60 Second International Film Festival features United States’ Film Directors

Islamabad, March 09, 2014 (PPI-OT): U.S. film directors Ted Braun and Marilyn Agrelo delivered keynote speeches at the 60 Second International Film Festival (www.60siff.com), held on March 8 at the Pakistan National Council of the Arts in Islamabad.

Braun and Agrelo are visiting Pakistan with the U.S. State Department’s American Film Showcase (AFS), a touring program that brings U.S. documentaries and film experts to audiences around the world. Their tour is organized in partnership with University of Southern California’s (USC) Film School.

Braun and Agrelo praised the festival’s efforts in building filmmaking capacity among Pakistan’s youth. They also spoke about the power of film to raise awareness of social issues and create social change. “Across the whole range of cinematic arts, filmmakers can bring to life the dreams and struggles of everyday people, engage the pressing questions of our times, and stir audiences to act,” Braun said.

During their visit to Pakistan, Braun and Agrelo will lead workshops for emerging filmmakers, hold roundtable discussions of the U.S. film industry with film professionals, and host screenings of the American documentary film Side by Side.

The documentary draws on in-depth interviews with Hollywood masters, such as James Cameron, Martin Scorsese, and Steven Soderbergh to explore how new digital technology is revolutionizing filmmaking. “Without this new digital technology, a competition like the 60 Seconds Film Festival would not be possible, so it is fitting that we are discussing this film tonight,” Agrelo said.

“We’re thrilled to support Pakistan’s film industry by bringing the American Film Showcase program to Pakistan, and by creating institutional linkages between the U.S. and Pakistani film industries, professionals, and teachers,” said U.S. Embassy Cultural Attaché Robert Raines.

For more information, contact:
Alberto Rodriguez
Spokesman
Information Office Public Affairs Section
Embassy of the United States of America
U.S. Embassy, Islamabad- Pakistan
Cell: +92300 501 2640
Tel: +9251-208 0000
Fax: +9251-227 8607
E-mail: webmasterisb@state.gov

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