Miami Film Fest unveils 2012 line-up

Joe Berlinger's Paul Simon flick Under African Skies (pictured) and Bess Kargman's First Position are among the 10 docs selected to screen in the festival's Knight Documentary Competition.
January 18, 2012

Organizers of the 29th annual Miami International Film Festival have unveiled the 2012 line-up, including the 10 films in its Knight Documentary Competition.

This year’s competitors include Alison Klayman’s Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry, Amiel Courtin-Wilson’s Ben Lee: Catch My Disease, Dominic Allan’s Calvet, Bess Kargman’s First Position, Bart Layton’s The Imposter, Beth Levison and Laura Brownson’s Lemon, Simone Rapisarda Casanova’s The Strawberry Tree (El arbol de las fresas), Joe Berlinger’s Under African Skies (pictured), Alysa Nahimas and Benjamin Murray’s Unfinished Spaces and Anthony Baxter’s You’ve Been Trumped.

The winner will received the US$10,000 John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Award.

“Doc makers never cease to amaze us with the incredible stories and characters they capture,” senior documentary programmer Thom Powers said in a statement. “These 10 films cover the gamut of emotions and expand our sense of wonder.”

The festival also revealed the list of films in its non-competition category, Cinema 360 & Doc-You-Up. Highlights include Ross Finkel, Trevor Martin and Jonathan Paley’s doc Pelotero, Lisa Immordino Vreeland’s Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel, Jim Virga’s Beyond Assignment, Katja Esson’s Poetry of Resilience and Mauricio Vincent Mulet’s Baracoa: Where Cuba Began (Baracoa: 500 Años Despues).

There will be an exhibit of French painter Jean-Marc Calvet’s work at MDC’s Art Gallery System to coincide with the screening of Dominic Allan’s film about the artist. Calvet will also attend the screening. Italian architect Roberto Gottardi, who features in Unfinished Spaces, will also attend the fest.

The Miami International Film Festival takes place March 2-11.

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