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The films for the 2016 Fort Myers Film Festival to be held April 7-10 are as follows:

Thursday, April 7, 2016
Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall
7 p.m.
“Marcus Jansen—Examine & Report,” (58m, U S A) 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. Q&A with Marcus Jansen and John Scoular

Thursday, April 7, 2016
Heights Foundation
3 p.m. STUDENTS SCREENING
“Maya Angelou and Still I Rise”(125m, U S A) 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. Q&A with directors Bob Hercules and Rita Coburn Whack. * With special thanks to the SWFL Community Foundation
Race; Justice; Inspiration: Maya Angelou; African American, Women

Thursday, April 7, 2016
Quality of Life Center
6 p.m. COMMUNITY SCREENING
“Maya Angelou and Still I Rise”(125m, U S A) 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. Q&A with directors Bob Hercules and Rita Coburn Whack. * With special thanks to the SWFL Community Foundation.
Race; Justice; Inspiration: Maya Angelou; African American, Women

Thursday, April 7, 2016
Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center
10 a.m.
Time Simply Passes (54m, ) Time Simply Passes is a film about James Joseph Richardson, an orange picker in Florida who was wrongfully convicted of murdering his seven children in 1967 in Lee County. He spent 21 years in prison, until he was released in 1989 when the conviction was overturned due to miraculous circumstances. For a moment, he became a National celebrity and the face of the Innocence Movement. For the past 25 years, he's been struggling to survive, living off donations from friends while attempting to receive compensation from the State. This is a film about race, about Florida, about the evolution of small-town justice, about forgotten historical moments, about systemic corruption at all levels of government, and a philosophical evaluation of the concept of restorative compensatory justice. Q&A with Ty Flowers.
dir. by Ty Flowers
Strictly Local: Justice; Race; Black; Lee County

11 a.m.
PANEL TO FOLLOW WITH JOURNALISTS, PROGRAMMING DIRECTOR, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, FILMMAKERS IN TOWN

12 p.m.
Coastal Dune Lakes: Jewels of Florida’s Emerald Coast (56m, U S A) The coastal dune lakes of northwest Florida are home to many diverse species—some of them endangered such as the loggerhead sea turtle, the snowy plover, and the Choctawhatchee beach mouse. These lakes also offer locals and visitors a peaceful haven, which has led to an increase in human activity resulting in both positive and negative effects. Journey with filmmaker Elam Stoltzfus to see what makes these lakes unique and how they are being protected. The film explores what local organizations are doing to ensure that future generations can enjoy Florida’s natural beauty and endangered wildlife.
dir. by Elam Stoltzfus
Documentaries: Florida water; Climate; Wildlife protection

1 p.m.
She Started It (90m, USA) She Started It is a documentary that provides a rare look in the lives of five ambitious women entrepreneurs (Thuy, Brienne, Sheena, Stacey & Agathe) who will stop at nothing to pursue their dreams.
dir. by Nora Poggi
Documentaries: Women, Business: Entrepreneurialism

2:30 p.m.
SHORTS BLOCK #1
“Voice of the Valley” (12m, U S A) Born with TAR syndrome, a rare genetic disorder, Colby VanVoorhis uses his voice to fit in and indulge his love for sports.
dir. by Kenny MacBain
Shorts: TAR syndrome; Inspiration

El Primer Dia (20m, U S A) On his first day out of prison, a troubled man tries to re-establish his relationship with his five year old daughter.
dir. by Rita Pereyra
Shorts: Christian, Hispanic, Latino, Women, Student Film, Children, Mature/Adult, Black, Senior, Youth

Two left feet (6m, Italy) In a neighborhood of Rome, Mirko is playing soccer with his friends. He meets Luana, sitting nearby. The two twelve years olds hit it off but an awful surprise leaves Mirko breathless. Luana instead smiles happily for the first time in her life.
dir. by Claudia Mignosi
Shorts: Disability, Children, Youth, Comedy

