5th Annual Saint Augustine Film Festival

January 23 - 25, 2015

Presented by FLAGLER COLLEGE

Founding Sponsor: The Arnold & Barbara Grevior


Schedule:

The 5th Annual St Augustine Film Festival January 23 -25, 2015

LA = Lewis Auditorium...CC = Corazon Cinema...FOY = Fountain of Youth...GK = Gamache-Koger Theatre

Friday, January 23

1pm -€“ CC3 The Current p5

2pm -€“ CC3 HEALING p8

3pm - CC2  PEMBROKE CIRCLE p10

5pm -€“ CC3 Unleashing the UnderDogs p13

7:15 - LA    THE VOLCANO p13 

9pm - Lightner Museum  Opening Night Party

 

Saturday, January 24

Noon -€“ CC2 Florida’s Black Cowboys + Fort Mose Story p9

1pm -€“  CC3  Filthy Dreamers + Pie Lady of Pie Town

1pm -   LA    HUMAN CAPITAL p9

2pm -€“ CC2&3   FALL TO RISE p6

3:15 -€“ LA      FRANK VS GOD p7

4pm -€“ CC2&3    GONE DOGGY GONE p8

5:30 -€“ LA      WILDLIKE p14

6pm - CC3    THE EMPOWERMENT PROJECT p6

8pm -LA       LUCKY STIFF p10

8:15 -€“ CC3     TRAITORS p12

9:30 - CC    Saturday Night Party

 

Sunday, January 25

11am -€“ CC2 SAMMY: The Journey p11 

Noon -€“ CC3 FRANK VS GOD p7

1pm - CC2   TRAITORS p12

1pm - FOY    Space School p15

2pm -€“ CC3   HUMAN CAPITAL p9

2pm - FOY   Space School p15

3pm - CC2   SOMBRAS DE AZUL p12

3pm - FOY   Space School p15

4pm -€“ CC3  AMKA & THE THREE GOLDEN RULES p5

5pm - LA      THE WISDOM TO KNOW THE DIFFERENCE p14

6pm -€“ CC     tba

7pm -€“ GK     Flager College Student Films

7pm -€“ Solarium atop Ponce Hall  Wrap Party


SYNOPSIS OF FILMS: 

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AMKA AND THE THREE GOLDEN RULES, Babar Ahmed 4PM Sunday, Jan 25

Mongolia / 2014 / 86 min / Mongolian w/English sub-titles

Childhood can be tough – especially if you're an orphaned boy of 10 forced to raise your younger sister and teenage alcoholic brother. That's the situation young Amka finds himself in." Amka, stunningly and naturalistically embodied by the young Genzorig Telmen is a good boy, collecting cans to make money to feed his sister, and keep his family clothed and fed in their one room yurt in rural Mongolia.

But when Amka finds a golden coin in the grass, he does what any young boy might with a joyous treasure - he spends it, on new sports clothes for himself. When other village boys take notice of him for the first time and ask him to play, he spends the rest on video games and eventually goes into debt. Stressed and angry about the burdens placed on him, he begins neglecting his family.

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THE DIRECTOR: Babar Ahmed is a Pakastani-born writer and director who studied economics at University College London and completed post-graduate work at the New York Film Academy and Cambridge University.  Select Filmography: "Genius" (2003), "Royal Kill" (2009), "Sid's Paralysis" (2011), AMKA AND THE THREE GOLDEN RULES (2014)


THE CURRENT: Explore the Healing Powers of the Ocean, Kurt Miller 1pm, Friday Jan 23

Bahamas-Mexico-Tonga-U.S. Outlying Islands / 2014 / 46 min / English

‘The Current’ showcases inspiring adaptive athletes, public figures, and athlete ambassadors and wounded military veteran Jesse Murphree – who have volunteered their efforts in support of this inspiring adaptive water sports film.  Through water sports such as, surfing, scuba diving, free-diving, and ocean kayaking alongside whales and dolphins in exotic locations, each individual cast member shares inspirational stories of perseverance, while reflecting on the bonds of friendship; ultimately revealing the power of the human spirit and the importance of protecting the ocean and embracing its healing potential.

