Review of The Inaugural Skyway Film Festival, June 12-14; The Bradenton Film Commission is a Premiere Sponsor of the Festival

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By: Carol Kaye
Place another feather in the cap of the City of Bradenton for hosting the inaugural Skyway Film Festival June 12, 13, and 14, 2015.  The venue for the Festival was the beautiful Manatee Performing Arts Center along Bradenton’s Riverwalk.  The entire Skyway Film Festival Team, including all Staff Members and Advisors did a tremendous job in putting the Inaugural Festival together. Countless hours of planning, coordination and execution resulted in three seamless days of entertaining full length films,  short films, and documentaries shot and produced locally and internationally.At the Festival, people had the opportunity to see movies of mostly first time directors.  The actors, directors and cinematographers present at the festival were accessible, engaging, and eager to answer questions about their roles, film-making techniques, and ideas from which their scripts evolved.  Additionally, the Festival hosted discussion groups with film industry leaders and special guests to talk about issues such as financing films, branding a film to make it a must-see, and closing the gender gap in film making.

The six films I viewed over the three days were innovative, poignant, quirky, complicated, simple, informative, thought-provoking, and just plain fun.
     “IMBA Means Sing” showcased three children and their year long experience as part of the African Children’s Choir, learning to sing and dance, and then touring Canada, the U.S., and the U.K. by bus.  Coming from the slums of Uganda, the choir children perform their songs and dances to audiences to raise money to continue their education when they return to Uganda.
It was an inspiring and touching film that I was sorry to see end.
     “Chasing Junior Tate” was an exciting film that told the story of a bounty hunter’s attempts to bring a criminal, Junior Tate, from Mexico back to Florida.  Tate had allegedly stolen diamonds from a gangster before being jailed in Mexico.  There were many twists and turns in the plot, which kept viewers wondering what would happen next.
     The movie “Walt Before Disney” is based on the book by Timothy S. Susanna.  The movie shows Walt Disney as a child on a farm in Kansas, always drawing.  Walt dropped out of school at sixteen.  Some years later he started his own animation company producing “Laugh-O-Grams.”  Walt’s business failed when he could not pay his bills, because his creditors could not pay their bills to him.  Walt went to Los Angeles to try to work with the movie studios.  He hired a number of amazingly talented animators, but they eventually left him when he did not have enough money to pay them.  The film shows how Walt decided to create a new animated character, a mouse.   Walt, and a few loyal employees that remained with him, produced the movie “Plane Crazy,” starring Mickey Mouse.  It was a success, and as they say, “the rest is history.”
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SKYWAY FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES FULL SLATE FOR INAUGURAL FESTIVAL

 

BRADENTON, FL – JUNE 1, 2015, The Skyway Film Festival announced today the over 50 narrative films, documentaries and shorts that will comprise the selection for the inaugural festival (June 12-14). The schedule will showcase initial offerings from first time directors in their feature film debuts as well as a wide array of documentaries and shorts.

 

Centerpiece of the festival will be a special Retrospective screening of The Blair Witch Project followed by a Q&A with co-director Dan Myrick, moderated by Erik Lunseth, Executive Director of the Skyway Film Festival.

 

The festival will also showcase their Skyway Labs, with discussions concentrating on the technical and creative necessities of filmmaking. These conversations with industry leaders and special guests will focus on subjects from film financing to distribution and directing from the female point of view (Film Fatales).

 

“As a film programmer, independent film producer and lover of Independent film, there is no word that can describe the level of excitement I have for showcasing the films we as a programming team have finalized for the inaugural Skyway Film Festival program.  We set out to showcase works from new storytellers and we have done that.  The strength is in its diverse program that brings films from all walks of life. From our Opening Night film which tells the story of the ultimate Dreamer through the Documentaries that focus on real world issues to the local flare of Florida Focus Features, we are proud to share the works of these new artists,” said Joe Restaino, Artistic Director of Skyway Film Festival.

 

Grand Jury panelists will include Leslie Cohen, VP of Programming, HBO; Julie La’Bassiere, CEO BAFTA; Daniel Bort, President, Expression Entertainment; Andre Holland, Actor (The Knick/Selma); Ryan O’Nan, Actor/Writer (Ray Donovan/The Iceman); Dori Sperko (Sex Ed, XY); Lee Broda, Actor/Producer (Amnesiac/The Phenom); Marty Clear, Bradenton Herald; Caroline Connor, Producer (Chu and Blossom/Franny) and Michael Darrow, Editor (Albion: The Rise of Danann/Casual Encounters).

