Culinary Battle for the Arts

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K2 Kitchens and K2 Design Group open the doors to its 2,000 sq.ft. kitchen showroom for a culinary battle between Bonita’s top chefs to benefit the Center for the Arts Youth Education Programs. Join us for inspired creativity and a little friendly competition, as four local chefs are challenged to create a dish incorporating a basket of “mystery items”. With guest judges and audience voting, it is up to the attendees to decide who takes home the trophy as the battle begins at 7! View featured art by some of the children while you enjoy wine and signature dishes by each of the chefs and bid on your favorite auction item during our Silent Auction starting at 6PM.


Competing Chefs 

Kristina San Filippo – Chef & Owner of Purple Spoon Culinary
Jeremy Hatfield – Chef Partner at C Level Wine Bar & Bistro
Lisa Fidler – Executive Chef at Fine Mark National Bank & Trust
Sebastian Mancera – Chef & Owner of Juicelation

Be there Thursday, April 20th, 6-9pm and find out who can stand the heat of the kitchen! Proceeds benefit the Center for the Arts Youth Education Programs, providing art, music, theater and dance to thousands of local kids throughout the year.

For more information please call the Centers for the Arts at 239-495-8989 or email

What: Culinary Battle for the Arts
Where: K2 Kitchens & K2 Design Group, 25081 Bernwood Drive, Bonita Springs
When: Thursday, April 20, 2017 6 – 9pm
Cost: $50 per person



Empty Bowls Event Benefiting CFABS Youth Programing

Guests at Empty BowlsThe Depth Cues Exhibition Opening Reception features an Empty Bowls experience in outside courtyard at the Center for Visual Arts Campus. Guests can purchase a beautiful handmade pottery bowl and sample varieties of delicious soups provided by local caterers. Funds from Empty Bowls benefit Meals on Wheels of Bonita Springs to help fill their annual Food Pantry, AMI Kids and the Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs Youth Scholarship Program. As part of the experience, enjoy musical entertainment, delicious soups created by local caterers and chefs while helping those in need. Empty Bowls donation is $10 for adults and $5 for youth.

Special Thanks to our Soup & Bread Roll Providers:
Russell’s Clambake, Cafe of Life, Meals on Wheels of Bonita Springs, Gabriela’s Special Soups, AMI Kids Big Cypress, Publix & Panera.

What: Empty Bowls Event
Where: Center for Visual Arts- 26100 Old 41 Rd.
When: Friday, April 7, 2017, from 6-8pm
Cost: Donation of $10 for Adults and $5 for kids.

Graciously Sponsored by
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Audition Notice: Stage It! 10-Minute Play Competition

On February 18 & 19, 2017 CFABS will be staging performances of 12 of the winning plays from our first ever, Stage It! 10-Minute Play Competition and… WE NEED ACTORS! Robert De Niro once said, “One of the things about acting is it allows you to live other people’s lives without having to pay the price.”

We would like to invite you to take a chance at “living another person’s life without paying the price” by coming to audition for a role (or roles) in these fantastic short plays. Open auditions for the Stage it! 10 Minute Play Competition are being held at our Center for Performing Arts at 10150 Bonita Beach Rd. on Sunday, January 8, 2017 starting at 4:00pm. (Rehearsal schedules will depend upon the role, and cast member availability).  Performances will be held February 18 and 19 at the Center for Performing Arts.

We are looking to fill 36 roles, (18 men, 17 women and 1 child). The characters range in age from 10 – 70.  The audition is open, and all types are welcome.

The twelve outstanding plays being staged were each carefully selected by a jury consisting of 26 judges from across the nation. A brief description of the plays and the roles being cast is below:audition-notice

Counting On Love

by Rod McFadden

A discussion after a first date.

A smart romantic comedy.

VINCENT, 29 years old, magazine writer

SOPHIA, 27 years old NYU post-grad.


The Dating Game

by Rod McFadden

One single, one married, talking about

the current dating scene. Situational


MARGE, about 65 – 75

NETTIE, similar age as MARGE

Everyone’s Child

by Delvyn Case, Jr.

Kos, Greece, an island near where

refugees land. Dramatic.

PETER, young Greek male, age 14

KILIKINA, Greek woman,

mother of PETER

The Last Holdout

by Judd Lear Silverman

A menu change at a local senior center

finds the last holdout in final

negotiations with the only staff member

who can get the job done.

