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    Gasparilla Film Festival

    Bear With Us|DIR: Will Stribling|USA|94 MIN.|Comedy A modern farce about a guy who attempts to propose to his girlfriend in the most romantic way possible, but his plan falls apart when a ravenous bear stumbles on their charming cabin in the woods. Review: It is a rip roaring comedy that would make your sides split! I was actually surprised that Christy Carlson Romano (star of Even Stevens and Kim Possible from Disney) is able to play in a straightforward comedy film through the display of her comedy skills. Shot in black and white and filmed in the Pennsylvania forest along with a cabin, it is a unique and original take on the cabin in the woods story in the tradition of another comedy set in the woods "The Great Outdoors" starring John Candy and Dan Aykroyd.

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    A Light Beneath Their Feet|DIR: Valerie Weiss|USA|90 MIN.|DRAMA An honest and poignant coming of age story about a high school senior struggling with the decision whether to remain the stable rock for her bipolar mother to go to her dream college across the country. Review: After watching the film through its entirety, It is a profound film along with the performances of the leading actors: Taryn Manning and Madison Davenport. I find that the story makes me feel sympathetic to the main character (the high school senior), and her mother, the one issue I have with the film is the sound and camera movement that make it hard for me to concentrate on the story of the film. The psychiatrist played by Kurt Fuller did a phenomenal job in his performance, I was just not a huge fan of the actress who played his daughter in the film who is huge into goth and torturing Beth's (Taryn Manning) mother (Madison Davenport). Overall, I felt that this film was an interesting if not honest drama.

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    My take on the shorts: Speed Dating: The short was okay, it was just slow in the first half of the short and the humor fell flat when it came time to introduce the different bachelors for Brooke to analyze. Attack of the Incredi-Ball!: Shot on a no-budget scale, it is hilariously over-the-top with its no-stop action and absurd premise that felt more like a short that was uploaded for the internet. Rated: An interesting and compelling short that is a direct satire on how people are critical of one's character and judgement. Taking the approach of how people are viewed on social media and pushing it out into the real world. It felt more dramatic than comical when I watched it in the theater along with the other theatergoers. Tulips: I was not aware of what the short was about at first, I felt compelled at first by the women in the short and their issues on screen. The use of public domain music and original music in the background to illustrate the point at home makes it worth watching. Thursday Night Downtown: A film that has all the right ingredients, but it just did not blend well together. It is a comedy that I have seen before in other stories that focus on a duo's night on the town. The sound felt a little bit out of place, the acting by the two performers in the film did not feel believable at first, and the humor went from perfect to flat. The 10 Contestants You're Bound To Meet On The Season Premiere Of The Bachelor: A parody short that goes over the different stereotypes that will only be found on the bachelor. I think my favorite contestant in the short has to go to the Cougar. She is hysterical, and believable that a woman who is in her mid-forties/fifties would actually go out with a bachelor who is in his twenties. The short also makes fun of the documentary style trademarks of the show. Off the wall interviews, shaky camera movement, staged fights and arguments between the contestants, musical cues, zoom-ins/outs, etc.

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    A description of the shorts: Speed Dating DIR: Cindy Krapfel 11 MIN. Brooke is tired of her mother begging her to change her single ways. What's a girl to do except drag her best friend, Traci, to a local speed dating event. As they go through the countless bachelors, they realize what a circus the dating world has become! From the creators of "Migraine Hell." Attack of the Incredi-Ball! DIR: Andy Touchton 19 MIN. An oblivious buyer struggles to survive after purchasing a product that quickly makes his life a living nightmare. It's called "The Incredi-Ball" and can hit any target the thrower desires. But when the ball malfunctions, it targets only the man himself and hunts him down in his own home. Rated DIR: John Fortson 18 MIN. Maggie, a wife and mother, must find the courage to own up to her behavior when she wakes to find every adult has received a YELP-like rating floating above their head. While most everyone has a shining 4 or 5 star rating, she's only got 2.5. Tulips DIR: Whitney Hamilton 14 MIN. Tulips is a contemporary comedy about two women in their mid-forties that are battling perimenopause. Pamela becomes unglued when she discovers that gravity has affected her vagina, while her best friend Kimberly suffers unknowingly from a drop of estrogen, which causes emotional outrage and extreme hot flashes. Thursday Night Downtown DIR: Gregory Mohn 16 MIN. One night can change everything. An overachiever who thinks she is in control of everything in her life discovers that she is not even close. The 10 Contestants You're Bound To Meet On The Season Premiere Of The Bachelor DIR. Bobby Marinelli 12 MIN. A ridiculously hilarious parody of The Bachelor and the wacky contestants you normally meet on the famous show.

