Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Soundgarden's Chris Cornell coming to St. Petersburg

   Chris Cornell, the singer and songwriter who's best known for his work with Soundgarden, will perform an acoustic show at The Mahaffey Theater at 9 p.m.Dec. 6. 
Cornell (second from left)
with Soundgarden
   Besides being Soundgarden's frontman, Cornell has had a healthy solo career and has been a member of the supergroups Audioslave and Temple of the Dog.
His current tour is a series of intimate shows highlighting songs that he has written throughout his career, plus a few covers.
   Opening the show is Bhi Bhiman, a folk-rock artist who's 2012 debut album earned rave reviews.    
   Tickets go on sale at noon Nov. 8. They are $27.50, $35.50, $45.50 and $69.50. Call 727-893-7832, go to, or stop by the Mahaffey Theater box office. (The Mahaffey is at  401 First St. S., St. Petersburg. The box office is open 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 90 minutes before events.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Manatee Players need volunteers to finish moving

   You probably thought Manatee Players had completely moved out of their creaky old home at Riverfront Theater and into the luxuriant Manatee Performing Arts Center. After all, they've been producing shows in the new theater for months, and Riverfront Theater seems like a distant memory.
Manatee Performing Arts Center
   Turns out there are props and costumes that are still back in the old place, and Manatee Players wants your help to finish moving them. There's apparently a lot of stuff still left to move, 'cause they're looking for 50 volunteers on each of two days, Friday and Saturday, Nov. 1 and 2. The fun starts at 9 a.m. both days.
   Once all those costumes and props are moved, all the company's operations and belonging will finally be under one roof again.
   If you'd like to sign up to volunteer for one day or both, call 941-749-1111.

Tim Conway coming to Sarasota's Van Wezel

  Tim Conway, the comic actor who’s best remembered as a member of the “Carol Burnett Show” crew, is coming to Sarasota.
Tim Conway
   He’ll be at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall at 8 p.m. March 22. He’ll do a 90-minute show of stand-up and sketches. 
   Opening is impressionist Louise DuArt.
   Besides his 11 years on the Burnett show, for which he won five Emmys, Conway has starred in movies and appeared in countless sitcoms. He also created he popular “Dorf” series of videos and DVDs.The word is that some of his iconic character creations will make appearances during his Van Wezel show.
   Tickets are $35-$70. You can buy tickets or get more information by visiting the Van Wezel box office (777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota) or by calling at 941-953-3368 or going to 

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Stars of rock and blues honor Allman

    Just two days after Gregg Allman comes to town for his concert at Sarasota's Sailor Circus Arena, some of the
Gregg Allman
biggest names in rock, pop, blues and country will pay tribute to him in Atlanta.
    "All My Friends: Celebrating the Songs & Voice of Gregg Allman" is scheduled for held Jan. 10 at Atlanta's Fox Theatre. Plans call for the concert to be filmed, so if you can't make it to Atlanta you can see the film sometime down the line.
    It should be worth seeing. The lineup confirmed so far includes the Allman Brothers Band, Sam Moore (of Sam and Dave), Taj Mahal, Warren Haynes, Natalie Cole, Jackson Browne, John Hiatt, Pat Monahan of Train, Martina McBride, Trace Adkins, Don Was, John Hiatt and Eric Church and several others have signed on to pay tribute in concert to Gregg Allman early next year. 

    Tickets go on sale Nov. 1 at the Fox Theatre box office. 
    But there's no need to drive 500 miles to catch of evening of Allman tunes. On Jan. 8, Gregg Allman himself, who of course used to live in Manatee County, will play a concert at the Sailor Circus Arena in Sarasota. Tickets for that show are already on sale. In fact, the word is they're going fast. Stop by the  Sailor Circus Arena box office, 2075 Bahia Vista St., Sarasota, call 941-355-9805 or go to
   And if you're a lover of all things Allman, you might want to check out Michael Allman, Gregg's son who lives in Pinellas County, this weekend. He's headlining the the Cortez Stone Crab Festival, 10a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in the area around N.E. Taylor Boat Works, 4628 119th St W. 119th St. W.,Cortez. The festival's free and has lots of other bands playing too.

