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Bittersweet Comedy, Dance, Drama, Featured, Satirical, World Feature
St. Augustine



THE SMOG OF THE SEA chronicles a 1-week journey through the remote waters of the Sargasso Sea. Marine scientist Marcus Eriksen invited onboard an unusual crew to help him study the sea: renowned surfers Keith & Dan Malloy, musician Jack Johnson, spearfisher woman Kimi Werner, and bodysurfer Mark Cunningham become citizen scientists on a mission to assess the fate of plastics in the world’s oceans.

After years of hearing about the famous “garbage patches” in the ocean’s gyres, the crew is stunned to learn that the patches are a myth: the waters stretching to the horizon are clear blue, with no islands of trash in sight. But as the crew sieves the water and sorts through their haul, a more disturbing reality sets in: a fog of microplastics permeates the world’s oceans, trillions of nearly invisible plastic shards making their way up the marine food chain. You can clean up a garbage patch, but how do you stop a fog?

Using nostalgic super-8 footage, sparkling underwater cinematography, an original score by Jack Johnson and shipmate Simon Beins, and live action footage of the crew’s research, The Smog of the Sea provides a new perspective on the once pristine oceans, and makes an artful call to action for rethinking the scourge of the sea — single use plastic. Directed by Peabody Award-winning and Emmy-nominated filmmaker Ian Cheney (King Corn, The City Dark, The Search for General Tso).

DIRECTOR: Ian Cheney is an Emmy-nominated and Peabody Award-winning documentary filmmaker. His films and collaborations include King Corn, The Greening of Southie, Truck Farm, The City Dark, The Search for General Tso, Bluespace and The Smog of the Sea. A former Knight fellow at MIT, he is currently a lecturer at Yale College. He lives in Maine.


TURTLE: The Incredible Journey UK / 2009 / 81 min / English

A little loggerhead turtle follows in the path of her ancestors on one of the most extraordinary journeys in the natural world. Born on a beach in Florida, she rides the Gulf Stream all the way to the frozen north and ultimately swims around the entire North Atlantic to Africa and back to the beach where she was born.

DIRECTOR: Nick Stringer is a director and producer, known for National Geographic Explorer (1985), Bug Attack (2003) and Turtle: The Incredible Journey (2009).

Thursday, 7:30pm, Lewis…Programmed by The St Augustine Film Society as part of their Golden Way series. Offered free of charge, and preceded at 7pm by Smog of the Sea.


HEAVEN’S FLOOR. Starring Clea DuVall Based on a True Story. Julia, a Los Angeles photographer, journeys to the Canadian arctic. Her whimsical trip becomes a life threatening disaster. Julia, abandoned ill equipped, and stranded on sea ice is rescued by Malaya, a young Inuit girl. Julia discovers the the dark truth of Malaya’s world.

Written and directed by Lori Stoll. A photographer chases adventure from Los Angeles to the Canadian Arctic and for the first time finds herself on the …. Produced with the assistance of the Government of Nunavut and the Nunavut FilmDevelopment Corporation.

DIRECTOR: Lori Stroll Country: United States Sector: Film Production Profession: Director, Screenwriter Lori Stoll is an award winning writer/director known for her emotional imagery. She has completed her feature film debut, HEAVENS FLOOR , which she both wrote and directed. Stoll’s accolades include 2017 WINNER Best Director Narrative Feature Heavens Floor Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival, Grand Jury WINNER -Best Narrative Feature, Heavens Floor Napa Valley Film Festival, Grand Jury WINNER – Best Narrative Feature Heavens Floor Alaska Film Awards, Grand Jury WINNER Best Narrative Feature, Heavens Floor Jefferson State Flixx Fest, WINNER- Best actress Katie-May Dunford. Heavens Floor OFFICIAL FESTIVAL SELECTIONS includes – Heartland International Film Festival, Whistler International Film Festival, Kansas International Film Festival, Regina International Film festival, Scottsdale International Film Festival, St. Louis International Film Festival, Edmonton International Film Festival, Sedona International Film Festival, San Luis Obispo International Film Festival, Anchorage International Film Festival, Bahamas International Film Festival and Virginia International Film Festival.


