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Friday, June 30
 

18:30

Audi Cayman Islands & Arch Automotive present: Opening Night VIP Party - 25th Anniversary of Bram Stoker's Dracula with writer James V. Hart
Come see the author James V. Hart introduce the film "Bram Stoker's Dracula" for it's 25th Anniversary!

Come see Francis Ford Coppola's Masterpiece

The centuries old vampire Count Dracula comes to England to seduce his barrister Jonathan Harker's fiancée Mina Murray and inflict havoc in the foreign land. 

We ask that you come in costume or "Dressed to Kill". It's going to be a spooktacular night! 

Complimentary Food and Drinks provided. 

Artists
avatar for James V. Hart

James V. Hart

Writer
James V. Hart (J.V.) was born in Shreveport, Louisiana and grew up in Ft. Worth Texas on Drive-In Movies and Saturday Matinees. His writing/producing credits include HOOK, directed by Steven Spielberg based on an idea by Hart’s then 6 year old Son, Jake, BRAM STOKER’S DRACULA, directed by Francis Ford Coppola, MUPPET TREASURE ISLAND, directed by Brian Henson, and CONTACT, directed by Robert Zemeckis. | | Other writing/producing credits include MARY... Read More →



Friday June 30, 2017 18:30 - 22:30
Ballroom 1 Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman
 
Saturday, July 1
 

10:00

Bride of Frankie
In this feminist nod to Mary Shelley's FRANKENSTEIN, a not-so-mad scientist builds a mate for her mentor's lonely creation with electrifying, and deadly, results.

United States 


Saturday July 1, 2017 10:00 - 10:45
Ballroom 3 Ritz- Carlton Grand Cayman

10:00

Seed & Sprout: Growing the Food Rescue Revolution
In 2015, one in six Americans experienced hunger while over 40% of food produced in the USA went uneaten. The film follows eight innovative food rescue initiatives across the USA. From prison farms and grocery store donations delivered solely by bicycle, to gleaning Harvard University dining halls; these go-getters encourage a new generation of creative responses to ending hunger and shrinking landfills. Their focus is on morphing discarded healthy food into nourishment. Seed & Sprout asks: can ordinary people end hunger in America by redistributing a small percentage of the wasted food flooding our food system and dumping grounds?

United States 

Moderators
avatar for Kim Evey

Kim Evey

Producer/Writer/Actress
Kim Evey is a producer, writer and actor who began her new media career creating and starring in Japanese talk show parody “Gorgeous Tiny Chicken Machine Show” for Sony’s Crackle.com. She brought Felicia Day’s groundbreaking series “The Guild” to the web, working as President of Production for... Read More →


Saturday July 1, 2017 10:00 - 11:00
Ballroom 2 Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman

10:00

A Selection of Short Documentaries Under 15 Minutes
Beauty Of A Stateless Mind 10 min
Beauty Of A Stateless Mind follows three artists, Genjo from Kurdistan-Iraq, Abdullah from Sudan and Massoud from Iran who are refugees in Calais infamous camp nicknamed the ‘Jungle’. We listen to their individual reflections of immigration, loss, dreams and creativity. The eldest member of the ‘Jungle’ Hossein is 75 years of age, acting as a natural form of narration in a wider outlook of the world’s crises. 
Genjo, a university student who was studying Fine Art before he fled from the war, he hold no religion and nor a huge desire for England, simply a home. Abdullah, a extremely introverted Sudanese farmer, who uses drawing as a method of communicating his problems and past. And then Massoud: a man of Calligraphy who spoke of his freedom from the wreckage of the camp whilst writing poetry. 

The artists draw and paint for the audience in the middle of the chaotic camp who hold a range of expressive and introverted techniques of visual storytelling. We follow these people as they express their personal understanding of what occupies the mind of a person in a stateless transition. We watch the demolitions of hundreds of peoples homes showing the account for the devastation these people continue to face. (United Kingdom)
 

Blue Streak Strong  10 min
A documentary that follows Warren Hills High School's basketball team and their response to the tragic death of one of their best friends and teammate. (United States)

Commercial Crabberman 10 min
Commercial Crabbermen is a short documentary that brings audiences into the exciting and often unseen world of professional crabbing. We join the Muermann family in Lanoka Harbor NJ, a small town on the Barnegat Bay, to discover what goes into catching the blue claw crabs that many hungry customers in New Jersey, New York, and Philadelphia restaurants consume nearly daily. Seeking answers to questions like “how does crabbing change between the winter and summer seasons” and “what can go wrong on a crab boat in different waters?”, Commercial Crabbermen brings an awareness to a difficult job that might otherwise go unrecognized. (United States)

Forgotten Life  4 min
I wanted to find out how dementia is for relatives? What are people going through? There are 46.8 million people worldwide suffering from dementia today. In 2030 there will be 74.7 million people worldwide. Nearly every person in the world will have, or know, somebody with dementia. (Switzerland)

The Guru and the Farc 14 min
Bangalore: In June, the Colombian Government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) signed a historic peace pact that ended a 52-year-old armed conflict that has cost over 220,000 lives and displaced more than 5 million people. Today, in a world torn by strife, inter-racial or communal violence and total breakdown of communication, be it in Kashmir or the US or France, what happened in Colombia in June 2016, is a historic anomaly. Does India's spiritual prowess have an answer to the ongoing conflicts in the world? As India celebrates the ancient tradition of Guru Purnima today, honoring the lineage of masters and seers, who have gifted the knowledge of peace and spirituality to the world, ‘The Guru and the FARC’ is a powerful documentary film made by Argentinian filmmaker, Paula Schargorodsky, that talks about Colombia's Indian connection. It discusses the crucial role played by Indian Spiritual Guru and humanitarian leader, Founder of The Art of Living, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar in the peace process that ended one of the bloodiest conflicts in the region. (Argentina)

Water 4 min
The international award-winning videographers from the Window Channel Network showcase some of the world's spectacular oceans, waterfalls, glaciers and waterways from Iceland to South America. (United States)
 

Saturday July 1, 2017 10:00 - 11:00
Screening Room 1

10:00

Acting Workshop with Gavin McDougall
Gavin has worked extensively as an actor and director. He has performed for numerous television productions in the UK, as well as in Radio Drama for the BBC. He trained in Theatre Arts at Bretton Hall College and Leeds University. He has performed in numerous national touring productions as well as directed many productions from Shakespeare and Classical Greek plays through to Street Theatre and Corporate Videos. Over the last 22 years he has guided actors of all ages whether in schools, Universities and Colleges and theatre workshops through to professional. 

Artists
avatar for Gavin McDougall

Gavin McDougall

Actor/Teacher
Gavin has worked extensively as an actor and director. He has performed for numerous television productions in the UK as well as in Radio Drama for the BBC. He trained in Theatre Arts at Bretton Hall College and Leeds University. He has performed in numerous national touring productions as well as directed many productions from Shakespeare and Classical Greek plays through to Street Theatre... Read More →



Saturday July 1, 2017 10:00 - 11:30
Rembro Room Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman

10:00

Art Connect

Art Connect is a feature length documentary that reveals the impact that art and creativity had in a group of 'at risk' teenagers from Laventille, the most marred by violence community in Trinidad and Tobago. The story is told by these children who had access to different forms of art to express themselves. 
By talking, painting, singing, dancing and filming they will allow us to come into their world.

Trinidad

Moderators
avatar for Rita Estevanovich

Rita Estevanovich

Film Control Board of the Cayman Islands
Rita Estevanovich has 10 years experience in production and promotion of arts education programmes, national festivals, theatre and cultural preservation programmes for Cayman National Cultural Foundation. She is also a former television reporter for CI Television Network and a former radio host for KISS106.1fm and HOT104.1fm. For the past two decades, she has been involved in the local arts scene as a performer/actor/voice artist. A graduate of University of Central Florida and New York Film Academy, her voice can be heard on local, regional and U.S. market ads for the Cayman Islands. She currently chairs the CI Film Control Board and is working alongside Tony and Jenn Mark to... Read More →


Saturday July 1, 2017 10:00 - 11:45
Ballroom 1 Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman

10:00

Road To Río: A Documentary From The Fan To The Fan

On the framework of the FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014 (the first on South America in over 35 years) there was, on the continent, a true exodus of hundreds of thousand of football fans, who, with or without tickets, crossed their borders to support their respective National Teams.

Who are those that are capable of moving through nations for such a sport even for the simple fact of being close to the place of action?

What´s the feeling that moves and encourgaes them?

What´s the deepness of this factos on their respective societies, and even more important, who are those that really govern their norm and rules?

Those are some of the questions that this movie contemplates, counting with the investigation of several social issues regarding football, expressed on narrative development and with interviews of several fans from around the world, while it follows the campaign of the South American teams on the competition, especially the Argentina´s National Team.

Argentina 



Saturday July 1, 2017 10:00 - 12:30
Screening Room 2

10:45

Pixar Short Film Retrospective with Pixar CoFounder Loren Carpenter
Come see short films from the Computer Animation Kings "PIXAR". And who best to answer your questions than co-founder Loren Carpenter.

Artists
avatar for Loren Carpenter

Loren Carpenter

Former Chief Scientist, Pixar
Loren revolutionized the entire film industry through inventing, rendering and modeling algorithms for image synthesis and visual effects. In 2001 he, and 2 colleagues, were awarded the only Oscar statuettes ever given for computer science. He recently transitioned from his position as Senior Research Scientist in... Read More →



Saturday July 1, 2017 10:45 - 12:15
Ballroom 3 Ritz- Carlton Grand Cayman

11:00

Mixed Match
Mixed Match is an important human story told from the perspective of mixed race blood cancer patients who are forced to reflect on their multiracial identities and complex genetics as they struggle with a seemingly impossible search to find bone marrow donors, all while exploring what role race plays in medicine. With the multiracial community becoming one of the fastest growing demographics in North America, being mixed race is no longer just about an identity, it can be a matter of life and death.

Canada 

Moderators
avatar for Kim Evey

Kim Evey

Producer/Writer/Actress
Kim Evey is a producer, writer and actor who began her new media career creating and starring in Japanese talk show parody “Gorgeous Tiny Chicken Machine Show” for Sony’s Crackle.com. She brought Felicia Day’s groundbreaking series “The Guild” to the web, working as President of Production for... Read More →


Saturday July 1, 2017 11:00 - 13:00
Ballroom 2 Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman

11:00

World Premiere of Mudras Calling

Myanmar born, US-raised music student Jaden, makes his way through the crowded streets of Yangon, Myanmar to research his thesis on Burmese traditional music. His guide; beautiful and proud Burmese dancer Hnin Thuzar, accompanies him as he travels through the unique landscape of Bagan, Mandalay and Inle Lake in Shan State. 

When he asks for her help locating his birth parents, their journey takes on another dimension. As he gets to know her, their cultural divide becomes more apparent, but it takes a tragic accident to make him realize he’s falling in love with her.

Directed by Christina Kyi, “Mudras Calling” is both a personal exploration of birth roots and a love story. Even as he is entranced by Hnin’s beauty, strength and sense of self, his world is thrown into turmoil. As he explores Myanmar, discovering the timeless landscapes and the deep rooted faith of its many tribes, he finds out unexpected truths about himself. While Jaden is provoked to question his own world view, Hnin fights for her life after a terrible accident. By saving her, he’s able to save himself.

Whether they can overcome their differences is an open question, but the ‘mudras’ of the title - hand gestures that call out to Buddha, seem to beckon him back to Myanmar. From the medicine man to the musicians, as the love story unfolds against life and death, we travel in our own way through the history of this long hidden country – Myanmar.

Myanmar 



Saturday July 1, 2017 11:00 - 13:00
Screening Room 1

11:30

James V. Hart Screenwriting Workshop
CayFilm is proud to announce screenwriter and filmmaker James V. Hart is returning to CayFilm to do a workshop on writing and showcasing his amazing product "The Hart Chart"

James V. Hart (J.V.) was born in Shreveport, Louisiana and grew up in Ft. Worth Texas on Drive-In Movies and Saturday Matinees. His writing/producing credits include;

HOOK, directed by Steven Spielberg (based on an idea by Hart’s then 6 year old Son, Jake)
BRAM STOKER’S DRACULA, directed by Francis Ford Coppola
MUPPET TREASURE ISLAND, directed by Brian Henson
CONTACT, directed by Robert Zemeckis

Other writing/producing credits include: MARY SHELLEY’S FRANKENTSEIN, TUCK EVERLASTING, JACK AND THE BEANSTALK: THE REAL STORY. SAHARA, LARA CROFT: TOMB RAIDER – THE CRADLE OF LIFE, AUGUST RUSH, and EPIC.

Hart is Executive Producer and co-writer of the animated feature, EPIC, with children’s book illustrator and home town friend, SMU graduate, William Joyce, and director-animator Chris Wedge, who created ICE AGE and ROBOTS with Joyce, released in 2013.

TV projects include THE REPUBLIC OF PIRATES, AKA CROSSBONES, for NBC with Texas born writing partner, Amanda Welles, and Kurt Vonnegut Jr. series projects, SIRENS OF TITAN, PLAYER PIANO, and 2BR02B, with his son, Jake Hart.

STEELSKIN is his new project in development at Fox for Actor/Director, Andy Serkis, and August Rush producer, Richard Lewis.

“Go with Gravity” is Hart’s primary mantra for the writing life. Never Grow Up! Never Give Up!


Artists
avatar for James V. Hart

James V. Hart

Writer
James V. Hart (J.V.) was born in Shreveport, Louisiana and grew up in Ft. Worth Texas on Drive-In Movies and Saturday Matinees. His writing/producing credits include HOOK, directed by Steven Spielberg based on an idea by Hart’s then 6 year old Son, Jake, BRAM STOKER’S DRACULA, directed by Francis Ford Coppola, MUPPET TREASURE ISLAND, directed by Brian Henson, and CONTACT, directed by Robert Zemeckis. | | Other writing/producing credits include MARY... Read More →



Saturday July 1, 2017 11:30 - 13:00
Rembro Room Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman

11:45

Symptoms

Symptoms tells the story of a trainee doctor, Sam, and his final practical examination. Set in the world - known well to most actors - of fake illness and playing a part, not all of the "patients" that Sam sees are who they seem.

Sam comes into contact with a variety of actors, with a wide range of abilities, from mockney Ben who wants to talk about "the thing in his pants" to inept Jenna who can't keep her fake wound stuck on. But then everything changes when he has to diagnose Amy. Hostile and intense, what is she hiding?

United Kingdom 



Saturday July 1, 2017 11:45 - 12:00
Ballroom 1 Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman

12:00

Sea of Life
Young filmmaker Julia Barnes embarks on a journey around the world to figure out how we're going to save the most important ecosystem for our survival; the ocean. As acidity rises and fish populations decline, Sea of Life seeks to inspire change by exposing the truth, bringing audiences on an eye-opening adventure from the beautiful world of coral reefs into the heart of the environmental movement, meeting passionate scientists, activists, and explorers who reveal an enormous opportunity in the face of this challenge - to rise up and become the heroes the world needs.

Canada 


Saturday July 1, 2017 12:00 - 13:30
Ballroom 1 Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman

12:15

Straws
Used once and tossed, billions of plastic straws wind up in landfills and streets finding their way to oceans. A viral video of a sea turtle with a plastic straw in its nose has now sparked anti-straw campaigns globally. Actor/Director Tim Robbins narrates the history and story of straws and marine researchers, citizen activists and business owners discuss how it's possible to make a sea of change, one straw at a time.

United States 

Moderators
avatar for Vicki Wheaton

Vicki Wheaton

Comedian
Vicki Wheaton is one of the Cayman Islands' foremost entertainers, emcees and auctioneers. Originally from the UK, she has spent most of her life on the stage as a singer, comedienne and host of premier charity events. She has worked with Bill and Giuliana Rancic, Hoda Kotb and Joan Lunden; emceed a private dinner for Sir Richard Branson; and has interviewed such noted celebrities as Al Pacino, Jamie Lee Curtis, Josh Groban, Cynthia Nixon and Lionel Richie. When not performing, she is the editor... Read More →


Saturday July 1, 2017 12:15 - 13:00
Ballroom 3 Ritz- Carlton Grand Cayman

12:30

My Garden, No Longer
The people of Vanuatu, a country once dubbed the happiest place on earth, face a grim future as climate change threatens their culture and traditions. My Garden, No Longer looks at the impacts that climate change is having on the people of Malekula Island in Vanuatu, as told through conversations villagers have with each other as they go about their daily lives.

United States 


Saturday July 1, 2017 12:30 - 13:00
Screening Room 2

13:00

Head
An experienced sailor is commissioned by a mysterious client to deliver a sailing boat from Sicily to Malta. The journey is going well until he gets locked inside the toilet (Head). Sailor frantically tries to break free from his prison as the boat steams along on autopilot cutting across the busy shipping lane of the Sicilian Straits. Is it accidental or is someone else on board?

Malta 


Saturday July 1, 2017 13:00 - 13:30
Screening Room 2

13:00

Alliance of Women Directors presents "The Role of Women in Film Production"
Join several of the women directors of this year's festival as they discuss their films and filmmaking in general. 
 

Moderators
avatar for Kim Evey

Kim Evey

Producer/Writer/Actress
Kim Evey is a producer, writer and actor who began her new media career creating and starring in Japanese talk show parody “Gorgeous Tiny Chicken Machine Show” for Sony’s Crackle.com. She brought Felicia Day’s groundbreaking series “The Guild” to the web, working as President of Production for... Read More →

Artists
avatar for Calia Brencsons-Van Dyk

Calia Brencsons-Van Dyk

Caliativity Productions
Calia Brencsons-Van Dyk’s life has taken her from the Midwest to the East Coast and to Paris, Provence, South Africa, Las Vegas, the San Francisco Bay Area, and New York City. From a family of food lovers and artists, it was natural that Calia would find herself drawn to creative and culinary adventures. Having spent much of her childhood in the south of France, followed by later travels and studies, she speaks French, German, and Danish, and is certified in all three. Her minor in Theatre at Mills College won out over her International Relations major and steered Calia from her intention to pursue law and toward the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and the world of the theatre, where she worked as an actor, writer, and public relations manager. She later spent time in England and France, sponsored by the International Theatre Institute completing a translation of the letters of Catherine the Great to Voltaire. Upon her return to the US, Calia was the Entertainment Chair for the Clinton-Gore campaign in Massachusetts, while working for McKinsey... Read More →
avatar for Ciara Lacy

Ciara Lacy

Director/Producer
Director and Producer Ciara Lacy is a native Hawaiian filmmaker whose interest lies in crafting films that use strong characters, and investigative journalism to challenge the creative and political status quo. She has produced documentary content for film and television, managed independent features, as well as coordinated product placement and clearances for various platforms. Her work has shown in theaters and has aired on PBS, ABC... Read More →
avatar for Erin Derham

Erin Derham

Filmmaker and Oral Historian, Blue Air Films
Filmmaker and Oral Historian, Erin Derham, is an international award winning Director who began her career editing and directing for PBS. After receiving an MA in History, she | founded History Boutique Films, and made Buskin’ Blues, a music documentary exploring the secretive lives of street performers. It won numerous awards, screened at film festivals all over the world, and was released for worldwide distribution in 2016. Her current films on the festival circuit are Julian Price, a historical documentary about an inspirational philanthropist, and Blue Air, a narrative short film following a young mother and child finding strength in the great outdoors. Erin has a career in storytelling, working with clients like PBS, Red Bull TV, MIT, NOAA and Echo Mountain Recording. Derham's passion for filmmaking is shown on screen by exploring the human experience and her creative fury is evident in all of her work. Music is an obsession, and becomes integral to her storytelling process, regardless of the topic. Currently, Derham is in production for her largest film yet, Stuffed, a feature length documentary, focusing on the art of taxidermy and the people who have chosen this unique profession around the world. Awards Include: Best Music Documentary, Best Director, Best Documentary, Staff Pick, and Audience Choice (all for... Read More →
avatar for Kaleena Kiff

Kaleena Kiff

Producer
Producer Kaleena Kiff developed and produced the BAFTA award-winning feature film The Legend of Barney Thomson, which opened the 2015 Edinburgh International Film Festival with a bang. The dark comedy stars Robert Carlyle, Academy Award Winner Emma Thompson, & Ray Winstone. Additionally in 2015, Kiff premiered the comedy feature No Men Beyond This Point at the International Film Festival Rotterdam where it received the UPC Top Ten Audience Award. At the Toronto International Film Festival, the film was picked up by Samuel Goldwyn Films after its North American Premiere. Sony Pictures Entertainment released the film worldwide in 2016. | Kiff is currently developing a slate of feature films and television projects in both Canada and abroad, including an Indo-Canadian co-production with the producers of The Lunchbox. In addition to producing feature films, Kiff has produced visual effects for a variety of U.S. television series, including... Read More →



Saturday July 1, 2017 13:00 - 14:00
Rembro Room Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman

13:00

Falling South (World Premiere with Q&A with Director and Stars of the Film)

Charlotte puts Rochester in the rear view as she runs away from her husband. She has never been on her own and doesn't know if she'll make it as her resources are stripped away. She meets diverse women who offer connection, insight, and laughter on the road to Florida and a possible new life. 

