special movie showings

Jan. 7

     The new film by local filmmaker Patrick Barry, will premiere at ArtWalk. The film follows real-life, professional skateboarder Jesse Sorensen around Jacksonville after his latest skate video is broken up by the authorities. Transworld skate magazine once named him, “the next Tony Hawk” early in his career but, as Sorensen puts it, “It didn’t quite pan out how I imagined.” Now overweight and aging, he’s just learned that he’s been dropped from his skate sponsorship. “What started out as a skate video, ended up as a sort of docu-skate-narrative-experimetal-film,” notes Barry. Barry’s previous film, Haberdash, screened at the Cannes short film corner in May 2008, where it was picked up for distribution by Movieola, Canada’s short film channel. VEER! features the music of local band Crash the Satellites and runs ten minutes. It will be played on continuous rotation for the duration of ArtWalk. The screening is free to the public in the old Hayden Burns library.

Jan. 9 -15
Horrorfest III – Eight Films To Die For
     Debuting in 2006, After Dark Films’ Horrorfest – 8 Films to Die For, is a one-week national film festival that celebrates all areas of the horror genre. In its first year, Horrorfest became the first film festival in history to break into the Top 10 at the national box office, grossing over $2.5 million. Find out all about the films to be included in this year’s Horrorfest at horrorfestonline.com. Check your local theatres for times of film showings.

Jan. 10
     The jazz documentary filmed by Jacksonville-based film director Bruce Brode chronicles the journey of the Douglas Anderson Band as they travel to New York to compete against the finest high school jazz bands in the land. See the award-winning film that has impressed audiences at the Tribeca International Film Festival as well as the Jacksonville Film Festival. “The film is so well made, a labor of love as seen through the eyes of a father…just the feeling of it, just the soul of it all….”- Wynton Marsalis. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students. UNF Fine Arts Center at 7 pm, 620-2878 (Wynton Marsalis returns to UNF to perform with the Lincoln Center Orchestra on Jan. 24. See music listings for more information.)

Jan. 23
Movies in the Park
     Enjoy a free family movie and refreshments. Blue Cypress Park, 4012 University Blvd. from 6pm to 9:30 pm, 630-3541

Jan. 12
Monthly meeting of Jacksonville’s chapter of The International Laurel & Hardy Appreciation Society
     Movies to be screened at the meeting: a Popeye cartoon, Putting’ on the Act, L&H short subjects Call of the Cuckoos, The Stolen Jools, On the Loose and On the Wrong Trek, L&H clips from the feature films Hollywood Party and Pick a Star. Pablo Creek Library, 13295 Beach Blvd. 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Info: 246-0312 or leaveemlaughingtent.com