The incredible, iconic legend Grace Jones will highlight the 15th annual Syracuse International Film Festival (SIFF) when it kicks off Wednesday, Oct. 10, with a fundraising gala at the Redhouse Arts Center in downtown Syracuse.
Jones will be the celebrity guest of SIFF for the first day of the festival. Opening night will feature a screening of “Bloodlight & Bami,” a film about Jones that has received rave reviews throughout the world, and the presentation of a coveted Sophia Award by SIFF for her work in music and film. The evening will also include a Q&A with the star.
The College of Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) and its Department of Transmedia are co-sponsors of the festival. Film faculty play a major role this year; in addition to Owen Shapiro, co-founder and artistic director, Jeffrey Palmer has curated the Indigenous Peoples Showcase (Oct. 14), Alex Mendez is a judge for the Music Video Showcase (Oct. 12) and Vasilios Papaioannu is the director of the Oct. 14 screenings in Shemin Auditorium, Shaffer Art Building.
VPA film students serve as volunteers and projectionists. They will also show their work on Oct. 14 at 1 p.m. in Shemin Auditorium as part of the David and Carol Schmuckler New Filmmakers Showcase.