Cristian Castro cancels tonight's St. Petersburg concert

   If you have tickets to see Latin pop star Cristian Castro tonight at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg, we have some bad news for you. The concert has been canceled, reportedly because Castro is ill.
    The concert will not be rescheduled.
You can get a refund wherever you bought your tickets. Call 727-893-7832 for more information.

"The Birds," "Fiddler" on St. Petersburg stages

   St. Peterburg's two major theater companies are both offering plays based on classic stories that were turned into iconic movies.
"Fiddler" at freeFall
   That's the end of the similarities, though. American Stage's "The Birds" is a bleak mood-piece, loosely based on the Daphne DuMaurier book on which Alfred Hitchcock loosely based a film. It's a rare misfire from Conor McPherson, one of the best contemporary playwrights.
   Meanwhile, freeFall's "Fiddler on the Roof," the iconic musical based on a story by Sholem Aleichem, is a delight, with a revelatory performance by David Mann as Tevye.
   "The Birds" starts off promising something special. Before curtain, the audience sits immersed in Jeffrey W. Dean's ominous set, the interior of house under attack by birds gone wild. Sound designer Todd Olson, who also directed, enhances the mood with distant birds sounds. It's a chilling pre-show. But then...
   Just as show time approaches, the bird sounds silence, and the audience, almost literally captive, is subjected to three long curtain speeches -- two live, once recorded -- that total 15 boring, repetitive minutes of people mostly begging for donations.
   The mood never recovers from those inexcusable infomercials. McPherson's play is alright, but not anywhere near as good as his best works ("Shining City" and "The Seafarer") and it couldn't dig itself out of the hole the curtain speeches dug for it.
   It's the story of disparate people trapped in a house under attack, and doesn't seem to know what it wants to say. Fine performances by Roxanne Fay and Joseph Parra, that phenomenal set and great lighting by Joseph P. Oshry made the evening passable, but nothing more.
   But freeFall's "Fiddler" is a treat. The staging by Eric Davis, the music direction by the great Michael Raabe and, especially, the performance by Mann make the overly familiar 50-year-old musical a treat.  

   Mann takes the role defined by Zero Mostel and Chaim Topol and re-invents it. Tevye's always been a lovable character, but he's usually portrayed as somewhat blubbering, even buffoonish. Mann makes him smart and lets the audience feel a profound level of sympathy for him.   
   The whole production is strong, and it's staged in the round so it the experience is more intimate than what we're accustomed to from musicals.
   "The Birds" runs through Oct. 27 at American Stage, 163 Third St. N., St. Petersburg. 8 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday. $39-$49. 727-893-7529,
   "Fiddler on the Roof" runs through Nov. 3 at freeFall Theatre, 6099 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. 7 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. $29-$39. 727-498-5205,

Friday, October 18, 2013

Jerry Seinfeld adds a second Sarasota show

    Jerry Seinfeld's show in Sarasota is still five months away, but so many people are clamoring for tickets that he's already added a second show.
   The additional performance is slated for 9:30 p.m. March 7 at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. The first show, which is already sold out, is at 7 p.m. that same evening. 
   Tickets for the added show go on sale at 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 24. They'll run you $86 to $97. Call 941-953-3368 or go to


Thursday, October 17, 2013

Party celebrates second annual Bradenton Blues Festival

    The second annual Bradenton Blues Festival is still about seven weeks away, but music lovers and community leaders gathered at Tarpon Pointe Grill Thursday evening to celebrate its pending arrival.
GrandPre's original artwork
   Officially, the event was the Bradenton Blues Festival VIP Sponsor Party. Bankers, business leaders and blues fans buzzed about how great the inaugural event was and how much better it's going to be this year.
   "They did an incredible job last year," said Tom Carter, president of the Suncoast Blues Society. "And it's going to be even more incredible this year. The lineup is just fantastic."
   This year's blues festival is set for Dec. 7 on the Riverwalk. Headliners include Shemekia Copeland and Trampled Underfoot.
   "It's one of the best, most organized events I've ever been to," said Bill Cornelius, one of the owners of the Blue Rooster in Sarasota. "All the artists were real blues artists and the setting was absolutely beautiful."
   Cornelius has lived in Sarasota for about three years and said he discovered Bradenton through the blues festival last year. Now he's gearing up to open a brewery in Bradenton.
   One of the centerpieces of the party was the unveiling of the original artwork for this year's festival. It was created by Mary GrandPre, who's best known for illustrating the Harry Potter books.
Isham, Jack Sullivan of Blues Music
 magazine, Strauss

