LOCAL ARTISTS CELEBRATE THE USA THIS JULY

Posted in Exhibitions, Things to do Bonita Springs, Uncategorized with tags , , , on July 7, 2016 by artcenterbonita

TOWN AND COUNTRY EXHBITION
On Display through July 28, 2016 at the Center for Visual Arts Bonita Springs

Marrale_Pick Me Up PickupBy Patrice Shields

In the spirit of this month’s 4th of July celebrations, the Centers for the Arts of Bonita Springs hosts its Town and Country Exhibition at the Center for Visual Arts Bonita Springs through July 28. This exhibition showcases artwork from artists working in a variety of media with over 50 pieces of art declaring what makes this country great through depictions of rolling fields and urban streets.

“This exhibition is a reflection of what makes our country special,” says Ehren Gerhard, Shows and Exhibitions Director of the Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs. “Artists sunk deep into their roots and took pride in the beauty that is their nation through their art.”

The Town and Country Exhibition was judged by Scott Snyder who has worked in the field of visual arts as a museum curator at Rockford Art Museum and Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center and as an educator at Florida Gulf Coast University. Snyder chose the eight winning artists based on the artists adherence to the exhibit theme, the technical and aesthetic quality of the work, creativity and the works subjective value.

“Thematically, this show was open to a wide range of interpretations by the creative and talented artists who participated. Many works portray appreciation for the natural environment of Florida, while other artists present works that bring to mind, memory of home, travel and family,” says Snyder. “It is fitting with the July 4th holiday at hand that we reflect upon the things that define us; our individuality, our families, our community and our country.”

Town and Country Exhibition Award Winners:

Best of Show Award – “4th of July Dreaming” by Ed Ryman
First Place – “The View” by Anne Chaddock

Second Place – “Quit Strength” by Maggie Hofmann

Third Place
“Park in the Village – Happehatchee” by Patricia Abosch

Fourth Place – “Mother” by Rinny Ryan

Fifth Place – “13 miles to Cheyenne” by Don Jones

Sixth Place – “Let’s Get Fruity” by Louise Soderlund

Award of Merit – “Grandmothers Against the War” by Kathleen Bridget

Included in the exhibition are two pieces by artist Ed Ryman (Salop,) with his acrylic painting “4th of July Dreaming” winning Best of Show. Salop has lived most of his life in Europe and attended the French Luminasitier of Aix en Provence, and Nice. While in Europe, Salop became influenced by Matisse, Derain, Ulaminck, Dufy, and the Fauvist School of Painting. Salop’s work is recognized for its sophisticated use of color, pattern and composition with concentration on the female form.

Naples artist Anne Chaddock’s oil painting “The View,” which offers a unique sightline of the Naples Pier from the shore, won the First Place award at the Town and Country Exhibition. Chaddock has been painting, teaching and exhibiting her entire life and sees each of her paintings as an opportunity to make a visual statement. Chaddock will be teaching several classes and workshops at the Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs beginning in the fall and include instruction in watercolor, acrylic and oil.

The Town and Country Exhibition is on display through July 28, 2016 at the Center for Visual Arts Bonita Springs, 26100 Old 41 Road, Bonita Springs, FL 34135 For more information, please call the Centers for the Arts at 239-495-8989 or visit them on-line at www.artcenterbonita.org.

Join the Centers for the Arts for the first time as an individual member receive a free 4-, 5-, or 6- week class, or join for the first time as a family member receive a free 4-, 5-, or 6- week class and two free tickets to a Live! Performance. The Centers for the Arts offers this benefit for first time members and it is for a limited time only. The class and performance must be used before December 31, 2016.

If You Go:
Who: Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs
What: Town and Country Exhibition
When: On display July 1-28, 2016
Where: Center for Visual Arts Bonita Springs, 26100 Old 41 Road, Bonita Springs, FL 34135
Cost: Free

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NEW EXHIBITION SPACE OPENS AT THE CENTER FOR PERFORMING ARTS BONITA SPRINGS

Posted in Exhibitions, Things to do Bonita Springs, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on July 7, 2016 by artcenterbonita

Center for Performing Arts Exhibition: The Art of Ballotti, Merchant and Unwin
Opening Reception Thursday, June 30, 2016; 6:00-8:00pm at the CPABS

Ballotti_TriColoredHeronBy Patrice Shields

The Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs (CFABS) invites art lovers to join them at their new Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs (CPABS) exhibition space for their Center for Performing Arts Exhibition: The Art of Ballotti, Merchant and Unwin Opening Reception On Thursday, June 30, 2016; 6:00-8:00pm. This exhibition includes the varied mediums of artists Jennifer Unwin, James Ballotti and John Merchant. The opening reception offers guests the opportunity to explore the CPABS campus filled with intriguing artwork in this curated exhibition.

The Opening Reception offers the public the opportunity to meet three of the area’s leading artists and to view a wide variety of their original artworks while enjoying light hors d’oeuvres and wine at the Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs at 10150 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs, FL 34135.

