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Fort Myers Film Festival Kicks Off Ninth Season With "A Man and His Trumpet: The Leroy Jones Story

FORT MYERS, Fla. - March 11, 2019 — The Fort Myers Film Festival kicks off its 9th season April 10 with the Florida premiere of "A Man and His Trumpet: The Leroy Jones Story" at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center in downtown Fort Myers.

Jones grew up playing his trumpet on the streets of New Orleans and eventually became the solo trumpeter for Harry Connick, Jr., touring and recording with Connick for more than 20 years.The famed trumpeter also will attend the showing and will perform a jazz concert alongside local jazz greats at the afterparty.

The red carpet party rolls out at 5:30 p.m. with drinks, mingling and musical entertainment with local and international filmmakers prior to the movie at 7 p.m. Jones and filmmaker Cameron Washington also will be featured guests at the event.

Tickets are $25 for the movie only or $150 for the show and afterparty, which will include the jazz concert by Jones, drinks and hors d'oeuvres by G3 Catering. The event benefits The Raddatz Foundation and Florida Arts, Inc.

Tickets are available at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center at www.sbdac.com

"A Man and His Trumpet: The Leroy Jones Story" is the first independent film to be shown during the four-day festival April 10-14, which will feature 89 films by local and international filmmakers shown at a variety of venues, including the Alliance for the Arts, Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre, Edison & Ford Winter Estates, Florida SouthWestern College, Collaboratory, and the IMAG. Private parties and dinners also are planned at Blu Sushi, Twisted Vine Bistro, Firestone and other select homes and locations.

"This is a rare opportunity for local residents to see films that you won't see in large theaters, including some local films about our area. See one or see them all — there's plenty of entertainment for everyone, with independent films of great significance, some that will move you in ways you'd never imagine," said Fort Myers Film Festival founder Eric Raddatz.

Tickets are $10 per film. An all-access VIP membership to all events and parties is $295 per person and is available at www.fortmyersfilmfestival.com

Eric Raddatz FMFF
 

Other events include:
● SIDNEY & BERNE DAVIS ART CENTER, 2301 First St. – More than 50 films will be shown at this location throughout the four-day festival. For a complete listing of times and films, head to our 2019 PROGRAMMING GUIDE.

● SCREENING UNDER THE STARS at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates, Thursday, April 11 at 8 p.m. Outdoor screenings in the backyard of the home will be shown: "A Tale of Two Halgrims" by filmmaker Ilene Safron; "The Great Train Robbery" from 1903 produced in Edison's lab; and "Coach" by filmmaker Jordan Axelrod. Safron will make the introduction with remarks by Edison-Ford Winter Estates CEO Mike Flanders. Tickets are $10.

● FLORIDA SOUTHWESTERN STATE COLLEGE in the Rush Library Auditorium, Lee Campus, April 11 and 12. Exact Films TBA.

● IMAG HISTORY & SCIENCE CENTER, 2000 Cranford Ave. – Friday, April 12, at 6 p.m.; "Fly Like a Girl," a film about young girls and women relentlessly pursuing their passion for aviation by Katie McEntire Wiatt with a meet and greet, Q & A, afterward. Tickets are $10.

● LEE COUNTY ALLIANCE FOR THE ARTS, 10091 McGregor Boulevard - Friday, April 12, at 6:30 p.m.; "Eliades Ochoa From Cuba to the World," by Ruben Gomez, documenting the life of the Buena Vista Social Club founder; with treats, music and a Q&A afterward. Tickets are $10.

● CHAMPAGNE & DESSERT AWARDS GALA at the Broadway Palm, 1380 Colonial Blvd Sunday, April 14 at 7 p.m.: champagne and dessert awards gala, where the Fort Myers Film Festival will honor the winners with a showing of one award-winning film and the first-ever Fort Myers Film Festival Edison Award for distinct innovation and invention in film. Tickets are $15 each.

For more information and the entire listing of films go to www.fortmyersfilmfestival.com or join www.facebook.com/fortmyersfilmfestival for updates and events. VIP memberships for the entire four days of films and parties can be obtained here.

The Fort Myers Film Festival supports Lee County Schools filmmakers, Raddatz Foundation, Florida Arts, Inc., and Golisano Children's Hospital.

