Florida Film Fest: 177 films in 10 days

Florida Film Fest: 177 films in 10 days

The Sunshine State has a starring role in this year's Florida Film Festival, a Central Florida tradition that starts April 10.

The 24th annual event will showcase 20 films with Florida connections, according to the lineup announced Wednesday at the Enzian theater in Maitland. Director Marc Silver's documentary "3 1/2 Minutes" examines the 2012 killing of a black teenager by a white man over loud music at a Jacksonville gas station. The film, which also studies Florida's ;stand your ground" laws, won a special jury award at this year's Sundance Film Festival.

"Pervert Park," a documentary from Denmark, focuses on sex offenders living in a trailer park in St. Petersburg and their attempts to re-enter society.

The documentary shorts with Florida themes include "Mr. Gold," about Orlando street corner promoter Jose Melendez, who wears a gold suit, and "Dolphin Lover," a very unusual man-loves-dolphin story from Sarasota. Jason Kupfer of Orlando directed the narrative short "Invaders," about scheming home invaders who obsess over their masks.

The 177-film festival — with 57 features and 120 shorts — runs through April 19 at the Enzian and the Regal Cinema in Winter Park Village. Of those 57 features, 22 are documentaries. Fifty-five of the movies are directed by women, and 100 filmmakers will attend the event.

The festival will bring in Sam Rockwell for a screening of the 2009 sci-fi drama "Moon." Veteran actor Bob Balaban ("Gosford Park," "Seinfeld") will appear, but his film wasn't announced.

To kick off the festival, Kristen Wiig wins an $86 million lottery in "Welcome to Me." Wiig's character, a shut-in, becomes an Oprah Winfrey-inspired talk-show host. The cast also includes Tim Robbins, Joan Cusack, Jennifer Jason Leigh and James Marsden.

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