Friday, December 7, 2007

REMINDER: Channing Tatum's 'Battle in Seattle' Opens the Bahamas International Film Festival Tonight!!!

This is just a quick reminder that Channing Tatum's film 'Battle in Seattle' will be showing at the opening ceremonies of the Bahamas International Film Festival tonight.

The festival started yesterday (December 6, 2007) and will continue through December 13, 2007. In it's 4th year, the Bahamas International Film Festival will showcase 83 films from 26 countries, including 54 world or international premieres in dramatic, documentary and short film categories.

If you don't already know, 'Battle in Seattle' takes an in-depth look at the five days that rocked the world in 1999 as tens of thousands of demonstrators took to the streets in protest of the World Trade Organization. What began as a peaceful protest intended to stop the WTO talks quickly escalated into a full-scale riot and eventual State of Emergency that squared off peaceful and unarmed protesters against the Seattle Police Department and the National Guard. In the film, Channing plays a riot cop named Johnson.

Below you can check out an article talking about the festival, and if you're lucky enough to be in the Bahamas right now, then you can get info on how you can attend the festival.

Bahamas Film Festival in Full Swing

By KARAN MINNIS, Guardian Lifestyles Reporter, karan@nasguard.com

Movie buffs are in for a treat, because after months of waiting, the Bahamas International Film Festival is off the ground and running, and with 83 films to be viewed, you need to be on vacation to take it all in. It's films, glamor, Hollywood and action, right here in The Bahamas.

BIFF began its viewings at the Galleria Cinemas, John F. Kennedy Drive, for the fourth event on Thursday, Dec. 6, and it is expected to climax on Thursday, Dec. 13.

The event is said to have transformed the local film industry single-handedly, making The Bahamas the best place to enjoy international, cultural and Bahamian films, that would not have made it to the movie theater.

"It's part award show, part fashion show, part party and full entertainment," said Festival Founder and Executive Director Leslie Vanderpool. "And that's what makes it such a great event. And we bring it all to one location — The Bahamas."

Films from 26 different countries, including 54 features of which several are world or international premieres and nearly all Bahamian premieres will be showcased. As Vanderpool says the event will be "huge."

"This year, the event will have four competition categories — Spirit of Freedom: Dramatic; Spirit of Freedom: Documentary; New Vision; and Short Film. ThinkFilm's "Battle in Seattle" will open the festival.

"We have a very elaborate Versace fashion show for the main event, and we've cut prices and expanded the length of the event," she said as they cater to the Bahamian public, expanding from four to seven days, because of the enormous growth and support they received in the past three years.

Each movie showing is just $5.00, the panels are $10.00 and the award shows are free.

Emerging superstar Naomie Harris will receive BIFF's special Rising Star Tribute, presented by offshore bank and trust company Ansbacher (Bahamas) Limited. Harris will be on hand to receive the for the special Chopard Award tribute presentation which will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 11 at Aura Nightclub at the Atlantis Hotel and Resort on Paradise Island."

The Rising Star Tribute, a new addition to the film festival, is given to an actor or actress whose early accomplishments have put them on the path for elite stardom in the industry.

Screening Schedule for 'Battle in Seattle':

Friday - Dec. 7, 2007

9:30 p.m. - Opening Night Film - Atlantis Theatre

Wednesday - Dec. 12, 2007

7:15 p.m. - Galleria JFK 3

You can CLICK HERE to get more information about the 'Battle in Seattle' screenings. You can also CLICK HERE to get additional ticket information. For a full line up of this year's festival, visit the BIFF website.

'Battle in Seattle' will have a limited theatrical release in the US in March 2008 and is scheduled to release in France on March 19, 2008 and Belgium on April 2, 2008. You can also CLICK HERE to view the 'Battle in Seattle' official site.

Source: The Nassau Guardian

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