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Foreign films announced for FLIFF On Location: Grand Bahama Island

 


Freeport, Grand Bahama Island - The third installment of FLIFF on Location: Grand Bahama Island 2013 will take place in Freeport from October 31 – November 3rd at the Pelican Bay Hotel in their state-of-the-art Canal House facility.  Celebrated actors, directors, producers and writers will once again arrive by Celebration Cruise Lines from the Florida and film fans will have an opportunity to meet them and view a variety of international films, along with Bahamian-made films.

"The Ministry of Tourism, the Grand Bahama Island Tourist Board, and all of our local supporters, are pleased to partner with FLIFF in hosting this dynamic film festival," said Craig Woods, Bahamas Film Commissioner. "We are delighted to bring international filmmakers to Grand Bahama's shores so they can see the beautiful locations our island has to offer. The event allows them to also share their knowledge and collaborate with our Bahamian filmmakers."

Organizers of FLIFF On Location are please to announce this year's foreign films:

A PERFECT MAN (Netherlands);  BLUE WORLD SERIES I, II, & III (USA);  BROCHE DEL ORO (Puerto Rico);  CHASING SHAKESPEARE (USA);  FISHING PONO: LIVING IN HARMONY WITH THE SEA (USA);  FREE RIDE ( USA);  GIRL ON A BICYCLE (France) ; LITTLE ONE (South Africa); SAMMY 2: ESCAPE TO PARADISE (USA);  TIGER SHARK EXPRESS (USA) ;  THE ROCKET (Laos); and  THEY CAME FROM THE SWAMP (USA).  Short n Funny, a special selection of foreign short films will also be presented on Friday, November 1st and Jayce and Tiffany Bartok of Vinyl Foote Productions will be special guests. 

Ticket prices are: Day Pass $5.00; All Movies $7.00; and All Access Pass, $20.00; and can be purchased at the Pelican Bay Hotel.  All films will be screened at Canal House, Pelican Bay except for the opening night film, SAMMY 2: ESCAPE FROM PARADISE which will be screened free of charge under the stars at Taino Beach on opening night, Thursday, October 31st.

The following is more information on each of the films:

A PERFECT MAN
Director: Kees Van Oostrum
Netherlands / 2012 / 95 min / English
Cast : Jeanne Tripplehorn, Liev Schreiber, Joelle Carter
FLIFF special guest, actress Joelle Carter, 2013 Star on the Horizon Honouree
Screening Sunday, November 3rd at Canal House

After years of marriage, a man is left by his wife because of his numerous affairs. One day, he gets a phone call but it's the wrong number. However, he starts a relationship over the phone with the stranger and it is the most open and honest relationship he has ever had.


Jonathan Bird's BLUE WORLD Series
USA/ FLIFF special guest, Jonathan Bird.
Screening Series I, II, and III. See dates below.

Jonathan Bird's Blue World is an underwater science adventure series hosted by dynamic naturalist and underwater photographer Jonathan Bird.

BLUE WORLD I
Thursday, October 31st, 10am, Canal House (FREE for GBI Schools)

AQUARIUS: Jonathan visits Aquarius Reef Base—the world’s only undersea lab where scientists live in saturation for days or weeks at a time, studying the ocean.  It’s an amazing combination of science fiction and undersea adventure! COLOR AND CAMOUFLAGE: Jonathan explores the myriad ways that animals in the ocean use color and camouflage to protect themselves, hunt and find a mate.  The frogfish shows off how it uses camouflage to be nature’s perfect ambush predator! SHARK BIOLOGY: Sharks are fish, but they are not like other fish.  In this science segment, Jonathan uses examples of sharks filmed all over the world to explain the biology and diversity of sharks, as well as why they are important in ocean ecosystems.  This segment is not just great science, but great fun! GOLIATH GROUPER: The Goliath Grouper is one of the largest bony fish in the world, and this made it the target of intense fishing efforts for many years.  After nearly becoming extinct, the fish was afforded legal protection enacted in 1990.  Twenty years later, the protection is finally starting to pay off.  Jonathan joins famous National Geographic photographer David Doubilet as he visits a shipwreck in Florida where Goliath Groupers gather to spawn every year, and meets dozens of these massive animals!

