Film director travels across country for Gasparilla International Film Festival

 

A film director from Los Angeles traveled miles to see his film air in the Gasparilla International Film Festival.

Jordan Roberts’ movie “Burn Your Maps,” was selected to be the first film shown during the kick off night of the festival.

The movie is centered around an 8-year-old boy that realized he does not belong in an American society but rather in a Mongolian one. He goes to extreme measures to travel to Mongolia to reach, what he believes, is his true home.

“It’s based on a short story,” Roberts said. “It’s only about seventeen pages and I think the short story takes us about 15 minutes into the movie and then everything after that was invented.”

The movies shown in the Gasparilla International Film Festival are all selected by its president, Rachel Feinman. This is her third year as president and each year she spends hours watching movies that have the potential to be shown in the festival.

The Gasparilla International Film Festival has launched into eight full days of film and festivities for the first time in its existence.

“This is our eleventh year for the film festival,” Feinman said. “It’s something that brings unique films to the community and also supports our local filmmakers in the community.”

Education panels for the film industry also launched for this year’s Gasparilla International Film Festival.