The third annual fall film festival, today known as GEMS, l took place from Oct. 13 until Oct. 16 at Miami Dade College’s historic Tower Theater located at 1508 S.W. 8 St. in downtown Miami. GEMS is a precedent to the 34th annual Miami Film Festival, taking place in March of 2017.
The four day long festivities featured a heavily curated 13 film lineup. The films have all been critically acclaimed, generating major Oscar buzz. Previous films screened at GEMS, like Brooklyn directed by John Crowley, went on to win three Oscar nominations. The first night of the festival was accompanied by a screening of The Rolling Stones Olé Olé Ole: A Trip Across Latin America directed by Paul Dugdale. Following the film there was an opening night party sponsored by vendors Stella Artois, Bunnie Cakes and more.
Some festival favorites were films like Certain Women, directed by Kelly Reichardt featuring actress Kristen Stewart and Gimme Danger directed by Jim Jarmusch, a film centering around the life and career of Iggy Pop.