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Bahamas International Film Festival Unveils Official Program Lineup For 10th Anniversary Edition
By Rogers and Cowan
Nov 14, 2013 - 12:52:23 PM

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Andrew Melby and Reggie Henderson’s “Bahamian Son” and Travolta Cooper’s “The Black Moses” to Bookend the Festival as Opening and Closing Night Films

Nassau, Bahamas  – The Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF), celebrating its 10th anniversary and taking place December 5-13, today revealed the complete lineup of films screening in the festival’s competition and sidebar sections. The program was announced by BIFF Founder and Executive Director Leslie Vanderpool.

This year, the Festival will showcase 108 films from 32 different countries, including four features of which are world premieres and all Bahamian premieres. The four competition categories at BIFF are Spirit of Freedom: Narrative; Documentary; New Visions; Short Film and other categories are Panorama Narrative; Documentary and Short Films out of competition. Special sections include the Youth Film Workshop films made by five schools as well as a World Cinema showcase spotlighting Chinese films provided by the Chinese Embassy in The Bahamas.

Andrew Melby and Reggie Henderson’s drama “Bahamian Son” has been selected as this year’s Opening Night Film and will kick off the Festival on December 5th, while Travolta Cooper’s documentary “The Black Moses” will have the honor of closing the 10th edition of the Festival on December 13th.

“As the Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF) celebrates its 10th Anniversary and The Bahamas celebrates its 40th year of independence, what better way to recognize these milestones then by having Bahamian films open and close the festival,” said BIFF founder & executive director, Leslie Vanderpool. “Film Festivals were created for the independent filmmakers and once again I am proud to present a Bahamian film as the Opening Night Film. ‘Bahamian Son’ is that story that shares a taste of the Bahamian culture through the lens of a true son of The Bahamas.”

Vanderpool adds "BIFF showcasing a documentary as the Closing Night Film is a first. As always, BIFF features quality films that tell stories dealing with current issues with global application. ‘The Black Moses’ is one of those films, providing a subjective commentary for people to derive their own opinion."

The official BIFF feature lineup is comprised of the following films:


9 FULL MOONS (USA) / Director: Tomer Algamor

A PLACE ON EARTH - Une Place Sur La Terre (France) / Director: Fabienne Godet

BRAHMIN BULLS (India) / Director: Mahesh Pailoor

HOME (USA) / Director: Jono Oliver

SIDDHARTH (India) / Director: Richie Mehta

VIVA BELARUS (Poland) Director: Krzysztof Lukaszewicz

WHEN I SAW YOU- Lamma Shoftak (Jordan)  Director: Annemarie Jacir


CAST THE FIRST STONE (USA) / Director: Nicolas Cuellar

FINDING HILLYWOOD  (Rwanda, USA) / Director: Leah Warshawski

FLY BY LIGHT (USA) / Director: Ellie Walton

GARIFUNA IN PERIL (Honduras) / Director: Ali Allie

ISOLATED (USA, Indonesia) Director: Geoff Clark, Justin Le Pera

SILENT MUSIC (Antigua, Barbuda, USA) Director: Melissa Gomez

THE LAST SAFARI (Kenya, USA) Director:  Matt Goldman

TWO: THE STORY OF ROMAN & NYRO (USA) Director: Heather Winters


CALLOUSED HANDS (USA) / Director: Jesse Quinones

ONE SMALL HITCH (USA) / Director: John Burgess

SAL (Argentina, Chile) / Director: Diego Rougier

SIBERIA, MONAMOUR (Russia) / Director: Slava Ross

TARIF NA SPASENIE (Russia) / Director: Georgiy Soldatov

THE LONG DRIVE HOME (USA) / Director: William Tyler

TRUST, GREED, BULLETS & BOURBON (USA) / Director: Scott Kawczynski

TUTTI GIU (Switzerland) / Director: Niccolo Castelli


SOME VELVET MORNING (USA) / Director: Neil LaBute

I’LL FOLLOW YOU DOWN (Canada) / Director: Richie Mehta

NEARLYWEDS (USA) / Director: Marc Griffiths

HANK AND ASHA (USA), / Director: Bryan Pick

VINO VERITAS (USA) / Director: Sara Knight

KARAOKE GIRL (Thailand) / Director: Visra Vichit-Vadakan

LAST LOOK (USA) / Director: Hernando Bansuelo

MURDER IN THE DARK (USA, Italy) / Director: Dagen Merrill

NAI RIVER (China) / Director: Bin Luo

SIDE BY SIDE (UK) / Director: Arthur Landon

GOLDEN MESH – FIOS DE OVOS (Brazil) / Director: Maíra Bühler, Matias Mariani


BROTHERS HYPNOTIC - MUSIC (USA) / Director: Reuben Atlas

HAITI THE EARTH (Haiti, Belgium) / Director: Jean-Claude Riga

SANCTITY OF SANCTUARY (USA) / Director: Blis Hanousek DeVault

TALES OF THE ORGAN TRADE (Canada) / Director: Ric Esther Bienstock


ROUGHCUT (Greece) / Director: Eliana Abravanel


COMEDY WARRIORS – COMEDY (USA) / Director: John Wager

CONTRARIAN – MR. TEMPLETON  (USA, Bahamas) / Director: Mary Mazzio


CAUGHT IN THE WEB (China) / Director: Kaige Chen

FENG SHUI  (China) / Director: Jing Wang

PAINTED SKIN: THE RESURRECTION (China)  / Director: Wuershan

In addition, a list of the 58 short films screening at the festival can be found online at http://bintlfilmfest.com/the_festival/film_guide/program/59.

"We are ecstatic that our film ‘Bahamian Son’ will be headlining BIFF this year.  Shooting a semi audio-biographical film was not easy and it had its challenges, but we had wonderful support from the Bahamian community during the making of this film,” said writer and producer of “Bahamian Son,” Reggie Henderson.  “’Bahamian Son’ may be a small indie film, but it's big in heart and content.  The Bahamas is not just a resort destination and it gives us great pleasure to share with the rest of the world what we've learned, which is The Bahamas is a beautiful island, rich in culture, history and tradition.  What a great honor to be a part of BIFF!" adds Henderson.

"It's been quite a journey producing ‘The Black Moses’ and for our little movie to be bestowed such an honor is encouraging and inspiring. Our production team is ecstatic. And I am personally overjoyed because BIFF has undoubtedly played a role in my career as a filmmaker giving me opportunities and lifelong mentors like filmmaker Malcolm Lee and producer Jane Schoettle,” said director of “The Black Moses,” Travolta Cooper.  “And now to be afforded such an honor in the same tradition of films such as ‘The King's Speech,’ ‘Juno,’ or ‘Precious,’ which have closed this festival in the past, means more than I can express."

Celebrating its 10th year, the Bahamas International Film Festival has established itself as a marquee international Festival in the Caribbean region, discovering and promoting independent voices and talent from around the world and showcasing a diverse array of international films.

BIFF 2013 kicks off on Thursday, December 5th and will run through Sunday, December 13th. For the second consecutive year, BIFF will be coming to Harbour Island (December 9-11) and Governor’s Harbour December (11-13), showcasing a diverse presentation of films from around the world accompanied by a group of local and international filmmakers. Additional announcements pertaining to the Festival will be made in the coming weeks.  For additional information, please visit www.bintlfilmfest.com.

About the Opening and Closing Night Films:

“Bahamian Son” stars Constance Anderson (“Prodigal,” “Profile of a Killer,” “Gods’ Green Earth”), Fatima Cocci (“Gods’ Green Earth”) and Leah Eneas (“Beneath the Blue”). The film is based on true events, from the life of the film’s writer Reggie Henderson. The story follows Kevin as he sets out to find his father, whom he hasn't seen in more than thirty years. During his journey, Kevin examines his own life and the family he has built for himself, during his childhood, having growns up in the projects of North Minneapolis. After Kevin tracks down his father, he travels to The Bahamas to meet him. What happens in The, opens Kevin's eyes to a world and a history he never knew existed. It is also another test of Kevin's beliefs regarding family, loyalty, and what it means to be a son, a father, and a man.

Written and directed by Travolta Cooper (“Children of God,” “A Miami Trail”), “The Black Moses” takes a look at Was L.O Pindling, first black Prime Minister of The Bahamas, one of history's greatest national Liberators, or was he one of history's greatest national Drug Dealers? The film follows the popular folk 'moses mythology' as it was manifested through the life and times of Sir Lynden Pindling. It focuses on L.O Pindling as he sets on a course to bring about social, political, and economic revolution to the British Bahama Islands. The film features Golden Globe nominee Dennis Haysbert (“The Unit,” “24,” “Wreck-It Ralph”) as Black Moses and commentary from the 18th Prime Minister of Canada Brian Mulroney, civil rights activist Jesse Jackson, and many others.

The Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF) is a nonprofit organization committed to providing the local community and international festival-goers with a diverse presentation of films from The Bahamas and around the world. In addition to showcasing films that might not otherwise be released theatrically, BIFF provides unique cultural experiences, educational programs, and forums for exploring the past, present and future of cinema. BIFF aims to raise the level of filmmaking, participation and education throughout The Bahamas and the world.

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