Featuring: Jean-Michel Cousteau, Fabian Cousteau, David Hosick, Jesse Murphree, Mallory Weggemann, Leo Morales, Missy Franklin, Bethany Hamilton, Grant Korgan , Anthony Robles, Adam Dirks, Ann, Christin & Chris Weggemann, Shawna Korgan

THE DIRECTOR: After the better part of two decades owning and running Warren Miller Entertainment, producer/director, Kurt Miller had a vision for Make A Hero with the mission of helping local adaptive sports groups gain recognition and funding.

THE EMPOWERMENT PROJECT: Ordinary Women Doing Extraordinary Things, Sarah Moshman  6pm, Saturday, Jan 24
USA / 2014 / 99 min / English

The Empowerment Project is the incredible journey of 5 female filmmakers driving across America to encourage, empower, and inspire the next generation of strong women to go after their career ambitions.

Driving over 7,000 miles from Los Angeles to New York over the course of 30 days, the film spotlights 17 positive and powerful women leaders across a variety of lifestyles and industries. From flying above San Francisco with a female pilot, and sitting down with the creator of 'The Oprah Show,' to working in a lab with a cancer biologist, and dancing alongside a professional ballerina, the empowerment gals get the chance to spend a day in each woman's shoes and are impacted as women, as filmmakers, and as friends.

THE DIRECTOR: Sarah Moshman has worked in reality TV as a field producer on "Dancing with the Stars" as well as other shows for the Food Network, Bravo, NBC, ABC and MTV. Documentary filmmaking is her passion and teaming up with Dana Michelle Cook as well as Indieflix to produce "The Empowerment Project" has been a dream come true.

Sponsored by Funkytown Fitness

 

FALL TO RISE, Jayce Bartok  2pm, Saturday, Jan 24
USA / 2014 / 97 min / English

This engaging, richly textured drama follows a renowned principal dancer whose injury forces her out of her company and uncomfortably into the role of motherhood. She realizes that her identity depends on dance and she struggles to return with the help of another former company dancer. With its star turns by Martha Graham Principal Dancer Katherine Crockett and the acclaimed actress Daphne Rubin-Vega, this is a timeless tale with a distinctly New York flavor, revealing the conflict between art and life, between marriage and independence.

THE DIRECTOR: Jayce Bartok began his career most notably as “Pony” in Richard Linklater’s Suburbia. He starred in numerous indies thereafter, and was eventually inspired to write and star in The Cake Eaters directed by Mary Stuart Masterson, starring Kristen Stewart and Bruce Dern. The Cake Eaters screened at the first St Augustine Film Fest. Jayce was the recipient of The Bulleit Frontier Filmmaker Award. Next, Jayce is working on his true crime thriller, Red River, starring Patricia Arquette. His past credits include co-director and producer of the award-winning documentary, Altered By Elvis, about lives changed by the King of Rock ‘n Roll, director of the short films Sunburn, Jack and Paul and Stricken, starring Hayley Mills, and writer of the SXSW winning short, Little Pumpkin. Jayce has been a regular contributor to MovieMaker Magazine, and featured in NOW WRITE! Screenwriting published by Tarcher/Penguin.

Special Guest: Jayce Bartok

Sponsored by Abella'€™s School of Dance

 

Filthy Dreamers, Robert Cassanello and Lisa Mills  1pm, Saturday, Jan 24
USA/Florida / 2014 / 29 min / Blu Ray / English

Who should control what is taught in our public universities?  Educators?  Citizens?  Politicians? In 1927 Florida State College for Women in Tallahassee found itself at the center of an ideological battle over faith and science in the classroom.  

THE FILMMAKERS:  This film was produced by students in UCF's Honors Advanced Documentary Workshop class during the Fall 2013 and Spring 2014 terms under the direction of Dr. Robert Cassanello and Dr. Lisa Mills.

Special Guest: Dr. Lisa Mills

 

FRANK VS GOD, Stewart Schill  3:15pm, Sat Jan 24 & Noon, Sun, Jan 25

USA / 2014 / 100 min / English

David Frank thinks he’s lost everything. Unable to move past the grief of losing his wife, this former lawyer has all but given up. That is, until a tornado not only destroys his house, but takes from him the last real connection to the world, his beloved dog Brutus. When the insurance company deems the loss an '€œact of God,'€ David is desperate, and is convinced someone has to pay. He decides to serve God... with a lawsuit.

