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The Ninth Annual Rendezvous Film Festival takes place June 2nd – 4th. We will be showing 54 films from 14 countries over these three days. We will also be hosting exciting After Parties and Workshops in addition to screening Features, Documentaries, Music Videos and Shorts at several Pop-Up Theaters throughout Historic Fernandina Beach on Amelia Island.
Among the highlights of this year’s festival is the U.S. Premier of “Blinky Bill The Movie,” an Animated Family Friendly Film featuring Toni Collette, Rufus Sewell, Ryan Kwanten, and many other incredible actors!
On the other end of the spectrum we have “Pech River Boys: Tales from Afghanistan,” an award winning documentary on the daily life and death struggle of our military overseas. For a complete list of the films and events, please visit the below listed website.
Rendezvous Film Festival is excited to host RJ Cyler, a native of Jacksonville, who has starred in “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl,” “War Machine,” with Brad Pit, and the upcoming Power Rangers movie, where he will play Billy, the Blue Ranger! Complete details about each screening, workshops and other events can be found online at www.rendezvousfestival.org.
An astonishing story of obsessive love, the uplifting chronicle of a renowned critic’s love affair with the movies and life itself, a hip-shaking exploration of the tiny Alabama town that created some of the greatest pop music ever made, a look at the reviled paparazzo who helped foster today’s celebrity-media complex, and a provocative examination of the prosecution of one’s of the United States’ most notorious gangsters will all screen as part of the Fernandina Little Theatre’s second annual DOCtoberFest.
This three-day celebration of the art of documentary film making will take place October 31-November 2 at FLT, 1014 Beech St. in downtown Fernandina Beach.
Individual tickets are $7; a festival pass for admission to one showing of each of the festival’s five selected new and award-winning documentaries is $30. Advance tickets are available at The UPS Store in Fernandina Beach, located next to Publix on Sadler Road. FLT is an intimate space and filmgoers are urged to purchase tickets in advance.
For complete screening schedule, visit www.ameliaflt.org.
2007, 92 minutes
“I couldn’t stop watching. A shockingly fierce and funny spell-binder that leaves your head spinning. Electrifying” – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
Dan Klores’ Crazy Love tells the astonishing story of the obsessive roller-coaster relationship of Burt and Linda Pugach, which shocked the nation during the summer of 1959. Burt, a 32 year-old married attorney, and Linda, a beautiful, single 20-year-old girl living in the Bronx, had a whirlwind romance, which culminated in a violent and psychologically complex set of actions that landed the pair’s saga on the cover of endless newspapers and magazines. With the cooperation of the principles, Klores examines the human psyche and the concepts of love, obsession, insanity, hope and forgiveness. Crazy Love earned the Best Documentary award at the 2007 Santa Barbara Film Festival.
Screening: 7:30 p.m. Friday, October 31; 1:30 p.m. Sunday, November 2
2014, 120 minutes
“A thrilling tale with unforgettable characters. Ebert’s life contained as much melodrama, tragedy and uplift as any weepie movie he reviewed. Any biographical documentary demands onscreen star quality, and this one has a hero and a heroine worth rooting for.” – Richard Corliss, Time
Acclaimed director Steve James (Hoop Dreams) and executive producers Martin Scorsese (The Departed) and Steven Zaillian (Moneyball) present Life Itself, a documentary film that recounts the inspiring and entertaining life of world-renowned film critic and social commentator Roger Ebert – a story that is by turns personal, funny, painful and transcendent. Based on his bestselling memoir of the same name, Life Itself explores the legacy of Ebert’s life, from his Pulitzer Prize-winning film criticism at the Chicago Sun-Times to becoming one of the most influential cultural voices in America.
