FILM & VIDEO
26th Annual Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival
October 28, 2011
1:00 PM ANDANTE. Chika, though a talented pianist and attractive young woman, is one of an increasing number of agoraphobics in Japan. Approaching 30 and nearing the tenth year of having locked herself into her childhood bedroom, she ignites her father's rage when he has to beg Chika's boss (his former student) to allow his immature daughter to keep her job. The pressure from her parents to succeed, along with the harsh sur-realities of...
1:00 PM ANDANTE. Chika, though a talented pianist and attractive young woman, is one of an increasing number of agoraphobics in Japan. Approaching 30 and nearing the tenth year of having locked herself into her childhood bedroom, she ignites her father's rage when he has to beg Chika's boss (his former student) to allow his immature daughter to keep her job. The pressure from her parents to succeed, along with the harsh sur-realities of Japanese culture cause her to flee to the countryside where she meets Shinpei, the, "slightly" over-the-hill and unmarried rice farmer who responded by snail mail to her bottled S.O.S.. Enjoying the delicious fruits of her labor, Chika's love of life is reborn through her new found respect of herself.
3:00 PM DOG POO The Truth at Last. The only film you can step in, 'Dog Poo - the truth at last' is the first feature film that gets down with doggies poo poo. Shot in 8 countries, the secret life of dog poop is brought out in glorious detail. ?From Harvey Milk's pooper scooping laws in San Francisco and onto poo detection in the outback of Australia, the truth about poop comes to the surface:??
Poo causes blindness and a higher chance of epilepsy and asthma due to the worm it contains.12% of children have had this worm from contact with dog poop.?80 million poos a day in the US to scoop.?Strap in and come on a surprising brown journey … you will never walk past a doo doo again the same way.
5:00 PM FLORIDA CRACKERS The Cattlemen and Cowboys of Florida The story of this little-known pioneer culture dates back to 1521, when Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon landed in what is now Florida and introduced the first cattle and horses into North America. In the decades that followed, additional settlers from Spain continued to arrive, establishing missions and cattle ranches and thus giving rise to the first cowboys and cattle industry in America.
In the early 1800s settlers of mainly Celtic and British descent began moving into Florida, rounding up the Spanish cattle and horses that had thrived in Florida’s unique environment and establishing cattle operations of their own. Some descendants of these early pioneering families still play a major role in Florida’s cattle industry to this day, working the land and raising the cattle that their families have owned for generations.
7:00 PM MARATHON BOY. This dynamic epic follows four-year-old Budhia, rescued from poverty by Biranchi Das, a larger-than-life judo coach and operator of an orphanage for slum children in the eastern Indian state of Orissa. When Budhia displays an uncommon talent for long-distance running, Biranchi nurtures his gift, heralding him as a folk hero for the impoverished masses, and maybe even for India itself. But after golden child Budhia breaks down during a world-record 65 kilometer run at the age of four, public opinion begins to turn on the guru and his disciple, and soon the two are swept up in a maelstrom of media controversy and political scandal.
9:00 PM BUTTER. A tale of competition at its most cut-throat, BUTTER surveys the raw ambition of Laura Pickler (Jennifer Garner), the wife of Bob Pickler (Ty Burrell), Iowa’s long-reigning champion butter carver. For 15 years, Laura has relished her high-profile role as the beautiful, loyal helpmate to her affable, artistically gifted husband. But when Bob is pressured to retire and allow someone else a chance at glory, an indignant Laura decides to enter the competition herself. She is first in line on sign-up day, only to see her odds of victory fall below 100% with the arrival of an unlikely yet formidable contender: 10-year-old Destiny (Yara Shahidi), the African-American foster child of local couple Julie and Ethan (Alicia Silverstone and Rob Corddry). And that’s not all. Bob’s would-be mistress, bad-girl stripper Brooke (Olivia Wilde) also declares her candidacy, as does his #1 fan, Carol-Ann (Kristen Schaal).