 

As part of the screenplay competition, several finalists have been selected and will have the opportunity to receive feedback on their scripts. The teleplay Finalists include Runner by Edward Robinson; My Tuesday Dad by Annie Wood; Curb Your Enthusiasm ‘Accident’ by David Schroeder; Connections by Ross Somerville; Tinker, By Amy Neswald; Civil Rising by Kimberly Tompkins; Quixotic by Austin McKinley; Catalyst by Minoti Vaishnav and Be True by Jon Hill.

 

The INAUGURAL SKYWAY FILM FESTIVAL Main Slate

Opening Night Selection

WALT BEFORE MICKEY

Director: Khoa Le

 

Closing Night Selection

NO STRANGER THAN LOVE

Director: Nicholas Wernham

 

A SORT OF HOMECOMING

Director: Maria Burton

 

ACROSS THE SEA

Directors: Esra Saydam & Nisan Dag

 

LAND OF LEOPOLD

Director: Akis Konstantakopoulous

 

NIGHT OWLS

Director: Charles Hood

 

THE SUFFERING

Director: Robert Hamilton

 

THERE IS A NEW WORLD SOMEWHERE

Director: Li Lu

 

WORTHY

Director: Marianna Palka

 

 

The Skyway Labs will include the following:

 

  • FILM FATALES: Moderated by John Anderson, Film Fatales is a collective of female directors who mentor

each other and support the creation of more films by and about women.

Panel participants include: Li Lu (Director, There is a New World Somewhere), Aly Migliori (Director, Knightsville), Iva Gocheva (Director, Sunday), Castille Landon (Director, Albion: Rise of the Danann). Join these accomplished female directors to find out how they got their films made, the role of collaboration in their work, and how collectives like Film Fatales are helping to close the gender gap in film.

John Anderson is a film critic for Variety, Newsday, the Washington Post and America Magazine. He has chaired the New York Films Critics Circle, was on the selection committee of the New York Film Festival and is the author of “Sundancing”.

 

  • FILM FINANCING: Power Producers discuss packaging films and raising money in today’s independent

            film world.

Panel participants include: Lee Broda of Jeff Rice Films (Lone Survivor, Walt Before Mickey, The Experimenter), Victor Young (Paradise, FL), Daniel Bort (No Stranger than Love) and Dori Sperko (Sex Ed, X/Y).

Moderated by Joe Restaino, Artistic Director Skyway Film Festival and Tony Stopperan (Paradise, FL)

 

  • Conversation with Dan Myrick (The Blair Witch Project) – Along with his partner Eduardo Sanchez, Dan

Myrick wrote and directed one of the most successful independent films of all time.  Here he discusses how he did it and how he continues to pioneer new techniques in filmmaking.

Moderated by Erik Lunseth, Executive Director Skyway Film Festival

 

  • Conversation with Andre Holland: Moderated by John Anderson – From Broadway to Movies.  With his

recent success in films such as 42 and Academy Nominated Selma, Andre has found further success with his role as Dr. Algernon Edwards in Steven Soderbergh’s The Knick.  With Emmy and Golden Globe talk being murmured, it’s no wonder Andre is the next sought after star.

    Moderated by John Anderson.

 

  • Distribution and Branding: A discussion with Susan Engel of PMK*BNC.

A publicist at one of the most prominent PR Agencies in the industry, Susan will discuss strategies on how to brand your film and make it a must see.  Sundance Catalyst Producer Dori Sperko (Sex Ed, X/Y, Albion: Rise of the Danann) moderates and discusses her past experiences with film distribution and her outlook on the Film world as she continues to produce films.

 

 

Visit SkywayFilmFestival.com for more information.