Screening: 6 p.m. Saturday, November 1; 4 p.m. Sunday, November 2
2013, 111 minutes
“Hugely entertaining – a soulful musical feast. It’s mandatory viewing for fans of the classic rock, soul and R&B of the ’60s and ’70s.” – Walter Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle
Located alongside the Tennessee River, Muscle Shoals, Alabama, is the unlikely breeding ground for some of America’s most creative and defiant music. Under the spiritual influence of the “Singing River,” as Native Americans called it, the music of Muscle Shoals has helped create some of the most important and resonant songs of all time. At its heart is Rick Hall who founded FAME Studios. Overcoming crushing poverty and staggering tragedies, Hall brought black and white together in Alabama’s cauldron of racial hostility to create music for the generations. He is responsible for creating the “Muscle Shoals sound” and The Swampers, the house band at FAME that eventually left to start their own successful studio known as Muscle Shoals Sound. Gregg Allman, Bono, Clarence Carter, Mick Jagger, Etta James, Alicia Keys, Keith Richards, Percy Sledge and others bear witness to Muscle Shoals’ magnetism, mystery and why it remains influential today.
Screening: 11 a.m. And 8:30 p.m. Saturday, November 1
Smash His Camera
2010, 87 minutes
“Ridiculously entertaining – a deceptively complex look at the fluid nature of celebrity, glamour, privacy and art.” – Bilge Ebiri, New York Magazine
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis sued him, Marlon Brando broke his jaw and Steve McQueen gave him a look that would have killed, if looks could kill. To the celebrities he pursued, photographer Ron Galella was the beast who threatened beauty. As it turned out, he gave them a strange and lasting beauty they might never have known without him. Inherent in the story of this notorious paparazzo are the complex issues of the right to privacy, freedom of the press and the ever-growing vortex of celebrity worship. He sneaked around and invaded and bribed and held up his camera and shot till he dropped (or someone dropped him). His was the artistry of the sniper. Yet Galella found something essential in his real-life subjects, and he gave it permanence. Director Leon Gast (When We Were Kings) won the Documentary Directing Award at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.
Screening: 4 p.m. Saturday, November 1; 11:30 a.m. Sunday, November 2
Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger
2014, 107 minutes
“Berlinger is a stone-cold master at chronicling this kind of legal reckoning. This tough-minded true crime doc vibrates with the same municipal unease as Chinatown.” – Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out NY
From Academy Award-nominated director Joe Berlinger (Paradise Lost trilogy) Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger is a sweeping and revelatory documentary film that follows the trial of the infamous gangster James “Whitey” Bulger, using the courtroom action as a springboard to examine accusations of multi-faceted corruption within our nation’s law enforcement and legal systems.
Screening: 1:30 p.m. Saturday, November 1; 6:30 p.m. Sunday, November 2
Looking for a special way to spend your Valentine’s weekend? You’ll fall in love with the films nominated for Best Animated, Best Live Action and Best Documentary short films, shown in four alternating groups of films at the theatre, located at 1014 Beech Street.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences defines a short film as an original motion picture that has a running time of 40 minutes or less, including all credits. This year’s nominees, presented by ShortsHD working with Magnolia Pictures, will be hosted by past Oscar winners and a slew of renowned filmmakers who have made their mark in short films.
For the Live Action nominees, the hosts include: Shawn Christensen (Curfew), Matthew Modine (Full Metal Jacket), Tom Vaughan (What Happens in Vegas), Peter Webber (Girl with a Pearl Earring), Jim Field Smith (She’s Out of my League) and Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine (Inocente).
For the Documentary Shorts, the hosts include: Lucy Walker (Waste Land), Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine, Eva Orner (Taxi to the Dark Side) Peter Webber and Shawn Christensen. The Animated Shorts will be hosted by one of the high-diving giraffes of YouTube fame and his ostrich buddy in this special commission by Paris-based Cube Creative and Nicolas Deveaux.
“Every year, festival-goers come out of the screenings saying the shorts are some of the best films they’ve seen all year,” said FLT Managing Artistic Director Kate Hart. “We’ve got some jewels again this year; people are in for a treat!” The screenings at FLT will include an opportunity for film-goers to pick the films they think will win the Oscar in all three categories. Those who correctly pick the three short films which win Oscars on March 2 will be entered into a drawing to win two tickets to an upcoming production at the theatre, now celebrating its 22nd season.
The five animated short films, plus three animated films of note, will screen at 8:15 pm February 14, 4:15 pm February 15 and 1:30 pm February 16.
