Film Festival to Open with Free Outdoor Screening at Taino Beach
Freeport, Bahamas - Destined to be an unforgettable night out for the entire family, and set against the idyllic backdrop of the
Bahamian waters, FLIFF On
Location: Grand Bahama Island is pleased to announce their opening night
Sammy 2: Escape from Paradise, a 3D animation which will be projected onto a 30' screen outdoors at Taino Beach on Thursday,
In 2010, filmmakers from around the world finished post-production on
A Turtle's Tale:
Adventures. The film written by Domonic Paris and directed by Ben
Stassen was very well received, and though the production did not have
the pockets of Disney or the experience of Pixar, things looked
especially promising for this sequel. This year at Cannes,
Sammy2 opened and the
reception could not have been more spectacular. This family film was
on par with the best in the world.
The heartwarming 100 minute animation about a brave sea turtle opened in Cannes this year and will have its
U.S. premiere at the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (FLIFF) before coming to Grand Bahama along with the writer. 'While helping a dozen or so
hatchlings into the sea,
Sammy and Ray are captured by poachers. Our heroes are sold to a hi-tech aquarium belonging to a restaurant. As
soon as they get to the aquarium,
Sammy and Ray start planning their escape, no easy task in this state-of-the-art facility.'
The writer, Domonic Paris currently resides in Los Angeles
and is a partner in the motion picture production company, Illuminata
Pictures. Domonic began his career in New York City working as a cinematographer
and quickly segued into producing and directing. He now works as a Screenwriter/Producer/Director
and has created projects both for television and theatrical feature
films. Since 2005 he has been involved in the creation, producing and
voice direction of 3D animated feature films. In 2005 he formed a co-producing
relationship with nWave pictures, a leader in creating 3D content. Their
first collaboration was in 2005 when Domonic wrote and co-produced the
first, true-3D animated feature film, FLY ME TO THE MOON released by
Summit Entertainment in 2008. Domonic followed that film with the first
in what has become a “turtle franchise”, the 3D animated feature,
SAMMY’S ADVENTURE which was one of the top ten box office money-makers
of any independent films released in 2010-11. Domonic follow up
with SAMMY 2:ESCAPE FROM PARADISE and is currently in production on
THE ENCHAUNTED HOUSE and later this year begins production on TUESDAY’S
TALE another 3D feature.
Come early as the opening ceremony for FLIFF On Location will take
place at 7pm, and the movie will begin at 7:30pm. Bring a chair or
seating could fill up quickly. Food and refreshments will be on hand for
your enjoyment and viewing pleasure. A second feature is in the works,
and will be announced at a later date.
Sammy 2 will screen once
more during the festival at Port Lucaya Marketplace's Count Basie Square
on Friday, October 26th at 8pm. Both screenings are free and open to the public. Immediately following the screening the Marketplace will offer a complimentary Native Show featuring limbo dancer Emperor Duke and the Ultra Vibes Band.
We hope to see you at FLIFF on Location: Grand Bahama Island!
Sammy 2: Escape from Paradise will have two free screenings at FLIFF On Location: Grand Bahama Island. It will open the film festival on Thursday, October 25th at Taino Beach (7:30pm), and will screen on Friday, October 26th at Port Lucaya Marketplace at 8pm.
FLIFF On Location: Grand Bahama Island
is a collaboration between the Fort Lauderdale International Film
Festival, the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Grand Bahama Island
Tourism Board. The event has been made possible through the generous
support of the following sponsors: Pelican Bay Hotel;
TheBahamasWeekly.com; Mackey Media Ltd; Bahamas Celebration Cruises;
Bahamasair; Balearia Bahamas Express; Grand Bahama Port Authority and
Group of Companies; Grand Bahama Island Tourism Board; FLIFF; Ministry
of Tourism and SkyBahamas Airlines.
The film festival will feature: Career Achievement Award presentation
to Giancarlo Esposito; Films made in The Bahamas; Underwater cinematography workshop, including a shark dive, by award-winning
cinematographer Paul Mockler; Independent Films from around the world;
Complimentary outdoor screenings; and Student film competitions.