SYNOPSIS Set against the dramatic backdrop of 9/11, the Arab-Israeli conflict and the tension between Jewish and Muslim students on college campuses, OF MANY focuses on the surprising and transformative relationship between an orthodox rabbi and imam, who serve as university chaplains in New York City. Through a series of voyages tocommunities struck by catastrophe, we witness young religious Jews and Muslimsworking together and overcoming long-standing divides. Timely and funny, this short documentary offers an inspiring and hopeful narrative of friendship and cooperation between faiths.
See the trailer at www.OfManyFilm.com
Director: Linda Mills, in attendance!
Producer: Danielle Emery
Executive Produder: Chelsea Clinton
With a post-screening reception at Bob/Debbie Sharka's home
"Think there's no hope for peace in the Middle East? Think again...and while you're at it, flip a coin for the next political party Sarna/Latif or Latif/Sarna....here's two men who can cross the aisle."
- Bob Sharka, Friends Of Film
NOTE NEW DATE!!!!!
THE FOREIGN OSCAR SUBMISSION SERIES BEGINS
SATURDAY, Oct 11, 2014 2pm
Our first Foreign Language Oscar® Submission from Venezuela
Simón Bolívar fought over 100 battles against the Spanish Empire in South America. He rode over 70,000 miles on horseback. His military campaigns covered twice the territory of Alexander the Great.
His army never conquered -
Starring Édgar Ramírez, with a soundtrack by Gustavo Dudamel.
Thanks to our Friends Of Film at Cohen Media Group
OUR FOREIGN OSCAR® SUBMISSION SERIES
Sunday, Oct 19, 2014
Malta's Oscar® Submission
2PM Dick Clark Screening Room
Sunday October, 26, 2014
Israel's Oscar® Submission
GETT: THE TRIAL OF VIVIANE AMSALEM
Sunday, November 2, 2014
Chile's Oscar® Submission
TO KILL A MAN
Sunday, November 9 , 2014
Estonia's Oscar® Submission
Sunday, November, 16, 2014
South Korea's Oscar® Submission
SATURDAY, November 22 - Note Saturday screening
Finland's Oscar® Submission
Sunday, November, 23, 2014
Czech Republic's Oscar® Submission
Sunday, November, 30
Norway's Oscar® Submission
Dec 7th, 2014
China's Oscar Submission
Sunday, August 10, 2014 -2pm
One of the major French filmmakers of the post-New Wave, Philippe Garrel has belatedly been recognized as a master in America, and JEALOUSY may be his most accessible film in nearly 50 years of filmmaking. Shot in lustrous, widescreen black and white by the great Willy Kurant (Masculin Feminin, Under Satan’s Sun), the film opens with a man leaving his wife and daughter and, in a series of brief conversations, observed gestures, chance encounters and impulsive acts, tells the story of the relationships that flounder and thrive in the wake of this decision. In a autobiographical nod to his actor father Maurice’s abandonment of himself and his mother, the director casts his son and frequent star Louis Garrel as the husband who moves into a garret apartment with his actress girlfriend (Anna Mouglalis) and struggles with fidelity and the temptation to give up their art for an easier life. Shot with Garrel’s celebrated sensitivity and attention to faces, bodies, hands and the intricacies of the human heart, JEALOUSY is an especially intimate, deeply poignant and never less than enthralling tale of love, temptation and betrayal.
Courtesy of Distrib Films
COMING TO LAEMMLE ROYAL!
Sunday, August 24, 2014 - 2pmAdvance Screening
Directed by Michael Berry
Set along the tumultuous Arizona-Mexico border, FRONTERA, starring Ed Harris, Eva Longoria, and Michael Pena, follows Miguel (Peña), a hardworking father and devoted husband who crosses the border illegally and is wrongfully accused of murdering the wife of a former sheriff (Harris). Miguel’s pregnant wife (Longoria) lands in the hands of corrupt Mexican “Coyote” smugglers as she tries to help her husband, while the ex-lawman investigates his wife’s death and unearths evidence that could destroy one family’s future.
