Bahamas International Film Festival

December 9-12, 2004

  Films shown at the Inaugural Bahamas International Film Festival
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Bahamas Film Festival - Films


20 FINGERS (20 Angosht) by Mania Akbar, Iran
A film in several episodes exploring the issues of men and women within the
confines of tradition and family in Iran.
Preceded by MEAT
Sunday, December 12 / 4.45pm / JFK Galleria 6傍heater C 



AFTER THE APOCALYPSE by Yasuaki Nakajima, USA
A futuristic drama about five survivors trying to make sense of a New World after a
devastating urban catastrophe challenges their basic human needs.
Actor Jacqueline Bowman to attend
Friday, December 10 / 9.15pm / JFK Galleria 6傍heater A



THE AGRONOMIST by Jonathan Demme, USA
An important film by Academy Award-winning director Jonathan Demme,
profiling Haitian radio journalist and human rights activist, Jean Dominique.
Sunday, December 12 / 1.30pm / JFK Galleria 6傍heater B



AMAL by Richie Mehta
Amal, a simple humble man, is content with the small but vital role he plays
serving his customers in his modest autorickshaw... 
Preceded by WHERE I'M FROM
Sunday, December 12 / 1.00pm / JFK Galleria 6傍heater A



BATTLE BEYOND THE STARS by Jimmy  T. Murakami, USA
In yet another film patterned on _The Seven Samurai_, a band of diverse heroes
in outer space are assembled to defend a planet of peaceful colonists...
Friday, December 10 / 8.15pm / Atlantis Royal Deck


THE BLUE BUTTERFLY by L饌 Pool, Canada
Based on a true story, the film tells the story of a terminally ill 10-year-old boy
whose dream is to catch the most beautiful butterfly on earth,...
Sunday, December 12 / 10.00am / Atlantis Theatre


THE BREAKUP ARTIST by Vincent Rubino, USA
After years of experience in short-term romance, Jim Verdi (Joseph Lyle Taylor)  has developed
elaborate techniques for saying goodbye. This romantic comedy that takes a rare look at romance and relationships...
Preceded by PILLOW GIRL 
*Director Vincent Rubino to attend
Saturday, December 11 / 9.15pm / Atlantis Theatre



BROTHER TO BROTHER by Rodney Evans, USA
Using the powerful legacy of the Harlem Renaissance as its inspiration, BROTHER TO BROTHER
is a stirring and captivating contemporary tale about a young, gay Black artist struggling...
Preceded by MY PURPLE FUR COAT
*Anthony Mackie to attend
Sunday, December 12 / 11.00am / JFK Galleria 6傍heater C


BURIED by Tim Bullock
Two men try to bury a body. Sometimes getting rid of a body can be a real pain in the arse.
Followed by ELEPHANT SHOES

CAMPFIRE (Medurat Hashevet) by Joseph Cedar, ISRAEL
An original perspective on settlement culture, CAMPFIRE explores the pragmatic and the personal motivations at the heart of the political movement in Israel.
Preceded by Stealing Innocence -Friday, December 10/2.30pm/JFK Galleria 6 Theater C



THE CAPE OF GOOD HOPE by  Mark Bamford , Suzanne Kay, South Africa/USA
An ensemble piece that centers on three women and the men in their lives,
all of whose paths converge at the Good Hope animal shelter. 
*Director Mark Bamford to attend.
Saturday, December 11 / 1.30pm / JFK Galleria 6傍heater B



CHATTEL HOUSE by Gladstone Yeargood, Barbados
The film uses Caribbean vernacular architecture, to chronicle development and change in Barbadian
cultural history in which Barbadians tell their own story using their voices and visions.
Preceded by JONATHAN GREEN AT WORK
*Director Gladstone Yearwood to attend 
Saturday, December 11 / 1.15pm / JFK Galleria 6 Theater A



CLICK THREE TIMES by Victoria Rose Simpson
Isabel Sanford starts in this magical tale of a mentally challenged young woman who escapes
her parents' incessant arguing by retreating to the garage where she draws rainbows...  
Followed by PULSE: A STOMP ODYSSEY
Sunday, December 12 / 12.30pm / Atlantis Theatre


