Treasure Coast International Film Society kicks off new summer film series

Special one-night event to include screening of ‘That’s Livin’! The Zora Neale Hurston Story’

The Treasure Coast International Film Society is kicking off a New Summer Film Series in partnership with the St. Lucie Cultural Alliance.

Zora Neale Hurston

The series will be held each fourth Thursday of the month on the third floor of the 111 Orange Building in Historic Downtown Fort Pierce. The first in the series, titled “Celebrating Local Legends,” premieres Thursday, June 23 and will feature a screening of “That’s Livin’! The Zora Neale Hurston Story,” in a special one-night event honoring Hurston and the Florida Highwaymen painters.

Proceeds will benefit the Zora Neale Hurston Florida Education Foundation. Audiences also will have the opportunity to pre-order the Official Florida Highwaymen license plate, which will help fund the Highwaymen Museum that’s coming to Fort Pierce.
In addition to the new film series, the Treasure Coast International Film Society organizes the Treasure Coast International Film Festival, now in its 16th year. The festival is a five-day event with events, seminars and meet & greets for film industry professionals, an outdoor festival and televised awards gala.

The group is launching the new monthly series to continue their mission of expanding access to culturally diverse films and independently produced films.

“For aspiring local filmmakers, seeing a film can be made here, spotlights someone who is from here and (a) national cultural influence like Zora Neale Hurston is a powerful experience,” said Joe Garafolo, executive director of the Film Society. “So many people aren’t aware of the extent of her time and influence locally in St. Lucie County.”

The next event in the series on July 25 will feature “Tevye’s Daughters,” a Ukrainian film adapted from the story that inspired “Fiddler of the Roof.” The film is raising funds for Ukrainian humanitarian aid.

On Aug. 25, the Film Society will screen a documentary with the Inner Truth Project, a nonprofit dedicated to survivors of sexual assault alongside “I’m Still Standing,” an exhibition created in collaboration with 12 partnerships of artists and survivors, before it opens at the Elliott Museum in Stuart.

Seating is limited. Tickets are on sale online at artstlucie.org, by calling (772) 462-2783 or by visiting the Alliance Gallery from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturdays on the third floor of 111 Orange Avenue in Downtown Fort Pierce. General Admission tickets are $7.50; alliance member and student tickets are $5.

About the Treasure Coast International Film Society Inc.

Treasure Coast International Film Society Inc. is a non-profit organization representing the cinematic arts and filmmaking community on the Treasure Coast. TCI Film Society’s mission is to honor, develop and celebrate filmmakers and production teams that create independent and foreign films of artistic and cultural importance. TCI Film Society produces the annual TCI Film, Music and Art Festival and is a partner of the City of Port St. Lucie, the City of Fort Pierce, the St. Lucie Cultural Alliance, the Zora Neale Hurston Florida Education Foundation and the Inner Truth Project.

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