Contributed by Melissa Gattine on 06/12/2014
The American Film Showcase, a special project of the US State Department, has reappointed Patricia R. Zimmermann, professor of screen studies and codirector of the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival, as a film expert for their film envoy program.
The American Film Showcase brings award-winning contemporary American documentary and independent narrative films to audiences around the world, offering a view of American society and culture as seen by independent filmmakers.
Funded by a grant from the State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) and administered by the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts (SCA), the Showcase highlights the value of film in fostering understanding and cooperation, dialogue and debate. The AFS films explore diverse topics including civil rights, disabilities, social justice, sports, freedom of the press, technology and the environment.