2008 Submitted Films
are available to borrow at the Nassau County Public Library
25 N. 4th St. Fernandina Beach, FL 32034


Best Musical/Comedy
EARANO
Director: Luke Matheny

"Earano" is a loose comic retelling of the Cyrano tale with one major twist: our hero has bug ears instead of a big nose. A large-eared tutor named Earl pines of the lovely librarian Roxie. However, the arrival of a hunky Ukrainian janitor puts a kink in Earl's plans and sets into motion a surprising and funny story of unrequited love.   
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Best Documentary
APPALACHIAN STATE  FOOTBALL
A DATE WITH A DESTINY

Directors: Ray Goodrich & Kyle Payne      

A 60-minute all-access reality special chronicling the Appalachian State Mountaineers’ preparation for and historic victory over the University of Michigan.
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Best Short
GREEN RIVER:
ON THE DOWN LOW

Director: Thomas W. Oliver - http://www.kayakfilm.com/

A breathtaking cinematic journey following three friends kayaking down America's most challenging class V white water river. 
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Best Special/Other
FORFEIT
Directors: Andrew Shea

An armored car guard's elaborate plan for revenge is threatened by his relationship with an old friend -- a brilliant and unpredictable television preacher. Andrew Shea's taut thriller features an impressive cast, including Sherry Stringfield (ER), Gregory Itzin (24) and Wayne Knight (Seinfeld).
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Best of the Fest - THE RICHARD WIDMARK award:
AMELIA ISLAND: ISLE OF 8 FLAGS
Filmed by Rob Hicks of Pirate Television at the Fernandina Beach High School

This film chronicles the unique history of Amelia Island and how it cam to be the only locale in the United States that can claim eight different flags.
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Abigail's Spring
Filmed by Antonio Sarte

Scott and Megan journey to a remote Eden-like Florida spring for scientific study, where the clear artesian water prompts a reflection on their past romantic relationship, until one of them goes missing.

A transcendental story about the fluidity of life and love.
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A Monk Jumped Over a Wall
Filmed by Felix E. Martinez

The main character is at a crossroads, early on in his career. In fact, he's interviewing for a job. And he has to reconcile the fact that he's pursuing a career that he's not too crazy about, but hey, he's got to pay the bills. We've all been there. However, some of us don't have that kind of courage on our own to jump the wall and pursue our true path. Some of us need help - a friend, a fear, a muse - to make the jump.
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A Murder on A Sunday
Filmed by Jean-Xavier de Lestrade

Brenton Butler was just a regular 15-year-old African American high-school student living in Jacksonville, Florida. But when a woman was murdered on a quiet Sunday morning, Brenton suddenly found himself accused of the killing in one of the most frightening cases of mistaken identity ever. This shocking documentary provides a candid look at the U.S. justice system at work and exposes the racial bias and abuse of power that resulted in Brenton's arrest.
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A Patriot Act
Filmed by D. Thomas Laskowski

In this tale of big brother in the 21st century, a young man in the wrong place at the wrong time doing the wrong thing falls into the covert operation of a overzealous anti-terrorist task force.

“A Patriot Act” is a fictional representation of a possible reality. If actions are not taken to oversee the agencies involved, it may only be a matter of time before fiction becomes reality.
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A Powerful Noise
Filmed by Tom Cappello, Scott Thigpen & Shelia Johnson

Hanh is an HIV-positive widow in Vietnam. Nada, a survivor of the Bosnian war. And Jacqueline works the slums of Bamako, Mali. Three very different lives. Three vastly different worlds. But they share something in common: Power. These women are each overcoming gender barriers to rise up and claim a voice in their societies. Through their empowerment and ability to empower others, Hanh, Nada and Jacqueline are sparking remarkable changes. Fighting AIDS. Rebuilding communities.
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Darius Goes West:
The Roll of His Life

http://www.dariusgoeswest.org/
Filmed by Logan Smalley

A crew of college-age students takes Darius Weems, who has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, cross-country in an RV in hopes of convincing MTV's "Pimp My Ride" to customize his wheelchair. This film has received multiple awards from Jackson Hole, Palm Beach, Santa Barbara and Ojai film festivals. It was an official selection at Tribeca Film Festival. This 19-year old filmmaker is from Athens, Georgia.
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Enormous Nuclear Potato
Filmed by Michelle A. Barnes

A small town couple becomes famous overnight after discovering the world's largest potato. They then face the wrath of a jealous beauty queen and judgmental town with the help of a crazy farmer and a little magic.
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Forced Perspective:
Odessa

Filmed by Deanna Morse

When visiting the real steps at Odessa, perceptions are profoundly affected by memories of The Odessa Steps sequence from 'Battleship Potemkin' (Eisenstein, 1925). Media images have power. They shape our real live experiences.
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The Green Monster
It Came from the River

