Welcome to Our April 18-May 2, 2015 Florida Movie Festival!
The Great Recession of 2008 proved that Wall Street and Washington’s promises of rising wages, upward mobility and job security were little more than empty rhetoric that paved the way to broken dreams, soup kitchens and homelessness for millions of American citizens. Six years later, the ranks of economically disenfranchised Americans continue to swell. Currently, the US ranks fourth highest in wealth inequality among 140 nations. Fifty million Americans live below the poverty line and 17 million live on less than a day. These staggering figures bring into sharp focus the fact that the War on Poverty, declared 50 years ago by President Lyndon Johnson, has been a dismal failure.
horrific event threatens to destroy a perfect, devoted, happy family, when every member, from the youngest to the oldest, feels that they are to blame for the savage incident that almost killed one of their own. Each one of them deals with their private guilt in their own way, creating a havoc which threatens to destroy the family. Powerful, emotional, and heart wrenching, can the family endure, and survive, what fate has thrown at them? Long Shadows is a story about hope, betrayal, forgiveness - of both others and ourselves, about family, and ultimately, about love.
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The crisis has repressed Italy to the point that, nowadays, a widespread and clear frustration is swallowing the unemployed young generation. Someone is suffering so bad, not only from an economical point of view, but even morally and emotionally: depression and powerless feeling have overwhelmed people's mind. Loosely based on the atmosphere and the novel written by Banana Yoshimoto, "Into Sleep" is the story of a young woman whose refusals are getting chronic and stick to her body like a narcoleptic depression. Sleep seems to be sometimes a curse, other times, her last consolation; therefore, any reactions have been swallowed by the torpor. Her boyfriend is not helping her at all: he thinks, erroneously, she doesn't want to react. But, as a matter of fact, she is just a victim of the lose of self confidence created by the society and the terrible economical time. Getting up has never been so hard.
Daughter of the King follows Ashley Miller as she tries to rebuild herself and return to a normal life after a drug filled episode in her life that landed her in jail. An outstanding debt gets her sucked back into the underworld that is ruled by Haydar, a ruthless man that forces her into slavery. She becomes his property. Ashley is forced to prostitute and deal drugs hoping to regain her freedom. The abuse that comes from all sides and in all forms crushes her to the ground making her believe she's worthless. In the darkest moments Nadia, her close friend, descends in her life like an angel bringing her back to the light and setting her free.
The IBUR Connection is a film about miracles. It was filmed in Israel, the West Bank, Morocco, Ukraine, and Poland. It is a historical spiritual road trip told from the tombs of Saints and Prophets. At the tombs of the Saints, there is an energy known as an IBUR. When pilgrims go to the Saints at their tombs and ask for miracles, the IBUR helps to make the miracles come true.
Michelle Marquez, a fifteen-year-old scientist and artist, conceptualized, produced and directed this short experimental film in collaboration with Patrick Gregory and music of Lincoln Mitchell. She aims to challenge the traditional division and separation between Science and Art. Her three-year journey in research has revealed the deeply rooted biological connection that the human brain forms with complex images, sounds, and music
Starting Over: A Record of Faith, is a short documentary about a former drug addict, who found salvation while staying at Elmwood state prison on drug related charges. After her release, she had a miraculous transformation of character where she at the age of 54 she obtained her very first job and began to give back to the community working with developmentally disabled well with recovery centers such as Teen Challenge. However, her life takes a drastic turn when she learns that she has to go back to prison two years later as a result of the Federal government seeking to prosecute her for the same crime that landed her in Elmwood. The story is a record of her faith as she copes with the sudden change of events and what this change will mean for her life.
A young South Asian woman lives in London with her husband and in-laws. Being miles away from her own family, in an alien city, she is forced to undergo sex-selective abortion against her will. The film becomes a psychological portrait of hers, while she has to deal with personal fears, long-standing cultural norms as well as other people's desires.
Do you know the feeling of being completely ignored by everyone? When Julia turns 21, her mother reveals an unbelievable family secret. All adult women in the clan become invisible on their birthdays. After a phase of annoyance, Julia discovers the blessings of such a condition. Imagine the possibilities!
Misfortune, tribulations, family violence and an expectable romance. The fairy godfather must save poor Cinderfella from misery and servitude. How will the princess strike back, exactly? This modernized fairy-tale short film by Keeley Knight and Dave Lojek reverses gender roles.
In comparison with neighboring animals, visitors will have the unique opportunity to observe: How many hours per day he works, how many hours he spends sleeping, what kind of food he eats and whether he makes his own choices, how he communicates with others and moves in space. A performance that wonders about the relationship between human and animal, his destructive presence in nature and the short or long distance that separates us today from the isolated tribes in the forests of the Amazon river and New Guinea.
