This years DocMiami International Film Festival will showcase more than 90 flicks from local, national, and international filmmakers. The event will also feature an awards ceremony with categories such as Best Feature Documentary, Best Contemporary Issue Documentary, Best Investigative Documentary, and Best Local Documentary. Screenings will include The Invocation, an exploration of God and world peace narrated by Sharon Stone; Zora Neale Hurston: Jump at the Sun, the first feature-length film about the famous African-American writer; and Tanzania: A Friendship Journey, Florida director Sylvia Caminers film about two college friends one American, one native Tanzanian who embark on a journey across the African villages and wilds. The 2011 DocMiami awards ceremony, hosted for the second time by Univision 23 news correspondent Gloria Ordaz, will feature musical acts Tito Puente Jr., a Latin jazz and salsa musician whose music is a tribute to his fathers; Javier Batiz, touted as the Godfather of Mexican rhythm and blues; and Rich Ferguson, a spoken-word performer. The film festival kicks off Thursday at 7 p.m. with an opening cocktail gathering at Romanos Macaroni Grill (8700 NW 18th Ter., Doral). Screenings begin at Friday at the Doral Golf Resort & Spa, and the fest closes with the awards ceremony Sunday.
Sept. 23-25, 9 a.m., 2011