COCOMON AND THE FRUITYTOONS by Delano A. Johnson, Bahamas/USA
The first Bahamian animated cartoon, COCOMON AND THE FRUITYTOONS is the story
of a musical singing group starring Cocomon the Bahamian Coconut and six fruit characters... 
Preceded by FLY AWAY, Followed by LOLITA
Friday, December 10 / 10.00am / Atlantis Theatre

 

THE CORPORATION by Mark Achbar, Canada
Taking recent corporate accounting scandals as a point of departure, the filmmakers trace the origins of the corporation as a publicly regulated institution to its present-day social predominance, dwarfing and influencing governments worldwide. Along the way, corporations' ideals and benefits are weighed side-by-side with their abuses and harms by speakers ranging from CEO's and marketing professionals to economists, activists, and social critics.
Saturday, December 11 / 10.00am / JFK Galleria 6傍heater A
                                               



CRAZY MAMA by Jonathan Demme, USA
Jonathan Demme directs this joyous, unrelentlessly kitchy celebration of 1950's America:
opportunity, rock'n'roll, and the road. He follows three generations of women and the men they pick up...
Sunday, December 12 / 9.30pm / JFK Galleria 6-Theatre A


CUBA LIBRE by Juan Gerard, Cuba
A coming of age love story set in the small town of Holguin, Cuba in 1958,
with the Castro Revolution as backdrop.  Shot in the Dominican Republic with talent from Cuba, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Miami.  
Preceded by LIONS ARE GREEN
-Saturday, December 11/3.30pm/JFK Galleria 6 Theater A


DEAD CANARIES by Robert Santoll, USA
A small-time mobster enters the witness protection program and is quickly in danger of being assassinated when he realizes that several others in the program have already been killed.  One man attempts to uncover the mob and government conspiracy behind it all.
-Friday, December 10/5.15pm/JFK Galleria 6 Theater C
                                               



DOG GONE LOVE by Rob Lundsgaard, USA
A romantic comedy about a man, a woman, and their dogs. Steven Merritt, a research
obsessed writer is mistaken for being gay by Rebecca, a young veterinarian assistant...
Preceded by TEF 
*Director Rob Lundsgaard to attend.  
Friday, December 10/3.00pm/ Atlantis Theatre
                                       


DOMESTIC by Charles W.V.Kemp III, BAHAMAS
A group of friends get together every Friday to have lunch, however this Friday one of the guys sees his boy girlfriends going into a store with another man.  He rushes to tell his friends what he saw. But what he actually saw was nothing more than a girl planning a surprise party for her boy friend. The boy friend accepted what his friends said as truth by acting out his anger and shooting the girl at his surprise party. 
Followed by SHE HATE ME Saturday, December 11/6.00pm/Atlantis Theatre

DORIAN BLUES by  Tennyson Bardwell, USA
A funny, quirky comedy that adds freshness to a coming of age story. Angst is the main course for Dorian, a cute, somewhat awkward teenager going through his senior year of high school hell, while beginning to explore his sexuality. Preceded by Getting In  *Director Tennyson Bradwell to attend
 -Friday, December 10 / 6.45pm/ JFK Galleria 6傍heater A



EAT RICEby Angela How
In this tale about a Chinese immigrant family, the distinct worlds of men and women are exposed
and examined through subtle comparisons...
Followed by THE STORY OF THE WEEPING CAMEL


ELEPHANT PALM TREE
Director/ Screenwriter: Kara Miller
One day, Martha, a menopausal Miss Bahamas has a dream where she and her estranged husband, Hubert, are sitting like royalty under a palm tree. They are sitting under this palm tree with locals fanning them, when all of a sudden, a great big elephant just walks right up to them and plops on their heads. When Martha wakes up from this dream she decides something has to change. Unbeknownst to her husband, she decides to give him one last chance: either she stays, and he makes her happy, or she gets a divorce, a plane to The Bahamas and half of his sizable fortune Followed by Love Me If You Dare"


ELEPHANT SHOES by Christos Sourligas, CANADA
An exploration of the intimacy and vitality of a twelve hour relationship between a man and a woman whose chance encounter on a street in Montreal becomes the catalyst for an intensely personal adventure of passion, synchronicities, and fears.
Preceded by Buried   -Friday, December 10/12.30pm/Atlantis Theatre