Sponsors are Florida Weekly, Bennett's Fresh Roast Coffee, Twisted Vine Bistro, Blu Sushi, J. Bert Davis M.D., F.A.C.S, Facial Surgeon, La Trattoria de Napoli, LIst Distillery, Sam Galloway Ford, Black Tie Tuxedos, Best Western Waterfront, Riverside Realty, Douglas E. Spiegel, P.A., Capone's Pizza, Kearns Restaurant Group, and Susan Bennett Marketing & Media, L.C.

About the Fort Myers Film Festival
The Fort Myers Film Festival, in its ninth season, is an independent filmmaker's preferred event to create, unite and showcase the finest artistic cinematic works. The Fort Myers Film Festival was awarded the prestigious 2015 Chrysalis Award for Cultural Achievement by the Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau and the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce at their annual Celebration of Business & Tourism Awards Luncheon and Trade Show. The Fort Myers Film Festival was founded by Eric Raddatz, the award-winning presentation editor of Florida Weekly, regular contributor for NBC-2 in Fort Myers, and host of Fort Myers Film Festival's indie film show, "T.G.I.M."

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PROGRAMMING GUIDE

FILMS AT SIDNEY & BERNE DAVIS UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED ...
Wednesday
7 P.M.
A Man and His Trumpet: The Leroy Jones Story
Dir. by Cameron Washington
85m
In a city full of brilliant musicians, Leroy Jones, trumpet virtuoso and consummate New Orleanian, is a musician’s musician. Follow Jones life journey as he came up playing on the streets of the Saint Bernard Projects, quickly establishing himself as one of NOLA’s most sought after trumpeters, founding the legendary Fairview Baptist Brass Band and Hurricane Brass Band which lead to the revival of the brass band scene in New Orleans. Leroy Jones eventually catches the ear of Harry Connick Jr. and ends up becoming Connick’s solo trumpeter, touring and recording with the Harry Connick Big Band for over 20 years. A decade after the storm that nearly destroyed his beloved city, Jones is navigating life as both a world renowned musician and a citizen amidst a rapidly changing New Orleans. Documentaries *Attending Leroy Jones and Cameron Washington
Swift
Dir. by Byeo Ri Kim, Hae Deun Woo and Ye Bin Ahn
5m
Fun mix of reality and animation to create a new super heroine. Student; Shorts
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Thursday
9 A.M.
Marcos Doesn’t Live Here Anymore
Dir. by David Sutherland
112m
David Sutherland’s Marcos Doesn’t Live Here Anymore examines the US immigration system with the help of two unforgettable protagonists, demonstrating the human cost of deportation. Elizabeth Perez, a decorated US Marine veteran living in Cleveland, fights to reunite her family after her husband, Marcos, is deported. Meanwhile, Marcos is alone in Mexico, working as a soccer referee, struggling with depression, and fighting the urge to cross the border illegally to see his family. Documentaries * Team Attending
11 A.M.
Daniel, Debra, Leslie (and You?)
Dir. by Benjamin Wolf
80m
What do we mean by ‘recovery’ from serious mental disorders? What do we know of how individuals with such disorders cope? ‘Daniel, Debra, Leslie (and You?)’ invites us to listen — empathically and constructively — as courageous individuals speak openly and honestly to each other of their experience. The film invites us to watch as caring and advocacy develop from the sharing of ‘unusual’ thoughts and feelings, thoughts and feelings more common than one might suspect. Documentaries
12:15 P.M.
Echoes
Dir. by Andrew Seok
65m
If you remove all the names, places, and faces from all wars, from all time, you are left with the same story. Full Length Features
1:30 P.M.
New Money
Dir. by Jason B. Kohl
86m
A struggling pet store worker kidnaps her estranged father after he cuts her out of his will. Full Length Features
3 P.M
Beyond Kepler
Dir. by Michael Maugeri
26m
After completing a major milestone mission of navigating the universe, Astronaut William Montgomery plans to solidify his late Father’s legacy by completing their research and traveling to the planet Kepler 452B, which is also deemed Earth 2.0. Shorts
3:30 P.M
Where There Is Darkness
Dir. by Sean Bloomfield, Cimela Kidonakis
103m