Best Live Action
The live-action shorts will screen at 12:15 and 8 pm February 15 and 5:15 pm February 16.
The five documentary shorts will be shown in two sessions. Group A films will screen at 6:30 pm February 14, 2:15 pm February 15 and 11:30 am February 16. Group B films will screen at 10:30 am and 6:15 pm February 15 and 3:30 pm February 16.
Admission to each individual screening session is $10.00; an Early Bird screening pass good for the first two screenings on both Saturday and Sunday, a total of four film sessions is $30.00. Tickets are available at The UPS Store in the Fernandina Beach Publix shopping center on Sadler Road.
Fernandina Little Theatre is an intimate space, and patrons are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance to guarantee seating availability. For more information about the festival, visit www.ameliaflt.org.
Fernandina Beach, FL – Discover the dynamic world of short filmmaking at the Fernandina Little Theatre’s Third Annual Oscar-Nominated Short Films Festival, held February 15 thru 17, 2013. The three-day festival in downtown Fernandina Beach will expand this year to include the Oscar-nominated documentary short films.
The Oscar-Nominated Short Films Festival will feature the 15 films nominated for Best Animated, Best Live Action, and Best Documentary short films, shown in four alternating screenings at the Fernandina Little Theatre, located at 1014 Beech Street. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences defines a short film as an original motion picture that has a running time of 40 minutes or less, including all credits.
“Interest in this festival has increased every year,” said FLT Artistic Director Kate Hart. “With the addition of the documentary films, we expect our biggest turn-out yet.”
“The Oscar-Nominated Short Films Festival this year again covers a wide-range of stories and experiences,” Hart said, “from a documentary about five seniors living in a typical American retirement resort, to a fiction film about the coming of age of a young boy in Somalia, to an animated rumination about what happened during the first days of Creation to make Man and Dog so inseparable.”
The screenings will feature video introductions by filmmakers who have previously won Oscars for their short films, including local favorite Luke Matheny, whose mother DiAnn lives in Fernandina Beach. Luke Matheny’s The God of Love won the Oscar in 2011 for Best Live Action Short Film.
The screenings at FLT will include an opportunity for film-goers to pick the films they think will win the Oscar in all three categories. Those who correctly pick the three short films which win Oscars on February 24 will be entered into a drawing to win two tickets to an upcoming production at the theatre, now celebrating its 21st season.
The animated short films, which includes three animated films of note in addition to the five nominees, will screen at 10 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. February 16; and 4 p.m. February 17.
Best Live Action
The live-action shorts will screen at 7 p.m. February 15; 2 and 7:30 p.m. February 16; and 11 a.m. February 17.
The five documentary shorts will be shown in two sessions. Group 1 films will screen at 9 p.m. February 15; 4 p.m. February 16; and 1 p.m. February 17. Group 2 will screen at noon and 9 p.m. February 16; and 5:30 p.m. February 17.
Admission to an individual screening session is $10.00; an all-sessions screening pass is $30.00. Tickets are available in Fernandina Beach at The UPS Store in the Publix shopping center on Sadler Road.
Fernandina Little Theatre is an intimate space, and patrons are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance to guarantee seating availability.
For more information about the festival, visit www.ameliaflt.org.
Move over Spielberg and give space to Aaron Metchik – writer/producer/actor extra-ordinaire.
Last night was the Opening Night of the Amelia Island Film Festival and Aaron Metchik’s “Ten Years Later” was on the Menu. To say that I was shocked would be the understatement of the year. At times hilariously witty with clever twists and turns, “Ten Years Later” catches your attention from the first car scene to visiting the reunion as an afterthought.
Unlike so often when it comes to “low budget” productions and the dialog needs to make up for lack of action and variety of sceneries, this assumption was completely lost on this movie. The only reference to small budget was probably the fact that the entire movie was shot in a small central California town, but at no point was that obvious. Also the fact that it took “only” 26 days filming from start to finish does not show anywhere. It truly felt like a high budget movie, with actors that had a familiarity and professionalism that was instantly inviting and energizing.
