Friday, September 22, 2006

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2006 South Padre Island Film Festival Announces Eclectic Assortment
of Shorts, Narrative Features, and Documentaries

South Padre Island, TX – September 5, 2006 – The first annual South
Padre Island Film Festival (SPIFF), which will take place September
22-24, 2006, has announced its inaugural film program. From a total
of more than 200 submissions from around the world, the festival has
selected 26 engaging films: a variety of comedies, mockumentaries,
experimental dramas, animated shorts, and documentaries. Nearly
thirty percent of the showcased films have been produced by Texas
filmmakers and feature Texas-based people and communities.

Honoring a host of independent filmmakers and acclaimed actors, from
Martin Sheen (The West Wing) to Kurtwood Smith (That `70s Show),
this diverse showcase of creativity, passion, and humor will be
presented at the South Padre Island Convention Centre, located at
7355 Padre Boulevard on the northern end of town.

The three-day event will culminate in an awards ceremony on Sunday
night, where the best films will be honored by our esteemed judges,
programmers, and audience members. The winning films will share over
$10,000 in prizes, generously provided by Avid Technology, Sony,
Final Draft, Jungle Software, and Writer's Boot Camp. Other festival
sponsors include Southwest Airlines, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company,
and local businesses such as Frank Cole Realty, Lynne Tate Real
Estate, the Massage Therapy & Healing Arts Center, Zeste Gourmet
Market & Café, H.E.B. Grocery Company, and the Port Isabel/South
Padre Island Guides Association.

Festival passes ($40 for 15 programs) for the 2006 South Padre
Island Film Festival can be purchased in advance through the website
(www.southpadreislandfilmfestival.com) or at the festival
headquarters, located at the Beachcomber's Museum at 104 West
Pompano Street on South Padre Island. Individual tickets ($5 for
each program) will go on sale on Thursday, September 7, 2006 – they
can be purchased in advance via the website or at the festival
headquarters, or during the festival at the SPI Convention Centre a
half-hour before each program. The festival schedule is available on
the website.

For more information about the 2006 South Padre Island Film
Festival, including details about the presented films or volunteer
opportunities, please contact Laura Martone, Festival Co-Director,
at 626-476-7976 or laura@spifilmfest.com.

2006 Line-up of SPIFF Features Announced
The 2006 South Padre Island Film Festival will present the following
features:

COMEDY
The Trouble with Dee Dee (81 min./USA/Producer: Bob Brown, Michael
Meiners/Director: Michael Meiners) – A big-hearted, eccentric
socialite, with a knack for pulling off hopelessly wild adventures,
struggles when she finds herself disowned by her millionaire father
and abandoned by her teenage son.

Kisses and Caroms (83 min./USA/Producer: Michael Hutchinson, Jay
Beeber, Vince Rocca/Director: Vince Rocca) – A young woman arranges
a threesome in order to prove to her ex-boyfriend, the manager of a
billiard pro shop, that she's his dream girl, but, blinded by his
libido, he decides that they should just remain friends.

The Proper Care & Feeding of an American Messiah (95
min./USA/Producer: Brian Elliott, Chris Hansen/Director: Chris
Hansen) – In this comedic mockumentary, a middle-class family man,
who believes he is a modern-day messiah, must raise funds for a
large coming-out rally in his hometown.

DRAMA
Slipdream (85 min./USA/Producer: Matthew Spiegelman, Sam
Siegel/Director: Marc Grant) – In a modern-day parable of "Jack and
the Beanstalk," a street-smart Los Angeles pot dealer trades his
father's gold watch for some magical seeds, unleashing psychic
forces that lead him to a beautiful but tormented violinist under
the sadistic care of a pill-pushing psychiatrist.

Dumpster (64 min./USA/Producer: Jim Daniels/Director: John Rice) – A
scavenging janitor, employed at an elite university, discovers a
muddled college student dwelling in the dumpster behind his frat
house, and their subsequent late-night meetings help them both
overcome the stress and confusion of their daily lives.