 

1ST ANNUAL SKYWAY FILM FESTIVAL

Films & Descriptions

Opening Night – World Premiere

WALT BEFORE MICKEY

Drama

Khoa Le, USA, 2015, 120m

Cast: Thomas Ian Nicholas, Jon Heder, David Henrie, Jodie Sweetin

 

Shot in Florida, WALT BEFORE MICKEY, which stars Thomas Ian Nicholas, Jon Heder, David Henrie and Jodie Sweetin, chronicles the life of Walter Disney from his childhood in Missouri to his start as an animator. Directed by Khoa Lee as his first feature length film, WALT BEFORE MICKEY is based on the book by author Timothy S. Susanin. Voltage Pictures and Mission Pictures are the sales representatives for the film. Distributed by Voltage Pictures.

 

Closing Night – Florida Premiere

NO STRANGER THAN LOVE

Comedy

Nick Wernham, USA, 2015, 89m

Cast: Alison Brie, Colin Hanks, Justin Chatwin

 

There isn’t a man in town who isn’t in love with Lucy Sherrington, and who can blame them? She is kind and helplessly sympathetic yet romantically she keeps them all at a polite distance… until tonight. Tonight she has agreed to a rendezvous with Clint, the married coach of the high school football team. Just as they are about to begin their affair, Clint disappears down a hole that opens up in Lucy’s living room floor. But this is not just any hole. It is an inter-dimensional, one-way hole of infinite darkness that leaves Clint stranded and floating in oblivion. Lucy must embark on a harrowing quest to rescue Clint and keep their love affair a secret, while avoiding a dark stranger who has just arrived in town.

 

NARRATIVE FEATURE COMPETITION

 

Florida Premiere

A SORT OF HOMECOMING

Drama

Maria Burton, USA, 2015, 88m

2015 Newport Beach Film Festival

Cast: Katherine McNamara, Laura Marano, Kathleen Wilhoite

 

New York news producer Amy Hartington believes she left her Louisiana small town upbringing firmly in the past — until an unexpected summons from her high school debate coach compels her to return “home.” Their strained reunion forces Amy to relive long-buried memories of her tumultuous senior year and re-examine her relationships with friends, family and her inscrutable debate partner, Nick. Featuring a terrific soundtrack of Louisiana locals, A Sort of Homecoming shows that it’s never too late to come of age.

 

Florida Premiere

ACROSS THE SEA

Comedy

Esra Saydam & Nisan Dag, USA/Turkey, 2015, 105m

2015 Slamdance Audience Winner

Cast: Damla Sönmez, Ahmet Rifat Sugnar, Jacob Fishel

 

A Turkish immigrant estranged from her homeland, Damla, lives in New York City with her husband Kevin, expecting their first child. But with the memories of a first love continuing to haunt her, Damla returns to Turkey and confronts a troubling secret from her past.

 

Florida Premiere

LAND OF LEOPOLD

Drama

Akis Konstantakopoulous, USA, 2015, 87m

2015 Sun Valley Audience Winner

Cast: Chris Pinkala, Drake Shannon, Ray Wise, Scottie Thompson

 

Leopold Rawlins is a troubled drifter suffering from a bad past and worse present. Living in & out of prison and out on the streets, Leopold winds up being deemed insane by the state and sent to the Milton Way House. Searching for redemption, Leopold uncovers new unlikely friends and an adventure that tests his limits. Distributed by HBO Europe and Continental Media North America.

 

Florida Premiere

NIGHT OWLS
Comedy

Charles Hood, USA, 2015, 90m

2015 SXSW World Premiere

Cast: Adam Pally, Rosa Salazar, Rob Huebal, Tony Hale, Peter Krause

 

Workaholic Kevin (Adam Pally) goes home with the beautiful train-wreck Madeline (Rosa Salazar) for a drunken one night stand, but he’s horrified to discover she’s actually his boss’ jilted ex-mistress. After she takes a bottle of sleeping pills, Kevin is forced to keep her awake all night. As Madeline and Kevin banter through the night, they begin to fall for each other.

 

Florida Premiere

THE SUFFERING

Horror

Robert Hamilton, USA, 2015, 104m

Cast: Nick Apostolides, Regen Wilson, Elizabeth Deo

 

Property appraiser Henry Dawles fights for his sanity when he’s trapped on a rural farm inhabited by sinister beings overseen by a mysterious caretaker. In this twisted tale of morality and redemption, Henry must confront the terrors of his present while coming to terms with the horrors of his past.

