Martin County Library System Press Releases

March 11, 2010

Meet Producer Paco de Onis 3/14 at Reception Following Film, “The Reckoning”

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DATE:  MARCH 11, 2010                                                                                                                    

CONTACT:  PUBLIC RELATIONS 772/221-1403                

                                 

2009-2010 Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers

Presents

“The Reckoning: The Battle for the International Criminal Court”

with Producer Paco de Onís

 

2:00 p.m. Sunday, March 14, Blake Library

“The Reckoning” Explores the Complexities of Establishing International Criminal Court 

 

(Stuart, FL) – Martin County Library System will present “The Reckoning: The Battle for the International Criminal Court” with Producer Paco de Onís as part of the Southern Arts Federation’s Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers at the Blake Library, 2351 SE Monterey Road, Stuart, FL on Sunday, March 14, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. in the John F. Armstrong Wing.  Following the screening, the filmmaker will engage the audience in a discussion about the film and his work.  Light refreshments will be served during the reception.  Admission is free and open to the public.  Reservations are not required.

 

About the film:

Launched in 2002, the International Criminal Court (ICC) is the first international tribunal of its kind — a permanent criminal court created to prosecute individuals, no matter how powerful, for crimes against humanity, war crimes, and genocide. “The Reckoning,” a feature-length documentary filmed in High Definition on four continents, follows the dynamic and charismatic Prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo, Deputy Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda and Senior Trial Attorney Christine Chung as they issue arrest warrants for the Lord’s Resistance Army leaders in Uganda, put four Congolese warlords on trial at The Hague, challenge the UN Security Council to support the Court’s call for an arrest warrant for the President of Sudan on charges of genocide, and shake up the Colombian justice system.

“The Reckoning” was filmed at ICC headquarters in The Hague for three years with unprecedented access to the inner workings of the Court, the dreamers behind it, and the obstacles they overcome as they create a new paradigm for global justice. In places where the Court has intervened, we see a dramatic ICC justice effect and hear the voices of people in the conflict situation countries. They are captured taking action and discussing what they can do to end the culture of impunity as a result of notorious criminals facing a reckoning with this new Court and the international law it was created to enforce. “The Reckoning” puts in high relief the mounting drama of the international justice movement, embodied in this tiny court in The Hague that is struggling to change the world and how we think about justice.

 A highly praised documentary, “The Reckoning: The Battle for the International Criminal Court” was selected for the U.S. Documentary Competition at the Sundance Film Festival and was featured as the Opening Night Film at the Human Rights

Watch International Film Festival at Lincoln Center. “The Reckoning” has also screened at the Nantucket Film Festival, Berkshire International Film Festival, San Francisco International Film Festival, Movies That Matter Film Festival, among many other international screenings

About the filmmakers:

Paco de Onís grew up in several Latin American countries and is multi-lingual (Spanish, Portuguese, English, Italian, French). Prior to the ICC project, he produced “State of Fear,” a Skylight Pictures film about Peru’s 20-year “war on terror” based on the findings of the Peruvian Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Paco has produced documentaries for PBS (“On Our Own Terms” with Bill Moyers), National Geographic (“Secrets from the Grave”), New York Times Television (“Police Force,” “Paramedics”), and MSNBC (“Edgewise with John Hockenberry”).

The film’s director, Pamela Yates, is the recipient of a 2008 Guggenheim Fellowship. She is the Director of the Sundance Award-winning “When the Mountains Tremble,” the Producer of the Emmy Award-winning “Loss of Innocence,” and the Executive Producer of the Academy Award-winning “Witness to War.” Most recently she directed “State of Fear” (2005), a feature-length documentary that tells the epic story of Peru’s 20-year “war on terror” based on the findings of the Peruvian Truth and Reconciliation Commission. “State of Fear” was featured in the 2006-2007 Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers. Pamela is a co-founder of Skylight Pictures, Inc. and is a member of the Director’s Guild of America (DGA) and The Writers Guild of America (WGA). Ms. Yates is unable to attend the March 14 showing at the Blake Library.