When Film Festival director Tony Macadoo introduced 30 year old Metchik to the audience of mostly invited guests, he spoke in superlatives of screenplay writing, directing, editing and starring, which Metchik immediately put into perspective by pointing out that the superlatives were less the result of supposed brilliance, but more the lack of funding.
Not having seen his name in writing yet, I mistook Metchik for Magic, and that’s exactly what he produced MAGIC.
When I asked him before the movie screening, to describe what the screenplay was all about, he quickly worded the description that is mentioned in the Film Festival’s Promotional pieces, so my expectations were still circling around a coming of age movie, as we have seen in many different formats and castings, most notably “The Big Chill”.
Sure Metchik’s piece de resistance has a couple of the predictable post highschool reunion scenes, that we have come to know so well since the genre became big in the early 1980s, yet this movie doesn’t dwell on it, but rather keeps you on your toes with quick and very believable twists and turns.
Even as the script got darker and more twisted, Metchik kept clever comedic humor as a central focus point, which had the audience burst out in laughter, sometimes at the most serious moments. In one scene where the “femme fatale” Kyra Lee (Rachel Boston) shows her friends in a pole dance imitation what she has been doing in Las Vegas since she last saw them 10 years ago, another friend who brought his young son to the reunion, covers the kid’s eyes and in a totally un-rehearsed move, the son puts a teddy bear over his dad’s hands to make sure he would not see any of the risky scene.
The selection of the cast is so well balanced and familiar that it feels you know the characters and the actors behind the story, but you cannot exactly put your finger on where you know them from. A little research however unveils that all of them have substantial careers in both TV and movies and for Metchik to get his hands on this display of talent, also tells me that he is on his way to superstardom; quite likely finding Spielberg’s trail in the next years to come. Last but not least, what else gave “Ten Years Later” a big production feel were the subtle use of pyrotechnics and special effects. Masterful but not overdone.
At no point during the screening did I feel the need for a bathroom break, popcorn or even something to drink. My wife and I agreed afterwards that it was probably the best movie we’ve watched in several years, which brings me to my closing argument: what is wrong with a country that can not recognize true talent anymore for what it is? I am not going to give away the storyline and the plot…but I do hope that Island Cinema burned a copy of this great film, that is both entertaining, feel good and clean, because with a little promotional budget it would draw large audiences.
As to the Film Festival, kudos and regrets. Kudos for bringing such unexpected quality to a film festival and regrets that once again the Weekend Spotlight has to be shared with so many other events. I would have loved to come out and see more productions or even buy an all screening pass, if “duty” didn’t require our presenece at other spots such as this weekend’s Last Leg Rally.
As to Aaron Metchik, I sent out a friend request to him on Facebook and a note on Google Alert, which will help me follow his career from here on.
Showing at the Island Cinema
Just two weeks before the start of the Amelia Island Film Festival on February 24, some real recognition comes to the island with the selection of Executive Director Rick Traum’s drama “Displaced Person” for screening at the NAACP’s Youth Council.
Even though its production dates back almost 30 years ago, the deeper storyline is as current as today. The Governor’s Office of Film and Entertainment here in Florida recognized that proudly in yesterday’s edition of News & Events.
Following is the entire article that was distributed statewide by the Governor’s Office:
(Amelia Island, Fla.) Florida resident and Emmy Award winning executive director Rick Traum’s drama, “Displaced Person”, has been chosen to screen at the NAACP’s Youth Council. The show won the 1985 Emmy for “Outstanding Children’s Program” for its producers.
‘Displaced Person’ is the story of a post World War II black German boy orphan who seeks his father. The time is ”some years after the last war in Germany,” the war that ended 60 years ago. German nuns are running an orphanage for children born mostly after the war. Some of the local folk try to guess the nationalities of their fathers. There is no doubt about one boy – Tobias. Tobias is black so he can only be American.
Although his name is Tobias, the townspeople have dubbed him “Joe Louis.” Tobias has never seen or met another black person. So when he hears that there are several blacks among a contingent of American soldiers moving through the village, he is determined to find his REAL father despite the warnings of Sister Agnes. When he sees a group of American soldiers, he attaches himself to the African American Sergeant in charge. The boy has never seen an adult African American and calls him “Papa”. The boy is a bundle of unquestioning love. Sergeant Davis fights off his unexpected feelings of compassion for Tobias. Both are, for their brief time together, displaced persons.