 

Florida Premiere

THERE IS A NEW WORLD SOMEWHERE

Drama

Li Lu, USA, 2015, 102m

Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival Special Jury Award

Cast: Agnes Bruckner, Ashley Bell, Maurice Compte

 

Sylvia returns to her Texas hometown for a friend’s wedding. There she meets Esteban, an electrifying stranger. He dares her to join him on a road trip through the Deep South.

 

Florida Premiere

WORTHY

Comedy

Marianna Palka, USA, 2015, 89m

2015 Newport Beach World Premiere

Cast: Jason Ritter, Lukas Haas, Frances Shaw, Ryan O’Nan, Rain Phoenix

 

A struggling actress trying to make a name for herself in Hollywood, can’t catch a break, and things only get worse when her agent decides to drop her. In the wake of this news, she meets another actor with whom she develops a mild obsession, quickly putting the rest of her life on the back burner. As her priorities slip and the other relationships in her life start to fall away, she finds that there’s no one there to catch her when the bottom truly drops out and she’s left with nowhere to turn.

 

 

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE COMPETITION

 

Bradenton Premiere

3 ½ MINUTES, 10 BULLETS

Marc Silver, USA, 2015, 85m

Sundance 2015

 

Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving November 2012, four boys in a red SUV pull into a gas station after spending time at the mall buying sneakers and talking to girls. With music blaring, one boy exits the car and enters the store, a quick stop for a soda and a pack of gum. A man and a woman pull up next to the boys in the station, making a stop for a bottle of wine. The woman enters the store and an argument breaks out when the driver of the second car asks the boys to turn the music down. 3 1/2 minutes and ten bullets later, one of the boys is dead. 3 1/2 MINUTES dissects the aftermath of this fatal encounter.

 

Florida Premiere

THE BLACK PANTHERS: VANGUARD OF THE REVOLUTION

Stanley Nelson, 2015, 113m

Sundance 2015

 

This documentary tells the rise and fall of the Black Panther Party, one of the 20th century’s most alluring and controversial organizations that captivated the world’s attention for nearly 50 years. Distributed by PBS.

 

Florida Premiere

IMBA MEANS SING

Danielle Bernstein, USA, 2015, 75m

Atlanta Film Festival 2015

 

IMBA MEANS SING is the intimate character portrait and enchanting journey of Angel, Moses, and Nina – three children growing up in the slums of Uganda, unable to afford a basic education – who get the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to tour the world with the GRAMMY-nominated African Children’s Choir, raising support to put themselves through college.

 

Bradenton Premiere

QUEEN MIMI

Yaniv Rokah, USA, 2015, 75m

DocFest, SF Documentary Festival

 

Forced onto the streets in her 50s, Marie found “home” at a Santa Monica laundromat. Taking shelter there for 20 years, Mimi’s passion for pink, and living without looking back, has taken her from homelessness to Hollywood’s red carpets.

 

 

FLORIDA FOCUS FEATURES

 

World Premiere

CATCHING JUNIOR TATE

Karl Wilson, USA, 106m

 

Bounty hunter, Joe Merriweather just made one of the easiest apprehensions of his career… or so he thought. Within hours of capturing the infamous career criminal, Junior Tate, Joe finds himself stranded South of the Texas/Mexico border, with nothing but the clothes on his back and his less than willing bounty. With a thousand miles between him and his destination, and a crime boss’ henchmen lying in wait to take possession of his ne’er-do-well captive, Joe’s easiest job, just might be his last.

 

Bradenton Premiere

PARADISE, FL

Nick Morgulis, USA, 2015, 113m

Sarasota Film Festival 2015

 

Oyster-fishing in Paradise, FL earns Tommy a living, but hardly a life. His best friend, Sean, is caught between two women, each a mother of one of his children. When Sean’s wife attempts suicide, Tommy moves in to help and finds the family he didn’t know he needed. Forced to face his past demons and current addictions, Tommy discovers that sometimes when you have nothing left to lose, you might finds something worth fight for.

 

World Premiere

TURTLE TALE

Luc Campeau, USA, 2015, 94m

Cast: Noah Schnacky, Mary Rachel Dudley

Work In Progress Screening As Part of the Skyway Labs

 

Inspired by true events that took place at the George C. McGough Nature Park in Largo, Florida – The story is told from the Nature park first habitants ‘THE TURTLES”

 

 

SPECIAL RETROSPECTIVE SCREENING

 

THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT

Dan Myrick & Eduardo Sanchez, USA, 81m

Special Screening and Q&A with Director Dan Myrick
Three film students vanish after traveling into a Maryland forest to film a documentary on the local Blair Witch legend, leaving only their footage behind.