HORROR
Dark Remains (90 min./USA/Producer: Laurence Avenet-
Bradley/Director: Brian Avenet-Bradley) – Following their young
daughter's brutal murder, two grieving spouses escape Atlanta to
find solace in the mountains, where their recovery is interrupted by
violent entities with tragic histories of their own.

DOCUMENTARY
The Range (85 min./USA/Director: Dean J. Augustin) – KHYI, one of
the last independent FM radio stations in the Dallas/Fort Worth
area, tantalizes loyal listeners with OKOM, or "Our Kind of Music" –
that is, Hard Country.

Art From the Streets (73 min./USA/Producer: Layton
Blaylock/Director: Layton Blaylock) – A unique Austin-based
organization assists homeless individuals in creating and selling
their artwork; this documentary invites viewers to track several of
these artists, from their living situations to their weekly art
classes.

Of Good Courage (62 min./USA/Producer: David Perry, David Wayne
Brown/Director: David Perry, David Wayne Brown) – In February 2003,
a rural Texas county responds to the tragic Space Shuttle Columbia
disaster with compassion, strength, and dignity.

Plagues & Pleasures on the Salton Sea (71 min./USA/Producer:
Christopher Metzler/Director: Christopher Metzler, Jeff Springer) –
Narrated by John Waters, this off-kilter film explores the friendly,
eccentric residents along the shores of Southern California's newest
ecological timebomb - from Hungarian revolutionaries and Christian
nudists to land sharks and dead fish.

Between Iraq and a Hard Place (65 min./Producer: Rex Pratt, James
Pratt/Director: Rex Pratt) – Narrated by Martin Sheen and filmed
partially in Iraq during battle, this documentary reveals the
heartbreak, courage, passion, and trauma that US Marines face during
firefights, attacks, and daily patrols, and upon their return home.

Life Is a Dream in Cinema: Pola Negri (88 min./USA/Producer: Heidi
Hutter/Director: Mariusz Kotowski) – This in-depth documentary
examines the life and work of the legendary actress Pola Negri, once
Rudolph Valentino's lover and the first European star to emigrate to
America, paving the way for foreign celebrities like Greta Garbo and
Marlene Dietrich.

Blood, Sweat & Gears (88 min./USA/Producer: Jason Edwards/Director:
Jason Edwards) – America's top bike fabricators, including Billy
Lane and his generous pals, tour the country's motorcycle rally
circuit to salute the men and women of our US Armed Forces.

COMEDY
And Now a Word from Our Sponsors (9 min./USA/Producer: Jennifer
Niemeyer, Shane English/Director: Wojciech Lorenc) – A young man's
quest for a condom turns strangely surreal as he's bombarded by an
army of supermarket sellers soliciting their products; if he doesn't
outsmart them on time, he will lose his chance with a beautiful girl
waiting in his apartment.

Playtown (24 min./USA/Producer: Shane Barbanel/Director: Shane
Barbanel) – While his pals search for love, lust, and compatibility
in Hollywood, a young filmmaker tries to cure his insomnia by
embarking upon a sexual odyssey that brings him face to face with
success, disgrace, and self-respect.

The Day of the Grackle (15 min./USA/Producer: Michael Berry, Michael
Butler Murray, Rod Weber/Director: Michael Berry) – A mild-mannered
man's world is invaded by a ferocious, territorial bird, thrusting
him into an escalating, action-filled battle that inadvertently
transforms his life into something far beyond his dreams.

Casual Fridays (10 min./Canada/Producer: Kyle Bornais/Director: John
Barnard) – When office workers take their casual Fridays too far,
Hawaiian shirts make way for sexual harassment and volleyball.

ANIMATION
Dear Sweet Emma (5 min./USA/Producer: Loraine Cernak/Director: John
Cernak) –As the search is given up for Emma's latest husband,
Tucker, a private look reveals that Emma, the sweetest angel and
most favorite citizen of Fishtickle, has a secret and uncontrollable
dark side.

