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Curtain drops Saturday on Gasparilla International Film Festival


The third annual Gasparilla International Film Festival enters its final days with more movies — including documentaries with Tampa Bay themes — a detour across the bay and a kicky send-off Saturday night.

The lone event in Tampa today is a 6:30 p.m. seminar on filmmaking from conception to completion, at Plant Hall's music room on the University of Tampa campus. Panelists include Misconceptions director Ron Satlof and other filmmakers. Admission is free.

Meanwhile, two Pinellas County venues get a taste of Gasparilla movies:

Mutum (6:30 p.m., today): A Brazilian coming-of-age flick hits Studio@620, 620 First Ave. S in St. Petersburg.

Truth in 24 (8 p.m., today): The Beach Theatre in St. Pete Beach presents the LeMans racing documentary, with an Audi R10 TDI race car on display. (The car and movie will be on display Friday at Channelside Cinemas.)

Channelside features documentaries with Tampa Bay themes:

The Streak (6:45 p.m., Friday) traces the 34-year undefeated record of Brandon High School's wrestling team. Head coach Russ Cozart will receive an award from the festival.

Ghosts of Ybor: Charlie Wall (7:15 p.m., Friday) is a fascinating profile of the bolita-era gangster, directed by Pete Guzzo.

Strip Club King: Joe Redner (10:40 p.m., Friday): Shelby McIntyre's documentary casts a mostly admiring eye on Tampa's most notorious iconoclast, whose Mons Venus nudie nightclub, for better or worse, put the city on the map worldwide.

The festival wraps up Saturday with a light slate — a pair of foreign flicks at 12:30 and 2:30 p.m. — so everyone can prepare for the 8 p.m. closing-night party at the Tampa Firefighters Museum. Tickets are $40 for an open bar, plenty of food and DJ Fresh spinning tunes for dancing.

Steve Persall can be reached at or (727) 893-8365. Read his blog, Reeling in the Years, at blogs.

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Curtain drops Saturday on Gasparilla International Film Festival 03/04/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, March 4, 2009 3:30am]
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