Sausalito Film Festival
Date: August 21-23, 2009
Location: Callippe Theater and Ballroom, Cavallo Point Lodge, Sausalito (See Map Below)
The opening gala on August 21 features a "No Impact" theme with a green reception and a showing of the documentary film, "No Impact Man."
On Saturday night, August 22, the Festival hosts the IndieGoGo event "Tease and Screen."
Film categories include The Art of Rebellion, Advanced Global Citizenship, Imagination, Stories of Love and Passion, The Human Condition, Comedy and Madness, as well as a special category for Northern California filmmakers.
Films of the 2009 Sausalito Film Festival
The information below was provided to us by the Festival:
“Lean on Me” USA (1989) is a 20th anniversary tribute to Academy Award winning director John Alvidsen. An arrogant teacher’s unorthodox methods gives us a haunting glimpse of the state of our public education system. The film features Morgan Freeman as the rebellious school principal Joe Clark.
“Food Fight” USA (2008) directed by Chris Taylor is a fascinating look at how American agricultural policy and food culture developed in the 20th century, and how the California food movement has created a counter-revolution against big agribusiness. This film features provocative interviews with Michael Pollen and Alice Waters. A celebration of local organic food with tastings from Marin County Farmers to Follow.
“May I Be Frank” USA (2009) directed by Gregg Marks, Cary Mosier, Conor Gaffney and Ryland Engelhart. The World Premiere of this local film is set at Café Gratitude and follows Frank, an overweight, outspoken, suicidal man as he embarks on a 45-day health-driven journey of radical transformation. Q&A Discussion after the Film Showing with Directors and Frank Ferrante.
IndieGoGo Film Tease and Screen/Where Internet and Film Collide. IndieGoGo will present several powerful “teasers” or works in-progress, of their favorite in-development independent films, with an award-winning full-length independent film to follow. Filmmakers will be in attendance to discuss their work with the audience. Reception to follow at Travis Marina Boat House.
“Witch Hunt” USA (2008), directed by Don Hardy and Dana Nacham, presents a gripping indictment of the United States justice system told through the lens of one small town.
“Milking the Rhino” Kenya/Namibia/South Africa (2009), directed by David Simpson, is a true to life film that captures the lost, timeless landscape of Africa as the local tribes try to share the wildlife-tourism pie.
“Englishman in New York” United Kingdom (2009), directed by Richard Laxton. John Hurt returns as the extraordinary and outrageous Quentin Crisp and Cynthia Nixon stars as Penny Arcade. Ms. Arcade will perform in a unique live event after the film.
“The Sari Soldiers” Nepal (2008) directed by Julie Bridgham is an extraordinary true story of six women's courageous efforts to shape Nepal's future in the midst of an escalating civil war against Maoist insurgents and the King's crackdown on civil liberties.
“The Class” Estonia (2007), directed by Ilmar Raag. Student cliques and well-meaning oblivious teachers characterize this harrowing Estonian teen drama, selected as an Academy award contender for Best Foreign Language Film.
“The Role of Her Life” France (2004), directed by François Favrat is a special presentation of “The Best of Mick LaSalle.” Renowned French actresses Agnès Jaoui and Karin Viard star in this complex and nuanced study of human frailty. This film has never been released in the United States. Mick LaSalle, the San Francisco Chronicle’s film critic will participate in a Q&A Discussion following the film.
“The Desert Within” Mexico (2008), directed by Rodrigo Plá is set during the bloodiest period of the Mexican revolution in 1928, when whole towns suspected of supporting rebels were wiped out by government troops. It has strong religious influences and depicts how one’s view of spirituality can transcend logic.
“Happy Together” Belgium (2008) directed by Geoffrey Enthoven is the bay area premiere of an unforgettable film that exposes the fears and values of an upper middle class family.
“Calling It Quits” USA (2008), directed by Anthony Tarsitano is a moving film that touches upon the human heart and the quiet voice within us that demands change towards a more peaceful existence.
Animated Short Films
A provocative and artistic blend of award winning and groundbreaking animated shorts: “Sebastian’s Voodoo,” “Repaired,” “Everything Will Be Okay,” “I Am So Proud of You,” “Horn Dog,” “Madame Tutli-Putli.”
Short Films: Rebellion
“A Day in the Life” shows that Karma can be instant – and dangerous. “True Beauty This Night” puts new and unexpected twists on a first date. “The Delicious” is an outrageous comedy of a man whose mundane life suddenly gains new color. “The Line” follows a father and son across the Texas desert on their quest to America. “Uncle Yanko” is an illuminating glimpse into the life of legendary artist, philosopher and Sausalito resident, Jean Varda.
Short Films: Transcendence
“Rotate” provides us with a look at the lives of the handicapped from a completely unique perspective. “What Would It Look Like” is a retrospective that calls for self-examination in this time of unprecedented global transformation. “Uprush” explores the emotional adventurism, self doubt and truism of youth. “Loop Loop” is experimental filmmaking at its finest with imagery from a train ride from Hanoi to Vietnam. “Tangi Argentini” is the story of a real life angel whose methods, although bizarre, ring true north. “Gaining Ground” is a story of family and parental angst and compromise while striving for a better existence for one’s child.
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