ST. PETERSBURG, FL – (MARCH 30, 2017) – The 12th Annual Sunscreen Film Festival announced its official selections for the 2017 event featuring films with Alec Baldwin, Dylan McDermott, John Cleese, Daphne Zuniga and more. Opening night will feature Michael Mailer’s newest film, BLIND, a romantic-drama, starring Alec Baldwin, Demi Moore and Dylan McDermott. Closing night will wrap up the festival with ALBION: THE ENCHANTED STALLION, a family fantasy adventure, starring John Cleese, Debra Messing, Jennifer Morrison and Stephen Dorff. Dylan McDermott will be in attendance for two selections at the festival, Opening Night’s BLIND and SUGAR, which is in the Spotlight category.
“I am thrilled to bring my film, BLIND to Florida as the opening night film at the 12th annual Sunscreen Film Festival. It is so wonderful to share the film with the local St. Petersburg audience,” said Director Michael Mailer.
“I am excited to premiere my series SUGAR at the Sunscreen Film Festival, and to return to Florida to premiere the series where I produced it with Ringling College and Semkhor Networks,” said Dylan McDermott.
Retrospective Screenings will include Daphne Zuniga appearance at the festival honoring the 30th Anniversary of SPACEBALLS. Also in this category will be THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH from 1952 directed by Cecile B. DeMille, which won the Oscar for Best Pictures and Best Writing in 1953. The screening will honor the closing of the Ringling Bros. circus after 146 years.
In the Spotlight category, Ringling College’s new series, SUGAR, featuring actor/director Dylan McDermott will premiere along with the Florida premiere of THE HERO starring Sam Elliott and the world premieres of ALL ABOUT THE MONEY, featuring Danny Trejo and CREATED EQUAL, directed by Bill Duke and starring Lou Diamond Phillips. The Latin Program will feature “Perros” making its US Premiere starring John Leguizamo with Director Harold Trompetero in attendance. Other categories featured at the festival will be Florida Focus; New Visions (First-Time Directors); Social Awareness Immigration and Social Awareness Environmental Programs.
“Sunscreen has become a widely recognized festival around the world. I travel to festivals like Cannes, Sundance and Toronto every year and I can see it growing to have an impact like those fests. It’s really put the St. Pete, Clearwater, Tampa area on the film world map. The film commission is thrilled to be the headline sponsor and looking forward to the next 12 years.” Said Tony Armer, St. Petersburg/Clearwater Film Commissioner.
The new programming team, led by Director of Programming Joseph Restaino and Senior Programmer Wey Lin, will present 125 films in total including 37 features and 89 shorts across all their categories.
FULL SLATE FOR THE 12TH ANNUAL SUNSCREEN FILM FESTIVAL
Opening Night – Florida Premiere
Michael Mailer, USA, 2017, 98m
Cast: Alec Baldwin, Demi Moore, Dylan McDermott
Distributor: Vertical Entertainment
A novelist blinded in a car crash that killed his wife rediscovers his passion for both life and writing when he embarks on an affair with the neglected wife of an indicted businessman.
Closing Night – Regional Premiere
ALBION: THE ENCHANTED STALLION
Castille Landon, Bulgaria/USA, 2016, 104m
Cast: John Cleese, Debra Messing, Stephen Dorff, Jennifer Morrison, Richard Kind
Distributor: Gravitas Ventures, Netflix
2016 Bentonville Film Festival, 2017 Florida Film Festival
A twelve-year old girl is transported by a magical black stallion to the mystical world of ALBION, where she discovers that she alone is the key to saving an entire race of people.
THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH
Cecille B. DeMille, USA/Florida, 1952, 152m
1953 Oscar Best Picture and Best Writing
The dramatic lives of trapeze artists, a clown, and an elephant trainer are told against a background of circus spectacle.
