2013 San Pedro International Film Festival Announces Screening Schedule
The 2013 San Pedro International Film Festival (SPIFFest) has announced this year's film lineup, including screening dates, times and locations. The second annual festival, which runs from October 4-6th at venues throughout San Pedro, will be showing documentaries, features, short films and student films from the U.S., Korea, Australia, New Zealand, China, Bosnia, Croatia, France, Brazil, Hong Kong, Czech Republic, Germany, Serbia, Canada, Argentina, Chile and the UK.
Opening night festivities begin on Friday, October 4th at the Warner Grand Theatre starting at 7:30 p.m. with a screening of "Twice Born," an adaption of Margaret Mazzantini's bestseller starring Penélope Cruz. Directed by Sergio Castellitto, the film tells the story of a woman who returns to Sarajevo to relive her past.
Screenings continue on Saturday, October 5th at the SPIFFest Pop-up Movie Theater beginning at 11:00 a.m. with three environmental documentaries: "Fall and Winter" (Matt Anderson - USA), "We Are the Land" (Andrew Heskett - USA) and "Mile, Mile & a Half" (Jason Fitzpatrick - USA).
The festival's first series of short films starts at 1:00 p.m. at the San Pedro Theater Club. Screenings include "Kako Sam Ostao Bez Krila - How I Lost My Wings" (Ivan Tasic - Serbia), "Titanic Love" (Mark Pressdee - UK) "Ghost Man" (Matt Pastor - Australia/Hong Kong), "Stalled" (Shannon Kohli - New Zealand/Canada/Switzerland), "Closure" (Desmond Devenish - USA) and "The Wound" (David Garrett - USA).
The second series of short films begins at 3:00 p.m. with "A Perfect Day" (Adam Rubin - USA), followed by "The Fix" (Ante Novakovic - USA), "Blind Spot" (Tony Elliot - Canada), "The Patriot Act" (Kyle Einhorn - USA), "Black Metal" (Kat Candler - USA) and "A Guerra Docs Gibis - Comics at War" (Thiago B. Mendonça - Brazil).
Also screening at 3:00 p.m. at the Pop-up is the documentary "Watershed," (Mark Decena - USA), a film that tells the story of a rafting trip down the Colorado River.
"Persephone Speaks: The Forgotten Women of Bosnia" (Ivana Ivkovic Kelley - USA), an emotional documentary about rape used as a strategy of war, begins at 5:00 p.m. at the Pop-up.
The documentary "Driving Blind," a film about the cross-country journey of two brothers, one of whom is facing the prospect of losing his sight, will be shown on Sunday, October 6th at 11:00 a.m. at the Warner Grand Theatre, followed by a panel discussion presented by the Global Event & Media Accessibility Initiative and Interpretive Solutions LLC, GEMAI/iS.
Screening at 11:00 a.m. at the San Pedro Theater Club is the documentary "Trash Dance," a film by Andrew Garrison about Austin's sanitation workers.
Several student films will also be shown on Sunday at the Pop-up beginning at 11:00 a.m., including "The Color of Christmas" (Cyrus Kowsari - USA), "If We Were Adults" (Michael Fitzgerald - USA), "There Is No God And We All Die Alone" (Harrison Givens - USA), "The Painted Girl" (Ben Kadie - USA), "On Becoming A Man" (Kevin Resnick - USA), "Evicko" (Ziya Demirel - Czech Republic) and "Quicksand" (Lance Oppenheim - USA).