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Monthly Archives: September 2011

Six Word Story Contest: Winner

The September winner is Mark Carey who wrote “Reality revealed, escaping reflection top priority.” Congrats, Mark!

Look out for next month’s six word story contest starting October 1st.

Mr. Happy Man wins in Birmingham

Some of you may remember the short documentary Mr. Happy Man which had its world premier at BIFF this year. The short documentary screened out-of-competition, the short focuses on the daily life of local legend Johnny Barnes. The film recently won the Best Documentary Short award at the 13th Annual Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival.

BIFF would like to congratulate Johnny Barnes and director Matt Morris for their win and spreading Johnny’s happiness beyond our little island.

Since premiering at BIFF 2011 Mr. Happy Man has gone on to play at numerous north American festivals. It won the Short Film Audience Award at the AFI-Discovery Channel’s Silverdocs.

Where the whales sing wins at Croatia

BIFF would like to extend our congratulations to BIFF alumni Andrew Stevenson Where the Whales Sing a local documentary has just picked up two awards at the Croatia Film Festival. The Bermuda-made documentary was awarded the Best Environmental Film Award as well as a Special Audience Award.

Where the Whales Sing premiered at BIFF 2010, since then it has screened at numerous film festivals including the BLUE Ocean Film Festival where it won Best Emerging Underwater Filmmaker. In addition the film also won High Honours at the Princeton Environmental Film Festival.

Bermudian Filmmaker wins 2011 Charman Prize

Bermudian filmmaker Andrew Stevenson made history this year when he was awarded the grand prize at this year’s Charman Prize for his documentary Where the Whales Sing. The win marks the first time that a film has been awarded the grand prize. The decision was unanimously made by the panel of judges.

The Charman Prize is an annual art prize competition for local artists in Bermuda which was established in 2008. Sponsor and patron of the Charman Prize is Mr. John Charman, the CEO and President of Axis Capital Holdings, a local businessman, and an art collector.

The intention of the Charman Prize is to exhibit artwork inspired by Bermuda, and to honor and support artists in the creation of their artwork. Artworks are reviewed by a panel of judges, and the Charman Prize grants awards based on the artwork’s excellence according to the competition’s overall theme and four points of judging criteria. The grand prize winning artist wins $10,000 for an artwork that embodies an outstanding example of the judging criteria.

Where the Whales Sing is a documentary film which tells the story of migration of the humpback whale through Bermuda’s waters.

BIFFlix: Gun Hill Road Sept 22nd

BIFFlix’s re-scheduled screening of “Gun Hill Road” on 22 September 2011 will feature a informal discussion with representatives from Two Words and a Comma campaign. The screening will take place at 6:30 p.m. at the Tradewinds Auditorium at Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute (BUEI) on Crow Lane in Hamilton.

“A moving and enlightening exploration of the conflicts between identity, desire, cultural expectations, and family ties.” Peter Keough, Boston Phoenix. Click here to view trailer.

After three years in prison, Enrique (Esai Morales, La Bamba) returns home to the Bronx to find the world he knew has changed. His wife, Angela (Judy Reyes, Scrubs), struggles to hide an emotional affair, and his teenage son, Michael (Harmony Santana), explores a sexual transformation to “Vanessa” that is well beyond Enrique’s grasp and understanding.

Unable to accept his child, Enrique clings to his masculine ideals while Angela attempts to hold the family together by protecting Michael. Still under the watchful eye of his parole officer (Isiah Whitlock, Jr., The Wire), Enrique must become the father he needs to be or, once again, risk losing his family and freedom. For Michael, it’s a coming out tale where he is forced to deal with verbal abuse at school, a new relationship that seems more about sexual experimentation than love, and most centrally a parent who simply can’t accept the change.

Can a father’s fierce love for his family overcome his street-hardened ideas about manhood and end the vicious cycle controlling his life? Gun Hill Road is a film about discovering that who you are and who you want to be aren’t always the same and then challenging yourself to change that truth.

Writer/director Rashaad Ernesto Green’s first feature film is an intricate portrait of a family divided told with sensitivity, gentle humor, and a deep understanding of the environment that shapes its people. Click here for an interesting interview with the director in Filmmaker magazine.

Two Words and a Comma are (just about) all it would take to prohibit discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation. But Bermuda has yet to make that simple amendment since the Human Rights Act first became law in 1981. Click here to learn more about the organization and campaign. Stay for the discussion afterwards!

Film rated R for strong sexual content, language and some violence.

Tickets are available in advance on www.tickets.biff.bm or at the door on the day from 5:30 p.m. Tickets are price at $9 for BIFF members and $13 for non-members. For reservations or enquiries email programming@biff.bm.

