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THANK YOU TO THE FOLLOWING FILMMAKERS | Alexis Van Stratum, Paul Nethercott & Amy Pauszek, Amy Hill & Chris Riess, Joel Pincosy, Effie Pappa, Penn State & Boaz Dvir, Erin Brown Thomas & Kelly Vrooman, Monique Sorgen, Adam Rackoff, Ben Proudfoot, Marshall Curry, Jim Sadwith, Mark Hayes and Mitra Sen, Raymond De Felitta
BEST OF THE FEST | SPOTLIGHT: RAYMOND DE FELITTA
Welcome to week 3 of our Best of the Fest Series!
This week we turn the spotlight on Director and Executive Producer, Raymond De Felitta.
Raymond De Felitta’s films have been honored at international film festivals and hailed by critics. His short film “Bronx Cheers” was nominated for an Academy Award in 1991. “City Island” and “Two Family House” both won Audience Awards, at the Tribeca Film Festival (2009) and Sundance Film Festival (2000) respectively. His debut feature, “Café Society” premiered in Directors Fortnight at Cannes (1996). His first documentary, “Tis Autumn: The Search For Jackie Paris” premiered to wide acclaim at Sundance, 2007 and his second documentary, “Booker’s Place: A Mississippi Story” (which premiered at Tribeca in 2012) was the subject of a full one-hour episode of Dateline NBC. In 2014 he directed ‘Rob The Mob’. In 2016 he directed “Madoff”, the four-hour ABC miniseries about financier Bernard Madoff starring Richard Dreyfuss, for which he was nominated for a Directors Guild Of America award for Best Director of a Mini-Series. In 2018 he directed the baseball-themed drama “Bottom Of The Ninth”, starring Sofia Vergara and Joe Mangienello. He is currently preparing to direct his own screenplay ‘The Artist In Residence’.
Raymond has graciously made is body of work available to view – no passwords required!
*** Start by watching the film that has become one of his personal favorites!
“Rob the Mob” to watch it now click on the link
BEST OF THE FEST | NARRATIVE + DOCUMENTARY FEATURES | NOV. 17-23
SKID ROW MARATHON | SYNOPSIS
DOCUMENTARY CAST | Mark Hayes, David Askew, Rafael Cabrera, Mody Diop
When a criminal court judge starts a running club on LA’s notorious skid row and begins training a motley group of addicts and criminals to run marathons, lives begin to change.
SKID ROW MARATHON follows four runners as they rise from the mean streets of LA to run marathons around the world, fighting the pull of homelessness and addiction at every turn. Their story is one of hope, friendship, and dignity.
MESSAGE FROM PRODUCER | Gabi Hayes
“We are very proud to have won Best Documentary Feature, Audience Favorite and the Ken Fitzgerald and Ruby Carr Emerald Award at the 2017 Coronado Island Film Festival. We will never forget the warm welcome and positive reaction we received from our film.”
COMING THROUGH THE RYE | SYNOPSIS
CAST | Alex Wolff, Stefania Owen, Chris Cooper, Adrian Pasar, Amy Parrish
Coming Through the Rye, set in 1969, is a touching coming of age story of sensitive, 16 yr. old Jamie Schwartz, who is not the most popular kid at his all boys’ boarding school. Disconnected from students and teachers, he believes he is destined to play Holden Caulfield, the main character of The Catcher in the Rye, and has adapted the book as a play. After a series of increasingly hostile altercations with the boys at school Jamie runs away to search for JD Salinger. On his way he picks up Deedee Gorlin, a quirky townie. Their odyssey to find Salinger becomes a journey of sexual awakening, the discovery of love and of the meaning of one’s life.
MESSAGE FROM DIRECTOR | JAMES SADWITH
I loved the Coronado Island Film Festival! This was one of the most intimate and enthusiastic festivals I’ve been to — and I’ve been to a lot. The audiences were terrific, heaping such great attention on my young actors and me. I think festivals where the event becomes part of the town life are the best, and I would rate the Coronado Island Film Festival up there with the Savannah Film Festival, Sedona Film Festival, Sonoma Film Festival, the Virginia Film Festival and the Sun Valley Film Festival — all really top quality where filmmakers are royalty for a week or a weekend. Wish I had a film to return to Coronado Island with.
UNDER THE SAME SUN | SYNOPSIS
CAST | Karamveer Choudhary, Rucha Inamdar, Motilal Khan
Under the Same Sun shares the story of Karim Jamal, a confused and injured young man, who accidentally stumbles into a village of Hindu and Muslim orphaned children near the medieval town of Jaisalmer, India while on his journey to reunite with his family. Through the spirit and innocence of these children, who adopt Karim into their family, he discovers a new sense of brotherhood, compassion and humanity, which compels him to re-examine his ultimate goal and purpose in life.
MESSAGE FROM PRODUCER + DIRECTOR | MITRA SEN
Thank you very much for sharing my film ‘Under the Same Sun’ in Coronado to support the Coronado Film Festival. It was such an honour to be invited to screen the film at your fabulous festival. I will always remember the wonderful time I had at CIFF and the honours that the film received. One of the best film festivals I have ever had the pleasure of attending thanks to all of you.
BEST OF THE FEST | SHORTS | APRIL 10-16 |
11 Award-Winning Films
2017 Special Jury Recognition
for Comedy Writing
After a string of failed relationships, successful career woman Kate gets the chance to rekindle romance with the love of her life — her high school boyfriend.
2019 CIFF Audience Favorite Short
A couple’s oneupmanship reaches unbelievable heights after a man eats his wife’s plums.
2019 CIFF Audience Favorite Short
It’s always hard to find something for a dad (Ed Asner) who has everything. He says he just wants to be loved. So his children (played by Kevin Nealon & Elizabeth Perkins) provide it in a way they never before imagined. Director/Writer Matthew Modine.
2019 Academy Award
Best Live Action Short
It tells the story of a middle aged woman with small children whose life is shaken up when two free-spirited twenty-somethings move in across the street.
2016 CIFF Best Narrative Short
Since her husband passed away, Albertine – a 81 year-old woman – decided to isolate herself from the world and disconnect from all social life, apparently waiting for death with haste. One evening, while the old lady tries with difficulty to change a light bulb in her living room, Ms. Lietard, the tattletale of the building, showed up at her place.
2018 CIFF Staff Pick
Hula Girl is the untold story behind one of the biggest fads in modern American history. At 94 years of age, Joan Anderson has waited 60 years to prove that “a gentleman’s handshake ” was hardly a deal and it’s time to set the record straight.
2018 CIFF Audience Favorite Short
A racehorse on the brink of euthanization and a Gulf War vet stuck in isolation rescue each other through … painting? No, this isn’t a Hollywood manufactured story; it’s the incredible true story of Metro Meteor and his owner, Ron Krajewski.
2016 CIFF Special Jury Recognition
Student Film – Animation
Little Sofía loves her grumpy granny: even though she is always hungry and eats what little food they can buy. Her pension is the only thing keeping her and her father alive. To what extremes will they go to once granny is no more?
2018 George Sanger Jury Award
The NFL’s surprising impact on the lives of four Europeans
2019 CIFF Audience Favorite
In both Jenni’s book, ALS Saved My Life and Grateful: The Jenni Berebitsky Story, the short documentary by Studio Nethercott, Jenni boldly shares what her life has been like with ALS and how she chooses to move forward.
2019 CIFF Staff Pick
A world-renowned pastry chef, reflects on his relationship with his deceased father Milton Abel Sr., famed Kansas City jazz musician.