Tuesday, February 04, 2014

February Update - New Films and Filmmakers on the Southern Circuit!

Happy February, folks! We have three new films and filmmakers touring the Southern Circuit this month. The topics cover interesting and nuanced themes interwoven in beautifully diverse styles. Keep reading to find out more about The Iran Job, David, and Bidder 70.

We are also currently accepting filmmaker and venue partners for the 2014-15 Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers. The deadlines are approaching quickly, so make sure you submit your applications ASAP. Find out more information on our website.

Till Schauder worked at Roger Corman’s Concorde Pictures in Los Angeles before attending the University of Television and Film, Munich. In Germany he wrote and directed the award winning films Strong Shit (Max Ophüls Film Festival Reader’s Award), and City Bomber. After earning a government grant (DAAD) for the arts he made his U.S. debut with the romantic comedy Santa Smokes which won several international awards, among them Best Director at the Tokyo International Film Festival and the Studio Hamburg Newcomer Award. Duke’s House, about Duke Ellington’s Harlem home premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. In 2007 Schauder worked as director and series producer for Berlin-based Story House Productions on Galileo Mystery, the most successful weekly science magazine on German cable, Pro7. In 2007 Schauder founded Partner Pictures. In 2012, Schauder directed and produced the critically acclaimed documentary, The Iran Job, which completed two of the most successful Kickstarter campaigns of all time, was the recipient of numerous grants and was released in the U.S. in Fall 2012, ultimately picked up by Film Movement and re-distributed on all platforms in June 2013. He teaches film classes at NYU and has been a guest lecturer at various other campuses. He has also been invited to serve on film festival juries and panels, e.g. at the Munich International Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival, & Bahamas International Film Festival, amongst others.

The Iran Job follows American basketball player Kevin Sheppard as he accepts a job to play in one of the world’s most feared countries: Iran. With tensions running high between Iran and the West, Kevin tries to separate sports from politics only to find that politics is impossible to escape in Iran. Along the way he forms an unlikely alliance with three outspoken Iranian women. Thanks to these women, his apartment turns into an oasis of free speech, where they discuss everything from

Feb 3: ETSU Mary B. Martin School of the Arts, Johnson City, TN
Feb 4: Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC
Feb 5: Clemson University, Clemson, SC
Feb 6: Presbyterian College, Clinton, SC
Feb 7: Link Centre, Tupelo, MS
Feb 9: Georgia College, Milledgeville, GA
Feb 10: The Arts Council, Gainesville, GA
Feb 11: Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art, Auburn, AL
Feb 12: Indie Memphis, Memphis, TN
Feb 13: Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, Charleston, SC

Joel Fendelman is an accomplished award winning film director. In 2011 he completed the highly acclaimed feature film David, which won the ecumenical prize at the Montreal World Film Festival. In 2008 he produced Needle Through Brick, a feature documentary which screened at the Museum of Moving Image in New York. His short films have traveled the globe to prestigious festivals like Cannes, Chicago, Miami, Zimbabwe. As a freelancer Joel has produced and edited content for companies such as A&E, PBS and American Express. Joel is currently working on his second feature film that takes place in Singapore about the story of a Filipina migrant worker. Joel holds a BFA with honors from the Savannah College of Art and Design, and in 2012 he was invited as visiting artist to co-teach a documentary film class at the National University of Singapore. Joel continues to embrace stories that communicate the underlying connection between all people.

David: The Movie: As the son of the Imam of the local Brooklyn mosque, eleven year-old Daud has to juggle the high expectations of his Father (Maz Jobrani) and his feelings of isolation and difference – even from his peers in the Muslim community. Through an innocent act of good faith, Daud inadvertently befriends a group of Jewish boys who mistake him as a fellow classmate at their orthodox school, in the neighboring Jewish community.

Feb 6: Miramar Cultural Center Artspark, Miramar, FL
Feb 7: The Palace Theater, Gallatin, TN
Feb 9: Clifton Center, Louisville, KY
Feb 11: Morris Museum of Art, Augusta, GA
Feb 13: Wallace State Community College, Hanceville, AL
Feb 15: Serenbe Institute for Art, Culture, and the Environment, Chattahoochee, GA
Feb 16: Winder Cultural Arts Center, Winder, GA

George and Beth Gage, as Gage & Gage Productions, have created award-winning documentaries since 1993. After successful careers producing television commercials and narrative features, they did an “about face” and began producing documentaries with a conscience.

Gage & Gage Productions creates compelling personal films that empower viewers, initiate dialogue and prompt action on provocative issues. Concentrating on the environment and social justice, they present issues underrepresented in the current media. Their films educate, entertain, inspire and motivate viewers to become actively involved in humanitarian and climate justice issues. Together they co-produce and co-direct the films. Additionally, Beth chooses the film’s subject and creates the stories while George is responsible for the films’ stunning cinematography.

Gage & Gage Productions has completed seven long-form documentaries. Their films have been distributed theatrically, on television, educationally and for consumer DVD. They have screened in national and international markets. The films have won dozens of awards at national and international film festivals and have been highly acclaimed by film reviewers.

Bidder 70 follows college student, Tim DeChristopher, who derailed President Bush’s widely protested federal oil and gas lease auction. Bidding 1.8 million dollars, he saved 22,000 acres surrounding Utah’s National Parks with no intention to pay or drill. The Obama administration agreed to save the land and invalidated the auction, but indicted Tim on two felonies facing ten years in prison. Bidder 70 illuminates how the choices we make determine our future and the world we live in.

Feb 21: City of Hapeville, Hapeville, GA
Feb 22: Banners at McNeese, Lake Charles, LA
Feb 24: The City of Suwanee, Suwanee, GA
Feb 25: Arts Council of Central Louisiana, Alexandria, LA
Feb 26: Vermilionville Living History Museum, Lafayette, LA
Feb 27: Madison-Morgan Cultural Center, Madison, GA