Fr. Rene Robert devoted his life to helping the less fortunate in and around the tight-knit community of St. Augustine, Florida. But, in 2016, he was kidnapped and murdered by 28-year-old Steven Murray—an ex-felon he had been trying to help. Just as prosecutors began seeking a death sentence for Murray, Fr. Rene’s friends discovered a document he had signed 20 years earlier which stated, in part, “Should I die as a result of a violent crime, I request that the person responsible for my killing not be subject to the death penalty, no matter how heinous their crime.” Documentaries; Crime
5:30 P.M
Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin
Dir. by Arwen Curry
69m
Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin is a feature documentary that explores the remarkable life and legacy of the science fiction and fantasy writer Ursula K. Le Guin, who passed away in 2018. Produced with Le Guin’s participation over the course of a decade, the film is a journey through the writer’s inimitable career and her worlds, both real and fantastic. Featuring David Mitchell, Margaret Atwood, Neil Gaiman, Michael Chabon, and more. science fiction, feminism, women, writing, arts, fantasy, Documentaries
7 P.M.
RANDOM OFFICIAL SHORT SELECTIONS
11
Dir. by Spencer Muhlstock
3m
Today is the day. All that’s left is to wait until 11:00pm. A surreal-narrative short shot on super 16mm film. Short Student; Shorts
Reflection
Dir. by Juan Buendia
3m
This story lets you recognise that the things we choose to do have an impact on our lives and we have to deal with the consequences of the decisions we make. Student; Shorts
AV Club
Dir. by Nicholas Markart
7m
As a high-school A.V. club faces the absurdity of egomania, tensions flare between the director and lead actress, causing the director to fatally reprimand the crew.
Sci-Fi, Comedy, Horror
Dear Alice
Dir. by Matt Cerini
3m
An unconfident artist must inspire a wide-eyed young girl to see the beauty in her sketch before the bus reaches his stop.
Student; Shorts
Cold Shoulder
Dir. by Max Debczak
3m
A lonely Eskimo fishes up a cave woman frozen in ice and attempts to get her out. Student; Shorts
Jewelry Junky
Dir. by Felix Meinhardt
8m
A squad of small-time criminals take advantage of the beautiful blonde’s Judy’s (Alena Bacher) drug addiction to come by a valuable diamond necklace. With the help of her alleged bodyguard, Judy classily causes confusion in a jewelry store.
Shorts
The Disenchantment of a Young Adult and a Wild Child
Dir. by Hannah Roze
12m
When Hazel runs away into Prague’s wintry, dizzying, fairytale-esque nightlife, Rachel finds her. But the euphoria of their rekindled sisterhood shatters as the two talk... Shorts
Instructions on Flying
Dir. by Tari Wariebi
5m
A young woman is unexpectedly fired from her job and begins a new journey when she stumbles upon a special instructional book. Short Shorts
The Good, the Bad and the Puppy
Dir. by Louisa Lawler
3m
In this homage to spaghetti westerns, a young woman sets out to find her dog when he runs away from home to play poker. Student; Shorts
8 P.M.
The Old Stripper
Dir. by Jack Truman
120m
An epic underground feature documentary film about a burlesque legend visiting her dancing cities from yesterday.
Documentaries *Team attending
10 P.M.
Caretakers
Dir. by Elias Talbot
87m
A young medical student finds himself entrenched in a web of intrigue when he’s sent to care for the former US Ambassador to Syria. Christopher Cousins, Vivica A. Fox and Missi Pyle co-star in Loomis’ thrilling drama. Full Length Features *Attending
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6 P.M. AT EDISON & FORD WINTER ESTATES
The Great Train Robbery
Dir. by Raymond Knudsen @ Edison studios in 1903
12m
Silent film The Great Train Robbery, set to a live musical accompniment for this special screening, is a 1903 American silent short Western film written, produced, and directed by Edwin S. Porter, a former Edison Studios cameraman. Actors in the movie included Alfred C. Abadie, Broncho Billy Anderson and Justus D. Barnes, although there were no credits.
Shorts
A Tale of Two Halgrims
Dir. by Ilene Saffron
14m
As a very young man, Robert Halgrim, Sr. first worked for Thomas & Mina Edison from 1927 thru 1931. Later on and shortly after Mina Edison deeded the Estates to the City of Fort Myers in 1947, Robert Halgrim, Sr. became the first Director to sole manage the estates from 1948 until 1972. Then in 1973, his son Robert Halgrim, Jr. became the second Director and operated the estates until his retirement in 1998.