The 2009-2010 Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers is a program of the Southern Arts Federation, a not-for-profit regional arts organization making a positive difference in the arts throughout the South since 1975.  Southern Circuit screenings are funded in part by a grant from the Southern Arts Federation in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and local partner organizations The Arts Council, Inc., The Friends of the Blake Library in Stuart, Inc. and the Martin County Tourist Development Council.  Special support for Southern Circuit was provided by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.  For more information on the Southern Arts Federation and its programs visit www.southarts.org.

The Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers continues at the Blake Library April 11.  Bookmarks with a schedule and film descriptions are available at all Martin County libraries.  To learn more about the Martin County Library System call 772-221-1403, pick up a Library Connection at any branch library or visit the library Web site, http://www.library.martin.fl.us.

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November 4, 2009

Prize-Winning Producer/Director to Screen and Discuss “Milking the Rhino” Nov. 15

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DATE:  NOVEMBER 4, 2009                                                                                              

CONTACT:  PUBLIC RELATIONS 772/221-1403                      

                                 

2009-2010 Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers

Continues at Blake Library Nov. 15

 

Prize-winning producer/director David E. Simpson will screen

 and discuss his film, Milking the Rhino, third film in six-month series

 

 

(Stuart, FL) – Martin County Library System will present “Milking the Rhino” with producer/director David E. Simpson as part of the Southern Arts Federation’s Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers at the Blake Library, 2351 SE Monterey Road, Stuart, FL on Sunday, November 15, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. in the John F. Armstrong Wing.  Following the screening, the award-winning filmmaker will engage the audience in a discussion about the film and his career.  Light refreshments will be served during the reception.  Admission is free and open to the public.  Reservations are not required.

 

The third in a series of six films to be presented by Southern Circuit at the Blake Library through April 2010, Milking the Rhino tells a nuanced tale of human-wildlife co-existence in post-colonial Africa where two of Earth’s oldest cattle cultures, the Maasai tribe of Kenya and Namibia’s Himba, are in the midst of upheaval. Emerging from a century of “white man conservation,” which turned their lands into game reserves and fueled resentment towards wildlife, these tribes are now vying for a piece of the wildlife-tourism pie.  This new relationship with wildlife poses challenges to community-based conservation, especially in the face of drought. 

 

Milking the Rhino tells a nuanced tale of human-wildlife coexistence in post-colonial Africa. The Maasai tribe of Kenya and Namibia’s Himba—two of Earth’s oldest cattle cultures—are in the midst of upheaval. Emerging from a century of “white man conservation,” which turned their lands into game reserves and fueled resentment towards wildlife, Himba and Maasai communities are now vying for a piece of the wildlife-tourism pie. Community-based conservation, which tries to balance the needs of wildlife and people, has been touted by environmentalists as “win-win.” The reality, however, is more complex. “We never used to benefit from these animals,” a Maasai host of a community eco-lodge explains. “Now we milk them like cattle!” His neighbor disagrees: “A rhino means nothing to me! I can’t kill it for meat like a cow.” And when drought decimates the grass shared by livestock and wildlife, the community’s commitment to conservation is sorely tested.

David E. Simpson has crafted award-winning films for 25 years. As a producer, director and editor he plies his trade in the belief that a well-told story can move viewers’ hearts and minds regarding crucial, human issues. David co-produced and directed When Billy Broke His Head, a documentary about disability culture that won the Sundance Film Festival’s Freedom of Expression Award, along with major prizes at dozens of other festivals. He recently co-produced and edited Forgiving Dr. Mengele, about an Auschwitz survivor’s controversial campaign of forgiveness, which won the 2006 Slamdance Grand Jury Prize for documentaries. David directed Refrigerator Mothers, about a generation of mothers who raised autistic children under the shadow of professionally-promoted mother-blame. The film won top honors at the Florida, Indiana, and Sedona film festivals and aired on the PBS series P.O.V. David also produced and directed Halsted Street, USA, a multi-award-winning snapshot of America through the prism of one multicultural street. His experimental narrative, Dante’s Dream, a re-working of Dante’s cosmology, earned five 1st place festival awards.

