PANAMA CITY, Fla. - An award-winning movie director will screen one of her latest films Friday night at the renovated Panama City Center for the Arts.
Gabriela Tagliavini's will show her 2012 release, "Border Run", featuring Sharon Stone and Billy Zane.
The center landed Tagliavini through a local connection, Alfie Martin.
Martin is the director of the 'Teatro de las Artes: A Director's Series' based in Panama City Beach and Los Angeles.
"I'm really glad he brought me here and I'm glad to show this film to people that probably, usually wouldn't see it, because that's why we make movies, to have an interchange of culture and opinions," said Tagliavini.
'Border Run' is a little different from Tagliavini's previous four movies.
"I think this particular one is my only thriller, I only do comedies...The story is ultimately based on two events, about this woman who tries to save her brother so she then gets involved in this drug smuggling, border crossing, action situation," said Tagliavini.
Through Tagliavini's 15 year history as a director, she's centered her stories on leading ladies.
"My movies are generally about women, and empowering women, and that's an important message for me, kind of my life goal," she said.
Bay Arts Alliance Executive Director, Jennifer Jones, said the screening will give people more insight into movie-making.
"A lot of people don't know what goes on behind the scenes but Gabriela Tagliavini is an award-winning filmmaker so we're really fortunate to have her here," said Jones."This really reaches out to a lot of different groups in seeing things from perspectives that aren't the ones we always have when we're sitting in a dark theater."
Tagliavini is originally from Argentina, but hopes her films' messages reach all movie fans.
"I always try to bring other Latino actors to mix and match, African American actors, Asian actors, I try to represent America which is a melting pot," she added.
Tagliavini's latest film is scheduled for an October release.
'Border Run' will begin at 5:30 p.m., followed by a 'Q & A' session at 7:15 p.m.
The film is 'Rated R', but the event is free.