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FMFF APRIL 7-10, 2016


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Films for the 6th annual Fort Myers Film Festival to be held April 7-10, 2016 are announced

The Fort Myers Film Festival's full list of films playing have been announced: CLICK HERE FOR FILMS

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Save the dates—come to the 6th annual Fort Myers Film Festival April 7-10, 2016

The Fort Myers Film Festival will open their fest with the world premiere of “Marcus Jansen—Examine & Report," April 7, 2016. The documentary on the SWFL artist by filmmaker John Scoular features Jansen, the celebrated SWFL artist who has been exhibiting his work on an international scale for the last two decades, includes art celebrities and personalities including Steve Lazarides, Lawrence Voytek, WEST Rubinstein, Brooke Lynn Mcgowan, Noah Becker, Dieter Rampl and more.

Jansen is showing his work as part of a major museum traveling solo exhibition over the next two years, kicking off with the world premiere at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall at the Fort Myers Film Festival April 7, 2016. Tickets are $19 for general admission and $99 for VIP and available at https://www.bbmannpah.com/performance.php?id=745, at their box office or by calling 239-481-4849.

“I can’t tell you just what this means to our community to be playing the world premiere of this film right here in Fort Myers,” FMFF director Eric Raddatz commented. “His work continues to be such an international inspiration. One day you will look back on this moment and realize you got to see something truly amazing with this one.”
The evening will be celebrated with cast and crew attending the red-carpet rollout, Q&A and afterparty at the Barbara B. Mann.

The film takes a look at Jansen's first childhood years and influences, which were spent in the Bronx and Queens, New York. He was later transplanted to Europe and educated in Moenchengladbach, Germany in a German speaking school where he studied commercial painting and graphic design. Jansen is a Gulf War veteran who started selling his art from street corners between Prince street and Broadway in New York City as part of the so called "Prince Street Kings" moving later to international exhibitions and museum collections around the world after his discharge from the military.

The documentary features one of his dealers Lazarides, art historians, collectors and artist friends that influenced Jansen as they dissect his work and motivation for painting while examining the direction of his socio-political urban influences that have been gaining more and more critical attention and acclaim over the recent years. The film is directed by award-winning filmmaker John Scoular who is most know for "Lunatics, Lovers & Poets," released theatrically across the U.S. and produced by Madeline Smith Scoular. “Marcus Jansen—Examine and Report” was shot in four different locations, New York, Miami, London and Fort Myers, Florida where the artist lives and works from his studio loft space "Unit A."

Art personalities in the film include Steve Lazarides, also known as street artist BANKSY's first agent, Lawrence Voytek, Robert Rauschenberg's long time director of art production for over thirty years and Brooke Lynn Mcgowan, art historian, writer, curator and worldwide expert of Jansen’s works. Special footage includes peeks of the artist at work and an intimate look and interviews with Jansen. Watch the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JabKu11ukbA

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The Fort Myers Film Festival will screen 70 films including many other inspiring films. Some highlights include:

• “Maya Angelou and Still I Rise” by Bob Hercules and Rita Coburn Whack, who plan on attending. The inspiring documentary, played only at Sundance before the Fort Myers Film Festival, takes an intimate look at the celebrated authors early years from a tumultuous childhood riddled sexual abuse and racism, and her ascent to become one of the most celebrated and inspirational figures of our era with Diahann Carroll, Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton, Common, Jules Feiffer, Nikki Giovanni, Lou Gossett Jr., Guy B. Johnson, Quincy Jones, Robert Loomis, Dan Martin, Louise Meriwether, Valerie Simpson, John Singleton, Cicely Tyson, Oprah Winfrey featured.

• “Suited,” follows a handful of patrons of Bindle & Keep, a Brooklyn clothier specialized in bespoke suits for gender non-confirming clients, and explores how notions of fashion, appearance and identity can be profoundly interdependent. With Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner, Girls.

How to Let Go of the World and Love All The Things Climate Can't Change, Oscar Nominated director Josh Fox (GASLAND) continues in his deeply personal style, investigating climate change – the greatest threat our world has ever known. Traveling to 12 countries on 6 continents, the film acknowledges that it may be too late to stop some of the worst consequences and asks, what is it that climate change can’t destroy? What is so deep within us that no calamity can take it away?

• Embrace of the Serpent: In the early 1900s, a young shaman (Nilbio Torres) in the Colombian Amazon helps a sick German explorer (Jan Bijvoet) and his local guide (Miguel Dionisio Ramos) search for a rare healing plant. A 2016 Oscar Nominated picture for Best Foreign film.

• “Proud to Serve,” by Fort Myers documentarian Kaitlyn Traurig, takes a look into the world of local SWFL law enforcement and an officer's heart and dedication.

• SWFL filmmaker Jordan Axelrod’s “Seven Ten Split” follows two parallel stories within a small town bowling alley, one in which a recent college grad’s anxiety overwhelms him prior to the arrival of his blind date. It is the young filmmakers freshman submission to the fest.

