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4th San Joaquin International Film Festival presented by the San Joaquin Film Society    
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Special Nights
"The First Beautiful Thing" (La Prima Cosa Bella) - Opening Night

Show: Thur., March 17, 7:00pm at Empire Theatre, 1825 Pacific Ave., Stockton
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After Party: Thur., March 17, 9:30pm at La Palma , 2301 Pacific Ave., Stockton

Directed by Paolo Virzì, starring Micaela Ramazzotti, Valerio Mastandrea. Italy's National Entry to the 2011 Academy Awards (Oscars). "In a provincial Italian town in 1971, Anna, a beautiful mother of two young children, struggles to provide for her small family after her marriage collapses. With no career to fall back upon, she is desperate to find work and a new home. Despite the difficult times, Anna courageously teaches her kids to embrace the small joys of life and never loses her passion and optimistic nature, even after her beloved son ostracizes her. Years later, when she is diagnosed with a terminal disease, both children return to her bedside where following a series of startling revelations, the two finally come to understand their ever-unpredictable mother, their unconventional upbringing and also themselves." (Print Source: Palisades Tartan) Co-presented with the Italian Cultural Institute of San Francisco. -- Dramatic Feature 122 min. | Italy | Italian w/ English subtitles | 2010 | Central Valley Premiere | Digital

The First Beautiful Thing
"Undertow" (Contracorriente) - Centerpiece Film-- preceded by short film "SIS" (more info.)

Show: Fri., March 18, 8:30pm at Empire Theatre, 1825 Pacific Ave., Stockton
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Directed by Javier Fuentes-Leon, starring Manolo Cardona, Tatiana Astengo and Cristian Mercado. Peru's National Entry to the 2011 Academy Awards (Oscars). "In this unique ghost story set on the Peruvian seaside, a married fisherman struggles to reconcile his devotion to his male lover within his town's rigid traditions. Miguel (Cristian Mercado), a handsome young fisherman, and his beautiful bride, Mariela (Tatiana Astengo), are about to welcome their first child. But Miguel harbors a secret; he's in love with Santiago (Manolo Cardona), a painter, who is ostracized by the town because he's gay. After a tragic accident occurs, Miguel must choose between sentencing Santiago to eternal torment or doing right by him and, in turn, revealing their relationship to Mariela—and the entire village." (Print Source: The Film Collaborative / Wolfe Releasing) -- Dramatic Feature 100 min. | Peru, Colombia | Spanish w/ English subtitles | 2009 | Digital

Undertow
"Vincent Wants to Sea" (Vincent will meer) - Closing Night Film

Show: Sat., March 26, 7:00pm at The State Theatre, 1307 J Street, Modesto
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After Party: Sat., March 26, 9:00pm at Concetta, 1205 J Street, Modesto
admission: $10.00, please call The State Theatre at (209) 527-4697 for more information.

Directed by Ralf Huettner, written & starring Florian David Fitz, along with Karoline Herfurth, Heino Ferch and Johannes Allmayer. Over 1 million admissions for German box office & Opening Night of 15th Berlin & Beyond Film Festival. "Vincent suffers from Tourette's Syndrome and, after his mother's death, is institutionalized by his father. He ultimately escapes with two fellow patients -- an anorexic named Marie and the obsessive-compulsive Alexander. His mission is simple. He wants to bury his mother's ashes in the seas off Italy, as was her dying wish. But to get there he and his friends steal their doctor's car. If caught, it could all be quite an embarassment for Vincent's politician father. But the real problem is that Vincent and his friends threaten to drive each other crazy." (Print Source: Corinth Releasing) -- Dramatic Feature 96 min. | Germany | German w/ English subtitles | 2010 | Central Valley Premiere | 35mm

Vincent Wants to Sea
San Joaquin Series
Teen Truth Film Festival

Show: Fri., March 18, 6:00pm at Stockton Empire Theatre, 1825 Pacific Ave., Stockton
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The first ever Teen Truth Film Festival, a partnership between the Film Society and Teen Truth Live, challenges youth to create their own life-changing films. Featuring the works of filmmakers ages12-24, this unique event gives students the opportunity to use their creative voice to challenge audiences to think, empower change and ultimately be heard. Program features symposium, screening of short films, and live music. -- Program Length 90 min. | Digital Projection

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On Sat., March 19th, 1:00pm - 4:00pm at the SJCOE (San Joaquin County Office of Education) Backlot: The Teen Truth Film Symposium. The film symposium will feature local filmmakers Matt Marconi (Producing - “Truce”), Scott Duns (Acting - “Bad Faith”), and Erahm Christopher (Directing - “TEEN TRUTH: Body Image”). SJCOE Backlot is located at 2911 Transworld Dr., Stockton 1- 4 p.m. – FREE Film Symposium at the SJCOEbacklot

Teen Truth Film Festival
"Broadcast Sunshine" (Work-in-Progress) -- preceded by short film "Whitebread & Goatman" (more info.)

