Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Citrus Animation Festival Coming Soon!

ImageThe 2011 Citrus Cel Animation Film Festival!  We are only a few weeks away!

After a successful debut last spring, the Citrus Cel Animation Film Festival (“Citrus Cel”) is back to spotlight animation as a creative and commercial force with three days of screenings, an exhibit, a competition and parties, April 8-10, 2011 at the 5 Points Theatre and The Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens in Jacksonville, FL. There are only a few weeks left until the event! It’s hard to believe that a year has passed since we first decided to dedicate a whole weekend to animation here in Jacksonville and we are happy bring it back even stronger this year!


ImageThis year we are happy to have for our opening night feature Bill Plympton’s “Idiots and Angels”, a dark comedy about a reluctant angel battling for his own soul. Plympton is an industry heavyweight whose illustrations have appeared in the New York Times, Rolling Stone, and Vanity Fair, and whose commercial credits include Nike and United Airlines.
The festival will also present this years Oscar Winner “The Lost Thing” from Australia’s Passion Films; and Oscar Nominee “Let’s Pollute”, a modern satire on industry that was an official selection at the prestigious Annecy International Animation Festival in France this year. “Let’s Pollute” is the creation of Geefwee Boedoe, who has illustrated for Pixar and Dreamworks. Both of these works will be featured in the 2nd nights premiere program “Pure Premium”
The program themes, like the films themselves, have been carefully hand-picked to give you a wide range of flavors, including: Apples to Oranges (experimental films); Tangerine Dreams (films with a supernatural spin); Orange You Glad There's Music Videos?, (featuring a slate of music videos, including one by Jamie Hewlett, co-creator of virtual band Gorillaz and comic “Tank Girl”); Pulp (B-movies, noir & horror); and Pure Premium (best of the fest). There’s even a program for the little squirts on Saturday morning that starts with a free community animation workshop at The Cummer Museum, followed by Vitamin C (family friendly program); and the category for young, aspiring filmmakers, Freshly Squeezed. I recommend you sample them all.
The international presence has grown, with over 25 countries represented. We believe we truly have an outstanding group of selections that is destined to take you and your imagination on an exciting ride.

Exhibits and Workshops!
ImageAlso, be sure to check out some of the new components of this year’s festival. First, The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens is hosting an animation-inspired art exhibit, "The Art of Storytelling", a display of storyboards, Illustrations, and character designs by industry and student artists. The exhibit runs from 10 am-3 pm on Saturday, and 10 am-2 pm on Sunday.
For fans of stop-motion animation, there is a puppet fabrication workshop with industry artist Dan Field at the Cummer from 12-2 pm on Saturday. Field was the lead character fabricator at L.A.’s Shadow Animation and worked on the Emmy Award-winning “Robot Chicken.” The workshop will discuss the various materials, construction, and functionality needed for a stop-motion production.
Then there’s Juiced!, our 26-hour animated film contest. 10 teams of up to three people each take on the challenge of squeezing a finished animation out of a 26-hour time period. Come see the fruits of their labor screened before Saturday’s feature presentation, Pure Premium.

ImageAll films will be presented at the 5 Points Theatre, Jacksonville’s home for independent film. Opening night, Friday, April 8, kicks off with a catered reception and the opening of the exhibit at The Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens. The exhibit runs through Sunday. After Saturday’s program, filmgoers will enjoy an after party at Underbelly, located within Anomaly in Five Points, featuring food, drinks, and music. The festival closes with an awards ceremony on Sunday afternoon.

Details on headlining films, exhibit hours, ticket passes, Juiced! registration info and everything else at

We would like to invite you all to join us at the event. We have and a blast putting it together. Hope to see you there!

Shane Douberly

Festival Director

To find out more visit-

Wednesday, March 23, 2011


Principal photography has begun on 3 TALES FROM THE LOST AND FOUND, a racially charged drama in a 1970s southern setting. Directed by Dave Stang (FAIRYTALE) under the newly formed JAXPRODUCTIONS film group, the movie will feature local actors: Noble Lee Lester (LOVE TRAP), Joe Greene(brother of TWILIGHT star Ashley Greene), model/actress Kimbyr Leigha, Kim Grant and Angelica Scurry in the starring role of MAYA. “This is like THE TWILIGHT ZONE meets BELOVED, with frequent psychological twists and turns”, according to writer Shireena Jackson. “We expect to enter the feature film in several big film festivals worldwide, Cannes, Sundance, Toronto”. “We are always looking for a wide variety of people to play extras over the coming months of production so feel free to call us if interested and the more the merrier!” quips Dave Stang.

JAXPRODUCTIONS can be reached at (904) 273-7052

Above actors: Wayne Thompson and Kim Grant on the set of

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Jacksonville Film Festival


Jacksonville Film Festival

Screenplay Submission Opens March 15th through Withoutabox

Film Submission Opens April 4th through Withoutabox

Categories: All genres. Initial Programs include: Narrative Features, Documentary Features, Animation, Shorts, Student Shorts,

The REEL People Film Series Presents:

March Screening
March 28, 2011

Learn More >>> about our monthly film program!
Helen Whitney is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and educator. Her new film "Forgiveness- A Time to Love and a Time to Hate, Part 1," is an epic tale that explores the varied emotions and dimensions of forgiveness. When and how do you apply forgiveness? Is it an act of healing or can it be dangerous? Is there a boundary for forgiveness? Are there some acts that are just unforgivable? Join us for this special screening before it airs on PBS.