 

For more information on the film, visit http://www.southarts.org/site/c.guIYLaMRJxE/b.5243063/k.45BB/Circuit_2__D_Simpson.htm

or http://www.milkingtherhino.org/.

 

The 2009-2010 Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers is a program of the Southern Arts Federation, a not-for-profit regional arts organization making a positive difference in the arts throughout the South since 1975.  Southern Circuit screenings are funded in part by a grant from the Southern Arts Federation in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and local partner organizations The Arts Council, Inc., The Friends of the Blake Library in Stuart, Inc. and the Martin County Tourist Development Council.  Special support for Southern Circuit was provided by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.  For more information on the Southern Arts Federation and its programs visit www.southarts.org.

 

The 2009-2010 Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers continues at the Blake Library February 14, March 14 and April 11.  Bookmarks with a schedule and description of films are available at all Martin County libraries.  To learn more about the Martin County Library System call 772-221-1403, pick up a Library Connection at any branch library or visit the library Web site, http://www.library.martin.fl.us.

 

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September 18, 2009

Meet “Pants on Fire” Filmmaker Colin Campbell Oct. 11

 

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DATE:  SEPTEMBER 18, 2009                                                                                            

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2009-2010 Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers

Continues at Blake Library Oct. 11

Producer/director Colin Campbell will screen

 and discuss his film, Pants on Fire, second film in six-month series

 

 (Stuart, FL) – Martin County Library System will present “Pants on Fire” with producer/director Colin Campbell as part of the Southern Arts Federation’s Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers at the Blake Library, 2351 SE Monterey Road, Stuart, FL on Sunday, October 11, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. in the John F. Armstrong Wing. Following the screening, Campbell will engage the audience in a discussion about the film and his career.  Light refreshments will be served during the reception. Admission is free and open to the public. Reservations are not required.

Second in a series of six films to be presented by Southern Circuit at the Blake Library through April 2010, “Pants on Fire” tells the story of Brad Spoofer, a pathological liar on a quest for glory. Brad quit the Feed Barn Etc. back in Nebraska and moved to L.A. to become a movie star. His Hollywood career, however, has been a dismal failure. He’s the guy on the street corner dressed like a pirate and hawking mattresses. To save face, he’s been telling his naïve friends back home that he’s a movie star whose blockbusters are all about to be released in theaters. When his buddies decide to surprise him with a road trip to L.A., he has to scramble to prop up the illusion. Luckily, he scores a house-sitting gig for a wealthy couple in Bel Air and is able to keep the lie going, until he foolishly claims to be friends with the guy who played Pedro in “Napoleon Dynamite.” His awed buddies clamor to meet their idol. In the meantime, Brad has fallen for Lucy, a cute painter who decorates trash cans for a living and who mistakenly assumes Brad is a rich actor living in the hills. As his lies multiply and his checks bounce, he has to dodge the thug who took his headshots and never got paid, woo the girl, keep his job and, somehow, deliver Pedro.

Colin Campbell is a writer and director for theater and film. He was nominated for an Academy Award for his short film, “Seraglio,” which he wrote, directed and produced with his wife, Gail Lerner. “Seraglio” also won Deauville’s Grand Prix and First Place Audience Award at Algarve International Film Festival and the New Haven Film Festival, and ran for two years on HBO. Other award-winning shorts he has directed are “S.U.V. Luv” and “The Speeding Ticket.” His production of his play, “Golden Prospects,” was nominated for five LA Weekly awards and was Critic’s Pick in TimeOut NY, L.A .Times and L.A. Weekly. His screenplay, “Harrow Lake,” was chosen for Film Independent’s 2005 Screenwriters Lab and was recently optioned by Paranormal Media. Colin regularly writes and directs for Instant Films, where he’s won Best Writer, Best Director and numerous Best Film Awards. He has directed for the Mark Taper Forum’s New Works Festival, ASK Theater, and the Actors Gang. He has been a Resident Artist at Harvard’s Institute on Arts and Civic Dialogue, and a Guest Artist at Cal State Fresno. He has an MFA in theater directing from Columbia University. “Pants on Fire” is his feature directing debut.

The Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers is a program of the Southern Arts Federation, a not-for-profit regional arts organization making a positive difference in the arts throughout the South since 1975.  Southern Circuit screenings are funded in part by a grant from the Southern Arts Federation in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and local partner organizations The Arts Council, Inc., The Friends of the Blake Library in Stuart, Inc. and the Martin County Tourist Development Council.  Special support for Southern Circuit was provided by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.  For more information on the Southern Arts Federation and its programs visit www.southarts.org.

The 2009-2010 Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers continues at the Blake Library November 15, February 14, March 14 and April 11.  Bookmarks with a schedule and description of films are available at all Martin County libraries.  To learn more about the Martin County Library System call 772-221-1403, pick up a Library Connection at any branch library or visit the library Web site, http://www.library.martin.fl.us.

 

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August 12, 2009

Short Circuit Film Short Marathon Sept. 12 Kicks Off Six-Month Film Tour Beginning Sept. 20

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                                                                       

DATE:  AUGUST 12, 2009                                                                                                                

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3rd Annual Short Circuit Traveling Film Festival Now on Tour

One-Day Festival Sept. 12 at Blake Library Introduces

Six-Film/Six-Month Series of Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers

That Begins at Library Sept. 20

 

Stuart, FL – Martin County Library System presents the Southern Arts Federation’s 3rd Annual Short Circuit Traveling Film Festival at the Blake Library, 2351 SE Monterey Road, Stuart, FL on Saturday, September 12, 2009. Short Circuit is the only program that spotlights short films created by filmmakers living and working in the Southeastern United States. This year, the festival features work by filmmakers from Georgia, Louisiana, and Florida.

The Short Circuit Traveling Film Festival will travel from November 2008-May 2009.  Twelve short films, ranging from fiction and animation to experimental and documentary, were selected for their artistic merit by a panel of esteemed media arts professionals. These engaging selections will be shown marathon-style in the John F. Armstrong Wing of the Blake Library starting at 10:00 a.m. and repeating at 1:30 p.m.  Admission is free and open to the public. No reservations are required.

The one-day festival on September 12 kicks off a series of six films, part of the Southern Circuit Independent Tour of Independent Filmmakers, which will be shown September 20 through April 11 at the Blake Library.  For a complete festival schedule visit the Short Circuit Traveling Film Festival at www.southarts.org/shortfilms or see following list.

 The Short Circuit Traveling Film Festival is a program of the Southern Arts Federation (SAF), a non-profit regional arts organization. Founded in 1975, SAF creates partnerships and collaborations; assists in the development of artists, arts professional and arts organizations; presents, promotes and produces Southern arts and cultural programming; and advocates for the arts and arts education. The organization works in partnership with the state arts agencies of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.  For more information on the Southern Arts Federation and its programs visit http://www.southarts.org.

To learn more about the Martin County Library System call 772-221-1403, pick up a Library Connection at any branch library or visit the library Web site, http://www.library.martin.fl.us.

3rd ANNUAL SHORT CIRCUIT TRAVELING FILM FESTIVAL

A MARATHON OF 12 SHORT FILMS

Saturday, Sept. 12, 2009

Starting 10:00 a.m.

Repeating 1:30 p.m.

Blake Library, John F. Armstrong Wing

Animation (A), Documentary (D), Experimental (E), Fiction (F)

 

Order of films:

1) Raised on Rice and Gravy   (D)

Co-directed by Conni Castille and Allison Bohl

Breaux Bridge and Lafayette, Louisiana

More than anywhere else in the South, folks in the food-conscious town of Lafayette stubbornly cling to their traditions of home cooking and a shared midday meal. There, in the heart of French Louisiana, age-old customs of family kitchens overflow into local restaurants, making public and communal what was once private and domestic.