Frank vs. God raises questions about faith and religion with a light-hearted tone and an open mind. The film is an uplifting story of one man's search for answers, by taking them to a higher court.

THE DIRECTOR: A Seattle native, Stewart attended the California Institute of the Arts where he was mentored by the great Alexander MacKendrick, director of The Sweet Smell of Success, starring Burt Lancaster and Tony Curtis.  Stewart later directed Tony Curtis in his debut feature, Brittle Glory, which he wrote and directed. Stewart'€™s award winning short I Hate Musicals was enormously popular with fest audiences around the world, and was one of the most downloaded films on iTunes.

Stewart has worked as a writer, director, and editor in film and TV. He has written and re-written movies at major studios, as well as editing and directing episodic TV.  He has directed Charmed on WB, was 2nd unit director on Jericho at CBS, produced and directed specials for Discovery Channel, and most recently directed episodes of  Nickelodeon's Big Time Rush. As an editor he has cut feature films, episodic shows, and pilots, most recently editing American Horror Story on FX, Battlestar Galactica at SciFi, and Dexter for Showtime, and has been nominated three times for an ACE Award.

Sponsored by Alexander Law Firm

 

GONE DOGGY GONE, Kasi Brown & Brandon Walter 4pm, Sat, Jan 24

USA / 2014 / 89 min / English

GONE DOGGY GONE is a comedy about a couple stuck in a lackluster marriage who

treat their dog like a baby. Working the grind in Los Angeles they leave little time for each

other and what free time they have they spend doting on the dog... until it gets kidnapped.

What ensues is an outlandish cat and mouse adventure as they hunt down the kidnapper,

enlist a slick dick P.I., find a renewed love for each other, and conquer their fear of

parenthood.

 

THE DIRECTORS: Kasi Brown graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in Theater and Film. She produced and starred in A Woman Reported (Sundance 2004) and co-wrote and starred in NEXT! (best comedy web-series NextTV 2010). Kasi has acted on various TV shows including Miami Medical, ER, and Monk. For the last three years, she and her writing/directing partner Brandon Walter produced Mother Approved a web sketch comedy show.

Brandon Walter graduated from Indiana University and went on to produce his own films

including the documentary, Ray Dell Tubbs Gets Famous, chronicling a homeless man’s

journey home and short films, Kalu Kala, Girlfriend, 2% and Better Unsaid which

premiered at the Florida Film Festival. He has starred opposite Jim Carey in Yes Man and

can be seen nationally in commercials.

 

Special Guests: Kasi Brown & Brandon Walter

 

HEALING, Craig Monahan 2pm, Friday, Jan 23

Australia / 2014 / 119 min / English

Viktor Kemhal is a man who has almost given up on life after 16 years in jail. Sentenced to a low-security prison farm for his last year inside, he is taken on by Case Worker Matt Perry who has established a unique program to rehabilitate broken men through giving them the responsibility for the rehabilitation of injured raptors - beautiful, fearsome proud eagles, falcons and owls. Matt matches Viktor with Yasmine, the majestic wedge tailed eagle with a two metre wingspan. If these two can tame each other, anything is possible.

THE DIRECTOR: Craig Monahan established Pointblank Pictures in 1986. Its first production was the feature length documentary ANIMATED, developed, written and directed by Craig. From the animation of the newsreels in the early part of the 20th years rolled into 80 breathtaking minutes.’ Animated was released nationally to great acclaim, screened on the ABC and was nominated for Best Doc by the Australian Television Society.  Pointblank for years enjoyed great success as a 'commercial'€™ Production Company while at the same time developing a number of theatrical projects. Craig directed and produced numerous music videos through the ‘80s and into the early '90s. The company then developed the theatrical feature film THE INTERVIEW which won awards around the world at film fests, as did their 2005 feature, PEACHES.

Sponsored by B&Z Toner

 

History of Florida's Black Cowboys directed by Jeff Green  Noon, Sat, Jan 24

USA / 2013 / 5 min

The Florida Agricultural Museum in Flagler County currently houses the exhibit of The original cowboys in North America. 