United States 


Moderators
avatar for Rita Estevanovich

Rita Estevanovich

Film Control Board of the Cayman Islands
Rita Estevanovich has 10 years experience in production and promotion of arts education programmes, national festivals, theatre and cultural preservation programmes for Cayman National Cultural Foundation. She is also a former television reporter for CI Television Network and a former radio host for KISS106.1fm and HOT104.1fm. For the past two decades, she has been involved in the local arts scene as a performer/actor/voice artist. A graduate of University of Central Florida and New York Film Academy, her voice can be heard on local, regional and U.S. market ads for the Cayman Islands. She currently chairs the CI Film Control Board and is working alongside Tony and Jenn Mark to... Read More →

Artists
avatar for Erika Ervin

Erika Ervin

Actor/Writer/Producer, Amazing Eve Entertainment LLC
Erika Ervin, known professionally as Amazon Eve, tours the world modeling and making public appearances. At 6’8” without heels, Amazon Eve has been recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the tallest model in the world in 2011. She grew up in a small town in centr... Read More →
avatar for Lorraine Portman

Lorraine Portman

Director/Producer
Lorraine Portman, Writer/Director/Producer is an award winning Playwright, Screenwriter, and Filmmaker. She taught Playwriting and Screenwriting at Flagler College in Saint Augustine, Florida for ten years. She holds a B.A. in Theater from Smith College and M.F.A. in Film from Florida State University. Lorraine also attended the National Theater Institute at the Eugene... Read More →
avatar for Madeline Barr

Madeline Barr

Madeline Barr is from Denver, Colorado where she attended the Denver School of the Arts as a theatre major. She graduated from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts Experimental Theatre Wing. She resides in Brooklyn, New York where she works as an actress, director, and theater maker. In winter of 2016 she won a grant from the New York Society Library's "Emerging Female Playwrights" program for her part in devising collage play "Three", directed by Stephen Spinella. She was in a workshop for Tony Kushner's play "Stella" at the Public Theatre, directed by Austin Pendelton. Notable theater credits include acting in Richard Schechner's American debut of Imagining O, directing Jesus Hopped the 'A' Train as well as a play she wrote entitled Edward Forty Hands at The Black Actor's Guild, interning with Stephen Adly Guirgis and Austin Pendleton on Between Riverside and Crazy and working as an apprentice at the LAByrinth | theatre company's summer intensive. She appeared in Matty O' Conner's film, "Wash Park", and acted in the leading role of "Charlotte" in Lorraine Portman's "Falling... Read More →



Saturday July 1, 2017 13:00 - 14:00
Ballroom 3 Ritz- Carlton Grand Cayman

13:00

Dance Hall Land
The story of the charismatic Omar and his band, told throughout their tour, at street parties and dance halls, across various regions in the North of Italy. A road movie recounted by the most famous Italian radio dedicated to ballroom music, with Angelo its boss and last “king” of this sparkling world.

Italy 


Saturday July 1, 2017 13:00 - 14:15
Screening Room 1

13:00

Chairman Jones: An Improbable Leader

A farmer's fight for equal education in Northampton County, NC transforms him and his county in unimaginable ways. Chairman Jones tells the story of the director's father, James H. Jones, a self-educated farmer who disregards racism and lack of education and emerges as a trailblazer during the tense 1969 school desegregation crisis in Northampton County, leading the fight to end nearly a century of inequality in education. After freeing himself from Jim Crow sharecropping in the 1950's, he launches a campaign to free black children from Jim Crow education. 

Jones places his own children on the front lines, brings blacks and whites together for dialogue, helps integration tip toe into Northampton, and transforms the educational landscape for everyone. His leadership as North Carolina’s first black school Board Chairman introduces a new era in education and has a marked effect on racial progress in the state. 

Born on a former slave plantation in 1916, Jones died in 1984, the year that the Northampton County school system received accreditation for the first time in its history largely due to his vision and efforts. His story unfolds through his daughter Anna's conversations with those who lived during that time and witnessed his extraordinary courage and leadership. 

United States 


Moderators
avatar for Tonie Chisholm

Tonie Chisholm

Radio and TV Personality, Former Miss Cayman


Saturday July 1, 2017 13:00 - 14:30
Ballroom 2 Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman

13:30

Susanna
A young woman, left by companion, makes it in the fashion world due to self determination. Sometimes it takes a loss to find one's destiny. The modeling and fashion industry is the medium for the story and this backdrop drama.

United States 

Moderators
avatar for Cassandra Shea

Cassandra Shea

Prior to joining NGCI as their Events Coordinator, Cassandra worked as a commercial sub agent in California through the boutique agency Trio Talent Agency. During this time, she also produced and wrote multiple film and television projects through the production company BGBA Media Group, which she co-owned. Graduating from St. Ignatius High School in Grand Cayman, Cassandra holds a BFA in Film from the New York Film Academy in Los Angeles and teaching diplomas in English Literature and... Read More →


Saturday July 1, 2017 13:30 - 14:00
Ballroom 1 Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman

13:30

For Grace
Ben was adopted. All his life, he's avoided tracing his roots. Now he's a father himself, to a baby girl. And he's going to find his biological parents for her.

United Kingdom 


Saturday July 1, 2017 13:30 - 15:00
Screening Room 2

14:00

Disney Cartoon Camera
Disney Cartoon Camera, hosted by acclaimed historian Leonard Maltin, tracks the history of animation cinematography—from the origins of crude “down shooters” to the first multi-plane camera fashioned out of old car parts, to the latest digital camera capture systems—through the eyes of the camera operators and technicians. Hear first-hand how camera technology transformed the way audiences view animated films—creating the illusion of dimensionality in flat 2D art to the dramatic and natural handheld cameras being employed in today’s technically sophisticated CG films.

United States 


Saturday July 1, 2017 14:00 - 14:30
Ballroom 3 Ritz- Carlton Grand Cayman

14:00

Meet Producer Kaleena Kiff
Moderators
avatar for Kim Evey

Kim Evey

Producer/Writer/Actress
Kim Evey is a producer, writer and actor who began her new media career creating and starring in Japanese talk show parody “Gorgeous Tiny Chicken Machine Show” for Sony’s Crackle.com. She brought Felicia Day’s groundbreaking series “The Guild” to the web, working as President of Production for... Read More →

Artists
avatar for Kaleena Kiff

Kaleena Kiff

Producer
Producer Kaleena Kiff developed and produced the BAFTA award-winning feature film The Legend of Barney Thomson, which opened the 2015 Edinburgh International Film Festival with a bang. The dark comedy stars Robert Carlyle, Academy Award Winner Emma Thompson, & Ray Winstone. Additionally in 2015, Kiff premiered the comedy feature No Men Beyond This Point at the International Film Festival Rotterdam where it received the UPC Top Ten Audience Award. At the Toronto International Film Festival, the film was picked up by Samuel Goldwyn Films after its North American Premiere. Sony Pictures Entertainment released the film worldwide in 2016. | Kiff is currently developing a slate of feature films and television projects in both Canada and abroad, including an Indo-Canadian co-production with the producers of The Lunchbox. In addition to producing feature films, Kiff has produced visual effects for a variety of U.S. television series, including... Read More →


Saturday July 1, 2017 14:00 - 15:00
Rembro Room Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman

14:00

To the Moon and Back
Miles Harrison, an ordinary American from Virginia adopts a beautiful orphan boy from Russia. Meanwhile, Bill Browder, a billionaire investment banker seeks justice for his lawyer, Sergei Magnitsky who is killed after exposing corruption in the Russian government. The actions of both men cause the Russian Adoption Ban. On December 14, 2012 after President Obama passes the Magnitsky Act, President Putin quickly retaliates and passes The Russian Adoption Ban. 
To the Moon and Back explores the events leading up to The Russian Adoption Ban and its impact. Thousands of Russian orphans, many with disabilities, now have no hope of being adopted. Hundreds of U.S. parents are forced to betray their commitments to their children and are left in limbo, unable to realize their dream of becoming a family.

 United States


Saturday July 1, 2017 14:00 - 15:30
Ballroom 1 Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman

14:15

Sibling Day
Two brothers learn how to deal with the older's move to college.

United States 


Saturday July 1, 2017 14:15 - 14:30
Screening Room 1

14:30

Margaret
After dealing with a series of extreme characters during a speed-dating event for senior citizens, an elderly woman meets a charming, exotic gentleman.

United States 


Saturday July 1, 2017 14:30 - 14:45
Ballroom 2 Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman

14:30

A Selection of Short Films under 10 minutes

Dance of the Neurons     5 min
24 Dancers embody the birth of neurons. (United States)

Flawless Victory   2 min
Follow 2 dudes on their journey to Youtube super stardom by local filmmaker. (Cayman Islands)

Le Creuset      8 min
When an adulterous man and his mistress bump into his wife, he discovers his indiscretions are neither deep, dark, nor particularly secret. (United States)

Love   3 min
There is a couple who apparently has arrived the end of their  common life. He, the husband, is in the deathbed and leaves his common life Revue again.  Both revel in the memories of the past.  At the end, the question arises whether the life is too short. Perhaps we ought to have more out of it ?! The story laid out of a Jewish joke. (Germany)

Otherhalf  9 min
A comedy about a man breaking up with himself. (United States)

Outside the Lines 2 Min 
Inspirational and by a local filmmaker. (Cayman Islands)

Paper Palaces  6 min
Paper Palaces is a film about a teenage boy named Charlie (played by Emmy winning actor Austin Trace), during the onset of schizophrenia. Tormented and unable to tell reality from fiction, Charlie begins to believe his mother is out to get him. Taking matters into his own hands, Charlie finds a gun in the spare bedroom. Made by a local filmmaker. (Cayman Islands)

Shadows in the Dark  7 min
What happens when a small town theater troupe decides to make their own film? This "Airplane"-esque comedy of errors is the hilarious answer to that question. Even the title is a joke! (United States)

The Chase  2 min
Want to go for a spin? (United States)

Trouble in Paradise 5 min (local filmmaker)
A blind date in Paradise. What could go wrong? (Cayman Islands)

 XXSofia 6 min
XXSOFIA explores the urban space of Sofia with the means of conceptual fashion in movement and sound. Could a garment project the city space to an intimate size, close to the body, which can be experienced with our senses? What kind of space are Sofia and our memories, linked with this city: is it an exterior or an interior? A home? Or is Sofia maybe an unconscious emotional space where we live in our thoughts, no matter where we found ourselves geographically? A space on the edge, a place in-between, an intersection, a starting point or a fluid transition between different spaces? 
The video is part of the XXSOFIA fashion installation, elaborated for the exhibition series SITUATION SOFIA of Goethe-Institute Bulgaria. The conceptual fashion is realised by designers from the team of IVAN ASEN 22 conceptual designers' platform. (Bulgaria)

Saturday July 1, 2017 14:30 - 15:30
Ballroom 3 Ritz- Carlton Grand Cayman

14:30

Bangaologia - The Science of Style

The African continent has always been a place that evokes a deep sense of wonder and fantasy. It is naturally diverse, with a vast array of people, cultures, and natural beauty. Being the home to ancient civilizations, it is considered the “birthplace of humanity” or “the motherland”. But could it also be the birthplace of style? Africans and their cultures are inspiring the aesthetic world today more than ever. From the runways of the world to the meccas of visual art, there is an undeniable presence of african influence and a growing number of african trendsetters. Bangaologia sets out to explore the raison d´être behind the recent growth of the african aesthetic in the world, including from the most unexpected places.

Bangaologia takes a voyage that spans from Angola to the US and Europe in journey to discover why this mysterious african “it factor” called “banga” has been inspiring so many in and out of Africa, and how it is bringing the world closer to the Motherland of style.



Saturday July 1, 2017 14:30 - 16:00
Screening Room 1

14:45

Jarama
Juanan is a trumpeter who played in a jazz group before the Spanish Civil War. He is now fighting for the Republic and a series of events will change his life forever.

Spain 


Saturday July 1, 2017 14:45 - 15:00
Ballroom 2 Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman

15:00

An Undeniable Voice
Sam Harris, believed to be one of the youngest to survive the camps during the Holocaust, shares his amazing story of survival with philanthropist and activist Sharon Stone.

United States 


Saturday July 1, 2017 15:00 - 15:30
Screening Room 2

15:00

World Premiere of local film "Disconnected" with Q&A

Ours has been called the age of loneliness. Immersed in our own echo chambers, our very health is being impacted by social isolation. Despite advances in technology, living conditions, education and healthcare, we seem to be unhappier than ever. At the same time, modern urban lifestyles are destroying our sense of community.

Why are we all so disconnected? Making a link between the various causes, this film asks what community wellbeing means to us and why it even matters. On a journey through the cities of North America, wellness expert Tamer Soliman learns that where we choose to live, what we choose to value, and with whom we choose to spend our time can have a profound impact on our health and happiness.

Meeting with not only experts but also ordinary people on the streets of Toronto, Vancouver and Los Angeles, Tamer discovers the truth in that old nursery rhyme: “The more we get together the happier we’ll be”.

(Cayman Islands)

Moderators
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Rita Estevanovich

Film Control Board of the Cayman Islands
Rita Estevanovich has 10 years experience in production and promotion of arts education programmes, national festivals, theatre and cultural preservation programmes for Cayman National Cultural Foundation. She is also a former television reporter for CI Television Network and a former radio host for KISS106.1fm and HOT104.1fm. For the past two decades, she has been involved in the local arts scene as a performer/actor/voice artist. A graduate of University of Central Florida and New York Film Academy, her voice can be heard on local, regional and U.S. market ads for the Cayman Islands. She currently chairs the CI Film Control Board and is working alongside Tony and Jenn Mark to... Read More →


Saturday July 1, 2017 15:00 - 16:00
Ballroom 2 Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman

15:00

Meet Director/Producer Adam Kane
Moderators
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Kim Evey

Producer/Writer/Actress
Kim Evey is a producer, writer and actor who began her new media career creating and starring in Japanese talk show parody “Gorgeous Tiny Chicken Machine Show” for Sony’s Crackle.com. She brought Felicia Day’s groundbreaking series “The Guild” to the web, working as President of Production for... Read More →

Speakers
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Adam Kane

Director/Producer
Adam Kane was born in Southern California to a musical family. The son of composer Artie Kane (Looking For Mr. Goodbar, The Eyes of Laura Mars) and studio singer Sara Kane (Andy Williams Show, Perry Como, The Sound of Music), Adam found his personal voice by telling stories with pictures and creating home movies. Three decades of filmmaking has made Adam one of the most sought after Directors working in Hollywood. Adam just finished production on the debut episodes of STAR TREK: DISCOVERY for CBS All Access and is the Executive Producer/Director for the highly anticipated television adaption of Neil... Read More →


Saturday July 1, 2017 15:00 - 16:00
Rembro Room Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman

15:30

Fully Aquatic
Conservationists worry manatees aren’t ready to be taken off the endangered species list and that a premature down listing could result in higher manatee deaths. Fully Aquatic follows the story of the potential down listing and what possible consequences could result from it.

United States 

Saturday July 1, 2017 15:30 - 16:00
Ballroom 1 Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman

15:30

Oceanic Aliens
Oceanic Aliens in an internationally award winning short documentary that explores one aspect of how little we truly know about planet earth. More is known about outer space than our very own oceans. This short documentary illustrates just one example of a little known class of marine species and their amazing attributes.

United States

Moderators
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Cassandra Shea

Prior to joining NGCI as their Events Coordinator, Cassandra worked as a commercial sub agent in California through the boutique agency Trio Talent Agency. During this time, she also produced and wrote multiple film and television projects through the production company BGBA Media Group, which she co-owned. Graduating from St. Ignatius High School in Grand Cayman, Cassandra holds a BFA in Film from the New York Film Academy in Los Angeles and teaching diplomas in English Literature and... Read More →


Saturday July 1, 2017 15:30 - 16:00
Ballroom 3 Ritz- Carlton Grand Cayman

15:30

Eat Me! A Short Musical Film
Glittering socialite Laura starts slipping from the daily reality of a weight obsessed rich man's mistress. While on a fancy dinner with her gluttonous lover she enters a strange world where food dances and sings. The whirlwind of dance blows the air out of Laura's head and she becomes a different type of girl... 
How people treat each other is mirrored in the way we treat our environment and our food. That's why “Eat Me” focuses on our attitude to food, its dubious contents, and food waste through the prism of a skewed relationship.

Bulgaria 


Saturday July 1, 2017 15:30 - 16:00
Screening Room 2

16:00

Tamara, Echelon
Tamara, Echelon is a black surreal comedy. It is the story of Tamara the leading, a 75 years old woman that has this ritual going at the cemetery to search maybe a new victim, a ‘new’ man. She loves to flirt and that’s how our story begins. She meets Gelu, an 80-year-old man widowed also that is getting convinced by her to visit her the next day with an excuse. We’ll be the watchers of this wearied characters that lives into the same building as Tamara. A tragic comic situation that livers us with a lot of questions about life and death, about the fact that there’s always somehow, somewhere, someone watching us.

Romania


Saturday July 1, 2017 16:00 - 16:30
Ballroom 2 Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman

16:00

Half-life in Fukushima
Five years after the Fukushima nuclear disaster, Naoto Matsumura, a Japanese farmer ekes out a solitary existence within the radiation red zone.  Here, the blowing wind is the soundtrack to Naoto's lonely days, spent cultivating his land and feeding his cattle. Naoto fights to build a new life in this post-apocalyptic landscape, fearlessly facing the silent danger of radioactivity. 
He is a guardian of the past and the symbol of humanity's need for change.

Switzerland 


Saturday July 1, 2017 16:00 - 17:00
Screening Room 2

16:00

Bartender at Large
Bartender at Large is a love letter to the art of bartending and the world of craft cocktails. It provides an examination into the modern cocktail renaissance, and allows you to experience it all through the lens of one bartender’s road trip. The trip itself takes viewers behind the scenes on a trek across the western US, from a speakeasy in Denver to a dive bar in Tucson to an elegant hotel bar in Santa Fe. In addition, the film highlights the perspectives of those benefiting by the cocktail’s recent boom – local farmers, small distillers, eager customers - but most importantly it showcases the one who puts it all the together; the bartender. This is a film, which tells a story that is every bit as intoxicating as the beverages it describes.

United States 

Moderators
avatar for Greg Benson

Greg Benson

Comedian
With more than 500 million video views, and 1.7 million subscribers across his channels, Greg Benson of MediocreFilms is one of YouTube's most popular comedians.  He's known worldwide as "the guy who likes to have fun" and has scored numerous viral video hits with his outrageous pranks, comedy sketches, music videos, and web series. Greg also directed the popular series "The Guild," "Gorgeous Tiny Chicken Machine Show" and "Retarded Policeman", has created prank series for Official... Read More →


Saturday July 1, 2017 16:00 - 17:00
Screening Room 1

16:00

48 Hour Film Festival!
Filmmakers from all over Grand Cayman will compete to see who can make the best short film in only 48 hours. The winning film will go up against films from around the world at Filmapalooza 2018 for a chance at the grand prize and an opportunity to screen at the Cannes Film Festival 2018, Court Métrage.  Come and watch the submissions!


Saturday July 1, 2017 16:00 - 17:00
Ballroom 3 Ritz- Carlton Grand Cayman

16:00

Meet Oscar Winning Co-Founder of Pixar Loren Carpenter
Hear Loren Carpenter talk about the early days of Pixar, and some of his amazing adventures in computer animation.