 

 

SHORT FILM COMPETITION, SPONSORED BY INDIEPIX

 

World Premiere

AT RISK

Stan Arthur, USA, 2015, 23m

AT RISK is a 23-minute documentary that profiles five people who are making a difference in the lives of at-risk youth in the Tampa Bay area. They include Niki Cross, who at age 15 was abducted by a human trafficker and held prisoner as a sex slave for a year, as well as former NFL wide receiver Michael Clayton, who is opening housing facilities for young men who are aging out of foster care and personally mentoring them.

 


Florida Premiere

BREAKING IN

Robby Stahl & Max Belk, USA, 2015, 4m

Two actors, Robby and Max, make their way through New York City in pursuit of obtaining their dreams of being movie stars. They have ups and downs through comedic relief but still strive to make the best of every situation.

 

North American Premiere

COME, THE LIGHT

Chao Koi-Wang, Taiwan, 27m

Fighting for a lottery ticket, two star-crossed lovers and a big flock of greedy fools experienced an eccentric night.

 

Florida Premiere

DEAR FRIENDS

Paulina Dana, Argentina, 2015, 19m

A group of teenage friends spend a fun afternoon at a cemetery or so it seems.

 

Bradenton Premiere

DOWN IN FLAMES

William J. Stribling, USA, 2015, 30m

Tony ‘Volcano’ Valenci has spent his life attempting to set a world record. Now, Tony plans to shock the world by attempting the impossible: blowing fire while skydiving.

 

Florida Premiere

DRONE

Justin S. Lee, USA, 2015, 14m

A rookie Air Force drone pilot (Daniel Sharman) finds himself increasingly attached to a target he watches from halfway around the world.

 

Florida Premiere

END OF WAR

Bernard E. James, Canada, 2015, 9m

Set during WWI, ‘The End of War’ focuses on three Allied soldiers approaching the last minutes of combat before the armistice takes effect.

 

Bradenton Premiere

FALLING TO PIECES

Chris Connolly & Vivian Connolly, USA, 2015, 18m

Cassandra had no idea that her husband had checked the organ donation box on his driver’s license. And after he died, she became determined to meet every one of the recipients. Each encounter proves more disastrous than the last; but if she can’t move on, she might just fall apart.

 

Bradenton Premiere

KNIGHTSVILLE

Aly Migliori, USA, 2015, 13m

In returning home to celebrate a Catholic feast, Sara faces a family that now feels foreign and a culture she no longer understands.

 

Florida Premiere

MARATHON

Lauren Smitelli, US, 2015, 14m

A young woman goes searching for someone from her past but soon realizes she may not be ready for the journey she set out on.

 

World Premiere

ONE NIGHT IN HOLLYWOOD

Sheri Sussman, USA, 2015, 11m

No matter how powerful you are in Hollywood, there’s always someone more powerful than you that has your career in the palm of their hand. A satire about two Indie filmmakers who find the perfect investor for their film who only has one deal point – that they kill a studio executive that has crossed him. But, oddly enough – agreeing on an ending to their film seems to be their biggest problem.

 

Bradenton Premiere

PACKER PRIDE

Travis Bell, USA, 2015, 24m

Former NFL safety Marcus Paschal returns to his alma mater, Largo High School, as a first-year head coach. Paschal discovered football as the outlet to escape his community, but his mission is to help past, present, and future Largo students and athletes to find a way out and return to give back. Packer Pride is a story about community, football, and race.

 

Bradenton Premiere

PARDON THE INTRUSION

Harry Chadwick, United Kingdom, 19m

Pardon the Intrusion is a film exploring age, personal courage and interconnection.

 

Bradenton Premiere

RUDY & NEAL GO FISHING

Abigail Tannebaum, Sharon & Pablo Durana, USA, 2015, 25m

This is a film about two guys who go fishing in South Florida’s beautiful waters. But this is not your ordinary fishing trip. Meet Rudy – U.S. Army veteran suffering from Post­Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Neal – a tournament angler with an unusual profession. Fishing is part of Rudy’s therapy and the simplicity and tranquility of fishing allows this vet to reconnect with nature and start to heal.