BLUE WORLD II
Friday, November 1st, 10am at Canal House  (FREE for GBI Schools)

BULL SHARKS: Bull sharks might looks like plain old reef sharks, but they are the world's most dangerous sharks because Bull sharks are implicated in more attacks on humans than any other shark.  Jonathan travels to Mexico to meet a diver who is hand-feeding Bull sharks, and a scientist who is studying them.  He gets an intimate look at these animals and the chance to try diving with a chain-mail shark suit. HUMPBACK WHALES: Every year, Humpback whales in the North Atlantic make a long migration down to the Caribbean to have their calves in warm, calm water.  Many of these whales go to one particular area called the Silver Banks near the Dominican Republic.  Jonathan spends a week in the Silver Banks filming whales underwater, and you won’t believe how close he gets to the whales, and the exceptional behaviors he observes! CORAL REEFS: Often referred to as the “rainforests of the sea,” coral reefs are incredibly important to life in shallow tropical oceans.  But what exactly is coral?  How does it grow?  And why is it so important?  Jonathan answers these questions and more in this beautifully-shot segment on coral reefs, filmed all over the world from the Caribbean to the Philippines, Australia and Indonesia. STARGATE: In a remote part of Andros Island in the Bahamas is a deep crack in the ground that leads into a beautiful and stunning underwater cave system.  Jonathan joins a veteran cave explorer to plumb the crystal clear water in the depths of Stargate Blue Hole.

BLUE WORLD III
Saturday, November 2nd, at the Canal House

ANTARCTIC ADVENTURE: Jonathan treks all the way to Antarctica to investigate life south of the polar circle.  Along the way he dives in the majestic kelp forests of Patagonia, where crabs rule the sea floor.  Once he arrives in Antarctica, his adventures continue.  He swims with penguins, dives under an iceberg, meets a massive jellyfish 3 feet across, and has an incredible encounter with a Leopard seal, the apex predator of Antarctica.  This incredible half-hour show is both fascinating and beautifully shot.  WOUNDED WARRIORS: Jonathan travels to Bonaire to meet an exceptional group of injured military veterans who are learning to scuba dive as a form of physical therapy.  SEA SNAKE ISLAND: Jonathan travels to Manuk, a tiny, uninhabited volcanic island several hundred miles from the nearest populated island in Indonesia on a mission to discover why the waters of this remote place are teeming with thousands of venomous sea snakes!


BROCHE DE ORO
Director: Raúl Marchand Sánchez
Puerto Rico / 2012 / 90 min / DCP / Spanish w/English sub-titles

FLIFF special guest: Raúl Marchand Sánchez, Director
Screening Friday, November 1st at Canal House


Friends Rafael, Anselmo and Pablo run away from the strict retirement home where they live, to enjoy a weekend of fun and frolic. Their trip takes them to a beach in Piñones where Rafael's grandson competes in a surfing contest. Together, the four of them have a day filled with laughs, love and camaraderie, in an adventure that unites three generations. Broche de Oro celebrates the power of family and living life to the fullest.


CHASING SHAKESPEARE
American Indie - Feature /USA / 2013 / 116 min / HDCam / English
Director:  Norry Niven / Cast: Danny Glover, Graham Greene, Tantoo Cardinale, Chelsea Ricketts
FLIFF special guest: Norry Niven
Screening Saturday, November 2nd at Canal House

Chasing Shakespeare is a beautiful, enchanting, love story about a young Native American woman’s search for her destiny and her widower husband’s attempts to reunite with her after her death.

FISHING PONO: LIVING IN HARMONY WITH THE SEA
Documentary / Moloka’i Kaua’i, Hawai’i / 2013 / 26 min /  Pidgin English w/English sub-titles
Director: Mary Lambert / Cast: Mauna Kea Trask, Mac Poepoe
Screening Friday November 1st at Canal House

A co-production of Kauai based filmmaker Teresa Tico, Honolulu based Pacific Islanders In Communication, and the Corporation For Public Broadcasting, FISHING PONO: LIVING IN HARMONY WITH THE SEA tells the story of Native Hawaiians on the island of Molokai who are using ancient conservation methods to restore fisheries in the waters of their island.

