By Patrice Shields
Monday night is film night at the Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs and loyal fans of the cinema experience turn off their televisions and power down their laptops to view award winning foreign and independent films among fellow fans. “Films for Film Lovers” Monday night film series opens its fourth season with a new mega 19’ x 11’ screen and a state of the art projection system, all shown in the newly renovated Moe Auditorium & Film Center. The highly attended film series shows films that may have missed the box office top 10 list but should be on every film fans must see list. In addition to their Monday night series, CFABS announces they are one of 18 film centers to host the Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers series to screen six documentary films and host discussions with the filmmakers during the fall of 2015 and spring 2016. CFABS will be rolling out the red carpet with the much anticipated Bonita Springs International Film Festival (BIFF,) scheduled to run February 12-16, 2016. The Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs will be releasing details of the film festival by the first of October.
“The Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers (SCTIF) is an exciting opportunity for residents and visitors of Bonita Springs to see a great independent documentary and to meet and ask questions of the filmmaker, enhancing their knowledge and understanding of the subject,” says Tom Falciglia Chairman of CFABS’ Films for Film Lovers Series.
The six SCTIF films showing at the Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs this year are all documentaries and provide glimpse into lives of the famous and not-so-famous, share stories that have historical significance and intrigue, and celebrate different cultures and diversity.
“I Will Dance” is the first SCTIF film and will be shown on Tuesday, September 15, 7:00pm. The film follows young people from an integrated theater program in Selma as they journey to New York City to dance their hearts out, defy statistics and share their stories. Discussion with Director/Producer Joseph East follows the film.
Tuesday, October 13, 7:00pm, the documentary “1971” tells the story of a March 8, 1971, break-in at an FBI office in Media, Penn., during which every file in the office was removed. The documents were mailed anonymously to newsrooms and revealed an illegal surveillance program overseen by FBI director J. Edgar Hoover. No arrests were ever made and, until now, those responsible never revealed their identity. Discussion with Director/Producer Johanna Hamilton follows the film.
Tuesday, November 10, “Imba Means Sing” follows three children from the slums of Kampala, Uganda, through a world tour with the Grammy-nominated African Children’s Choir. Discussion with Producer Erin Bernhardt follows the film.
Tuesday, February 16, 7:00pm, “Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning” explores, through her granddaughter’s eyes, the life of acclaimed photograph Dorothea Lange who captured the iconic image “Migrant Mother” that personified the Great Depression. Discussion with Director/Writer Dyanna Taylor follows the film.
Tuesday, March 8, 7:00pm, “American Made Movie” looks back on the glory days of manufacturing in the United States, when there was a more balanced relationship between the goods produced and consumed, and illustrates how technology and globalization have changed the competitive landscape for companies doing business in America and overseas. Discussion with Director/Producer Vincent Vittorio & Assistant Director Christopher Harvey follows the film.
Tuesday, April 12, 7:00pm, “Althea” tells the inspiring story Althea Gibson who grew up as a truant on the rough streets of Harlem but emerged as a most unlikely queen of the highly segregated tennis world of the 1950s. She became the first African-American to play and win at Wimbledon and Forest Hills, a decade before Arthur Ashe, only to be shunned by the tennis establishment. Discussion with Director/Cinematographer Rex Miller follows the film.
The Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers is a program of South Arts. Southern Circuit Screenings are funded in part through a sponsorship with the National Endowment for the Arts. Tickets for the Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers screenings and discussions are $15. Tickets for CFABS’ Films for Film Lovers Monday night film series are $10 with money saving ticket packages available.
September 7, 2015; 7:00pm Like Water for Chocolate (Mexico)
September 14, 2015; 7:00pm 13 (Tzameti) (France)
September 21, 2015; 7:00pm Deflowering of Eva Van End (Netherlands)
September 28, 2015; 7:00pm Buena Vista Social Club (USA)
September 15, 2015; 7:00pm Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Films Screening “I Will Dance” and Discussion with Director/Producer Joseph East
October 5, 2015; 7:00pm The Aura (Argentina)
October 12, 2015; 7:00pm Me, You, Them (Brazil)
October 13, 2015; 7:00pm Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Films Screening “1971” and Discussion with Director/Producer Johanna Hamilton
October 19, 2015; 7:00pm Snow Cake (Canada)
October 26, 2015; 7:00pm Monsieur Hire (France)
October 30, 2015; 8:30pm Rocky Horror Picture Show (Screening at the Center for Visual Arts Bonita Springs Campus)
November 2, 2015; 7:00pm Wings of Desire (Germany)
November 9, 2015; 7:00pm Vitus (Switzerland)
November 10, 2015; 7:00pm Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Films Screening “Imba Means Sing” and Discussion with Producer Erin Bernhardt
November 16, 2015; 7:00pm Hairdresser’s Husband (France)
November 23, 2015; 7:00pm Tokyo Godfathers (Japan)
November 30, 2015; 7:00pm My Life Without Me (Spain)
December 7, 2015; 7:00pm The Illusionist (France)
December 14, 2015; 7:00pm The Celebration (Denmark)
December 21, 2015; 7:00pm Ashes of Paradise (Argentina)
December 28, 2015; 7:00pm Look at Me (USA)
January 4, 2016; 7:00pm Seven Beauties (Italy)
January 11, 2016; 7:00pm Pizzicata (Italy)
January 18, 2016; 7:00pm Belle Epoque (Spain)
January 25, 2016; 7:00pm Jewish Cardinal (France)
February 1, 2016; 7:00pm Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears (Russia)
February 8, 2016; 7:00pm Searching for Sugarman (UK)
February 15, 2016; 7:00pm Man Without a Past (Finland)
February 16, 2016; 7:00pm Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Films Screening “Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning” and Discussion with Director/Writer Dyanna Taylor
February 22, 2016; 7:00pm A Royal Affair (Denmark)
February 29, 2016; 7:00pm The Visitors (France)
March 7, 2016; 7:00pm Maria Full of Grace (Columbia)
March 8, 2016; 7:00pm Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Films Screening “American Made Movie” and Discussion with Director/Producer Vincent Vittorio & Assistant Director Christopher Harvey
March 14, 2016; 7:00pm Kikujiro (Japan)
March 21, 2016; 7:00pm Ida (France)
March 29, 2016; 7:00pm Hecho en Mexico (Mexico)
April 4, 2016; 7:00pm Princeas (Spain)
April 11, 2016; 7:00pm Shame (Sweden) 4/11
April 12, 2016; 7:00pm Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Films Screening “Althea” and Discussion with Director/Cinematographer Rex Miller
April 18, 2016; 7:00pm Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels (UK) 4/18
April 25, 2016; 7:00pm The Sea Inside (Spain) 4/25
May 2, 2016; 7:00pm Adrift (Brazil)
May 9, 2016; 7:00pm Shower (China)
May 16, 2016; 7:00pm Keepin Mum (UK)
May 23, 2016; 7:00pm Pina (Germany)
May 30, 2016; 7:00pm The Dinner Game (France)
Wine, non-alcoholic beverages, snacks and popcorn are available with all films. Be sure to join the lively film discussion after each film, led by a Film Society Chairman and a Film Society 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.
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, 2015.
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 http://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
WHERE: The Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs, 10150 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs 34135
PRICE: $10 (money saving ticket packages are available)