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The Fort Myers Film Festival has announced official film selections, times and locations for programming during the 8th season to be held March 21-25 at locations around Fort Myers.
Events include:
●   OPENING NIGHT RED CARPET GALA AT THE BARBARA B. MANN PERFORMING ARTS HALL – Wednesday, March 21, 2018: The premiere showing of “Melody Makers,” a rock documentary that tells the story of the rise and fall of the world’s most influential music publication and uncovers an era of unprecedented creative freedom.This will be the Florida premiere for the film, which has won awards at a dozen other festivals. The red carpet party rolls out at 5:30 p.m. at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall. The film starts at 7 p.m. with afterparty on the stage to follow with stars and cast attending the Fort Myers Film Festival.Tickets are $10 for the show and $49 for the show and afterparty. Tickets are available at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall Box Office or by visiting  https://www.bbmannpah.com/performance.php?id=1015
●   LOCAL PROGRAMMING AT SIDNEY & BERNE DAVIS ART CENTER – Thursday, March 22-25, 2018: Enjoy official selections from the 2018 Fort Myers Film Festival. Tickets are $10, $6 for matinee and $20 to watch all day. For more information including films and times head to www.sbdac.com and www.fortmyersfilmfestival.com.  
● MULLETS & MANGROVES II – History of Cayo Costa – Friday, March 23, 2018 at 7:45 p.m. The Friends of Cayo Costa and Barrier Island Park Society will present their new film at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates, 2350 McGregor Boulevard. Mullet & Mangroves II is the latest production of a two-part documentary and will view Cayo Costa Island through the eyes of pioneering fishing families and modern day children.  The film will be preceded by a short historical film about the contributions of Tom Smoot to the Edison & Ford Winter Estates.
●  LOCAL PROGRAMMING at the Alliance for the Arts Saturday, March 24, and IMAG March 23-25: Enjoy local programming from some of the top filmmakers in town as Fort Myers Film Festival keeps it local. Enjoy screenings and panel discussion at the Alliance for the Arts at 10091 McGregor Boulevard, Fort Myers, FL and IMAG 2000 Cranford Ave, Fort Myers, FL 33916. For more information including films and times head to www.artinlee.org and www.theimag.org.
●  CHAMPAGNE & DESSERT AWARDS GALA DINNER at the Broadway Palm, 1380 Colonial Blvd Sunday, March 25:  champagne and dessert awards gala, where the Fort Myers Film Festival will honor the winners with a showing of one award-winning film at 7 p.m. and music by Al Holland.  Tickets are $15 each. The official afterparty follows at the Twisted Vine in Fort Myers for song, dance, and more libations. For more information head to www.broadwaypalm.com
●  BLOCKBUSTER INDIE FILMS AT AMC Classic Merchants Crossing 16  Saturday, March 24, 2018 located at 15201 N Cleveland Ave, North Fort Myers, FL 33903. For films and programming head to www.fortmyersfilmfestival.com

PROGRAMMING:
Wed. 3.21 @ 7 p.m.
OPENING RED CARPET GALA 
AT THE BARBARA B. MANN
Barbara B. Mann 
Performing Arts Hall
13350 FSW Parkway,
Fort Myers, FL 33919
www.bbmannpah.com
Tickets are $10 GA / $49 Film & Afterparty

Melody Makers (78m, Canada) *
Directed by Leslie Ann Coles
Documentaries
This rock doc captures the birth of music journalism during the zeitgeist of rock n’ roll through the lens of photographer, Barrie Wentzell, Chief Contributing Photographer, Melody Maker magazine (1965-1975).

Thur. 3.22 @ 1 p.m.
Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center
2301 1st Street,
Fort Myers, FL 33901
www.sbdac.com
Tickets are $10, $6 before 3 p.m. or $20 for all day pass

FMFF OFFICIAL SELECTIONS 1
80:20 (20m, Singapore)
Directed by Christine Seow
Student
A short film about a conflicted fresh graduate who feels that there is more to her life than just a mundane office job and a stable relationship.

Not daddy (24m, France)
Directed by Tamara Vittoz
Shorts
Anna doesn’t feel like an ordinary child. She does not have a daddy. The violent man’s been gone for long and Anna’s mum pushes her to forget he exists. But she dreams of meeting him.