Von Strantz “1793” (5m, U S A) Practical effects create this unique music video about a marionette's journey to the city. The video was filmed in layers with a projection of the lead singers face cast onto a mask and puppet.
sub. by Joe Leavell
Short Shorts: Animation, Film Noir, Drama, Romance, Horror, Thriller, Fantasy, Music, Adventure

Wild Vision (9m, U S A) Although Carl Heilman II has been photographing the beauty of the Adirondacks for 40 years, there's something that keeps him coming back for more.
dir. by Daniel McCullum
Documentaries: Photography; Natural beauty

The Blue Room (5m, U S A) A short film about a young woman having a phone conversation with her mother.
dir. by Mathilde Suissa
Shorts: Women, Student Film

3:30 p.m.
SHORTS BLOCK #2
The Break Up (3m, U S A) A boy and his imaginary friend decide it's time to part ways.
dir. by Desta Reff
Short Shorts: Children; Imagination

Touch (6m, U S A) A curious photographer lives through her camera and views the world through her lens. However by doing so she may be losing touch with humanity.
dir. by Harper Rogers
Shorts: Children; Mystery; Adventure

Travel Companions (3m, U S A) Oursie the bear and Ampersand the snail go on a journey to reunite Ampersand with her family. Along the way they must brave the elements, and discover that it's who you're with that makes your travels worthwhile.
sub. by Alex Anderson-Kenney
Short Shorts: Children; Animation; Family

Golden Shot (9m, Turkey) Imagine the sun, by looking at a light bulb.
dir. by Gokalp Gonen
Shorts: Animation, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Action, Mystery, Adventure

A Drag Queen For Kids (14m, U S A) A show that's complicated for everyone except the kids.
dir. by Byron Karabatsos
Documentaries: LGBTQ; Children

Friday, April 8, 2016
Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center
10 a.m.
Echo Lake (86m, U S A) A minimalist drama about Will, a 30-year old, struggling with adulthood. When his estranged father dies, Will inherits the family cabin in the Sierras and with it a new perspective on his family, childhood and his habit of sabotaging relationships. Echo Lake is a story about the things we inherit, whether we want to or not.
dir. by Jody McVeigh-Schultz
Full Length Features: Comedy, Drama

11:30 a.m.
SHORTS BLOCK #3
Abel (4m, Sweden) When family opinions conflict with individual desires. Short film based on a true story.
dir. by Yana Martsynkevych
Short Shorts: Women, Youth, Drama

Frog (17m, U S A) After school, Danny, an innocent 11-year-old, retreats to his refuge - the frog pond. After catching a frog, he steps outside of his comfort zone and ventures further upstream. It is here, in dark woods, that he comes face to face with the neighborhood bullies. They proceed to teach him a cruel lesson on the penalties of trespassing and kill his frog. Frog is a story of innocence, cruelty, and triumph that focuses on Danny's quest to seek justice
dir. by Tyler Wallach
Shorts: Drama; Action; Adventure; Youth

Sweet Life (4m, United Kingdom) Inspired by one of his favourite old Italian movies, Norman plucks up the courage to speak to the girl of his dreams.
dir. by Gabriel Amaral
Shorts: Family; Comedy; Romance

Blue Streets (10m, U S A) Blue Streets is a short documentary focused on post-Katrina street musicians struggling to keep the “traditions of New Orleans alive.” Set against the backdrop of the French Quarter to the 9th Ward, people from diverse backgrounds share the struggles and hopes of being a successful musician on Bourbon Street.
sub. by Vincent Jaramillo
Documentaries: Hispanic, Student Film: Music; New Orleans; Street performers

DIAGNOSTIC (8m, France) Dr. Semyc is a specialist of a widespread disease for which there is no cure to date. Announce the diagnosis is a difficult exercise, however, that mastery to perfection.
dir. by Fabrice BRACQ
Shorts: Family; Comedy

12:30 p.m.
Dirty Beautiful (95m, U S A) A lonely artist brings a young, drifter woman back to his tiny apartment to live with him. Between his obsessive tendencies and her non-stop drinking, something strange happens. They start to care for each other.
dir. by Tim Bartell
Full Length Features Comedy, Drama, Romance