These "Crackers" were descendants of North Africa and called Fulani and they were experts in the equestrian and cattle field. In fact, Cracker cattle and horses were left in Spain after the Moors from North Africa ruled Spain for 700 years from 711-1492.  

 

The Fort Mose Story, directed by Rylan Love  Noon, Sat, Jan 24

USA / 2013 / 3 min

Fort Mose is the site of the first free black settlement in North America and is located 2 miles north of the City of St. Augustine.  This Florida State Park highlights those who were fighting for freedom and independence 36 years before the American Revolution and 125 years before the Civil War.  

 

HUMAN CAPITAL, Paolo Virzi  Best Foreign Film at FLIFF  1pm, Sat, Jan 24 & 2pm, Sun Jan 25

ITALY / 2014 / 110 min / Italian w/English sub-titles

Mystery is always compelling and more so when it lightens and darkens hallways into the human condition.  In Paolo Virzi'€™s masterpiece, HUMAN CAPITAL, we begin at the end and retrace the paths of our ensemble of protagonists, each time enlightening us as to the facts and motivation of ...an accident...or is it a crime...time will tell.

A slick, stylish drama, €œHuman Capital€ starts as a class critique wrapped around a whodunit, and though the mystery elements have overtaken the social assessment by the final third, the pic remains an engrossing, stinging look at aspirational parvenus and the super-rich they emulate. Perfectly cast with actors who give life to very recognizable Italian types, “Capital” confirms Paolo Virzi as one of the more dynamic directors on the peninsula, blending biting commentary with expert narrational skills.

Virzi'€™s strongest movies, including '€œCaterina in the Big City'€ and '€œHer Whole Life Ahead,'€ showcase the helmer's acute understanding of screenwriting along with sharp criticisms of cold-hearted greed: His message is unabashedly leftist, yet without the divisive feel of more polemical directors (which is why “Human Capital” has been attacked by the far left for not going far enough, and by the right for being overly critical of captains of industry). In adapting Stephen Amidon'€™s novel, replacing Connecticut with the wealthy region of Brianza, near Milan, Virzi and his co-scripters mine local social mores to make the tale extremely Italian while retaining the novel’s potent message of capitalist greed and the chillingly low price put on human life.           

                                                                                                            Variety

THE DIRECTOR: Italian writer, director, and producer, Paolo Virzi¬, made his directing debut in 1994 with Living It Up (La bella vita), which was presented at the Venice Film Festival. Among his film credits, Ferie d'agosto (1995) won the David di Donatello Award for the best film of 1996, and Hardboiled Egg (Ovosodo) (1997) won the Grand Special Jury prize at the Venice Film Festival.

Sponsored by Darryl Wise Cabinetry & Furniture – and – Catherine Duncan Architect

 

LUCKY STIFF, Christopher Ashley 8pm, Sat Jan 24
USA / 2014 / 78 min / English 

A young down-and-out British shoe salesman named Harry Witherspoon takes his dead uncle (a murdered casino manager) to Monte Carlo for the best time of his life - a week of fun, dancing, gambling and sun. If the young man fulfills his uncle's request to the letter, he will inherit the $6 million left to him. If he doesn’t, the money will go to the Universal Dog Home of Brooklyn.

As Harry races from casino to nightclub to beach to bedroom with his dead Uncle, he is chased by a desperate optometrist, an avaricious showgirl, a mysterious Italian playboy and a trigger-happy murderess, as well as a young woman dead set on getting that money for the dogs. Guns go off, disguises go on, champagne corks pop, nightmares come to life, romance blossoms, dogs bark, and everyone sings! It'€™s a zany, frothy, colorful and fast-paced musical comedy with a very happy ending.

THE DIRECTOR:  Christopher Ashley is a stage and film director. Since 2007, he has been the artistic director of the La Jolla Playhouse.  Ashley directed the new musical Memphis, which opened on Broadway in October 2009, receiving the Outer Critics Circle Award nomination for Outstanding Director and Tony Award nomination for Best Direction of a Musical.  He previously directed the musical Xanadu (2007) on Broadway, as well as several other plays and musicals. He has directed many stage works off-Broadway, including Jeffrey (1992), for which he received the Lucille Lortel Award, Outstanding Director, and at the Manhattan Theatre Club.

