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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