SPACEBALLS – 30th Anniversary Screening
Mel Brooks, USA, 1987, 96m
Cast: Bill Pullman, John Candy, Joan Rivers, Daphne Zuniga
Planet Spaceballs’ President Skroob sends Lord Dark Helmet to steal planet Druidia’s abundant supply of air to replenish their own, and only Lone Starr can stop them.
Social Awareness Immigration Program
WHO IS DAYANI CRISTAL
Marc Silver, USA, 2013, 85m
An anonymous body in the Arizona desert sparks the beginning of a real-life human drama. The search for identity leads us back across a continent to seek out the people left behind and the meaning of a mysterious tattoo.
Steph Ching and Ellen Martinez, Jordan, 2016, 101m
After Spring is a feature documentary that focuses on the Syrian refugee crisis.
Social Awareness Environmental Program
Roger Sorkin, USA, 2015, 40m
The Burden tells the story of fossil fuel dependence as our greatest long-term national security threat, and why the U.S. military is leading the fight for clean energy.
Robert Hillman, USA, 2016, 24m
Follows noted soundscape ecologist Dr. Bernie Krause as he travels to the Arctic and shows how nature sounds are crucial indicators of the health of today’s wild habitats, and the origins of music.
Narrative Feature Competition
DIANI & DEVINE MEET THE APOCALYPSE
2016 Mill Valley Film Festival, 2016 Austin Film Festival
A struggling comedy duo discovers that surviving the apocalypse is almost as difficult as surviving in Hollywood.
CARTER & JUNE
Nicholas Kalikow, USA, 2016, 87m
Cast: Michael Raymond-James, Timothy Omundson
Do the job. Get the money. Get the girl. Get the kid. Simple, right?
THOSE LEFT BEHIND
Maria Finitzo, USA, 2017, 102m
Cast: Daphne Zuniga, Jack Griffo
A family finally comes to terms with the grief over their son’s suicide 25 years earlier.
Cast: Alexi Pappas, Chase Offerle, Rachel Dratch
Distributor: Samuel Goldwyn Films
A young, talented, and lonely long-distance runner twists her ankle as she prepares for the Olympic Trials and must do something she’s never done before: take a day off.
I CAN I WILL I DID
Nadine Truong, USA, 2017, 110m
Depressed foster youth Ben is bullied and as a result, gets into a car accident. His recovery process is slow until he meets Adrienne, a wheelchair bound fellow patient at the hospital, who breathes hope into his life and introduces to him her grandfather, Taekwondo Master Kang. Kang not only teaches him how to walk and get back up on his feet, but also how to take charge of his own life.
Action, Horror, Thriller
Rusty Nixon, USA, 2017, 83m
A private investigator reads a book of sinister origins and unknowingly pits his daughter and himself in a fight for their lives…and their eternal souls.
TV Series, Drama
Dylan McDermott, USA, 2017, 20m
Sugar, a teenage runaway, becomes lured into the world of human trafficking. The strength that enabled her to leave her past behind is tested as she finds herself homeless and alone in her dangerous new world.
Brett Haley, USA, 2017, 93m
Cast: Sam Elliott, Krysten Ritter, Nick Offerman, Laura Prepon, Katharine Ross
Distributor: The Orchard
2017 Sundance Film Festival & 2017 SXSW
Lee Hayden (Sam Elliott) is a Western icon with a golden voice, but his best performances are decades behind him. He spends his days reliving old glories and smoking too much weed with his former-co-star-turned-dealer, Jeremy (Nick Offerman), until a surprise cancer diagnosis brings his priorities into sharp focus. He soon strikes up an exciting, contentious relationship with stand-up comic Charlotte (Laura Prepon), and he attempts to reconnect with his estranged daughter, Lucy (Krysten Ritter), all while searching for one final role to cement his legacy.
ALL ABOUT THE MONEY
Blake Freeman USA, 2016, 86m
Cast: Mindy Robinson, Danny Trejo, Eddie Griffin, Jon Gries
Two “down on their luck” buddies are convinced by a third to take a vacation. Only after landing in the third world country do they realize that they are there to attempt to capture the United States’ most wanted criminal – with no military training.
