Touted as “Not Your Average Film Festival,” Beyond Hollywood International Film Festival (BHIFF) opens today and runs through April 22 at Regal LA Live Cinemas in downtown Los Angeles. The festival offers three days of networking, panels, and screenings. The event culminates with an awards ceremony on the 22nd.
Not to be missed is the West Coast premiere of the compelling documentary, The Last of the Winthrops, by first-time filmmaker Viviane Winthrop. The film screens in Theatre 14 at 10:20 a.m on April 21st.
The Last of the Winthrops explores the powerful revelations of a woman who reclaims her sense of self after taking an Ancestry DNA test. Initially she faces the seismic truth that her father, Reginald Winthrop, who could trace his heritage literally to the founders of America, is not her biological father. When Reg and his beautiful French Canadian wife Claire have their “miracle child,” Viviane is raised as an heir to the historic Winthrop exceptionalism and finds pride in her career in dentistry. After she is contacted by an unknown relative through their Ancestry DNA test, Viviane embraces her new identity, where she finds peace after facing powerful themes about love, blood and family.
Moving fluidly between past and present, through archival footage and private letters and recordings, the film follows Viviane on an epic journey across five countries and hundreds of years to find out who she thought she was… and finally finds her real path to her true self.
BHIFF is the place for inspiring filmmakers who wish to take their careers to new heights. Visit Beyond Hollywood Int’l Film Festival Tickets (bhiff.org) for tickets, the full schedule, and more information.