  The painting, which retains a similar central image from last year's artwork but with a different color palette, is bring auctioned off. Johnette Isham, the executive director of Realize Bradenton, the organizer of the blues festival, started the bidding at $1,500.
   "It's worth $30,000," she said.
   Probably no one in the area has more experience staging blues festivals than Barbara Strauss, the founder of the erstwhile Sarasota Blues Festival. She came to the party to show her support for Bradenton's festival.
   "When I show up for something it means I really want to support it," she said. "I think what they did was absolutely brilliant, fantastic. They brought the community together."
   You can order tickets and get more information about the Bradenton Blues Festival at


Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Longboat Key writer's musical hits the road

   A few weeks back, Longboat Key playwright Philip Hall learned that, for the first time, one of his musicals would be getting a full-fledged New York City production.
   Now he's found out that, once that production winds up its New York run, it'll go on the road.
   Hall's musical "Life on The Mississippi" is based on Mark Twain's memoir, and it's set to open at the WorkShop Theater in Manhattan on Nov. 1. (You can read more about Hall and his work here:
  WorkShop Theater had been developing Hall's musical for three years, and it turns out that people who run the Mark Twain House & Museum in Hartford, Conn., (where Twain lived from 1874 until 1891) saw one of the preliminary productions and loved it. 
   So after the musical finishes its three-week New York run, it's moving to the Mark Twain House, where it will open Dec. 14.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Lineup for Sarasota's Cine-World Festival announed

   The 24th annual edition of the Sarasota Film Society's
Cine-World Film Festival gets under way Nov. 1. Festival passes go on sale this Friday, Oct. 18 for SFS members and on Oct. 23 for non-members. Individual tickets go on sale Oct. 25.

   The lineup for the 10-day festival includes some obscure but intriguing films, plus some from big-name stars and directors that film buffs have been buzzing about for months.
Among the highlights are the opening-night documentary "The Armstrong Lie," by award-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney, chronicling the complicated history of cyclist Lance Armstrong.

  Other spotlight titles include "August: Osage County,"  starring Julia Roberts, Meryl Streep and Ewan McGregor; Hirokazu Koreeda's "Like Father, Like Son," "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom," starring Idris Elba; "Twice Born," starring Penelope Cruz; and "The Face of Love" starring Ed Harris and Annette Bening. 
   Most screenings will be at Burns Court Cinemas  (506 Burns Lane, Sarasota), and others will be at  Lakewood Ranch Cinemas (10715 Rodeo Drive, Lakewood Ranch).
   All passes and films can be purchased online at or at the theater box office.
   Black Passes, good for 10 films, are $80 for members and $110 for nonmembers. Red passes, good for 20 films, are $150 for members and $210 for nonmembers. Silver Passes, for  40 tickets, are $280 for members and $400 for nonmembers. Single tickets are $9 for members and $12 for non-members.
   Membership to Sarasota Film Society is $30 for one person or $50 for two, so if you're going to buy a black, red or silver pass, it's worth it to become a member first. Membership also entitles patrons to $5 regular movie tickets year-'round at the Burns Court Cinemas and Lakewood Ranch Cinemas. 

   Here's the lineup of films for this year. You can find  more information and buy tickets and passes at

"Face of Love"
Director: Arie Posen
Language: English
Runtime: 92 minutes
   The story of a widow (Annette Bening) who, several years after the loss of her husband Garrett, meets a man (Ed Harris) who looks exactly like her deceased husband. The film is a romantic story filled with humor, surprise, and reflections on the mystery of love surrounding us. 

"Like Father Like Son"
Director: Hirokazu Koreeda
Language: Japanese with English Subtitles
Runtime: 120 minutes
   A heartfelt drama that tells the tale of Ryota (Masaharu Fukuyama), a success-driven father who learns that the son he has raised for six years is not his own. A clerical error at the hospital caused him to bring the wrong baby home,  And Ryota is faced with the decision of raising his biological son or the one he has fathered since birth.

"Stranger by the Lake"
Director: Alain Guiraudie
Language: French with English Subtitles Runtime: 92 min.
   In a cruising spot for men, Franck falls in love with Michel, an attractive but  lethally dangerous man.

