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Media Advisory: Washburn launches WIFI film festival; Attracts nearly two thousand entries

04/10/19 05:04 pm CDT

WHAT: The first Washburn International Film Institute (WIFI) Film Festival starts tomorrow, April 11th and runs through April 13th.  This first festival attracted nearly two thousand films from nearly 90 countries.

Features include the premiere for a documentary about Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) immigration policy by Allan Holzman ("Survivors of the Holocaust," "Old Man River"), who is a Peabody and two-time Emmy award-winning filmmaker.

Additionally, the festival will premiere a selected film from Holzman's "The Art of Directing" series over Hollywood director, David Lean ("Lawrence of Arabia," "Doctor Zhivago"). The film includes previously unseen footage from the American Film Institute of Lean conducting master classes on filmmaking and interacting with students while teaching.

The festival will also feature a documentary, "TAKEMEANYWHERE", by Shia LaBeouf ("Transformers", "American Honey") and "Laramie Inside Out" by filmmaker Beverly Seckinger ("Hippie Family Values").

Film showings will be held in White Concert Hall and the Rita Blitt Gallery, along with an opening reception for the festival on April 11th from 4:30 - 6:00 pm.  The reception will include presentation of the President’s Award and the Ichabod Award which is for the best film from a Washburn student.

On April 12th, Holzman's DACA immigration policy documentary will premiere at 7:00 pm, and will be followed at 9:00 pm by Late Night with Allan Holzman, an interview with the Hollywood filmmaker about his documentary, conducted by KTWU's Eugene Williams.


WHEN: April 11 through April 13, 2019

WHERE: Washburn University’s White Concert Hall & the Rita Blitt Gallery



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