DRAMA
The Honeyfields (22 min./USA/Producer: Genn Feliciano/Director: Matt
Gordon) – Two young brothers, raised in rural California by a bitter
grandmother, spend their lazy summer days fighting for imaginary
glory within their beloved wheatfields near home, until the older
boy falls for a local girl, driving a wedge between the brothers and
leading to their final battle in the fields.

DOCUMENTARY
Caught in Paint (6 min./USA/Producer: Rita Blitt/Director: Rita
Blitt) – During one creative session, artist Rita Blitt paints on
transparent surfaces while members of the David Parsons Dance
Company imitate her strokes in mid-air and photographer Lois
Greenfield shoots dynamic stills of the entire process.

Beach Drive: Public Rights and Private Property (28
min./USA/Producer: Jessica Schoenbaechler /Director: Jessica
Schoenbaechler) – In Surfside, Texas, severe coastal erosion has
caused private property to illegally obstruct public beaches,
disrupting the lives of homeowners, vacationers, surfers,
environmentalists, and legislators.

South Central Farmers (7 min./USA/Producer: Ross Guidici/Director:
Ross Guidici) – Since 1992, a 14-acre property in South Central Los
Angeles has been used as a community garden; today, a wealthy land
developer has acquired the property and is threatening to kick out
350 low-income families, who farm the land to feed their kin and
stay off welfare.

Back to Life (27 min./USA/Producer: Nora Donaghy, Tracy
Wilson/Director: Samantha Reynolds) – Using the art of taxidermy as
a backdrop, Samantha Reynolds examines the human-animal bond,
particularly regarding pets, and demonstrates how animals can
positively affect our lives.

Rucker (12 min./USA/Producer: Anna Dewell-Bussart/Director: Anna
Dewell-Bussart) – Bill Rucker, a resilient Texas-based motorcycle
shop owner and scuba instructor, lives out his dream in the wake of
diversity.

The Beehive (37 min./USA/Producer: Robert Sickels/Director: Robert
Sickels) – In 2002, three women from a fifth-generation farming
family opened up The Beehive, the first high-end hair salon in Walla
Walla, Washington, just beyond the middle of nowhere; they were
highly successful until the national press, wealthy wine
aficionados, and Corporate America began to "discover" the sleepy
little town.

Tales of Times Square (10 min./USA/Producer: Sue Romweber/Director:
Paul Stone) – A gritty glance at the last bastion of honky-tonk New
York, this film explores the underbelly of Times Square's seedy past
and the sex industries that thrived there in the 1970s before the
neighborhood was sanitized.

2006 SPIFF Schedule Announced
Friday, September 22, 2006:
#1 – 12pm to 1:30pm – The Range

#2 - 2pm to 3:30pm – Slipdream

#3 - 4pm to 5:30pm – Art From the Streets & Caught in Paint

#4 - 6pm to 7:30pm – The Trouble with Dee Dee

#5 - 8pm to 9:30pm - Kisses and Caroms

Saturday, September 23, 2006:
#6 – 11am to 12:30pm – Dumpster & The Honeyfields

#7 – 1pm to 2:30pm – Beach Drive: Public Rights and Private Property
& Of Good Courage

#8 – 3pm to 4:30pm – Plagues and Pleasures on the Salton Sea & South
Central Farmers

#9 – 5pm to 6:30pm – Between Iraq and A Hard Place

#10 – 7pm to 8:40pm – The Proper Care and Feeding of an American
Messiah

#11 – 9pm to 10:30pm – Dark Remains

Sunday, September 24, 2006:

#12 – 11am to 12:30pm – Life Is a Dream in Cinema: Pola Negri

#13 – 1pm to 2:30pm – DOC BLOCK – Back to Life, Rucker, The Beehive,
& Tales of Times Square

#14 – 3pm to 4:30pm – Blood, Sweat, and Gears

#15 – 5pm to 6:30pm – COMIC SHORTS BLOCK – And Now a Word from Our
Sponsors, Playtown, The Day of the Grackle, Casual Fridays, & Dear
Sweet Emma

Awards Ceremony – 7pm to 8pm

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