“These three artists possess an astounding complexity and variety in their work,” says Ehren Gerhard, Shows & Exhibitions Director of the Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs. “This promises to be a very interesting exhibition.”

Artist, Jennifer Unwin studied commercial art, layout design, and fashion illustration at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. She led a successful career as an advertising designer and fashion illustrator in Connecticut before moving to Florida. Her earliest artistic memories are sketching on a plastic covering over a television screen following along with John Gnagy’s television show “You are an Artist” in the 1950’s. This exhibition will display both her realist and abstract work revealing the breadth and range of her vision.

James D Ballotti started photography in 1968 at the age of seventeen. Over the following years his camera went almost everywhere with him. He is self-taught and has studied everything he could find on the subject. On a limited budget, his goal was to make every shot count. The images on display for this exhibition are part of a series of original photographs taken from the back door of his condominium in Bonita Springs. You will be surprised by the intensity and variety provided by his intentionally limited vantage point.

John Merchant has drawn and painted since childhood. He studied art for five years at the College of Art in Sheffield, England. Nothing engages John Merchant as intensively as stone carving. The rock tells him how it wants to be carved. His intuitive process leads to phenomenally emotional and engaging work. Attempting to reveal indescribable thoughts and emotions, his task of shaping the stone to serve his vision is complemented by the cataclysmic forces that shaped the rock’s origin.

The Exhibition is on display from June 30 – August 24, 2016 at The Center for Performing Arts of Bonita Springs, 10150 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs, FL 34135. Hours are Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Exhibition Opening Reception Admission is free.  Future Center for Performing Arts Exhibition Opening Receptions are scheduled for August 25, and October 27 from 6-8pm, and will showcase three CFABS faculty or member artists and selected through a curation process.

For more information, please call the Centers for the Arts at 239-495-8989 or visit them on-line at www.artcenterbonita.org.

Join the Centers for the Arts for the first time as an individual member receive a free 4-, 5-, or 6- week class, or join for the first time as a family member receive a free 4-, 5-, or 6- week class and two free tickets to a Live! Performance. The Centers for the Arts offers this benefit for first time members and it is for a limited time only. The class and performance must be used before December 31, 2016.

If You Go:
Who: Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs
What: Center for Performing Arts Exhibition: The Art of Ballotti, Merchant and Unwin
When: Thursday June 30, 2016; 6:00-8:00pm (On display June 30 – August 24, 2016)
Where: Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs, 10150 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs, FL 34135
Cost: Free

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A REFRESHING OPTION TO THE SUMMER BLOCKBUSTER The Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs’ Summer Film Schedule

Posted in Bonita Springs Performing Arts Center, Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs, Flims for Film Lovers, Uncategorized with tags , , , , on June 20, 2016 by artcenterbonita

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It’s summer blockbuster season and movie theaters are packed with droves of fans willing to brave long lines to watch the latest large budget, star packed film extravaganza. I will be the first to admit that I have been waiting 13 years to see this summer’s blockbuster “Finding Dory,” the follow up to Pixar’s 2003 release “Finding Nemo.” However, once I’ve seen Dory film offerings become limited, as summer blockbusters stay longer in theaters so movie studios can recoup their $100,000,000 plus investments.

Some of the greatest films of all time would never have made the summer blockbuster cut including “Citizen Kane (1941)” or “It’s A Wonderful Life (1946),” which barely made bank when they were released. The Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs has put together a line up of films for their summer Monday night “Films for Film Lovers Series,” that may have missed the box office blockbuster cut, but should be on every film fans must see list.

Summer films include selections of the best of foreign and independent films, shown Monday nights at 7:00pm at the newly renovated Moe Auditorium & Film Center at the Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs. The 200-seat auditorium includes a giant screen; a state of the art projection system and the all-important refreshments that include freshly popped popcorn, snacks, beer, wine and mixed drinks that you can enjoy in the theater as you watch a great film.

CFABS’ Summer Film Series includes:

June 2016

June 27, 2016; 7:00pm                         Kings of Pastry (Netherlands)

July 2016

July 4, 2016; 7:00pm                                    Broken Embraces (Spain)
July 11, 2016; 7:00pm                        Nicky’s Family (Czech Republic)
July 18, 2016; 7:00pm                        Therese (France)
July 25, 2016; 7:00pm                        Amelie (France)

August 2016

August 1, 2016; 7:00pm                         Young & Beautiful (France)
August 8, 2016; 7:00pm                         We Have a Pope (Italy)
August 15, 2016; 7:00pm                         The Attack (Lebanon)
August 22, 2016; 7:00pm                         A Room with a View (UK)
August 29, 2016; 7:00pm                         The Flat (Germany)

September 2016

September 5, 2016; 7:00pm                        Intimate Strangers (France)
September 12, 2016; 7:00pm                        Dark Passage (USA)
September 19, 2016; 7:00pm                        More than Honey (Germany)
September 26, 2016; 7:00pm                        Belle De Jour (France)

Be sure to join the lively film discussion after each film, led by a Film Society Chairman or Member. Film lovers can become a member of the Centers for the Art’s Film Society by purchasing ticket packages. These members enjoy advance notice of film events, screenings and schedule. Tickets for CFABS’ Films for Film Lovers Monday night film series are $10 with money saving ticket packages available.