Moderators
avatar for Kim Evey

Kim Evey

Producer/Writer/Actress
Kim Evey is a producer, writer and actor who began her new media career creating and starring in Japanese talk show parody “Gorgeous Tiny Chicken Machine Show” for Sony’s Crackle.com. She brought Felicia Day’s groundbreaking series “The Guild” to the web, working as President of Production for... Read More →

Artists
avatar for Loren Carpenter

Loren Carpenter

Former Chief Scientist, Pixar
Loren revolutionized the entire film industry through inventing, rendering and modeling algorithms for image synthesis and visual effects. In 2001 he, and 2 colleagues, were awarded the only Oscar statuettes ever given for computer science. He recently transitioned from his position as Senior Research Scientist in... Read More →


Saturday July 1, 2017 16:00 - 17:00
Rembro Room Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman

16:00

Be Relentless

On May 4, 2014, Norma Bastidas, a single mother and fearless survivor of human trafficking, sexual violence, abuse, and addiction, shattered the Guinness World Record for longest triathlon by running, biking, and swimming 3,762 miles (6,054 km) from Cancún, Mexico to Washington D.C. as her stand against human trafficking. Norma’s mission is to educate and empower, demonstrating to the world that one’s past does not dictate one’s future, and prove that everyday people are capable of making extraordinary strides in the fight against the problems facing the world today. 

Be Relentless is the binational, bilingual, feature-length documentary that captured every grueling step of Norma’s record-breaking expedition across two countries. Through Norma’s persistence, Be Relentless proves that everyday people can make an extraordinary impact in seemingly unchallengeable issues. 

Be Relentless will capture conversation about the realities of child trafficking, inspire the world to address this issue, prevent what happened to Norma from happening to others, and prove to survivors and the to world that one’s past doesn’t dictate one’s future.

United States 



Saturday July 1, 2017 16:00 - 17:45
Ballroom 1 Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman

16:30

Cayman Cookoff 2017
Come and see the film as 8 local chefs compete to become the best and win a trip to New York! With guest judges Eric Ripert, Jose Andres and Emeril!

Cayman Islands 

Saturday July 1, 2017 16:30 - 17:00
Ballroom 2 Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman

17:00

A Bridge Between Two Worlds

A Bridge Between Two Worlds relates how Muslim and Catholic farmers, on the island of Flores, Indonesia, overcome poverty and enhance their environment with the support of North American and European families. This astonishing chain of solidarity was initiated by Gilles Raymond, a Canadian volunteer from Québec who has forged deep bonds in Flores over the past 15 years. This is the beginning of a worldwide family, which distance cannot affect, a story that is punctuated by hard work, children’s smiles and ancestor worship. This engaging adventure builds a living bridge between our two hemispheres, at a time when foreign aid is too often being questioned.

Canada


Saturday July 1, 2017 17:00 - 18:00
Screening Room 2

17:00

A Conversation with Award Winning Chef, Eric Ripert
 Join Emmy Award Winning Chef, Eric Ripert for an hour long conversation about his career on- and off-camera.  This session will be followed by a Q&A

Ripert has made several guest appearances on cooking-based television shows, including guest judge and assistant chef roles on the second, third, fourth and fifth seasons of Bravo TV's "Top Chef".  He has appeared on many episodes of Anthony Bourdain's No Reservations and Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown. Most recently he has launched a series of brief online cooking videos called "Get Toasted" on his website AVECERIC.com which focuses on easy and quick meals that can be prepared and cooked in minutes with a toaster oven.  Adding to his adventures, PBS has aired Avec Eric episodes (started September 2009) where he travels the world and finds inspiration and shows the idea in a profession setting, travels on location, and then finally shows the enlightenment in his home kitchen.   Additionally, he has  played himself in the television show Treme on HBO (season 1 episode 5), alongside David ChangWylie Dufresne and Tom Colicchio. He returned in his cameo role in Season 2, in multiple episodes. 

Moderators
avatar for Calia Brencsons-Van Dyk

Calia Brencsons-Van Dyk

Caliativity Productions
Calia Brencsons-Van Dyk’s life has taken her from the Midwest to the East Coast and to Paris, Provence, South Africa, Las Vegas, the San Francisco Bay Area, and New York City. From a family of food lovers and artists, it was natural that Calia would find herself drawn to creative and culinary adventures. Having spent much of her childhood in the south of France, followed by later travels and studies, she speaks French, German, and Danish, and is certified in all three. Her minor in Theatre at Mills College won out over her International Relations major and steered Calia from her intention to pursue law and toward the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and the world of the theatre, where she worked as an actor, writer, and public relations manager. She later spent time in England and France, sponsored by the International Theatre Institute completing a translation of the letters of Catherine the Great to Voltaire. Upon her return to the US, Calia was the Entertainment Chair for the Clinton-Gore campaign in Massachusetts, while working for McKinsey... Read More →

Speakers
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Eric Ripert

Celebrity Chef
Born in Antibes, Eric Ripert is grateful for his early exposure to cuisine. His family instilled their own passion for food in the young Ripert, and at the age of 15 he left home to attend culinary school in Perpignan. At 17, he moved to Paris and cooked at the legendary La Tour... Read More →



Saturday July 1, 2017 17:00 - 18:00
Ballroom 2 Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman

17:00

Black Fatherhood: Trials & Tribulations, Testimony & Triumph
Mass media has inundated the general public with the images of irresponsible, uninvolved, dead beat black fathers. However, this is not always the case. The men and families in this documentary portray the other side of the coin; engaged, involved, invested black fathers.

United States 


Saturday July 1, 2017 17:00 - 18:30
Screening Room 1

17:00

Slipaway
Neglected by her family, Fall, an eclectic elder with good intentions but extreme measures, finds little companionship in our hyper-busy world. When she comes across Adam, a young street musician selling his keyboard, she buys it on a whim under the pretense of wanting to learn piano. Suspicious and wary, Adam agrees to teach her and quickly finds himself captured in an unsteady home with one feisty lady.

United States 

Moderators
avatar for Greg Benson

Greg Benson

Comedian
With more than 500 million video views, and 1.7 million subscribers across his channels, Greg Benson of MediocreFilms is one of YouTube's most popular comedians.  He's known worldwide as "the guy who likes to have fun" and has scored numerous viral video hits with his outrageous pranks, comedy sketches, music videos, and web series. Greg also directed the popular series "The Guild," "Gorgeous Tiny Chicken Machine Show" and "Retarded Policeman", has created prank series for Official... Read More →


Saturday July 1, 2017 17:00 - 19:00
Ballroom 3 Ritz- Carlton Grand Cayman

17:45

CXL
After celebrating her 140th birthday with family, Martha must come to terms with the reality of death. Isolated from her family, Martha finds her life support chair the center of attention and conversation throughout her birthday celebration. After being ignored by her kin, Martha and her support chair charge overnight. Martha dreams of her late husband's tragic death. Stirring from her nightmares, Martha departs the room to return to one place she can feel at home. In order to get there, she must leave her life support chair and climb the home's stairwell. Despite her body's protests, she survives the climb, and is met atop the stairwell by an unexpected guest. Caram, her 'zenchild' (great-great-great grandchild), finds Martha. The couple enter Martha's old bedroom. Submerged into her own world, she shows Caram a piece of reality: the chaotic outside, a desolate landscape of blowing dust and debris. Martha detaches the final piece of her mechanized body. The personal vest that once served as the connection from her body to her chair is dropped to the floor. Only the human Martha remains. The two lie down, where Martha's life finally expires.

United States 


Saturday July 1, 2017 17:45 - 18:00
Ballroom 1 Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman

18:00

Isis Was Here
In 2014 the ISIS controlled Qayyarah Town, It Is near from the Mousll City in north Iraq. In 27 Aug 2016 Iraqi Army freedom the Qayyarah Town, after that every one is shocked when they see the tragedy stories in Qayyarah 
What differentiate Qayyarah from other areas under the control of ISIS throughout the past two years of the reign of ISIS, are the atrocities and extreme acts witnessed by Qayyarah people, nearly 89 thousand, who are all Sunnis. 

Iraq 


Saturday July 1, 2017 18:00 - 18:30
Ballroom 1 Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman

18:00

Mrs. Drake
Overworked and overstressed, Laura is a single mother struggling to maintain her own equilibrium while raising her frequently difficult son Jack. When Jack comes home from school one day with a story of his teacher, Mrs. Drake, locking him in a closet, Laura is thrown into a spiral of confusion and guilt—not knowing what to believe or where her responsibility lies. "Mrs. Drake" is a story about blame, uncertainty, and the complexities of a flawed mother as she wrestles with her responsibilities as a parent. In the face of so many myths and fantasies about what society tells us it means to be a perfect mother, this film is a meditation on the complexities of motherhood and the sense of failure that many women feel, but are afraid to articulate.

United States 

Moderators
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Tonie Chisholm

Radio and TV Personality, Former Miss Cayman


Saturday July 1, 2017 18:00 - 18:45
Screening Room 2

18:00

Unwritten by Local Filmmaker Pascal Pernix
A best selling author discovers that his unknown daughter has began a journey to meet him for the first time.

Cayman Islands 

Moderators
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Vicki Wheaton

Comedian
Vicki Wheaton is one of the Cayman Islands' foremost entertainers, emcees and auctioneers. Originally from the UK, she has spent most of her life on the stage as a singer, comedienne and host of premier charity events. She has worked with Bill and Giuliana Rancic, Hoda Kotb and Joan Lunden; emceed a private dinner for Sir Richard Branson; and has interviewed such noted celebrities as Al Pacino, Jamie Lee Curtis, Josh Groban, Cynthia Nixon and Lionel Richie. When not performing, she is the editor... Read More →


Saturday July 1, 2017 18:00 - 19:00
Ballroom 2 Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman

18:30

Todd Who?
Todd Who? is a unique rockumentary that explores a fan’s 30 year obsession and devotion to  underappreciated rock musician and technological pioneer Todd Rundgren. Not only does this passionate film project entertain via a series of self-deprecating anecdotes and personal experiences but it is also intended to be illuminating and informative on the subject’s career. Todd Who? follows the artist’s pivotal role in advancing music production technology and the evolution of cross media possibilities.

Australia 


Saturday July 1, 2017 18:30 - 19:30
Screening Room 1

18:30

Marina Abramovic in Brazil: The Space in Between
A documentary that follows the Serbian Performance Artist in Brazil. Marina Abramovic travels through Brazil, in search of personal healing and artistic inspiration, experiencing sacred rituals and revealing her creative process. The route is comprised of poignant encounters with healers and sages from the Brazilian countryside, exploring the limits between art And spirituality.

The film features healing sessions with the medium John of God in Abadiania, herb healers in Chapada Dos Veadeiros, spiritual rituals at Vale Do Amanhecer in Brasilia, the strength of religious syncretism in Bahia, ayahuasca in Chapada Diamantina, shamanic processes in Curitiba and energy of crystals in Minas Gerais. This external trip triggers in Marina a profound introspective journey through memories, pain and past experiences. 

A mixture between road movie and spiritual thriller, the documentary brings an unprecedented approach of the intimate creative process of one of the most important artists of our time.

Brazil 


Saturday July 1, 2017 18:30 - 20:00
Ballroom 1 Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman

18:45

Fickle Bickle
When a plumber is left alone in a magnificent Upper West Side mansion after the forgetful owner goes on vacation, he takes the opportunity to renew the acquaintance of his high school crush, knowing she's always been a 'gold-digger'.

United States 


Saturday July 1, 2017 18:45 - 19:00
Screening Room 2

19:00

World Premiere of Sacrifice a Film by Local Filmmaker Malcolm Ellis
An abused wife who doesn’t remember fighting back. A psychiatrist trying to save her from her own disturbed mind. An ignored threat of revenge from a powerful lunatic. And no limits to what any of them are willing to sacrifice for what they believe in.

Cayman Islands 

Moderators
avatar for Vicki Wheaton

Vicki Wheaton

Comedian
Vicki Wheaton is one of the Cayman Islands' foremost entertainers, emcees and auctioneers. Originally from the UK, she has spent most of her life on the stage as a singer, comedienne and host of premier charity events. She has worked with Bill and Giuliana Rancic, Hoda Kotb and Joan Lunden; emceed a private dinner for Sir Richard Branson; and has interviewed such noted celebrities as Al Pacino, Jamie Lee Curtis, Josh Groban, Cynthia Nixon and Lionel Richie. When not performing, she is the editor... Read More →


Saturday July 1, 2017 19:00 - 20:00
Ballroom 2 Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman

19:00

As It Seems

Annette, a 1960's suburban housewife, comes face to face with her worst nightmare: the fear that her pretty (and youthful) maid, Mona, has seduced her husband, and may be plotting against her. Her fears are reinforced when their actions appear to be more and more suspicious. When decorating her home for a holiday party, she confides in her best friend, Shelley, who supports her suspicions and encourages Annette to act. At the party, Annette watches her husband give Mona a tin of cookies, and Mona flirtatiously laugh at his jokes. Finally pushed to the edge, Annette makes a decision from which there is no turning back. The result is the unraveling of the life she has created for herself, and the realization that not everything is as it seems. 

United States 


Moderators
avatar for Greg Benson

Greg Benson

Comedian
With more than 500 million video views, and 1.7 million subscribers across his channels, Greg Benson of MediocreFilms is one of YouTube's most popular comedians.  He's known worldwide as "the guy who likes to have fun" and has scored numerous viral video hits with his outrageous pranks, comedy sketches, music videos, and web series. Greg also directed the popular series "The Guild," "Gorgeous Tiny Chicken Machine Show" and "Retarded Policeman", has created prank series for Official... Read More →


Saturday July 1, 2017 19:00 - 20:00
Ballroom 3 Ritz- Carlton Grand Cayman

19:00

The Culture

This documentary sheds light on gun culture in America focusing on urban and suburban neighborhoods. It breaks down & investigates the environment, results, and motives of our gun culture.

“The Culture” follows a variety of people with contrasting opinions over the issue of violence in our country and how to attack the problem with reasonable solutions. It chronicles street outreach workers, conservatives, and victims of gun violence. “The Culture” is the first documentary that truly gives unbiased look of guns in our country.

United States 



Saturday July 1, 2017 19:00 - 20:15
Screening Room 2

19:30

Cash AKA Gen Ar
This is the story of five robbers who make a big heist to steal more than 5 million in diamonds. After the robbery, the team all meet in a flat to share the spoils. But at the end only one robber will leave with the cash.

France 


Saturday July 1, 2017 19:30 - 21:30
Screening Room 1

20:00

Real Artists

Real Artists; a dark tale set in the near future, is based on Ken Liu’s short story of the same name. Sophia just scored every animator’s dream interview at world famous Semaphore Animation Studios. But when the Creative Director, Anne Palladon, reveals that she knows about Sophia’s fan-edit of Semaphore’s hit film Mythos, Sophia sees her dreams begin to slip away. 

Was it Sophia’s rebel ethos and creative instincts that landed her the invitation? Or is everything not quite as it seems at Semaphore? To maintain her artistic integrity, it’s going to take all of Sophia’s instincts and nerve. 

United States 



Moderators
avatar for Cassandra Shea

Cassandra Shea

Prior to joining NGCI as their Events Coordinator, Cassandra worked as a commercial sub agent in California through the boutique agency Trio Talent Agency. During this time, she also produced and wrote multiple film and television projects through the production company BGBA Media Group, which she co-owned. Graduating from St. Ignatius High School in Grand Cayman, Cassandra holds a BFA in Film from the New York Film Academy in Los Angeles and teaching diplomas in English Literature and... Read More →


Saturday July 1, 2017 20:00 - 20:30
Ballroom 2 Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman

20:00

The White King

Djata is a care-free 12-year-old growing up in a brutal dictatorship shut off from the outside world. When the government imprisons his father, Peter, and Djata and his mother Hannah are labeled traitors, the boy will not rest until he sees his father again.

Cocktails provided by Cayman Spirits Company 

United Kingdom


Moderators
avatar for Tonie Chisholm

Tonie Chisholm

Radio and TV Personality, Former Miss Cayman


Saturday July 1, 2017 20:00 - 22:00
Ballroom 3 Ritz- Carlton Grand Cayman

20:00

No Men Beyond This Point
The film is a science fiction mockumentary set in an alternate world where in the 1950s, humans began reproducing by parthenogenesis. Nine months after a near-Earth object hit Earth in 1952, the first fatherless baby is born. Sexual reproduction became rarer and rarer, and the babies born by way of parthenogenesis were all female, so that by the 2010s (when the mock documentary is filmed), the youngest male human on Earth is 37 years old; he is the ostensible subject of the mock documentary.

Canada 

Speakers
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Kaleena Kiff

Producer
Producer Kaleena Kiff developed and produced the BAFTA award-winning feature film The Legend of Barney Thomson, which opened the 2015 Edinburgh International Film Festival with a bang. The dark comedy stars Robert Carlyle, Academy Award Winner Emma Thompson, & Ray Winstone. Additionally in 2015, Kiff premiered the comedy feature No Men Beyond This Point at the International Film Festival Rotterdam where it received the UPC Top Ten Audience Award. At the Toronto International Film Festival, the film was picked up by Samuel Goldwyn Films after its North American Premiere. Sony Pictures Entertainment released the film worldwide in 2016. | Kiff is currently developing a slate of feature films and television projects in both Canada and abroad, including an Indo-Canadian co-production with the producers of The Lunchbox. In addition to producing feature films, Kiff has produced visual effects for a variety of U.S. television series, including... Read More →



Saturday July 1, 2017 20:00 - 22:00
Ballroom 1 Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman

20:15

I Am Still Here
I AM STILL HERE is the story of 10-year old Layla, who was stolen from her family and thrown into America’s child sex industry. Stories of courage drawn from interviews with trafficking survivors are the foundation for the fictionalized account of Layla’s journey as she confronts the monsters of her past and embraces the hope of her future.

United States
 


Saturday July 1, 2017 20:15 - 22:00
Screening Room 2

20:30

Underworld Blood Wars with Producer Gary Lucchesi to Introduce Film
Vampire death dealer, Selene (Kate Beckinsale) fights to end the eternal war between the Lycan clan and the Vampire faction that betrayed her.

Speakers
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Gary Lucchesi

Producer and President of Lakeshore Entertainment, Lakeshore Entertainment
Gary Lucchesi (Producer) serves as President of Lakeshore Entertainment, an independent film company based in Los Angeles. He also serves as the President of the Producer’s Guild of America. Lucchesi executive-produced MILLION DOLLAR BABY, which won the Oscar for Best picture of 2004. The first movie he produced was PRIMAL FEAR, and he has produced many other notable hits since, including THE LINCOLN LAWYER with Matthew McConaughey and Marisa Tomei, the UNDERWORLD franchise, THE UGLY TRUTH, and the CRANK franchise. In the past year he has produced THE AGE OF ADALINE and THE BOY. Other credits include box office smash THE EXORCISM OF EMILY ROSE, THE GIFT (starring Cate Blanchett, Katie Holmes, Greg Kinnear, Hilary Swank and Giovanni Ribisi) and three Philip Roth novels... Read More →



Saturday July 1, 2017 20:30 - 22:30
Ballroom 2 Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman
 
Sunday, July 2
 

10:00

Mail.Man (2.0)
With letters being something of an endangered species in this new digital age, "Mail.Man" dramatically illustrates their continued importance in a moving but light-hearted fashion, with modern technology still playing an important role. Inspired by a character-driven nod to Frank Capra, the story unfolds through the endearing experience of a veteran mail carrier, with a twist that could make text-obsessed viewers rediscover the power and beauty of a well-written letter or email.

United States 


Sunday July 2, 2017 10:00 - 10:30
Screening Room 1

10:00

In the Park
When a working mum’s car breaks down, a man who's not what he seems saves her from her own breakdown. “In the Park” dumps perceptions of what “having it all” means into the bin of social assumptions, and from the junk unvarnished truths are revealed to be unexpected treasures.

United Kingdom 


Sunday July 2, 2017 10:00 - 10:30
Ballroom 1 Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman

10:00

Saving Santa
A little girl, still dealing with her mother's death, comes across a seemingly destitute man who bears a striking resemblance to Santa Claus, and despite his protestations, takes comfort in helping him.

United Kingdom 


Sunday July 2, 2017 10:00 - 10:30
Screening Room 2

10:00

Cathy Church's Photo Techniques Seminar
Learn photography from one of the best! 