2:30 p.m.
SHORTS BLOCK #4
The Tutor (15m, U S A) A woman who lost her fiancé in a car accident struggles in her college courses. She is given a chance to keep her scholarship if she tutors a dyslexic student.
dir. by Grant Johnson
Shorts: Drama; Disability

Finless (8m, U S A) Skimboarding has been around since the 1960’s. The sport is growing drastically and developing intricacy that has yet to be highly recognized.
dir. by Gabriel Souza
Student: Mature/Adult; Youth: Skimboarding: Water sports

Nap (16m, U S A) Nap is a shy teenager put in an awkward position as his friends pressure him to leave the funeral of his grandfather and he's too scared to ask his parents for permission.
dir. by Christopher Alvarez
Short: Student Film; Youth

5:30 p.m.
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.
Documentary, Amazon, Healing, Shaman

7:45 p.m.
Flow (3m, Florida, U S A) The northernmost headwaters of the Everglades can travel a distance of over 350 miles before reaching the Florida Bay. Filmed with just a GoPro, FLow showcases this water cycle and the ecosystems it feeds. The viewer is immersed in the river basins of Central Florida leading to Lake Okeechobee, flown through slough valleys and mangroves of the Everglades, and swim in a spectacle of color and life beneath the waters of the Florida Keys.
dir. by Sonny DePasquale
Short Shorts: Everglades; Water; Florida; Adventure

“Maya Angelou and Still I Rise”(125m, U S A) 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. Q&A with directors Bob Hercules and Rita Coburn Whack.
Race; Justice; Inspiration: Maya Angelou; African American, Women

10: p.m.
SHORTS BLCOK # 5
(ADULT THEMES)
Nocturne Boy (24m, U S A) A narcoleptic teacher's life and career fall apart after a student uploads a video of her that goes viral.
Shorts: African American, Women, Student Film, Children, Black

Stray (25m, U S A) Boy meets girl. Boy is homeless. Girl doesn't know that yet.
dir. by Brynn Sankey
Student: Drama

Insane. Invisible. In Danger. (10m, U S A) Behind the walls of Florida's mental hospitals, patients and staff are left vulnerable to violence, even death. *Some footage may be considered distrubing.
dir. by John Pendygraft
Documentary: Disability; Mental Hospitals; Florida

Friday, April 8, 2016
Alliance for the Arts
10 a.m.
Lessons from Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood (53m, U S A) Powerful content — organized in a musical way — illustrates how Rogers communicated important psychological concepts through playful, heart-centered songs.
Documentary: Fred Rogers

11 a.m.
PAPA (90m, U S A) For more than 30 years, portly old men with beards descend into Key West, Florida to compete in the Ernest 'Papa' Hemingway Look-alike Contest.
dir. by Shane Eason
Documentaries: Key West; Florida; Ernest Hemingway; Look-alike

12:30 p.m.
Buried Above Ground (77m, U S A) An inspirational journey with three people trying to recover from the negative symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) – Luis, an Iraq War veteran, along with his service dog Tuesday; Erundina, a survivor of child abuse and domestic violence; and Ashley, an evacuee from Hurricane Katrina. BURIED ABOVE GROUND explores its subjects' lives over six years, gaining access to their home life, therapy sessions, and communities as they try to unburden themselves from the crippling lock of their past traumas. The personal battles fought by Luis, Ashley and Erundina illuminate a global health condition affecting 450 million people worldwide that is misunderstood, underreported and often left untreated.
dir. by Ben Selkow
Documentaries: PTSD; Disability; Mature/Adult

SHORTS BLOCK # 11
2 p.m.
An Exercise in Style (14m, U S A) A guy goes for a girl and gets thwarted by her boyfriend, shot in five different film styles.
dir. by Anthony Arnone
Student: Film Styles

Remember When (22m, U S A) A short film dealing with a heart-breaking dilemma faced by an Alzheimer’s caregiver.
dir. by Swati Srivastava
Shorts: Disability, Women, Senior, Drama