Those who join the Centers for the Arts for the first time as an individual member receive a free 4-, 5-, or 6- week class, and those who join for the first time as a family member receive a free 4-, 5-, or 6- week class and two free tickets to a Live! performance. The Centers for the Arts offers this benefit for first time members and it is for a limited time only. The class and performance must be used before December 31, 2016.

Tickets for all of the events listed can be purchased by calling the Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs at 239-495-8989 and on line at www.artcenterbonita.org.

IF YOU GO:

WHO: The Centers for the Arts of Bonita Springs
WHAT: Films for Film Lovers
WHEN: Monday Evenings, 7:00pm (Doors open 6:30pm)
WHERE: The Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs, 10150 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs 34135
PRICE: $10 (money saving ticket packages are available)

 

TAKE A STEP OUT OF REALITY – ELEMENTS OF ABSTRACTION EXHIBITION

Posted in Adult Education, Exhibitions, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on June 8, 2016 by artcenterbonita

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Elements of Abstraction Exhibition Opening Reception
Friday, June 10, 2016; 6:00-8:00pm at the Center for Visual Arts Bonita Springs

By Patrice Shields

On Friday, June 10, 2016; 6:00-8:00pm the Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs (CFABS) invites everyone to join them at their Elements of Abstraction Exhibition Opening Reception. The first in CFABS’ monthly summer series of juried exhibitions, Elements of Abstraction showcases artwork from artists working in a variety of media with over 100 pieces of abstract representations. CFABS’ exhibition openings are a local favorite, offering residents the opportunity to mix and mingle with fellow art lovers and local artists while enjoying hors d’ oeuvres, wine and music.

“Using of the elements and principles of design, artists were challenged to create a visual language that communicates ideas and emotions,” says Ehren Gerhard, Shows and Exhibitions Director of the Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs. “This approach to visual art is always a great exercise for both the artist and viewer.”

The Elements of Abstraction Exhibition, which remains on display through June 23, offers visitors an opportunity to take a step out of reality and jump into a world where line, shape, texture and color influence emotions in unexpected ways. Abstract art can have a transformative effect on the viewer and artist alike. One local artist whose life and art has been transformed by the medium is Bonita Springs resident and emerging artist Betsy D’ Jamoos who has two striking acrylic pieces “Bravely Apart,” and “Making Space,” included in this exhibition.

“My artistic process began as a child when I was told she had no artistic talent by a teacher,” says D’Jamoos. “It took 40 years to conquer the voice in my head that said I cannot paint or draw.”

Betsy DJamoos Theresa Girard Workshop

Following a successful career in consulting and government policy, D’Jamoos’ picked up a paintbrush for the first time in 2014 when attending a workshop by artist Theresa Girard at CFABS. Proving its never too late to follow your creative calling D’Jamoos art was chosen this year as one of only 16 artists from across the State included in the Baker Museum’s Florida Contemporary Exhibition. D’Jamoos’ art was also shown at the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs (CFABS) 26th Annual Members Juried Exhibition and CFAB’s 2016 “Surf and Turf” exhibition and hangs in private collections in Southwest Florida.

To meet D’Jamoos and view her artwork, join the Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs’ at the Elements of Abstraction Exhibition Opening Reception is 6:00pm-8:00pm, Friday, June 10, 2016 at the Center for Visual Arts Bonita Springs. The exhibition is on display June 10-23, 2016. Admission is free.  For more information, please call the Centers for the Arts at 239-495-8989 or visit them on-line at www.artcenterbonita.org.

Join the Centers for the Arts for the first time as an individual member receive a free 4-, 5-, or 6- week class, or join for the first time as a family member receive a free 4-, 5-, or 6- week class and two free tickets to a Live! Performance. The Centers for the Arts offers this benefit for first time members and it is for a limited time only. The class and performance must be used before December 31, 2016.

If You Go:
Who: Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs
What: Elements of Abstraction Exhibition
When: Friday June 10, 2016; 6:00-8:00pm (On display June 10-23, 2016)
Where: Center for Visual Arts Bonita Springs, 26100 Old 41 Road, Bonita Springs, FL 34135
Cost: Free

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LYRICAL LAUGHS – SINGPROV AT IMPROV TONIGHT Saturday, June 4, 8:00pm at the Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs

Posted in Adult Education, Bonita Springs Performing Arts Center, Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs, Comedy Bonita Springs, Comedy Southwest Florida, Things to do Bonita Springs, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on June 1, 2016 by artcenterbonita

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By Patrice Shields

What do you get when you cross a therapist, a lawyer, and a theater director with a keyboardist and some random audience suggestions? You get “Singprov,” a show that blends musical improv games and songs into a toe-tapping, belly laughing night of fun. Improv master and CFABS’ Theater Director Craig Price and his troupe “You’ll See How It Goes,” bring Singprov to the stage at the Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs on Saturday, June 4, 8:00pm.