About Cathy Church
As a child, Cathy Church was an avid biologist and bird watcher. She earned a BS in biology from the University of Michigan where she learned to SCUBA dive. She was studying marine biology at Stanford University's Hopkins Marine biology station in Monterey, California when she met Jim Church, a scuba diver who was pioneering underwater photography and writing for Skin Diver Magazine in the early 60s. 

Cathy wanted to document her underwater work and spent many dives with Jim exploring ways to use the Calypso camera and flashbulb systems with homemade accessories. She continued on to the University of Hawaii where she earned her MS in Marine biology but in the late 1960s, in Hawaii, she was not able to break the barricades against women divers and she quit pursuing a career as a scientist. Instead, she turned to two other activities—underwater photography and a job teaching 7th and 8th grade science in California. She quickly became recognized as one of the world's foremost teachers and authors on underwater photography. 

Cathy was a photo editor for Skin Diver magazine for 15 years, co-authored hundreds of magazine articles and four books on underwater photo techniques, and offered seminars throughout the USA. Her first week-long photo courses were taught in Grand Cayman in 1972. She developed the first franchised photo courses for dive shops through NASDS. A versatile photographer, she is well known for many styles of photography from documentary and editorial to the gallery art you see here. She has photographed for many clients including Kodak, Nikon, the US Virgin Islands and the Cayman Islands. Her poster "Wonderland" earned a Certificate of Distinction from Creativity Magazine for best travel poster of the year in 1991. For fourteen years she produced serious black and white photography, spending long days in the darkroom to make her limited edition fine art black and white prints. Her coffee table book "My Underwater Photo Journey" was published in 2004. When hurricane Ivan destroyed her darkroom, and as she developed her digital techniques, she switched to producing all of her imagery digitally. After almost fifty years of underwater photography, Cathy is still developing new twists and turns to her photography, adding to her new imagination collection that was released in 2009. She is always keeping up with developments so that she can teach her students the most up-to-date techniques.

Artists
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Cathy Church

Underwater Photographer, Cathy Church's Photo Centre
About Cathy Church | As a child, Cathy Church was an avid biologist and bird watcher. She earned a BS in biology from the University of Michigan where she learned to SCUBA dive. She was studying marine biology at Stanford University's Hopkins Marine biology station in Monterey, California when she met Jim Church, a scuba diver who was pioneering underwater photography and writing for Skin Diver Magazine in the early... Read More →



Sunday July 2, 2017 10:00 - 11:00
Rembro Room Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman

10:00

Live Action Special Effects: The Magic Behind The Scenes! with Academy Award Winning Special Effects Guru Dieter Sturm (Made possible with a grant from the Cayman National Cultural Foundation)
With over a hundred movie credits and hundreds of commercials, Oscar Winner Dieter Sturm will be coming to Cayfilm to also show a music video he directed! A part time resident of Cayman for the last 16 years - come listen to Dieter talk about his life in the film business!

In this workshop he will tell you about some of the amazing films and techniques he used to bring snow, fire, and all kinds of magic to the screen!

Artists
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Dieter Sturm

Special Effects Coordinator
With over a hundred movie credits and hundreds of commercials from his 33 year career, Oscar-winner Dieter Sturm has worked on such projects as Denzel Washington’s Academy Award-winning Fences, Hillary Swank’s new feature in production What They Had,  a recent Chicago Med episode up for Emmy consideration for special effects, Nash... Read More →



Sunday July 2, 2017 10:00 - 11:30
Ballroom 3 Ritz- Carlton Grand Cayman

10:00

Fairy Tales For Emma
The main protagonist of the film Peter Miller left home to work in England eight years ago. It was after he had a misunderstanding with his father, and once and for all he severed all the ties with him. He was glad he found his place in England and he was not about to ever come back home to Prague. He has no family. He works as a lawyer who helps Brits in immigration matters and in the detection of fake marriages realized in order to obtain British citizenship. 
He has a phone call from Prague one month before Christmas. A social worker informs him that he was identified as a father of a child whose mother had a serious car accident. Peter refuses such a nonsense, but his conscience will not let him be. He gets himself on the plane to Prague to find how things actually are. The woman who identified Peter as a father of her child and with whom he had a summer romance still remains in critical condition. Peter must decide whether he takes care of the child or entrusts the child to the Institute of Social Welfare. Finally, he decides to try it until mother of the child gets better and it will be possible to clarify the paternity situation. 
Peter meets eight-year-old Ema for the first time. They accommodate themselves in the hotel and Peter has faith that the situation is going to be resolved soon. For the first time in his life he faces the parents concerns and also the struggles with the thought of whether Emma is or is not his child. He has yet not considered the test of DNA, he does not want to make rash decisions. In the hotel he meets up with the hotel manager, Maria, who from time to time helps Peter to take care of Emma. Peter and Emma are getting close although he is not sure she is his daughter. Her mother dies in the hospital and the social worker demands the girl to be included in the welfare program. Under the pressure of events and circumstances Peter decides to fight for Emma. The condition of getting her into his care is a marriage. That is why he comes up with a plan of fake wedding to which he and Emma could persuade the hotel manager Maria. Peter finds himself in a situation with what he usually must cope in his work in England. 
Their effort to win Emma to their care brings them together and they experience many humorous and touching situations. Peter has to make contact with his family, with a brother whom he did not see for eight years, and especially with a father to whom he cannot forgive things that happened in the past. By meeting they are trying to find the way back to each other. Peter is also looking for an alibi for social workers questioning his new future wife Maria. She becomes attractive to him. They gradually fall in love with each other, but they still are trying to keep their relationship under its initial agreement. All the interviews go well and they overcome all the pitfalls. Everything seems to be well on the way, until the moment when they are taken by surprise because of a mistake that they did during the preparation of their fake marriage. The mistake which thwarts all of their plans… 

Czech Republic 


Sunday July 2, 2017 10:00 - 12:00
Ballroom 2 Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman

10:30

Above & Below Socorro
Socorro Island (Mexico) is one of the worlds top dive destinations. In Above and Below Socorro, Florian Fischer (of the film crew BEHIND THE MASK) teams up with free diving champion Nik Linder. Together they get on board the Nautilus Belle Amie to explore the waters around the island by scuba and by free diving. On their trip Florian and Nik come across countless Giant Manta Rays, Dolphins, and Sharks. And in the end, maybe even some Humpback Wales cross their way.

Germany 


Sunday July 2, 2017 10:30 - 11:15
Screening Room 2

10:30

A Living Space
A Living Space is a unique exploration of one summer (50 days) at The Laboratory for Performance – Watermill Center where each year the visionary theatre director and artist Robert Wilson gathers almost a hundred young international artists giving them the opportunity to collaborate with such art world celebrities as Jim Jarmusch, CocoRosie and Philip Glass to mention just a few. This unprecedented film also includes interviews with Robert Wilson, invited artists and participants as well as never-seen-before footage from rehearsals, offering a glimpse of the exceptional creative ferment and the relentless force of expression underlying all Robert Wilson's works.

Czech Republic 

Sunday July 2, 2017 10:30 - 11:30
Screening Room 1

10:30

Didi Contractor - Marrying the Earth to the Building
"Didi Contractor - Marrying the Earth to the Building" is a poetic documentary approach to an aged artist and architect. The landscape of North India, the buildings and the people for whom she designed her houses that sensitizes us to her vision and global issues affecting our ongoing relationship with mother earth.

Switzerland 


Sunday July 2, 2017 10:30 - 12:00
Ballroom 1 Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman

11:00

Meet Legendary Stuntman and Stunt Coordinator Paul Weston
Meet the stuntman who has not only been in TWELVE of the James Bond films, but also the Indiana Jones and Star Wars franchises. Come hear stories from his more than 50 years in the business!

Artists
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Paul Weston

Stunt Man and Supervisor
Paul Weston started his ‘Show Business’ career in the Sixties as a photographic model. He was asked to understudy Roger Moore on the “Saint” TV series, where he also played an acting role performing his own stunt. He was booked as a stuntman on the next episode. And so started his Stunt career. His TV work included classics... Read More →



Sunday July 2, 2017 11:00 - 12:30
Rembro Room Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman

11:15

Hearts of Steel
Hearts of Steel is a fun, compelling documentary film that follows a group of Toronto teenagers as they prepare and practise rigorously for a musical competition for steel bands. Along the way they learn leadership, commitment, trust, multi-cultural respect and the value of belonging to a musical family. The film captures their hard work, emotional stress and unbridled joy as they move toward the finish line.

Canada 


Sunday July 2, 2017 11:15 - 11:45
Screening Room 2

11:30

The Island and the Whales

In their remote home in the North Atlantic the Faroe Islanders have always eaten what nature could provide, proud to put local food on the table. The land yields little, so they have always relied on harvesting their seas. 

Hunting whales and seabirds kept them alive for generations, and gave them the way of life they love; a life they would pass on to their children. But today they face a grave threat to this tradition. 

It is not the controversy surrounding whaling that threatens the Faroese way of life; the danger is coming from the whales themselves. 

The Faroese are among the first to feel the affects of our ever more polluted oceans. They have discovered that their beloved whales are toxic, contaminated by the outside world. What once secured their survival now endangers their children and the Faroe Islanders must make a choice between health and tradition.

Faroe Islands


Sunday July 2, 2017 11:30 - 13:00
Screening Room 1

11:30

Film Acting Class Taught By Famed Actor Wes Studi and Emmy Award Winner Maura Dhu Studi! (Made possible with a grant from the Cayman National Cultural Foundation)
What an experience! Come and take an acting class with the one and only Wes Studi. Dive into his amazing film experience and learn some amazing techniques.


From small-town Oklahoma native to internationally acclaimed actor and musician, Wes Studi credits his passion and multi-faceted background for his powerful character portrayals that forever changed a Hollywood stereotype.

Drawing from his rich life experience, Wes moved audiences with unforgettable performances in “Dances with Wolves,” “The Last of the Mohicans,” “Geronimo: An American Legend,” and “Heat,” as well as James Cameron’s “Avatar” and Paul Weitz’s “Being Flynn.” Breaking new ground, he brought fully-developed Native American characters to the screen, and then took his craft a step further highlighting the success of Native Americans in non-traditional roles.

In 2013, he was inducted in to the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum’s Hall of Great Western Performers. Throughout his 30-year career he’s won numerous awards, including several First Americans in the Arts Awards and the 2009 Santa Fe Film Festival Lifetime Achievement Award.

Interestingly, acting was never a goal in Wes’ youth. Unlike many actors who dive into performing at an early age, he discovered acting later in life.

The eldest son of a ranch hand, Wes was born in 1947 in Nofire Hollow, in Northeastern Oklahoma. He spoke only his native Cherokee until he was 5, when he was enrolled in the Murrell Home to attend public school. He later attended the Chilocco Indian Boarding School in Northern Oklahoma, where he remained through high school graduation. Yet, unlike many fellow Native American students, he never forgot his language.

Wes joined the U.S. Army and while stationed at Fort Benning, Georgia, stories from returning Vietnam War veterans set his blood on fire. With only 12 months of his six-year service left, Wes volunteered to go to Vietnam. He served one tour in South Vietnam with the 9th Infantry Division in the Mekong Delta, living his own future war stories. At one point his company was pinned down in the Mekong Delta – and nearly killed – by friendly fire.

After an honorable military discharge, Wes returned home with a fire in the belly, and became seriously involved with Native American politics. He joined the American Indian Movement (AIM) and participated in the Trail of Broken Treaties protest March in 1972, where hundreds of Native American activists marched on Washington. He was one of the protesters who briefly occupied the Bureau of Indian Affairs Building there. In 1973, Wes participated in the occupation at Wounded Knee, South Dakota, for which he was arrested.

Wes now sees his political activism as a form of post-Vietnam catharsis. “I began to purge the bad feelings within myself,” he says, adding that he joined the resisters because “I wanted to make myself a viable part of the machinery that affected my people.”

Recognizing his current path could lead to self-destruction, Wes changed course and channeled his feelings toward positive change. Shortly after Wounded Knee, Wes moved to the Tahlequah, Oklahoma, where he worked for the Cherokee Nation, and helped start the Cherokee Phoenix, a bilingual newspaper still in publication today. During that time Wes put his linguistic skills to work and began teaching the Cherokee language in the community. Later attending Northeastern University in Tahlequah, he made further attempts at positive influence in his work with his people.

After college, Wes shifted his attention to running his own horse ranch and became a professional horse trainer. It was during this era that he began acting at The American Indian Theatre Company in Tulsa in 1983, where he found both the adrenaline rush he craved and the cathartic release he needed. “When you’re able to release those feelings in an acting form, it’s healthier than leaving them inside,” he says of discovering acting.

Wes first took the professional stage in 1984 with “Black Elk Speaks” and has never looked back. As his success grew on stage, he expanded to productions for Nebraska Public Television in the summer of 1985. Not long after, he moved to Los Angeles, landing his first film role in “Powwow Highway” and making his TV debut in a small role in the ABC TV-movie “Longarm” in 1988.

In 1990, Wes portrayed a terrifyingly memorable Pawnee warrior in “Dances with Wolves.” Two years later he landed the role of Magua in Michael Mann’s “The Last of the Mohicans,” the performance that put him on the map.

Wes drew on his own combat training, anger and sense of enforced isolation for his riveting depiction of the vengeful Magua. He soon became known for his film roles portraying strong Native American characters as he strove to portray them with poignancy and authenticity.

Wes went on to play the title character in the Walter Hill-directed film “Geronimo: An American Legend” (1993) alongside veteran actors Gene Hackman and Robert Duvall, for which he won a Western Heritage Award. He also made memorable appearances in such films as “Heat” (1995) as Al Pacino’s partner, “Deep Rising” (1998) and “Mystery Men” (1999). In 2002, he brought legendary character Lt. Joe Leaphorn to life for a series of PBS movies produced by Robert Redford and based on Tony Hillerman’s books “Skinwalkers,” “Coyote Waits,” and “A Thief of Time.”

Wes’ other notable film credits include: “The Only Good Indian,” which he also produced, “The New World,” “Street Fighter,” “Seraphim Falls,” “Three Priests,” and such prestigious television movies as “Crazy Horse,” “Comanche Moon,” “Streets of Laredo,” “Broken Chain,” and “Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee.” His television credits include “The Mentalist,” “Hell on Wheels,” and General Abner in “Kings.”

At home, Wes’ artistic talent extends well beyond acting. He’s a skilled stone carver, working primarily in soapstone and other soft stones. He’s also an accomplished musician. Playing bass and guitar he fronts the band Firecat of Discord with his wife, singer Maura Dhu, primarily performing original music. Firecat released their first self-titled CD in 1998, touring the U.S. in 2000. Their music was also featured in the short film Bonnie Looksaway’s “Iron Art Wagon,” which Wes directed.

Additionally, Wes wrote two children’s books, “The Adventures of Billy Bean” and “More Adventures of Billy Bean” for the Cherokee Bilingual/Cross Cultural Education Center. In 2006, Wes was honored with the Golden Boot Award.

Wes remains a passionate activist and academic. He’s taken a national leadership role in the promotion and preservation of indigenous languages, acting as the spokesperson for the Santa Fe-based Indigenous Language Institute, and working as a language consultant on several films, including “Avatar” and the PBS documentary “We Shall Remain.”  He’s also active in encouraging the next generation of filmmakers and performers, providing mentorship and participating in apprenticeship programs.

Wes and Maura live in Santa Fe, N.M. They have one son, Kholan. Wes also has a son, Daniel, and a daughter, Leah, from a previous marriage.

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Artists
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Maura Dhu Studi

Actress/Singer/Teacher
MAURA DHU STUDI has worked in the entertainment industry since her teens, as a performer, and in production. In 2013 she received an Emmy for writing Silver Bullet Productions Award winning documentary "Canes Of Power".  As an actress she has appeared on television, film and stage. She studied acting at the HB Studio, The Strasberg Institute, American Theater Arts Conservatory, and with Joan... Read More →
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Wes Studi

Actor/Teacher
Wes Studi Edit Profile From small-town Oklahoma native to internationally acclaimed actor and musician, Wes Studi credits his passion and multi-faceted background for his powerful character portrayals that forever changed a Hollywood stereotype. Drawing from his rich life experience, Wes moved audiences with unforgettable performances in... Read More →



Sunday July 2, 2017 11:30 - 13:30
Ballroom 3 Ritz- Carlton Grand Cayman

11:45

$15 Kicks
In 2006, former NBA star Stephon Marbury endorsed a revolutionary low-cost sneaker called the Starbury. $15 Kicks revisits the Starbury sneaker’s altruistic mission and media frenzy. The film will highlight proponents and skeptics of the brand’s humble gross margin and its tumultuous discontinuation in 2009. In a world ruled by multi-million-dollar sneaker endorsements, could a rising NBA basketball star and growing discount retailer successfully sell the $15 kicks?

United States 


Sunday July 2, 2017 11:45 - 12:00
Screening Room 2

12:00

Attunement
A chance encounter of an estranged couple leads to possible attunement and reunion.

United Stated 


Sunday July 2, 2017 12:00 - 12:30
Ballroom 2 Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman

12:00

My Father's Land
Papa Jah, a humble gardener, has lived in the Bahamas for 40 years. He returns to Haiti to see his 103-year-old father, and reunite with the land he left.

Trinidad 


Sunday July 2, 2017 12:00 - 13:00
Screening Room 2

12:00

Motorkite Dreaming

A four thousand kilometre journey across outback Australia. Seven amateur adventurers. Two second-hand flying machines. What could possibly go wrong?

This is the tale of Aidan, Daryl and their fiancees’ dream to pull off a daring feat that few have attempted before – to fly two microlights, otherwise known as ‘motorbikes with wings,’ across the largest island on earth. Led by Aboriginal elders Carroll Karpany and Bart Sansbury, the adventurers navigate tough flying conditions and crocodile infested swamps as they journey deep into the spiritual heartland of Australia and connect with a culture thousands of years old. The ultimate Aussie adventure story!

Australia 




Sunday July 2, 2017 12:00 - 13:30
Ballroom 1 Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman

12:30

Step One
Uninspired by the limitations of her daily routine, a visually impaired artist seeks inspiration from the dangerous and beautiful world outside.

United States 


Sunday July 2, 2017 12:30 - 12:45
Ballroom 2 Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman

12:30

Filmmaker Workshop with Lee Chambers

Film Production Workshop by Lee Chambers: The Action Starts At Cut: A Humorous Look At The Film Industry”. 

Described as an educational and inspiring two-hour interactive performance, the workshop is done in a stand-up format, and offers a hilarious look behind the scenes of working on films in the industry. Topics such as How to Break Into The Film Business, Producing and Directing Tips, Balancing the Business with the Art and Life on Set, War Stories and Movie Stars will be explored and attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions.

“The Pineville Heist” is an action crime mystery that follows a high school teen who stumbles into the aftermath of a bank robbery gone wrong and finds himself locked inside his school trying to keep himself and his teacher alive as one of the psychotic robbers hunts them down. The film was released in 2016 and has been shown at over 30 film festivals worldwide. 

“We are thrilled to have someone of Lee’s calibre agree to join us for CayFilm 2017. Aspiring filmmakers can sometimes have an unrealistic idea of what it’s really like to work on the set of a film but Lee’s workshop will definitely clear up any misconceptions. I would encourage anyone with an interest in the film industry to attend this workshop and get the real scoop,” said Festival Director Tony Mark.

Chambers graduated from the Leeds Metropolitan University Film Program in the United Kingdom and has worked on television shows for the BBC and feature films for Miramax. He has spent over a decade teaching producing and directing courses in Ontario, Canada.


Speakers
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Lee Chambers

Director/Producer
LEE CHAMBERS, a film production graduate from Leeds Metropolitan University in the UK, has worked in England and Los Angeles writing and directing drama shorts, music videos and commercials. He produced and directed a series of film under his Make It Short Film Project banner tha... Read More →



Sunday July 2, 2017 12:30 - 14:30
Rembro Room Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman

12:45

Split Ticket
In 1947, newly-minted congressmen/future presidents John F. Kennedy, age 29, and Richard Nixon, age 34, travel to Pennsylvania where they must make a fateful decision. A supernatural drama based on true events.

United States 

Moderators
avatar for Tonie Chisholm

Tonie Chisholm

Radio and TV Personality, Former Miss Cayman


Sunday July 2, 2017 12:45 - 13:15
Ballroom 2 Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman

13:00

The Saviour of Dublin City

LOGLINE 
A young boy's journey to get the superpower that will stop his parents' fighting.