FETCH
Director/ Screenwriter: David May
Father, son, and family dog go out for a day of ice fishing; the goal MALE BONDING. The day is cut short, however, when the ice proves too thick to get through. Consequently, the father and son find themselves in a struggle to break through the ice lake, and break the ice of their relationship. Finally with the help of the family dog, the ice is broken but at what cost? This explosive comedy makes your average 澱ad day" look like a blessing. Fetch the ultimate ice breaker.
Followed by 典ibet: The Cry of The Snow Lion"

FLY AWAY by Danny L. Oakley, John M. Cernak
A little wooden plane, despite the price it must pay, does the impossible and joins
a world it could only dream of.
Followed by COCOMON and LOLITA


THE FRIENDSHIP VILLAGE by Michelle Mason, USA/Vietnam
The Friendship Village' is an inspiring film about transcending the scars of war.  Michelle Mason's award-winning documentary tells the moving story of American veteran George Mizo, who returned to Vietnam to create a village to treat children with Agent Orange-related deformities.
Preceded by Palomos *Director Michelle Mason to attend
Screening: Sunday, December 12/6.30pm/JFK Galleria 6 Theater A


THE FUTURE OF FOOD by Deborah Koons, USA
An in-depth investigation into the disturbing truth behind the unlabeled, patented, genetically engineered foods that have quietly filled grocery store shelves for the past decade. The film reveals a revolution going on in the farm fields and on the dinner tables of America, a revolution that is transforming the very nature of the food we eat.
*Director Deborah Koons to attend  -Friday, December 10/2.00pm/ JFK Galleria 6 Theater A
                                          



GETTING INby Ian Poitier, Brian Cooper
Everybody wants the best for their child. But just how far do they
go to get it? Sigmund's parents adore him. God knows they had...
Followed by DORIAN BLUES


THE GOSPEL OF THE CREOLE PIG>by Michelange Quay
I am the Cr駮le Pig
I am that I am
I am the hog of your ancestors
Followed by SEOUL TRAIN


GREEN BUTCHERS by Anders Thomas Jensen, Denmark
Fed up with working for the local butcher, Svend and Bjarne decide to start their own butcher shop. After dismal beginnings, an unfortunate accident happens which coincides with a large order of meat. One hasty decision leads to another and soon the business thrives. 
*Actor Mads Mikkelsen to attend  -Friday, December 10/9.00pm/Atlantis Theatre  
                     



HATLEY HIGH by Phil Price, Canada
Tommy Linklater is an eighteen-year old magician. The magic he performs is often minor -
re-directing croquet balls, making cards appear in closed purses - it is always genuine...
Saturday, December 11 / 4.00pm / JFK Galleria 6 Theater B



HEAD IN THE CLOUDS by John Duigan, Canada, United Kingdom
A sweeping romantic drama set in 1930's England, Paris, and Spain. Gilda Bess shares
her Paris apartment with an Irish schoolteacher, Guy Malyon, and Mia, a refugee from Spain...
*Director John Duigan and Producers Andre Rouleau, Maxime Remillard to attend
Sunday, December 12 / 7.00pm / Atlantis Theatre


JONATHAN GREEN AT WORK
Director/ Producer: Charles Allan Smith
Jonathan Green at Work is remarkable documentary film of a day in the life
and work of the celebrated and charismatic American painter, Jonathan Green...
 Followed by CHATTEL HOUSE


KAMCHATKA by Marcelo Pinyero, ARGENTINA, SPAIN
In 1976, a coup d'騁at installed a military regime in Argentina that lasted until 1983.
Kamchatka, offers a new perspective from which to view the effects of this political crisis: through the eyes of a ten-year-old.
-Saturday, December 11/10.30am/JFK Galleria 6 Theater B



THE KIDNAPPING OF INGRID BETNACOURT by Victoria Bruce, USA/Colombia
The true story of a Colombian presidential candidate held hostage by leftist guerrillas, and her family's desperate quest to free her and keep her campaign alive. 
-Friday, December 10/10.00am/JFK Galleria 6 Theater C