Led by the driving force behind Southwest Florida’s Improv comedy movement, Second City and Improv Olympic trained veteran Craig Price, the “Improv Tonight” show has grown from a sparsely attended drop-in open mic night in 2011 to a monthly show that fills CFABS’ Moe Auditorium and Film Center with laughter the first Saturday of each month. The troupe increases in size during season and includes year round performers Craig Price, Leigh Shein, Margot Escott, Steve Cobb, Marion Horgan and Bill Owens, with pianist Francis Briggs.

“Singprov brings improv to a whole new level,” says Craig Price. “Musical Improv takes all of the aspects of live improvisational comedy and puts it to music. Not only do we have to think fast on our feet, we have to sing fast on them too.”

Audience members offer suggestions for song titles and lyrics that the players must incorporate into a song on the spot. The results include improvised songs about “roadkill” and “keeping it kosher,” with refrains the entire audience can sing along to in perfect harmony – sometimes.

In addition to improv shows, CFABS’ offers an extensive roster of year round theater and improv classes for adults and children. Members of “You’ll See How It Goes” teach classes suitable for beginners through advanced students that include “Improv I,” “Stress Management Through Improv Comedy,” “Improv 2,” and “Advanced Improv Training.” Summer Camp classes that run June 8-August 18 offer improv fun for ages 4-18.

Would you like to take an improv class for free? Join the Centers for the Arts for the first time as an individual member receive a free 4-, 5-, or 6- week class, or join for the first time as a family member receive a free 4-, 5-, or 6- week class and two free tickets to a Live! Performance, including “Improv Tonight.” The Centers for the Arts offers this benefit for first time members and it is for a limited time only. The class and performance must be used before December 31, 2016.

CFABS’ also offers a family and youth friendly improv show at 4pm the first Saturday of each month called “Improv Café.” The show features young professional improv players “Mission Improvable,” trained through CFABS’ youth improv classes.

Tickets for “Improv Tonight” are $12 for Members of the Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs, $15 for non-members and $17 at the door for all. Tickets for “Improv Café” are $6 for youth and $10 for adults. Tickets can be purchased on-line at http://www.artcenterbonita.org or by calling the Center for the Arts at 239-495-8989.

The Centers for the Arts offers a full performance series including “Improv Tonight,” Saturday, June 4, 8:00pm & “Improv Cafe (youth and family friendly improv comedy),” at 4:00pm, “Meet the Composers Multimedia Series,” Sunday, June 5, 3:00pm, “Deb & The Dynamics,” Saturday, July 24, 8:00pm, and “Films for Film Lovers” foreign and independent film series on Monday evenings. Tickets for all of the events listed can be purchased at http://www.artcenterbonita.org or by calling the Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs at 239-495-8989.

IF YOU GO:

WHO: The Centers for the Arts of Bonita Springs
WHERE: The Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs, 10150 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs, FL 34135
WHAT: Improv Tonight!
WHEN: Saturday, June 4, 2016; 8:00pm
COST: Tickets: $12 Members, $15 Non-members, $17 At Door

WHO: The Centers for the Arts of Bonita Springs
WHERE: The Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs, 10150 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs, FL 34135
WHAT: Improv Cafe! Youth & Family Friendly Improv Comedy
WHEN: Saturday, June 4, 2016; 4:00pm
COST: Tickets: $6 youth, $10 adults

MAKE THIS YOUR MOST ARTFUL SUMMER EVER Art-Theater-Dance & Music Summer Camps at the Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs

Posted in Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs, Children's Education, Things to do Bonita Springs, Uncategorized, Youth Theater with tags , , , , , on May 19, 2016 by artcenterbonita

Summer Camp Art Classes at CFABS

By Patrice Shields

The Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs (CFABS) are poised to make this a summer to remember for hundreds of local youth with art, dance, theater and music Summer Camps that begin June 8 and run through August 12, 2016. Full and half-day, week-long camps offer opportunities for students to attend one or more their 130 creative camp offerings for children ages 4 and up. Small age specific camp classes of 15 students or less provide opportunities for children to explore classes that include “Ready Set Sew,” “Intro to Acting,” “Cookonomics,” “Wheel Throwing,” “Graffiti Art” and many more. CFABS mission is to provide affordable opportunities to experience the arts and offer generous scholarships and discounts to families so children can enjoy a summer full of art.

“Our goal is to provide a safe, nurturing environment for children in our community to experience the arts without financial constraints,” says CFABS’ Youth Education Director Alana Nanz. “We offer generous discounts and scholarships to everyone who applies. Applying for a scholarship is simple and confidential. Last year we awarded over $100,000 in scholarships, making experiences in the arts a possibility for hundreds of local children.”

Families with young children can chose a themed “Young at Art” class. Designed for children four to five years old, “Young at Art” opens up an art and craft closet full of activities including singing, movement, storytelling, art, crafts and game playing. There is something new each day your child arrives at camp, making drop-off a tearless experience.