SYNOPSIS 
Mick and Sandra’s arguments are starting to take their toll on little Nathan. A glimmer of hope reveals itself, the Spire monument of Dublin city – a source of unimaginable power, perhaps enough power to stop the fighting. A loud argument at home is the straw that breaks the camel’s back, forcing Nathan to take matters into his own hands. He dons his cape, summons his imaginary sidekick, and sets his sights on the Spire…

Ireland 




Sunday July 2, 2017 13:00 - 13:30
Screening Room 1

13:00

Green & Yellow
Intimate conversations with homeless people in the Caribbean island of Trinidad and Tobago. With Sketch and Yankee.

Trinidad and Tobago 

Moderators
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Kim Evey

Producer/Writer/Actress
Kim Evey is a producer, writer and actor who began her new media career creating and starring in Japanese talk show parody “Gorgeous Tiny Chicken Machine Show” for Sony’s Crackle.com. She brought Felicia Day’s groundbreaking series “The Guild” to the web, working as President of Production for... Read More →


Sunday July 2, 2017 13:00 - 13:45
Screening Room 2

13:15

The Visit
During an encounter with his aging mother, a man is confronted with an unsettling truth about himself.

United States 

Moderators
avatar for Rita Estevanovich

Rita Estevanovich

Film Control Board of the Cayman Islands
Rita Estevanovich has 10 years experience in production and promotion of arts education programmes, national festivals, theatre and cultural preservation programmes for Cayman National Cultural Foundation. She is also a former television reporter for CI Television Network and a former radio host for KISS106.1fm and HOT104.1fm. For the past two decades, she has been involved in the local arts scene as a performer/actor/voice artist. A graduate of University of Central Florida and New York Film Academy, her voice can be heard on local, regional and U.S. market ads for the Cayman Islands. She currently chairs the CI Film Control Board and is working alongside Tony and Jenn Mark to... Read More →


Sunday July 2, 2017 13:15 - 14:00
Ballroom 2 Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman

13:30

Lost Face
Adapted from the Jack London story: A fur thief must think fast to escape the terrible, protracted death that awaits him at the hands of the native tribe he had helped enslave.

Canada 


Sunday July 2, 2017 13:30 - 14:00
Screening Room 1

13:30

Snow Queen Animated Film Series # 3 (Caribbean Premiere)
The rare gift of getting into all kinds of trouble is their family trait. What else can you expect from the ones raised among trolls in snowy lands? But now Kai and Gerda have grown up and entered a new stage - this time they are going to cause a global disaster...

Russia 


Sunday July 2, 2017 13:30 - 15:00
Ballroom 3 Ritz- Carlton Grand Cayman

13:30

Paris Tower 13
Paris 2013 : a building bound for destruction became home of the biggest street art exhibition ever conceived. 
Paris Tower 13 is an immersion in the process of radical art creation, with the exclusive testimonies of the artists who made it happen.

France 


Sunday July 2, 2017 13:30 - 15:00
Ballroom 1 Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman

13:45

Subterranean Love (Ileana & Paul)
Follow-up to previous Subterranean Love. Older man (60s) and younger woman (40s) have platonic dates. He wants more. He's divorced. She has a troubled past with problems in relationships. Events bring them together, but doesn't turn out what they expect.

United States 

Moderators
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Cassandra Shea

Prior to joining NGCI as their Events Coordinator, Cassandra worked as a commercial sub agent in California through the boutique agency Trio Talent Agency. During this time, she also produced and wrote multiple film and television projects through the production company BGBA Media Group, which she co-owned. Graduating from St. Ignatius High School in Grand Cayman, Cassandra holds a BFA in Film from the New York Film Academy in Los Angeles and teaching diplomas in English Literature and... Read More →


Sunday July 2, 2017 13:45 - 14:30
Screening Room 2

14:00

World Premiere of Nikki's Voice by Local Filmmaker Grace Ruby
A documentary about the first team in the Cayman Islands to be an assisted racing duo; Nikki Christian and Scott Ruby.

(Local filmmaker)
Cayman Islands

Moderators
avatar for Rita Estevanovich

Rita Estevanovich

Film Control Board of the Cayman Islands
Rita Estevanovich has 10 years experience in production and promotion of arts education programmes, national festivals, theatre and cultural preservation programmes for Cayman National Cultural Foundation. She is also a former television reporter for CI Television Network and a former radio host for KISS106.1fm and HOT104.1fm. For the past two decades, she has been involved in the local arts scene as a performer/actor/voice artist. A graduate of University of Central Florida and New York Film Academy, her voice can be heard on local, regional and U.S. market ads for the Cayman Islands. She currently chairs the CI Film Control Board and is working alongside Tony and Jenn Mark to... Read More →


Sunday July 2, 2017 14:00 - 14:45
Ballroom 2 Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman

14:00

Filming Food with Producers Calia Brencsons-Van Dyk and Peter Stein
Join us for an engaging conversation with Emmy and James Beard Award winning producers; Peter Stein and Calia Brencsons-Van Dyk.  Peter and Calia have spent the last twenty years producing award winning productions and have worked with two of the finest talents in the food industry, Jacques Pepin and Martha Stewart.  Spend an hour with the two as they discuss the highlights of their careers, and share their knowledge of producing food and lifestyle programming.  

Speakers
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Calia Brencsons-Van Dyk

Caliativity Productions
Calia Brencsons-Van Dyk’s life has taken her from the Midwest to the East Coast and to Paris, Provence, South Africa, Las Vegas, the San Francisco Bay Area, and New York City. From a family of food lovers and artists, it was natural that Calia would find herself drawn to creative and culinary adventures. Having spent much of her childhood in the south of France, followed by later travels and studies, she speaks French, German, and Danish, and is certified in all three. Her minor in Theatre at Mills College won out over her International Relations major and steered Calia from her intention to pursue law and toward the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and the world of the theatre, where she worked as an actor, writer, and public relations manager. She later spent time in England and France, sponsored by the International Theatre Institute completing a translation of the letters of Catherine the Great to Voltaire. Upon her return to the US, Calia was the Entertainment Chair for the Clinton-Gore campaign in Massachusetts, while working for McKinsey... Read More →
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Peter Stein

Producer
Peter L. Stein (Producer/Director of Jacques Pépin: The Art of Craft) is a Peabody Award-winning documentary maker based in San Francisco, who has produced non-fiction narratives for television, film, theater, museums, and online. During 11 years at PBS station KQED, he created a wide range of documentaries and series for national public television, including the six-hour series Neighborhoods: The Hidden Cities of San Francisco, which garnered a Peabody Award (for... Read More →


Sunday July 2, 2017 14:00 - 15:00
Culinary Studio

14:00

The Cat From Havana
Gato Tuerto is Cuba's most iconic cabaret. Since it first opened its doors 55 years ago, it remains a refuge for Havana's cultured bohemian circles. In its small stage, some of the country's most important musicians, such as Omara Portuondo, Elena Burke, Pablo Milanés, César Portillo de la Luz and Chucho Valdés, have performed. It also served as a scenario for the world's longest bolero session, as recorded on the Guiness Book of Records. The documentary tells the story of cabaret; its inception, creators, artists and famous patrons, like Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Julio Cortázar.

Brazil

Moderators
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Tonie Chisholm

Radio and TV Personality, Former Miss Cayman


Sunday July 2, 2017 14:00 - 16:00
Screening Room 1

14:30

New Neighbors
How far will a Mother go to protect her children?
A 2017 Sundance Official Selection; New Neighbors is a story about a mother and her two sons who move to a new neighborhood, and because of all the killings and assaults on Black lives she is determined to keep her family safe. She takes to the neighborhood with kids in tow. A clever, resourceful, and unique approach to the BLM dialogue.

United States


Sunday July 2, 2017 14:30 - 14:45
Screening Room 2

14:30

Lying, Cheating & Stealing Your Way to an Honest Movie, and Why Your B-Roll Sucks with Jeff Consiglio
Join multiple award-winning filmmaker Jeff Consiglio as he breaks down what makes an Oscar-winning film tick, and mutates your understanding of filmmaking fundamentals. 



Artists
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Jeff Consiglio

Producer/Editor
Jeff Consiglio is the Editor of the Academy Award-Winning documentary short film INOCENTE and producer/editor of the SXSW Award-Winning documentary feature film TWINSTERS. He presents his original seminar titled Lying & Stealing, the Art of Honest Storytelling.



Sunday July 2, 2017 14:30 - 16:00
Rembro Room Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman

14:45

Silence
A sensuous portrait of a young musician who begins to tackle the fragility of her own identity when her hearing starts to fade into a seemingly muted existence.

Australia 


Sunday July 2, 2017 14:45 - 15:00
Screening Room 2

14:45

Music Videos
Music Videos:

Blue Eyes
Dan Sulton - Magnetic 
Dimension
I Do Yoga 
Nobles Vibe
Taylor Tote -  Fighter
The Old Man
Try a Little Tenderness
 Who Am I


Sunday July 2, 2017 14:45 - 16:00
Ballroom 2 Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman

15:00

Saba: The Unspoiled Queen
Can you imagine how far we could go if everyone came together to protect our natural world? Saba: The Unspoiled Queen shows that when a community comes together to protect their home, anything can be done. 
Come along as we meet local Sabans whose keen understanding of the natural world combined with their passion for their home has, and will, continue to preserve their natural treasures in a time where climate change threatens everything they stand for.

United States 


Sunday July 2, 2017 15:00 - 15:30
Screening Room 2

15:00

All the Marbles
In a magical world where marbles are as precious as gold, a timid boy named Jamison wins the most valuable marble of them all. When a villainous bully named Wolf decides to snatch his favorite marble, the boy challenges him to an epic match that could cost him much more than he expected.

United States 


Sunday July 2, 2017 15:00 - 15:30
Ballroom 1 Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman

15:00

Meet the QuadSquad!
See some films and do a Q&A with Internet and YouTube sensation family, The QuadSquad! 

Cayman Islands 


Sunday July 2, 2017 15:00 - 16:00
Ballroom 3 Ritz- Carlton Grand Cayman

15:00

Ronny Bodean Short Film with Wes Studi
Suffering from a mean hangover, a larger-than-life outlaw struggles to babysit his jailed neighbor's precocious kids.

Artists
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Wes Studi

Actor/Teacher
Wes Studi Edit Profile From small-town Oklahoma native to internationally acclaimed actor and musician, Wes Studi credits his passion and multi-faceted background for his powerful character portrayals that forever changed a Hollywood stereotype. Drawing from his rich life experience, Wes moved audiences with unforgettable performances in... Read More →


Sunday July 2, 2017 15:00 - 16:00
Culinary Studio

15:30

The Tibetan Girl
Our film portray the purity and religious piety of Drolma who comes from Sichuan, China, along with her happiness and sadness, are presented to reveal the conflicting nature of Tibetans’ beliefs and traditions in the face of modern urban civilization.

China 


Sunday July 2, 2017 15:30 - 16:00
Ballroom 1 Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman

15:30

Lonely Souls of Microbes
A person is constantly changing in every moment of their life, and yet remains the same. No matter how lucky, young, or even in love we are, we bear our loneliness inside at all times. There is no escaping from it. It's lingering around during drunken parties in the dorms... Watching us... even when we are not in our own bed. 
The main character of this movie meets a girl who completely turns his world upside down as he is just beginning to learn how to find his inner peace. Her deliberate loneliness is a reassured protection from all the pain, lost hopes and disappointments. Not quite a love story, but more than just a story of someone's life! 
- Do you feel lonesome with me? - Of course.

Russia 


Sunday July 2, 2017 15:30 - 16:00
Screening Room 2

16:00

Underwater Short Film Selection
A selection of Underwater Films:

Behind the Mask 4min
We feel blessed to be able to follow our passion; meeting inspiring people, seeing unique places and getting to interact with the animals of our beautiful planet. We shall never forget that this is the only one we have.

Cayman Up Close 2 min
A short film highlighting the beauty of coral reefs and the importance of protecting them.
(Cayman Islands)

Dive into the Dark 8 min
Exploring Cayman at night
(Cayman Islands)

Dive One 4 min
A love story about a diver and the ocean, Dive One uses wildlife imagery and music to illustrate the evolution of emotions experienced by a first-time SCUBA diver.
(United States)

Dive to be Alive  5 min
 'Diving keeps you alive, and you don't become a zombie in the mind controlled world in which we live in.' claims Hayward Coleman, the 70 years old yogi master.

Sunday July 2, 2017 16:00 - 16:30
Ballroom 1 Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman

16:00

Reversed Destiny
An African-American boy and an old Caucasian man meet by chance, and the boy feels a strong relationship with him from a past life because they have "Reversed Destiny".

Japan 


Sunday July 2, 2017 16:00 - 16:30
Screening Room 2

16:00

One-on-One with Producer Gary Lucchesi (President, Lakeshore Entertainment, Producers Guild of America)
Moderators
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Kim Evey

Producer/Writer/Actress
Kim Evey is a producer, writer and actor who began her new media career creating and starring in Japanese talk show parody “Gorgeous Tiny Chicken Machine Show” for Sony’s Crackle.com. She brought Felicia Day’s groundbreaking series “The Guild” to the web, working as President of Production for... Read More →

Artists
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Gary Lucchesi

Producer and President of Lakeshore Entertainment, Lakeshore Entertainment
Gary Lucchesi (Producer) serves as President of Lakeshore Entertainment, an independent film company based in Los Angeles. He also serves as the President of the Producer’s Guild of America. Lucchesi executive-produced MILLION DOLLAR BABY, which won the Oscar for Best picture of 2004. The first movie he produced was PRIMAL FEAR, and he has produced many other notable hits since, including THE LINCOLN LAWYER with Matthew McConaughey and Marisa Tomei, the UNDERWORLD franchise, THE UGLY TRUTH, and the CRANK franchise. In the past year he has produced THE AGE OF ADALINE and THE BOY. Other credits include box office smash THE EXORCISM OF EMILY ROSE, THE GIFT (starring Cate Blanchett, Katie Holmes, Greg Kinnear, Hilary Swank and Giovanni Ribisi) and three Philip Roth novels... Read More →


Sunday July 2, 2017 16:00 - 17:30
Rembro Room Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman

16:00

Out of State (International Premiere) with Director and Editor in Attendance
A story of outcasts – native Hawaiian prisoners shipped 3,000 miles across the ocean to a private prison in the Arizona desert. Unexpectedly, a lifer teaches two criminals their native dances and culture, which fuel their lives back home upon release.

United States 

Moderators
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Rita Estevanovich

Film Control Board of the Cayman Islands
Rita Estevanovich has 10 years experience in production and promotion of arts education programmes, national festivals, theatre and cultural preservation programmes for Cayman National Cultural Foundation. She is also a former television reporter for CI Television Network and a former radio host for KISS106.1fm and HOT104.1fm. For the past two decades, she has been involved in the local arts scene as a performer/actor/voice artist. A graduate of University of Central Florida and New York Film Academy, her voice can be heard on local, regional and U.S. market ads for the Cayman Islands. She currently chairs the CI Film Control Board and is working alongside Tony and Jenn Mark to... Read More →

Artists
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Ciara Lacy

Director/Producer
Director and Producer Ciara Lacy is a native Hawaiian filmmaker whose interest lies in crafting films that use strong characters, and investigative journalism to challenge the creative and political status quo. She has produced documentary content for film and television, managed independent features, as well as coordinated product placement and clearances for various platforms. Her work has shown in theaters and has aired on PBS, ABC... Read More →
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Jeff Consiglio

Producer/Editor
Jeff Consiglio is the Editor of the Academy Award-Winning documentary short film INOCENTE and producer/editor of the SXSW Award-Winning documentary feature film TWINSTERS. He presents his original seminar titled Lying & Stealing, the Art of Honest Storytelling.


Sunday July 2, 2017 16:00 - 18:00
Ballroom 3 Ritz- Carlton Grand Cayman

16:00

Rama Rama Re
‘Rama Rama Re…’ is a Kannada cinema directed by D. Sathya Prakash, which unveils the significance, strength and nuances of human bondages underneath the philosophy of birth and death, fear and rage, security and insecurity, fate and destiny. The plot revolves around the story of a convict on death row, who escapes from prison and accidentally ends up with a veteran who is called upon by the authorities to teach the process of hanging a convict to the new staff. It describes the journey of varied characters in a jeep with a flavor of humor and sarcasm.

India 


Sunday July 2, 2017 16:00 - 18:00
Screening Room 1

16:00

The Pineville Heist
A high school teen stumbles into the aftermath of a bank robbery gone wrong and finds himself locked inside his school trying to keep himself, and his teacher, alive as one of the psychotic robbers hunts them down.

United States 

Moderators
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Cassandra Shea

Prior to joining NGCI as their Events Coordinator, Cassandra worked as a commercial sub agent in California through the boutique agency Trio Talent Agency. During this time, she also produced and wrote multiple film and television projects through the production company BGBA Media Group, which she co-owned. Graduating from St. Ignatius High School in Grand Cayman, Cassandra holds a BFA in Film from the New York Film Academy in Los Angeles and teaching diplomas in English Literature and... Read More →

Speakers
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Lee Chambers

Director/Producer
LEE CHAMBERS, a film production graduate from Leeds Metropolitan University in the UK, has worked in England and Los Angeles writing and directing drama shorts, music videos and commercials. He produced and directed a series of film under his Make It Short Film Project banner tha... Read More →



Sunday July 2, 2017 16:00 - 18:00
Ballroom 2 Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman

16:30

Three the Movie
3 is everything in this movie. 3 and its multiples. Archaic, spiritual, transcendent numbers. 3, 6, 9. Carriers of wisdom that lead us to the heart of theological monotheisms. 3; the Christian Trinity. 6; the points of the Star of David, the Jewish Star. 9; the Enneagram, the "face of God" in Sufi traditions. 3 boys. 3 stories intertwined in a land, Friuli, which extends along a triple border... The reconstruction of the micro-universe of illegal immigrants in the North-East of Italy. The life, the longing for happiness, the equality of diversity. Predestination and moral choice? There are so many ways to see... The plot leads to philosophical, visionary, surreal dimensions. It is a poetic disenchantment.

Italy 


Sunday July 2, 2017 16:30 - 18:15
Screening Room 2

16:30

A Plastic Ocean

A feature-length adventure documentary that brings to light the consequences of our global disposable lifestyle. We thought we could use plastic once and throw it away with negligible impact to humans and animals. That turns out to be untrue.

Producers Adam Leipzig (March of the Penguins) and Jo Ruxton (BBC Blue Planet) take you through the plastic journey from source to solution. Featuring legendary broadcaster Sir David Attenborough and world renowned oceanographer, Dr. Sylvia Earle. This film has potential to make great contributions to the way viewers begin to engage in behaviourial change in their own lives and families. For even greater impact, our campaign will support a core subset to become advocates for this issue - going beyond their own homes and motivating others in their workplaces, schools, and communities to create an ongoing ripple effect from the film.

A Plastic Ocean is an epic global adventure following a documentary filmmaker and a world record free-diver as they travel the earth discovering the shocking impact plastic is having on our oceans and the marine animals that live there. The film investigates how our addiction to plastic is impacting the food chain and how that is effecting every one of us through new and developing human health problems. The expedition leads the two adventurers to unusual scientific discoveries, heart-breaking truths and important solutions to one of the biggest problems confronting mankind.

During its four-year production period, A Plastic Ocean was filmed in 20 locations around the world in beautiful and chilling detail to document the global effects of plastic pollution–and introduce workable technology and policy solutions that can, if implemented in time, change things for the better. 

Cayman Islands 



Sunday July 2, 2017 16:30 - 18:30
Ballroom 1 Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman

17:30

Force Blue Documentary and Q&A

FORCE BLUE is a new nonprofit 501(c)(3) initiative that seeks to unite the community of Special Operations veterans with the world of marine conservation for the betterment of both. FORCE BLUE gives former combat divers and SOF veterans the chance to experience and explore one of the most critically endangered ecosystems on the planet and to adapt their training and teamwork to aid in its protection.

Help us. Help vets. Help the planet.

https://forceblueteam.org 


Sunday July 2, 2017 17:30 - 19:00
Rembro Room Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman

18:00

The Fourth Kingdom
The Fourth Kingdom is the kingdom of plastics, a redemption center in NY for immigrants and underdogs where the American Dream becomes possible indeed.