For a total of 50 years, the Halgrims personally influenced the day-to-day operation of the Estates as it evolved into one of the country’s top tourist attractions.
Documentaries * Team Attending
Coach
Dir. by Jordan Axelrod, Matthew Ellison
25m
Coach follows Tracy Hamm as she seeks to become the first American woman to earn her UEFA A license, the highest international accreditation for coaches.
Shorts * Team Attending
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THURSDAY AT FSW
Screenings at Florida Southwestern State College April 11 and 12 at the Rush Library Auditorium, Lee Campus.
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Friday
10:30 A.M.
TO YOUR HEALTH OFFICIAL SHORTS SELECTIONS OF FMFF
The Nesting Doll
Dir. by Jeffrey Blake Palmer
12m
Filmed in the style of “relatable realism” akin to movies like Still Alice (Alzheimer’s) and The King of Marvin Gardens (fraternal bonds), The Nesting Doll delivers a poignant, heartfelt and bittersweet story of memory loss and memory lane. Student; Drama, Family, Dementia, Alzheimer’s
The Lemonade Stand
Dir. by Ijaaz Noohu
5m
Grace, a young girl living in New Jersey, comes up with a master plan to save her family’s home. Short Shorts
Vivian
Dir. by Kevin Garcia
4m
Diana a selfless mother of two who takes care of others before herself, tries to take care of her mother Vivian that has Alzheimer’s. Student; Drama
Family Day
Dir. by Harry O’Reilly
17m
Family Day is a powerful short film about a mid twenties woman (Kelly O’ Connell) who is finishing up her third stint in rehab at Greenbrier Rehab center in Dobbs ferry NY. In the final days of her three month stay, her mother and loving step dad (Brenda and Richard) come to visit for Family Day. What ensues is unexpected and revealing. Kelly’s sobriety is tested in a myriad of ways by dealing with an avalanche of her mothers past pains and fears. Student; Shorts
11:15 A.M.
SERIOUS, SERIOUSLY INTERESTING SHORTS OF FMFF
Flag Duty
Dir. by Raymond Knudsen
6m
Tensions mount as two children reconcile their socioeconomic differences when they’re forced to work together on flag duty during elementary school. Student; Drama
Mrs. Lavinski
Dir. by Suraboon Art Purnaveja
14m
In order to prove herself sane, Bobbie Lavinski has to tell her therapist, Dr. Carson, about what happened before the car accident she was in. After her husband, Richard, retired, he stayed home more and make both her and her son uncomfortable. mystery, drama
Dirty Bomb
Dir. by Valerie McCaffrey
16m
Signing his own death warrant, a concentration camp prisoner Aharon sabotages the construction of the V-2 bomb against the Nazi’s, while American soldiers struggle to advance against the Germans during ‘The Battle of the Bulge’, Hitler’s last chance for winning the war. Aharon, a Jew, (Ido Samuel) defiant enters the secret Dora-Mittlebau concentration labor camp, where he is especially chosen to work on the V-2 bomb. He joins Samuel (Robert Arce) who is the mastermind of the sabotage of the missile, and encourages Aharon to help him. Shorts
Stall Boy
Dir. by Luke Toye
9m
Logline: When a germaphobic thirteen-year-old boy grapples with an abusive father at home and relentless bullying at school he must find the will to overcome his inner turmoil or be consumed by it. Shorts
Patrik
Dir. by Evgeniya Radilova
10m
A real human connection is the ultimate reward we can all hope for in this life time. Shorts
12:15 P.M.
AROUND THE WORLD SHORT ORIGINAL
SELECTIONS
Mr. Nomad
Dir. by Sifis Stamou
27m
A man in a shattered world. Shorts
Cows Can’t Swim
Dir. by Jonas Möllmann
22m
Two lonely Souls meet at a hotel bar. Hotshot TV-Host Nick and blind musician Klara get into each other’s hair immediately. They prey on their counterpart’s weaknesses with precision and persistence, but seemingly just can’t get off each other’s backs. Shorts
1:15 P.M.
INTERNATIONAL SHORT
OFFICIAL SELECTIONS
Greek Tragedy
Dir. by Norberto Trujillo
4m
Two men walk towards their destination. Shorts
One More Experiment
Dir. by Sergey Vlasov
15m
In the near future all actors have become computer generated character and human actors are unemployed. This is a story of an aging actor who came to the small booth where the computer directs his monologue reading. This is the only place he can act. sci-fi, drama