Some of CFABS’creative camps include:

Theater:

  • Musical Theater Master Class
  • Intro to Improv Skills
  • Improv Skills and Performance
  • Intro to Acting
  • Stagecraft: Set & Costume Design
  • Stagecraft: Light & Sound Engineering

Dance & Music:

  • Create Move and Relax
  • Dance and Acrobatics
  • Dance Around the World
  • Dance and Acrobatics
  • Music Lab-Beginner & Intermediate
  • Makin’ Music

Painting & Drawing:

  • Art Show
  • Color My World – Paint with Watercolor
  • Cartooning
  • Paint Like Picasso
  • The Art of Pastels

Film & Photography:

  • Digital Photography
  • Clay Animation
  • Movie Makers

Clay:

  • Clay Creations
  • Cool Clay
  • Wheel Throwing

Design:

  • Graphic Design
  • Digital Drawing and Animation
  • Fashion Design Elements
  • Trashin’ Fashion

Other Camps include:

  • Robotic Arts
  • Artful Architect
  • Gardening & Garden Design
  • Brick by Brick Legos
  • Cookonomics
  • Duct Tape Everything
  • Graffiti Art
  • In a Galaxy Far, Far Away
  • Steamroller Printmaking
  • Ready, Set, Sew

Your child’s summer will be alive with the sound of music when they audition for CFABS Free Youth Theater production of “The Sound of Music Jr.” The production is open to children ages eight and up and there is no cost to participate. Auditions are being held June 7 & 8 from 4:00-7:00pm and can be scheduled by calling 239-495-8989. Performances are August 19-21.

Morning classes run from 9:00am to noon and afternoon classes start at 1:00pm and end at 4:00pm. There are classes designed to inspire and engage budding artists as young as four years old and classes challenging and interesting enough to inspire teens. The Center’s summer art camps are designed so that families can choose just a 3-hour morning class for their child to attend while running errands or for working parents and those looking for a full day of enrichment for their children, morning and afternoon classes are offered with a supervised lunch in the middle for an additional $15. You can also drop your camper off as early as 8:00am or take advantage of the after-camp that includes games, drawing and videos in a supervised setting up until 5:30pm. After camp cost is $25 per week.

Stop by the Centers for the Arts of Bonita Springs and pick up a catalog or go on-line to www.artcenterbonita.org for a listing of classes for children and adults. Great scholarships are available.

Those who join the Centers for the Arts for the first time as an individual member receive a free 4-, 5-, or 6- week class (includes Summer Camp Classes), and those who join for the first time as a family member receive a free 4-, 5-, or 6- week class and two free tickets to a Live! performance. The Centers for the Arts offers this benefit for first time members and it is for a limited time only. The class and performance must be used before December 31, 2016.

IF YOU GO:

WHO: The Centers for the Arts of Bonita Springs
WHAT: Summer Art, Theater, Dance and Music Camps
WHEN: June 8- August 12. Morning Camp: 9am-Noon, Afternoon Camp 1-4pm. Early morning drop off: 8am, Lunch: Noon-1pm, After camp 4-5:30pm
WHERE: The Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs, 10150 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs 34135
PRICE: Varies per session. Great discount and scholarships are available.

 

STRAIGHT OUTTA HOLLYWOOD BONITA SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL The Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs Friday-Tuesday, February 12-16, 2016

Posted in Bonita Springs Performing Arts Center, Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs, Flims for Film Lovers, Special Events, Things to do Bonita Springs, Uncategorized with tags , , , on May 12, 2016 by artcenterbonita

 

By Patrice Shields

It’s Oscars month but you don’t have to wait Film Still - Dorothea Lange 1936 by Paul S.Taylorfor the Academy Awards to walk the red carpet. From February 12-16, 2016 the first Bonita Springs International Film Festival (BIFF) presents over 70 carefully curated narrative, documentary, animation and short films from around the world, complemented by a wide variety of workshops, demonstrations and Q & A Sessions with filmmakers, writers, directors and actors at the Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs (CPABS). Held over five days, BIFF will screen films in both the 400 Seat Hinman Auditorium and the newly renovated 200 seat Moe Auditorium & Film Center. BIFF’s festivities include a red carpet Opening Night and parties Saturday and Tuesday evening that offer opportunities for filmmakers, directors, writers, actors and audiences to meet, share ideas while they mix and mingle.

“The Big point that ultimately surfaced in our discussions about having a film festival was that we, as an organization, are all about the arts, all the arts,” says Susan Bridges President of the Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs. “So, we began looking at the idea that our Bonita Springs International Film Festival might see the majority of our films showcasing an artistic connection of some kind, beyond the fact that film is an art form in itself.”

Film as an art form at the Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs has grown into an entertaining and educational year-round entity serving thousands of residents and visitors of all ages in Southwest Florida. The Centers first launched their Foreign Film Series in 2008. CFABS then added the impressive Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers in 2015 and now are now adding the Bonita Springs International Film Festival in 2016.