Filmed by Bill Retherford

In  the summer 2005, the St. Johns River was taken over by a smelly, toxic algal bloom that turned the river green. It was the worst such bloom in the river's history, and was caused by an excess of nutrients in the water. One of the chief sources of these nutrients was fertilizer runoff, and this show teaches you how to fertilize properly and create a river-friendly yard.
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Haberdash
Filmed by Patrick Barry

On a quiet night's visit to his local coffee shop, Gus discovers
something rather amazing - the most beautiful woman in the world might have a crush on him. If only there was a way to know for sure.
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Happy Talk
Filmed by H. James Gilmore

A dark and quirky coming-of-age comedy that captures a day in the life of the persistent Arturo Deegan as he tries to abandon his pre-destined life to live out his dream of becoming an actor.
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In Marjorie's Wake
Filmed by Bob Giguere

Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings may have been behind both The Yearling and the syndicated "Songs of the Housewife" column. Friend to Hemingway and Hurston, confidante of moonshiners, and queen of a Cracker Country homestead called Cross Creek, Rawlings was no shut-in. In one infamous trip, Rawlings and her hard-charging Cracker neighbor Dessie Smith followed the St. John's River.
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Last Flight Home
Filmed by Jennifer Powers & Daniel T. O’Brien

The stark phrase 'Missing In Action' leaves the human spirit room for hope, doubt and question. While it seems that Dr. Scannon's work is in a far remote piece of the world, the real adventure and spirit is in bringing answers to the families of those missing all these years.
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The Lonely Bliss
of the Cannonball Luke

Filmed by Levi Abrino

A human cannonball named Luke returns home to a small town in Pennsylvania to launch himself back into the lives of his ex-flame Hannah and her daughter Elise. Culminating in a jaw-dropping finale, the film is a bittersweet ode to a man who’s only grounded when he's in the sky (featuring stunt work by world-record-holding human cannonball David Smith Sr.).
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Mimi in the Park
Filmed by Antonio Sarte

Mimi and Darlene, two strangers, meet in passing while waiting for the bus at a pretty downtown park. There, each of them shares a small element of their lives with one another before going their separate ways. A slice-of-life story about how even the most random encounters with other people can touch our lives in some way.
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The Offering
Filmed by Paul Lee

"The Offering" is a color, 10 minute short dramatic film about the progression and the passing of life. Without dialogue and music, the story centers on the evolution of love and friendship between a Japanese monk and the young novice who has come into his life.
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Pretty Ugly People
Filmed by Tate Taylor & Brunson Green

After receiving gastric-bypass surgery, a former “fat friend” gets all her old college friends together to show off her her new body. However, she learns that the grass is not always greener on the other side of obesity.
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Revenge of the River
Filmed by Bill Retherford

Imagine a region on the verge of squandering its treasure. Picture a state on the brink of decimating its splendor. Then look no further than your own front yard. The city is Jacksonville, the state is Florida, and the factors contributing to our dilemma grow daily: A sick river, polluted streams, disappearing wetlands, shrinking water supplies and all in the midst of explosive population growth.
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Secret Courage:
The Walter Suskind Story

Filmed by Tim & Karen Morse

Like other Jews who were forced to work in concert with the Nazis, Walter Suskind was considered a collaborator by many of his Jewish brethren. What no one knew, however, until after his death, was that Suskind used his position as head of Jewish deportations in Holland to save an estimated 1000 Jewish children from death camps.
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Sensations Floride!
Filmed by Eloise Forest

To get to the heart of what attracts Florida-goers, SENSATIONS FLORIDA will explore different aspects of the state through the five senses. From it’s operatic bird-songs to it’s panoramic views and glitzy art deco hotels, to the sumptuous smells of it’s fresh food markets and fragrant flowers, to the taste of Daiquiris and crab-legs, to the feeling of floating in the ocean, walking on hot golden sand and perfectly manicured golf course grass…all the colors of Florida unfold before our eyes, to pleasure all of our senses.
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Shut Up & Kiss Me
Filmed by Bartleu Argo & Miriam Oxtoby

Casual conversation turns Julie and Dean’s leisurely stroll home into a powder keg of pretense and pride. Will either side be able to extinguish the fuse before the whole evening explodes?
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stick it to me
Filmed by Cristina Cassidy & Michael Kahn

Two filmmakers take to the streets of Charlotte, NC, to interview people about their bumper stickers. Some people are passionate about the slogans they display, and others think bumper stickers are just plain dumb. As for those fish decals? You’ll see them all here, and more.
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The Will to Survive:
The Story of the Gullah/Gee Chee Nation

Filmed by Al Hawkins & Kathleen "Kay" Humphries

The documentary goes inside the little-known society of the Gullah/Geechee nation, a community which has survived in almost total obscurity for more than 200 years. Focusing on Sapelo Island, Georgia, one of the last remaining "intact" Geechee communities, The Will to Survive ... explores the history...the present...and the future, for what has been called the "most authentic African-American community in the United States".
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 Submit Your 2010 Film to:
               Amelia Island Film Festival
               P.O. Box 504
               Fernandina Beach, FL 32035-0504        
Deadline for submissions is November 30, 2009.
   
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