The Awakening
Dir. by Bahi Ben Hamani
1m
Should we listen to others? Or is following your instincts more judicious? Shorts
Green land
Dir. by Hatam Saedpanah
2m
A female journalist risks her life taking photos of the conflict between Palestinian people and the military. Animated, Shorts.
Baghdad Photographer
Dir. by Mejd Hameed
3m
The film discusses the wars that have been taken place in Iraq and their reflection on the society represented by the family which is the base of the society. Shorts
The Traffic Separating Device
Dir. by Johan Palmgren
15m
A traffic separating device is installed in the middle of Stockholm. It is supposed to keep normal cars away and only let buses pass. It turns into a disaster as normal cars continue to go there and hundreds of cars get destroyed every week. Tragic and funny situations occur and we follow the whole mess of human failures. Shorts
Another Beautiful Day
Dir. by AK Simba
8m
Another Beautiful Day follows the last moments in the life of the man in the overcoat. He is an enigma. His actions while they seem rational are quite the opposite. This is a man who has not anticipated the way this day will end. This is a man who is haunted by his past, present and future. A man who cannot face himself. Shorts
Iku Manieva
Dir. by Isaac Ruiz Gastélum
8m
Filmed at the edge of the narco horror in Mexico, the Sinaloa sierra, it seems to absorb from the cinema of Terrence Malick, Tarkovski and even The Apu Trilogy. A symphony of images with great evocative power over a territory infested with terror. Documentaries
2:15 P.M.
MUSICALLY INFUSED SHORT OFFICIAL SELECTIONS
First Disco
Dir. by Helen O’Reilly
18m
It’s 1983, Culture Club are no. 1, everyone’s glued to Knight Rider, and Kelly Harrison is not only experiencing her first crush, she’s going to her first disco. The only problem is that she’s getting train tracks before her big night and becomes besieged by self consciousness. However with the help of her best friend, Kelly realises what’s really important in her life. Drama, comedy
Bird’s Eye
Dir. by Scott Poiley
13m
A blind music professor’s life gains new purpose when her brittle world collides with the unexpected music students of an at-risk urban high school. Shorts * Attending
3 P.M.
WOKE AF SHORT OFFICIAL SELECTIONS
Hurry Up & Wait
Dir. by Riley J. Ewing
25m
It’s another New Year’s Eve, and Patrick’s ‘woke’ roommate, Corey, has dragged him out to party. When Patrick comes face to face his high school crush will he be able to overcome his social
anxiety? Or is he doomed to spend another year stuck in the past? Shorts
In Search Of
Dir. by Edward Neil Bowen
15m
What if someone could answer all your questions? Would you be able to hear them? Shorts
Expend
Dir. by Bismark Fernandes
4m
A stop-motion film about a man’s endless hunt for elusive energy sources in a decaying world. Short Shorts
Compliance
Dir. by John Michael Kennedy
10m
In a severely overpopulated world, a father and son have ten minutes to decide who lives and who dies between them. Shorts
4 P.M.
Horse Powers: From the Land of the Vikings
Dir. by Jonathan Learn, Eva Learn
56m
Our most trusted & reliable working partner has become a prescription for our health & well-being. We’ve relied upon horses for thousands of years to get us from place to place, charging through battlefields and farming our lands. In this film, we’ll explore the close bonds that the horse developed with several real-life characters: An Adventure Horsewoman, A Mountain Horse Family and a War Veteran- from the land of the Northern Lights and the Midnight Sun the horse culture, traditions and the healing powers of the horses. Documentaries
5 P.M.
RELATIONSHIPS — OR NOT — SHORTS OFFICIAL SELECTIONS OF FMFF
The Happiest Couple Alive
Dir. by Daniel Nogueira
13m
‘The Happiest Couple’ is a day in the life of a couple trapped in a self-destructive cycle because it’s the only love they know. Shorts
Dirtbags - Boyfriend
Dir. by Brea Grant
9m
Mark takes some advice from his therapist too literally. Shorts
On the way to Lovetown
Dir. by Mariya Pyter
15m
The road to the city named “Lovetown” turns into a roadside battle to the death between hot ex-teacher Sunny and most wanted criminal Monroe. Shorts *Team Attending
The Chase
Dir. by Chantal Gabriel
1m
A wolf boy infiltrates Wool Town. Student
