UCF alum's Hope for a Thorn Screens at Gasparilla
(released 3/16/2010)

Hope for a Thorn, written and directed by University of Central Florida alum Erin Kitzinger, will have its Florida Premiere at the Gasparilla Film Festival on March 20, 2010. At its World Premiere at the LA Femme Film Festival in Los Angeles in October, 2009, the film received the Best Feature Director award.

When a troubled grandmother finds herself the guardian of the granddaughter she’s never met, she is forced to finally face her past. With each fighting loss, loneliness, and madness, their only chance for redemption is each other. Shot entirely in the Orlando area during the summer of 2007, “Thorn” utilized local cast and a combination of student and professional crew to complete the 74-minute film.

Hope for a Thorn is one of the first feature films produced through the University of Central Florida’s new Entrepreneurial Digital Cinema Master of Fine Arts program. The unique graduate program requires its students to finance and produce microbudget digital feature films. Kitzinger graduated from the program in August of 2008.

Both director Erin Kitzinger and producer Jay Delaney will be in attendance, along with stars Pat Fisher of Tampa and Sarah Grace Ackerman of Orlando. “We can’t wait to bring the film back to Florida to share it with those who made it possible,” said Kitzinger.

Hope for a Thorn will screen March 20, 2010 at 1:00pm at CineBistro, 1609 W Swann Ave, Tampa, FL 33606.  For more information on Hope for a Thorn, including trailer and press materials, visit www.hopeforathorn.com.

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