Show: Sun., March 20, 4:00pm at Tillie Lewis Theatre (Delta College), 5151 Pacific Ave., Stockton
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A local film shot on the San Joaquin Delta College campus during the 2009-2010 school year. A comedy all about the wacky, silly, over the top craziness that goes on behind the scenes of a very wacky, silly, over-the-top non-typical commercial radio station – The Amazing AM. Work-in-Progress production. Featuring cast and crew members onstage. -- Local Narrative Feature 30 min. | USA | English | 2009 | Digital Projection

Broadcasting Sunshine
"Livin' by the Gun"

Show: Sun., March 20, 6:30pm at Tillie Lewis Theatre (Delta College), 5151 Pacific Ave., Stockton
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Directed by James Miller, starring Pat McIntire, Judith Rhodes, Don Jespersen, Carol Bayers, and Cheryl McIntire. "Set in the California Gold Country during the late 1800’s, Livin’ By The Gun is a cautionary folktale of betrayal, redemption and death. The main character, Uncle, becomes heartless hired killer when his dream of a normal life is shattered. Twenty Years after tragedy destroyed his dream, Uncle returns to the remnants of his family homestead. He is confronted by his headstrong twenty-year old niece. The Niece has been taught that her Uncle was the cause of the family’s troubles and the death of her father. A bitter argument causes Uncle’s hasty departure. The Niece becomes Hell bent to avenge her families’ misfortunes. She vows to find and kill her Uncle for the wrongs he committed. Seeking revenge causes the Niece to become as ruthless and dangerous as her prey. The events that follow will forever change and reshape their lives." (Print Source: James Miller) -- Local Dramatic Feature 90 min. | USA | English | 2010 | Digital Projection

IN PERSON: Director James Miller

Living by the Gun
World Cinema Series
"Bhutto" (documentary film)

Show: Sat., March 19, 1:00pm at Empire Theatre, 1825 Pacific Ave., Stockton
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Directed by Duane Baughman and Johnny O’Hara. World Premiere: 2010 Sundance Film Festival. "Bhutto tells the epic story of one of the most fascinating characters of our time — Benazir Bhutto, the first woman in history to lead a Muslim nation. A favored daughter of the family often called the “Kennedys of Pakistan,” Benazir was elected Prime Minister after her father was overthrown and executed by his own military. Her two terms in power saw extreme acts of courage and controversy as she tried to clean up Pakistan’s corrupt political culture while quelling the fires of radical Islam that threaten to engulf the region. A fascinating array of archival footage and interviews with family members and leading experts brings life to this tale of Shakespearean dimension in the country the Economist calls "the World's most dangerous place."" (Print Source: First Run Features) -- Documentary Film 115 min. | USA, UK | English | 2010 | Digital Projection

Bhutto
"Eleanor's Secret"

Show: Sat., March 19, 3:30pm at Empire Theatre, 1825 Pacific Ave., Stockton
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Directed by Dominique Monféry. Special Prize at 2009 Annecy International Animation Festival. "In this colorfully animated film perfect for youngest audiences, characters from classic fairytales and children’s books come alive to help a young boy learn to read. Nat has fond memories of his eccentric Aunt Eleanor reading to him from her enormous collection of storybooks, but is frustrated and embarrassed by his inability to read the books himself. So he is less than thrilled when his aunt leaves him the keys to her attic library – and he rejects the gift. But just as Nat’s parents are selling the collection to a shady antiques dealer, Nat discovers that the library is magical – the books housed in the attic are all original first editions of history’s most popular fairy tales, and the characters come to life! Now with the help of Alice in Wonderland, the Ogre, Peter Pan and others, he must get back the books and learn to read an ancient spell to keep the characters alive for future generations of children. Eleanor’s Secret is a beautifully designed, rollicking adventure in which a boy’s ability to read not only sets his imagination free, but saves the day!" (Print Source: GKids) -- Animated Feature 76 min. | France | English | 2009 | Central Valley Premiere | Digital Projection