Facebook Me
Dir. by Jemilah Findlay
15m
Thanks to Facebook, Penny has 24/7 access to a perfect photo of the-one-that-got-away. Will her comedy fantasies make her dream lover unfriend her? Shorts
Dishwasher
Dir. by Peter Lively
7m
A couple struggles to load a dishwasher. Shorts
6:15 P.M.
Long Time Coming: A 1955 Baseball Story
Dir. by Jon Strong
87m
When racial segregation defined America, two teams of 12-year-old boys defied social norms to change the world. Documentaries *Team Attending
7:45 P.M.
Hanging Millstone
Dir. by Curtis Collins
118m
Shawn Murphy is a 37 year old single father. He is driven to find the man that kidnapped his little girl four months ago. She is one of eleven children that have been abducted in the Southwest, Florida area. All isn’t what it seems inside this courtroom; for no one can escape the judgment of the Hanging Millstone. Strictly Local *Team Attending
9:45 P.M.
LATE NIGHT SHORTS OFFICIAL SELECTIONS OF FMFF
Harper Finch
Dir. by Jonathan Baker (AKA Bo D)
9m
Driven by obsession, a young mental patient forcibly attempts to rekindle his relationship with an emotionally fragile fellow inmate. When she rejects his advances, the confrontation quickly escalates into a violent battle for survival and sanity. Shorts
No. 3: In the Absence of Angels
Dir. by Camille Hollett-French
23m
In the brutal aftermath of being raped in broad daylight, Crystal, a streetwise community mentor, is forced to make an irreparable decision that will shape the person she’s about to become. Drama, Anthology, Shorts *Team Attending
Complicit
Dir. by Austin Tanner
9m
A neo futuristic fictional period where U.S immigration laws are based on productivity. A U.S patriot finds himself caught and crushed in the cogs and wheels of the new I.C.E agency. Student
Broken Wings
Dir. by Daniel Lee Pitcher
10m
Broken Wings is an independent Australian short film that centres around a growing relationship between two psychiatric patients, whose past scars their bodies.
Shorts
Trophy Boy
Dir. by emrhys cooper
13m
James, a sexy, youthful sought-after instagram star in high-society and self-proclaimed ‘Trophy,’ is dumped by his wealthy live-in benefactor. Now he must learn that the real world is not the facade he’s built for himself on social media. Shorts *Team Attending
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6 P.M. AT IMAG
Fly Like a Girl
Dir. by Katie McEntire Wiatt
84m
Fly Like A Girl is more than just a film. It’s a movement of young girls and women relentlessly pursuing their passion for aviation. A field currently dominated by men. Hearing first-hand stories from girls and women who dared to aim higher. From a lego-loving young girl who includes female pilots in her toy airplanes, to a courageous woman who helped lead shuttle missions to space, Fly Like A Girl shows us that women are in charge of their own destiny. Documentaries
*Team attending
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6:30 P.M. AT ALLIANCE
Eliades Ochoa From Cuba To The World
Dir. by Ruben Gomez
100m
Poor country musician playing on the streets of Eastern Cuba and striving to meet the challenge of spreading his beloved traditional music around the world and finds success as a original member of the famous Buena Vista Social Club
Documentaries
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FRIDAY AT FSW
Screenings at Florida Southwestern State College April 11 and 12 at the Rush Library Auditorium, Lee Campus.
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Saturday
9:30 A.M.
A Prayer For Compassion
Dir. by Thomas Jackson
95m
The film follows Thomas Jackson on a quest to make a better world for his daughter that crisscrosses America and takes him to Morocco for the UN Climate Conference and throughout the Indian subcontinent to ask the question, “Can compassion grow to include all beings? Can people who identify as religious or spiritual come to embrace the call to include all human and nonhuman beings in our circle of respect and caring and love?” Animal Rights, Health, Spiritual/Religious, Environmental, Documentaries
11:30 A.M.
BEAUTIFULLY ANIMATED SHORTS OFFICIAL SELECTIONS OF FMFF
The Colors Of Life
Dir. by Heather Pirnak
2m
