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Cinequest Co-founder and Director, Halfdan Hussey addressing the members of the media. (Photo credit: Steven Armstrong/Entertainment Fuse)Coming back to the notion of inclusiveness, Cinequest again can stake the claim of having strong representation of female filmmakers (at least 100 of the offerings are directed by women), as well as people of color. According to Cinequest co-founder Halfdun Hussey, there is a very strong Latin presence as well as a significant offering of films from Asian countries. All told, 56 countries will be represented at this year’s festival, including Azerbaijan, which is a country not previously represented. Lots of news was shared with members of the press including who this year’s Maverick Spirits might be, and at least three filmmakers from the Bay Area were present to share a bit about their films. But perhaps one of the more interesting pieces of information to come out might be that after 100 plus world premieres, over 550 different events, celebrations and soirées, the closing night's film will be Terry Gilliam’s film The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, starring Adam Driver. For those of you who may not know, Gilliam’s film has a storied history, having spent many years in development hell. Now, it will finally see the light of day, and it seems the Quest will be ready for it ahead of its wide release in April. You need to be ready too. If you’re a lover of film and other creative arts, Cinequest will have you covered. Opening night and kick off begins, Tuesday, March 5, 2019. Be sure to check out https://www.cinequest.org/ for the full line up of films. See you there!