Time: March 28, 2011 at 7 p.m.

Location: 1028 Park Street,Jacksonville, 32204

Box Office: 904. 359-0047 General Inquiries: 904.858.9889

Tickets: $8.50 or $7.50 with senior, student or military I.D. and JFF members are free!
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Works In Progress:
Angels of Milot
March 16, 2011

Learn More >>> about our Work in Progress film program
Digital Video Arts has just partnered with the JFF to host our Works In Progress Series on the 3rd Wednesday of each month. 6:30-8:30 program. Works In Progress is a once a month program designed for filmmakers to share their work and receive feedback from our filmmaking community. ”Works” include feature films, short films, documentaries, screenplays and music for film.

"Angels of Milot"
Bernardo Santana III, Director/Editor
January 12, 2010………. A 7.0 magnitude earthquake strikes Haiti.

Over 300,000 killed and an estimated 50,000 severely maimed with crushing injuries to their limbs. The plight of the Haitian people - some of the poorest, least healthy and most disadvantaged on earth – immediately goes from bad to worse. Unfathomable. Unimaginable. Unbelievable. There is no plan to handle the medical implications of the worst earthquake in this region in more than 200 years.

Hopital Sacre Couer (Hospital Sacred Heart) at only 73 beds is the largest private hospital in northern Haiti, located in the small village of Milot. Established over 20 years ago, Hopital Sacre Couer is an exemplary partnership between the American aid group, Crudem Foundation, and the local community it serves. It’s mission? To provide the best possible healthcare for the people of Haiti.

How does a hospital with only three full time doctors, two operating rooms and a delivery room prepare to handle a tragedy of this scale?

Q&A with filmmaker Brit McTammany

Time: March 16th, 2011 at 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Location: Digital Video Arts, 7775 Belfort Parkway Jacksonville, Florida 32256

Tickets: Free Admission

The Filmmakers series presents:

From Idea to Page with script doctor Jennie Jarvis
April 2, 2011
Time: Saturday, April 2, 2011 at 10-3:30 p.m. (Does not include lunch)

Location: Cummer Museum 829 Riverside Avenue, Jacksonville, FL 32204

Phone: 904.356.6857 General Inquiries: 904.858.9889

Tickets: $45 or $35 for JFF members.

Friday, March 4, 2011

New JU Film!

NASA film“In One Brow of Woe” is the first collaboration between Jacksonville University’s Film and Theater Program. The feature film was written by JU Film Alumni Anthony Bennett and directed by professors Carolina Conte and Debi Jordan. The movie is currently in post-production. Dr. Conte is in the final steps of the editing process and ready to start on working on color corrections and sound editing and mixing. Meanwhile, professor Scott Watkins will be composing the sound score for the movie that will be performed by the Jacksonville Orchestra and recorded and mixed by Dr. Thomas Harrison. “In One Brow of Woe” will premiere in the Fall of 2011.

Thursday, March 3, 2011


Guest Blog by Linda G. Ginsberg,

A short film made for the 48 Hour Go Green Project, entitled Way Off The Grid, was produced and directed by Jacksonville’s Marc Boese, who played the part of the father. The cast also included, Whitney Johns, as the mother, Caleb Watson, as the son; Abi Platock as the daughter, and Adam Suslak as the father’s brother. Associate producers were Marcus A. Taylor and Andrea McGee. Mark Hubbard was director of photography and edited the film. Matt Simons was sound engineer. The eco-comedy was written by Sharon Y. Cobb.

The 48 Go Green Project is an international eco film competition where nearly 40,000 filmmakers make 3,000 films in 80 cities on five continents. Winners screen at the Cannes Short Film Corner and at NAB Show in Las Vegas.

Online voting determines the first round on winners and Way Off The Grid needs your vote. Go to and to register “free” to vote. In order for votes only to be counted once, you will then receive an email confirmation. Use the link on the email confirmation and click on “48 Go Green 2011 Official Voting” then scroll down to “Save the Animals” and click to find Way Off the Grid. If you enjoy the film, give it a generous number of stars. Voting ends MARCH 4.

The film was shot at Trudi and Marc Boese’s solar homestead in Middleburg. The Boese’s tame silkie chickens were featured in the film. The silkie is a breed of chicken that looks like little, fluffy chicken-llamas. The silkie is thought to have come from China thousands of years ago.

The 48-Go Green challenges filmmakers from around the world to make a narrative short film in only 48 hours -- writing, shooting, and editing it. The teams are randomly assigned a theme for their film which has to do with the environment. The themes for this year are: animals, energy, the environment in general, forest, the next generation, the planet, the sea, and the water. Way Off the Grid dealt with savings the animals, that's why the silkies played a starring role in the film.