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BEST OF THE MONTREAL INTERNATIONAL ANIMATION FILM FESTIVAL 2015
Running Time: 0:47
Film Type: Animation
Screening Room: 2
Date/Time: Saturday @ 9:00PM
As part of our partnership with the Montreal Int’l Film Festival we are proud to present their best animated films which screened during their 2015 festival. Animated films from all over the world with different styles and techniques that showcase some of the greatest animators in the world, but also some of the best animated films at this year's 2015 Film Festival. Animated films include – Aubade, Daewit, House of Unconsciousness, Last Dance on the Main, Luminaris, and Wrapped.
Running Time: 1:08
Film Type: Fiction
Screening Room: 1
Date/Time: Friday @ 8:00PM
Miles Brimley (Troy Halverson) is a struggling children's entertainer who is dragged into the underworld of criminal interrogation and torture by his deranged dummy, Mr. Lockjaw. Finding his hole dug deeper and deeper, Miles has no choice but to give in to Mr. Lockjaw's increasingly dangerous desires. A glimmer of hope appears for him in Gwyneth, a recovering drug addict who hopes that her childhood bond with Miles can help her escape painful memories. Miles and Lockjaw's situation is further complicated by the crumbling empire of their once powerful employer, Hubaldus Hercolani; his number one in command, Leonard Stanley; and a blackmailed police officer, Bill Preslin. If that weren't enough to contend with, Detective Schafley, a by the book gumshoe, is pulled into a murder case with Miles as the prime suspect... or should that be Mr. Lockjaw?
HOPE FOR STEVE
Running Time: TBD
Film Type: Non-Fiction
Screening Room: 1
Date/Time: Sunday @ 5:00PM
In the summer of 2011, at the age of twenty-nine, Steve Dezember was diagnosed with ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or Lou Gehrig's disease). The doctors told Steve that he probably had two to five years to live.
After the diagnosis was confirmed by a second opinion, Steve took his girlfriend of six months to their "spot" on the Chattahoochee riverbank just north of Atlanta. Small box in pocket, he took her by the hand and told her, "Look, I completely understand if you go . . . but if you don't, will you marry me?"
Her name, was Hope.
When filming began, we thought we were making a film to benefit future ALS patients. With Hope by his side, Steve would candidly tell the camera (a future audience) what to expect from the disease and how to combat it with certain "tricks" or medical advantages. However, as filming progressed, and Steve's condition worsened, we (the filmmakers) came to realize that ALS was a secondary character in film about two young people who from the outset, decided to try their very best to not let an incurable, terminal, and debilitating disease rob them of their wild love for each other or the chance to lead significant lives.
The documentary follows the newlyweds as they plow through a collaborative bucket-list while Steve still is able to eat, breath, talk and move on his own. We get to see a PG version of Hope and Steve's honey-moon, their road trip across the country, and on-stage invitations from popular musicians such as Michael Franti, Gareth Asher, and Dave Matthews.
Despite the good times, the disease progressed quickly and Hope had to face the incredible challenge of being both Steve's wife and his full-time caretaker. And the once tenacious, joke-cracking, and initially optimistic Steve had to come to terms that he would spend the rest of his life relying on his wife to fight all of his physical battles for him.
Through social media, local news channels, and old friends, news spread quickly about the couple who with no income and minimal Medicare, were trying to squeeze a lifetime of living into a couple years. An Atlantan community rallied behind the couple, organizing fund-raisers ranging from art shows, concerts, hockey games, and golf tournaments.
This film is an excruciating and piercing love story that at times is as baffling and beyond human understanding as the book of JOB, and at times as plainly joyful as the concluding scene of "It's a Wonderful Life".
This has been a project of passion for the previous two years. Both the director and I knew Steve through either high school hockey teams or college dorms.
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