Close (14m, Germany)
Directed by Lisa Reich
Student
During a dance rehearsal, Jonas, receives the instruction to kiss his dance partner and secret crush Mira. He is so busy hiding his insecurities, that he doesn’t even notice how similar Mira experiences the situation.

Thur. 3.22 @ 2:10 p.m.
FMFF OFFICIAL SELECTIONS 2
Elene (11m, Turkey)
Directed by Sezen Kayhan
Student
16-year-old Elene is an illegal Georgian immigrant who works at a tea plantation in Turkey. Feeling threatened by various encounters, she tries to be invisible in this foreign land. But it is not as easy as she thinks.

Meli Melo (5m, U.S.A.)
Directed by Lucia Dompnier
Shorts
A young girl goes from reality to fantasy through a TV.

Game (14m, Canada)
Directed by Joy Webster
Shorts
A young boy struggles to endure his sister’s twisted games and accept his mother’s death.

Freedom (3m, United Kingdom, Austria)
Directed by Kathrin Steinbacher
Student
Striving for a professional skiing career means you are going to be subjected to great pressure. This animated documentary explores how high expectations can lead to frustration and anxiety.

The Poet ( 7m U.S.A.)
Directed by David Phillips
in Shorts
After the Second World War, an inspired poet takes the stage.

Light Sight (8m, Iran)
Directed by Seyed M. Tabatabaei
Student
M.E., the imprisoned character in a room is attracted to a hanging light and tries to catch it. But the room itself becomes an obstacle on his way.

Thur. 3.22 @ 3:15 p.m.
FMFF OFFICIAL SELECTIONS 3
Dream Phone (4m, U.S.A.)
Directed by Kendra Lohr
Short Shorts
Was it all a dream?

Bulldoze (7m, United Kingdom)
Directed by Jake Earwaker
Student
A young man’s life is controlled by a dark entity. When he finally realizes what he needs to do to break free, he discovers he is not alone.

Emotion (10m, Mexico)
Directed by Carlos Martinez Trujillo
Shorts
He and she have a great life, but at what cost? Trapped in a routine they are drifting away unless they can find a way to bring emotion back to their lives.

Krupa (3m, Canada)
Directed by Ranjani Prasad
Short Shorts
A dance piece portraying the plight of their fellow inhabitants of the planet. All they need is your ‘krupa’ or Mercy.

Mirror (3m, U.S.A.)
Directed by Sara Eustaquio
Short Shorts
She’s young. She’s in trouble. She’s staring at the mirror looking for answers. But what she’s about to find can change her life.

“Don’t Sell My Guitars” (20m, U.S.A.)
Directed by Lynn Montgomery
Shorts
A beloved country musician whispers a final request to his wife.

Thur. 3.22 @ 5:30 p.m.
FMFF OFFICIAL SELECTIONS 4
Sac de Merde (12m, U.S.A.) *
Directed by Greg Chwerchak
Shorts
A short film about love, dating, and all that crap.

Endangered!!! (4m) *
Directed by Lorraine Portman
Short Shorts
A spoofumentary shot on Grand Cayman with voice over by comedy legend John Byner.  A rare, endangered fish, recently discovered in the waters off Grand Cayman, valiantly searches for a mate.

When I Was a Kid (21m, U.S.A.)
Directed by Joshua Cavalier
Documentaries
A short form documentary about the relationship between parkour practitioners and their discipline.

Thur. 3.22 @ 6:30 p.m.
The Age Of Imitation (92m, Australia)
Directed by Mark Day
Full Length Features
An affair develops between a young writing student, Elizabeth, and Stefan, a moody musician. In Elizabeth’s search for romantic inspiration she becomes entangled in Stefan’s relationship with the charismatic hippie healer, Casey, and their psychedelic drug-fueled melodrama.

Thur. 3.22 @ 8:15 p.m.
The Idea Of Manhood (73m, U.S.A.)
Directed by Serge Kushnier
Full Length Features
A classic two-hander, character-driven, film. Blunt, honest, and funny, it’s a rare glimpse at vulnerability you don’t normally see from men on screen.

Thur. 3.22 @ 5:30 p.m.
IMAG History & Science Center
2000 Cranford Ave, Fort Myers, FL 33916
www.theimag.org
Tickets are $10

Gauze: Unraveling Global Healthcare (26m, U.S.A.) *
Directed by Suzanne Garber
Shorts
Juxtaposing the recent enactment and possible repeal of the Affordable Care Act with healthcare systems around the world where access, quality, and affordability are not necessarily dichotomous, the film explores and defines ‘best in health’ through in-depth interviews from hospital executives as well as commentary from American healthcare correspondents and experts.