BIFF SCHEDULE

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2016
Moe Auditorium & Film Center
6:30pm Ribbon Cutting, Walk the Red Carpet
(Cocktails, Hors d’oeuvres, Live Music)
7:00pm Opening Night Film: “Una Noche”
NR / 100 min / Drama / Cuba

In Havana, Raul dreams of escaping to Miami. Accused of assault, he appeals to Elio to help him reach the forbidden world 90 miles across the ocean. One night, full of hope, they face the biggest challenge of their lives. “Una Noche” is Generously Sponsored by Finemark National Bank & Trust.

Moe Auditorium & Film Center
Opening Night Party

With music, inspired cuisine, craft beers, creative cocktails, desserts and the opportunity to mingle with friends and film lovers, the Opening Night Party is the perfect start to five days of conversation, cinema and celebration! Business casual attire.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2016
Moe Auditorium & Film Center
10:00am Shorts Showcase #1: Send a Memory (short), Save the Date (Short), Depredator (short), Behind the Rocks (short), The Fresh Prince of Lee County (short), One Single Butterfly 2015 (short), Mr Cypress 2015 Commercial (short), Skyview Elementary School First Animation (short), Sisters (short), AGAIN (short)

Hinman Auditorium
10:30am Shorts & Feature Film:
Little Attic (Short), Searching for Green (Short)
A Quest for Meaning (Feature)
(France / 88 min/ Documentary / Adventure)

Two childhood friends travel the world to meet some of the greatest thinkers of our time. This incredible voyage, full of moments of doubt and moments of joy, will lead them to question the very beliefs that have shaped Western civilization. This film captures the change in human consciousness currently happening all over the planet, and the desire to live in harmony with oneself and the world.

Moe Auditorium & Film Center
1:00pm Shorts & Feature Film:
One Nation (Short), Countdown (Short)
Tangerines (Feature)
(2015 / USA / NR / 87 min / Drama / War)

War in Georgia, Apkhazeti region in 1990. An Estonian man has stayed behind to harvest his crops of tangerines. In a bloody conflict at his door, a wounded man is left behind, and he is forced to help.

Hinman Auditorium
1:30pm Shorts & Feature Film:
Home Cooking (Short), The Grillman (Short)
The Mayo Conspiracy (Feature)
(2015 / USA / 72 min / Comedy)

When an intrepid journalist meets up with a mysterious whistle-blower from the Mayonnaise cartel, he is taken down a dark historical path from France, to Nazi Germany, and then through the depths of culinary hell.

Moe Auditorium & Film Center
4:00pm Shorts & Feature Film:
The Battle (Short), Earned Wings (Short)
Q & A With Filmmaker & Director
This Ain’t No Mouse Music (Feature)
(2014 l NR l USA l 92 min l Documentary)
Q & A With Filmmaker: Maureen Gosling

Roots music icon Chris Strachwitz is a detective of deep American music – music that’s the antithesis of the corporate “mouse music” dominating pop culture. Since 1960, he has been the guiding force behind legendary Arhoolie Records, bringing Cajun music out of Louisiana, Tex-Mex out of Texas, blues out of the country – and into the living rooms of Middle America. American music has never been the same.

Hinman Auditorium
6:30pm Shorts & Feature Film:
Permission (Short), Meant for More (Short)
Good Ol’ Freda (Feature)
(2013 / USA / PG / 86 min / Documentary)
Q & A With Filmmaker: Kathleen McCabe

The story of Freda Kelly, a shy teenager asked to cook for a young band hoping to make it big: The Beatles. As the Beatles fame multiplies, Freda’s a part of music and cultural history, yet never exploits her insider access. Freda finally tells her tale for the first time in 50 years. “Good Ol’ Freda ” is generously sponsored by Suntrust Private Wealth

Moe Auditorium & Film Center
7:00pm Feature Film:
Theeb (Feature)
(2015/ NR/ 60min/ UAE/ Adventure / Drama / Thriller)

In the Ottoman province of Hijaz during World War I, a young Bedouin boy experiences a greatly hastened coming of age as he embarks on a perilous desert journey to guide a British officer to his secret destination. “Theeb” is generously sponsored by Sue & Roderick Price Trusted Real Estate Advisors

Moe Auditorium & Film Center
8:30pm House Party

The House Party is not only a celebration of the strength and diversity of Bonita springs, but it’s also the BIFF’s best dance party! The House Party is where our community comes together to eat, drink and dance the night away! An annual tradition in the making! Casual attire.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2016
Moe Auditorium & Film Center
10:00am Shorts Showcase #2:

Suburban Wilderness (short), Jump, Match.kom (short), Underground Artist (short), The Horror-able Day (short), The Last Orange Grove of Middle Florida (short), Silence (short), The Magician’s Boxes (short), Pirates (short), The Battle (Short), Trespassers (short)

Hinman Auditorium
10:30am Shorts & Feature Film:
Submarine Sandwich (Short), Fresh Guacamole (Short), Western Spaghetti (Short), Mute (Short), How Mute was Made (Short), A Single Life (Short), Otto (Short)
Famous Nathan (Feature)
(2014 / USA / 84 min / Documentary)
Q & A with Filmmaker Lloyd Handwerker & Leslie Siegel, Producer

A Coney Island-inspired, densely-layered visually dynamic documentary portrait of the life and times of the original Nathan’s Famous, created in 1916 by filmmaker Lloyd Handwerker’s grandparents, Nathan and Ida Handwerker.