Unbeknownst to them, pragmatic Chris and idealist Josh are stuck in a co-dependent relationship. As they attempt to form new relationships, their friendship somehow always manages to sabotage any ventures, bringing the two back together again. Can this modern day odd couple see eye to eye and learn to live together?
Injustice emerges since the transfer of sovereignty over Hong Kong from the UK to China. Democracy and freedom in our city are diminishing since then. The government ignores the voice from people, insisting the so-called “development” only to fulfill the interest of the rich. They demolished the homes of many villagers living in the rural area who are completely powerless to say “NO”.
The film tells the story of one of the most beautiful sports-rowing, about the fate of its athletes and their memories in our days. It is the story about the three friends, their sporting rivalry in the early 1980es and about the situation in the sport in our days. The story in the film is narrated on behalf of the main character – Oleg. At the beginning of the film we see the life in rowing club and the academy rowing championship. We see the struggle between Sergey, Denis and Oleg in this competition, which was at the beginning of Oleg sports career. After he becomes a great sportsman, winner of Olympic games. Oleg have traveled a lot and was working as a coach in different countries. In our days he is deciding to come back to his homeland. And what he is seeing is disgusting. The most popular and old rowing clubs are closed. He is meeting with his old friends. Sergey is a rich businessman, Denis is a common guard at the gate. After that Oleg is coming to his native rowing club and gets the proposal to become a coach.
Zambezia, one of the poorest regions and at the same time the most populous of Mozambique, where the life expectancy corresponds to 35 years. Here two mozambican women are fighting without weapons paradinging toward their rice fields, every morning. How they are living, what they think, what they hide and what they invent every day to survive in a society that continues to discriminate them, in various forms and under various aspects.
Sheila E. is recognized for being a barrier breaking role model for young female musicians all over the world. It’s a ‘Lovely Day’ when we can honor She Rocks “ICON” Award Winner, Sheila E. with this Special Video Tribute. We hope that you enjoy this "Love Letter" to our “ICON” Sheila E., & we are so honored to share this with her Fans, Friends & Family all over the world.
I introduce you to my friend Nicolas. After our studies together, he decided to take a one way trip to Siem Reap in Cambodia. In this unknown country, he went to start from scratch and make his dream come true : the creation of a new form of tourism, new ways to travel in a country and meet the local people. Three years after he had left to Cambodia, I came to visit him in order to discover the reality after the dream and also to meet his new family.
A documentary portrait in miniature of singer, dishwasher, storyteller, octogenarian Roxie Duncan in all her glory - - and of her hometown: Cape Charles, Virginia. Whether washing dishes at Rayfield's Pharmacy-and-diner, or singing gospel music while touring small-town USA, Roxie's view of race and changing times is rich and rewarding.
Wildwood takes an intimate look at the imaginative play of a pack of young girls: playing circle games, playing house, playing trolls and nymphs in a summer forest. By flashing back to archival photos of girls in turn-of-the-century summer camps, Wildwood both evokes the past and riffs on the eternal pleasures of long days lost in nature.
nveiled: A Pre-Cana Program is the Diocese of Richmond's program for couples who are preparing for a lifetime of marriage together. This program is offered as either a day-long Saturday reflection or as a series of three consecutive Thursday evenings for couples that are preparing for a marriage recognized by the Catholic Church.
HE CIRCUS ACCORDING TO CECIL follows ringmaster and clown Cecil MacKinnon as she directs A CHILD'S CHRISTMAS IN WALES, co-produced by Circus Flora and the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra Through the eyes of one talented and opinionated artist, much is revealed about the collaboration among music, circus and theater artists, about the roots of American circus, and about the extended family of Circus Flora.
A short film about the conflict in Syria as experienced by a 32 year old rebel commander, Mowya, and a 24 year old female journalist, Nour, in Aleppo, Syria. The film clearly and concisely shows why Syrians are fighting for their freedom, told through the emotional words of two powerful characters whose lives have been torn apart by war.
he ancient beliefs and lifestyles of the Island of Socotra had remained unchanged for centuries, hidden from the eyes of the world. Its extraordinary landscape, its unique ecosystem and its remoteness from the mainland allowed, even required, the development of customs and practices that are wholly its own. This is the story of how Socotra emerged from that isolation.
Nothing to eat.Almost out of water.Almost out of ammunition Hopeless World War I, African Front. Almost two months ago Private Benjamin's squad was isolated after an enemy's advance that shattered the British Front's communications. Surrounded, besieged by the enemy's fire with no other choice but to survive in the only shelter the desert can provide, the only place to hide from the scorching sun, the infernal crack in the ground called trench.
I Confess centers around a man who is tortured by his own reality. He has been left as a single parent with his two children, he finds himself facing debt and constant problems from everyone and everything around him. He believes that there is only one solution to all his problems. A solution that gives him pain for eternity putting himself in a place where time doesn't exist.