• “Time Simply Passes” is a film about James Joseph Richardson, an orange picker in Florida who was wrongfully convicted in Lee County of murdering his seven children in 1967. He spent 21 years in prison, until he was released in 1989 when the conviction was overturned due to miraculous circumstances.

• SWFL filmmaker John Biffar follows 95-year-old Norma Miller, the Queen of Swing, on a standup comedy tour in “Norma Miller Unplugged.” She is hilarious and this is one not to miss.

• “Coastal Dune Lakes: Jewels of Florida's Emerald Coast.” Journey with SWFL filmmaker Elam Stoltzfus to see what makes Florida’s waters unique and how, if at all, they are being protected.

• “The Advocate” features Maurice Young, an educated man who gives up everything to live on the streets and serve the homeless community.

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Fort Myers Film Fest schedule of events

The Fort Myers Film Festival's 6th annual festival will be held April 7-10, 2016 at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall, Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center, Alliance for the Arts, Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre, Heights Foundation, Downtown Fort Myers Library and Regal Bell Tower 20 with parties and dinners at Twisted Vine Bistro, Blu Sushi, Firestone and other select venues.

The Black Tie Red Carpet Gala will be celebrated with excitement and style April 7, 2016 at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall at 7 p.m. with the screening of the world premiere of “Marcus Jansen—Examine and Report,” a documentary on SWFL artist by filmmaker John Scoular. The event will begin with the red carpet rolling out, paparazzi clicking and doors opening at 5 p.m. for drinks, mingling & musical entertainment with local and international filmmakers prior to the featured movie. Join attending filmmakers and VIP for a star studded backstage ON STAGE afterparty with the stars of the opening night's films, with music, dancing, fully-stocked bar. The event will provide the delicious foods from La trattoria Cafe Napole, Mermaid Café, Norman Love, Crave Culinaire, Aux Delicies and more. Watch last years video here http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=10150579767950565. To buy individual one night tickets go to www.bbmannpah.com.

Enjoy 70 films in this year’s official programming April 7-10, 2016 at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center, Alliance for the Arts, Downtown Fort Myers Library, Heights Foundation and Regal Bell Tower 20. Then finish off the weeklong celebration Sunday, April 10, 2016 with champagne & dessert awards ceremony which will take place at the Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre. Join all of the local and international filmmakers as we celebrate the winners of the Fort Myers Film Festival. Champagne will be popped starting at 7 p.m. in the lobby, dessert will be shared, short award winning films will be played and toasts will be deservedly pronounced as awards are handed out at an 8 p.m. ceremony in the Café Cabaret.

The edgy and fresh programming for the Fort Myers Film Festival has gotten the attention of a global independent film community. Last years opening night films include "Most Likely to Succeed," "When I Walk" and "Alive Inside," each receiving standing ovations, warm commendations from the Fort Myers mayor Randy Henderson and attending community as well as a future in distribution after being featured here. The Fort Myers Film Festival is an intelligent independent filmmaker's preferred event to create, unite and showcase the finest artistic cinematic works.
Along with programming the entire week please enjoy some of these featured events:

OPENING NIGHT FILM & GALA AT SIDNEY & BERNE DAVIS ART CENTER APRIL 8, 2016: Friday the celebration continues as you attend the Sidney & Berne Davis Friday night gala with the Southwest premiere of the documentary “Maya Angelou and Still I Rise,” by Bob Hercules and Rita Coburn Whack, who plan on attending. The inspiring documentary, played only at Sundance before the Fort Myers Film Festival, takes an intimate look at the celebrated authors early years from a tumultuous childhood riddled sexual abuse and racism, and her ascent to become one of the most celebrated and inspirational figures of our era with Diahann Carroll, Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton, Common, Jules Feiffer, Nikki Giovanni, Lou Gossett Jr., Guy B. Johnson, Quincy Jones, Robert Loomis, Dan Martin, Louise Meriwether, Valerie Simpson, John Singleton, Cicely Tyson, Oprah Winfrey featured. The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center will screen official programming April 7-10 and is located at 2301 First Street, Fort Myers, FL. For exact films and times see programming guide at www.fortmyersfilmfestival.com

LOCAL PROGRAMMING at the Alliance for the Arts Saturday, April 9, 2016: Enjoy local programming from some of the top filmmakers in town as Fort Myers Film Festival keeps it local. Enjoy screenings and panel discussions all day at the Alliance for the Arts at 10091 McGregor Boulevard, Fort Myers, FL. For exact films and times see programming guide at www.fortmyersfilmfestival.com

LOCAL PROGRAMMING at the Downtown Fort Myers Library Friday, April 8, 2016: Enjoy free outdoor screenings and panel discussions all day. The Downtown Fort Myers Library is located at 2450 First St, Fort Myers, FL. For exact films and times see programming guide at www.fortmyersfilmfestival.com

CHAMPAGNE & DESSERT AWARDS GALA DINNER April 10, 2016: Enjoy a climactic champagne and dessert awards gala dinner to be held 7 p.m. at the Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre at 1380 Colonial Blvd. Fort Myers, FL, Sunday, April 10, 2016, where the Fort Myers Film Festival will honor the winners to categories in the 6th annual Fort Myers Film Festival with hardware and a showing of one award winning film.