LIONS ARE GREENby David Bond
Rick, a seven-year-old boy, discovers that he is colour blind at school
when he accidentally paints a lion bright green, rather than yellow...
Followed by CUBA LIBRE

THE LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS by Roger Corman, USA
Seymour is a young man who works in a flower store. He manages to create a carnivorous plant that feeds on human flesh. Nobody knows about it, so Seymour and the plant become good "friends". The plant needs food to grow up, so it convinces him to start killing people. A very young Jack Nicholson also appears in a small role.
Saturday, December 11 / 8.45pm / Atlantis Royal Deck


LIVING 禅IL THE END by Amanda Goodwin, USA
Told by a psychic of his imminent death on his next birthday, Jack lives
out the year as a hopeless agoraphobic, until he meets a young woman...
Preceded by TACKLE BOX 
*Director Amanda Goodwin to attend
Saturday, December 11 / 4.30pm / JFK Galleria 6傍heater C
Sunday, December 12 / 3.45pm / JFK Galleria 6 Theater A



LOLITA: SLAVE TO ENTERTAINMENT by Timothy Gorski, USA
This provocative and revealing grass-roots documentary uniquely addresses man's relationship
with wildlife.  Filled with rare footage and painful sound bites, the film is the tragic life story...
Preceded by FLY AWAY and COCOMON
*Director Tim Gorski to attend
Friday, December 10 / 10.00am / Atlantis Theatre


LOVE ME IF YOU DARE (Jeux d'enfants) by Yann Samuell, France
As adults, best friends Julien and Sophie continue the odd game they started
as children -- a fearless competition to outdo one another with daring and outrageous stunts...
Preceded by ELEPHANT PALM TREE
Sunday, December 12 / 4.15pm / JFK Galleria 6 Theater B                                               



MARY POPPINS by Robert Stevenson, USA
Two banker's children lose their nanny due to her frustration with them. A change in the wind blows in an assertive nanny who matches the qualifications of the children and not the father. As she helps them magically explore the world around them the father grows increasingly disapproving of her methods, and must eventually deal with his own distance from his children.
Saturday, December 11 / 6.00pm / Atlantis Royal Deck


MEAT
by Slava Ross
The action takes place in the period right after the World War II.
A lonely mother is trying to raise her little son. But love is too much of a luxury for her... 
Followed by 20 FINGERS


MEAN CREEK by  Jacob Aaron Estes, USA
When shy Sam confesses to his protective older brother Rocky that he is getting pummeled daily by the towering school bully George, they plan the perfect payback. After having second thoughts, Sam wants to call the whole thing off, but the plot is already in motion and spinning tragically out of control.  *Director Jacob Aaron Estes to attend
-Friday, December 10/10.30am/JFK Galleria 6傍heater A
                                                  

- Sunday, December 12/3.00pm/Atlantis Theatre


MONDOVINO by Jonathan Nossiter, USA
A film set in Bordeaux and the Napa Valley about winemaking and the business of wine, exploring the 溺cDonalds-ization" of the industry. 
-Saturday, December 11/6.15pm/JFK Galleria 6 Theater A


MY PURPLE FUR COAT by Kathryn Ann Busby
Eleven-year-old Elizabeth Bartlett greets every day with a different outfit
and a master plan to get past the discerning eye of her mother....
Followed by BROTHER TO BROTHER


NEWS FOR THE CHURCH
Director: Andrew McCarthy, Producer: John Scaccia
Set in a small Irish village, in the middle of the last century, News For The Church, based on renowned Irish writer Frank O'Connor's short story, follows the lives of two young people as they struggle for dignity only to meet with shocking results.
Followed by 泥ead Canaries"


OCEAN'S TWELVE by Steven Soderbergh, USA/Australia
International  Premiere, Opening Night Film
Set three years after OCEAN'S 11, this sequel shows us Danny Ocean gathering up his complete gang
of con artists and thieves from the first film in New York City before they all jet off...
-Thursday, December 9 / 7:30pm / Atlantis Theatre


ONE LOVE by Trevor Rhone, Jamaica
Kassa, a free-wheeling Rasta-man, falls for straight laced gospel singer Serena,
when they both meet as they enter a music contest.
*Producer Yvonne Deutschman to attend 
Friday, December 10 / 7.00pm / JFK Galleria 6 Theater B
Saturday, December 11 / 6.30pm / JFK Galleria 6 Theater B