Thur. 3.22 @ 6:15 p.m.
The Maestro (96m U.S.A.)
Directed byDavid Phillips
Features
After the Second World War, budding film composer Jerry Herst moves to Hollywood to study with infamous master teacher Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco.

Fri. 3.23 @ 11 a.m.
Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center
2301 1st Street,
Fort Myers, FL 33901
www.sbdac.com
Tickets are $10, $6 before 3 p.m. or $20 for all day pass

Ambassador of Peace (47m, Poland)
Directed by Wieslaw Dabrowski
Documentaries
Portrait of US General Ed. Rowny, retired United States Army Lieutenant General of Polish origin. He was a commanding officer in World War II and Korea, a military advisor to five U.S. presidents and a negotiator on the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty.


Fri. 3.23 @ 12 p.m.
FMFF OFFICIAL SELECTIONS 5
Morning Light Seems the Brightest (8m, U.S.A.)
Directed by Melina Valdez
Shorts
The morning after being involved in a violent crime, three best friends are forced to evaluate themselves and the people they associate with.

Reincarnation (4m, U.S.A.)
Directed by Dan Bricker
Short Shorts
People see life in very different ways

Zero (2m, U.S.A.)
Directed by Lainey Davidson
Student
A near death experience shows a girl she’s worth more than her eating disorder.

The Last Embrace (4m, Kurdistan, Iran)
Directed by Saman Hosseinpuor
Short Shorts
The girl wants to show her drawing to her family, but everybody is busy with their cell phones, the little girl because of loneliness goes to her grandpa who has just past away a few minutes ago without anybody noticing it.

Journey (8m)
Directed by Radheya Jegatheva
Shorts, Student
Alone in space, an astronaut drifts  through the empty void. After finding another astronaut in the same predicament, she gives him a polaroid image of the Earth. They then team up to go on an epic journey across the universe to return to their planet. Will these star-crossed lovers find home?

Girl, Wavering (20m, Japan)
Directed by Noriko Yuasa
Shorts
A heart that is shaken by empty reality. School girl Mizuho continues part-time work on dating site Cherry. One day, Ishe receives a message asking a man named Kenzo to help with suicide. What is Mizuho’s action taken from there.

Muscle (8m, U.S.A.)
Directed by Heidi Miami Marshall
Shorts,
After taking care of her termally ill husband for too long, a meeting with a stranger becomes Amanda’s final chance to regain her hope.

Fri. 3.23 @ 1:30 p.m.
Leap (95m, Belgium, U.S.A.)
Directed by Kasia Wezowski, Patryk Wezowski
Documentaries
A one year experiment seeks to discover whether coaching can help ordinary people achieve extraordinary things.

Fri. 3.23 @ 3:15 p.m.
FMFF OFFICIAL SELECTIONS 6
Jimbo (15m, U.S.A.) *
Directed by Ben Someck
Shorts
Dan’s morning walk goes awry when his dog disappears. His decisions and the events that follow complicate his life in mysterious ways.

The Visit (12m)
Directed by Romina Schwedler
Shorts
Devastated by the loss of his wife and son, Ben responds to his mother’s sudden request for a visit. But when she announces the alleged arrival of his departed family, what he strives to sustain as a gentle encounter soon spirals into torment, finally revealing a most unsettling truth.

iRony (8m)
Directed by Radheya Jegatheva
Shorts, Student
A film that explores the relationship between man and technology told from the perspective of a phone.

KCLOC (3m)
Directed by Ninaad Kulkarni
Documentaries, Shorts, Student
KCLOC is a 3D animated documentary on people’s perceptions of time.

Fri. 3.23 @ 5:30 p.m.
In a Sentimental Mood (117m, U.S.A.) *
Directed by Michael Gold
Full Length Features
Anna dropped out of college to become a painter but she finds herself pulled away from her artistic pursuits by her dysfunctional roommate and a new love interest.

Fri. 3.23 @ 7:30 p.m.
Wastecase (51m, U.S.A.)
Directed by Vito Trupiano
Strictly Local
The film is about a jacket and the various characters that inhabit it through one night in Miami.