Eleanors Secret
"The Frontier Boys"

Show: Sat., March 26, 4:30pm at The State Theatre, 1307 J Street, Modesto
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Directed by John Grooters; starring Rebecca St. James, Big Kenny Alphin and Earthquake Kelley. "The Frontier Boys is the story of four high school boys whose undefeated basketball season and friendship are threatened after a drive-by shooting leaves one of them in a coma and one of them with a secret. Brent Fencett, Jed Bracken, and T.J. Lewis are star players on the Charlevoix High School Basketball team; Jackson Carlson is their most obnoxious fan. They are unbeaten on the court and inseparable off it – until Brent gets caught up in his older brother’s mixed up life. The consequences of Brent’s choice leave T.J. in the hospital, and Brent’s soul in turmoil." (Print Source: Grooters Productions) -- Dramatic Feature 85 min. | USA | English | 2011 | California Premiere | 35mm Projection

IN PERSON: Director John Grooters and Actor Jake Boyce

The Frontier Boys
"The Human Resources Manager" (Shlichuto Shel HaMemune Al Mashabei Enosh)

Show: Sat., March 19, 8:30pm at Empire Theatre, 1825 Pacific Ave., Stockton
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From acclaimed director Eran Riklis ("Lemon Tree"), and staring Mark Ivanir, Gila Almagor and Reymond Amsalem: Israel's national entry to the 2011 Academy Awards and winner of 5 Israeli Academy Awards, including Best Picture. " The Human Resources Manager of Jerusalem's largest bakery is in trouble. He is separated from his wife, distanced from his daughter, and stuck in a job he hates. When one of his employees, a foreign worker, is killed in a suicide bombing, the bakery is accused of indifference, and the HR Manager is sent to the victim's hometown in Romania to make amends. Far from home, on a mission to honor a woman he didn't even know but has somehow grown to admire, the HR Manager rediscovers his own humanity and his ability to truly care for human resources. " (Print Source: Film Movement) -- Dramatic Feature 103 min. | Israel, Germany, France, Romania | Hebrew, English and Romanian w/ English subtitles | 2010 | Central Valley Premiere | Digital Projection

The Human Resources Manager
"The Illusionist" (L'illusionniste)

Show: Sat., March 26, 2:00pm at The State Theatre, 1307 J Street, Modesto
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from Sylvain Chomet, acclaimed director of "The Triplets of Belleville": Nominated for the 2011 Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film and winner of the 2010 European Film Awards Best Animated Feature Film. "A French illusionist finds himself out of work and travels to Scotland, where he meets a young woman. Their ensuing adventure changes both their lives forever." (Print Source: Film Movement) -- Animated Feature 80 min. | UK, France | English, French, Gaelic w/ English subtitles | 2010 | Digital Projection

The Illusionist
"Kids with Cameras" (documentary film)

Show: Sun., March 20, 2:00pm at Tillie Lewis Theatre (Delta College), 5151 Pacific Ave., Stockton
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Directed by Alex Rotaru. Director Rotaru returns with his new documentary film - Official Selection: Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival. "Following the progress, challenges and triumphs of a group of Autistic children aged 11 to 19, as they attend a film camp hosted by non-profit organization Actors for Autism, and taught by award-winning educator Brad Koepenick. The protagonists’ candid interviews - together with family and camp footage, plus excerpts of their own films, poems, visual art and music - paint a complex, touching picture of their lives. The film takes viewers on an illuminating journey, poignantly demonstrating that creativity is an essential step to connecting the increasing Autistic population with the rest of their - and our - world. The number of Autism cases is accelerating nationwide, having grown ten-fold over the last two decades, and touching as many as 1 in 150 children born today - four times more boys than girls." (Print Source: Alex Rotaru) -- Documentary Film 52 min. | USA | English | 2009 | Northern California Premiere | Digital Projection

Kids with Cameras
"Road, Movie"