During the 1930’s in New York City, an Irish immigrant struggles to make a living as an artist. Even after many hardships he continues to see the beauty in world. As he nears the end of his life, he recounts his memories of coming to America and starting a family. He uses his canvas as a medium to express his sorrow, joy, and nostalgia. Short Shorts
All The World is a Stage
Dir. by Hannes Rall
2m
An animated adaptation of the famous Shakespeare poem ‘All The World’s A Stage’ narrated by the renowned Shakespeare actor and director Samuel West (Royal Shakespeare Company.) Short Shorts
Tempo
Dir. by Angela Arzumanyan
2m
An aspiring drummer works in the kitchen of a jazz club, yearning to be one of the musicians up front. Short Shorts
A Long Way From Home
Dir. by Andy Tai, Eduardo Enriquez
4m
In an old western tavern, the fate of a town is about to change when an outsider arrives and doesn’t have the money to pay for a glass of water. Shorts
Poached
Dir. by Isabel Waller
3m
A bird encounters a hand grenade in the forest which she thinks is an egg and tries to hatch it. Short Shorts
Yuanfen
Dir. by Amanda Sparso
3m
A heartwarming tale of adoption as seen through a child’s eyes. Short Shorts
12:30 P.M.
The Truth About Marriage
Dir. by Roger Nygard
80m
This documentary by filmmaker Roger Nygard (‘Trekkies’) follows three not-so-ordinary couples to see how things turned out several years after their weddings. The film presents challenging ideas about relationships, as it answers the question: Why is marriage such a difficult challenge for many? Documentaries *Team Attending
2 P.M.
Light in the Darkness
Dir. by Daniel Gartzke
83m
A hidden epidemic affects ten percent of the American population daily and for those it grasps, hope can seem like a distant dream. Light in the Darkness is a feature length documentary dedicated to illuminating an understanding of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD.) In a message of hope, the film provides an opportunity of support to so many who may be struggling through difficult mental health conditions; and by means of storytelling will offer a platform for education, discussion, and healing of one of the most common diagnosis in our country. Documentaries *Team attending
3:30 P.M.
THOUGHTFUL SHORTS OFFICIAL SELECTIONS OF FMFF
Genesis
Dir. by Dale Metz, Ted Souppa
10m
Anticipating a nuclear holocaust on Earth, the mission Genesis was launched with four women and thousands of fertilized eggs - zygotes. All does not go as planned.
Strictly Local *Team Attending
The Things We Don’t Say
Dir. by Soleidy Mendez
15m
Unspoken words can haunt one’s soul. Shorts
* Team Attending Soleidy Mendez
AKA
Dir. by Julia F. Mann
17m
Aka’s tribe of bottlenose dolphins crosses paths with a lone sailor in the equatorial mid-Atlantic ocean, exciting Aka because he wonders if his tribe has found a descendant of the long-lost, ancient Sea Kings of Atlantis. When the unimaginable happens, their fates become intertwined, leaving the dolphins with a life-transforming decision to make. Fantasy, Adventure, Strictly Local *Attending
4:30 P.M.
Black, White & US
Dir. by Loki Mulholland
75m
“Black, White & US” explores racism in America like it has never been seen before through the lives of four white families in Utah who adopt African American children and overcome their own inherent biases to become advocates. From the award-winning filmmaker of “An Ordinary Hero” and “The Uncomfortable Truth”, Loki Mulholland reveals the challenges faced by the parents, children and our society while exposing the darker side of those adoption agencies who profit from it. Is there a way to fix our country’s racial divide? These transracial adoptive families just might provide the answer. Documentaries * Attending
6 P.M.
RAD SHORTS OFFICIAL SELECTIONS OF FMFF
Roaring Tides
Dir. by Aly Mang
10m
A twisted love-story that dives into the deeper understanding of what we all go through as humans and couples in this lifetime. The film explores love, loss, and the heartache of human existence - the confusion and power struggles we go through, while ultimately discovering our truth and purpose. Drama, Romance *Attending team
Coach
Dir. by Jordan Axelrod, Matthew Ellison
25m
Coach follows Tracy Hamm as she seeks to become the first American woman to earn her UEFA A license, the highest international accreditation for coaches.
Shorts * Team Attending
Ready
Dir. by Melissa Farman
13m
A reclusive mother and her young son celebrate the end of their relationship before she releases him into the world. Shorts