RUMBLE: THE INDIANS WHO ROCKED THE WORLD is a Canadian documentary film by Catherine Bainbridge and Alfonso Maiorana, released in 2017. A new feature documentary about the role of Native Americans in popular music history that premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival.

DIRECTORS: Catherine Bainbridge, Television producer. Awards: Gemini Awards – Canada Award, Gemini Award for Best Direction in a Documentary Program Nominations: Gemini Award for Best Documentary Series. Organization founded: Rezolution Pictures

Alfonso Maiorana. Born: September 11, 1965 (age 52), Montreal, CanadaMovies: Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked The World, Papo & Yo


AFTER YOU’RE GONE. World Cinema. Russian Federation / 2016 / 120 min / Russian w/English subtitles. Aleksey Temnikov is a renowned ballet dancer, and an acknowledged genius whose career was cut abruptly short after sustaining an injury back in the ’90s. Twenty years later, Aleksey discovers that his condition is degenerative, and that he will soon lose the ability to walk. For him, this means only one thing – death. Before this happens, Aleksey sets out to choreograph a ballet.

WINNER OF FLIFF 2017 BEST ACTOR – Sergey Bezrukov

DIRECTOR: Anna Matison  was born in Irkutsk (Siberia) in 1983. In 2008, Anna Matison moved to Moscow and entered the Screenwriting Department of the Russian State University of Cinematography, Natalia Ryazantseva’s workshop. She graduated from the university with distinction in 2013.


MY AMISH WORLD USA / 2017 / English, plus Amish w/English sub-titles. Based on a true story.
A film produced and directed by an Amish man. Sam Wickey is related to members of the Amish; some of whom to this day, staunchly believe the Earth is flat. In this incredible story, the father wants his family to leave the Amish and is overwhelmed with emotion when his children are severely bullied in a public school.

DIRECTOR: Sam Wickey is an art director and director, known for The Earth Is Flat (2017) and Inner Dimension (2015).


HEARTBEATS PG | | ComedyDramaMusical |
This is the story of a feisty American hip hop dancer who travels to India with her family for a wedding and falls in love — both with a new style of dance, and with the determined young man who introduces it to her.

DIRECTOR:  Duane Adler Born in North Carolina, is an American screenwriter, director, and producer. He is best known for his work on romantic dance films Save the Last DanceStep Up, and Make Your Move. His other screenwriting credits include VH1’s telefilm The Way She Moves, Weinstein Co’s Make It Happen, Skydance’s “Northern Lights,” and Fox Atomic’s Venice Beach.Duane Adler is president of Hungry Yak Productions and partner in Connect Entertainment. Is a distant (distant) relative of Elvis Presley. A graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park. Attended 18 schools from first grade through high school graduation.

Special Guest in attendance Actress Krystal Ellsworth


MOGLIE E MARITO – WIFE & HUSBAND World Cinema. Italy / 2017 / Italian w/English subtitles

Following an incredible experiment, Andrea, a brilliant neurosurgeon, and his wife Sofia, an ambitious TV host, suddenly find themselves in each other’s body, swapping their aspect and their whole lives.

DIRECTOR: Simone Gadano Born: August 31, 1977 (age 40), Rome, Italy. Movies: Niente Orchidee, Husband & Wife. Nominations: Nastro d’Argento for Best Comedy


THE THIN YELLOW LINE World Cinema (La Delgada Linea Amarilla). Mexico / 2015 / Spanish w/English subtitles

The Thin Yellow Line is the journey of five men who are hired to paint the median line of a road that connects two villages in Mexico.

DIRECTOR: Celso Garcia Garcia is one of the most exciting writer/directors from Mexico. In 2015 he released his feature film debut The Thin Yellow Line. The film starred actors Damian Alcazar and Joaquín Cosio and was produced by superstar director Guillermo del Toro. To date, The Thin Yellow Line has been screened at 39 film festivals and has won 21 international awards, including the Audience Award and the Special Jury Prize at the Guadalajara International Film Festival in 2015 and the Grand Newcomer Award at the Mannheim-Heidelberg FilmFest 2015. The film was released in theaters in Mexico July 2016.