Sponsored by St Augustine Volkswagen

Special Guests: Actress Pamela Shaw   

 

PEMBROKE CIRCLE, Max Rousseau  3pm, Friday, Jan 23

USA / 2013 / 80 min / English

When Grace's father brings a foreign maid into their conventional home, the life she's accustomed to is shaken by a dark secret... and her own repressed past.  Since her mother passed away, Grace has become a surrogate parent in the house, taking care of her younger brother, Matthew, and tending to her father, Leigh. When Leigh hires a foreign maid, Mariela, Grace's life is thrown off balance. She begins to notice mysterious changes in her father, as well as signs of trauma and abuse in Mariela. As these things become too disturbing to ignore, she begins to suspect that something is taking place far more sinister than she could have ever imagined.

€œPembroke Circle€ is a coming of age story. Grace discovers the dark side of her world. Growing up in suburban America, she believes that her environment is perfect. Her false sense of security slowly shatters as the film progresses. Having lost her mother, she desperately wants to keep what is left of her family “intact”, but she can’t deny that something is not right in her house.

THE DIRECTOR: Max Rousseau was born in Kingston, Jamaica and has wanted to be a Director and Producer ever since the age of 9. He directed five short films during his undergraduate tenure at the University of Central Florida. Two of his short films were chosen to represent the school in the 2008 and 2010 UCF Film Five Stories DVDs. His most recent short film, “Opus”, premiered at the 2011 Vancouver International Film Festival. He graduated from the UCF M.F.A. Film program in 2013. Max’s graduate thesis, Pembroke Circle, is his first feature film. 

 

Pie Lady of Pie Town, Jane Rosemont  1pm, Sat Jan 24

USA / 2014 / 29 min / DCP / English

Pie Town came upon its name in the 1920s when the area was a cattle driveway. Cowboys needed sustenance, someone made pies, and not much has changed since. So why did Kathy Knapp leave her charmed life in Dallas to bake pie in a dusty town with no traffic light, no gas station? The film chronicles the history of the area, and Kathy'€™s place in its distinction. We become privy to her resolve, her heartache, the subsequent healing, and how for her pie is a vehicle for love and peace. Welcome to Pie Town, New Mexico. The name is no joke.

THE DIRECTOR: Jane Rosemont is an award winning photographer whose work has been published and exhibited around the country for three decades. She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where she is inspired by the rich history of art, culture and remnants of the Old West including, of course, Pie Town. "Pie Lady of Pie Town" is her first film.

 

SAMMY: The Journey, Eric Cosh & Ellen Palestrant  11am, Sun, Jan 25

USA / 2014 / 88 min / DVD/ English

Sam R. Harris (Sammy – Szlamek Rzeznik) is one of the youngest Holocaust survivors. Born in Deblin, Poland, in 1935, he was just 4 years old when his town was bombed and he witnessed death and destruction for the first time. Having lost his parents and most of his family during the Holocaust, Sammy hid, from the ages of seven to nine-and-a-half, in two concentration camps: Deblin and Czestochowa. Had he been found, he would have been killed.

THE DIRECTORS: Dennis Eric€ Cosh, filmmaker, photographer and musician, has been involved in the arts since the early 1960s. He was a member of the famed New Christy Minstrels'€ singing group and later the folk duo, “Eric & Errol.” Photography and filmmaking have always been his passion..

South African-born writer and artist, Ellen Palestrant, resides in Arizona. Educated in South Africa and Britain, she immigrated with her family to the US in 1987. Palestrant is a game inventor, hydroponic farmer, special education teacher, TV scriptwriter, documentary producer, college instructor and co-publisher of a college press. Her published books have grown to ten.

 

SOMBRAS DE AZUL, Kelly Daniela Norris 3pm, Sun, Jan 25
Cuba-Mexico-USA / 2013 / 97 min / BluRay / Spanish w/English subtitles

Attempting to resolve a traumatic event in her life, Maribel, a young Mexican woman, books a one-way ticket to the place her brother had always dreamt of going – Cuba. Exploring the streets of Havana, Maribel attempts to escape her grief, but the city’s rhythms and strangers just serve to trigger tortured ruminations and memories.  Only when she bonds with Eusebio – a petty thief and skilled woodcarver – does Maribel begin to face her demons. As the two leave Havana to traverse Cuba, Maribel recognizes a growing attraction between them, and must decide whether to open herself up to love and loss once again.