IVAN, a senior at the senior center

DOROTHY, at least 20 years Ivan’s junior,


Life Jacket

by Delvyn Case, Jr.

On a beach near Bodrum, Turkey and a

beach on the Greek Island of Kos, two

refugees cross dangerous waters.

GALIA, a Syrian woman refugee, age 20

AYLAN, a Syrian male refugee, age 20

AHMAD, a Turkish seller of life jackets to

refugees, age 28

The Nude

by William Newkirk

The opening of a new show at an art

gallery. Artist and her new model

meet accidental patron and the

snotty art critique.

CLAIRE, in her 50’s-ish

LISA, in her 50’s-ish

BRIAN, in his 50’s-ish

JEFFREY, in his 50’s-ish

Ode On A Donut Shop

by Ethan Warren

An existential, absurdist comedy

in a donut shop at 1:24 AM.

JUDD – in his 20s, a sweet and

somewhat vacant boy

SEAN – in his 20s, a sweet and

somewhat vacant boy

DWAYNE – in his 50s, friendly and

paternal but with a temper

MAN IN THE JACKET – in his 30s,

ominous and powerful

An Ordinary Woman

by Sean Patrick Nill

Ordinary Suzy Ponelle confesses a

series of vengeful crimes to the police.

SUZY PONELLE, female, late 20’s

to early 30’s

DETECTIVE MORROW, adult female, 30-40





The Professor And The Flea

by Denise Hinson

An odd farce based on a fable.

Presentational characters in an oddball,

artistic comedy.


CAPTAIN, 30-70s

GOVERNOR, 40s to 60s


PRINCESS, teens to 20s

The Promise

by Mary Lescoe-Long

A woman confronts her own demon,

literally. An emotional drama.

WOMAN, any age, preferably

late 40’s or early 50’s

BANSHEE, same age as WOMAN

Toil and Trouble

by Trevor Suthers

A retelling of Macbeth. A literal and

intellectual comedy, but still broad.

MAMMY, the grandmother witch

GRANNY, the mother witch

FANNY, the youngest of the witches

MACMETH, drug kingpin on some

crappy streets

Violating Uncle Piggy

by Judd Lear Silverman

Parental betrayal traded for loose change

must be explained in this interrogation

—Uncle Piggy was found violated.

MOMMY, 30ish

DADDY, 30s




WHO: The Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs

WHAT:  Stage IT! 10-minute play competition

WHEN:  Auditions: 4:00pm, Sunday, January 8, 2017

Performances: Evening of February 18th & 19th, 2017

WHERE: The Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs, 10150 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs 34135

PRICE:  No fee to audition.

Some Holiday Ideas

Raku pieces during the firing process at a Raku and You! One-Night Event.

By Mickey Lacroix

Prior to working for the Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs, I always struggled during the holiday season to come up with fun and meaningful gifts to share with my loved ones. Last year, I ended up being able to give a number of my family members tickets to see the folk musician Jonathan Edwards, who performed at the Center for Performing Arts last spring.  My sisters and I had not seen him in concert prior to that event, though we had grown up listening to his songs.  My mom and stepdad, who also attended, had seen him perform, but not for many years.  Altogether, it ended up being a wonderful evening that we each look back upon fondly.

There are probably a good many people on your holiday “shopping” list who would also be more touched by a great experience than a cleverly selected item. As such, there are many interesting services, classes and performances held at the Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs that might make a great holiday gift, especially as a group gift to an event or class that you can attend together.

One night events and mini workshops often make great group gifts, because they take place in a relaxed environment and allow people to make a work of art over the span of just a few hours. These events are especially fun if you get a group of people together to attend, as there is something magically intimate about sharing in the creative process. Then, at the end of the session, you each get to bring home the art you made, which will serve as a continuing reminder of the shared experience.

CFABS also offers a full series of top-notch performances, varying from improvisational theater, to concerts in a variety of musical genres, foreign films, one man theater productions, and traditional theater. If you might be interested in giving a gift of this nature to someone you know, but are not sure of their schedule, the Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs has gift certificates available at any denomination.

One of the other interesting gift possibilities is a ticket to the annual OFF THE WALLS! fundraiser. Everyone is a winner in this amazing ‘lottery’ event and each person selected gets to choose from any number of artworks and collectibles donated for the event.   A fabulous buffet, soft drinks, beer and wine are all included in the $150 ticket price.  Each prize item is valued at a minimum of $275.  Proceeds from this fundraiser are used to give scholarships for youth programming at CFABS.  This year’s off the walls will be on Friday, January 20, 2017 and doors will open at 6:00pm.

