Is there any question that The Speakeasy is one of THE hot spots in Janesville? Of course there isn’t!
During your Sneak Peek you will be presented with an impressive spread of hors d’oeuvres with a cash bar. The Speakeasy will be host to two venues during BIFF 2012 on Friday and Saturday nights of the festival.
Come for a sneak look at some of the films that will be featured at this year’s festival and be one of the first to receive the official 2012 BIFF Program Book.
Date: Thursday, January 19th, 2012
Time: 5:30 pm
Location: The Speakeasy – 19 N. High Street, Janesville WI
Friday: 5:00 pm – Woman’s Club Saturday: 5:00 pm – Angel Museum
Sunday: 2:30 pm – Bagels & More (Screening Added.)
Genre: Documentary Country: USA, Philippines, China Rating: PG-13 Runtime: 93 minutes Director: Donald Plata Producer: Donald Plata
Three months into World War II, the President of the United States ordered General Douglas MacArthur to leave 80,000 men behind on Bataan, and escape to Australia. Those soldiers faced one of the worst atrocities in military history – the Bataan Death March. In Forgotten Soldiers, Hollywood actor Lou Diamond Phillips and ten Philippine Scout survivors tell the story of their gallant stand, their bitter surrender, and their ultimate triumph over the enemy.
General MacArthur’s army in the Far East included U.S. National Guard units from Wisconsin, Illinois, California, and New Mexico; ten divisions of newly recruited Philippine Army soldiers, and one U.S. Army infantry division–the Philippine Scouts.
The top brass in Washington promised to send reinforcements, planes, naval support and supplies…but months went by and the reinforcements never came.
The men held on for four months. As their supplies dwindled they went on half rations, then one-third rations. They grew weaker, victims of malaria, dysentery and other tropical diseases. After every other allied stronghold in the Pacific had fallen, their commanding officer finally succumbed to the Japanese onslaught rather than see any more of his men slaughtered.
As Prisoners of War the survivors of Bataan suffered even more. Thousands died on the Death March, thousands more in horrible Japanese prison camps.
In this stirring documentary movie, Bataan survivors describe the events over photographs, reenactments, actual footage of the Death March and shots taken inside the Japanese camps, much of the film captured from the Japanese at the end of the war. The Philippine Scouts were the backbone of General MacArthur’s forces, but few Americans today are even aware of this unique segment of the United States Army. They are America’s FORGOTTEN SOLDIERS.
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Genre: Adventure, Comedy Country: USA Rating: PG-13 Runtime: 87 minutes Director: Tyler Knowles Producer: Derek Hildebrandt, Valerie Wulf, Jack Knowles
The ultimate road trip from Wisconsin to California hauling the highly sought after HAPPY COW products. Mike and Kurt, the Happy Cow, rumble through 2,200+ miles of countryside sharing their Wisconsin love with displaced Sconnies. Hilarity ensues.
Thursday: 7:30 pm – Hendricks Art Center Saturday: 7:30 pm –Speakeasy I
Genre: Drama, Action Country: Israel, USA Rating: PG-13 Runtime: 92 minutes Director: Or Yashar, Yuval Ovadia Producer: Yuval Ovadia
A man is sent to Earth on a mysterious mission and caught trying to infiltrate the Mossad’s most highly classified facility. During an intensive interrogation, instead of getting the information he was hoping for, the Mossad’s investigator is surprised to be given mystical information and Kabalistic secrets. The district psychiatrist, a Holocaust survivor who still carries with him a trauma from the past, joins the investigation, while, a strange beggar who speaks in rhyme, and an imaginary figure in black, who wages Kung fu battles, are trying to get the interrogee to abandon his mission. Meanwhile, the investigator finds himself in a compound situation, as the interrogee reveals details from his father’s past during the Holocaust and unfolds the secret of his father’s will.