In her feature film debut, director Kelly Daniela Norris weaves narrative, travelogue, and memory to craft an elegy to her own brother.

THE DIRECTOR:  Norris graduated magna cum laude from Columbia University with degrees in Film and Psychology, and taught for 3 years in the South Bronx with Teach for America. In 2008, she cofounded Rasquaché Film Productions, dedicated to the realization of personally and socially relevant narrative films. She shot her first feature, SOMBRAS DE AZUL, on-location in Cuba. SOMBRAS won an Audience Award at its premiere at the Austin Film Festival. She is currently in post-production on her second feature, NAKOM – shot in a remote village in Ghana – which addresses familial and generational strain in the developing world.

 

TRAITORS, Sean Gullette 8:15pm, Sat Jan 24 & 1pm, Sun Jan 25

Morocco / 2013 / 82 min / DCP / English & Arabic w/English sub-titles

Intoxicating, sinister, mysterious Tangiers is the launching pad for this slick suspense ride into desperation and ambition.

Malika is an up & coming rock n roller with an all girl band.  She scraps and scrabbles on the street to survive using a brew of street smarts and moxie. 

Things all of sudden turn promising and it appears as if her band is finally going to get a record deal with a tour that will hopefully take her out of this god-forsaken cesspool.  All she needs is to get a recording studio to make her a demo of the band...but that is a herculean bill to fill.  She needs money, considerable money to get the demo recorded...and, of course she needs to find, cajole, grab cash any way she can.  

You don'€™t need to know more...but I will tell you, you are in for one of the slickest, most wonderfully scripted white knuckle rides of all time.  Director Sean Gullette has crafted a magnificent tale that keeps you involved mentally (and at times physically!).  So as Margo Channing (Bette Davis) is famous for saying, "Fasten your seat belts. It's going to be a bumpy night."

THE DIRECTOR: Gullette was born in Boston, the son of Margaret Leslie, a cultural critic and writer, and David George Gullette, a professor of English.

Gullette lives in Tangier, Morocco, and in addition to his film work is the founder of the 212 Society, a US non-profit which supports cultural and educational projects in Morocco, including The Cinematheque de Tanger and Darna. The 212 Society takes its name from the 212 telephone codes of its home city and adoptive country.  Gullette and photographer Yto Barrada have a daughter, Vega.

His professional work in film began in 1998, when he co-wrote and played the lead role in the award-winning Pi, directed by longtime collaborator Darren Aronofsky. He has since played principal and supporting roles in some twenty films including Brad Anderson's Happy Accidents (with Vincent D'Onofrio and Marisa Tomei) and Darren Aronofsky's Requiem for a Dream (with Jennifer Connelly), the German film Toskana Karrussel (with Susanna Lothar) and as a guest actor on network TV dramas. His occasional theater work has included the lead in the New York premiere of Susan Sandler's If I Were a Train.

Sponsored by Blue Lotus Belly Dancers

 

Unleashing the UnderDogs: The K9’s for Warrior Story, directed by Dr. Nadia 5pm, Fri Jan 23Ramoutar; Produced by Michael Rothfeld, Bill Dudley and Dr. Nadia Ramoutar under the auspices of the Veterans Council of St. Johns County

 USA / 2014 / 28:31 minutes

Today'€™s generation of warriors have been deployed more than any other before.  Repeated deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan over more than a decade of war have taken a huge toll on veterans and their families. The rates of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and veterans'€™ suicides have been higher than ever as a result.  Government resources have been taxed with the increasing need for veterans' mental health services. Organizations like K-9’s for Warriors have developed to meet this important need and supplement traditional services.

Dogs have traditionally been considered man'€™s best friend.€ As more attention has been given to alternative mental health treatments, canine service animals have become more common. Results have been reported to be incredibly successful. Even though the relationship between humans and dogs is not scientifically quantifiable, anecdotal reports indicate that it is a very effective addition to traditional treatments.