Twin Falls (13m, U S A) A young boy goes on an adventure into the woods to escape the pressures of growing up--blurring the line between his fantasy and his reality.
dir. by Nathan Hippenmeyer
Shorts: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

SHORTS BLOCK #12
3 p.m.
Helio (20m, U S A) A sci-fi noir set in a dystopian underground city on the eve of a revolution.
dir. by Teddy Cecil
Shorts: Film Noir, Thriller, Science Fiction, Action

Two Kinds of People (4m, U S A) There are two kinds of people, those that read the logline and those that don't. A love story.
sub. by Quincy Perkins
Short Shorts: Comedy; Romance

The Tugboat Captain’s Ball (13m, U S A) Courage comes in all sizes: A lonely, enigmatic young woman persistently flirts with the most handsome man at the Ball.
dir. by Rick A Moore
Shorts: Comedy, Drama, Romance

Val-en-tina (10m, U S A) When a high profile politician makes a controversial speech on immigration reform, he soon finds himself in hot water with his Mexican-American mistress and awakens a dark entity that, until now, has walked undisturbed alongside her.
dir. by Araeia Robinson
Shorts: Hispanic, Latino, Women, Mature/Adult

Autumn Leaves (4m, Iran) Autumn Leaves” is about little girl who is going to school and something happen.
dir. by Saman Hosseinpuor
Short Shorts: Student Film, Children, Youth

SHORTS BLOCK #11
4 p.m.
Artspeak (16m, Italy, U S A) The use of 'Artspeak', the often incomprehensible language used by many curators, writers, critics, and other art insiders, has alienated a great swath of the art-viewing public. The film follows New York artist Bill Claps discovering everyday people's thoughts and feelings about contemporary art as he develops a video installation and a series of artworks that comment on the phenomena of Artspeak. The film follows Claps at work in his studio, in the streets, galleries and art fairs of New York, and through several countries in Europe.
dir. by Bill Claps
Shorts: Arts; Biography; Bill Claps; Art Fairs

The Poem of a Memory (5m, U S A) A despairing and heartsick woman faces reality after losing the most important thing in her life.
dir. by Cristhian Andrews
Short Shorts: Drama

In Progress (10m, U S A) In Progress is a short film about 3 strangers who come together to rob a bank, hoping to mend their broken lives.
dir. by Eric Rippetoe
Shorts: Crime; Action; Mature

Lost in Manboo (9m, Japan) A four-square-metre box with a screen and computer. This is what Japanese cyber-cafes offer, around the clock. Most customers just spend an hour or two here. But there are thousands who spend their lives in them. The Manboo in Tokyo has its own permanent residents: Masata and Hitomi. It is a home for them, even though they sleep on the floor.
dir. by Jérôme Plan
Documentaries: Japan; Housing; Population;

1-0 (1m, Iran) The Barber started cutting the boys hair while watching a Football game on TV.
dir. by Saman Hosseinpuor
Short Shorts: Family, Comedy, Drama, Sport

Friday, April 8, 2016
Downtown Library Screening
6 p.m.
Llama Nation: The Documentary (87m, U S A) Two 16 year old girls compete to be the national champion of llama showing. The only thing that stands in their way of the title is each other.
dir. by Tanner Shinnick
Full Length Features: Documentary, Comedy, Adventure

Saturday, April 9, 2016
Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center
10 a.m.
The Rainbow Kid (91m, Canada) Eugene, a teenager with Down syndrome, embarks on a life-changing adventure to find the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.
dir. by Kire Paputts
Full Length Features: Disability, Down syndrome

11:45 a.m.
Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things (78m, U S A) How might your life be better with less? 'Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things,' a feature-length documentary from the popular simple-living duo The Minimalists, examines the many flavors of minimalism by taking the audience inside the lives of minimalists from various walks of life.
dir. by Matt D’Avella
Documentaries: Minimalism; Simple-Living