Bill Duke, USA, 2017, 91m
Cast: Aaron Tveit, Lou Diamond Phillips, Edy Ganem
Desperate to become a priest in the Catholic Church, Alejandra Batista turns to Thomas O’Reilly, a successful lawyer who files suit against the Archdiocese of New Orleans for sex discrimination without justifiable cause.
New Visions – First-Time Directors
Vincent Sabella, USA, 2017, 95m
A young woman, recently released from a mental hospital, is coping with ongoing episodes of schizophrenia.
Brent Craft, USA, 2017, 82m
Cast: Beverly D’Angelo
When a quick-witted yet co-dependent college girl helps her best friend land a boyfriend, she’s left on the outside looking in and is forced to deal with the realities of adulthood for the first time.
KATE CAN’T SWIM
Josh Helman, USA, 2017, 90m
Cast: Josh Helman, Evan Jonigkeit, Zosia Mamet
When her best friend returns from Paris with a new lover, Kate’s life is thrown off track. Encountering new personalities, old promises and sexual fluidity, Kate must decide to stay on her current path or burn it down to forge a new one.
Tim Bohn, USA, 85m
Good Bones is a comedic coming-of-age story set in the cutthroat world of Hamptons Real Estate. Danny O’Brien, 22, dedicates one last summer to his family’s failing real estate agency, and to his father Joe’s seemingly obsolete values: poetry, integrity, and community.
TILL THE ACES COME
Adam Everett, USA, 2016, 112m
A failed entrepreneur decides to help a terminally ill drunkard with his new, cutting edge eye scanning technology…not knowing that the drunkard is actually the venture capitalist of a prestigious investment firm.
2016 Chicago Latino Film Festival, 2016 Edinburgh Film Festival
Distributor: Icarus Films
The story of a group of Milton Friedman’s disciples that, backed by a military dictatorship, turned Chile into the first and most extreme neoliberal country in the world.
THE FORBIDDEN SHORE
Ron Chapman, CANADA|CUBA, 2016, 96m
Politics silenced Cuban voices beyond its shores, but within, music is its very heartbeat. The extraordinary musical diversity of Cuba is revealed with over 40 performances by its top artists, from street to concert, with shared stories revealing its people, culture, politics; their struggles and triumphs, vision, spirit and soul.
Sabaah Folayan & Damon Davis, USA, 2017, 103m
2017 Sundance Film Festival
Distributor: Magnolia Pictures
Told by the activists and leaders who live and breathe this movement for justice, Whose Streets? is an unflinching look at the Ferguson uprising. When unarmed teenager Michael Brown is killed by police and left lying in the street for hours, it marks a breaking point for the residents of St. Louis, Missouri. Grief, long-standing racial tensions and renewed anger bring residents together to hold vigil and protest this latest tragedy. Empowered parents, artists, and teachers from around the country come together as freedom fighters. As the National Guard descends on Ferguson with military grade weaponry, these young community members become the torchbearers of a new resistance. Filmmakers Sabaah Folayan and Damon Davis know this story because they are the story. Whose Streets? Is a powerful battle cry from a generation fighting, not for their civil rights, but for the right to live.
Tom Donahue, USA, 2016, 86m
Cast: Robert Davi, Chazz Palminteri
2016 Hamptons International Film Festival
In Davi’s Way, legendary actor/singer Robert Davi, is given one year to recreate Sinatra’s fabled ‘Main Event’ concert in Madison Square Garden on Sinatra’s 100th Birthday in this unpredictable, poignant and comedic documentary that starts to feel like a real life cross between Curb Your Enthusiasm and This Is Spinal Tap.
David Novack, France/Russia, 2015, 88m
2016 Seattle International Film Festival
The subversive masterpieces of Russian-Ukrainian writer Isaac Babel challenged the reality of life under rising totalitarianism, and led to his arrest and execution in 1940.
