Haiti Optimiste Film Event- This Thursday
French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) and Ciné Institute of Haiti
New York, NY—The French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) and Ciné Institute are thrilled to announce the return of Haiti Optimiste, a festive and star-studded event to benefit Haiti’s renowned film school.
Founded in 2008 by filmmaker and activist David Belle, Ciné Institute is a tuition-free school that provides college education and employment opportunities to underprivileged Haitian youth. Recognized and supported by leading international filmmakers such as George Lucas, Francis Ford Coppola, Sean Penn, and Paul Haggis, the Institute is an important force in growing Haiti’s local film business and creative economy.
To help Ciné Institute carry out its work and pay tribute to its vibrant contribution to Haiti’s culture and economy, FIAF will host an evening of film screenings and discussions with distinguished leaders in the film industry on Thursday, February 20, at 7pm in FIAF’s Florence Gould Hall. The evening will include a screening of films from the Institute, followed by the announcement of the new Brioni film fund and a Q&A with Ciné Institute supporters, fashion designer Donna Karan, Arcade Fire video director Vincent Morisset, and actors Michael Kenneth Williams (HBO’s Boardwalk Empire) and Jamie Hector (HBO’s The Wire). Members of the Grammy Award-winning rock band Arcade Fire will also be present for the evening.
Here is a direct link to purchase tickets: http://t.co/xxsg1UCF1c