Rick Traum is an Emmy Award-winning Producer and entertainment executive. Rick received his Emmy as Executive Producer for an American Playhouse on PBS and has produced many network television specials and theatrical events during his career. He is also the recipient of a Cine Golden Eagle Award, a Telly Award, and a Cable Ace Award. Rick was Commercial Producer for “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson” and has held senior corporate positions including Director of Late Night Programming for NBC where he was executive in charge of “Saturday Night Live”.
Rick was also Senior Vice President of Finance & Production for Radio City Music Hall Entertainment, Producer for Radio City Productions Large-Scale Special Events, and CFO for Radio City Music Hall corporate. He has been a consultant to Walt Disney World Entertainment serving as a Park Producer for Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and Entertainment Producer for the $30M Rhino Rally attraction at Busch Gardens Tampa. Recently, Rick served as a Producer on the award-winning feature film “The Touch” and served on the Board of Directors for the Amelia Island Film Festival, The Mount Dora Theatre Company / IceHouse Theater, and the 441 Performing Arts Center. Rick and his novelist wife Nadine Vaughan have made Amelia Island their home.
Fernandina Beach is home to the 2010 Amelia Island Film Festival. Several venues are participating in meet & greets and film screenings during this exciting event.
Here are some of the scheduled activities for the last weekend in February for you to pick out your favorite screenings and attend with your friends. For more information visit www.ameliaislandfilmfestival.org
Thursday, February 25, 2010
11:00 AM Welcome to the Festival at Hampton Inn & Suites Harbor Front, 19th South 2nd Street in Historic Fernandina Beach.
1:00 to 4:00 PM Island Overview for Visiting Filmakers
Amelia Island Museum of History, 233 S. 3rd Street
4:30 PM Filmmaker Meet and Greet Receptions
$15.00 – Cafe Karib, 27 N. 3rd. Street
$15.00 – Espana Restaurant, 22 S. 4th Street
$15.00 – Addison on Amelia Island, 614 Ash Street
$15.00 – Pablos Mexican Grill, 12 N. 2nd Street
$10.00 – Intercoastal Wine Company 10 N. 2nd Street
$10.00 – Indigo Alley – Secret Garden, 316 Centre Street
$15.00 – The Presidents Choice Sneak Preview, Starring Catherine Deneuve as the voice of Mrs. Starapi. Tickets at the door are $15.00 with a cash bar at the Hampton Inn and Suites downtown.
Friday, February 26, 2010
Sail with the Filmmakers!
Sail with the Filmmakers, sponsored by the Cumberland Sound Ferry, welcomes the Florida State Film Director, Lucia Fishborne, to the 2010 Amelia Island Film Festival with waterfront views of Amelia and Cumberland Islands. They will be connected with two historic, waterfront towns in a single day. There will be a Welcome Reception by the St. Mary’s Film Society. Tickets are $22.00 round trip per person and $5.00 of every ticket goes back to the Amelia Island Film Festival.
Hampton Inn & Suites
$10.00 – 9:00 AM
2 Films by Filmmaker Deanna Morse (includes reception)
Island Art Association
$20.00 – 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Photography Demonstration and History by Bill Raser
Scenes of Amelia Powerpoint Show by the Island Art Association Photo Group
Protrait Painting Demo by Karen McFayden
Two Film screenings, popcorn and sodas
2:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Meet & Greet for Filmmakers and Art Patrons
Wine and Cheese Reception
Nouveau Art Show “Art and the Movies” Awards Presentation at 3:00 PM
Drawing for ARt
Fernandina Beach City Hall
The Agronomist (2003), Jonathan Demme
More Than Skin Deep, Stan Kozma
The Curious Mr. Catsby, in partnership with the General Duncan Lamont Clinch Historical Society
One Day, Bernard Garceau
Tantric Tourists (Provided by the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival), Alexander Schnelling
The Stoop, Susan E. Wilson
Zwischen Licht und Schatten/Fading Away
Under Our Skin, Andy Abrahams Young, (This film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary)
Magicians, Andrew O’Connor
O, Michael Pitts, The Vaudevillian, Bryan Nest
Intercoastal Wine Company
Run Jane Run, Lynn Estomin
The Bake Shop Ghost (AIFF Best Short Film), Loretta Bayle
Broken Hill, Dagen Merrill
Gypsy Vanner Horse, Mark J. Barrett
Open Diaries, Sasha Schriber
Saturday, February 27, 2010
Hampton Inn & Suites
Amelia Island Film Festival Screen-Writer’s Institute Panel, featuring Nadine Vaughan, Sharon Cobb and Rick Traum. Open to the public.