 

Florida Premiere

THE SON OF MAPES

Aaron Hosé, USA/Aruba, 2015, 14m
The Sons of Mapes shares the intimate and uplifting story of the 40-year reunion of an all-Latin American and Caribbean collegiate tennis team with their ailing 86 year-old coach.

 

Florida Premiere

SUNDAY

Iva Gocheva, USA, 2015, 13m

Guided by an off screen interviewer, SUNDAY follows a young Bulgarian woman in New York dealing with the harsh reality of her expired Visa. Through a cascade of images and events from her final days in the city, we see her building anxiety as she begins to realize the beauty and impermanence of her existence.

 

North American Premiere

WASHAKIE AND THE BOY WITH THE WET HANDS

Eric Monteagudo & Orio Peñalver, Spain, 2015, 11m

The Washakie’s village is suffering an unprecedented drought. His father is ill and scarcity of water has made it worse. The boy embarks on a journey to the east, the forbidden land, to seek help from the American colonists. There he meets a mysterious cowboy who flees the civilization, whom Washakie will find suspicious.

 

North American Premiere

THE WHISPERS

Sarah Heitz De Chabaneix, France, 2015, 8m

A teenager talks freely, reinventing herself along the way, looking at her life without any taboo. While on the other side of the door, her parents are extremely worried. They can only, indeed, imagine everything their daughter hides from them…

 

World Premiere

WHITEOUT, BRAZIL

Rafael Duarte, France, 2015, 26m

“Whiteout” is the story of the pursuit of a dream. It’s a trip into the mind of a journalist and photographer in a challenge at the Mont-Blanc, France. The documentary reveals how he tried to reach out for his potential and understand the passion for climbing and the love for the mountains. It shows that it’s is not about going higher, but reaching further.

 

FLORIDA SHORT FILMS

 

Bradenton Premiere

1954

Gary Grant, USA, 2015, 22m

The year, 1954, might not stand out in history books.  However, for those seeking a “real” ghost tour, the date is a milestone.  What took place then provides a paranormal gateway now, with an invitation that shouldn’t be accepted lightly.

 

Bradenton Premiere

CASTER’S BLOG: A GEEK LOVE STORY

Austin McKinley, USA, 2015, 16m

Ray Caster has no idea how to talk to girls. He coasts through life in Sarasota, Florida, writing his blog about beer, pizza and Star Trek. So when he meets Shadoe Beaupre—quite possibly the coolest, most perfect girl he can imagine—he’s completely unprepared.

 

Bradenton Premiere

GREATER GOODE

Jordan Wall, USA, 2015, 13m

After a botched mission resulting in the massacre of his team, Sgt Goode escapes the enemy, only to discover the real enemy may be closer to home. Confined in a room with his superior officer, a cat and mouse game ensues with secrets revealed and painful truths rising to the surface.

 

Bradenton Premiere

HIDDEN HEART

Susan Gallagher, USA, 2015, 6m

When life gets muddy, put on your big girl boots. After Jodie’s dysfunctional family falls apart and she’s betrayed by a friend, she finds relief in the strength and humor of her boot stomping Aunt Viva Lea.

 

Bradenton Premiere

LEAN

Kevin James O’Neill, USA, 2015, 8m

An older African American male looks back on his life and the event drastically changed it.  The story revolves around the loss of innocence in his childhood.

 

Bradenton Premiere

M-THEORY

TL Westgate, USA, 2015, 16m

Saving the world has unintended consequences.

 

World Premiere

MAY I HAVE 5, PLEASE

John C. Jones, USA, 2015, 3m

A man who is looking to party leaves his house to meet up with a shady character. Upon his return home a few thugs are waiting for him. Are they looking for revenge or something even more sinister?

 

Bradenton Premiere

ONLY IRON RUSTS

Mark Zampella, USA, 2015, 8m

Only Iron Rusts investigates the cause and effect of oxidation through the eyes of puppets fashioned from tin cans. Told in mockumentary style and shot in noir-ish black and white, the story at first resembles a 50s health class training film before quickly evolving into an existential visual treatise.