Six Word Story Contest Extended

There is still time to enter September’s contest.

Challenge yourself – really quickly! – and you can win two tickets to September’s BIFFlix film Gun Hill Road. New entries accepted now and close at noon on Wednesday, 21 September. Click here to enter.

The film genre for September is psychological thriller.

Good luck.

bifflix: gun hill road rescheduled to Sept 22

Unfortunately due to tropical storm Maria now being upgraded to a Hurricane BIFF has no choice but to rescheduled our bifflix screening of Gun Hill Road. The screening will now take place on Thursday September 22nd.

If you already purchased your ticket in advanced please note that you can use that same ticket for the rescheduled screening. If for whatever reason you purchased an advanced ticket and can not make the rescheduled screening date you will be reimbursed. For reimbursement queries please contact programming@biff.bm.

We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience and understanding in the matter.

Hope to see you next week.

-Andrew

bifflix: Gun Hill Road on Sept 15

BIFF will host a screening of “Gun Hill Road” on September 15, 2011, at 6:30 p.m. as part of its monthly film series, BIFFlixs. The film will be shown in the Tradewinds Auditorium at Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute (BUEI) on Crow Lane in Hamilton.

“In writer-director Rashaad Ernesto Green’s assured hands, “Gun Hill Road” manages somehow to be gritty, delicate, in your face and nuanced at the same time.” David Lewis, San Francisco Chronicle Click here to view trailer.

After three years in prison, Enrique (Esai Morales, La Bamba) returns home to the Bronx to find the world he knew has changed. His wife, Angela (Judy Reyes, Scrubs), struggles to hide an emotional affair, and his teenage son, Michael (Harmony Santana), explores a sexual transformation to “Vanessa” that is well beyond Enrique’s grasp and understanding.

Unable to accept his child, Enrique clings to his masculine ideals while Angela attempts to hold the family together by protecting Michael. Still under the watchful eye of his parole officer (Isiah Whitlock, Jr., The Wire), Enrique must become the father he needs to be or, once again, risk losing his family and freedom. For Michael, it’s a coming out tale where he is forced to deal with verbal abuse at school, a new relationship that seems more about sexual experimentation than love, and most centrally a parent who simply can’t accept the change.

Can a father’s fierce love for his family overcome his street-hardened ideas about manhood and end the vicious cycle controlling his life? Gun Hill Road is a film about discovering that who you are and who you want to be aren’t always the same and then challenging yourself to change that truth.

Writer/director Rashaad Ernesto Green’s first feature film is an intricate portrait of a family divided told with sensitivity, gentle humor, and a deep understanding of the environment that shapes its people.

Tickets are available in advance on www.tickets.biff.bm or at the door on the day from 5:30 p.m. Tickets are price at $9 for BIFF members and $13 for non-members. For reservations or enquiries email programming@biff.bm.

six word story contest- the speedy version

The BIFF challenge continues in September… Create your own original six word story this week – pilferred words of others not accepted! The film genre for September is psychological thriller.

The June winner was Marlee Robinson whose story was:

Broken hearts joyously reunited in …… death.

Challenge yourself – really quickly! – and you can win two tickets to September’s BIFFlix film Gun Hill Road. New entries accepted now and close at noon on Wednesday, 14 September. Click here to enter.

Support: on the ice

BIFF has always been supportive our alumni. We like to take a moment to share an open letter from Cara Marcous producer of the feature film On The Ice this film is actually based on the short film Sikumi which screened at our festival back in 2008.

Currently Cara and her team our trying to raise the funds so that the film can receive a US theatrical release. Please see Cara’s open letter below. They only have a few hours left in-order to meet their kickstarter goal.

Dear friends,

If you haven’t heard all ready, Andrew MacLean’s award-winning Alaskan thriller ON THE ICE is running an exciting Kickstarter campaign to try to get distributed in the U.S. ON THE ICE won Best First Feature and the Crystal Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival, as well as the FIPRESCI Prize for Best New American Film at the Seattle International Film Festival. It is a stunning film unlike anything you have seen before and it deserves to be on the big screen.

From the critics:

“A Must-See” —Eric Kohn, indieWIRE.com
“captivating…fascinating”, —Ryland Aldrich, Twitch
“immensely appealing performances”, —Michael Read, San Francisco Film Society
“eerily suspenseful”, —Lindsay Jaeger, Sante Fe Reporter
««««, —Scott Knopf, Film Threat

We encourage you to take a moment and watch their Kickstarter video to learn more and consider pledging: http://kck.st/qwld86. THEIR TIME RUNS OUT THIS THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 8TH!!!

Please also forward this on to your friends and family, and help this deserving film break through into theaters in a truly independent way.

Thank you,
Cara Marcous