Spain 


Sunday July 2, 2017 18:00 - 18:15
Screening Room 1

18:00

Animated Short Films
Titles:

And The Moon Stands Still 11 min
The presence of the moon affects all under its glow. The film explores the lunar cycle and the energies invoked by its radiance. 
(Belarus)

Au Revoir Balthazar 10 min  (Nominated)
A scarecrow, a storm, a broken leg. The resonant sound of a sea shell. Leaving forever.
(Switzerland)

CitiPati 7 min
After being subjected to a cataclysmic meteorite impact, a small dinosaur attempts to battle the horrific aftermath both physically & psychologically. A tale about life, death & rebirth, told from a unique, prehistoric perspective.
(Germany)

Count on Me 4 min
Sara, a 7-year-old girl, loves to dance and draw. One bad day she suffers an attack and they take her to the hospital. Through her drawings, which come to life thanks to her imagination, we will witness her exciting but harsh history.
(Spain)

Green Light 16 min
With the ecosystem destroyed after a nuclear war, Mari, a survivor, does all she can to rebuild. When she stumbles upon a robot soldier in an abandoned city, everything changes.
(Korea) 

Heaven Kid 12 min
ToTo by accident opened a device that transformed a chessboard into a Space Door. So, he and Ahya could become anything they wanted, going anywhere they wished. They fought with each other while playing out many different roles. This means they would be locked within, unable to escape. HeavenKid used his magic to awaken them teaching them the book Di-Zi-Gui. Finally, they having learnt their wrongs, corrected their ways, averting the crisis.
(Taiwan)

In Exile 11min
In Exile is the story of a boy who lives with his grandmother in an Eastern European village. His parents are both working abroad, so the boy is left to his own devices. He fills his time by playing in an abandoned shed on the river bank. Inside the shed he toils away at a mysterious project - a powerful ‘flying machine’ that would take him to his parents. This project keeps him going, until one day he makes an unexpected friend who needs his care and protection. So the boy has to choose between his all consuming dream of re-uniting with his parents or taking care of another living soul.
(Germany)

Stars 5 min  (Nominated)
Grandpa and grandson street sellers sell stars in a town near the shore. One night, they run out of the stars…
(United States)

Vienna Table Trip 2 min  (Nominated)
An animated whirlwind cinematic tour through Vienna staged with cups, saucers, plates, knives, forks, local specialties and products interspersed with different dimensions of Vienna’s contemporary urban life. Using stop-motion animation, Virgil Widrich’s team made 55,000 photos over five days to produce 2.7 terabytes of data. "We would have had enough material in the end to produce a 38-minute film taking a playing speed of 24 images per second", he says. It took weeks of work to compress the message into the film’s present length. You do not need to leave a Viennese coffee table to travel through the whole city! 
(Austria)

White Tunnel 22 Min (Nominated)
There is an April day with inconsistent weather. A taxi driver, four passengers, sisters and brother are going to visit their mother. As strangers. Chaos is in silence, in their minds, on the road…
(Taiwan)


 

Sunday July 2, 2017 18:00 - 20:00
Ballroom 3 Ritz- Carlton Grand Cayman

18:00

Big Bear

Joe goes up to Big Bear to tell his three buddies (Adam Brody, Tyler Labine and Zachary Knighton) that his wedding is off, and thus so is his bachelor party. So they do what any good friends would; they throw darts at his head until he spills the whole truth. When Joe admits that his fiancé is in love with some other Dude they insist that what he needs is to stay the course and party, like a bachelor. It’s the next day that things really take a turn when Joe finds that his friends have kidnapped the Dude and now he’s tied up in the basement. 

Adam Brody, Tyler Labine and Zachary Knighton all grew mustaches for the film, some came in better than others! 

United States 


Moderators
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Rita Estevanovich

Film Control Board of the Cayman Islands
Rita Estevanovich has 10 years experience in production and promotion of arts education programmes, national festivals, theatre and cultural preservation programmes for Cayman National Cultural Foundation. She is also a former television reporter for CI Television Network and a former radio host for KISS106.1fm and HOT104.1fm. For the past two decades, she has been involved in the local arts scene as a performer/actor/voice artist. A graduate of University of Central Florida and New York Film Academy, her voice can be heard on local, regional and U.S. market ads for the Cayman Islands. She currently chairs the CI Film Control Board and is working alongside Tony and Jenn Mark to... Read More →


Sunday July 2, 2017 18:00 - 20:00
Ballroom 2 Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman

18:15

SHERO

Shero is a story of an imperfect female superhero trying to save a very imperfect world. 
A former super model, (named Elizabeth Jones), has been granted powers beyond those of mere mortals. However, the price tag for those powers have caused her to stop before she's barely started. The social media obsessed world we live in can be a cruel and sometimes ignorant place. Elizabeth Jones wants no part of it. 
Watch as she is put to the test in a one-on-one interview with a high powered reporter. Elizabeth tries to explain the unexplainable. The interview turns to the worst and what happens at the end…

…SHERO…I warned everyone...

United States 



Sunday July 2, 2017 18:15 - 18:30
Screening Room 1

18:15

Under the Rose
Sara, Oliver and Julia's daughter, suddenly disappears. Days pass by without any news about the girl. But one morning, the family receives a letter from someone who claims to have retained Sara and wants to talk with them that night.

Spain 


Sunday July 2, 2017 18:15 - 20:00
Screening Room 2

18:30

Metamorphosis - The Great Transformation

Learn all the details of what really happens when a caterpillar transforms into a butterfly. From egg to caterpillar to chrysalis to butterfly, this is an incredible look at their journey, as told by the QuadSquad kids.

Cayman Islands 



Sunday July 2, 2017 18:30 - 18:45
Screening Room 1

18:30

My One and Only
A beautiful woman, a married man and a stalker. A love triangle of obsession, played out in our world of constant communication.

Brazil 


Sunday July 2, 2017 18:30 - 20:00
Ballroom 1 Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman

18:45

Haka and Guitars
During the Pacific’s most bloody Civil War, the New Zealand Army found a way to achieve peace without guns and violence. Through the powerful influence of women and multiculturalism 'Haka and Guitars' shows the world there is a way to achieve peace in our time. Fiona Cassidy (NgatiKuri, Te Aupouri, Te Rarawa) – a former Major in the New Zealand Army – returns to Bougainville to reflect on ‘Operation Belisi’, modern history’s most successful peacekeeping mission.

New Zealand 


Sunday July 2, 2017 18:45 - 19:45
Screening Room 1

19:00

Dinner with the Celebrity Guests and Eric Ripert at Blue. Tickets For This Event Sold Separately

FOOD, FASHION AND FILM DINNER AT BLUE BY ERIC RIPERT

This elegant four-course, wine-pairing experience will feature cuisine personally prepared and presented by Chef Eric Ripert, who, along with CayFilm celebrities and Hollywood industry professionals, will provide the ultimate epicurean adventure. 

CI $325 per person. For reservations, please call (345) 815-6912.


Moderators
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Eric Ripert

Celebrity Chef
Born in Antibes, Eric Ripert is grateful for his early exposure to cuisine. His family instilled their own passion for food in the young Ripert, and at the age of 15 he left home to attend culinary school in Perpignan. At 17, he moved to Paris and cooked at the legendary La Tour... Read More →


Sunday July 2, 2017 19:00 - 22:00
Blue Restaurant

19:45

Bad Frank
Frank Pierce leads a seemingly normal life, but when a disturbing past reemerges & something precious is taken from him, his mask of sanity loosens & unearths the urge to be violent once again.

United States 


Sunday July 2, 2017 19:45 - 22:00
Screening Room 1

20:00

It Happened Again Last Night
Paige must choose between love and fear before she has no choices left to make.

United States 


Sunday July 2, 2017 20:00 - 20:15
Screening Room 2

20:00

World Premiere of Award Winning Filmmaker Erin Derham's Short Film "Blue Air" with Q&A

Blue Air is a narrative short film about a young mother and her daughter who gain strength and inspiration from the great outdoors.

Written by Erin Derham and Paul Schattel

http://www.blueairfilm.com

United States 

Moderators
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Cassandra Shea

Prior to joining NGCI as their Events Coordinator, Cassandra worked as a commercial sub agent in California through the boutique agency Trio Talent Agency. During this time, she also produced and wrote multiple film and television projects through the production company BGBA Media Group, which she co-owned. Graduating from St. Ignatius High School in Grand Cayman, Cassandra holds a BFA in Film from the New York Film Academy in Los Angeles and teaching diplomas in English Literature and... Read More →

Sunday July 2, 2017 20:00 - 21:00
Ballroom 3 Ritz- Carlton Grand Cayman

20:00

D-Love
Stefania has been working a job that she doesn’t like for a couple of years now…Her husband Dan hasn’t been working a job for a couple of years… 
After they just landed to the Los Angeles airport, coming back from Europe, after having one of the worst days of their lives, Stefania is approached by a vagabond Ditlev Dharmakaya who is asking them for a ride to one of the busiest freeways in LA. She doesn’t want to have anything to do with a vagabond / homeless – but her husband Dan decides to take him home with them. How will this affect the couple? The film is being told through Stefania’s eyes and it takes us on a three day journey. 

United States 

Moderators
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Tonie Chisholm

Radio and TV Personality, Former Miss Cayman


Sunday July 2, 2017 20:00 - 22:00
Ballroom 1 Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman

20:00

The Orchard
Brash Los Angeles talent agent Max Roth unexpectedly inherits a small peach orchard from an eccentric Aunt – in Canada. Max travels to British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley expecting to make a quick sale to foreign developers and move on. His life changes as he becomes enchanted with the countryside, the old house, and a firebrand activist named Olive, who is hell-bent on stopping the sale.

Canada 

Moderators
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Greg Benson

Comedian
With more than 500 million video views, and 1.7 million subscribers across his channels, Greg Benson of MediocreFilms is one of YouTube's most popular comedians.  He's known worldwide as "the guy who likes to have fun" and has scored numerous viral video hits with his outrageous pranks, comedy sketches, music videos, and web series. Greg also directed the popular series "The Guild," "Gorgeous Tiny Chicken Machine Show" and "Retarded Policeman", has created prank series for Official... Read More →


Sunday July 2, 2017 20:00 - 22:00
Ballroom 2 Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman

20:15

Vici
A young woman looks to overcome her haunting past through the means of a boxing match.

United States 


Sunday July 2, 2017 20:15 - 20:45
Screening Room 2

20:45

Twin Stars
Can and Cihan are identical twins. They live in Büyükada-Prince Island with their family. First, we see the period when they are 10-years old; Can is more emotional and feverish, while Cihan is more even-tempered and dominant. At night their family send them to get some quell water from a quell a bit further away from their house. Leaving their plastic cans by the quell, they start counting the stars in the grass area behind the quell and they choose two of the brightest stars of all, and imagine them as their own universes. They give the names Castor and Pollux to these two stars just like in the story their granny used to tell. Castor is Cihan’s, and Pollux Can’s. On another night, when the weather is very cloudy, they fail to find Pollux, which is one of the brightest stars. The same night, Can’s plastic can has been stolen by the quell, and Can is very disappointed. Cihan hugs his brother. 
33 years have passed by. After their parents getting divorced, Can has been given to their father, and Cihan to their mother. Due to their nervous mother forbidding them to see each other, the brothers haven’t been able to come together for many years. Cihan lives abroad. Can is living in Istanbul with his dad. Having heard about the death of his father, Cihan returns back to his dad’s house after years. More than being concerned about his father’s death, he is enthusiastic about meeting his brother after such a long time. The come-together is filled with emotions. In the morning While Cihan walking on a crowded street a man in his thirties is walking towards him. Drawing Cihan towards the side of the street, the young man whispers something about their lovemaking. The man thinks that Cihan is in fact Can. Cihan is in shock but doesn’t reveal the fact that he is in fact Can’s twin. After that moment, he starts an introspective questioning. Can is gay and Cihan otherizes him. Cihan behaves in a very distanced way towards Can. Can doesn’t know what this is supposed to mean. Two brothers sit in the garden. Cihan is quiet. Can assumes it’s due to the psychological effect of the funeral. Cihan only tells his brother that the pattern on the couch they are sitting on is very ugly and that it would have been nicer if it was a straight fabric instead. Becoming puzzled, Can doesn’t even respond.  
The next day Cihan goes out. He goes nearby his childhood’s quell. The quell doesn’t work anymore. It is getting quite dark. Cihan walks around the Old Greek Orphanage and becomes sad. While returning home he sees lost blue can of childhood in a junkman’s handbarrow. Cihan is at home at night. He sits on the sofa with the tartan pattern. He starts watching the sky. While Can is serving the coffee, Cihan tells him to sit next to him. He shows Castor with the tip of his finger. He asks his brother to find the other one. After checking for a while, Can finds Pollux. He rejoices just like a child. Can cannot make sense of his brother’s warm attitude just as he wasn’t able to make sense of his brother’s hostile attitude the day before. He lives an outburst of emotions. Leaning towards his brother Cihan whispers these words: You know what, actually this tarten pattern on this couch is in fact not that bad at all...

Turkey 


Sunday July 2, 2017 20:45 - 21:00
Screening Room 2

21:00

PADDLIN' SPIRIT a portrait of the artist Laura Facey
Paddlin’ Spirit is a short documentary film about the controversial jamaican artist Laura Facey, whose work explores the indescribable cruelty of slavery but also the resilient nature of the human being. Loved and hated in equal parts in her country of origin due to the the explicitness of her work, Laura Facey stands out for her denounce of the women ́s abuse and her own process of healing from her traumatic experiences.

Jamaica 


Sunday July 2, 2017 21:00 - 21:30
Screening Room 2

21:00

Hotel and Reunion - 2 Films from Local Filmmaker Trevor Murphy
Moderators
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Cassandra Shea

Prior to joining NGCI as their Events Coordinator, Cassandra worked as a commercial sub agent in California through the boutique agency Trio Talent Agency. During this time, she also produced and wrote multiple film and television projects through the production company BGBA Media Group, which she co-owned. Graduating from St. Ignatius High School in Grand Cayman, Cassandra holds a BFA in Film from the New York Film Academy in Los Angeles and teaching diplomas in English Literature and... Read More →

Sunday July 2, 2017 21:00 - 22:15
Ballroom 3 Ritz- Carlton Grand Cayman

21:30

Steppe Man
One steppe man is living far from the cities closely communicating with the nature. His father teaches him all wisdom of the steppe life. After his father's death he met with the young woman who came from the village. Meeting with her is a new page in his life and a huge step into the big, and unfamiliar, life ahead...

Azerbaijan 


Sunday July 2, 2017 21:30 - 23:00
Screening Room 2
 
Monday, July 3
 

10:00

Amor, Vale!
A distraught man goes to the edge of sanity to reclaim his family.

United States 


Monday July 3, 2017 10:00 - 10:15
Screening Room 1

10:00

The Northern Lights - A Magic Experience

The 25 minute documentary takes you on a breathtaking journey through space. By using pedagogic top-quality animations and spectacular solar imagery from NASA satellites it tells the full story of the northern lights from myth to science. The film is packed with interesting historical anecdotes and includes tips about how to take your own stunning aurora photos.

It includes some of the world’s best photography and time lapse sequences of the northern lights. The film also contains brand new - never seen before -  graphics and animations specially made for this documentary. In particular how the particles form the Sun run along Earths magnetic field - colliding with atoms - exciting them to emit light. 

Norway 



Monday July 3, 2017 10:00 - 10:30
Ballroom 3 Ritz- Carlton Grand Cayman

10:00

The Simon's Way
Since 1993 the border between Armenia and Turkey is closed. The countries have no diplomatic relations, road and rail links, whereupon there are almost no economic relations. But on the two sides of tightly closed borders there are relatives living, who manage to communicate with each other only with help of writings on the big pieces of paper and looking at each other through binoculars. And then, another day he gets a message to come to the other side urgently, old grandfather is dying and wants to pass him something. 
There are only 300 meters of the gorge tearing them apart, but to pass that 300 meters Simon has to overcome almost 11 000 kilometers . 
This is tragicomic story about the influence of politics on human destinies. 

Armenia 


Monday July 3, 2017 10:00 - 10:30
Screening Room 2

10:00

A Small Step for a Man, a Giant Smile for Mankind
The pupils of Bičevje Primary School in Slovenia discuss the contributions of individuals to a better world. They emphasize the role models of adults, and their impact on young people. They point out some of the sustainable development goals, suggesting that they could be achieved by actions, performed by any individual, no matter how old he or she is.

Slovenia 

Moderators
avatar for Rita Estevanovich

Rita Estevanovich

Film Control Board of the Cayman Islands
Rita Estevanovich has 10 years experience in production and promotion of arts education programmes, national festivals, theatre and cultural preservation programmes for Cayman National Cultural Foundation. She is also a former television reporter for CI Television Network and a former radio host for KISS106.1fm and HOT104.1fm. For the past two decades, she has been involved in the local arts scene as a performer/actor/voice artist. A graduate of University of Central Florida and New York Film Academy, her voice can be heard on local, regional and U.S. market ads for the Cayman Islands. She currently chairs the CI Film Control Board and is working alongside Tony and Jenn Mark to... Read More →


Monday July 3, 2017 10:00 - 11:00
Ballroom 2 Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman

10:00

American Masters: Alice Waters and Her Delicious Revolution

Follow Alice Waters (b. April 28, 1944) through a year of seasonal shopping and cooking, and discover both the recipes and vision of an artist and an advocate. She and her now-famous restaurant Chez Panisse became a major force behind the way Americans eat and think about food, launching the explosion of local farmers’ markets and redesigned supermarket produce departments. Distressed by the food she saw in public schools, Waters started an organic garden with an integrated curriculum at the Martin Luther King Middle School near her house, an idea inspired by The Garden Project at the San Francisco county jail. The idea of an Edible Schoolyard has now spread across the U.S. – and inspired similar programs worldwide. She is an activist with a flawless palette who has taken her gift for food and turned it into consciousness about the environment and nutrition, and a device for social change. Originally broadcast March 2003. Directed by Doug Hamilton. A production of THIRTEEN PRODUCTIONS LLC’s American Masters for WNET.

 


Monday July 3, 2017 10:00 - 11:00
Ballroom 1 Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman

10:00

Stage Combat with Avital Zeisler
This year at CayFilm we will be treated to a demonstration of film combat by Avital Zeisler who has worked on such shows as "The Americans" and "The Blacklist".


Avital Zeisler is a self-defense expert and motivational speaker. This once professional dancer, who trained at the National Ballet School of Canada, overcame the trauma of an assault, leading her to re-define self-defense for herself, and other women. After studying self-defense in Israel, she began her career as a hand to hand combat instructor, specializing in Krav Maga, the self-defense system of the Israeli Defense Forces. In addition to her street self-defense training, Avital also has a strong foundation in the martial arts. This includes: Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Judo. Avital has had the privilege of working with military personnel, law enforcement and security specialists around the world. Avital’s work and teaching experience covers a wide range of specialized topics including: Close Quarter Civilian Protection, Violence Prevention Tactics, Security Operational Planning & Consulting, and Military Style Athletic Conditioning. In addition to her self-defense instruction, Avital is a certified ACE (American Council of Exercise) personal fitness trainer.

Avital brings a unique and authentic approach to self-defense when taught to women.  Avital strongly endorses the concept that all individuals should have the knowledge to protect themselves. In this regard, she has developed her signature self defense training system known as The Soteria Method.™  Her system brings women a unique and exclusive method of self-defense, fitness and empowerment - as a guide towards living life to it’s fullest, while being armed with the knowledge to defend themselves mentally and physically against a violent threat or attack. The Soteria Method™ offers several types of programs including:  Corporate Seminars, Public Workshops and Community and School Programs.  Avital travels globally to bring her program to women everywhere.

Avital also trains and works with several actors for their roles on popular television shows such as The Blacklist (NBC), The Americans (FX Network), and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.(ABC).

So whether teaching a corporate seminar to executives, introducing a group of high school girls to self defense or sharing her knowledge on The Huffington Post, Avital strongly endorses the concept that women take charge of their safety; thus affording women the ability to live and protect their best life. She lives her life as a testament to her belief that trauma can be overcome in a positive and meaningful way.