Fri. 3.23 @ 8:30 p.m.
FMFF OFFICIAL SELECTIONS 7
KRUMP (8m, Germany)
Directed by Johannes Ziegler
Documentaries
Two KRUMP dancers meet in a battle, it seems to be aggressive, but by personal voice-over comments and imaging resolution, we learn that KRUMP is a way let free, to express emotions and to communicate peacefully.

Bad Kiwis (3m, U.S.A.)
Directed by Deb Foster, Rebecca McFadzien
Short Shorts
In this outrageous comedy, two kiwi actresses in the city of Los Angeles audition for a travel commercial.  

The Tug (1m)
Directed by Nic Barker
Short Shorts
Matt and Emma are about to take their relationship to the next level.

Cul-De-Sac (14m, U.S.A.)
Directed by Damon Russell
Shorts
Parents living at the end of a quiet Cul-De-Sac discover a listening device inside their sons’ teddy bear.

Croissant (7m)
Directed by Marius Conrotto
Shorts
Two strangers end up in the same bed.  The best way to start a new relationship begins with breakfast.

Leo Johnson (20m)
Directed by Evan Bluestein
Shorts
An LA couple joins their friend to steal an engagement ring from his ex-fiancée’s house.

Fri. 3.23 @ 9:15 p.m.
FMFF OFFICIAL SELECTIONS 8
What’s That in the Ground? (2m, U.S.A.)
Directed by Wally Chung
Short Shorts
Seriously. What is that in the ground?

Anna Karenina (15m)
Directed by Yana Sar
Shorts
Mr. White is a successful businessman in denial of his mental condition. One day he receives a gift that triggers displaced memories from the past. Seeking the truth, Mr. White takes a trip to the house that he grew up in.  

Mirror (3m, Portugal)
Directed by Sara Eustaquio
Short Shorts, Student
She’s young. She’s in trouble. She’s staring at the mirror looking for answers.
But what she’s about to find can change her life.

screw me and leave (10m)
Directed by Paul Lazar
Student, Shorts
A series of ephemeral and cyclic encounters exploring the relationships arising from the era of social media

Annie Waits (9 m)
Directed by April Kelley
Shorts
We’ve all waited for ‘the one.’ The one who catches our eye, the one who keeps our interest, the one who won’t expect us to trudge down that conventional path. Annie Waits tells the story of lust and disappointment, as a twenty-something waits for her adult life to begin.

The Lion, the Antelope and the Beautiful Blonde (8m, Czech Republic)
Directed by Martin Kuba
Student
The laws of the wilderness in the subterranean jungle of the Prague Metro. A short fable of love, fear and the games we play.

Fri. 3.23 @ 5:30 p.m.
IMAG History & Science Center
2000 Cranford Ave, Fort Myers, FL 33916
www.theimag.org
Tickets are $10

Joerg Schmidt-Reitwein: Ways of Seeing (104m, Germany)
Directed by Heiner Heinke
Documentaries
An intimate portrait of Werner Herzog´s camera-eye.

Sat. 3.24 @ 11 a.m.
Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center
2301 1st Street,
Fort Myers, FL 33901
www.sbdac.com
Tickets are $10, $6 before 3 p.m. or $20 for all day pass

FMFF OFFICIAL SELECTIONS 9
Once upon a dream (13m)
Directed by Anthony Nion
Shorts
When Valentin meets Ludivine, he is convinced she’s the girl he has been dreamg of for the past weeks... Litteraly, the girl of his dreams ! Only, Ludivine has a feeling this boy meet girl scenario will take a nightmarish turn.

4242 (11m, Portugal)
Directed by Sara Eustaquio
Shorts
Inspired by true events, ‘4242’ is a cinematic interpretation of a poem written by a teenager who leaves her home country, her family and friends, to live in another country somewhere in Europe.

Dope Crash (30m)
Directed by Vered Rodriguez
When Hailee, a brilliant physics student working towards her PhD, crosses paths with Troy, a charismatic music producer who lives the party life, their worlds crash. As things heat up between them, Hailee learns that in real life - just like in physics - opposites can attract in powerful ways.

Sat. 3.24 @ 12 p.m.
FMFF OFFICIAL SELECTIONS 10
The Little Chapel (3m, U.S.A.)
Directed by Richard Schertzer
Documentaries, Shorts, Short Shorts, Student
A young girl attempts to bring back the dead in a little chapel.

