Feb 10, 2017

The 2017 Queens World Film Festival Is Almost Here!

The Queens World Film Festival 2017 is almost here! The annual global film festival that brings moviemakers from all over the world to our neighborhood will be taking place from (…)

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The Queens World Film Festival 2017 is almost here!

The annual global film festival that brings moviemakers from all over the world to our neighborhood will be taking place from March 14-March 19. The festival, celebrating its seventh anniversary, will be featuring 135 films from twenty-five nations over six days.

A few other exciting facts: four films will focus on the undocumented immigrant experience, four more highlight challenging mental health conditions, there are six stunning LGBT films, and there’s even an animation about brotherly love. And of course, you can expect “thrillers, chillers, and all-out, high, high camp!”

From the official press release, some highlights include:

Opening Night at MoMI: March 14, 7pm

VIP reception with 2017 filmmakers & 2017 Honoree Julie Dash

The program starts at 8:00 and Ms. Dash will receive the 2017 Spirit of Queens Award for her outstanding contribution to cinema – indie or otherwise. Her work is majestic and intimate, assertive and nuanced. The night will also feature NYC’s elected officials, QWFF sponsors and partners and five short films that will give the audience a glimpse of what is to come during Festival Week 2017.


Adam Green’s Aladdin at MoMI, Redstone Theatre: March 18, 5:30pm

Adam Green’s Aladdin features Macaulay Culkin (Home Alone) leading an enthusiastic cast through the wildest adaptation of this classic that you will ever see. Also staring Alia Shawkat (State of Grace, Arrested Development, Search Party).


World Premier of Searching for Fortune at MoMI, Redstone Theatre: March 16, 8:00 pm

World Premier of Searching for Fortune staring John Heard (The Sopranos, Big, The Milagro Beanfield WarAwakeningsHome AloneRadio FlyerThe Pelican BriefWhite Chicks, Miami Vice, etc. etc. etc.)  A family drama about a woman who tracks down her recently deceased husband’s brother and reveals a 25 year old family secret.


North American Premier of Scumbag, MoMI, Redstone Theatre:  March 18, 8:00 pm

North American Premier of Scumbag (World Premier at the prestigious International Film Festival at Rotterdam) “The Wolf of Wall Street” meets “Kids” starring every punk legend since the 70s’. starring Princess Frank, Debra Haden, Nick Zedd, Michael Alig, Neon Music, Goddess Bunny, Keith Morris, Angelo Moore, Monique Parent, Jael De Pardo, Don Bolles, Kid Congo Powers, Scott E. Myers, Ron Jeremy, Cindy Lucas, Penny Arcade, Nina Hartley, Brian Soigne and Deluxe Wilso.


AFTER SCHOOL, MoMI – Bartos Theatre:  March 18, 2:45pm

AFTER SCHOOL by the rising star Alec Tibaldi, an alumni of QWFF, who’s 2016 film Ride or Die won the QWFF 2016 Best Ensemble Award. AFTER SCHOOL is another sterling example of great directing, acting and production and stars Ruby Modine (Shameless) and the young and extremely promising Piper De Palma whose father is film director Brian De Palma.

See you there, film fans!

About Lindsay Goyette

Lindsay has been eating and drinking her way through Queens since 2011. A casting director by day and Astoria explorer by night, you can usually find her checking out live music, theatre, or the newest neighborhood spot to enjoy a craft beer.

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