 

THE VOLCANO, Alexandre Coffre 7:15, Friday, Jan 23

France / 2014 / 90 min / DCP / French w/English sub-titles

Want to know uncomfortable?  Attend the wedding of a young woman – whose divorced parents loathe each other and will go to any end to make the other miserable.

In a nutshell, that is the premise behind THE VOLCANO. 

Cecile met the man of her dreams while vacationing on the Greek island of Corfu.  Mom and Pop are in transit, not together(!), to attend the blessed event.

I could give you a blow by blow...but I may have told you too much already.  The film is built for laughs...characters are pretty much the way you first meet them.

Danny Boon (Alain, the dad) is an actor with a string of huge box-office hits not only in France but also arthouses around the world.  Valerie Bonneton (Valerie, the mom) proves she’s every bit his comedic equal.  The producer/writers are the same team that brought the sexy, hilarious

HEARTBREAKER... THE VOLCANO is fun, fast moving and tremendously engaging.

Sponsored by: Entire Inc.

 

WILDLIKE, Frank Hall Green  5:30pm, Saturday, Jan 24
USA / 2014 / 98 min / DCP / English

Mackenzie is a fourteen year old girl whose father died last year.  When her struggling mother checks herself into a recovery center, she sends Mackenzie from their Seattle home to live with her uncle in Juneau, Alaska.  The situation becomes complicated and Mackenzie decides to split -€“ at first to get away, and ultimately to get home.  In a determined effort to escape Juneau, she only winds up deeper in the Alaskan interior.  With no one else to turn to, she shadows a loner backpacker, Bartlett, a man with scars of his own, into the wilderness. 

WILDLIKE is ripe with tension and thrilling suspense.     It is an overwhelmingly beautiful and intoxicating tale of two strangers who cross paths in the wilderness of the Alaskan frontier.

THE DIRECTOR:  Frank Hall Green's WILDLIKE is his directorial debut feature.  He is currently producing the adaptation of BOY21 by Matthew Quick (SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK) to be directed by Lasse Hallstrom (WHATS EATING GILBERT GRAPE, CIDER HOUSE RULES) and REMITTANCE, the sophomoric feature of writing/directing team Joel Fendelman and Patrick Daly (DAVID).  Recently, he produced GHETTO KLOWN on HBO, the award-winning one-man show of John Leguizamo.  He was a producer on ALLEGIANCE starring Aiden Quinn, Bow Wow, Seth Gabel and Pablo Schreiber and 1-900-TONIGHT starring John Turturro based on the film by Theo Van Gogh, among others.  Frank cut his teeth producing many short films and has an MBA from NYU'€™s Tisch School of Film & Television. He is also an alumnus of NYU’s Gallatin School, an avid backpacker and a member of MENSA.

Sponsored by: Cottrell Painting

 

THE WISDOM TO KNOW THE DIFFERENCE, Daniel Baldwin 5pm, Sunday, Jan 25
USA / 2013 / 113 min / BluRay / English

WISDOM is a story about Bob's journey to help a young girl kick a serious drug problem by kidnapping and secluding her in a desolate cabin.  At the request of old friend Bob disregards the tremendous dangers he encounters and puts even his own life at risk when he abducts the girl from a drug dealer’s house.  Pressure from family members does not stop Bob from his task.

WISDOM is based in part on actual events.


Daniel Baldwin has crafted an intensely intriguing story – with a protagonist that is far from a Hollywood cookie-cutter mold.  Baldwin not only wrote the script, but also stars and helms the film. 

THE DIRECTOR: Daniel Baldwin is an American actor, producer and director. He is the second eldest of the four Baldwin brothers, all of whom are actors, as well as part of the Baldwin family. Daniel Baldwin is known for his role as Detective Beau Felton in the popular NBC TV series Homicide: Life on the Street. Other appearances of his include Ned Blessing: The True Story of My Life (1992), Mulholland Falls (1996), Vampires (1998), The Pandora Project (1998), Stealing Candy (2002), Paparazzi (2004), and Grey Gardens (2009).  He can currently be seen on occasional episodes of HAWAII FIVE-0.  Daniel has appeared in seventy-four motion pictures, with eight more in production and one in development.

