The Jaxon Film Fest will be more than animated and narrated shorts. It will also include documentaries and feature length films. Among these is this stellar list of movies scheduled to screen September 29th, 2012, at the historic Michigan Theatre, 124 N. Mechanic Street, Jackson, Michigan.
Says director David W. King, “We were really thrilled by the quality of the majority of films we received this year. While there were a number which we had tried to get, being a first year festival we are pleased and excited by what we are prepared to offer.’
Among these are:
Mary’s Buttons–Joel Paul Reisig (Director) When a popular sheriff is gunned down in a small town near Detroit, Michigan in 1910, the local newspaper and community are quick to condemn accused immigrants to life in prison before the trial even begins. A loyal deputy struggles to protect the accused from an angry lynch mob while two young newspaper reporters and a rookie lawyer team up to fight for the immigrants’ safety and acquittal. Based on a true story, shot on location in Michigan
Things I Don’t Understand–David Spaltro (Director) 69 minutes A detached grad student forms a cathartic bond with a terminally ill girl she’s interviewing for her thesis and the damaged bartender downstairs with a mysterious past as she faces eviction from the home she’s built for herself with her artist roommates.
Il Cacciatore Di Anatre (the Duck Hunter)– Edigo Veronesi (Director) :94 minutes In the countryside of Modena, 1942 in northern Italy, the story of four friends are intertwined, each of them with their own dream to realize. The story is set in a time of second world war and the tragic events of this period will end by sweeping away everyone and everything. Only one of them will realize his dream.
My Garbage, My Neighborhood a documentary project that takes on urban space through the lens of its trash. As it circles and zigzags through the streets of San Francisco and a unique community recycling center and native plant nursery in Golden Gate Park, the project unveils an underground culture of green thumb scavengers and community activists striving to save the planet one bottle, can or native plant at a time. The film is a surprising look at the logistics, conflicts, traditions, and value systems associated with this complicated movement towards a cleaner, greener future.
Moment of Truth: The Andy Mayers Story–Steven Canfield Crowley (Director) 88 minutes Andy Meyers, the subject of the film, has decided he wants to end his life in front of a camera for the world to see. His depression and array of ailments from his bout with diabetes have driven him to the edge. His idol Bud Dwyer, who also killed himself in front of cameras during a press conference, gained much notoriety for his suicide and Andy feels this is his only chance ‘to be somebody’. Andy recruited his counselor turned filmmaker to document the suicide and also his last day. Andy’s last day consists of walking his dog one last time, a short visit to the ocean, a Chinese food dinner, sex with a hooker, eating a lot of candy, and death.
Burning Folk: A Road Movie–Sean J. Kenny (Director) 86 minutes A road movie format with improvisation and elements of neo-realistic filmmaking (e.g. natural, conversational dialog, actual locations discovered on the road, and a loose episodic structure). Three trained improvisers snuggled into a 1988 Chevy motor home and drive (meander) from Michigan southeast through Illinois and Missouri, gently kiss the smoky state of Kansas, dip into the oily center of Oklahoma and then drop south to Texas. Eventually, the winds drives the crew far to the west into the deserts of New Mexico and Arizona, before returning home. How much truth can be captured on film. It’s a complicated matter. Magical moments are as elusive as wolverines.
Weekend Warriors II–Lisa Bridenstine (documentarian) 67 minutes The second Weekend Warriors documentary gives the viewer a look into some of the local music scenes currently present throughout Michigan. Bands and solo artists involved in genres such as hardcore, punk, metal, indie, post rock, and more are shown performing for local fans eager for new and interesting music.
The Brotherhood: Chicago–Wing Ko (documentarian) 34 minutes Reflects on twenty two years in the lives of three unique Chicagoans. A prodigy. A father. An unlikely outcast. Director Wing Ko’s previously unseen interviews and action footage tell the story of a trio bound by the love of skateboarding as they follow different lines down the sidewalk of life.
Hooligan’s At War–Tyler Elliot (Director) 66 minutes A non-political documentary film that chronicles the everyday lives of the soldiers of “Hooligan Platoon” as they conduct combat operations in Afghanistan.
We are working a creating a schedule for the screening of these films. We are also looking for venue owners who might be interested in sharing in the excitement of hosting Jackson’s first film fest.
If you be that venue owner, please contact us by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org
We are also looking for sponsors and contributor. The more we can successfully raise, the bigger this event will be. For more information on creating a film fest for Jackson http://www.indiegogo.com/jaxon-film-fest?a=503488