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A Life Outside to Showcase at Film Festival

A Life Outside, a documentary film featuring Warner doctoral student and Rochester’s own 2004 New York State Teacher of the Year, Lynn Astarita Gatto, will showcase at the 4th Annual Queens International Film Festival, Nov. 15 – 19. A Life Outside, one of 28 selected documentaries to be featured at this year’s event, will play at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 19 at the Kaufman Zukor Studio in Astoria, N.Y.

Three years in the making, the documentary film produced and co-written by Joanne Larson, professor and chair of the teaching and curriculum program at the Warner School, in collaboration with David Smith, a Quebec filmmaker, features Gatto as she gives a guided tour of a semester in her fourth-grade urban students’ lives and shows how it is to succeed in the face of poverty, apathy, and state testing. A Life Outside also follows Gatto and her students as they traverse the state in search of what she considers to be a quality education.

Celebrating its fourth year, the Queens International Film Festival will showcase an eclectic and diverse mix of outstanding shorts, compelling features, thought-provoking documentaries, entertaining music videos and animations, captivating screenplays, and will represent some of the most creative talent in independent film. Showcasing more than 200 films, the five-day event will attract powerhouse directors, fledging actors, and moviegoers from around the world. To learn more about the 2006 Queens International Film Festival, please visit http://www.queensfilmfestival.com.

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