefilmfest.org.