The Inuring (10m)
Directed by James Hughes
Shorts
A bullied teenage girl finally confronts her sister to drag their fractured past out into the light.
    
True Center (4m, U.S.A.)
Directed by Ashley Karp
Documentaries
The road to recovery is an intricate, sacred journey. Follow Meaghan on her journey as she turns her trials into triumphs, and begins to live her life through inspirations, art & affirmations.

Waking the Sleepers (16m)
Directed by Abigail Cole
Student
An unknown disease sweeps through the world, causing people to become nothing but lifeless empty shells called ‘Sleepers.’ A young and curious inventor  must convince his new companion that there is a cure, and a reason, to save humanity.

Rendez-vous (2m)
Directed by Jimmy Boutry
Short Shorts
In a manor out of time, a man begins to paint a canevas.

Transmutation  (4m, U.S.A.)
Directed by Duncan Hatch
Shorts, Student
A journey through a morphing and evolving stream of consciousness.    

14:00 (1m Japan) *
Directed by KAZUYA ASHIZAWA
in Short Short
Just before the performance, a single pianist is trembling with tension in the sleeve of the stage. It is time for the performance to finally come. He goes to the stage quickly as if he had made a decision.

NOA (15m, U.S.A.)
Directed by Angel Barroeta
Shorts
A spiritual journey, In a dystopian and chaotic society, brings Noa to dive deep into the dark side of humanity.

Sat. 3.24 @ 1:30 p.m.
Lost Springs (40m, U.S.A.) *
Directed by Matt Keene
Documentaries
Experiencing a landscape scarred by government failure, an artist must come to grips with the impending loss of her subject matter: a collection of majestic freshwater springs exposed only for a short time before being smothered and forgotten beneath waters held back by an aging and purposeless dam.

The Arcade Creek Project: A Mosaic of Sustainability (30m) *
Directed by Jierel Almario
Documentaries, Student
The story of a small, deteriorated creek and a group of high schoolers who attempts to save the dying ecosystem before it is gone forever.

Sat. 3.24 @ 3 p.m.
Talia (27m, U.S.A.) *
Directed by Rozzi Newman Osterman
Strictly Local
Talia is a charming and introverted young lady with Aspberger’s – high functioning autism spectrum disorder. She discovered a passion for acting and is devoted to her craft. This documentary follows Talia as she develops her acting skills for her aspiring career and her life.

Kids News (14m) *
Directed by TL Westgate
Strictly local
The true story of a small town newspaper written by kids and the remarkable woman who touched their lives.

American Sock (7m)
Directed by Jason K. Allen
Shorts
A girl finds her soul mate on a social media site, but he turns out to be a sock puppet.

Sat. 3.24 @ 4 p.m.
FMFF OFFICIAL SELECTIONS 11
Full Circle (8m U.S.A.)
Directed by Raymond Knudsen
Student
An accomplished NFL wide receiver looks beyond the football field in hopes to change the lives of the people from his poor hometown of Pahokee, Florida.

Carol’s Last Chance (27m, U.S.A.) *
Directed by Jordan Axelrod
Shorts
A soon-to-be father spends a final night of freedom out on the town with his longtime friends.

What’s The Point? (5m, U.S.A.)
Directed by Mario Maturo
Strictly Local
Two teenage girls seek the answer to the age-old question: What’s the point?

Miss Bonita Springs 1967 (10m, U.S.A.) *
Directed by Richard Watts
Strictly Local
A young married couple has a few things to work out. One day after a marital skirmish wife Lacey escapes to the beach where her dog Luna digs up something in the sand. That something ends up creating unexpected and doubly fun romantic bonds.

Stardust & Moonbeams (17m) *
Directed by Madelyn Ritrosky
Shorts
Provoked by a photo exhibit of female nudes, Beth is inspired to focus her gaze on her husband. So it’s lights, camera . . . lose your clothes.

Sat. 3.24 @ 5 p.m.
Daddy Issues (88m, U.S.A.) *
Directed by Amara Cash
Full Length Features
A modern-day tragedy about a 19-year-old queer pixie, her estranged neurotic father, and the woman they’re both infatuated with.

Sat. 3.24 @ 6:45 p.m.
Through the Windmill (80m, U.S.A.)  *
Directed by Amanda Kulkoski
Documentaries
This film explores the past, present and future of miniature golf through the voice of the talented, often unsung, people who design, build and operate them.  

