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Haiti Optimiste: A Benefit Evening Celebrating New Cinema from Haiti

Join us February 20th for a night celebrating new Haitian cinema benefiting 

CINÉ INSTITUTE — HAITI’S ONLY FILM SCHOOL

The night will take a celebratory look at Haiti’s new cinema movement known as Jollywood, named after the town of Jacmel where the nation’s only film school is based. Founder of Ciné Institute, DAVID BELLE, will be joined by Fashion Designer DONNA KARAN,  Grammy-Winning indie rock band ARCADE FIRE, Actor MICHAEL KENNETH WILLIAMS, Actor JAMIE HECTOR,  and ARCADE FIRE music video Director VINCENT MORISSET to present and discuss recent Institute films. Be a part of this riveting conversation and discover the work of Haiti’s rising young filmmakers while helping to support their future.

7PM Screening of Ciné Institute films

8PM Discussion with Fashion Designer Donna Karan, Actor Michael Kenneth Williams, Actor Jamie Hector, Arcade Fire Music Video Director Vincent Morisset and founder David Belle

8:30 PM VIP Cocktail Reception at the Tinker Auditorium catered by New York City Notable Chef “Elle Philippe”

Due to the generosity of supporters like you, Ciné Institute students receive a two year college education free of charge. 100% of event proceeds benefit student scholarships. Thank you for continuing to help us to provide these vital and life-changing dignified opportunities for Haiti’s talented youth.

Tickets are going fast! Purchase yours today via L’alliance Francaise (FIAF)

Before the event, check out what Ciné Institute graduates have been up to by watching Arcade Fire’s JUST A REFLEKTOR music video. The video is an interactive short film that explores the themes in Arcade Fire’s “Reflektor” album through two devices simultaneously: the computer and smartphone/tablet. Directed by Vincent Morisset and filmed in Jacmel, Haiti with the help of Ciné Institute graduates, “JUST A REFLEKTOR” not only enabled Arcade Fire to produce an amazing and unique music video for their fans around the world, but also demonstrated their extraordinary commitment to Ciné’s mission and the development of Haiti’s film industry.  The story follows a young woman who travels between her world and our own.

Check out more of Ciné Institute’s work HERE

Download Cine Institute 2011 annual report HERE

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