"The Missing Picture"
Director: Rithy Panh

Language: French with English Subtitles
Runtime: 90minutes
Panh uses clay figures, archival footage and narration to recreate the atrocities Cambodia's Khmer Rouge committed between 1975 and 1979.

"As I Lay Dying"
Director: James Franco
Language: English
Runtime: 120 minutes
   Writer/director/star Franco dabbles in experimental filmmaking with this ambitious adaptation of William Faulkner's stream-of-consciousness novel.

"The Broken Circle Breakdown"
Director: Felix Van Groeningen 
Language: Flemish/English with English Subtitles
Runtime: 111 minutes
   A romantic melodrama about passionate young lovers who find their happy future threatened by a tragedy.

"The Truth About Emmanuel"
Director: Francesca Gregorini
Language: English
Runtime: 96 minutes
   A surreal drama in which sensitive teen Emanuel (Kaya Scodelario) begins babysitting the infant of her enigmatic new neighbor Linda (Jessica Biel), who's a dead-ringer for Emanuel's deceased mother.

"The Armstrong Lie"
Director: Alex Gibney
Language: English
Runtime: 123 minutes
   Gibney surveys the rise and fall of American cyclist Lance Armstrong. The director presents the complicated history of the controversial figure.

"August: Osage County"
Director: John Wells
Language: English Runtime: 119 minutes
   The dark, hilarious and  touching story of the strong-willed women of the Weston family, whose lives have diverged until a family crisis brings them back to the Midwest house they grew up in, and to the dysfunctional woman who raised them. Tracy Letts’ Pulitzer Prize-winning play of the same name made its Broadway debut in December 2007 and was the winner of five Tony Awards in 2008, including Best Play.

"One Chance"
Director: David Frankel
Language: English Runtime: 103 minutes
   Frankel ("The Devil Wears Prada") teams with screenwriter Justin Zackham ("The Bucket List") to tell the story of an amateur opera singer Paul Potts who went from shop clerk to international superstar after his stunning performance on "Britain's Got Talent."

"Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom"
Director: Justin Chadwick
Language: English
Runtime: 152 minutes
   An adaptation of the South African leader's autobiography that details his early life, education 27-year imprisonment, and eventual presidency.

"Let the Fire Burn"
Director: Jason Osder
Language: English
Runtime: 88 minutes
   In 1985, Philadelphia police dropped military explosives onto a city row house occupied by the radical group MOVE. Five children and six adults were killed and sixty-one homes were destroyed by the six-alarm blaze. This dramatic tragedy unfolds through an extraordinary visual record previously withheld from the public.

"Go for Sisters"
Director: John Sayles
Language: English
Runtime: 123 minutes
   With help from a former detective (Edward James Olmos) and an old friend, a parole officer tries to find her missing son.

"Twice Born"
Director: Sergio Castellitto
Language: Italian with English Subtitles Runtime: 127 minutes
   A romantic war drama about a mother who finds her memories of a tragic romance stirred during a trip to Sarajevo with her teenage son. Stars Penelope Cruz and Emile Hirsch.

"Merecedes Sosa: The Voice of Latin America"
Director: Rodrigo H. Vila
Language: Spanish with English Subtitles
Runtime: 90 minutes
   Almost 50 years ago, when she was very young and unknown, Mercedes Sosa broke the mold by drafting, together with other four young artists, the so-called "Manifesto del Nuevo Cancionero" ("The New Songbook Manifesto"). In this autobiography,  she guides us through her life, her successes and failures, her love stories and her suffering. 

Director: Jillian Schlesinger Language: English
Runtime: 82 minutes
   A 14-year-old girl named Laura Dekker set out—camera in hand—on a two-year voyage in pursuit of her dream to be the youngest person ever to sail around the world alone. In the wake of a year-long battle with Dutch authorities that sparked a global storm of media scrutiny, Laura  finds herself far from land, family and unwanted attention, exploring the world in search of freedom, adventure, and distant dreams of her early youth at sea.

"The Act of Killing"
Director: Joshua Oppenheimer
Language: Indonesian with English subtitles, English Runtime: 122 minutes
   When the Indonesian government was overthrown in 1965, small-time gangster Anwar Congo and his friends led anti-communist death squads in the mass and murdered murdered more than a million people. Anwar boasts of killing hundreds with his own hands, but he's lived in his country with impunity ever since. When documentary filmmakers approached them to make a film about their role in the genocide, Anwar and his friends eagerly comply—but their idea of being in a movie is not to provide reflective testimony, but to dance their way through musical numbers, twist arms in film noir gangster scenes, and gallop across the prairies as yodeling cowboys.