Sat. 3.24 @ 8:25 p.m.
Testament (120m)*
Directed by Tim Ritter
Features
In a world quickly descending into ruin, one man is asked to lead a people’s movement he’s not even sure he believes in.

Sat. 3.24 @ 10 a.m.
Alliance for the Arts
10091 McGregor Boulevard,
Fort Myers, FL 33919
www.artinlee.org
Suggested donation $10.

The Arcade Creek Project: A Mosaic of Sustainability (30m) *
Directed by Jierel Almario
in Documentaries, Student
The story of a small, deteriorated creek and a group of high schoolers who attempts to save the dying ecosystem before it is gone forever.

Let It Shine: The Story of The Women’s March SLO (22m, U.S.A.) *
Directed by Robert Williams
Documentaries
The Story of The Women’s March SLO,There are certain things in life that only work if you show up. Democracy is one of them.

Gauze: Unraveling Global Healthcare (26m, U.S.A.)
Directed by Suzanne Garber
Shorts
Juxtaposing the recent enactment and possible repeal of the Affordable Care Act with healthcare systems around the world where access, quality, and affordability are not necessarily dichotomous, the film explores and defines ‘best in health’ through in-depth interviews from hospital executives as well as commentary from American healthcare correspondents and experts.

Lost Springs (40m, U.S.A.) *
Directed by Matt Keene
Documentaries
Experiencing a landscape scarred by government failure, an artist must come to grips with the impending loss of her subject matter: a collection of majestic freshwater springs exposed only for a short time before being smothered and forgotten beneath waters held back by an aging and purposeless dam.

Sat  3.24 @ 3 p.m.
IMAG History & Science Center
2000 Cranford Ave, Fort Myers, FL 33916
www.theimag.org
Tickets are $10 after 5 p.m.

Technicolour Daydream (90m, U.S.A.)
Directed by Mitch Hudson
Full Length Features
When 12-year-old Clark finds out that his family is about to be uprooted from their house, he and his friends try to win a film contest to save his home.

Sat  3.24 @ 5:30 p.m.
Lost Springs (40m, U.S.A.) *
Directed by Matt Keene
Documentaries
Experiencing a landscape scarred by government failure, an artist must come to grips with the impending loss of her subject matter: a collection of majestic freshwater springs exposed only for a short time before being smothered and forgotten beneath waters held back by an aging and purposeless dam.

Lumiére (17m)
Directed by Tay Steele
Shorts
From Hawaii to Tahiti, Lumiére takes us behind the lens of North Shore photographer Amber Mozo, to find what the ocean gives to her in spite of what it took away.

Sat  3.24 @ 7 p.m.
‘What is Classic Rock?’ (92m, Canada)
Directed by Daniel Sarkissian
Documentaries
An exploration of the evolution of the term classic rock, the influence the political landscape of the 60s/70s had on the music of the time (ex. The Vietnam War) & the changes in the music industry since the internet boom.

Sat. 3.24 @ 11:30 a.m.
AMC Classic Merchants Crossing 16
15201 N Cleveland Ave, North Fort Myers, FL 33903
www.fortmyersfilmfestival.com
Tickets are $10, or $20 for all day pass

Our New President, (77m, Russia)
Directed by Maxim Pozdorovkin
Documentaries
Our New President is an archival documentary that explores the cult of Donald J. Trump through fake news and other methods of destabilized perception.    

Sat. 3.24 @ 1 p.m.
RBG, (97m, U.S.A.) *
Directed by  Julie Cohen, Betsy West
Documentaries
RBG is a revelatory documentary exploring Ginsburg’s exceptional life and career from Betsy West and Julie Cohen, and co-produced by Storyville Films and CNN Films.       

Sat. 3.24 @ 3 p.m.
Our New President, (77m, Russia)
Directed by Maxim Pozdorovkin
Documentaries
Our New President is an archival documentary that explores the cult of Donald J. Trump through fake news and other methods of destabilized perception.               
    
Sat. 3.24 @ 5 p.m.
RBG, (97m, U.S.A.) *
Directed by  Julie Cohen, Betsy West
Documentaries
RBG is a revelatory documentary exploring Ginsburg’s exceptional life and career from Betsy West and Julie Cohen, and co-produced by Storyville Films and CNN Films.