THE NEW 8-BIT HEROES
Joseph Granato IV, USA, 112m
Modern creatives must retrofit their skills to program a new game for a 30 year old game console.
Rob O’Cruz, USA, 2016, 91m
After receiving some devastating news, a washed-up rodeo star sets out on a path to find redemption by helping a group of abused women and a mysterious hitchhiker. But one of the girls she tries to help has a dark and deadly past that is catching up to her.
PAYING MR. MCGETTY
Action, Comedy, Romance
Michael Baumgarten, USA, 2016
Cast: R. Marcos Taylor, Don Wilson, Anita Clay
2016 Burbank International Film Festival
After a night of drinking and gambling, Tyrell (R. Marcos Taylor) is awakened by an angry call from his girlfriend, Meena (Anita Clay) and finds himself in bed with a strange woman, Cecelia (Alissa Schneider) — a local mob boss’ daughter. Once the local mob boss finds out, he hires Shota (Wilson) — a relentless hitman. To make matters worse, the reward on Tyrell’s head has dozens of others looking for him too. Adding to Tyrell’s troubles, the worst thing of all… Meena, the love of his life, is put in harm’s way. Tyrell must make a stand by taking on the mob, taking on Shota, and finding the money to pay their landlord — Mr. McGetty — before the day ends.
EAT. SPEAK. ST. PETE
David Vega, USA, 2016, 59m
The art of breaking bread smashes cultural barriers. This project uses good food to bring a diverse group of residents to the table for a long overdue discussion about ongoing challenges in South Saint Petersburg, FL.
Nicholas Naylor, USA, 2017, 90m
An un-ethical DEA agent does everything in his power within and outside the law to catch a cocaine kingpin.
Andrew Andrade, USA, 2016, 34m
Cast: Tommy Morrison, Rokki James, Trish Cook, Karl J. Kramer
Country boy Tommy Morrison from Jay, Oklahoma went from local tough man on to becoming a World Champion boxer. Discovered by Hollywood the golden boy had money, fame, women until one day his media circus crashed.
Hector Trompetero, Colombia, 2016, 75m
Cast: John Leguizamo
2017 Bogota Independant Film Festival, 2017 Colombian International Film Festival NYC
Perros tells the story of Misael, a peasant who ends up in the jail of his town for having committed a crime of passion.
SIN MUERTOS NO HAY CARNAVAL | SUCH IS LIFE IN THE TROPICS
Sebastian Cordero, Ecuador, 2016, 100m
Cast: Diego Catano
2017 Miami Film Festival
Everything begins with a stray bullet… And a wealthy young man trying to evict 250 families who are squatting on the land he inherited from his father.
THE CITY OF THE FUTURE
Claudio Marquez, Brazil, 2016, 76m
Milla, Gilmar and Igor will form an unconventional family at Serra do Ramalho, in the drylands of Bahia.
VIDA DE FAMILIA | FAMILY LIFE
Cristian Jimenez, Alicia Scherson, Chile, 2017, 80m
2017 Sundance Film Festival, 2017 Miami Film Festival
A young man spends a few weeks housekeeping for a relatively distant relative and enjoys taking over the comfort of their lives in Santiago. Soon, he meets a cute neighbor and starts pretending for his personal benefit.
MY HINDU FRIEND
Hector Babenco, Brazil, 2016, 124m US Premiere
2016 Montreal World Film Festival
Diego is a film director very close to death, surrounded by people who are having trouble dealing with his current tempestuous mood. Chances are he won’t survive, but if he does, that means he needs to relearn how to live.
SAMI BLOOD | SAMEBLOD
Amanda Kernell, Sweden, 2016, 110m Florida Premiere
2017 Sundance Film Festival
Elle Marja, 14, is a reindeer-breeding Sámi girl. Exposed to the racism of the 1930’s and race biology examinations at her boarding school, she starts dreaming of another life. To achieve this other life, she has to become someone else and break all ties with her family and culture.
