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Sicilian Film Festival “Kick-Off” and Press Party Wednesday, April 6 from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Announces Location Change to Etra Fine Art in Miami’s Design District
Etra Fine Art
50 NE 40 St.,
Miami, FL 33137
www.etrafineart.com

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SFF President, Emanuele Viscuso and Artistic Director, Salvo Bitonti will welcome guests at the “Kick-Off” and Press Party on Wednesday, April 6, 2011, 7pm at Etra Fine Art, 50 NE 40 St., Miami, FL 33137 www.etrafineart.com. Courtesy Photos: SFF and Etra Fine Art

Upon yesterday’s announcement by Vino e Olio of the temporary closure of its restaurant and the cancellation of all events, the Sicilian Film Festival’s “Kick-Off” and Press Party has changed its event location to Etra Fine Art, 50 NE 40 St., Miami, FL 33137 www.etrafineart.com (just one block north of Vino e Olio.)
Stefano Campanini, owner of Etra Fine Art has graciously stepped in and offered his gallery as the new host location. Founded along with Alicia Restrepo in 2004, Etra Fine Art has strived to bring the best artists to Miami and its international audience. The gallery has been the backdrop to many social events, poetry readings, theatre performances and inspiring lectures.

Campanini has made a substantial contribution to the Miami art scene and to education. His efforts include, hosting a benefit event to restore the playground at Blue Lakes Elementary Autism Academy and donating over $10,000 in artwork to sponsor Miami-Dade County Public School’s Sixth Annual Education Awards. Campanini serves on the boards of ‘Arts For Learning’ (an institution that teaches art to 20,000 children in Miami-Dade County) and ‘Romance In A Can’ (Miami’s romantic film festival.) He is founder of ‘La Casa de la Mujer de las Americas’ (a not-for-profit that helps women and their families across South and Central America who are victims of violence.)
Campanini states: “I am very happy to help my friend Emanuele Viscuso and to support this cultural event in Miami. I never believed in art forms being separated. They all come from the same creative instinct whether it be cinema, painting, sculpture, or ballet. To host the opening party for the Sicilian Film Festival is my small contribution to a beautiful event that unveils Miami’s artistic beauty.”

Emanuele Viscuso, Artistic Director, Salvo Bitonti along with their supportive team will welcome the media, community, SFF sponsors and honorary guests that include directors, actors, writers, and celebrities from Italy.

The Sicilian Film Festival, 6th Edition will take place from April 7 to 13, 2011 with screenings at the Miami Beach Cinematheque, 1130 Washington Avenue, South Side, Ground Floor, Miami Beach, FL. On Thursday, April 7, 2011, Miami Beach Mayor, Hon. Matti Herrera Bower will officially open the 6th Annual Sicilian Film Festival. The nights screenings are: at 7:00 p.m. feature film, ‘L’imbroglio del lenzuolo/Trick in the Sheets’ (Ita with Eng subtitles) by Alfonso Arrau with Mariagrazia Cucinotta and Geraldine Chaplin; 9:00 p.m. ‘Rita’ short film by Fabio Grassado and Antonio Piazza (Ita with Eng subtitles); and 9:30pm SFF with Queer International present feature film ‘From Beginning to End’ (Portuguese with Eng subtitles) by Aluisio Abranches with Fabio Assuncao & Julia Lemmertz. Tickets available at the MB Cinematheque Box Office and at www.TicketMaster.com. A program/schedule is available at www.SicilianFilmFestival.com.

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