Artists
avatar for Avital Zeisler

Avital Zeisler

Fight Choreographer
Avital Zeisler is a world-renowned hand-to-hand combat expert, author, motivational speaker and creator of The Soteria Method™ ; a unique practice of self-defense, fitness and self-discovery that has transformed the lives of women from all walks of life. This includes everyone from Hollywood actresses like Amanda Seyfried and Keri Russell to corporate executives, to those struggling to overcome trauma (including violence and sexual assault). Originally a professional dancer trained at The National Ballet School of Canada, she began her exploration of self-defense to overcome the trauma associated with experiencing violence and sexual assault. Her study of Krav Maga and working with military personnel, law enforcement and security specialists from around the world led to her recognition as a globally sought self-defense and personal security consultant. In addition, Avital has... Read More →



Monday July 3, 2017 10:00 - 11:30
Rembro Room Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman

10:15

Huevos Rancheros

Lifelong friends, Danny and Marcus, must confront their differences or allow it to finally drive a wedge in their relationship.

Fear of change and the unknown can cripple forward momentum. At the end of the day, hot-button issues debated in public forum affect day to day lives with real consequences

United States 



Monday July 3, 2017 10:15 - 10:45
Screening Room 1

10:30

For One
Two employees of a private bank subtly plan their revenge against a client; a pretentious and unscrupulous man. But things don't go as planned...

France 


Monday July 3, 2017 10:30 - 10:45
Ballroom 3 Ritz- Carlton Grand Cayman

10:30

Testament (World Premiere)
In a world quickly descending into ruin, one man is asked to lead a people's movement he's not even sure he believes in.

United States 


Monday July 3, 2017 10:30 - 12:30
Screening Room 2

10:45

Goes Without Saying
A 1920s style short movie. 1927: Charles meet Marguerite, a beautiful washerwoman. By trying to seduce her, Charles triggers a series of unpredicted events that will separate them. He then finds himself in an unknown world...

France 


Monday July 3, 2017 10:45 - 11:00
Ballroom 3 Ritz- Carlton Grand Cayman

10:45

Songs Of Redemption

Songs Of Redemption is a Jamaican documentary made in the prisons of Kingston.

Songs Of Redemption captures the moving story of redemption and rehabilitation of inmates of the General Penitentiary located in Kingston, Jamaica. The film features riveting interviews and powerful reggae music created, performed, and produced in a unique partnership by inmates and wardens.

Trinidad 


Moderators
avatar for Kim Evey

Kim Evey

Producer/Writer/Actress
Kim Evey is a producer, writer and actor who began her new media career creating and starring in Japanese talk show parody “Gorgeous Tiny Chicken Machine Show” for Sony’s Crackle.com. She brought Felicia Day’s groundbreaking series “The Guild” to the web, working as President of Production for... Read More →


Monday July 3, 2017 10:45 - 12:15
Screening Room 1

11:00

Eden
After a cataclysmic event makes Earth uninhabitable, clones are sent to space to preserve humanity. They are released in groups when Earth is ready to sustain life again, but due to a malfunction a clone girl lands on the planet's evolved surface. Forced to adapt to the forest wilderness on her own, she learns to survive but yearns for human interaction.

United States 


Monday July 3, 2017 11:00 - 11:30
Ballroom 3 Ritz- Carlton Grand Cayman

11:00

Late Blossom Blues
LATE BLOSSOM BLUES tells the story of a 1932-born hard-working poor black man from the Mississippi backwoods who becomes an internationally acclaimed Blues star after he releases his debut album at age 81.

Austria 


Monday July 3, 2017 11:00 - 12:30
Ballroom 2 Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman

11:00

American Masters – Jacques Pépin: The Art of Craft with Producer Peter Stein (James Beard and Peabody Award Winner)
Discover the story of Chef Jacques Pépin (b. December 18, 1935), a young immigrant with movie-star looks, a charming Gallic accent, and a mastery of cooking and teaching so breathtaking he became an early food icon—joining James Beard and Julia Child among the handful of Americans who transformed the way the country views the food world. Not content cooking in French palaces, where he was the personal chef to three French presidents including Charles de Gaulle, Pépin’s American journey took him through the kitchens of Howard Johnson’s, bringing his commitment to great taste, craftsmanship and technique to American popular food. With his landmark cookbooks and television shows, he ushered in a new era in American food culture – a story that continues to unfold. Produced and directed by Peter L. Stein. Executive producer Michael Isip. Co-executive producer Susie Heller. Narrated by Stanley Tucci. A KQED production in association with THIRTEEN’s American Masters for WNET.

Moderators
avatar for Calia Brencsons-Van Dyk

Calia Brencsons-Van Dyk

Caliativity Productions
Calia Brencsons-Van Dyk’s life has taken her from the Midwest to the East Coast and to Paris, Provence, South Africa, Las Vegas, the San Francisco Bay Area, and New York City. From a family of food lovers and artists, it was natural that Calia would find herself drawn to creative and culinary adventures. Having spent much of her childhood in the south of France, followed by later travels and studies, she speaks French, German, and Danish, and is certified in all three. Her minor in Theatre at Mills College won out over her International Relations major and steered Calia from her intention to pursue law and toward the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and the world of the theatre, where she worked as an actor, writer, and public relations manager. She later spent time in England and France, sponsored by the International Theatre Institute completing a translation of the letters of Catherine the Great to Voltaire. Upon her return to the US, Calia was the Entertainment Chair for the Clinton-Gore campaign in Massachusetts, while working for McKinsey... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Peter Stein

Peter Stein

Producer
Peter L. Stein (Producer/Director of Jacques Pépin: The Art of Craft) is a Peabody Award-winning documentary maker based in San Francisco, who has produced non-fiction narratives for television, film, theater, museums, and online. During 11 years at PBS station KQED, he created a wide range of documentaries and series for national public television, including the six-hour series Neighborhoods: The Hidden Cities of San Francisco, which garnered a Peabody Award (for... Read More →


Monday July 3, 2017 11:00 - 12:30
Ballroom 1 Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman

11:00

Penha "Red Carpet Make-up, Cosmetic & Treatment Workshop
IMPORTANT: Registration for the Penha workshop is separate from CayFilm.  There is a fee for this workshop.  A CayFilm pass does not allow access to this event unless the pass holder is registered directly with Penha for the event.


Monday July 3, 2017 11:00 - 12:30
Culinary Studio

11:30

Panjarada Gini
This is a short fiction film, based on a mentally challenged child. The character named in this film ‘SAI’, an eight year old boy, is mentally challenged since birth. Because of which Sai’s parents, instead of schooling him in a special needs school school for his development, kept him at home for eight years. Unaware of the outside world, Sai was leading a painful life. Amidst four walls suffering mentally and physically the days passed. After some days Sai’s dad appointed a Caretaker to look after him. But Sai’s happiness and independence lasted only for a few days. That happiness slowly vanished by the mental and physical torture given to him by the cruel caretaker. One day Sai will go missing because of the carelessness of the caretaker. Later, with the help of someone, Sai will be enrolled in a mentally challenged school. It is six months since he went missing. He was brought up in school like an orphan child and school will be a good for him, and gives him rebirth. In school, his life takes a turning point. With the education, extracurricular activities and sports within six months his brain was developing and he was transforming to a normal child. His parents who were looking for him from 6 months, come to the school where Sai was residing. They were very happy looking at Sai transforming into a normal child within six months. They realized the mistake that they committed by keeping Sai at home amidst four walls. For his bright future, they decided to continue Sai’s schooling in that same school. So, This fiction short film will come to an end by the passing of Sai from the school. 

India 


Monday July 3, 2017 11:30 - 12:15
Ballroom 3 Ritz- Carlton Grand Cayman

12:00

A Workshop with World Famous Photographer Vincent Versace
Spend some time with one of the greatest photographers Vincent Versace as he shares some amazing tips, tricks, techniques and stories. A must attend!

Artists
avatar for Vincent Versace

Vincent Versace

Photographer
Vincent Versace is an internationally recognized pioneer in the art and science of digital photography. His passion for natural light photography manifests not only in his work, but also through his role as a creative and technical leader, contributing to innovative breakthroughs across the entire digital image value chain. Vincent is one of... Read More →


Monday July 3, 2017 12:00 - 14:00
Rembro Room Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman

12:15

Downward Hiro
A troubled man, on a downward spiral after a tragic family loss, gets a call in the middle of the night asking if he’ll come back to work. After a vigorous workout, the only thing which will quiet his mind, he decides to accept the job and return to the world and work he abandoned. But he quickly finds out over the course of the day that his demons are always going to be with him, and “who he is” and “what he does” are forever linked.

United States 


Monday July 3, 2017 12:15 - 12:45
Screening Room 1

12:15

I Go Back Home - Jimmy Scott

I Go Back Home – Jimmy Scott tells the story of jazz legend Jimmy Scott, and disillusioned producer and composer Ralf Kemper who took on the journey to produce an album with the almost-forgotten icon.

Jimmy Scott, friend of Billie Holiday, Charlie Parker and one of the last connections to the golden age of jazz, was described as “perhaps the most unjustly ignored American singer of the 20th century,” by the New York Times.

Personally discontented, Kemper becomes obsessed with the idea of bringing attention to his hero, but it takes a tragedy to put his thoughts into action.

By the time Kemper and Scott meet, Scott is 85 years-old and living in obscurity in Las Vegas. Reliant on his wife and reliant on a wheelchair, Kemper is shocked by Jimmy’s surprisingly bad health condition which puts his dream at risk before it even begins. While Ralf’s problems grow, Jimmy’s bloom more and more.

Ralf gathers some of the most important jazz musicians in the studio in tribute for Scott. Together with many of Scott’s old friends like Quincy Jones, Joe Pesci and James Moody, Kemper pursues his dream. He can’t give up. He spares no expense and reaches the limits of what can be done to capture Jimmy’s unique voice in a race against time.

United States 



Monday July 3, 2017 12:15 - 14:00
Ballroom 3 Ritz- Carlton Grand Cayman

12:30

Ether (starts at 12:40)
A young sculptor moves to a new studio where he finds some old negatives. Upon printing the photos he is mesmerized by eyes of a woman in one of the photos. Then he decides the woman in the pictures…

Iran


Monday July 3, 2017 12:30 - 13:00
Screening Room 1

12:30

Undiscovered Haiti with Jose Andres

Join world-renowned chef José Andrés on an exploration of the most unknown – and some say, the most beautiful – island in the Caribbean. While most Americans know Haiti only through its disasters (earthquake, hurricane, poverty), José explores the UNDISCOVERED HAITI.  As a chef and humanitarian, José is convinced we can change the world through the power of food, and understand a culture by exploring what, when and how its people eat.

 José experiences the authentic traditions and rituals of Haiti, from making cassava bread to midnight gatherings with voodoo priests. He dives deep into Haiti’s natural beauty, taking you to ancient waterfalls and untouched coastlines. He hunts for land crabs and mythical mushrooms in its lush forests, and tastes local specialties on the bustling streets of Port-Au-Prince. We learn the history behind Haiti's incredible historic sites like the Citadel and tour a 150 year-old rum factory.

Friends such as former President Bill Clinton and Chef Mario Batali even join José along the way.

In the spirit of both adventure and exploration, UNDISCOVERED HAITI WITH JOSÉ ANDRÉS follows Jose into the heart of this mysterious island; through it’s unique cuisine we discover the history and culture – and see into the future – of a proud and rarely understood people. 

Spain


Monday July 3, 2017 12:30 - 13:30
Ballroom 1 Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman

12:30

Relocation, Arkansas - Aftermath of Incarceration
In 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, which sent nearly 120,000 Americans of Japanese ancestry, most of them American citizens, to hastily built prison camps. Two of those camps were in America’s Deep South: at Rohwer and Jerome, Arkansas; both rural communities located in the Mississippi River Delta, an undeveloped, depressed, but beautiful, landscape. Paul Takemoto grew up far from Arkansas. His mother and her parents had been arrested and imprisoned in both of the Arkansas camps. Now a grown man, he returns to Arkansas with one thought: how has what happened here made me who I am? Relocation, Arkansas explores the events that forever altered the lives of American citizens and intersected with the American Civil Rights Movement, and mines the irony of prejudice, and the power of reconciliation.

United States 


Monday July 3, 2017 12:30 - 14:00
Ballroom 2 Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman

12:30

The Actor Lives

The actors of Saint Petersburg theatre "Bitkom" were given a camera and one simple task: documenting their surroundings. How does an actor live? Who are they, people capable of controlling viewer’s emotions from a stage? And, if for a viewer, theatre begins with a coat hanger, where does it begin and where does it end for an actor?

The film characters are trying to formulate answers to seemingly simple questions. Attempting to take a look inside themselves, they raise the curtain in front of an audience, allowing a look at what is usually hidden from view. Rehearsals, corporate parties and concerts, movie shoots and music videos, families, children, common everyday joys and sorrows. They’re ordinary people, and yet, so unlike most of us: do they act in their everyday life, or do they live on stage?

Russia 



Monday July 3, 2017 12:30 - 14:00
Screening Room 2

13:00

Meet Local Filmmakers "Pro Island Films" and See Their Newest Films!
Speakers
avatar for Jose Manuel

Jose Manuel

Pro Island Films
Jose Manuel, who is originally from Cuba, works with Pro Island Films in the Cayman Islands. For more than 20 years he has enjoyed a career in the media as a television documentaries director. He also directs short films and music videos. Jose Manuel has been the recipient of awa... Read More →
avatar for Leonardo Rodriguez

Leonardo Rodriguez

Pro Island Films
Leonardo F. Rodriguez has been an independent producer for more than 10 years and is the owner of Pro Island Films based in the Cayman Islands. His work includes television programmes and documentaries of great historical value, as well as music videos for award-winning Hispanic... Read More →


Monday July 3, 2017 13:00 - 14:00
Screening Room 1

13:00

Penha "Red Carpet Make-up, Cosmetic & Treatment Workshop
IMPORTANT: Registration for the Penha workshop is separate from CayFilm.  There is a fee for this workshop.  A CayFilm pass does not allow access to this event unless the pass holder is registered directly with Penha for the event.


Monday July 3, 2017 13:00 - 14:30
Culinary Studio

13:30

American Masters – James Beard: America’s First Foodie

Experience a century of food through the life of one man, James Beard (1903-1985). Dubbed the “Dean of American Cookery” by The New York Times, Beard was a Portland, Ore., native who loved and celebrated the bounty of the Pacific Northwest. He spoke of the importance of localism and sustainability long before those terms had entered the vernacular. At a time of “all things French,” Beard appreciated what America had to bring to the table, and was the first chef to go on television to teach not only women, but men, how to cook. A cookbook author, journalist, television celebrity and teacher, Beard helped to pioneer and expand the food media industry into the billion-dollar business it is today. Written and Directed by Elizabeth Federici. Produced by Elizabeth Federici and Kathleen Squires. A production of Federici Films LLC and THIRTEEN PRODUCTIONS LLC’s American Masters for WNET.

 


Monday July 3, 2017 13:30 - 14:30
Ballroom 1 Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman

14:00

Unmoving Derelict
A documentary about the forgotten call boxes of Washington DC.

United States 


Monday July 3, 2017 14:00 - 14:15
Screening Room 1

14:00

Tyson!
After being abandoned by his mother at the village medical clinic, a young boy spends his days making the best of his new living arrangement. A volunteer nurse takes interest in him and fights local bureaucracies that force patients to stay if they cannot pay their bill. 

Rwanda 


Monday July 3, 2017 14:00 - 14:30
Screening Room 2

14:15

Our Father
The Second World War is experienced through the journey of Private Cole; a dramatic study of the contrasting nature between the innocence of childhood and the reality of war, and the emotional struggle that accompanies it. An odyssey of sorrow, friendship, innocence and adventure set against a canvas of war-torn France.

United Kingdom 


Monday July 3, 2017 14:15 - 14:30
Screening Room 1

14:15

The Business of Show Business with Emmy Award Winner, Calia Brencsons-Van Dyk
  • Calia Brencsons-Van Dyk has worked in the entertainment industry for over 25 years.  During this hands-on workshop she will give you tips and ideas on how to take your project to the next level. 

Artists
avatar for Calia Brencsons-Van Dyk

Calia Brencsons-Van Dyk

Caliativity Productions
Calia Brencsons-Van Dyk’s life has taken her from the Midwest to the East Coast and to Paris, Provence, South Africa, Las Vegas, the San Francisco Bay Area, and New York City. From a family of food lovers and artists, it was natural that Calia would find herself drawn to creative and culinary adventures. Having spent much of her childhood in the south of France, followed by later travels and studies, she speaks French, German, and Danish, and is certified in all three. Her minor in Theatre at Mills College won out over her International Relations major and steered Calia from her intention to pursue law and toward the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and the world of the theatre, where she worked as an actor, writer, and public relations manager. She later spent time in England and France, sponsored by the International Theatre Institute completing a translation of the letters of Catherine the Great to Voltaire. Upon her return to the US, Calia was the Entertainment Chair for the Clinton-Gore campaign in Massachusetts, while working for McKinsey... Read More →


Monday July 3, 2017 14:15 - 15:30
Rembro Room Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman

14:30

Jimbo
Jimbo; sixteen, quiet, and shy, has spent his life cowering in the shadow of his controlling, anarchist, father El Tigron, and his devoted yet delusional lover, Lolli. After their latest heist, Jimbo decides to take charge of his destiny and break free from his father’s prison. It is time to hear Jimbo’s inner rebel yell.

United States 


Monday July 3, 2017 14:30 - 14:45
Screening Room 1

14:30

El Tecolote
El Tecolote is a rural community located amidst the Matehuala desert, in San Luis Potosí state, Mexico. Every year visitors from Mexico, and around the world, come to this place. Along with them, the inhabitants entrust to Saint Isidore the Farmer because, if he allows it, the rain will come to the community to favor the crops and will permit the abundance of peyote, the foreigner’s reason to arrive to The Tecolote. 

Mexico 


Monday July 3, 2017 14:30 - 15:45
Screening Room 2

14:45

This Path
A chance encounter will give Detective Davis and the man she has arrested a hard lesson in cause and effect.

United States 

Moderators
avatar for Tonie Chisholm

Tonie Chisholm

Radio and TV Personality, Former Miss Cayman


Monday July 3, 2017 14:45 - 15:15
Screening Room 1

15:15

Meet Filmmaker Chuck Gloman And Screening 3 of His New Short Films
Meet Chuck Gloman and see his three films:

Inside Out 9 min 
My Dad is a Little Strange  10 min 
My Second Hundred Years 19 min 

United States 


Monday July 3, 2017 15:15 - 16:15
Screening Room 1

15:30

Setting Up Your Business in the Cayman Islands and the Benefits You Receive
Come speak to members of Enterprise City and attorneys from Walkers Global and other who can answer your questions about the benefits of setting up your company here in the Cayman Islands.

Speakers
avatar for Tony Mark

Tony Mark

Festival Director, CayFilm
Tony Mark, is a former Emmy winning video editor as well as a seasoned writer and director for major feature films and hit Hollywood television shows. By way of, but not limited to, his past experience serving on Boards of several film festivals, Tony has developed strong personal relationships and skills, enabling him to bring... Read More →


Monday July 3, 2017 15:30 - 16:30
Rembro Room Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman

15:45

Channelling the Echo
It is the night of Everett & Thurston’s 5 year anniversary dinner and they get into a car wreck, leaving Thurston in a coma. Everett is riddled with guilt and has yet to tell him the words “I love you”. Dr. Abdullah gives Everett an opportunity to dive into Thurston’s subconscious, but it comes at a price.

Australia 


Monday July 3, 2017 15:45 - 16:00
Screening Room 2

16:00

Inner City

'At some point,' Rafael tells Arzu, 'people walk together ... and then their ways part ... each destined to follow the labyrinth of their own inner city ...' 

Arzu, a young girl growing up in contemporary Azerbaijan, falls in love with Rafael, her piano teacher's son, a veteran of the Karabakh War. Twice her age and unable to escape from the ravages of war, Rafael is forced to live on the edge of a society that sees him as a 'cripple.' Arzu, desperate to escape from the same repressive society which confines women to a strict, narrow path, chooses Rafael over her family and friends - but threatened by Arzu's mother, and guided by the wisdom born out of his own brokenness, Rafael makes the supreme sacrifice of love ...

Azerbaijan 



Monday July 3, 2017 16:00 - 18:00
Screening Room 2

16:15

Grief
Wes Donovan, a college freshman, is confronted with the suicide of his high school love, and must face what her actions mean for his future.