1:15 p.m.
Mahjong and the West (95m, U S A)
dir. by Joseph Muszynski
Full Length Features: When a young woman returns to Wyoming to bury her mother, she reunites with her childhood friend, a hard-living rodeo princess, who forces her to confront a shared trauma from their past.
dir. by Joseph Muszynski
Drama: Western; Asian; Women;

3 p.m.
SHORTS BLOCK #6
Proud to Serve (8m, U S A) A look into the world of law enforcement and an officer's heart and dedication.
dir. by Kaitlyn Traurig
Student: Police; Community; Lee County

The Advocate (12m, U S A) An educated man gives up everything to live on the streets and serve the homeless community in Indianapolis.
dir. by Sean Taylor
Documentary: Inspiration; Homeless support

Fish (4m, Iran) An old couple are living in an apartment, the man is sleeping and the woman is doing housework. The lady wants to change the fish tank’s water but it slips out of her hand and falls on the ground. They've ran out of water and there’s no water for the fish. But with the help of the man they find water for it.
dir. by Saman Hosseinpuor
Short Shorts: Family, Comedy Drama

3:30
PANEL AND DISCUSSION with PROGRAMMING DIRECTOR

4 p.m.
SHORTS BLOCK #7
1 mes y 2 días (5m, Argentina) I felt in love again. I dive into those feelings. I capture moments of my daily life for 1 month and 2 days.
Shorts: LGBTQ, Developing Nations, Women

Voicing the Game (14m, U S A) Voicing the game reveals the people who are always heard but never seen.
dir. by Clinton Butler
Shorts: Gaming; Gamers

Year for Silk (7m, U S A) A married man remembers his mistress on the 12th anniversary of her death.
dir. by James Sharpe
Shorts: Student Film

LUCKY (11m, Germany) 'Lucky ' is looking for happiness. This animated short is questioning our search as well as its aim: What does luck mean for the individual? Is failure the only possibility?
dir. by Kirsten Carina Geisser, Ines Christine Geisser
Shorts: Women; Student film; Animated

5 p.m.
How to Let Go of the World and Love All The Things Climate Can’t Change, (128m, USA) 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?
Documentary: Climate; Global change; Inspiration

7:15
SHORTS BLOCK # 8 (LOCAL) Old anxieties surface on New Year's Eve.
Resolution (6m, U S A)
dir. by TL Westgate
Strictly Local: Dating; Mature

AGAIN (21m, U S A) A twenty-something busboy finds a peculiar business card for AGAIN, a company that specializes in a patented procedure called “Simulated Time-Placement.”
dir. by Mitch Glass
Shorts: Time placement

Sh-h-h (6m, U S A) Brenda and Tom quarrel until a home invasion brings them together with just one word.
dir. by Elizabeth Billings
Strictly Local: Mature; Adult

Seven Ten Split (20m, U S A) Two college grads, one teen, and a lonely woman look for connections in a small town bowling alley.
dir. by Jordan Axelrod
Shorts: Relationship; Dating; Youth

Tucker (4m, U S A) A good pet has trouble behaving himself.
dir. by Josh Evangelista
Strictly Local: Student Film, Mature/Adult

RING (17m, U S A) This film is about 'ENVY' , one of the seven deadly sins and our third of the series. It follows 'The Knife' (LUST) and 'Miss Conception' (GREED). The story centers around a family heirloom engagement ring that is passed down through the generations and the envious relation between two sisters. The drama unfolds when the younger sister Lily ,upon her engagement, inherits the family heirloom ring that older sister Darcy believed would be hers one day.
dir. by KAREN WHITAKER
Shorts: Strictly local; Mature

8:30 p.m.
Norma Miller Unplugged (60 m, U S A) 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.
Comedy: Adult; Mature

9:30 p.m.
SHORTS BLOCK #9
DAD IN MUM (6m, France) The middle of the night. Moans are heard behind the parents' door. Two young sisters are asking questions...
dir. by Fabrice BRACQ
Shorts: Youth

Epilogue of a night of romance (7m, France) In the eighteenth century, just before a duel, Edmond is distracted by the memory of his night with a Marchioness. Truly libertine, he does not understand why the Marquess demands redress. Even if his valet tries to explain to him why.
dir. by Hugo Bréant
Shorts: Comedy, Drama, Romance, History

