Schedule for Frankfort's 2nd Annual Film Festival at Garden Theater

The newly restored Garden Theater will debut its second Frankfort International Film Festival featuring the best films from prestigious festivals worldwide, from October 21-24, 2010. Admission to all shows is $8 per show for adults and $6 per show for children 12 and under. A $50 Event Pass is also available. Event passes are available online, at the box office during normal hours and at Betsie Bay Furniture during their regular business hours.

This year’s lineup includes 1981, Alamar, Bomber, The Concert, Kings of Pastry, The Most Dangerous Man in America and Winter’s Bone.

2009 Filmmaker of the year Richard Brauer will be at the screening of his movie Fitful to address the audience and take questions. Fitful was filmed entirely in Manistee, on location of the SS Milwaukee; moored for years in Frankfort’s harbor. To learn more visit brauer.com.

The Garden Theater is also welcoming Bill Latka who is bringing a short called Moving Pictures.  Bill relocated his company, Rivet Entertainment, from LA to Traverse City.  He wrote and produced the Emmy-nominated series, “Before We Ruled the Earth”, a lavish, effects-laden docudrama about early man, and was the producer of “Walking with Cavemen” both for the Discovery Channel. Bill will discuss his experiences with making films and commercials in Michigan and around the world.

2010 Movie Lineup   

Thursday, October 21, 2010

8 pm Kings of Pastry directed by D.A. Pennebaker & Chris Hegedus(English – 2009 – 84 min – NR) Documentary

The films follows Jacques Pfeiffer, founder of the French Pastry School in Chicago, as he returns to France to compete against 15 of France’s leading pastry chefs in the Meilleur Ouvrier de France (Best Craftsman in France) competition which occurs every four years.  The three-day competition includes everything from delicate chocolates to six-foot sugar sculptures and requires chefs with extraordinary skill.

Friday, October 22, 2010

12:30 pm Alamar directed by Pedro Gonzalez-Rubio(Spanish & Italian w/ English Subtitles – 2009 – 73 min –AA all audiences) Narrative/Drama 

WINNER – Grand Jury Prize – Miami Int’l Film FestivalWINNER – New Directors Prize – San Francisco Int’l Film Festival

Jorge and Roberta have been separated for several years. They simply come from opposite worlds: he likes an uncomplicated life in the jungle, while… Jorge and Roberta have been separated for several years. They simply come from opposite worlds: he likes an uncomplicated life in the jungle, while she prefers a more urban existence. He is Mexican and she is Italian, and she has decided to return to Rome with their five-year-old son.

2:30 pm 1981 directed by Benito Trogi(French w/ English Subtitles – 2009 – 102 min – PG13 language) Comedy

Official Selection – Montreal World Film Festival, Palm Springs International Film Festival, Rome Film Festival.

This cheeky, coming-of-age comedy tells the story of 11-year-old Ricardo, who in 1981, struggles to fit in at his new school. With a flare for inventiveness and a desperate desire to impress his classmates, Ricardo weaves a web of untruths, which he must carefully maintain to keep up appearances for his new friends. But when reality finally catches up with him, Ricardo is forced to come to terms with his true self.

4:30 pm The Most Dangerous Man in American directed by Judith Ehrlich(English – 2010 – 94 min – NR) Documentary

TC Film Fest – Audience Prize for DocumentaryBest Documentary – Boulder International Film Festival

"The Most Dangerous Man in America" is the story of what happens when a former Pentagon insider, armed only with his conscience, steadfast determination, and a file cabinet full of classified documents, decides to challenge an "Imperial" Presidency-answerable to neither Congress, the press, nor the people-in order to help end the Vietnam War. In 1971, Daniel Ellsberg shook America to its foundations when he smuggled a top-secret Pentagon study to the New York Times that showed how five Presidents consistently lied to the American people about the Vietnam War that was killing millions and tearing America apart. President Nixon’s National Security Advisor Henry Kissinger called Ellsberg "the most dangerous man in America," who "had to be stopped at all costs."