The Grim Diarys, Zac Florence and Gabriella N. Eisenhart
Tile M for Murder, Nathan Boey
The Parrot, Katie Orjonikidze
Beach, Geovanna Fererico
Deedah, Brooke May
The Touch, Arty Ayris, Rick Taum and Nadine Vaughan
Africa’s Daughters, Natalie Halpern
High Heels, Brett Carlson
NON-LOVE-SONG, Erik Gernard
A Cigar at the Beach, Stephen Mills
CLARK, Kevin J. O;Neill
Kuna Ni Nanang (My Mother Said), Jessica Sison
you’re a good man antimin, Jonathan Staav
The Miracle, Jeffrey John SMith
Life on the Edge II: The President’s Dilemma?, Lea Donovan
Author’s Lore, Matthew Cooke
Badminten Bruises, Douglas Neff & Jay Douglas
Le Retour, Rachael Earnest
Brilliant, Marilyn Bright
Intercoastal Wine Company
11:00 Letter Home, Ken Pak
Butcher Boys (Silent Film), T.J. Zale
The Last Page, Kevin Acevedo
Cantata in C Major, Ronnie Cramer
Blood Promise, Dwayne Tarver
Don’t Look Down, Vincente de la Vega II
Head in the Sand, David Baldwin
Storm’n the Castle, Chris and Lauren Timmons
The Assasin’s Wife, Daniel E. Solomon
A Piece of Paper, Cesar Raphael
Outrage, Paul D’Agnese and Ace Cruz
Sunday, February 28, 2010
Hampton Inn & Suites
One Village Same Ocean, Josh Hams Brough
The Acorn Penny, Tiffany Ann Laufer
A Blonde Thing, Antonio Sarte
Man from Plains (2007), Jonathan Demme
The Manchurian Candidate (2004), Jonathan Demme
Jesusito de Mi Vida (My Dear Child Jesus), Jesus Perez-Miranda
El hilo de oro (The Golden Thread), Diego Sanchidrian Rubio
Somras en el Viento (Shadows in the Wind), Susan Stanley and Alice Henley
1:00 PM (Animations)
Elephants, Sally Pearce
Barbie and the Cop, John Burr, Courtney Lain and Nina Nichols
Pete’s Odyssey, Larry Lauria
We Are AllHere, Yonghwa Choi
The Mission, Fabio A. Ortega
A Piece of the Heart, Stephen McKendree
The Interview, David McLeod
3:00 PM – AIFF Best Florida Film: Don Davis Memorial Award
Celebrating a Forgotten Place: Carr Family Cabin in the Florida Scrub – Equinox Documentaries
Carving Oconee, A Rural County Fights for Its Future, Celestea Sharp
Intercoastal Wine Company
The World of Suzi Wong (1960) featuring Sylvia Sims
A Letter to Three Wives (1949) Academy Award Winner, Ann Southern
Good Morning, Sarah Morreim
Soul Mates, Tom Flynn
Hog Wild, Nathan Clarke
11-44, Kristina Lloyd
Take my Wife, Brett Carlson (Some Nudity) AIFF Best Comedy Sid Sax Memorial Award
On September 25, the Amelia Island Film Festival, a non profit, 501 C 3 status organization will reel off its inaugural season. Four days of film screenings, workshops, lectures and exhibits at venues throughout the island. Running through September 28, 2008, the film festival plans to Read more