The fest will present Changemaker Awards to Renee Zellweger and Christy Turlington Burns.
Bending the Arc, Kief Davidson and Pedro Kos’s documentary about doctors working in a rural Haitian village, will serve as the opening film at the 3rd annual Greenwich International Film Festival, which runs from June 1-4 in Greenwich, Conn. The film will screen on June 2, followed by a Town Hall Panel Q&A moderated by Barbara Pierce Bush with Ophelia Dahl (Partners in Health), writer/producer Cori Stern, Joia Mukherjee (Partners in Health) and Rifat Latifi M.D. from Westchester Medical Center, discussing the state of global healthcare.
The festival will kick off June 1 with its Changemaker Awards, honoring Christy Turlington Burns for her work with Every Mother Counts and Renee Zellweger for her leadership in the search for a cure for ALS.
At the opening night party on June 2, Sophia Bush will present the Best Social Impact Film Award, to be awarded to one film across all categories that promotes social change and awareness. The films in competition for the Social Impact Prize will be determined by the GIFF team, awarded by the Jury, and the prize will have a cash value of $10,000.
The festival also will host a special performance open to the public by Flo Rida on June 2.
Film highlights include Phillip Baribeau’s Charged: The Eduardo Garcia Story; Sophia Kruz’s Little Stones; and writer/director Brett Haley’s The Hero, starring Sam Elliot, Nick Offerman and Krysten Ritter.