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Dunedin International Film Festival Features Sarasota Filmmaker

| Bruce Glasberg |

Award-winning Sarasota based filmmaker Mirella Martinelli, a native of Brazil, is happy to announce the world premiere of her first US-produced film FRENEMIES at Dunedin International Film Festival, Dunedin, FL, January 16, 2021, 8:30 pm (live outdoor screening).  January 17, 2021 (virtual screening)


FRENEMIES is a feature-length documentary that tells the story of the close yet conflicted relationship between the United States and Cuba from 1950-2020. How much longer can this small Caribbean island survive the longest embargo in history? The film’s point-of-view is that history can be told by common folk who live the history. Interviewees include US visitors to Cuba, Cuban Americans and Cubans living on the island. They discuss politics, history and the economy in this documentary study of the United States relations with Cuba. The film, which interweaves discussions with Cuban music, art and views of contemporary Cuban life, presents critical perspectives of both governments.

FRENEMIES has already received two awards:

  • IMPACT DOCS – an international film awards competition awarded FRENEMIES – Film of Merit category.
  • DOCS WITHOUT BORDERS Film Festival, awarded FRENEMIES: Award of Excellence – Revolution and Reform category.
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Mirella Martinelli graduated in film from the University of São Paulo and worked in the Brazilian film industry from 1982 to 2011 as an editor, screenwriter, director, producer, and film professor. She received numerous awards, including Best Film, Best Director, and Best Editor. She edited several short and feature films and taught film at Columbia College, Chicago, and the University of Tampa. Mirella has received an award from the American Cinema Editors, received a grant from The Rockefeller Foundation, and had a screenplay selected for the Sundance Screenwriters’ Lab. Her website is HERE.  FRENEMIES producer, Elizabeth Coffman, recently directed an NEH-sponsored documentary Flannery with Flannery O’Connor scholar Mark Bosco. Elizabeth was also the winner of the first-ever Library of Congress / Lavine/Ken Burns Prize for Film.

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