Information about any of the programs available through the Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs is available online at, or by phone at 239-495-8989. You are also cordially invited to drop in to either center, where you may pick up literature, buy tickets, sign up for classes, view the exhibitions in the galleries, and get more information in general.  The Center for Visual Arts is located at 26100 Old 41 Rd. and the Center for Performing Arts is located at 10150 Bonita Beach Rd.  Please consider coming out to see or contacting us to give someone you love the opportunity to enrich their lives through the arts.



For as long as I can remember, I have been curious about the printmaking process. I have always thought that there is something mysterious and magical about being able to go from an idea or a sketch to producing hundreds, if not thousands of copies of the same work.  So, I was naturally excited when I found out that, as an employee of the Centers for the Arts, I was invited to a special test-run of the new one night event called “MonoPRINTmania,” in which people will get the opportunity to explore making monotype prints.  Berry van Boekel is the instructor, and the first MonoPRINTmania one night event will be this coming Thursday, November 17, 2016.

During the ‘test run’ I learned that Monotype printing is a process in which each print is unique, but the process lends itself to making a number of similar prints. Five of us went through the test run with Berry, and each of us produced a set of four related prints based on the (very different) images we each wanted to explore.  Two of us made landscapes.  Another person worked from a geometric pattern.  One of us worked from a photograph of a stand of cypress.  I worked on a portrait, and Barry, in his demonstration of the process, made an abstract print.  I was glad to see the variety of “genres” in the session, because I learned more than I would have if we had all been working on portraits.

In a nutshell, here is what we did. We each started by using a Sharpie to sketch an image onto a plate of plexiglass.  The sketch could be as rough or as detailed as we wanted, (and was there only to serve as a guide), because the next step in the process was to flip the glass over and paint the other side.  We discussed and used several different tools/techniques for laying out the paint that would ultimately get transferred to the printmaking paper via the press.

The fact that paint “handles differently” on glass than it does on paper or canvas is a big part of what distinguishes it from more traditional painting techniques in which we apply paint directly to the surface of the painting. Much like driving on ice, glass is less forgiving than paper and canvas, in that it doesn’t grip the paint the way the other surfaces do.  This, in itself, makes for interesting results, accentuating the texture of each brush stroke and allowing the artist to remove paint from the plate with just a swipe.

Making the print itself was easy-peasy once your plate was decorated. The painted glass plate and a piece of printmaking paper were placed in the press, which ran over the images, mashing one onto the other.  Thirty seconds later, a monotype print had been born!  We were then set loose to decorate the plate again, with the options of trying different colors, textures and tools.

If you think you might be interested in trying your hand at making monotype prints, Mr. van Boekel will be offering his one night event, “MonoPRINTmania” from 5:30pm – 8:30pm on the following dates:

November 17, 2016

January 19, 2017

February 23, 2017

March 23, 2017

April 13, 2017

May 11, 2017

These one night events cost only $55 per person, and include all of the materials necessary for making the prints. The setting is comfortably informal, and wine, soft drinks and a light meal will be served.

Be SuperHero, Volunteer!

There is no secret that today’s super heroes are seen on TV as characters with super strength, laser vision, that can fly and even leap tall buildings with a single bound, but we never see a super hero with the best super power… The power of Volunteering!!!

Yes, volunteering is in fact a super power and here at the Centesr for the Arts we have a league of super heroes using their super powers every day.

They use it to help our staff with daily tasks that have to be done in a flash, they help with stage and lighting production with amazing strength and precision. They help our instructors with super hearing and anticipating all the little summer camper’s wants and needs.

Yes, being a volunteer for the Centers for the Arts is a SUPER and POWerful way to dedicate your time. Volunteering promotes positive leadership skills for our teen volunteers, offering everyone the opportunity to learn amazing new skills, and get the chance to make a difference in our community and in doing so, inspire others to also volunteer.


So, if you want to be seen as a community super hero, consider volunteering at the Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs.

For more information on becoming a volunteer and other CFABS community events, please visit

Who: Local Community
What: Volunteering
Where: Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs
Visual Arts Center – 26100 Old 41 Rd.
Performing Arts Center – 10150 Bonita Beach Rd. SE
When: All Year Around


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


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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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 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 or by calling the Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs at 239-495-8989.

The Centers for the Arts of Bonita Springs
WHAT: The Bonita Springs International Film Festival (BIFF)
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)