"Cheap Thrills"
Director: E.L. Katz
Language: English
Runtime: 85 minutes
   A dark comedy about a old friends (Pat Healy and Ethan Embry) whose chance reunion at an inner-city dive bar leads to an encounter with a wealthy couple (David Koechner and Sarah Paxton) who tempt them to participate in a lucrative game of one-upmanship that quickly runs off the rails.
"The Final Member"
Directors: Jonah Bekhor, Zach Math
Language: English Runtime: 75 min.
   Thirty miles from the Arctic Circle, in the northern Icelandic town of Husavik, stands the Icelandic Phallological Museum - the world's only Penis museum. Over 40 years, the founder and curator has collected every specimen from every mammal except a human. The film follows the curator's incredible, sublimely comic, often shocking quest to complete his eccentric collection..

"The Last Shepherd"
Director: Marco Bonfanti
Language: Italian with English subtitles
Runtime: 76 minutes
   A journey through the incredible story of Renato Zucchelli, the last traveling shepherd living in a metropolis, who conquered the city with only his sheep and the power of fantasy.

"Mister John"
Directors: Joe Lawlor, Christine Molloy
Language: English
Runtime: 95 minute 
   After discovering his wife's infidelities, Gerry leaves London to look after his deceased brother's business and family in Singapore. Discovering a foreign world of opportunity that had not existed before gives Gerry a chance at starting over by slipping into his brother's life - both emotionally and physically.

"The Wait"
Director: M. Blash
 Language: English
Runtime: 96 minutes
   An enigmatic phone call from a psychic catapults a family into a state of suspended belief while waiting for their recently deceased mother to be resurrected.

"Oh Boy"
Director: Jan Ole Gerster
Language: German with English subtitles
Runtime: 83 minutes
   "Oh Boy," which swept the 2013 German Oscar Awards, paints a day in the life of Niko, a 20-something college dropout going nowhere fast. Niko lives for the moment as he drifts through the streets of Berlin, curiously observing everyone around him and oblivious to his growing status as an outsider.

"Generation War"
Director: Philipp Kadelbach 
Language: German with English subtitles
Runtime: Part One --131 minutes, Part Two --148 minutes.
   Billed as a German "Band of Brothers," the blockbuster miniseries Generation War vividly depicts the lives of five young German friends forced to navigate the unconscionable moral compromises of life under Hitler.

"Michael Kohlhaas"
Director: Arnaud des Pallières
Language: French/German with English subtitles 
Runtime: 122 minutes
   In the 16th century, a horse dealer by the name of Michael Kohlhaas leads a happy family life. When a lord treats him unjustly, he raises an army and puts the country to fire and sword in order to have his rights restored.

"The Last Sentence"
Director: Jan Troell
Language: Swedish
Runtime: 126 minutes
   Torgny Segerstedt was one of the leading journalists in Sweden in the 20th century. He fought a one-man battle against Hitler and the Nazi regime until his death in 1945 and  his private life was marked by a world in chaos.

"In Bloom"
Director: Nana Ekvtimshvili and Simon Gross
Language: German/French with English subtitles 
 Runtime: 102 minutes
   Early '90s, in Tbilisi, the capital of the newly independent Georgia after the collapse of the Soviet Union. The country is facing violence, war on the Black Sea coast and vigilante justice. But for two 140year-old girls,  life just unfolds.

"It's All So Quiet"
Director: Nanouk Leopold
Language: Dutch with English subtitles
Runtime: 93 minutes
   Helmer, a single farmer in his 50s, lives with his aged, bedridden father in the Dutch countryside. His working days are marked by the visits of milk collector Johan, a man of his own age for whom Helmer holds a secret fascination.

"Once Upon a Time Veronica"
Director: Marcelo Gomes
Language: Portuguese with English subtitles
Runtime: 91 minutes
   Veronica is fresh out of medical school. It's a crucial time in her life,  filled with doubts and important decisions to be made: tough career choices, her intimate bond with her ailing father, and her active but chaotic love life.