Wasted Beauty (15m, U S A) A BEAUTIFUL YOUNG GIRL HAS LOST EVERYTHING AND SHE HAS NOTHING EXCEPT A DREAM. THROUGH HER EYES WE SEE JUST HOW DANGEROUS A DAY OF DREAMING ON THE STREET OF HOLLYWOOD CAN BE. SHE IS WASTED BEAUTY.
dir. by Martin Paves
Shorts: Disability; Women

The Goodbye (17m, U S A) A screenwriter struggling to complete a ninja script must confront the death of the love of his life in order to move on with his own.
dir. by Mike P. Nelson
Shorts: Imaginative; Writers: Romantic

Duel (2m, U S A) Two sides opposed! Who will prevail?
dir. by Andrew Baird
Short Shorts: Children; Youth

One Traveler Too Many (7m, U S A) When one too many leads to a night not soon forgotten.
dir. by Seth F Johnson
Shorts: LGBTQ; Student FIlm

10:30 p.m.
Desire in New York (65m, U S A) When Karen's strong personality collides with her sexual addiction, she has to take a closer look at her relationship with her estranged son.
dir. by Ed Ziari
Full Length Features: Adult; Mature; Sex; Relationships

11:30
SHORTS BLOCK #10
Affections (18m, USA) Writer/director/star Bridey Elliott is a triple threat in this intentionally cringe-worthy comedy about a lonely and desperate young woman adrift in the City of Angels.
Relationships: Sex; Mature

Tadareru/Becomes Sore (17m, Japan) Kazuya and Miyuki Matsuhashi's May-December marriage has lost its spark. It's already been four days since Miyuki's younger sister, Chiharu, showed up on their doorstep. Living each day in frustration, Miyuki can't bear Chiharu's reckless abandon, nor her husband's favourable treatment of Chiharu any longer. One day on her way home, Miyuki spots Kazuya and Chiharu holding hands, and her suspicion grows...
dir. by Keishi Suenaga
Shorts: Mature: Relationships

You Are The Canvas (OFFF Quebec 2015 Main Titles) (9m, Belgium) You Are The Canvas, created for the OFFF festival (The leading international festival of digital culture), takes a stand against the present by depicting our social behaviors through iconic « tableaux » diving the viewer into an introspective and sarcastic adventure.
dir. by Jean-Paul Frenay
Shorts: Mature; Futuristic; Adult

Regal Cinemas Bell Tower 20
13499 Bell Tower Drive, Bell Tower Shops, Ft Myers, FL 33907
www.fortmyersfilmfestival.com

5 p.m.
Suited (77m, U S A) Suite 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.
dir. by Jason Benjamin
Documentary: LGBTQ; Relationships

6:30 p.m.
“Maya Angelou and Still I Rise”
(125m, U S A) 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. Q&A with directors Bob Hercules and Rita Coburn Whack.
dir. by Bob Hercules and Rita Coburn Whack
Race; Justice; Inspiration: Maya Angelou; African American, Women

8:45 p.m.
Embrace of the Serpent (125m, U S A) 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.
dir. by Ciro Guerra
Documentary, Amazon, Healing, Shaman

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Regal Cinemas Bell Tower 20
13499 Bell Tower Drive, Bell Tower Shops, Ft Myers, FL 33907
www.fortmyersfilmfestival.com

10 a.m.
Suited (77m, U S A) 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. Produced by Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner.
dir. by Jason Benjamin
Documentary: LGBTQ; Relationship

11:30 a.m.
How to Let Go of the World and Love All The Things Climate Can’t Change, (128m, USA) 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?
dir. by Josh Fox
Documentary: Climate; Global change; Inspiration

1:45 p.m.
Embrace of the Serpent (125m, U S A) 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.
dir. by Ciro Guerra
Documentary, Amazon, Healing, Shaman


Broadway Palm Theater
7 p.m.
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.

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, 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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