LAST BROKEN DARKNESS Florida Premiere
Action, Drama, Sci-Fi
Christopher-Lee dos Santos, South Africa, 2017, 118m
Last Broken Darkness follows the exciting story of Sam (Sean Cameron Michael, Black Sails), a broken man who after the world ends from a massive Meteor shower and the death of his son, is forced to survive underground. He and his trusted friend Troy (Brandon Auret, Elysium, Chappie) along with a young female Rose (Suraya Santos), are thrust on a journey that takes them into the darkest parts of the underground world where they find themselves on the run with a crew of ragtag yet heavily armed rangers. Hunted down by mutated creatures, bandits and cannibals alike, their undeniable defiance to return home is challenged, and an honest story emerges to reveal the heart of friendship in the face of death. Last Broken Darkness is a tale of selflessness, friendship and courage.
5 FILMS ABOUT TECHNOLOGY
Peter Huang, USA, 5m
ALL THE MARBLES
Michael Swingler, USA, 17m
Eric Lewis (ELEW), USA, 9m
DON’T THINK ABOUT IT
Niv Klainer, USA, 12m
ELEANORA : THE FORGOTTEN PRINCESS
Blair Skinner, USA, 18m
Timothy Cooper, USA, 13m
Manan Singh Katohora, USA, 13m
NIL: NO BLOOD FOR COFFEE
James Turner, CANADA, 3m
NO NAME MADDOX
Glenn Pack, USA, 26m
NO OTHER WAY TO SAY IT
Timothy Mason, USA, 7m
Chris Barron, USA, 3m
John Fortson, USA, 20m
Alex Hardy, UK, 20m
David Cone, USA, 12m
THE CLEANSING HOUR
Damien LeVeck, USA, 20m
Romina Schwedler, USA, 13m
Joschka Laukeninks, GERMANY, 8m
BREAKFAST WITH TIFFANY
Andres Molano Moncada, COLOMBIA, 14m
Gonzaga Manso, SPAIN, 14m
Cyrus Neshvad, LUXEMBOURG, 15m
LETTER TO GOD
Maria Ibrahimova, AZERBAIJAN, 17m
MAKING A KILLING
Justin Head, SOUTH AFRICA, 26m
METUBE 2 – AUGUST SINGS CARMINA BURANA
Daniel Moshel, AUSTRIA, 5m
THE FATHER OF MY DAUGHTER
CarloAlberto Biazzi, ITALY, 12m
THE HOLY CAVE
Aleix Massot, SPAIN, 16m
THE LAST JOURNEY OF THE ENIGMATIC PAUL WR
Roman Quirot, FRANCE 17m
THE PINE TREE VILLA
Jan Koester, GERMANY, 9m
BENEATH THE CROWN
Susan Gallagher & Lisa Mills, USA, 23m
GIFTS FROM THE HEART
Cindy Karafilis, USA, 17m
PLASTIC IS FOREVER
Dylan D’Haeze, USA, 19m
Micheal Torbisco, USA, 33m
Adam Roffman, USA, 11m
A RUNNING START
Tony Armer, USA, 11m
Andrew Andrade, USA, 34m
T’S UP: BRANDING TEAM TAMPA
Travis Bell, USA, 14m
Dewayne Bontrager & Lawayne Bontrager, USA, 8m
THE NEWEST MEMBER
Andi Matheny, USA, 3m
Victoria Jorgensen, USA, 6m
YOU ARE NOT ALONE
Cam Simon, USA, 5m
BLOOD AND WATER
Brian Blum, USA, 20m
Tanner Cusumano, USA, 16m
Nicole Machon, USA, 12m
I LOOK AHEAD
Illian Ipes & Carolina Beguiristain, USA, 13m
Tony Ahedo, USA, 10m
Elena Brodach, RUSSIA, 7m
THE TRAMCAR GIRL
Gerard Zarra, USA, 9m
SOUND AND VISION
William Stead, USA, 21m
Taylor Hammersla, USA, 9m
2016 Sunscreen Summer Film Camp, USA, 6m
FLIP OF A COIN
2016 Sunscreen Summer Film Camp, USA, 5m
2016 Sunscreen Summer Film Camp, USA, 8m