Cherry
Dir. by Chantal Gabriel
13m
A creative, introverted girl is torn between her imaginary world and the real one. Shorts
Skindiving
Dir. by Victoria DeMartin
19m
An observation of a woman caught between her old life and her new one as she goes about her daily routine leading up to her last night on the island. Shorts * Attending
I’m Taking You Home
Dir. by Jim De Koch
6m
Through a series of flashbacks, singer songwriter filmmaker Jim De Koch recounts key moments that would shape the destiny of his mothers life. Shorts * Team Attending
8 P.M.
Surviving Lunch
Dir. by KT Curran
74m
A beautiful teenage girl named Gabriella moves to Florida after a violent event tears her life apart. As Gabriella struggles to overcome her grief, she sees a boy being bullied in the lunchroom and begins a dangerous quest to stop the meanest boy in school. Feature *Team Attending
9:30 P.M.
UNFORGETTABLE SHORTS OFFICIAL SELECTIONS OF FMFF
Hairy
Dir. by Megan Domaille, Jack Powley
2m
A tongue in cheek celebration of the wonderfully hairy human body. Short Shorts
The Girls Were Doing Nothing
Dir. by Dekel Berenson
17m
Marta and Jake are a married couple in their late 30’s. Working in senior professional positions, they are very wealthy: living together in a luxurious cosmopolitan home while spending much of their free time eating at expensive restaurants and exercising at private gyms. Their idealistic lifestyle is a grandiose means of concealing and deflecting the strains of their spousal dynamic. Shorts
Cashed
15m
After a rare night of drinking on her 25th birthday, Jess wakes up to a wicked hangover and surprise unemployment. As she struggles with whether or not to spend her last few bucks on weed, she tries to pick up the pieces of her life and find some peace of mind in the process. Comedy, Drama, Dramedy
#SLUT
Dir. by Jenna Kanell
11m
A young writer’s life is mysteriously impacted through his writing about an innocent girl at your every day high school who falls prey to a handsome predator in a position of power after being bullied on social media and at school; if she can’t get out before it’s too late, lives will come crashing down. Shorts *Team attending
Our Horizon
Dir. by Jack Szynaka, Nikki Conero
6m
Holding in his heart the power to give life to all living things, a magical forest-creature finds himself running for his life from a power hungry man intent on capturing the heart and taking the magic for himself. Shorts
Peggy
Dir. by Justin Miller
12m
Everything always seems to work out perfectly for Peggy, but her social graces are put to the test when she throws a birthday party for her eight-year-old son. Shorts
Sunday
10 A.M.
Lifeline: Pearl Harbor’s Unknown Hero Narrated by Gary Sinise
Dir. by Tim Gray
87m
United States Navy sailor Joe George is probably a name unfamiliar to almost every American, but on December 7, 1941 during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, Joe George was every bit the awe-inspiring hero in the opening moments of America’s violent entry into World War II.USS Vestal crewman Joe George was not your model navy sailor. He fought both inside and outside the boxing ring, liked his beer a little too much at times and had a stubborn and defiant streak that often left him at odds with his superior officers and once in a while got him thrown in the brig. But on that ‘Day of Infamy’ in United States history Joe George did something extraordinary. Documentaries
11:30 A.M.
Uncanny: The Dolls of Mariana Monteagudo
Dir. by Elaine Minionis
28m
“Uncanny, The Dolls of Mariana Monteagudo” is a short documentary about renowned Venezuelan plastic artist currently residing in Florida, Mariana Monteagudo; her creative process and her inspirations behind her intriguing, eerie and culturally hybrid doll sculptures, all made of repurposed materials that were originally waste. In the film, we closely follow Mariana into the creation of her new doll series “Uncanny”, and topics like capitalism, immigration, maternity, contemporary art, terror and the repurposing of objects are explored. Documentaries
12 P.M.
PANEL OF INCOMING AND LOCAL FILMMAKERS DISCUSS THE STATE OF INDEPENDENT FILM IN 2019
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7:30 P.M. AT BROADWAY PALM
AWARDS CHAMPAGNE
CEREMONY
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