 

Florida Premiere

SCREEN MEMORY

Alison Laura Fletcher, USA, 2015, 6m

Screen Memory tells the story of my mother’s encounter with the astronaut John Glenn in 1961. The film makes use of found images borrowed from historical books and web pages featuring the NASA space program, as well as more personal family photos of my mother and her life in Florida in the early 1960’s.

 

Florida Premiere

SETTLE MASCOTTE

Drew Permutter, USA, 2015, 4m

Archibald Gano was a pioneer in the Central Florida farming industry. Though he played such a pivotal role in the development of early Florida agriculture, today his legacy is but a thing of the past. Settling Mascotte is a micro-documentary chronicling the pursuits of a man whose fruitful life left a mark on land that now lies empty of all his traces.

 

Bradenton Premiere

THE SUNNY SIDE

Trishul Thejasvi, USA, 2015, 11m

The Sunny Side takes us on a short, self-affirming journey through the entire life of a person, from the 1960’s to the present day.

 

 

STUDENT SHORTS

 

Bradenton Premiere

A SKELETON NAMED OLIVER

Clara Maria Díez, USA, 2015 9m

In a world with no color or life, a shy yet optimistic skeleton longs for something beautiful and alive. However, after the Land of he Living proves not to be the wonderland he had imagined, the skeleton named Oliver finds that beauty and life exist even amongst the dead.

 

Florida Premiere

ALIEN COMMUNICATIONS

Kris & Kurtis Theorin, USA, 2015, 9m

Sometimes communicating with the opposite sex can be as alien as communicating with well… an alien. This slightly sci-fi short film is a touching coming of age story that the awkward in all of us can relate to.

 

Bradenton Premiere

ATTACK OF THE KILLER SKELETON FROM OUTER SPACE

Will Smith, USA, 2015, 13m

A student uncovers the truth about his high school’s new principal.

 

Florida Premiere

BLACKBIRD VACUUM

Ethan Seneker, USA, 8m

A boy and a girl are having an affair with each other and proceed to question the morality of their situation.

 

Florida Premiere

BULL

Max Martin, Canada, 2015, 16m

When eighteen-year old Jesse returns home from an eating disorder clinic, he discovers that adjusting to life outside of the program may be more difficult than he suspected as he is forced to confront his past compulsions alongside his obsessive family.

 

Bradenton Premiere

CRI DE COEUR

Delaney Noris, USA, 2015, 12m

After the murder of a young woman, an up-and-coming detective interrogates potential suspects.

 

Florida Premiere

DOG DAYS

Nathan Deming, USA, 2015, 17m

A portrait of adolescence, brotherhood, and a moment of discovery.  Stephen and Isaac are bored to death on a hot summer day when the dog goes missing

 

Bradenton Premiere

EGMONT PASSAGE: THE FACTS BEHIND THE FICTION (A HISTORY OF COASTAL TAMPA BAY)

Antonino Fabiano, USA, 2015, 39m

This documentary, a teacher/student production from Palmetto High School Television, tells the history of coastal Tampa Bay through characters in the young adult novel, Egmont Passage. Shot mostly on-location at sites such as Fort DeSoto and Egmont Key, viewers time-travel to the prehistoric era, and to many other periods of Florida history. Saber-tooth tigers, Spanish Conquistador’s, and Robert E. Lee await an unsuspecting audience as this adventure story uncovers Florida’s rich past.

 

Bradenton Premiere

THE EMOTIONAL DIMENSIONS OF THE JAMES RIVER

Michelle Marquez, USA, 2015, 3m

The fifteen-year-old scientist, artist and director of this experimental film challenge the traditional separation between Science and Art.

 

Bradenton Premiere

EYE OF THE BEHOLDER

William Stead, USA, 5m

A boy diagnosed with autism learns to cope with his disorder.

 

Florida Premiere

HORLA

Gabriel Galand, Korea, 2015, 11m

In the end of the nineteenth century, an isolated aristocrat becomes convinced that the house and grounds are haunted.

 

Florida Premiere

LALO & MORELLA

Ines Michelena, USA, 2015, 9m

Years into their marriage, Morella discovered she wasn’t the only woman in Lalo’s life. Now in their eighties, they still live under the same roof, but in separate beds. When Lalo falls ill, old wounds open back up, and Morella must decide if she will forgive him before it’s too late.