 

2) Pollenating   (E)

Directed by David Montgomery

Fernandina Beach, Florida

A less-painterly ode to Georgia O’Keeffe, “Pollenating” features imagery derived directly from nature. In this experimental film shot with a flatbed scanner, the motion is a result of the ever-present diversity and imperfection of nearly everything in existence.

  

3) Si Tú No Estás    (F)

Directed by Noé Santillán-López

Savannah, Georgia

A bolero guitar player, Julian struggles with music and life after the death of his wife, Ana. His grief breeds indifference to his son, Sebastian. Meanwhile, his despair, mixed with vast amounts of alcohol, drives him to hallucinate Ana’s presence back into his life. Taken aback by a revelation, Julian opens his eyes to the reality in front of him.

 

4) Flight Lessons   (A)           

Produced and directed by Neil Helm

Savannah, Georgia

An airline captain and aviation enthusiast relates to an unexpected audience the wonder and intricacy of modern jet aviation.

 

5) The Farm Team   (D)

Produced and directed by Scott Balzer

Marietta, Georgia

“The Farm Team” is a first-hand look at the challenges of being on the grounds crew for a minor league baseball team in Mobile, Alabama, the rainiest city in the United States. The short documentary is a portrait of three hard-working guys who not only love the sport of baseball but also the field the game is played on.

 

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Short Circuit Marathon (continued)

Blake Library, John F. Armstrong Wing

Saturday, Sept. 12, 2009

 

 

6) My Deer Friend   (F)

Produced and directed by Andrew Cherry

Savannah, Georgia

Deer season is here and Glen, an energetic pre-teen, is faced with the pressure to kill a deer in order to win his father’s respect. Unsuccessful in the past, he is now ready to show his dad that he has what it takes to be a man. In a touching act of bravery, Richard, a white tail deer, offers to lay down his life for his best friend.

 

7) Wheels   (F)

Produced and directed by Tracy Martin

Scottdale, Georgia

Recently paralyzed, Bianca confronts Gunner on the whereabouts of her car. He admits he had Tito tow it. Determined, Bianca drags herself out the front door and down the street. She defies anyone and anything that gets in her way in the attempt to find her car.

 

8) Monster Movie   ­­­­­(A)          

Produced and directed by Stephen Hammond

Savannah, Georgia

A cute, pigtailed girl sits silently in front of the TV flipping detachedly through channels. A monster leaps forward, bearing teeth and roaring over the din of the television. The little girl remains unmoved. What will it take to scare this desensitized little kid?

 

9) Sunlight & Babies   (D)

Produced and directed by Kimberly Craig

Savannah, Georgia

This documentary ventures into the nightlife of truck stop culture, as told through the voices of several anonymous truckers via CB radio interviews. By opening up the perspective of this frequently ignored but more often reviled subculture, we see that our similarities are greater than our differences.

 

10) Up-Set   (E)

Directed by Isidore Bethel

Atlanta, Georgia

“Up-Set” is a stop-action fable about primordial jealousy and visual appropriation.

 

11) Faster Pastor   (D)

Directed by Adam Farrell

Savannah, Georgia

As the sun sets on a humid August evening, a dozen local preachers, pastors and ministers end their sermons and crank up their stock cars. Leaving their podiums for race cars on a dirt track, brotherly love is put on hold as they slide through the turns and speed down the straightaway. After the dust clears there can be only one Faster Pastor.

 

12) Falling to the Top   (F)

Directed by Wes Edwards and produced by Brittany Hailes

Nashville, Tennessee

Shot in a highly art directed, gothic comic book style, this is a uniquely crafted, oddly funny short film about Bob, a hapless twenty-something trying to pull his life together. He’ll have to risk it all for one shot at employment. In the end, Bob finds himself with a very unique perspective on life. But is it too late?

  

 

 

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