IN BED WITH VICTORIA World Cinema  France / 2016 / French w/English subtitles / Romantic Comedy. Late 30-something Victoria is a beautiful Parisian criminal lawyer who also happens to be a self-involved workaholic sex-addict. She attends a wedding party where she encounters her ex-husband, a former drug dealer, and her sexy loser friend Vincent. Feeling completely torn apart by the pressure from all sides, she is on the verge of a nervous breakdown. Eventually, however, Victoria rediscovers her own desires and experiences love again.

DIRECTOR: Justine Thriet  is a graduate from the Paris National School of Fine Arts. Since then, she has directed a couple of films dealing with the place of the individual within a group: Sur place(2007) was shot right in the middle of the 2006 student protest; Solférino (2009) was filmed during the 2007 French presidential election; in her next effort, Two Ships (2012), Justine Triet gave a startling account of life in a São Paulo shantytown and garnered many awards in the festival circuit. Her first feature, Age of Panic (2013) is a skillful mix of a documentary (five years after Solférino (2009), she records the second ballot of the French elections for President live in the streets of Paris) and fiction (the crisis experienced on that very day by a divorced couple). Age of Panic (2013) has been acclaimed by most critics as one of the best works of the latest new wave of French directors.


THE STORYTELLER  American Indie USA / 2017 / English

The love of an enchanted young girl brings wonder and healing to a broken family. On the run from her mysterious past and guided by a fairy that only she can see, Abby sparks a daisy chain of compassion, bringing joy and music back into the family. ‘THE STORYTELLER’ is a powerful exploration of reality and the true meaning of family.

DIRECTOR: Joe Crump is an Emmy Award-nominated Director. He recently co-directed the PBS aired documentary, Children of Internment (2013), with his sister, Kristina Wagner. He launched the production company “20 Questions Film” and founded an independent filmmaker blog by that same name. He and his company are working on a slate of feature films that will be going into production in the next 12 months. Currently in pre-production and scheduled to shoot in 2016 is The Storyteller (2017), which he co-wrote with Rachel Noll and which he will be directing.
Joe Crump graduated from film school in 1981 from Columbia College in Chicago. Moving from Chicago to Los Angeles, he worked in the movie industry for the next 6 years as a grip, as an Educational and Industrial Film scriptwriter, and as part of a camera crew for CNN Chicago Bureau.
He joined the (now defunct) NABET union and over that 6-year period, he wrote 12 feature length screenplays. After that, Joe got “sidetracked” for about 20 years and ended up building a successful real estate investment business and software tech company. This has given him the opportunity to come back to film and invest in his own low-budget projects, opening up a world of creative possibility.


KING OF PEKING World Cinema China-Australia-USA / 2017 / Chinese w/ English subtitles

Big Wong and his young son Little Wong are part of a fading tradition: traveling film projectionists screening Hollywood movies for villagers who otherwise don’t have access to films. But when Big Wong’s ex-wife raises the spousal support payments, Big Wong faces the possibility of losing custody. In order to stay together, the two Wongs move to the basement of an old Beijing cinema, where Big Wong works as a janitor.

DIRECTOR: Sam Voutas is an Australian actor and independent filmmaker. He is best known for writing and directing Red Light Revolution, China’s “first sex shop comedy” which was nominated for Best Unproduced Screenplay at the 2008 Australian Inside Film Awards, showcased at The Santa Barbara International Film Festival and nd won the audience award at The Terracotta Far East Film Festival. Voutas played Durdin in Lu Chuan’s acclaimed[ City of Life and Death, a Chinese film about The Rape of Nanjing. The film won Best Director (Lu Chuan) and Best Cinematographer (Cao Yu) Awards at the 4th Asian Film Awards in 2010.[Voutas wrote and directed the documentary The Last Breadbox,[ featuring Beijing taxi drivers in the run-up to the 2008 Olympic Games.


AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL (Al Final Del Tunel) World Cinema. Spain-Argentina / 2016 / Spanish w/English subtitles.

Like Hitchcock with a nasty streak, Argentinian director Rodrigo Grande crafts a tight, vicious crime thriller with At the End of the Tunnel. With a twisting, turning, rigidly constructed plot that shifts and evolves over the course of the movie, this is a dark, tension-heavy throwback of the kind we see woefully few of in modern times.

DIRECTOR: Rodrigo Grande (born February 10, 1974, Rosario, Santa Fe Province, Argentina) is an Argentine film director and screenplay writer. He works in the cinema of Argentina and in the cinema of Spain .

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