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Fort Myers Film Festival – Friday Screenings

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Friday, April 8, 2016

10:00 am
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 am
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 pm
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 pm
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 pm
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 pm
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

10:00 pm
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


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