FRONTERA examines both sides of the complex issues of immigration and human trafficking that deeply affects both the U.S. and Mexico. It shows that a border might divide two countries, but can’t divide humanity, for good or bad, we are all part of the problem and the solution.
Print courtesy of Magnolia Pictures – coming to theaters September 5, 2014
Sunday, August 31, 2014 - 2pmSundance Film Festival Audience Award - Best Documentary, World Cinema
THE GREEN PRINCE
Directed by Nadav Schirman
Set against the chaotic backdrop of recent events in the Middle East, Nadav Schirman’s THE GREEN PRINCE retraces the details of a highly unprecedented partnership that developed between sworn enemies. In the style of a tense psychological thriller, this extraordinary documentary recounts the true story of the son of a Hamas leader who emerged as one of Israel’s prized informants, and the Shin Bet agent who risked his career to protect him.
As a defiant teenager growing up in Palestine, Mosab Hassan Yousef’s fervor against Israel was unquestionable, ultimately landing him in prison. Shaken by Hamas’s brutality within the prison’s walls and a growing disgust for their methods, particularly suicide bombing, he had an unexpected change of heart and began to see Hamas as more of a problem than a solution. Recruited by the Shin Bet (Israel’s internal security agency) and given the code name "Green Prince," he spied on the Hamas elite for over a decade, constantly risking exposure and certain death while grappling with the perception that he had betrayed his own family and people. Along the way, what started as a cautious alliance between Mosab and his Shin Bet handler Gonen Ben Yitzhak grew into an enduring loyalty that no one could’ve ever predicted.
Based on Mosab Hassan Yousef's bestselling memoir Son of Hamas, THE GREEN PRINCE exposes a complex world of terror, betrayal, and impossible choices. Through exclusive first-hand testimony, dramatic action sequences, and rare archival footage, decades of secrets come to light in this unflinching exploration of a profound spiritual transformation and the transcendent bonds of friendship. THE GREEN PRINCE will challenge much of what you know about the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
From the Academy Award® Winning Producers of MAN ON WIRE, SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN and ONE DAY IN SEPTEMBER.
Print courtesy of Music Box Films – coming to theaters September 12, 2014
NOW PROGRAMMING FOR OCTOBER
Sunday, July 6th, 2014 2pm
Join Friends Of Film for an intimate sneak preview of
Opening in LA and NY on July 11th
Written and Directed by Martha Stephens and Aaron Katz
Starring: Paul Eenhoorn and Eral Lynn Nelson
*Sundance Film Festival 2014*
*Tribeca Film Festvial 2014*
*Los Angeles Film Festival 2014*
Feeling disenchanted with life after retirement, Mitch, a brassy former surgeon, convinces his mild-mannered ex-brother-in-law Colin to take a trip with him to Iceland. The sixty-something pair set off in an attempt to reclaim their youth through Reykjavík nightclubs, trendy spas, adventurous restaurants, and rugged campsites. But they quickly discover that you can’t escape yourself, no matter how far you travel.
LAND HO! is a bawdy road trip comedy as well as a candid exploration of aging, loneliness, and friendship. Iceland's vast and haunting landscapes--moss-coated cliffs, fog-shrouded mountains, and geothermal pools--form a primordial Eden, the perfect backdrop for Mitch and Colin's escapades.
MPAA RATED R | RUNTIME: 95 MINUTES
Print courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics
Sunday, July 20th 2pm, Dick Clark Screening Room
Directed/Produced by Paul Lazurus, Produced by Barry Opper
Iconoclast, Kamen, is a modern hero. His inventions, mostly medical devices, help people in need and ease suffering. There are several documentaries currently being produced about the world’s dire water challenges. SlingShot is a film about an indomitable man who just might have enough passion, will, and innovative thinking to create a solution for a crisis that affects billions.