Friar Gabriel skated for 7 years as a teenager, but felt his vocation was religious life. He was prepared to abandon his passion for skateboarding to live a life of Poverty, Chastity, and Obedience as Friars of the Immaculate. Six years after becoming Friars and having not skated, he was given obedience to obtain a skateboard and go to the skatepark once a week - to "preach the gospel at all times, when necessary, use words" as Saint Francis stated. Friar Gabriel explains that God has so many ways of using peoples talents to give Him glory. Skateboarding allows the Friars to help others see the compatibility of exercising the body as well as the soul.
Facing Hunger follows two families, each on another side of the world, who are committed to making a difference in the fight against world hunger. This documentary was made in association with the Canadian Foodgrains Bank for Salt+Light Television and was shot over a period of six months on the Canadian Prairie and in Tanzania.
Maria and Loukas decide at the same time and for no apparent reason to respectively run away from their homes. Each of them has to deal with their personal problems: Maria is stuck in a wealthy marriage with Dimitris while raising their two children. Loukas is unemployed and full of debts.
Language: Kurdish Sub: English Country of Production: Kurdistan I Want to Live is documentary on the life of a Kurdish Refugee from Syria, living in refugee camps in Kurdistan. Shot on location, it is set against the Syrian civil war and the ISIS (Islamic State) attacks upon Kurdistan. Told through the eyes of a young boy, Shndar, living with Thalassemia disease, he searchs for an immediate treatment as he ages without losing hope, leaving his home amid simmering ethnic and religious hatred to live the life of a refugee.
In an acting tour de force, one man performs 36 roles in the telling of the Emmett Till tragedy. In DAR HE: The Lynching of Emmett Till (*15 BEST FILM AWARDS*), experience the story, trial, and unbelievable confessions of those accused of Emmett's murder in this riveting true-crime drama. 'His death was a spark that ignited the Civil Rights Movement in America,'
Chauvinist Pig is about the young psychologist Alice's encounter with Joni, a patient whose life is in shambles due to her great love Anton is missing without a trace. The benevolent Alice is unwillingly pulled into a mystery of life and death, where everyone seems to detest the missing Anton while Joni with honesty describes the ideal man, the true love. How can the pictures of him diverge so completely, is Joni crazy or is there something important that Alice misses?
April 18-May 2, 2015
Hi Filmmakers! Our 2014 festival is in the history books!
Last year was a success, with films from 8 countries and 19 states. The documentary category was extremely competitive with many excellent films. Documentaries were a huge successful surprise, (for attendee’s and staff), as we completed our first year. We wanted to expand that beyond the Doc/Faith based genre to all areas of documentary. One of our documentary films premiered at our event in 2014 and FMF is excited and waiting for it’s wide release in 2015. Stay tuned, FMF will let you know of it’s release.
FMF will expand our categories to three: Short (1-19min), Mini-Feature (20-59min), and Feature (60+min). A great 8 min. film is hard to be judged against a 35 min. short so we expanded to create a “Mini-Feature” category and to fairly protect the truly short film.
Last year we had worthy applicants whose movies did not fit in our Christian genre. We have now expanded our genre categories to include: Women, Documentaries, Faith/Inspirational, and Narrative/Other. FMF will not change it’s core principles in expanding, but FMF wants to provide an expansion of topics at this venue for our filmmakers and viewers to take a journey of – learning, relating, or laughing/crying while providing us a thread of moral fabric!
Our newest and most exciting genre is Women. After attending a workshop on film for women, FMF heard their message. One of those messages: only 7% of women filmmakers are on the big screen. We want to help change that one independent film at a time.
Remember the book “Men are from Mars, and Women are from Venus”. FMF wants to offer a genre that the story, script, director, producer or lead role is a Woman. FMF is looking beyond the industry term “chick flick” to films that are thought-provoking and personal growth about “Venus” or a view from “Venus”. Present the world as a woman experience’s it – enlighten, empower, entertain, educate, inspire, curiosity and stimulate conversation.
Categories are: Short, Mini-Feature, and Feature.
Genres are: Women, Documentaries, Faith/Inspirational and Narrative/Other
Other Categories: Student Movie, Animation, Web-Series, Music Video, Script/Treatment and Movie Trailers. Please Note: These are not Genre specific!
This festival is organized by individuals that are trying to “drain the same swamp you are”. It includes writing, publishing, producing and distributing our own work as well.
We are in the swamp together, (maybe this is a Florida term), swamps usually contain alligators and muck. Have you ever felt with your film project, “you have an alligator by the tail and standing neck deep in the muck?”.
Come join us, we will treat your work, like we do ours!
FMF will be working hard to provide content at the festival that will give the filmmaker a learning and sharing experience. More on this as we firm up these topics and individuals.
Our new venue is the Lake Kathryn Estates Theater in Casselberry , Florida. It provides a nice campus for workshops, viewing, eating and general discussion. Please plan to join us!
We will have prizes and awards for winners and distribution opportunities for films that are accepted.