 

Bradenton Premiere

THE LOYALIST

Minji Kang, USA, 2015, 20m

A North Korean general checks in on his daughter at a Swiss boarding school to test her loyalty to her motherland.

 

Florida Premiere

WONDER IN THE SMOKIES

Drew Permutter, USA 2015, 5m

The town of Elkmont, Tennessee once stood as booming vacation destination, serving as a weekend getaway for big city folk. With the establishment of The Great Smoky Mountain National Park, the land that Elkmont sat on was bought. It was only a matter of time before the town began to fade away with the chaining of the seasons. Wonder In The Smokies is a micro-documentary that delves into the history of a once thriving mountain town, now forgotten.

 

 

The Skyway Film Festival will be showcasing the craft of filmmaking and storytelling by advocating the work of filmmakers, screenwriters and all artists who use the medium of film and television to bring art alive. The full program of films and schedule will be announced soon with tickets on-sale now.

 

The Bradenton Film Commission is a premiere sponsor of the festival and hopes to contribute to independent filmmakers and show their support by providing incentives for filmmakers to come to Bradenton and Manatee County.

 

Visit the official site of the festival at http://skywayfilmfestival.org.

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SKYWAY FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES FESTIVAL WINNERS

 

BRADENTON, FL – JUNE 14, 2015, The Skyway Film Festival announced today the winners of their inaugural year’s awards. The festival concludes today with the Closing Night Film – No Stranger Than Love by Director Nick Wernham.

 

The list of awards and winners listed below:

 

GRAND JURY NARRATIVE FEATURE – “Night Owls” Directed by Charles Hood

 

GRAND JURY DOCUMENTARY FEATURE – “3 1/2 Minutes, 10 Bullets” directed by Marc Silver

 

GRAND JURY SHORT FILM SPONSORED BY INDIE PIX – The Whispers Directed by Sarah Heitz De Chabeneix

 

GRAND JURY FLORIDA SHORT FILM – “Lean” Directed by Kevin O’Neil

 

SPECIAL JURY AWARD FOR ACTING – Amberlee Colson from the Feature Film “Worthy” Directed by Marianna Palka

 

SPECIAL JURY AWARD FOR DIRECTING – “Across the Sea” Directed by Nisan Dag and Esra Saddam

 

GRAND JURY TELEPLAY – “Razorhurst” Written by Li Lu

 

AUDIENCE AWARD NARRATIVE FEATURE – “The Suffering” Directed by Robert Hamilton

 

AUDIENCE AWARD SHORT FILM – “End of War” Directed by Bernard E. James

 

AUDIENCE AWARD STUDENT SHORT – “Wonder in the Smokies” Directed by Drew Permutter

 

The Grand Jury included the following industry individuals who brought their expertise to award the winners of the festival: Dori Sperko, (Sex Ed, Albion: Rise of the Danann); Ryan O’Nan, Actor/Writer (Ray Donovan, The Iceman); Daniel Bort, Expression Entertainment, President; Andre Holland, Actor (The Knick/Selma); Leslie Cohen, HBO, VP of Programming; Lee Broda, Actor/Producer (Amnesiac/The Phenom); Caroline Connor, Producer (Chu and Blossom/Franny); Michael Darrow, Editor (Albion: The Rise of Danann/Casual Encounters); Marty Clear, Bradenton Herald; Julie La’Bassiere, BAFTA NY, CEO;  Jacob Ogles and Phil Lederer from SRQ Magazine.

 

“Congratulations to all the winners at the inaugural Skyway Film Festival. We could not be more proud of the success of the inaugural year. The attendance exceeded our expectations, the amount of filmmakers that attended was amazing and the audience response was all positive. The Skyway team from all the volunteers, staff and with the Support of the Manatee Performing Arts Center and local organizations like Realize Bradenton we could not be happier with the energy that was felt throughout the weekend as chapter one of Skyway unraveled,” said Joe Restaino, Artistic Director, Skyway Film Festival.

 

The Skyway Film Festival showcased the craft of filmmaking and storytelling by advocating the work of filmmakers, screenwriters and all artists who use the medium of film and television to bring art alive.

 

The Bradenton Film Commission is a premiere sponsor of the festival and hopes to contribute to independent filmmakers and show their support by providing incentives for filmmakers to come to Bradenton and Manatee County.

 

Visit the official site of the festival at http://skywayfilmfestival.org

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