PALOMOS by Mercedes Jimenez- Ramirez
In Latin America, over 40 million children live on the streets, and 20 million,
consume over 20 million gallons of solvents monthly in order to survive... 
Followed by THE FRIENDSHIP VILLAGE


PEACEABLE KINGDOM by Jenny Stein, USA
Imagine awakening one day to realize that the work you were trained to do
since birth, the life you had imagined you'd lead, the very values that had been taught...
Friday, December 10 / 12.15pm / JFK Galleria 6-Theater C


PILLOW GIRL by Ronnie Cramer
Originally a sound-art work created for the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver,
by musician/artist Ronnie Cramer, who scanned the covers and inside pages of...
Followed by THE BREAKUP ARTIST


PULSE: A STOMP ODYSSEY by Luke Cresswell, Steve McNicholas, USA
A celebration of the world's global beat, an exploration of the sights and sounds of continents and cultures, guided by the internationally acclaimed performers of the sensational stage show STOMP.  
Preceded by Click Three Times
*Director Luke Cresswell to attend  -Sunday, December 12/12.30pm/Atlantis Theatre


RUMBLE by Dahlia Wilde
RUMBLE is the story of a beaten down woman who becomes a champion named Muhammad Dali.
The short film was produced by Dahlia Wilde and Fox Searchlab
Followed by SANTA SMOKES


SANTA SMOKES by Til Schauder, USA
An urban love fantasy of Santa (a man in his Santa suit) and an angel (a woman in her angel outfit) who come across each other in New York during the Christmas season. 
Preceded by Rumble  *Producer Sara Nodjoumi and Directors Till Schauder & Chris Valentien to attend -Saturday, December 11/9.30pm/JFK Galleria 6 Theater A



SEEDS by Joseph Boyle, USA
In 1993, John Wallach founded Seeds of Peace a camp designed to promote dialogue amongst teenagers from war- torn countries in the Middle East.  Every summer, more than 150 teens from war-torn countries (such as Israel, Palestine, India and Pakistan) come together for three extraordinary weeks at the Seeds of Peace International Camp in Maine.  SEEDS documents this camp and the teens as they face their differences and then return home. 
**Marjan Safinia to attend. -Friday, December 10/11.00am/JFK Galleria 6 Theater A


SEOUL TRAIN by Jim Butterworth, North Korea
A gripping documentary, SEOUL TRAIN exposes the harrowing jour
*Co-director Lisa Sleeth to attend Preceded by The Gospel of the Creole Pig
Friday, December 10/4.30pm/JFK Galleria 6 Theater A


SHE GOT GAME by Abby Jack Neidik, USA
SHE GOT GAME goes behind-the-scenes of the women's pro tennis tour and explores the price these young women pay to pursuer their (or their parent's) dream of being a pro tennis player.
-Sunday, December 12/2.00pm/JFK Galleria 6 Theater C
                     



SHE HATE ME by Spike Lee, USA
When Jack gets fired for informing on his bosses, his former girlfriend預 high powered businesswoman and now a lesbian熔ffers him cash to impregnate her and her new girlfriend.  Between attempts by his former employers to frame him for security fraud and his dubious fathering activities, Jack finds his life, all at once, becoming very complicated.. 
*Actor Anthony Mackie to attend -Saturday, December 11/6.00pm/Atlantis Theatre


SINGIN' IN THE RAIN by Stanley Donen, USA
Don Lockwood and Lina Lamont are the darlings of the silent silver screen. Offscreen, Don, aided by his happy-go-lucky friend and piano accompanist, Cosmo Brown, has to dodge Lina's romantic overtures, especially when he falls for chorus girl Kathy Selden. With the advent of sound in motion pictures, it is decided to turn Don and Lina's new film into a "talkie" and a musical at that. The only problem is Lina's voice, which mere words cannot describe. Thus, Kathy is brought on to dub her speaking and singing voice in secret, and Don's on top of the world. But then Lina finds out...
Saturday, December 10 / 6.00pm / Atlantis Royal Deck


