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Film Workshops and Talks presented at FLIFF On Location: Grand Bahama island
By The Bahamas Weekly News Team
Nov 1, 2013 - 3:18:57 AM

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SOME OF THOSE PRESENTING AT FLIFF: Bahamian writer, director, producer and author, Dr. Ian Strachan; actor, director, and writer, Jayce Bartok; film distributor Scott Mansfield; and naturalist and underwater photographer, Jonathan Bird.

Freeport, Bahamas - The 3rd annual FLIFF On Location: Grand Bahama Island film festival runs from Thursday, October 31st through Sunday, November 3rd at the Pelican Bay Canal House in Freeport. Aside from international and Bahamian films, the event will provide informative talks and workshops on filmmaking by local and international industry presenters.

"The beauty of film festivals is that movie enthusiasts get to meet some of the filmmakers," said Gregory von Hausch, Founder of FLIFF. "After their films we always open up the floor for a question and answers with the filmmaker. It's a great way to go even deeper into understanding a film. This year some of our guests are offering 1 hour mini-talks or workshops to give patrons an even deeper conversation."

As a special treat to local schools in Grand Bahama, FLIFF guest,  naturalist and underwater photographer, Jonathan Bird will be presenting from his acclaimed underwater science adventure series, BLUE WORLD I on Thursday, October 31st at 10am and BLUE WORLD II on Friday, November 1st at 10am. BLUE WORLD III is open to all on Saturday, November 2nd at 1pm.  Bird's series also features The Bahamas' Stargate Blue Hole in
a remote part of Andros Island, which leads into a beautiful and stunning underwater cave system. 

On Friday, November 1st, FLIFF guest William Grefe who is a writer, director and producer will recount stories of Indie Filmmaking in the FLIFF talk, "Mr Florida Film" at 1pm in the Canal House. The Godfather of Grindhouse', William Grefe' the legendary director synonymous with drive-in cult classics such as Sting of Death, Impulse, Death Curse of Tartu (1966), and Stanley.

The Bahamas writer, director and producer,  Dr. Ian Strachan, will lead a workshop on Saturday, November 2nd at 10am called, "Stories That Matter".  Stories That Matter workshop is geared toward preparing writers to bring engaging stories to the small and big screens.  "Drama is about conflict.  The more difficult circumstances become for your characters the more interested your audience is in your story.  And your characters ought to be people your audience can relate to; people they can root for, or can dislike passionately.  'Real' characters, and 'real' problems equal real good drama," said Strachan, writer, producer and director of the television series, GIPPIE'S KINGDOM .

"I am happy to be a part of FLIFF in Freeport and happy to share my experiences. I really do believe The Bahamas is undergoing an artist revolution and that the world will want to hear and see our stories."

Also on Saturday, November 2nd at 11am is the workshop, "Writing, Producing, Directing & Acting an American Indie," with actor, director and writer Jayce Bartok and producer/ director Tiffany Bartok. Jayce Bartok has been a regular contributor to MovieMaker Magazine, and featured in NOW WRITE! Screenwriting, published by Tarcher/Penguin.

"Distribution, What’s That All About," with distributors Jere Rae-Mansfield & Scott Mansfield of Monterey Releasing will lead a workshop on that subject on Saturday, November 2nd at 1:30pm. Scott Mansfield founded Monterey Media and has been distributing acclaimed Independent films for over 30 years.

In summary (all at Canal House, Pelican Bay Hotel):

Thursday, October 31st:

10:00 a.m. Jonathan Bird BLUE WORLD Program I, a free event and Jonathan will attend and offer a Q & A)

Friday, November 1st

10:00 a.m. Jonathan Bird BLUE WORLD Program II,  a free event and Jonathan Bird will attend and offer a Q & A

1:00 p.m. Mr. Florida Film, with director, William Grefe recounts stories of Indie Filmmaking

Saturday, November 2nd

10:00 a.m. Dr. Ian Strachan, Workshop, " Stories That Matter"

11:00 a.m. " Writing, Producing, Directing & Acting an American Indie," with actor, director & writer Jayce Bartok and producer/director Tiffany Bartok

1:00 p.m. Jonthan Bird's BLUE WORLD Program III, with Jonathan Bird.  Q & A after screening.

1:30 p.m. Distribution, What’s That All About , Workshop, with distributor Jere Rae-Mansfield & Scott Mansfield of Monterray Releasing.

All workshops, except those specified as free are accessible to those who 
purchase of a $7 Day Pass or with an $10 All Movies or a $20 All Access pass.

Visitors and residents alike will be encouraged to come out and enjoy the films and events on offer during the four-day festival. More information about screenings, special events, parties and seminars can be found on TheBahamasWeekly.com  or the festival's Facebook page:

"Ft. Lauderdale Int'l Film Festival On Location: Grand Bahama Island" for photos and further information.

Hosted at the Canal House, Pelican Bay Hotel,
from October 31st to November 3rd , FLIFF on Location will also feature international films, outdoor screenings, an annual honour ee (previously Dennis Haysbert and Giancarlo Esposito), film specialist workshops, an island locations familiarization tour for visiting filmmakers, and an awards and wrap party at the Canal House, Pelican Bay Hotel.

Ticket prices are Day Pass $7.00; All Movies $10.00 and All Access Pass (movies, workshops, wrap party), $20.00 and can be purchased at the Pelican Bay Hotel. All films will be screened at Canal House, Pelican Bay except for the opening night films which are free of charge.

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;  The Grand Bahama Port Authority Limited; Grand Bahama Island Tourism Board; FLIFF; and the Grand Bahama Ministry of Tourism.

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