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The Blessing and the Curse Free Q & A Recorded with Director Stephen Lentini

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Stephen Lentini, Director

US Premiere

"The Blessing and the Curse" is Stephen Lentini's directorial debut in the feature length documentary category.

In 2018, he directed the narrative short film, "Theo's Trade," that garnered acclaim and film festival success. "Theo's Trade" is about a disheartened news reporter who escapes a racially-charged situation in Chicago and returns to his childhood home in the South. Here he performs slave re-enactments, hoping to counteract the negative portrayal of black men in the media.

Previous to that, Stephen produced and wrote two notable documentaries. First, "The Glacier Project," which is about two big wave watermen who surf the worlds' most dangerous wave. The wave is formed by skyscraper-sized glaciers that melt and crash into a small river below. Second, the "North Canyon," which documents Big Wave Surfer Garrett Macnamara as he attempts to surf a 100-foot wave in Portugal.