SNEAKERS by Femke Wolting, Neatherlands
A documentary about the development of a 'poor black man's shoe' to one of the most important icons of modern lifestyle and subculture identity. The graffiti like design of the film- where commercials, photos and other film- and video fragments blend together - taking the viewer behind the scenes of the colorful world of sneakers, inhabited by designers, brand strategists and sneaker collectors.
-Saturday, December 11 / 1.15pm / JFK Galleria6-Theater C
 
                     


THE SOUND OF MUSIC by Robert Wise, USA
Baron Von Trapp, a widower, runs his home near Salzburg like the ship he once commanded.
That changes when Maria arrives from the convent to be the new governess of his seven children...
Saturday, December 11 / 6.30pm / Atlantis Royal Deck


STEALING INNOCENCE
Director/ Screenwriter: Nancy Stein
Stealing Innocence is a gripping portrayal of the ongoing hostilities in the Middle East seen through the eyes of two girls - Rachel and Ayat. Rachel and Ayat are best friends even though one is Israeli and one is Palestinian. Unfortunately events spin out of their control, testing their friendship to destruction. This is a tragedy that leaves its victims without dignity and hope and gives a human dimension to the violence in the Middle East.
Followed by CAMPFIRE



TACKLE BOXby Matthew Mebane
An elderly couple have fished the Low country waters for decades.
When they are separated by death, the story turns on the strange...
Followed by LIVING TIL THE END


TEF
Director: Cristian YoungMiller
An art heist short with the backdrop of the most beautiful art work in the Bahamas. An art thief breaks
into the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas and has to stay one step ahead of a suspicious security guard.


TIBET: CRY OF THE SNOW LION by Sue Poesay, Victoria Mudd, USA
The dark secrets of Tibet's recent past are powerfully chronicled through riveting
personal stories and interviews, and a collection of undercover and archival images...  
Preceded by FETCH
Sunday, December 12 / 10.00am / JFK Galleria 6傍heater A


TOUCHING WILD HORSES by Eleanor Lindo, USA
Ten-year old Mark goes to live with his Aunt Fiona, a crabby loner and a naturalist,
who lives on an island and studies horses. As their relationship matures, Mark and Fiona face...  
*Producer Lewis Chesler to attend 
Saturday, December 11 / 1.00pm /Atlantis Theatre
Sunday, December 12 / 10.30am / JFK Galleria 6傍heater B


WHERE I'M FROM by Maria Govan, Bahamas/US/Jamaica
A powerful documentary which follows three very different Bahamians living with
HIV/AIDS over the course of three years. 
*Director Maria Govan to attend
Preceded by AMAL
Sunday, December 12 / 1.00pm / JFK Galleria 6傍heater A



WHISKEY ROMEO ZULU by Enrique Pinyero, Argentina
A re-telling of the events preceding the LAPA Airlines Boeing 737 crash on August 31, 1999 into midtown Buenos Aires that resulted in the deaths of 67 people.  The film exposes the collusion between the Air Force and the airline to evade air safety controls and maximize profits. 
**Director Enrique Pineyro to attend.   -Friday, December 10/4.00pm/JFK Galleria 6 Theater B


WITHIN THE WALL by Paula Neiman
A gap in the far wall of the neighborhood front store hosts
anonymous drug transactions. Through his poetry, Eddie, 12, depicts the lives of those...
Followed by THE UNTOLD STORY OF EMMETT TILL


THE UNTOLD STORY OF EMMETT TILL by  Keith Beauchamp, USA
A powerful re-examination of a death that pierced the conscience of the United States and helped mobilize the civil rights movement.  The documentary revisits the 1955 abduction and brutal murder of Emmett Louis Till, a 14 year old African-American from Chicago killed while visiting family in Mississippi.  Preceded by Within the Wall *Director Keith Beauchamp and Producer Steven Laitmon to attend  -Saturday, December 11/11.00am/JFK Galleria 6 Theater C


UNDERTOW by David Gordon Green, USA
The Munns, father John and sons Chris and Tim, recede to the woods of rural Georgia. Their life together is forever changed with the arrival of Uncle Deel, though the tragedy that follows forces troubled Chris to become a man.   *Director David Gordon Green to attend.
-Saturday, December 11/3.30pm/Atlantis Theatre

 

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