BOCA GRANDE FILM FESTIVAL
3 Days | 8 Films
Thursday | Friday | Saturday – February 7 | 8 | 9
On Film Festival Philosophy and Selections:
Selections curated by Jonathan Jackson, the CEO & Artistic Director of the Milwaukee Film Festival
Selections from the season’s top international festivals will be screened, along with a classic or two. Festival films can cover a wide range of topics. By their nature, they become festival films by challenging the status quo a bit. Like any art, they attempt to take a fresh look or perspective on how we see the world. Documentaries, by their nature, take on issues and tend to take sides in these issues. They can tackle sensitivities like discrimination, abuse, racism and a host of other touchy subjects. Typically, the message is that victims are real people and the audience has their eyes and hearts opened to their plight. However, most people wouldn’t want to sit through 8 films that push them around politically, religiously or morally. Scripted movies arise out of good stories. Like any Shakespearean play, they can be tragic or comic. Good stories are out there, but we will not be showing Star Wars sequels or Transformers derivatives. Our goal is to take a representation of the best festival films from around the country and bring them to Boca Grande for three days of binge-watching. We’ll laugh, cry and maybe even get angry, but our hope is to thoroughly entertain ourselves. There will not be a political agenda to the film selection process. The aim is not to try to turn Republicans into Democrats, or pro-choicers into pro-lifers, or terrorists into pacifists. But any of these differences could provide the dramatic tension that makes for a great film. The best movies make us think and hopefully think twice. We certainly don’t want everyone walking out of the community center auditorium wondering who the crazy radicals were who chose the films. On the other hand, as Bonnie Raitt put it so well in a song, “Let’s give ’em something to talk about.”
Closing event and audience awards immediately following final screening.
3-Day Film Festival Passes are SOLD OUT
DISCLAIMER: Pass-holders must arrive 30 minutes prior to showtime to guarantee a seat. All pass-holders must be in their seats no later than 15 minutes prior to the scheduled showtime. Beginning 15 minutes before the show, any empty seats will be sold to patrons at the door sale line.
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