'Spinning' in place for ReelWorld

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TORONTO -- Mark Brokaw's "Spinning Into Butter," which stars and was produced by Sarah Jessica Parker, will open Tonya Lee Williams' Reel World Film Festival on April 2, organizers said Thursday.

The U.S. indie drama -- about attempts by a New England college to resolve racial tensions after hate messages are scrawled on a black student's dorm room door -- will kick off Reel World's 8th installment in Toronto.

The Canadian festival will close April 6 with Kaushik Roy's South Asian drama "Apna Asmaan" (My Own Sky).

Williams ("The Young and Restless") launched Reel World in 2001 to spotlight movies with multicultural themes. Also booked this year is U.S. director Reed McCants' "Cuttin' da Mustard," Jennifer Sharpe's romantic comedy "I'm Through With White Girls," Brian Petersen's "Coyote" and Charles Burnett's "Namibia: The Struggle for Liberation."

Canadian features at Reel World include Samit Brar's "A Tune For Her" and "The Limits," Ben Mazzotta's long-awaited drama about four outcasts that converge in a seedy motel.

The Reel World Film Festival is set to run April 2-6.

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