Miami Dade College’s 35th Miami Film Festival Red Carpet Premiere. Article and photos by Ray Raposo

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On March 9th, Miami Dade College’s 35th Miami Film Festival had the Movie Premier of Director Jason Reitman’s “Tully” starting Charleze Theron, Ron Livingston, Mark Duplass, Elaine Tan and MacKenzie Davis as Tully. It’s the third collaboration between Director Reitman and screenwriter Diablo Cody including the Oscar winning Juno and Young Adult. 

Tully movie Director Jason Reitman
Tully movie actor Ron Livingston
The celebrity Red Carpet outside of the Olympia Theater on Flagler Street in Downtown Miami was graced by numerous actors, directors, producers and others representing numerous films that will be shown during the week-plus Miami Film Festival. Festival Executive Director and Director of Programing Jaie Laplante was on the Red Carpet and greeted many of the attendees.
Miami Film Festival Executive Director Jaie Laplante 
Walking the Red Carpet from the movie Tully, both Director Jason Reitman and Actor Ron Livingston, who’s best known from the cult classic movie Office Space, the TV series Sex and the City, and the Oscar-winning movie Adaptation. Besides posing for photos, they also answered questions from the TV media present on the Red Carpet.
Actor/Director Djimon Hounsou with media
Jason Reitman and Ron Livingston talking with the media
Actor/Director Djimon Hounsou, center, accompanied among others, on the left, by Producer Eric McGraw and Screenwriter/Editor Douglas Thompson
Of most note on the carpet was the twice Oscar nominated actor Djimon Hounsou, (Blood Diamond and In America). He was also a Golden Globe nominee for the movie Amistad. Hounson maybe best known for his role in the movie Gladiator opposite Russel Crowe. Hounsou Directed the movie In Search Of Voodoo, which will also play during the festival. Djimon Hounsou was accompanied among others by movie Producer Eric McGraw and Screenwriter/Editor Douglas Thompson.
Gaby Gnazzo actress of Grace and Splendor
From The Things I Left Behind, Terrence Murphy, Sara Werner and Jonathan Franklin
Fabian Cardenas, the Director and Producer of TheConnectedMan
Maxim Pozdorovkin, the Director and Producer of Our New President
September’s Juan Pablo Olyslager

Some others that walked the Red Carpet included Saúl Lisazo (Gitanas), and Juan Pablo Olyslager (El Xendra, La Bodega) and Director Kenneth Mullen from the film September; The glamorous Gaby Gnazzo actress of Grace and Splendor; and Maxim Pozdorovkin, the Director and Producer of Our New President. Among the attendees was Fabian Cardenas, the Director and Producer of TheConnectedMan. Also walking the Red Carpet was Tim Richardson, Director & Producer of the film Share The Same Madness.

Ayita’s Dream Director Roger Ingraham
Director/Producer Michelle Memran, and Producers Heather Winters and Katie Pearl of the film The Rest I Make Up
Noa’s Director/Producer Angel Barroeta and Cinematographer Oscar Lobo with Actress Valeria Rivera
Hannah Cheesman & Michael Arcos
The film Ayita’s Dream Director Roger Ingraham also walked the carpet. The movie short Noa’s Director/Producer Angel Barroeta and Cinematographer Oscar Lobo walked the carpet. Also in attendance were the Director/Producer Michelle Memran, and Producers Heather Winters and Katie Pearl of the film The Rest I Make Up. Another attendee was Brian J. Leitten, the Director/Producer of Carry That Weight – A Rockumentary. This is My Favorite Mural with Hannah Cheesman and Michael Arcos attended.
Actors David Haackand Alina Robert from Make Love Great Again, along with Director Aaron Agrasanchez, Producer Alex Agrasanchez, and Executive Producer Tomas Musca, plus Screenwriter Shane Kinsler.
The largest group walking the Red Carpet included Actors David Haack and Alina Robert from Make Love Great Again, along with Director Aaron Agrasanchez, Producer Alex Agrasanchez, and Executive Producer Tomas Muscaplus Screenwriter Shane Kinsler.
The Miami Film Festival Press Team on the Red Carpet

There were many, many more who walked the Red Carpet and hundreds of movie goers at the premiere. Publicist Andrea Salazar and others of the Festival Press Team helped make the whole event run smoothly with the many media members who covered the event. 

Writer/Photographer Ray Raposo with other media photographers covering the Red Carpet
The question and answer section with the Actor Livingston and Director Reitman from the stage
The Tully movie premier started at 7:30 PM. The edgy comedy takes a bold look at recognizing the wistful ode to our youth, and how we lose it more and more everyday, as we move into adulthood and parenting. The audience seemed to really enjoy the film, as did I, laughing throughout its many humorous scenes, and the familiar circumstances the film depicted. The film was followed after by a question and answer session with the Director and Actor on the stage with many in the audience taking part.  
At the Jungle party a pleasing music was provided by Xperiment 
After the premier, there was an event billed as Into The Jungle Opening Night Party in the heart of the Miami Design District which started at 9:30 PM. In the open air locale there were several kiosks serving food and drink samples of local fares. 
Into The Jungle Opening Night Party in the heart of the Miami Design District
There were empanadas from Half Moon Empanadas, also serving was El Wooden Spoon, La Piazzetta, Shelley’s, Hot Lime and Sweet Blendz. Rosetta Bakery sweets and The Melted Scoop frozen treats along with Ministry of Kaapi coffee. Stella Artois brews and Tito’s Handmade Vodka also were on hand treating the many attendees to some drinks.  
Attendees enjoying The Jungle Opening Night Party, food, drinks and music
At the Jungle Party a pleasing music was provided by Xperimento, a bilingual, multicultural band that blended world sounds of Rumba, Reggae, Salsa, Funk with some Rock, Hip Hop and R&B, quite catchy.
 
Another successful Miami Dade College’s Miami Film Festival premier, just the start of ten days of exciting films for lovers of movies to enjoy.
Miami Film Festival’s winner of a free trip to Cartagena, Colombia by American Airlines

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