Sat. 3.24 @ 7 p.m.
Our New President, (77m, Russia)
Directed by Maxim Pozdorovkin
Documentaries
Our New President is an archival documentary that explores the cult of Donald J. Trump through fake news and other methods of destabilized perception.    

Sat. 3.24 @ 9 p.m.
Our New President, (77m, Russia)
Directed by Maxim Pozdorovkin
Documentaries
Our New President is an archival documentary that explores the cult of Donald J. Trump through fake news and other methods of destabilized perception.    

Sat. 3.24 @ 7:45 p.m.
Edison and Ford Winter Estates
2350 McGregor Blvd, Fort Myers, FL 33901
www edisonfordwinterestates.org

Mullet & Mangroves - The Pioneer Families of Cayo Costa (26m, U.S.A.) *    
Directed by Ilene Saffron
Strictly Local
A vast and comprehensive history of Cayo Costa, Florida.
    
Sunday, 3.25 @ 11 a.m.
Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center
2301 1st Street,
Fort Myers, FL 33901
www.sbdac.com
Tickets are $10, $6 before 3 p.m. or $20 for all day pass

Voices From a Falling Empire (60m, U.S.A.)
Directed by Ayram Edery
Documentaries
In a country where freedom of speech is questionable exile seems to be the only way out.

Sunday, 3.25 @ 12:15 p.m.
Boys School (80m, U.S.A.)*
Directed by Ric Acevedo
Documentaries
Abuse, rape, and murder, all to reform our youth. Boys School is the harrowing tale of a group of men that experienced unspeakable horrors at the infamous Dozier School for boys, in Marianna, Florida. After nearly 50 years in silence these men, along with a brave reporter serving as the narrator, tell their story.

Sunday, 3.25 @ 1:45 p.m.
FMFF OFFICIAL SELECTIONS 12
Chrysalis (3m, U.S.A.)
Directed by Siqi Xu
Shorts
An experimental short film that explores dance as a metaphor for personal discovery and self-acceptance. Loneliness and sadness are visualized through gesture and sound as inner turmoil is surmounted in a quest for harmony and self-awareness.

Refugee Camp (2m)
Directed by saeed naghavian
Short Shorts
Immigration? Yes or no?
In Search of a better life...
Is there another way?  

Overpass (5m, U.S.A.)
Directed by Peter Lively
Short Shorts
Every day, a woman walks past a homeless teen under an overpass on her way to work. One day, she decides she’s going to talk some sense into the girl.

All About Emily (8m)
Directed by Valentina Casadei
Shorts, Short Shorts, Student
A modest housekeeper keeps being bullied by an hysterical bourgeois for no apparent reason. Forced to endure these abuses in order to avoid being sent back to Cuba, she makes a discovery that will change everything.

Poetry in war (3m)
Directed by Fernando Salinas
Shorts
A young man from the periphery recites poetry in the midst of a community shooting, where the police state kills blacks and the poor with war frequency.

Cartoon Lullaby (8m)
Directed by John-Daniel Arauz
Shorts, Student
Two young adults say their goodbyes, and confront the nature of growing up, hours before one is to be deployed for military service

Stagnant (12m)
Directed by Xavier Colamarco
Shorts
In the boundaries of a deathless society, a young rebel girl plays with the limits of mortality to discover that the answer she seeks hides closer than she imagines.

Sunday, 3.25 @ 3:30 p.m.
FMFF OFFICIAL FILMMAKER MEET AND GREET PANEL
Followed by a meet and greet at Filmmaker Lounge at SOHO, downtown Fort Myers.

Sun. 3.25 @ 7 p.m.
Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre
Royal Palm Square,
1380 Colonial Boulevard,
Fort Myers, FL 33907
www.broadwaypalm.com

FMFF OFFICIAL AWARDS 
CEREMONY WITH CHAMPAGNE AND DESSERT, WITH MUSIC BY 
AL HOLLAND

* FIlmmaker/crew to attend 
or skype in.

The Fort Myers Film Festival 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.”  Films and events are taking place in the finest venues in SWFL including the  Barbara B Mann Performing Arts Hall, The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center, IMAG History & Science Center, Alliance for the Arts, Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre, AMC Theatres, Edison & Ford Winter Estates. Dinners and parties are being held at Twisted Vine, Blu Sushi, LYNQ, BLANQ, SoHo and more. www.fortmyersfilmfestival.com

* FIlmmaker/crew to attend 
or skype in.