The Treasure Coast International Film Society will kick off its new Summer Film Series in partnership with the St. Lucie Cultural Alliance on June 23, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. The first screening, Celebrating Local Legends, will feature a screening of That’s Livin’! The Zora Neale Hurston Story, honoring Hurston and the Florida Highwaymen. The evening’s proceeds will benefit the Zora Neale Hurston Florida Education Foundation. Audiences will also have the opportunity to pre-order the Official Florida Highwaymen license plate, which will help fund the Highwaymen Museum coming to Fort Pierce.
The July 25 screening will feature Tevye’s Daughters, a Ukrainian film adapted from the story that inspired Fiddler on the Roof. On August 25, the Film Society will screen a documentary with the Inner Truth Project, a nonprofit dedicated to survivors of sexual assault, alongside “I’m Still Standing,” an exhibition created in collaboration with 12 partnerships of artists and survivors, before it opens at the Elliott Museum in Stuart.
In addition to the new Film Series, Treasure Coast International Film Society is organizing the sixteenth annual Treasure Coast International Film Festival. The five-day outdoor festival offers events, seminars, meet-and-greets, and a televised awards gala for film industry professionals. The society devised the new screening series to continue their mission of expanding access to culturally diverse films and independently-produced films.
“For aspiring local filmmakers, seeing that a film can be made here and spotlights a local and national cultural influence like Zora Neale Hurston is a powerful experience,” said Joe Garafolo, executive director of the Film Society. “So many people aren’t aware of the extent of her time and influence locally in St. Lucie County.”
Tickets are $5-$7.50 and are on on sale here, by calling (772) 462-2783, or visiting the Alliance Gallery in downtown Fort Pierce.