Moe Auditorium & Film Center
1:00pm Shorts & Feature Film:
Revolving Child (Short), The Yellow Block (Short)
Timbuktu (Feature)
(2014 / France / PG-13 / 97 min / Drama)

A cattle herder and his family who reside in the dunes of Timbuktu find their quiet lives — which are typically free of the Jihadists determined to control their faith — abruptly disturbed.

Hinman Auditorium
1:30pm Shorts & Feature Film:
Deathworld: 2120 (Short), More Than Anyone (Short)
Pride (Feature)
(2014 / UK / 119 min / Biography / Comedy)

Summer, 1984, Thatcher is in power and the National Union of Mineworkers are on strike. At the Gay Pride March in London, a group of gay and lesbian activists decide to raise money to support the families of the striking miners. And so begins the extraordinary story of two seemingly alien communities who form a surprising and ultimately triumphant partnership.

Moe Auditorium & Film Center
4:00pm Shorts & Feature Film:
Rhythms of Bonita (Short)
Q & A With Filmmaker Eric Langhoff
The Wrecking Crew (Feature)
(2008 / PG / USA / 101 min / Documentary / Music)

A celebration of the musical work of a group of session musicians known as “The Wrecking Crew”, a band that provided back-up instrumentals to such legendary recording artists as Frank Sinatra, The Beach Boys and Bing Crosby.

Hinman Auditorium
6:30pm Opera Performance and Presentation & Feature Film:
Ron Bowman Pianist and Karin White Soprano
Le Villi (Feature)
(2004 / Italy / NR / 68 min / Music)

Moe Auditorium & Film Center
7:00pm Shorts & Feature Film:
Keep It Clean (Short), Dumped (Short), Man Who Loved Flowers (Short), Relatively Screwed (Short)
Wild Tales (Feature)
(2014 / R / 122 min / Argentina / Comedy / Drama)

Wickedly hilarious and delightfully deranged, Wild Tales is a subversive satire that doubles as a uniformly entertaining anthology film.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2016
Moe Auditorium & Film Center
10:00am Shorts Showcase #3:
Newtones (short), Trees Count (short), Summer Dragons (short), Adventures of Malia (short), Bonnie Pureheart and the Golden Ghost (short)

 

Hinman Auditorium
10:30am Shorts & Feature Film
The Strangeness of Coming Home (Short),
After the Blitz (Short)
Feature Film: Ukraine. Paralipomenon. A Chronicle of Omissions (91 min)

In post-Maidan Kiev survivor’s guilt exists after the revolution. A strong patriotic spirit associate very different groups, including extreme right-wing paramilitary groups and drag queens at gay nightclubs. People in the Ukrainian capital petition the government to block an ‘undeclared war’ against the East.

Hinman Auditorium
1:30pm Shorts & Feature Film
Titanium (Short), Lost & Found (Short)
Q & A with Lost & Found Filmmaker
Trouble on Wheels (Feature)(2015 / Turkey / 105 min / Adventure / Comedy)

Kudret has always lived life by the book. Until, that is, his routine is turned upside down by a succession of surprise events. Kudret jumps into his much loved car and sets off for Antep on a journey that will take him from one end of the country to the other.

Moe Auditorium & Film Center
4:00pm Shorts & Feature Film
Crumb Catchers (Short), Dancing with Gene Kelly (Short), Silence is Golden (Short)
Feature Film: It’s Better in Italian
(2015 / NR / USA / 40 min / Documentary/ Comedy)
Q & A With Filmmaker: Magee Clegg

Discover the world of the ‘doppiatori’–the elite group of Italian voice over actors that dub English language films into Italian.

Hinman Auditorium

6:30pm Presentation & Feature Film:

Presentation: Making of ‘The Mona Lisa is Missing’ with Joe Medeiros

The Mona Lisa is Missing (Feature)

(2014 / USA / 85 min / Documentary / Crime)

Q & A with Filmmaker: Joe Medeiros

A man steals the Mona Lisa from the Louvre in 1911. His 84-year-old daughter thought he did it for patriotic reasons. A filmmaker spends more than 30 years trying to find the truth. “The Mona Lisa is Missing” is Generously Sponsored by BouTeak by Jackie Morelisse.

Moe Auditorium & Film Center
7:00pm Shorts & Feature Film
The Gift (Short)
Florida Premier: Hockney (Feature)
(2014 / R / 112 min / UK / Documentary)

Hockney sees the charismatic artist take director Randall Wright on an exclusive tour of his archives and into his studio, where he still paints seven days a week.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2016
Moe Auditorium & Film Center
10:00am Shorts Showcase #4:
Domar: To Tame, An Interview With ESE Teaching Assistant Michael Meehan (short), Loyal to the Game (short), Love Never Dies (short)

Moe Auditorium & Film Center
1:00pm Feature Film:
Force Majeure
(2014 / Sweden / R / 120 min / Comedy / Drama)

A family on a ski holiday in the French Alps find themselves staring down an avalanche during lunch one day; in the aftermath, their dynamic has been shaken to its core, with a question mark hanging over their patriarch in particular.