FREE RIDE
USA / 2013 / 83 min / HDCam / English
Screenplay: Shana Betz / Producers: Susan Dynner, Cerise Hallam Larkin, Anna Paquin
Director: Shana Betz / Principal Cast:  Anna Paquin, Cam Gigandet, Drea De Matteo, Liana Liberato, Ava Acres
FLIFF special guest writer/director, Shana Betz
Screening Friday November 1st at Canal House

 


After a string of abusive relationships and dead end jobs, Christina Miller comes to the realization that there’s nothing left for her and her two young daughters, thirteen-year-old MJ and seven-year-old Shell, in blue-collar Ohio. An inviting phone call from her free-spirited friend, Sandy, is all Christina needs to pack up her belongings and load the kids into a Chrysler bound for Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

GIRL ON A BICYCLE
France / 2013 / 110 min / DCP / English
Director: Jeremy Levin /
Cast: Nora Tschirner, Vincenzo Amato, Paddy Considine
FLIFF special guests, distributors Jere Rae-Mansfield & Scott Mansfield
Screening Sunday, November 3rd at Canal House

From the director of “Don Juan De Marco” and the producers of the Academy Award winning movie “The Lives of Others”, comes this charming and fun-filled romantic comedy about Paolo, an Italian living in Paris who is very much in love with his German girl-friend Greta. Just when he has finally proposed to her, he bumps into Cécile, a gorgeous French girl on a bicycle.
 

LITTLE ONE
Director: Darrel J. Roodt
South Africa /2012 /84 min
English & Zulu w/English sub-titles
Screening Friday, November 1st at Canal House

The story of a 6 year old girl named Vuyelwa who is  left for dead in a field near a township in Johannesburg. She is found by a middle aged woman named Pauline, who rushes her to hospital. After saving her life, it comes to light that the little girl has been raped and her face badly beaten. While little Vuyelwa is recovering in the hospital neither mother nor father comes forward to claim her and the police are left with an unsolved mystery on their hands. Pauline becomes actively involved in the case and is helped by Detective Morena, a sympathetic cop who is deeply affected by what has happened to this young child.


SAMMY 2: ESCAPE FROM PARADISE
USA, Animation (100 min)
Written by Domonic Paris.
Thursday, October 31st at Taino Beach (Free)

Sammy and Ray, leatherback turtles and friends forever, are enjoying an atoll's water and sand, shepherding new hatchlings Ricky and Ella out to sea. Suddenly, a poacher swoops in and ships them off to be part of a spectacular aquarium show for tourists in Dubai. The kingpin of the place, Big D the seahorse, enlists them in his plans for a great escape. But with their new friends Jimbo the bug-eyed blob fish and Lulu the snippy lobster, Annabel the sweet Octopus, and a whole family of penguins, Sammy and Ray hatch breakout plans of their own. That is when little Ricky and Ella arrive, determined to break in to rescue them. After a series of thrilling adventures and narrow escapes, our heroes head south to meet up with Shelly, Sammy's first and only love.


THEY CAME FROM THE SWAMP: The Films Of William Grefé
USA / 2013 / 98 min / BluRay / English
Director: Daniel Griffith
FLIFF special guest, director/writer/producer Bill Grefe
Screening Friday, November 1st at Canal House

Featuring interviews with director William Grefé, screenwriter Gary Crutcher, make-up effects artist Doug Hobart, actor Chris Robinson, actor Steve Alaimo, actor John Davis Chandler, actor Bill Marcus, sound mixer Henri Lopez, actor Joe Morrison, camera assistant Randy Grinter, and many more! Featuring a special appearance by William Shatner.


