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Fourth Annual CANS Film Festival



Don't miss the fourth annual CANS Film Festival, May 22–24, to benefit the Food Bank For New York City, the major provider of food to New Yorkers in need. The festival, presented by The Independent Film Channel (IFC), will screen three highly acclaimed independent films on three consecutive evenings, each followed by a star-studded, themed fundraising event. Stanley Tucci and Oliver Platt are the Festival's Honorary Host Committee Chairs. The festival is being held at the IFC Center in downtown Manhattan, 323 Sixth Avenue at West 3rd Street. Tickets: $75–$150. Purchase 10 tickets — to one event, or mix and match — and receive $100 off. To get tickets and for additional information, go to, or call 212-566-7855, ext. 2239. All donations made on the Food Bank's website will be matched by IFC.*


Monday, May 22, 6:00 PM — Opening Night Gala
"Orange-carpet" welcome and reception. Rosie Perez makes her directorial debut with Yo Soy Boricua, Pa'que Tu Lo Sepa! an IFC original documentary narrated by Jimmy Smits and produced by Rory Kennedy and Liz Garbus. Yo Soy Boricua puts the themes of family, language and racism into perspective while exploring the historical relationship between Puerto Rico and the United States. A star-studded tasting event and raffle will follow the screening. Tickets: $150.00 each

Tuesday, May 23, 7:00 PM — Fabulous!
It's Fabulous! The Story of Queer Cinema followed by a cocktail party and silent auction. Picking up where the 1995 documentary The Celluloid Closet left off, Fabulous! shows the leap in out-and-proud filmmaking in the US from Kenneth Anger's Fireworks (1947) right up to Brokeback Mountain. Q&A with filmmakers Lesli Klainberg and Lisa Ades following the screening. Tickets: $75.00 each.

Wednesday, May 24, 7:30 PM — Ride the Bull and Buck Hunger
A special screening of Rank, an IFC original documentary that brings the gritty reality of the hazardous sport of bull riding into focus for the first time. Q&A session with director John Hyams and producer Jon Greenhalgh follows the screening, plus a western-themed cocktail party and the "Ride the Bull and Buck Hunger" fundraiser. Get your friends to sponsor your ride on the mechanical bull. Tickets: $75.00 each.

At least two million New York City residents are at risk of going hungry. The majority of them are women with children, the elderly, the disabled and the working poor. Food Bank For New York City, the city's primary supplier of food for the hungry, helps provide the food for more than 250,000 free meals served each day by more than 1,200 nonprofit community food programs in the five boroughs. Last year, the Food Bank distributed more than 67 million pounds of food and was recognized as the 2004 Food Bank of the Year by America's Second Harvest, The Nation's Food Bank Network. For more information, visit our website at

The IFC Center opened in June of 2005 on the premises of the historic Waverly Theater. After a four-year renovation, the new complex features state-of-the-art cinemas with luxurious seating and high-definition digital and 35mm projection. The theater presents new independent, foreign and documentary features, as well as the ongoing programs Weekend Classics, Waverly Midnights and Short Attention Span Cinema (short film screenings before every feature). The Center also includes The Waverly, a Great Performances restaurant that serves lunch, dinner and snacks, and features a full bar.

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