United States 


Monday July 3, 2017 16:15 - 16:30
Screening Room 1

16:30

North & Nowhere
A girl, a gun and a last chance.

United States 

Moderators
avatar for Cassandra Shea

Cassandra Shea

Prior to joining NGCI as their Events Coordinator, Cassandra worked as a commercial sub agent in California through the boutique agency Trio Talent Agency. During this time, she also produced and wrote multiple film and television projects through the production company BGBA Media Group, which she co-owned. Graduating from St. Ignatius High School in Grand Cayman, Cassandra holds a BFA in Film from the New York Film Academy in Los Angeles and teaching diplomas in English Literature and... Read More →


Monday July 3, 2017 16:30 - 17:00
Screening Room 1

16:30

Q&A with Three Amazing Local Fashion Designers

Local designers Isy Obi, Olivia B and Kenzie Rose will be bringing their unique styles and fashion flair to the red carpet during the 2017 CayFilm Cayman International Film Festival which takes place from 30 June to 3 July at the Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman. The trio will also be hosting a Q&A session on Monday, 3 July for aspiring fashion designers and people who are interested in the industry. Fashion is one of the new elements of the Festival this year. The event will also focus on food as well as film.

“Film and fashion are two industries that are very interrelated. Apart from the catwalk, the red carpet is the next best place for seeing the latest fashion trends worn by the Who’s Who in the fashion and entertainment worlds,” said Festival Director Tony Mark. “We want to showcase both the artists and their designs at the Festival. The quality of their work speaks for itself and we hope that CayFilm will expose them to a new, international and local clientele.”

The Isy B brand was founded by Isy Obi, and embodies the ease, glamour and understated refinement of modern island style. It is inspired by a love of contemporary design forms, a passion for all beautiful things, and the rich cultural diversity and uniquely cosmopolitan lifestyle of the Cayman Islands. Obi won the Designer of the Year award at Phoenix Fashion Week in 2016, and says she lives her dream every day, translating her passion for life, and her love for fashion into designing vibrant collections that make women feel special.

Olivia B first stepped onto the scene as a designer in 2014 at the Fashion At Heart Red Dress event in Grand Cayman, and in 2015 debuted her very first collection at Allure Fashion Weekend which was met with overwhelming support. Her second ready-to-wear collection ‘Parallel’, hit the runway at Cayman Islands Fashion Week in April 2016, which was another success. Recently, Olivia was selected by COSME (Caribbean Overseas Small to Medium Enterprise funded by the EU) to attend the 8th Annual BVI Summer Sizzle as an emerging designer from the Overseas Countries and Territories (OCT) and showcased at Nolcha Shows New York Fashion Week as an upcoming designer to watch.

K.Rose Cayman Islands is a fashion design house based out of George Town, Grand Cayman, which was launched in the spring of 2015.Founder and head designer Kenzie Rose has been sewing and designing since childhood;Her current collection for this season is titled “Gemini”, and explores the two very different sides of her design esthetic in honor of her 30th birthday this year. On top of showing this collection at CayFilm 2017; she will be showing at BVI Summer Sizzle 2017, Tortola, British Virgin Islands in July. She also hopes to present a future showing of her designs to fundraise and bring awareness to burn treatment, and a future burn survivors network locally. 


Moderators
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Vicki Wheaton

Comedian
Vicki Wheaton is one of the Cayman Islands' foremost entertainers, emcees and auctioneers. Originally from the UK, she has spent most of her life on the stage as a singer, comedienne and host of premier charity events. She has worked with Bill and Giuliana Rancic, Hoda Kotb and Joan Lunden; emceed a private dinner for Sir Richard Branson; and has interviewed such noted celebrities as Al Pacino, Jamie Lee Curtis, Josh Groban, Cynthia Nixon and Lionel Richie. When not performing, she is the editor... Read More →

Artists
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Isy B

Fashion Designer
Isy B. is the award-winning Caribbean fashion brand from the Cayman Islands creating versatile and joyful modern collections infused with an exciting tropical twist. Its effortlessly elegant designs draw on the colors, laid-back luxury, and the good life of the Caribbean, resulting in timeless pieces that are bursting with feel good... Read More →
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Kenzie Rose

Fashion Designer
K.Rose Cayman Islands is a fashion design house based out of George Town, Grand Cayman, which was launched in the spring of 2015. Founder and head designer Kenzie Rose has been sewing and designing since childhood; “Growing up, I was always picking up my mom’s fabric, wrapping it around myself or my sister and pinning it into... Read More →
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Olivia B

Fashion Designer
  Olivia B is Caymanian artist of various forms—singer, painter, makeup artist and fashion/ style blogger and has quickly become a household name on her piece of paradise, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands. Olivia B is not just a fashion brand but a representation of conceptual arts and a vehicle for exposure and visibility to the Cayman Islands as a fashion-conscious... Read More →



Monday July 3, 2017 16:30 - 17:30
Rembro Room Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman

17:00

Backstory
As a young child, our protagonist is left by his mother and has to live with his violent father. He fights his way through adolescence and falls in love with the woman of his dreams, and just as everything seems to be finally working out for him a sudden event changes the course of his life forever. A story about how everything we love, everything we learn, everything we build, everything we fear, will one day be gone.

Germany 


Monday July 3, 2017 17:00 - 17:15
Screening Room 1

17:15

Ancora (Again)
A young girl once again confronts the journey to get back the man she loves. Their love story is not good, but they want to try again. Two different and contrasting worlds that reunite and give life to a passionate and tormented love. A sick love that will be tested by the reality that surrounds them. 

Italy 


Monday July 3, 2017 17:15 - 17:30
Screening Room 1

17:30

Between Heaven & Hell
Thomas and Nicolai haven't seen each other since they lived with their parents on the Manor in the small village out in the countryside. Twenty years later they meet again after hearing of their father's passing away. On the deathbed the father's lawyer gives both brothers a letter each, which proves to have a strong effect on them both. What ought to have been a mere signature from both brothers, proves to be a course destined for collission because of their past, and the wound inflicted hits them both hard and brutal. The locked away memories of the past surface from dark shadows and hell shows itself from its darkest side.

Denmark 


Monday July 3, 2017 17:30 - 18:00
Screening Room 1

18:00

Just Words
A quiet domesticated policeman and his happy-go-lucky colleague are investigating a routine suicide. The policeman breaks the law and his own moral principles after he has heard a familiar voice from a victim’s cellphone.

Russia 


Monday July 3, 2017 18:00 - 18:30
Screening Room 2

18:00

Fragments
A couple is going through a difficult period. Still they recall to their minds fragments of their happiness. To revive their relationship they decide to go back where their love blossomed, and decide to give it a try in a last desperate attempt. Will they find their lost love or will it be the end?

Italy 


Monday July 3, 2017 18:00 - 18:30
Screening Room 1

18:30

Mice and Rats
Adam, a victim of past traumatic crime, leads a life filled with drugs, misery and family confilicts. Soon life will be even more complicated...

Poland 


Monday July 3, 2017 18:30 - 19:00
Screening Room 1

18:30

The Sereer: Desperately Trying to Please God

The Sereer people groups live in an ancient culture that was historically steeped in Animism, Voodoo and spirit worship. In the past two centuries modern Islam has taken a stronghold here. The people hold fast to the pillars of Islam. They pray five times a day, they fast during Ramadan, They give to the poor (though they are incredibly poor themselves). It seems they so desperately want to please God, but they don’t know God because they don’t know the truth about who Jesus is.

Short-term missionaries Alton and Barbara Lanier have made many trips to Senegal, each time bringing with them a team of other like-minded believers. Their goal is simple, to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with those among the Sereer who have never heard. They have invested themselves in the lives of the people; building real relationships and becoming like family to them.

Incredibly, in one village they have even been given permission by the chief’s eldest son to teach Christ to the children in the schools. “Perhaps they will be the generation who believes your message,” he said, though he himself professes Mohammed and does not believe in Christ. A door to these hearts, hungry for the gospel has been flung wide open for a season. But it is not clear how long this door will remain open.

United States 



Monday July 3, 2017 18:30 - 19:30
Screening Room 2

18:30

Closing Awards Ceremony and Gala Party
Join CayFilm celebrities and Hollywood professionals as we honor the winning films as well as present Lifetime Achievement Awards to Loren Carpenter and James V. Hart at this fun Pixar themed party and awards show.  Complimentary food and drinks provided.

Dress code "Island Dressy"

Moderators
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Greg Benson

Comedian
With more than 500 million video views, and 1.7 million subscribers across his channels, Greg Benson of MediocreFilms is one of YouTube's most popular comedians.  He's known worldwide as "the guy who likes to have fun" and has scored numerous viral video hits with his outrageous pranks, comedy sketches, music videos, and web series. Greg also directed the popular series "The Guild," "Gorgeous Tiny Chicken Machine Show" and "Retarded Policeman", has created prank series for Official... Read More →

Artists
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Avital Zeisler

Fight Choreographer
Avital Zeisler is a world-renowned hand-to-hand combat expert, author, motivational speaker and creator of The Soteria Method™ ; a unique practice of self-defense, fitness and self-discovery that has transformed the lives of women from all walks of life. This includes everyone from Hollywood actresses like Amanda Seyfried and Keri Russell to corporate executives, to those struggling to overcome trauma (including violence and sexual assault). Originally a professional dancer trained at The National Ballet School of Canada, she began her exploration of self-defense to overcome the trauma associated with experiencing violence and sexual assault. Her study of Krav Maga and working with military personnel, law enforcement and security specialists from around the world led to her recognition as a globally sought self-defense and personal security consultant. In addition, Avital has... Read More →
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Cathy Church

Underwater Photographer, Cathy Church's Photo Centre
About Cathy Church | As a child, Cathy Church was an avid biologist and bird watcher. She earned a BS in biology from the University of Michigan where she learned to SCUBA dive. She was studying marine biology at Stanford University's Hopkins Marine biology station in Monterey, California when she met Jim Church, a scuba diver who was pioneering underwater photography and writing for Skin Diver Magazine in the early... Read More →
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Dieter Sturm

Special Effects Coordinator
With over a hundred movie credits and hundreds of commercials from his 33 year career, Oscar-winner Dieter Sturm has worked on such projects as Denzel Washington’s Academy Award-winning Fences, Hillary Swank’s new feature in production What They Had,  a recent Chicago Med episode up for Emmy consideration for special effects, Nash... Read More →
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Erika Ervin

Actor/Writer/Producer, Amazing Eve Entertainment LLC
Erika Ervin, known professionally as Amazon Eve, tours the world modeling and making public appearances. At 6’8” without heels, Amazon Eve has been recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the tallest model in the world in 2011. She grew up in a small town in centr... Read More →
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Gary Lucchesi

Producer and President of Lakeshore Entertainment, Lakeshore Entertainment
Gary Lucchesi (Producer) serves as President of Lakeshore Entertainment, an independent film company based in Los Angeles. He also serves as the President of the Producer’s Guild of America. Lucchesi executive-produced MILLION DOLLAR BABY, which won the Oscar for Best picture of 2004. The first movie he produced was PRIMAL FEAR, and he has produced many other notable hits since, including THE LINCOLN LAWYER with Matthew McConaughey and Marisa Tomei, the UNDERWORLD franchise, THE UGLY TRUTH, and the CRANK franchise. In the past year he has produced THE AGE OF ADALINE and THE BOY. Other credits include box office smash THE EXORCISM OF EMILY ROSE, THE GIFT (starring Cate Blanchett, Katie Holmes, Greg Kinnear, Hilary Swank and Giovanni Ribisi) and three Philip Roth novels... Read More →
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Isy B

Fashion Designer
Isy B. is the award-winning Caribbean fashion brand from the Cayman Islands creating versatile and joyful modern collections infused with an exciting tropical twist. Its effortlessly elegant designs draw on the colors, laid-back luxury, and the good life of the Caribbean, resulting in timeless pieces that are bursting with feel good... Read More →
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James V. Hart

Writer
James V. Hart (J.V.) was born in Shreveport, Louisiana and grew up in Ft. Worth Texas on Drive-In Movies and Saturday Matinees. His writing/producing credits include HOOK, directed by Steven Spielberg based on an idea by Hart’s then 6 year old Son, Jake, BRAM STOKER’S DRACULA, directed by Francis Ford Coppola, MUPPET TREASURE ISLAND, directed by Brian Henson, and CONTACT, directed by Robert Zemeckis. | | Other writing/producing credits include MARY... Read More →
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Jeff Consiglio

Producer/Editor
Jeff Consiglio is the Editor of the Academy Award-Winning documentary short film INOCENTE and producer/editor of the SXSW Award-Winning documentary feature film TWINSTERS. He presents his original seminar titled Lying & Stealing, the Art of Honest Storytelling.
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Kenzie Rose

Fashion Designer
K.Rose Cayman Islands is a fashion design house based out of George Town, Grand Cayman, which was launched in the spring of 2015. Founder and head designer Kenzie Rose has been sewing and designing since childhood; “Growing up, I was always picking up my mom’s fabric, wrapping it around myself or my sister and pinning it into... Read More →
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Loren Carpenter

Former Chief Scientist, Pixar
Loren revolutionized the entire film industry through inventing, rendering and modeling algorithms for image synthesis and visual effects. In 2001 he, and 2 colleagues, were awarded the only Oscar statuettes ever given for computer science. He recently transitioned from his position as Senior Research Scientist in... Read More →
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Madeline Barr

Madeline Barr is from Denver, Colorado where she attended the Denver School of the Arts as a theatre major. She graduated from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts Experimental Theatre Wing. She resides in Brooklyn, New York where she works as an actress, director, and theater maker. In winter of 2016 she won a grant from the New York Society Library's "Emerging Female Playwrights" program for her part in devising collage play "Three", directed by Stephen Spinella. She was in a workshop for Tony Kushner's play "Stella" at the Public Theatre, directed by Austin Pendelton. Notable theater credits include acting in Richard Schechner's American debut of Imagining O, directing Jesus Hopped the 'A' Train as well as a play she wrote entitled Edward Forty Hands at The Black Actor's Guild, interning with Stephen Adly Guirgis and Austin Pendleton on Between Riverside and Crazy and working as an apprentice at the LAByrinth | theatre company's summer intensive. She appeared in Matty O' Conner's film, "Wash Park", and acted in the leading role of "Charlotte" in Lorraine Portman's "Falling... Read More →
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Olivia B

Fashion Designer
  Olivia B is Caymanian artist of various forms—singer, painter, makeup artist and fashion/ style blogger and has quickly become a household name on her piece of paradise, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands. Olivia B is not just a fashion brand but a representation of conceptual arts and a vehicle for exposure and visibility to the Cayman Islands as a fashion-conscious... Read More →
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Paul Weston

Stunt Man and Supervisor
Paul Weston started his ‘Show Business’ career in the Sixties as a photographic model. He was asked to understudy Roger Moore on the “Saint” TV series, where he also played an acting role performing his own stunt. He was booked as a stuntman on the next episode. And so started his Stunt career. His TV work included classics... Read More →
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Saniyya Sidney

Actress
From a young age, destiny seemed to call upon Saniyya Sidney to work with some of the most respected actors and directors in the industry. Her first role was iconic. Filming five weeks in New Orleans, she played “Young Kizzy” in the new adaptation of Alex Haley’s “Roots.” She loved working with her director Mario Van... Read More →
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Vincent Versace

Photographer
Vincent Versace is an internationally recognized pioneer in the art and science of digital photography. His passion for natural light photography manifests not only in his work, but also through his role as a creative and technical leader, contributing to innovative breakthroughs across the entire digital image value chain. Vincent is one of... Read More →
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Wes Studi

Actor/Teacher
Wes Studi Edit Profile From small-town Oklahoma native to internationally acclaimed actor and musician, Wes Studi credits his passion and multi-faceted background for his powerful character portrayals that forever changed a Hollywood stereotype. Drawing from his rich life experience, Wes moved audiences with unforgettable performances in... Read More →


Monday July 3, 2017 18:30 - 22:30
Ballroom 1 Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman

19:00

The Conservatory
A love story: a Victorian couple and their maid are caught between love, terror and The Conservatory. Sexually frustrated, each seek their past to find solace for their desires. When the moment breaks, the husband, the wife, and the maid fall back together with The Conservatory.

United States 


Monday July 3, 2017 19:00 - 19:15
Screening Room 1

19:15

Two Seconds of Silence
Javier is an exemplary pianist, admired by the jury. Isabel plays following her feeling, praised by the audience. The two pianists will meet in a final and their understanding of music will change the way they understand life.

Spain 


Monday July 3, 2017 19:15 - 19:30
Screening Room 1

19:30

Streams (7:40 Start)
Filmed with an exquisite aesthetic sensibility and pathos, “Streams” leads us through unchartered waters—the corridor between sanity and madness, life and death, closeness to God and closeness to other human beings. In this corridor Ayala, a young woman tethered only lightly to the beauty of the universe and to the love of her young family, wanders in pain and confusion, trying to emerge from the labyrinth, trying to cling to the raft of her promising and vibrant young life. 
Yet death calls. It beckons in the softest of voices and the richest of colors, promising new dimensions, rest, renewal and an end to yearning. Using lush cinematography and startling visual images “Streams” dares to explore the vertigo of those few individuals who, blessed and cursed with an extraordinary sensitivity to the world of the spirit, grapple every day with the tortured question of their own existence. 

Israel 


Monday July 3, 2017 19:30 - 20:00
Screening Room 2

19:30

Blockbuster - A Life in Moving Pictures
This is the life story of Vlado, born behind the Iron Curtain in Kuřim, in the former Czechoslovakia. When he is 12 years old his parents decide to move to Vienna. What follows is the discovery of a whole new world, the world of movies. Soon young Vlado’s passion for films results in his own short films. And from the beginning at the back of his mind, the desire to someday make a feature film…

Austria 


Monday July 3, 2017 19:30 - 21:45
Screening Room 1

20:00

Restoring Tomorrow
Today, religious institutions are losing younger members and even closing their doors at an alarming rate. Director Aaron Wolf's personal journey of rediscovery comes alive in Restoring Tomorrow, an extraordinary story of a treasured local temple near demise that was saved by a Jewish community's determination to achieve the impossible. Wilshire Boulevard Temple, a Los Angeles treasure built by the original Hollywood moguls, needs to raise millions to restore its majesty and vibrancy, thus also restoring the future of the Jewish community, the greater Los Angeles community-and on a personal level, Wolf himself.

United States 


Monday July 3, 2017 20:00 - 21:15
Screening Room 2

21:15

This Modern Man is Beat
In the post 911 world of cultural confusion and erroneous judgment, Habib bin Habib al Fulan tries to pawn his last possession and reconcile with his American wife.

United States 


Monday July 3, 2017 21:15 - 21:30
Screening Room 2

21:45

Darkroom

Being officially released at this May's 70th Festival de Cannes 2017 Short Film Corner, in "Darkroom" an overbearing father finds his teenage son has transformed the basement of their New York townhouse into an amateur darkroom. There the boy develops gruesome and voyeuristic images from his late-night crime scene photography.

The 2017 Academy Awards show opened with Justin Timberlake flanked by dancers busting #Do The Philip moves created in “Darkroom” father Phillip E. Walker’s “Can’t Stop The Feeling” official music video florist principal dancer performance.
www.DoThePhilip.com

United States

 



Monday July 3, 2017 21:45 - 22:00
Screening Room 2

21:45

The shortest are always the best !
Film with sketches in the form of three amoral fables with epilogue in which the characters will learn at their expense that it is better to consult or to think before acting.

France 


Monday July 3, 2017 21:45 - 22:00
Screening Room 1

22:00

A Broken Appointment
A Broken Appointment   3 min
A vignette. A relationship. A rise & fall.
Set to the backdrop of "Epilogue" by Kei Miller; A Broken Appointment explores the dynamic of closeting within a young gay relationship, and how "hiding in the dark" may lead to a destructive end. However, Miller's poetry attempts to offer some optimism for the ability of relationships to rise again after an unfortunate end.

United Kingdom 


Monday July 3, 2017 22:00 - 22:15
Screening Room 2

22:00

I Love New York
In a city where everyone's got an angle, how do you survive? After an NYC first-timer befriends a savvy street girl on the train, she takes him on a fantastical ride through all the city's pitfalls. But nothing's free in this town, so tighten up your hustle or you might just get hustled yourself. 

United States 


Monday July 3, 2017 22:00 - 22:15
Screening Room 1