A quirky genius with a sharp wit and a provocative worldview, Kamen is our era’s Thomas Edison. He takes on the world’s grand challenges one invention at a time. Best known for his Segway Human Transporter, Kamen has reconceived kidney dialysis, engineered an electric wheelchair that can travel up stairs (the Ibot), reworked the heart stent, built portable insulin pumps, founded FIRST robotics to inspire young students, and on and on. Holder of over 440 patents, Kamen devotes himself to dreaming up products that improve people’s lives. For the last 15 years, he has relentlessly pursued an effective way to clean up the world’s water supply.
Fifty percent of all human illness is the result of water borne pathogens. Dean Kamen has invented an energy efficient vapor compression distiller that can turn any unfit source of water (seawater, poisoned well water, river sludge, etc.) into potable, safe water without any need for chemical additives or filters. Kamen has nicknamed his device the SlingShot as in the David and Goliath story. In Kamen’s imagining, undeveloped countries are filled with little Davids, and just like the biblical slingshot and stone, the SlingShot device is the tiny piece of technology that is going to take down the gigantic Goliath of bad water.
The SlingShot machine is capable of producing 1000 liters (250 gallons) of pure, distilled water every day, using only the power of a hairdryer. It is roughly the size of a small college dorm refrigerator. Once installed in a remote village, it can supply the daily water needs for up to 100 people, providing drinking, washing and cooking water. With this clean water supply, general health conditions will improve instantaneously.
Kamen has been struggling for well over fifteen years to get his SlingShot machines mass-produced and distributed around the world. He has gone to many organizations for help: the World Bank, the UN, the World Health Organization, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and many other governmental agencies, and NGO’s. But, these entities are not set up to help mass manufacture the SlingShot technology or distribute Kamen’s machine to the poorest corners of the world.
Recently, Kamen and his company, DEKA Research, formed an alliance with Coca-Cola. Kamen’s technological innovation combined with Coke’s global reach is a powerful force to address this major global challenge.
SlingShot traces the story of Dean Kamen’s water purification machine from its earliest development through recent trials in five schools in rural Ghana and beyond. Kamen’s passion and commitment to the impossible are as inspiring as his revolutionary technology.
Two screenings scheduled already
Saturday, May 3, Noon
Dick Clark Screening Room
2900 Olympic Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Check out their website for one of the best distributors for independent film www.CinemaLibreStudio.com
Saturday, May 3, 2:30pm
Special Screening of South East European Film Festival
Dick Clark Screening Room
2900 Olympic Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Director: Nevio Marasović
Producers: Nevio Marasović, Danijel Pek
Running Time: 80 minutes
Set mostly on the remote island of Vis, the story is about a director who plans to make a movie who travels with his lead actor to the island to work on the screenplay.
But each young man first has his own personal baggage to contend with.
Deadpan humor and top notch cast at crisp 80 minutes give credit to helmer Marasović, a young Croatian director to watch.
Check out their web-site www.SeeFilmLA.org/program
Now accepting submissions for pre-releases, and films looking for distribution, for our June/July/August dates...
If you'd like to screen your film, send Bob Sharka a dvd,
Blu Ray screener/ or file...or email Bob@FriendsOfFilm.com
Congrats goes out to
Belgium's (BROKEN CIRCLE BREAKDOWN)
for its Oscar® Nomination
screened on Nov. 24, 2013 at Friends Of Film Foreign Oscar® Submission Series
Bob Sharka programs the Friends Of Film Award-Season Series
Drop him a note if you'd like to attend or screen your film
Friends Of Film welcomes award winning filmmaker Michael Stevens for a one-screening-only of
HERBLOCK: The Black and The White
Sunday, October 20th, 2014
Santa Monica 4-Plex
1332 2nd Street
Santa Monica, CA
Look for HERBLOCK: The Black and the White on HBO starting Monday, Jan 27th and ON DEMAND
Directed by Michael Stevens