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Film fest to include actors Travolta, Quavo, Haas and Nelson

Bill DeYoung



John Travolta in "Cash Out," the opening night feature at the 2024 Gasparilla International Film Festival. Screen grab.

Quavo, left, and Travolta, from the rapper’s Instagram page.

Tampa Bay’s film festivals aren’t generally known as star-power magnets; that all changes with Opening Night of the 2024 Gasparilla Film Festival, at the Tampa Theatre (that’s in Tampa).

John Travolta will attend the Thursday night screening of his new thriller Cash Out, along with several of his co-stars – Georgia rapper Quavo, Lukas Haas (The Revenant, First Man) and a couple of others. Kristin (Sex and the City) Davis, Travolta’s main squeeze in the film, is not scheduled to be there.

The film’s director (also not in attendance) is known simply as Ives.

There will be a Q&A after the screening, with the producers and stars. Find all details, and tickets, here.

Tim Blake Nelson i the festival closer, “The Invisibles.” Publicity photo. Gasparilla Film Festival

It’s the 17th Gasparilla International Film Festival (GIFF), which is operated by the nonprofit Tampa Film Institute.

The closing film, on March 24 (Sunday), will be director Andrew Currie’s The Invisibles: “A couple facing the end of marriage, when the husband starts to disappear. As he fades from existence he discovers a new world of people who have disappeared just like him.” Stars Tim Blake Nelson (O Brother Where Are Thou, Nightmare Alley) and Bruce Greenwood (Star Trek Into Darkness, Thirteen Days) will attend the screening at Tampa Theatre, as will director Currie (Fido). Co-star Gretchen Mol is not on the list of attendees.

There are, of course, lots of independent film screenings in between the two big nights (these actors will not attend), including Tuesday with Julia Louis-Dreyfuss (March 22 at AMC Westshore); the documentary Common Ground (with Laura Dern and others), March 22 at University of Tampa Charlene A. Gordon Theater; Prototype: The Legacy Of Rondé Barber, about the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Hall of Fame cornerback, March 23 at AMC Westshore); The Martini Shot with Matthew Modine, John Cleese and Derek Jacobi March 23 at AMC Westshore.

There’ll also be blocks of various short films and plenty of parties. Read about all of it, and find tickets, too, here.



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