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    I saw the comedy shorts that were directed by college and almuni students around the state of Florida. The shorts were entitled LOL.

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    I arrived at the Gasparilla Film Festival celebrating its 10th Anniversary. I was only there for the weekend from Friday through Sunday.
  7. Little with Tina Gordon and Tina Mabry (Ep. 204) Director Tina Gordon discusses his film, Little, with fellow director Tina Mabry. The film tells the story of tech mogul Jordan Sanders, who awakens one morning in her 13-year-old body. With only her long-suffering assistant in on the secret and do-or-die presentation on the line, Jordan must find a way to navigate through her new situation and learn how her ruthless approach to life affects the people around her. See photos and a summary of this event below:


    It's the Old West versus the Old Country! It's the genre-hybrid mashup film starring: John Carradine. It's two infamous baddies in the middle of a standoff duel for two legendary characters. "Billy the Kid vs. Dracula" (1966). It will air Saturday, June 1 at 8:00 pm Eastern/Pacific, 7:00 pm Central on MeTV.
  9. The Best of Enemies with Robin Bissell and Hart Bochner (Ep. 203) Director Robin Bissell discusses his film, The Best of Enemies, with fellow director Hart Bochner. The film tells the true story of how civil rights activist Ann Atwater and Exalted Cyclops of the Ku Klux Klan C.P. Ellis came together to co-chair a community summit on the desegregation of schools in Durham, North Carolina during the summer of 1971, and how the events that unfolded would change their lives forever. See photos and a summary of this event below:
  10. Avengers: Endgame with Anthony & Joe Russo and Todd Holland (Ep. 202) Directors Anthony & Joe Russo discuss their film, Avengers: Endgame, with fellow director Todd Holland. The film takes place directly after the events of the previous film, Avengers: Infinity War, and follows the superhero team and their allies as they assemble one final time to undo Thanos' destruction and restore their devastated universe. See photos and a summary of this event below:
  11. The Great Buster with Peter Bogdanovich and Chuck Workman (Ep. 201) Director Peter Bogdanovich discusses his film, The Great Buster, with fellow director Chuck Workman. The film chronicles the life and works of the influential filmmaker and comedian Buster Keaton. Interspersed with interviews with collaborators, filmmakers, performers and friends, the film examines Keaton's career as the director, writer, producer and star of his own films; as well as the loss of artistic independence and career decline that marked his later years. See photos and a summary of this event below:
  12. The Highwaymen with John Lee Hancock and Lawrence Kasdan (Ep. 200) Director John Lee Hancock discusses his film, The Highwaymen, with fellow director Lawrence Kasdan. The film concentrates on the other side of the Bonnie and Clyde saga, telling their true story of Frank Hamer and Maney Gault – former Texas Rangers who are coaxed out of retirement to end the Barrow gang’s murderous run when even the full force of the FBI isn’t enough to capture the nation’s most notorious criminals. See photos and a summary of this event below:
  13. The Science of Laughter - An Evening with the Directing Team from The Big Bang Theory (Ep. 199) Director Beth McCarthy-Miller moderates The Science of Laughter: An Evening with the Directing Team from The Big Bang Theory featuring Director Mark Cendrowski, Director/Line Producer Kristy Cecil, Director/Editor Peter Chakos, Director/Associate Director Gay Linvill, Director/2nd AD Nikki Lorre and Director/1st AD Anthony Rich. The discussion covers a variety of topics including the demands of single vs multi-camera shows, the benefits of working on a show with such a long-running history, and the scenes that terrified the directors when they read the script. See photos and a summary of this event below:
  14. The Brink with Alison Klayman and Kristi Jacobson (Ep. 198) Director Alison Klayman discusses her film, The Brink, with fellow director Kristi Jacobson. The film follows political consultant and former Trump administration chief strategist Steve Bannon on his global mission to spread extreme nationalism, tracking his moves through the 2018 American mid-term elections and shedding light on his efforts to mobilize and unify far right parties around the world. See photos and a summary of this event below:
  15. Triple Frontier with J.C. Chandor and Tony Gilroy (Ep. 197) Director J.C. Chandor discusses his film, Triple Frontier, with fellow director Tony Gilroy. The film tells the story of five former Special Forces operatives who reunite to rob a cocaine cartel boss in a sparsely populated multi-border zone of South America. When events take an unexpected turn and threaten to spiral out of control, their skills, their loyalties, and their morals are pushed to a breaking point in an epic battle for survival. See photos and a summary of this event below:
  16. Mapplethorpe with Ondi Timoner and Maria Burton (Ep. 196) Director Robert Mapplethorpe discusses his film, Mapplethorpe, with fellow director Maria Burton. The film follows iconic photographer Robert Mapplethorpe -- whose portraits, still lifes and chronicles of New York City's underground BDSM scene inspired censorship debates throughout the 1980s and remain touchstones of 20th century photography -- from his rise to fame in the 1970s to his untimely death in 1989. See photos and a summary of this event below:
  17. Fighting with My Family with Stephen Merchant and Rawson Marshall Thurber (Ep. 195) Director Stephen Merchant discusses his film, Fighting With My Family, with fellow director Rawson Marshall Thurber. Based on the true story of wrestling superstar Saraya "Paige" Bevis, who grew up in a tight-knit wrestling family that earned their living traveling around England performing. When Paige earns a spot in the highly WWE training program, she must find the courage to leaver her family and face this new world alone. See photos and a summary of this event below:
  18. Escape Room with Adam Robitel and Christopher Landon (Ep. 194) Director Adam Robitel discusses his film, Escape Room, with fellow director Christopher Landon. Capturing the cultural zeitgeist of puzzle-box escape rooms, the film follows a group of adventurous game players vying to win $10,000 by cracking a series of puzzles in a mysterious building. See photos and a summary of this event below:
  19. Meet the Nominees Movies for Television and Limited Series Symposium 2019 (Ep. 193) Ben Stiller (Escape at Dannemora), David Leveaux (Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert), Alex Rudzinski(Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert), and Jean-Marc Vallee (Sharp Objects) participate in the Meet the Nominees: Movies for Television and Limited Series Symposium. Nominees Cary Joji Fukunaga (Maniac) and Barry Levinson (Paterno)were not available to participate. The discussion covers a variety of topics including the director's approaches to casting, locations, and working with actors.
  20. Meet the Nominees Feature Film Symposium 2019 - Part 3 of 3 (Ep. 192) Jeremy Kagan moderates the 28th Annual DGA Meet the Nominees: Feature Film Symposium featuring Bradley Cooper, Alfonso Cuarón, Peter Farrelly, Spike Lee, and Adam McKay on their nominated films. Part three shares the nominees' thoughts on directing actors and knowing when you’ve gotten the performance. Highlights include Peter Farrelly commending his directorial team for helping him keep things moving, Adam Mckay sharing his amorphous directorial process, and Alfonso Cuarón sharing why you can't trust dailies and can only judge a moment in context.
  21. Meet the Nominees Feature Film Symposium 2019 - Part 2 of 3 (Ep. 191) Jeremy Kagan moderates the 28th Annual DGA Meet the Nominees: Feature Film Symposium featuring Bradley Cooper, Alfonso Cuarón, Peter Farrelly, Spike Lee, and Adam McKay on their nominated films. Part two shares the nominees' thoughts on casting. Highlights include how Peter Farrelly convinced Viggo Mortensen to take on the role of Tony Lip, why Alfonso Cuarón doesn't believe in directing kids, and how Bradley Cooper fared years ago during an audition for Spike Lee.
  22. Meet the Nominees Feature Film Symposium 2019 - Part 1 of 3 (Ep. 190) Jeremy Kagan moderates the 28th Annual DGA Meet the Nominees: Feature Film Symposium featuring Bradley Cooper, Alfonso Cuarón, Peter Farrelly, Spike Lee, and Adam McKay on their nominated films. Topics for part one include the nominees' thoughts on the night before the shoot and how they handle the immense pressure that comes with directing a film.
  23. London Fields, The Director's Cut with Matthew Cullen and Florian Henckel Von Donnersmarck (Ep. 189) Director Matthew Miguel Cullen discusses his film, London Fields, The Director's Cut, with fellow director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck. The film weaves the tale of Nicola Six, a femme-fatale who ensnares three men into a love affair. The twist: she knows that one of these men will ultimately become her murderer. See photos and a summary of this event below:
  24. Dumplin' with Anne Fletcher and Adam Shankman (Ep. 188) Director Anne Fletcher discusses her film, Dumplin', with fellow director Adam Shankman. The film tells the story of Willowdean "Dumplin'" Dickson, a plus-size teenager living in the shadow of her former beauty queen mother. To prove a point about measuring up and fitting in, Dumplin' signs up for her mom's Miss Teen Bluebonnet pageant. See photos and a summary of this event below:
  25. Ben Is Back with Peter Hedges and Craig Johnson (Ep. 187) Director Peter Hedges discusses his film, Ben is Back, with fellow director Craig Johnson. The film tells the story of Ben Burns, a young man who unexpectedly returns home on Christmas Eve after spending time in a treatment center following a heroin overdose. While his mother is happy to see her son returned, she is worried about his ability to remain clean and ready to do everything in her power to keep him and the rest of her family safe. See photos and a summary of this event below:

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