Sponsored by: The Edwards Partnership


Space School, Director & Host Jonathan Bird; Executive Producer Christine Bird  1pm, 2pm & 3pm, Sun, Jan 25

USA / 2014 / 40 min + 20 min Q&A w/director

From a habitat hidden deep underwater in Florida, to the world’s most amazing swimming pool, dive into the underwater world of outer space!  Space School is the incredible story of how astronauts train underwater to live and work in space.  From microgravity simulation at NASA'€™s Neutral Buoyancy Lab, to living under the sea at Aquarius Reef Base, astronauts spend a lot of time training underwater.  Space School is a fascinating and beautifully filmed live-action dome film.

The screenings of Space School will be held at the Fountain of Youth, inside their dome theatre.  Those wanting to come early or stay late to enjoy the park, have the ability to buy a Park Ticket at half price

Special Guests: Jonathan & Christine Bird

 

Flager College Student Films, Coordinated by Patrick Barry  7pm, Sunday, Jan 25

The following films plus a few tba’s will screen on Sunday, Jan 25 at Gamache-Koger Theatre in the Flagler Student Union:

 

"Walk of Shane" by Kathleen Quillian and Adriana Danzilo; "Last Shot" by Kara Tydings and Eric Tragnitz; "Fool for Love" by Shelby Gardiner and Akex Karayiannis; "Scary Go Round" by Kara Tydings and Eric Tragnitz; "Bandito" by Nicholas Maginsky, Brent Hayes, and Joseph Garris; "Strudle Struggles" by Matthew Goodman and Dylan Spann; "The Drive" by Ben Coleman and Tyler Thomson; "Virtuous" by Claire Almond and Brittany Will; "Powerlines" by Sina Eslami, Daniela Maltese and Samantha Brown




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If you are coming to The St Augustine Film Festival and need a place to stay, boy do we have a deal for you!  Stay a minimum of three nights at either the Casa Monica Hotel, The Hilton or The Saragossa Bed & Breakfast and you will get 2 FAST Passes good for all films, parties and special events.  If you are flying in to Jacksonville on JetBlue and saying with one of the above mention lodging partners, we will provide free shuttle service between JAX and your hotel...BOTH WAYS!

Casa Monica...

Casa Monica

Located on the plaza that once featured three grand hotels built in the late 19th century and nestled in the quaint downtown area, the Casa Monica Hotel is a majestic 1888 landmark. Restored in 1999, the hotel blends a legendary past with contemporary pleasures. Guests find themselves welcomed into the lobby of the Casa Monica by friendly staff and the warm, inspiring ambiance of the furnishings and decor. Graceful Moorish columns frame the original artwork creating an intimate space for reading, resting, socializing and listening to the piano. History and romance come alive at the Casa Monica, providing a unique experience for those choosing the road less traveled. Guests who expect an exuberant experience, more than a warm welcome and a fond farewell, and all the special touches that create memories, return to the Casa Monica Hotel time and time again. Experience first-class accommodations, fine cuisine, intuitive service and enchanting atmosphere!

Casa Monica is directly across the street from The Flagler College Auditorium and all of the films and parties.

Saragossa Inn....$120 - $180/night

Saragossa Inn

The Saragossa Inn Bed and Breakfast is conveniently located in the heart of St. Augustine's Historic District and is nestled in a quiet residential neighborhood of historic homes. The Inn has plenty of off-street parking, so once you arrive you won't need to move your car for your entire visit.

The Saragossa Inn Bed and Breakfast began life as a 1924 Sears Craftsman Bungalow that has expanded over the passage of time and now houses two guest suites and four guest rooms, all with private entrances and private baths. You will enjoy the convenience of central heat/AC that you control from your room. And the layout of the Saragossa will allow you all the privacy you want, yet is small enough for you to receive all the attention you need.

The Saragossa is charming and romantic, quaint and comfortable, relaxing and revitalizing. Rest in a room that will pamper you and your spirit. Awake to a three-course brunch served with the gracious hospitality you expect when choosing a Bed and Breakfast, such as the Saragossa Inn, in St. Augustine.

Saragossa Inn is a 15 minute stroll to the Festival thru the downtown residential section and in to Old Town.


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