WHAT SHE LEFT ME
Lyndsie Zimmerman, USA, 5m
WINNING THE GAME
Thomas Ernst, USA, 7m
Lyndsie Zimmerman, USA, 8m
Gage McCann, USA, 6m
Savanna Woodson and Brennan Walsh, USA, 5m
SUPER HYPER MEGA LACTOSE INTOLERANCE
Isabella David, USA, 4m
Jake Sloan, USA, 3m
Ryan Molter, USA, 3m
Matthew Hoobin, USA, 8m
Webisodes / TV Pilots
Christian Cashmir, USA, 8m
RUNNING WITH VIOLET
Lindsay MacKay, USA, 8m
SHOOT ME NICELY
Elias Plagianos, USA, 22m
Kenny Beaumont, Jonathan Davenport, USA, 7m
YOU GOT A PROBLEM…
Charles Mandracchia, USA, 9m
YOUNG & RECKLESS
Brianne Nord-Stewart, CANADA, 5M
St. Petersburg/Clearwater Film Society
812 KNAVISH WAY
Eric Stalnaker, USA, 13m
Jeremy Jones, Logan James, Chuck Ardezzone, USA, 10m
Kira Howe, USA, 9m
BEDSHEETS & CIGARETTES
Alan Mehanna, LEBANON, 14m
GOOD OL’ FASHIONED CHRISTMAS VIDEO
Daniel O’Ryan, USA, 5m
IT’S NOT ABOUT SEX
Anjani Pandey, USA, 10m
ONE STEP FROM ALPHA
Hector Luis Soto Vazquez, USA, 5m
David Scott Leatherwood, USA, 6m
Stefanie Davis, USA, 3m
Carrie Drazek, USA, 20m
2016 Sundance Short Film Tour
Bridey Elliott, USA, 17m
Asantewaa Prempeh, USA, 13m
Nina Gantz, UNITED KINGDOM, 7m
BACON & GOD’S WRATH
Sol Friedman, CANADA, 9m
HER FRIEND ADAM
Ben Petrie, CANADA, 16m
THE GRANDFATHER DRUM
Michelle Derosier, CANADA, 11m
Calvin Lee Reeder, USA, 3m
Jim Cummings, USA, 12m
About Sunscreen Film Festival
The Sunscreen Film Festival is organized and presented by the St. Petersburg-Clearwater Film Society Inc., a not-for-profit 501 (c) (3) organization, screening top notch films, providing educational workshops, parties and events in St. Petersburg, Clearwater and Tampa, Florida. Led by current Executive Director Ryan Tarrant, Sunscreen Film Festival was one of 23 festivals sponsored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences (the Oscars) in 2013-2014.
THE ST. PETERSBURG/CLEARWATER FILM COMMISSION
The St. Pete/Clearwater Film Commission serves Pinellas County, Florida supporting and working to bring commercials, TV shows, feature films and digital media projects to the area.
Film SPC supports local signature Film Festivals, fosters industry development with free workshops, an online production guide and location database. The film commission participates in direct marketing and trade missions at major film markets, festivals and tradeshows in North America and Internationally like Sundance, Cannes, Toronto and more.
Film SPC has a local film incentive program. Film, TV, digital media, music videos and more are eligible for the development marketing partnerships. The goal of the incentive is to provide exclusive destination exposure for St. Pete/Clearwater as an area with a growing reputation for filmmaking and television programming, great locations, and excellent crew and equipment resources.
Susan Engel (National Media)
Aqua Marketing & Communications