7:30 pm Bomber – directed by Paul Cotter(English – 2009 – 85 min – R language and brief nudity.) Comedy/ Drama

SXSW Film Festival 2009: Nominated for the Grand Jury Prize for Narrative Sonoma International Film Festival: Best Feature Jury Award

Alistar and Valerie have been planning a special trip to Germany for a very long time. When their son Ross stops by the house to send them off, happenstance turns into an impromptu family road trip of the most tortuous kind. Alistar berates Ross for all that he is not in life, while Valerie tries to keep the peace. It is soon discovered that Alistar’s reason for the often comic, sometimes painful trip is to shed a guilt he’s been carrying for years. Ultimately, the family learns they need each other more then they imagined.   

9:30 pm Oscar Shorts-Live Action Animated

English – 2010 – 101 min – R adult contentCompilation of the 2010 nominated Oscar animated short films.

Oscar Winning Shorts 2010:  Live Action

English – 2010 – 101 min –R adult contentCompilation of the 2010 nominated Oscar live action short films.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

12:30 pm  The Secret of Kells- directed by Tomm Moore & Nora Twomey

( 2009 – 75 min – AA all audiences) Fantasy/Animated/Adventure

Young Brendan lives in a remote medieval outpost under siege from barbarian raids. But a new life of adventure beckons when a celebrated master illuminator arrives from foreign lands carrying an ancient but unfinished book, brimming with secret wisdom and powers. To help complete the magical book, Brendan has to overcome his deepest fears on a dangerous quest that takes him into the enchanted forest where mythical creatures hide. It is here that he meets the fairy Aisling, a mysterious young wolf-girl, who helps him along the way. But with the barbarians closing in, will Brendan’s determination and artistic vision illuminate the darkness and show that enlightenment is the best fortification against evil?

2 pm  Fitful directed by Rich Brauer

(English – 2010 – 95min – PG-13) Suspense

Paula (Renée O’Connor) is an inspector for the Historic Trustwho visits an abandoned ship on a desolate waterfront.
She meets up with the self-appointed caretaker, Vigs (Larry Joe Campbell),
who had blindly made the application for historical status. Moments after her arrival, her car is disabled and she is far from town and is stuck for the night.
Without other options, she takes him up on his offer to spend the night.What follows is a sleepless night of bad dreams and creepy reality.

Fitful was filmed entirely in Manistee by local Rich Bauer; named, 2009 Filmmaker of the year. He will be at the show to address the audience and take questions.  Fitful was filmed on location of the SS Milwaukee which was moored in Frankfort’s harbor for years.  www.brauer.com

4 pm Dreaming in Blue – directed by Ian Padron(Spanish w/ English subtitles – 2008 – 65 min)

In this fun and hotly controversial film, we follow the team from Havana , The Industrial’s (“The Blues”), thorough their season with an unfiltered look behind the scenes, in the dugout, on the road, and in the streets of Havana.   Independently produced and directed by Ian Padron, you will see why it took him years to overcome the politics to finally get this film in Cuban Theaters.  You don’t have to be a baseball fan to enjoy this delightful film.  Appropriate for all audiences.

5:30 pm Interlochen Film School directed by Join Michael Mittelstaedt

(English – 2010 – 75min – NR) Various

Join Michael Mittelstaedt is the founding director of the Motion Picture Arts Division at Interlochen Center for the Arts. The Aaron and Helen L. DeRoy Center for Film Studies houses the motion picture arts program and is the only facility of its kind in the country, dedicated to film studies and production at the high school level. Mr. Mittelstaedt will be on site along with a number of students to discuss the program and screen several short films.

8 pm Winter’s Bone directed by Debra Granik(English – 2010 – 100 min – R) Drama

Sundance Film Festival 2010: Grand Jury Prize in Drama & Screen writing Award

Based on a novel by Daniel Woodrell, this is the story of Ree Dolly, an adolescent, and her family living a clanish, hard-bitten life in the Ozarks.  Drugs play a central role in determining the path of family members.

Saturday, October 24, 2010

1 pm  Kings of Pastry directed by D.A. Pennebaker & Chris Hegedus(English – 2009 – 84 min – NR) Documentary

The films follows Jacques Pfeiffer, founder of the French Pastry School in Chicago, as he returns to France to compete against 15 of France’s leading pastry chefs in the Meilleur Ouvrier de France (Best Craftsman in France) competition which occurs every four years.  The three-day competition includes everything from delicate chocolates to six-foot sugar sculptures and requires chefs with extraordinary skill.