"The Almost Man"
Director: Martin Lund
Language: Norwegian
Runtime: 75 min.
   Uneasy feelings about becoming a father and an adult cause Henrik to act out in hilariously inappropriate ways in this offbeat comedy.

Directors: Fabio Grassadonia, Antonio Piazza
Language: Italian with English subtitles
Runtime: 104 minutes
   A hitman for the Sicilian Mafia, Salvo is solitary, cold and ruthless. When he sneaks into a house on an assignment, he discovers Rita, an innocent young blind girl who must stand by powerlessly while her brother is assassinated. An intense exchange between the killer and his witness changes their two lives in an instant.

"2 Autumns, 3 Winters"
Director: Sebastian Betbeder
Language: French with English subtitles
Runtime: 93 min.
   Arman bumps into Amélie on a jogging path and he's dead-set on making a connection. Meanwhile, Arman's best friend Benjamin suffers a stroke, relegating him to the hospital, where he falls for his doting young physical therapist. Over the course of two autumns and three winters, Arman, Amélie and Benjamin share unconventional love stories and lasting memories.

"Ilo Ilo"
Director: Anthony Chen
Language: Mandarin/Tagalog/English with English subtitles
Runtime: 99 minutes
   Set in Singapore during the 1997 Asian financial crisis, "Ilo Ilo" chronicles the day-to-day drama of the Lim family - troublesome grade-schooler Jiale and his overstressed parents, Heck and Leng. They hire Teresa, a Filipino immigrant, as a live-in maid and nanny. An outsider in both the family and Singapore itself, Teresa initially struggles to manage Jiale's antics and find her footing in her new community. The two eventually form a unique bond.

"Cousin Jules"
Director: Dominique Benicheti
Language: French with English subtitles
Runtime: 91 minutes
   A recently recovered and remastered 1972 gem of French cinema, an unusual documentary chronicling five years in the grim, silent life of an elderly French couple. They live in a rural area, and the film follows their daily routine in extraordinary detail. Though the man's wife died during the filming, the filmmakers continued and show him doing his chores alone.

"The Rocket"
Director: Kim Mordaunt
Language: Laotian with English subtitles
Runtime: 92 min.
   A boy who is believed to bring bad luck to everyone around him leads his family and two new friends through Laos to find a new home.

"Touch of Sin"
Director: Jia Zhangka
Language: Mandarin with English subtitles
Runtime: 125 min.
   This daring, poetic and grand-scale film focuses on four characters, each living in different provinces, who are driven to violent ends.

"Who Is Dayani Cristal"
Director: Marc Silver
Language: English
Runtime: 80 minutes
Deep in the sun-blistered Sonora desert beneath a cicada tree, border police discover a decomposing male body. Lifting a tattered T-shirt, they expose a tattoo that reads “Dayani Cristal.” Who is this person? What brought him here? How did he die? And who—or what—is Dayani Cristal? Silver’s documentary assembles the answers using dramatic sequences with actor Gael García Bernal.

"If You Build It"
Director: Patrick Creadon
Language: English
Runtime: 90 minutes
   The film follows Emily Pilloton and Matt Miller as they teach the fundamentals of design, architecture and construction to a class of high school juniors in rural North Carolina. Faced with rising unemployment rates, a struggling educational system and simmering racial tension the people of Bertie County North Carolina turn to Pilloton, Miller and their students for help. We discover that what the class designs and builds for their hometown has a chance to transform their community for generations to come.
Director: Emanuel Hoss-Desmarais
Language: English
Runtime: 90 minutes
   A rural Quebec man (Thomas Haden Church) contends with the frustration of losing his job and the sadness of losing his wife during a brutal Canadian winter, and receives a mysterious visitor while struggling to escape a prison of his own making.

"12 O'Clock Boys"
Director: Lotfy Nathan
Language: English
Runtime: 72 min.
   The 12 O'Clock Boys are a notorious urban dirt bike pack in Baltimore. In Lotfy Nathan's wild, dynamic documentary , their stunning antics are envisioned through the eyes of young adolescent Pug - a bright kid obsessed with the riders and willing to do anything to join their ranks.

"Our Irish Cousins"

Director: Mike Houlihan
Language: English  
Runtime: 99 minutes
   Journalist, actor and filmmaker Mike Houlihan travels to Ireland to explore his ancestors' roots and the link between Chicago and the Emerald Isle.