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29th Annual Miami International Film Festival Presents Florida Premiere of Documentary Pelotero – About Two Teenage Dominican Baseball Players Chasing Major League Dreams

~ MIFF runs from Mar. 2 to 11, 2012
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Miami, February 3, 2012 - For many boys growing up in Dominican Republic slums, baseball is their ticket out of poverty. That is the story of Pelotero, a documentary about two talented teenage baseball players confronting competition and corruption to reach the Major Leagues. The film will have its Florida premiere at the 29th Annual Miami International Film Festival (MIFF), produced and presented by Miami Dade College (MDC) at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Mar. 3, at Regal South Beach cinema.

Directed by Ross Finkel, Trevor Martin and Jonathan Paley, and narrated by Emmy Award-winner John Leguizamo, Pelotero is presented as part of the Festival’s DOC-YOU-UP program, which introduces some of the finest, though-provoking documentaries from around the world. The film was co-produced by Guagua Productions and Makuhari Media, co-operated by Boston Red Sox Manager Bobby Valentine. Finkel, Martin and Paley are scheduled to attend the premiere.

This year’s Festival will showcase of more than 100 films from 35 countries during the 10-day event, which runs March 2-11, 2012. Highlights include red carpet galas at Olympia Theater, parties, education seminars, international film premieres, and more!

For more information about films, screenings and tickets, visit www.miamifilmfestival.com.

Miami International Film Festival (MIFF), celebrating its 29th edition on March 2-11, 2012, is considered the preeminent Ibero-American film festival in the U.S. The annual Festival, produced and presented by Miami Dade College, attracts more than 70,000 audience members and more than 400 filmmakers, producers, talent and industry professionals. It is the only major festival housed within a college or university. In the last five years, the Festival has screened films from more than 60 countries, including 300 World, International, North American, U.S. and East Coast Premieres. MIFF’s special focus on Ibero-American cinema have made the Miami International Film Festival a natural gateway for the discovery of Ibero-American talent. Additionally, the Festival offers unparalleled educational opportunities to filmmakers and the community at large. For more, visit miamifilmfestival.com or call 305-237-MIFF (3456).   Major sponsors of the 2012 Miami International Film Festival include: Lexus, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Miami Beach Visitors & Convention Authority, FPL, EGEDA, Downtown Development Authority of the City of Miami, Comcast, Miami New Times, The Historic Alfred I. Dupont Building, ABC Management Services, Screen International and the City of Miami Beach.  The official headquarter hotel of MIFF 2012 is The Standard Spa, Miami; and the Festival is produced with the support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners.

Miami Dade College has a long and rich history of involvement in the cultural arts, providing South Florida with a vast array of artistic and literary offerings including The Miami Book Fair International, the Florida Center for the Literary Arts, the MDC Live! Performing Arts Series, The MDC Tower Theater Cinema Series, nine visual arts galleries including The Freedom Tower at Miami Dade College and the School of Entertainment and Design Technology, in addition to the renowned Miami International Film Festival. MDC is the largest institution of higher education in the country and is nationally recognized for many of its academic and cultural programs. With an enrollment of more than 174,000 students, MDC is the nation’s top producer of degrees. The college’s seven campuses and outreach centers offer nearly 300 distinct degree programs including several baccalaureate degrees. It has admitted nearly 2 million students since it opened its doors in 1960. More at mdc.edu.

 

Festival contact: Danny Diaz, 305-389-8986, miffpress@mdc.edu

Media-only contacts:
Juan Mendieta, 305-237-7611, jmendiet@mdc.edu, MDC communications director
Tere Estorino Florin, 305-237-3949, testorin@mdc.edu, MDC media relations director
Sue Arrowsmith, 305-237-3710, sue.arrowsmith@mdc.edu, media specialist
Tarnell Carroll, 305-237-3359, tcarroll@mdc.edu, media specialist
Alejandro Rios, 305-237-7482, arios1@mdc.edu




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