3 pm Winter’s Bone directed by Debra Granik(English – 2010 – 100 min – R) Drama

Sundance Film Festival 2010: Grand Jury Prize in Drama & Screen writing Award

Based on a novel by Daniel Woodrell, this is the story of Ree Dolly, an adolescent, and her family living a clanish, hard-bitten life in the Ozarks.  Drugs play a central role in determining the path of family members.

5 pm Oscar Shorts Live Action Animated

English – 2010 – 101 min – R adult contentCompilation of the 2010 nominated Oscar animated short films.

Oscar Winning Shorts 2010:  Live Action

English – 2010 – 101 min –R adult contentCompilation of the 2010 nominated Oscar live action short films.

7:30 pm The Concert – directed by Radu Mihaileanu(French & Russian, Eng. subtitles– 2009 – 119 min – PG-13)Comedy/ Drama

Montreal’s Cinemania Film Festival 2009 Prix du PublicaTraverse City Film Festival 2010 Audience Award for Best Fiction FilmWon – Best Music for Film – Cesar Award, France

Thirty years ago, Andrei Simoniovich Filipov, the renowned conductor of the Bolshoi orchestra, was fired for hiring Jewish musicians. Now a mere cleaning man at the Bolshoi, he learns by accident that the Châtelet Theater in Paris invites the Bolshoi orchestra to play there. He decides to gather together his former musicians and to perform in Paris in the place of the current Bolshoi orchestra. As a solo violin player to accompany his old Jewish or Gypsy musicians he wants Anne-Marie Jacquet, a young virtuoso. If they all overcome the hardships ahead this very special concert will be a triumph.. Ear Listening Devices are available and provided by Cindy A. Shapiro – Communication Access Solutions.

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Article Comments

  • Anonymous

    Great Movie!! I was raised in the Missouri Ozarks area where the film was set and filmed. This is the part of the US that loves Sara Palin, Rush Limbaugh (who is from Missouri) and voted for GW Bush twice. I have to say that the film was amazingly "true to life" in every detail. I would also like to say that you don’t have to be desperately hungry to hunt and eat squirrels either. It is considered very good food in the hills. I have eaten it many times and it is delicious when cooked correctly.

    I have been dismayed reading many of these reviews calling it a "fake" and/or "phony" and contrived film. I do understand that the character of Ree Dolly certainly has many wonderful and admirable qualities that seem to have developed in a vacuum. Ree Dolly needs to be that sort of character for the rest of the film to work and not simply be a documentary of the endless poverty endured in the Ozarks for generation after generation. I grew up EXACTLY in that part of Missouri and Ree’s character aside, it is EXACTLY correct in the look, the language and the behaviors there.

    I would also like to address the meth epidemic that has raced across huge sections of the rural Midwest America. I was raised in the Ozarks from 1963 until 2009 and I watched the moonshiners lose out as Sunday Blue Laws and Dry County Laws were voted down or abandoned. Then marijuana became THE big cash crop that survived and thrived for many years until "Daddy" Bush’s anti-marihuana laws poured in tons of money to local law enforcement and new laws confiscating lands forced the richer growers indoors. It was finally in the mid 1990s when you began to see meth force out ALL the remaining marihuana farmers and moonshiners. Counties began to get in meth dealing Sheriffs and the old games were OVER. In my Ozark County (Morgan) during the late 1990s a deputy sheriff’s home mysteriously exploded and then was investigated by the FBI. I watched as the marijuana became hard to find and evil meth take over.

    The people of the Ozarks have always been clannish, hostile to outsiders and proudfully ignorant and primitive in their opinions of society and politics. Those traits are nothing new or something that manifested due to meth. But the introduction of meth has struck down many good men and women who might have made the culture a tiny bit more tolerant or hopeful.

    But along with the continuing devastation of multi generational poverty and vastly inferior schools there is also a great beauty in the land and the people of the region that you can see in a short movie shot in the Ozarks at;
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=avq3-lBgyzs

    or my longer version at:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eTKWqKTGwTg

    Many an unbelievably gifted musician lived and died in those hills never having recognition from anyone outside of the hills.

    I strongly urge everyone to watch this movie because it is VERY
    truthful and realistic of how parts of the US survive. It also shows a part of America that is VERY often overlooked because many are (rightfully) ashamed that this sort of 3rd world poverty exits in the US. I personally feel that the Federal US government needs to inject a LOT more funding and OVERSITE of the rural school districts in order to overcome the generations of prideful ignorance that governs the mindset of many born into that rural America culture.