5 Points Theatres Brings The Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival to Jacksonville November 12-15, 2009

On the heals of their 24th Annual event, The Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (FLIFF) brings their vacation from ordinary film to Jacksonville for the first time. 12 top new independent films will be presented at Jacksonville’s premiere art-house, 5 Points Theatres, from November 12 – 15, 2009.
Sponsored by Visit Florida, Florida Arts, CVB, and Broward County Cultural Arts and programmed by FLIFF President & CEO Gregory von Hausch and Sr. Programmer, Bonnie Leigh Adams, the esteemed film festival features an eclectic array of films. From action-packed crime thrillers to romantic comedies and intense dramas to fascinating documentaries – audiences are sure to find something to their liking.
Fondly known as FLIFF, The Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival, featured over 100 films at the 2009 event in South Florida and operates their own 220 seat art house theatre, Cinema Paradiso, year-round. FLIFF also offers free outdoor movies monthly. Their outreach programs run from Key West to Tallahassee. Named the longest running festival in the world, by The Guinness Book of World Records, FLIFF has been named one of the top destination film festivals in the world and has received honors from the media and the Florida Arts Council.
Admission to FLIFF at 5 Points Theatre in Jacksonville is:
$7/movie….OR…a pack of five for $25
5 Points Theatre is located at 1028 Park Street, Jacksonville, FL 32204-3908
(904) 359-0047 or www.5pointstheatre.com

HUNGRY YEARS directed by Isaak James & Eva James / USA / 2009 / 108 min
After a breakup with her boyfriend and mentor, Ellen, a restricted calorie nutritionist, embarks on a quixotic journey to discover meaning outside the refuge of her diet obsessed world. In her travels she becomes involved with a struggling idealist on a mission to raise capitol for a landmine detonating robot, a controversial author on autism and an unorthodox personal injury lawyer. A wonderfully offensive movie – the feel bad film of the year. We loved it! Thursday, November 12 7pm
CHICAGO OVERCOAT directed by Brian Caunter / USA / 2009 / 95 min
The Chicago Outfit was the most powerful organized crime syndicate of the 20th century and Lou Marazano was their deadliest hit man. When a high-profile union rep is arrested for tax fraud, the Outfit’s top boss orders a string of key witnesses silenced. When Lou finds out about the job, he sees an opportunity. With a relentless homicide detectives begin nipping at his heels, Lou must prove he’s still the Outfit’s most deadly hit man. Thursday, November 12, 8:30pm
DON MCKAY directed by Jake Goldberger / USA / 2009 / 87 min
Twists, turns, fantasy, reality, past history and future tragedy runs into a mass collision in this comic thriller. Don, a school janitor receives a letter from his high school flame, Sonny. Its message rekindles desires within Don and also mystifies for reasons we learn later. Don abruptly takes a leave from his mop duties to return to Sonny where she has been afflicted with … something. From that point on, the mystery escalates. The whole town seems sinister and there is more than an air of secrecy wafting through the trees. Friday, November 13, 7pm
FAILING BETTER NOW directed by Keren Atzmon / USA / 2009 / 93 min
A quirky indie romantic comedy. Mia, a flakey failed writer with a penchant for lying, which gets her in deep doo-doo with her perfect sister. She falls for a surprisingly sincere aspiring rockstar who joins her on her wild search through the East Village. Like a screwball comedy where the lead continues to innocently create havoc wherever her whim takes her. Friday, November 13, 8:30pm
THE AUTEUR directed by James Westby / USA / 2008 / 80 min
A melange of romantic comedy and raunchy satire set in the world of adult film, THE AUTEUR is the story of renowned porn director Arturo Domingo, the creative genius behind classics like Five Easy Nieces and Requiem for a Wet Dream, who has arrived in Portland, Oregon to receive a Lifetime Achievement award at a film festival. Arturo is delighted at the prospect of reviving his sagging career, yet troubled that fate would lead him to the hometown of his only true love, Fiona. Friday, November 13, 10:15pm
MOUNT ST. ELIAS directed Gerald Salmina / Austria / 2009 / 100 min
Set against the backdrop of Alaska’s dangerous beauty, a film about a visionary borderline experience where unparalleled physical and mental pressure pushes the protagonists to the absolute limit. Two Austrian ski alpinists and an American free ski pro are facing this breathtaking challenge! Saturday, November 14, tbd
LIFELINES directed by Rob Margolies / USA / 2008 / 94 min
The Bernstein’s are not clicking on all cylinders. The family needs a tune-up…but you wonder if anything could help. Ira, the Dad is a Dr. of Dermatology. He often puts his foot down like the stamping of a feather. Nancy (mom) is literally at her wits end dealing with a Michael, the eldest, who is bursting with suppression, Meghan the evil tongue daughter – abrasive and contemptuous. And then there’s Spencer, the 12 year old who seemingly outwits all. Saturday, November 14, tbd
AMANCIO: Two Faces On A Tombstone (Gay Cinema) directed by Tom Murray / USA / 2009 / 64 min. Amancio Corrales emigrated from Mexico to Yuma Arizona with his parents in search of a better life. Gay and Hispanic, Amancio dreamed of one day being a performer in Las Vegas, but his dream was cut short on May 6, 2005 when Amancio’s body was found floating in the Colorado River near Yuma. AUDIENCE WITH THE QUEENS directed by Robbie Hopcraft / USA / 2009 / 34 min A glimpse into the lives of Drag Queen performers in Key West. Saturday, November 14, tbd
MAGICIANS directed by Andrew O’Connor UK / 2007 / 90 min
Harry and Karl are the greatest magic double act in the country, but after a guillotine illusion goes horribly and spectacularly wrong, their friendship and their careers are finished. Now, down on his luck and out of cash, Harry sets his sights on the prize money of the prestigious ‘Int’l Magic Shield’ tournament. To win he will have to compete against the world’s oddest (and saddest) magicians – including his deadly rival Karl, performing as ‘The Mindmonger’. Sunday, November 13, 3pm
TANTRIC TOURISTS directed by Alexander Snelling / UK / 2009 / 80 min / HDCam
The award-winning comedy about 10 people who go to India for the answers. Their misadventure begins by enlisting New York guru. A road trip with a difference; it’s got depth, it’s got soul, and will take you places you’ve never been. An essential for all travelers. “Deep & hilarious…” Dazed & Confused “…A spiritual Spinal Tap.” LeCool “Healing & Enlightening!” The Guardian. Sunday, November 15, 1pm
WONDERFUL WORLD directed by Josh Goldin / USA / 2009 / 89 min
Ben Singer is a proofreader with a complex past, a compulsive marijuana smoker, and a less-than-extraordinary weekend dad. He’s also the most negative man alive. Ben’s only comfort comes from regular chess games and friendly debates on game theory with his roommate. When events conspire against him, Ben’s pessimistic worldview seems unequivocally confirmed. But Ben soon finds that cynicism may be all a matter of perspective. Starring Matthew Broderick.
Sunday, November 15, 5pm
I DO & I DON’T directed by Steve Blair /USA / 2008 / 83 min
3 weeks before their wedding, Bob and Cheryl discover they have not taken the pre-marital classes required by their Catholic church. Their pastor arranges private classes for them with the Stelmacks, a couple whose 17 year marriage is the definition of dysfunctional lunacy.Bob and Cheryl are in love and blissfully ignorant of any secrets hiding in the nooks and crannies of each other hearts. Unfortunately the Stelmacks are determined to enlighten them, and encourage indiscriminate “sharing.” Sunday, November 15, 7pm