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11th Annual Santa Cruz Film Festival

May 10-19, 2012

What’s It All About?

The Santa Cruz Film Festival (SCFF), in its 11th year, will be showcasing a unique blend of local culture and global concerns. The festival promotes film arts for the local community and attracts a global spectrum of film projects. It is best known worldwide for the production of an annual film festival and year-round events and educational activities.

The festival brings the year’s most relevant films and solicits new and contemporary films, and also showcases films that are locally made while also hosting industry talks and forums.

Watch Out For!

Opening Night: California State Of Mind: The Legacy Of Pat Brown

Directed by Sascha Rice, the film is set in the turbulent 1960s, where an ordinary man rose to face extraordinary challenges. The film gives an inside look into the life and political power of the patriarch of a family dynasty called by some the ‘West Coast Kennedys’.

Closing Night: Pretty Old

When 30 women aged 67 to 84 from across America and around the world descend on Fall River, Massachusetts, to compete in the 30th anniversary of the Ms Senior Sweetheart Pageant, hilarity and heartbreak ensue. These women share intimate experiences, discover new-found passions and stir lifelong insecurities that challenge common misconceptions of aging.

Some screenings of world cinema are as follows:

• Flutter

John’s a gambler with a normal life till he places his bets with Stan, the new bookie at the dog races. She’s young and charismatic, beautiful and mysterious.

• Future Weather

Lauduree is a teenage loner passionate about nature and worried about global warming. Greta, her grandmother, is a caustic nurse jaded by alcohol and disappointment. They’re thrust into each other’s lives when Lauduree’s mother flees to pursue her long-held dream of being a make-up artist for the stars.

• Below Zero

Based on true events, Below Zero is a thriller. It is the story of ‘Jack the Hack’, a less-than-average, but once successful screenwriter who now faces a writer’s block. Is he on the verge of creating the best script he’s ever written or is he losing his mind?

Other films to be screened under world cinema are:

• Cloudburst

• Irvine Welsh’s Ecstasy

• I Think It’s Raining

• Lucky

• Take Me Home

• Supporting Characters

Films in the Santa Cruz After Dark category are as follows:

• To Beauty

The Lady in Red, a prostitute, makes her way to work at the Gold Club where she will entertain the winner of a poker game – one of the three war veteran amputees. She is invisible to the outside world, except for one unassuming man who bumps into her in a cafe who will change her life forever.

• Bob Marley

The Making Of A Legend Filmmaker Esther Anderson, Bob Marley’s girlfriend and collaborator in the early days of the Wailers, presents a video footage of Bob Marley from 1973 and 1974 and some of the people he encountered and interacted with during those initial years.

Featured films that will be screened are as follows:

• 7 Years Underground: A 60’s Tale

• The Mexican Suitcase (La Maleta Mexicana)

• To Make A Farm

• Who Bombed Judi Bari?

Some documentaries to be screened are:

• 18 Days

• Exit 426: Watsonville

• Crazy Wisdom

• Heist: Who Stole the American Dream?











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