TIGER SHARK EXPRESS
Documentary / USA / 2013 / 50 min / BluRay / English
Director: George Schellenger
FLIFF special guests: Dr. Guy Harvey, George Schellenger
Screening Friday, November 1st at Canal House

Move over Shark Week, here comes the Tiger Shark Express! Join Guy Harvey and some of the world’s foremost shark experts as they track tiger sharks across oceans, seeing them as never before and changing the way we view these amazing sharks. The film is based on five years’ worth of scientific data drawn from satellite tags and other instruments used to follow the incredible migratory patterns tiger sharks follow across the sea.


THE ROCKET
Director: Kim Mordaunt
Laos /2013 /96 min /Laotian w/English sub-titles
Screenwriter: Kim Mordaunt  Principal Cast: Sitthiphon Disamoe, Loungnam Kaosainam, Thep Phongam, Bunsri Yindi, Sumrit Warin, Alice Kohavong

Screening, Sunday, November 3rd at Canal House


Laos: A boy (Ahlo, 10), who is believed to bring bad luck, is blamed for a string of disasters. When his family loses their home and are forced to move, Ahlo meets the spirited orphan Kia (9) and her eccentric uncle Purple: an ex-soldier with a purple suit, a rice-wine habit and a fetish for James Brown. Struggling to hang on to his father's trust, Ahlo leads his family, Purple and Kia through a land scarred by war in search of a new home. But bad luck seems to follow Ahlo, and in a last plea to prove he's not cursed, Ahlo desperately feels the need to prove himself to his family, village and himself.

All festival information can be found on TheBahamasWeekly.com or the facebook page, "Ft. Lauderdale Int'l Film Festival On Location: Grand Bahama Island".

Hosted at the Canal House, Pelican Bay Hotel, from October 31st to November 3rd , FLIFF on Location will also feature international films, outdoor screenings, an annual honouree (previously Dennis Haysbert and Giancarlo Esposito), film specialist workshops, an island locations familiarization tour for visiting filmmakers, and an awards and wrap party at the Canal House, Pelican Bay Hotel.

FLIFF On Location: Grand Bahama Island is a collaboration between the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival, the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Grand Bahama Island Tourism Board. The event has been made possible through the generous support of the following sponsors: Pelican Bay Hotel; TheBahamasWeekly.com; Mackey Media Ltd; Bahamas Celebration Cruises;  The Grand Bahama Port Authority Limited; Grand Bahama Island Tourism Board; FLIFF; and the Grand Bahama Ministry of Tourism.

 

FLIFF On Location: Grand Bahama Island foreign film selection, GIRL ON A BICYCLE (France) is a fun-filled romantic comedy about Paolo, an Italian living in Paris who is very much in love with his German girl-friend Greta. Just when he has finally proposed to her, he bumps into Cécile, a gorgeous French girl on a bicycle. The film will screen at Canal House, Pelican Bay on Sunday, November 3rd.

FLIFF On Location: Grand Bahama Island foreign film selection, CHASING SHAKESPEARE (USA), stars Danny Glover and is a beautiful, enchanting, love story about a young Native American woman’s search for her destiny and her widower husband’s attempts to reunite with her after her death.The film
screens on Saturday, November 2nd at the Canal House, Pelican Bay.

FLIFF On Location: Grand Bahama Island foreign film selection,   BROCHE DE ORO (Puerto Rico) will screen on Saturday, November 2nd at the Canal House, Pelican Bay. Three friends run away from a strict retirement home where they live to enjoy a weekend of fun and frolic. Their trip takes them to a beach where Rafael's grandson is competing in a surfing contest. Together, the four of them have a day filled with laughs, love, camaraderie, and adventure.

FLIFF On Location: Grand Bahama Island foreign film selection, A PERFECT MAN (Netherlands) directed by Kees Van Oostrum and starring Jeanne Tripplehorn and Liev Schreiber (seen here). After years of marriage, a man is left by his wife because of his numerous affairs. One day, he gets a phone call but it's the wrong number. However, he starts a relationship over the phone with the stranger and it is the most open and honest relationship he has ever had.  Screening Sunday, November 3rd at Canal House, Pelican Bay.

 

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