The Fort Myers Film Festival is an intelligent independent filmmaker's preferred event to create, unite and showcase the finest artistic cinematic works. The Fort Myers Film Festival is known for world-class swagger and support of local filmmakers. The event has featured hundreds of local filmmakers and is a must attend for cineasts who love independent film and film festivals. The Fort Myers Film Festival was awarded the prestigious 2015 Chrysalis Award for Cultural Achievement this year. Come and see why.

For a complete list of times and locations, maps and articles on featured movies, panels and parties head to www.fortmyersfilmfestival.com. For additional information go to www.sbdac.com, www.fortmyersfilmfestival.com join www.facebook.com/fortmyersfilmfestival and follow at www.twitter.com/fortmyersfilm for updates and events.

•What: Fort Myers Film Festival
•When: April 7-10, 2016
•Where: Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall, Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center, Broadway Palm Theatre, The Alliance for the Arts, Downtown Fort Myers Library, Heights Foundation and Regal Bell Tower 20 at Bell Tower Shops.
•Tickets: Admission is $10 per film or film block (some sessions involve multiple shorts shown one after the next). The closing-day awards ceremony is $25. Opening night admission is $19 for general admission and $99 for VIP.
•Info:fortmyersfilmfestival.com

The Fort Myers Film Festival supports Lee County Schools filmmakers, The Raddatz Foundation and Golisano's Children's Hospital. Sponsored by and partnered with Neuropsychiatric Research Center of Southwest Florida, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, and All Consuming Film L.L.C., Chicos, UNIT A, Florida Weekly, Garth Francis Photography, Bennett's Fresh Roast Coffee, Blu Sushi, News-Press, Twisted Vine Bistro, Firestone Bar and Grille,J. Bert Davis M.D., F.A.C.S, Facial Surgeon, La trattoria Cafe Napole, Mermaid Garden Cafe, Black Tie Tuxedos, Hampton Inn & Suites, Market Earth, Riverside Realty,Five Star Talent & Productions, Young Professionals Chamber of Comerce, Douglas E. Spiegel. P.A.,Leoma Lovegrove, Kearns Restaurants, Crave Culinaire by Brian Roland, Fox 4 Fort Myers and Imagen Newspapers.




Fort Myers Film Festival awarded prestigious 2015 Chrysalis Award for Cultural Achievement

The Fort Myers Film Festival was awarded the prestigious 2015 Chrysalis Award for Cultural Achievement by the Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau and the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce Inc. at their annual Celebration of Business & Tourism Awards Luncheon and Trade Show at the Harborside Event Center in downtown Fort Myers.

For the full story head to article by The News-Press and Florida Weekly or watch the video HERE.

The Fort Myers Film Festival is an intelligent independent filmmaker's preferred event to create, unite and showcase the finest artistic cinematic works. The Fort Myers Film Festival is known for world-class swagger and support of local filmmakers. The festival event offers 'the most vibrant intellectual and edgy crowd to grace Lee County in decades.' The event has featured hundreds of local filmmakers and is a must attend for cineasts who love indie film and film festivals living in Lee, Collier and Charlotte counties. That's right, Fort Myers has a film festival now, so come out for the excitement! For more information go to www.fortmyersfilmfestival. com or join www.facebook.com/ fortmyersfilmfestival for updates and events. TO GET VIP TICKETS for the whole season from opener to closer, to see everything head to http://fortmyersfilmfestival.ticketleap.com/


"We decided to try doing the show at the Davis center only the first Monday of every month this season, so that we can pay closer attention to the quality of content, of judges and musical performances," Eric Raddatz the festival director for the 5th year said. "Plus, as passionate as our attendees can be, we found that most came out about once a month or so anyway, so we intend on making every first Monday more special, more memorable and more exciting. We can really be proud that we have fresh independent films on tap all season long with the Fort Myers Film Festival and not old played films everyone can see on Netflix or pick up at WalMart. I'm fond of the fact that we have an artistically-minded community that gets that."

The reputation for edgy and fresh programming at the Fort Myers Film Festival has gotten the attention on a global level, with films coming in from nearly over twenty countries this past season. Last year's opening night film "Alive Inside," 2014 Sundance audience-award winning story about how music can significantly and most positively impact those suffering with dementia and Alzheimer's, is only now hitting the big theaters with a July 18, 2014 opening night national big city release. The film was attended by filmmaker Michael Rossato-Bennett and Dan Cohen, founder of Musicandmemory.org, both from the film. It received by standing ovation, warm commendation from the Fort Myers mayor Randy Henderson and attending community. The year before "When I Walk" had, like "Alive Inside," only played at one or two venues, including Sundance Film Festival, making the Fort Myers Film Festival heading the pack of festivals playing new and fresh films not in distribution. It too was later picked up for major distribution with subsequent stories in Time, New York Times, CNN and others picking up on the movie months after it played here in Southwest Florida.

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