Show: Fri., March 25, 7:00pm at The State Theatre, 1307 J Street, Modesto
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Directed by Dev Benegal, starring Abhay Deol, Mohammed Faisal and Satish Kaushik. Official Selection: Berlin International Film Festival, Generation14 Opening Night. "With the sumptuous landscape of India as his canvas, director Dev Benegal paints a delightfully original road movie. We meet young Vishnu (Abhay Deol) as he is being prepped to take over the family hair-oil business. Embarrassed by this prospect, Vishnu jumps at the chance to drive his uncle's beat-up Chevy truck across India to its new owner. Along his journey, he picks up a young runaway, a wandering old entertainer, and a beautiful woman, and they embark on a magical journey together that will change Vishnu's life. Road, Movie may have all the components of a "road movie," but Benegal injects such freshness into the film that it transcends the genre. Deol and the rest of the cast are splendid to watch as they navigate the breathtaking terrain of India, making Road, Movie both entertaining and touching." -- David Kwok (Tribeca Film Festival). (Print Source: Tribeca Film) -- Dramatic Feature 95 min. | India, USA | Hindi w/ English subtitles | 2009 | 35mm Projection

Road Movie
"Vision - From the Life of Hildegard Von Bingen" (Vision - Aus dem Leben der Hildegard von Bingen) -- preceded by short film "A Musing" (more info.)

Show: Sat., March 19, 5:30pm at Empire Theatre, 1825 Pacific Ave., Stockton
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Directed by Margarethe Von Trotta, starring Barbara Sukowa with Heino Ferch & Hannah Herzsprung. Official Selection: Toronto International Film Festival. "Hildegard von Bingen was truly a woman ahead of her time. A visionary in every sense of the word, this famed 12th-century Benedictine nun was a Christian mystic, composer, philosopher, playwright, poet, naturalist, scientist, physician, herbalist and ecological activist. In this film, New German Cinema auteur Margarethe von Trotta ("Marianne and Juliane", "Rosa Luxemburg") reunites with recurrent star Barbara Sukowa ("Zentropa", "Berlin Alexanderplatz") to bring the story of this extraordinary woman to life. In a staggering performance, Sukowa portrays von Bingen’s fierce determi- nation to expand the responsibilities of women within the order, even as she fends off outrage from some in the Church over the visions she claims to receive from God. Lushly shot in the original medieval cloisters of the fairytale-like German countryside, Vision is a profoundly inspirational portrait of a woman who has emerged from the shadows of history as a forward-thinking and iconoclastic pioneer of faith, change and enlight- enment." (Print Source: Zeitgeist Films) -- Dramatic Feature 111 min. | Germany | German w/ English subtitles | 2010 | Central Valley Premiere | Digital Projection

Vision from the Life of Hildegard Van Bingen
Short Films
"A Musing" precedes "Vision - from the Life of Hildegard Von Bingen"

Show: Sat., March 19, 5:30pm at Empire Theatre, 1825 Pacific Ave., Stockton
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Directed by David Spies, starring Andrew McMasters, Paul Eenhoorn, Stuart Thomas, Mark Jacob Carr, and Stephanie Hilbert. "Writer Pete Matthews sets out on a local journey to find the ‘muse’ that will unlock his once prevalent creativity." (Print Source: Producer Phil Seneker) -- Dramatic Short Film 10 min. | USA | English | 2011 | World Premiere | Digital Projection

A Musing
"SIS" precedes "Undertow"

Show: Fri., March 18, 8:30pm at Empire Theatre, 1825 Pacific Ave., Stockton
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Directed by Deborah Haywood, starring Demi-Jo Parker and Billie Lee Parker. Official Selection: 2011 Slamdance Film Festival and Best Short Film at London United Film Festival. "When Lauren and Amy hear there is a man who “likes children” living in the area, they decide to track him down to show their handstands." (Print Source: EM Media) -- Dramatic Short Film 11min. | UK | English | 2010 | Central Valley Premiere | Digital Projection

SIS
"Whitebread & Goatman" precedes "Broadcasting Sunshine"

Show: Sun., March 20, 4:00pm at Tillie Lewis Theatre (Delta College), 5151 Pacific Ave., Stockton
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Directed by Steve Hosford, starring Steven J. Warner and Steve Hosford. "Two shady undercover cops have put together what could be the biggest score of their lives. When things don't exactly go according to schedule, the partnership is brought closer and closer to the breaking point, and dark secrets begin to emerge...or do they?" (Print Source: Steve Hosford) -- Dramatic Short Film (Local) 7 min. | USA | English | 2006 | Digital Projection

Whitebread and Goatman
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