Hinman Auditorium
1:30pm Shorts & Feature Film:
Son of Mapes (Short)
Man without a Past (Feature)
(2002/ Finland / PG-13 / 97 min / Comedy / Drama)

The second part of Aki Kaurismäki’s “Finland” trilogy, the film follows a man who arrives in Helsinki and gets beaten up so severely he develops amnesia. Unable to remember his name or anything from his past life, he cannot get a job or an apartment, so he starts living on the outskirts of the city and starts putting his life back on track

Moe Auditorium & Film Center
4:00pm Shorts & Feature Film:
Sisters (Short), With God (Short)
The Farewell Party (Feature)
(2015 / NR / Isreal / 95 min / Comedy / Drama)

Residents of a retirement home build a machine for self-euthanasia in order to help their terminally ill friend, though they are faced with a series of dilemmas when rumors of the machine begin to spread.

Hinman Auditorium
6:00-7:00pm Awards Night Presentation
Presentation: Taking Home the Trophy:
Oscars Hopefuls and Predictions with Dan Hudak

Take a journey into this year’s Best Picture Oscar nominees with film critic Dan Hudak as he discusses why each film was nominated and which is the odds-on favorite to come out the winner. Clips and background information about all eight nominated films will be shared, and a discussion of the Academy’s voting habits will lend perspective to choosing the likely winner. It’s a lively, dynamic and fun discussion that also covers the voting process and gives audience members a chance to vote for who they think should win Best Picture!

Dan’s film reviews are syndicated throughout the country. He is the former chairman of the Florida Film Critics Circle and a member of the Southeastern Film Critics Association. He has also worked as a theatre critic and arts writer for various publications. He studied Film History and Criticism at Bard College and the University of Miami, where he received his M.A. in Film Studies.

Moe Auditorium & Film Center
7:00pm Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Films
Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning
(2014 / 112 min / NR / Documentary / Biography)
Q & A with Filmaker Dyanna Taylor

Explore, through her granddaughter’s eyes, the life story of Dorothea Lange, the photographer who captured the iconic image “Migrant Mother.” Never-seen-before photos, film footage, interviews, family memories, and journals reveal the artist who challenged America to know itself.

Hinman Auditorium
8:30pm Awards & Filmmaker Party

The Bonita Springs International Film Festival’s annual celebration of artists whose work inspires. The Filmmaker Party brings the best and the brightest filmmaking talent and film industry professionals to Bonita Springs for a night of cinematic revelry. Join visiting filmmakers and celebrate the final night of the festival with craft beers, wine and the festival’s signature cocktail complimenting fabulous fare. Business casual attire.

Additional workshops not listed will be included in the full schedule available at http://www.artcenterbonita.org.

Tickets can be purchased for individual films and film/party packages are available:
General Admission (Single Film) – $15
Opening Night Film & Party – $75
Saturday Night Film & Party – $50
Tuesday Night Film & Party – $50
10 Pack Film Pass – $100
Festival Badge – $200 (Friday, Saturday & Tuesday Parties + 10 additional films)

Bonita Springs International Film Festival’s mission is to create experiences that bring people together to discover extraordinary films from around the world. It is through the art of cinema that a community becomes more informed, aware and alive!

The Bonita Springs International Film Festival is sponsored by The News-Press Media Group, FineMark Bank, BouTeak by Jackie Morelisse, Sue & Roderick Price Trusted Real Estate Advisors, SunTrust Private Wealth, BB&T Oswald Trippe and Company, Whole Foods, The Fresh Market.

Tickets for the Bonita Springs International Film Festival are available by at www.artcenterbonita.org or by calling 239-495-8989.

Those who join the Centers for the Arts for the first time as an individual member receive two VIP tickets to a select Live at the Center performance. The Centers for the Arts offers this benefit for first time members for select performances.

The Centers for the Arts offers a full performance and film series including “Improv Tonight,” February 6, 8:00pm, “Meet the Composers-The Great George Handel,” February 7, 3:00pm, Off-Broadway production “Tea for Three,” February 9, 8:00pm, Folk Legend “Jonathan Edwards,” February 11, 8:00pm, “The Bonita Springs International Film Festival,” February 12-16, 2016 and “Films for Film Lovers” foreign and independent film series on Monday evenings. Tickets for all of the events listed can be purchased at www.artcenterbonita.org or by calling the Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs at 239-495-8989.

IF YOU GO:
WHO:
The Centers for the Arts of Bonita Springs
WHAT: The Bonita Springs International Film Festival (BIFF)
WHEN:
Friday-Tuesday, February 12-16, 2016
WHERE: The Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs – Hinman & Moe Auditoriums 10150 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs 34135
TICKETS: $15 general admission film (packages & special event tickets available)

 

 

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