Genre: Adventure Country: France, Greenland Rating: G Runtime: 90 minutes Director: Mike Magidson Producer: Mike Magidson, Sylvie Barbe
In Greenland’s capital, Nuuk, sixteen year-old INUK lives a troubled life with his alcoholic mother and violent step-father. After finding Inuk half frozen in an abandoned car, the social services decide to send him to a children’s home on a tiny island in the middle of the arctic sea-ice. While roaming the island, Inuk meets the intimidating and mysterious polar bear hunter, IKUMA. When the children’s home’s warm-hearted director, AVIAAJA, convinces Ikuma to take Inuk on his annual hunting trip nobody realizes that the most difficult part of the journey will be the one they must make within themselves…
Genre: Documentary Country: France, USA Rating: G Runtime: 51 minutes Director: Craig Schaefer Producer: Ted Rosean
Born into the chaos of the French Revolution, Mathias Loras would come to develop a vision for a state of spirituality in the New World that few dare dream. Brought up in an elegant, bourgeois family he would eventually become a missionary assigned to a remote outpost in the frontier territory of Iowa. There he would sew the seeds of the church to rough miners and farmers, while battling the unending hardships of life on edge of civilization.
Friday: 5:00 pm – Speakeasy I Saturday: 5:00 pm–Bagels & More
Genre: Documentary Country: USA Rating: G Runtime: 75 minutes Director: Ellen Frick Producer: Ellen Frick
Another American Soldier Has Died. Who cares? The suffering of soldiers and their families is largely invisible to most Americans. But not to these Americans. ‘Patriot Guard Riders’ is a documentary about a 200,000 strong motorcycle group who attend military funerals to honor the fallen, and to protect grieving families from a hate group who descend on the funerals and harass them.
Genre: Comedy, Drama Musical Country: Canada Rating: PG Runtime: 93 minutes Director: Michael McGowan Producer: Michael McGowan, Avi Federgreen, Nadia Tavazzani
Seventeen-year-old Farley has led a sheltered life, raised on a diet of home schooling, organic living and trips to the art gallery. To his parents’ dismay, Farley loves to play shinny with the local rink rats. To their even greater dismay, Farley is scouted and signed by the owner (Stephen McHattie) of a junior league team, where he becomes an instant star. But Farley discovers that stardom comes with a price-including the expectation to fight on the ice. Throw in a changing relationship with his best friend (Allie MacDonald), and Farley finds himself losing his way.
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Death strikes a mortal blow… to a common house plant. This plunges little Audrey into her deepest fear, that one day her mother will meet the same fate.
Protect the Nation
Genre: Drama Country: Germany, South Africa Rated: PG Runtime: 17 minutes Director: C. R. Reisser Producer: Marcus Machura, Thomas Reisser
In the spring of 2008, a shocking wave of xenophobic attacks against foreign immigrants spread across South Africa, leading to the deaths of sixty-two people and the displacement of over 40,000. “Protect the Nation” is a humble and intimate look inside the struggles of a community and the consequences of greed, miscommunication and hate. When faced with the unexpected kindness of a stranger, a young boy begins to question himself. Does he have the courage to do what’s right?
Genre: Drama Country: USA Rated: PG-13 Runtime: 18 minutes Director: Manuela Rossi Producer: Adam Perly, Manuela Rossi
Lars, a young Stasi Lieutenant, discovers his parents are underground smugglers and struggles to reconcile his feeling of kinship with his ideology.
Genre: Drama, Documentary Country: Uruguay | Brazil Rated: G Runtime: 3 minutes Director: Renato C. Gaiarsa Producer: Renato C. Gaiarsa
During a trip to Uruguay, he filmed his girlfriend. After a break-up he returned to Sao Paulo and recorded the empty apartment where they both lived. As a result, pieces of love memories in the form of film.
Genre: Musical Country: USA Rated: PG Runtime: 8 minutes Director: Charlie Cunliffe Producer: Mary Cunliffe
Special Delivery” is a story about a group of matchmaking friends who get an unexpected surprise when they set up a wall flower and a quirky delivery person. They witness how love can truly transform people in ways they could not have imagined
Genre: Drama Country: United Kingdom Rated: PG-13 Runtime: 10 minutes Director: Callie Lane Producer: Mike Hume, Callie Lane, Amir Nader
When Michael’s girlfriend Eloise surprises him with a day out at the beach he is blissfully unaware that soon his life will begin to spiral out of control.
A House Full Of Thorns
(“Unha casa con silveiras”)
Genre: Drama Country: USA Rated: G Runtime: 18 minutes Director: Roi Fernandez Producer: Roi Fernandez
The journey of a Galician actress trying to find her place in NYC breaking through her communication problems.
Always Sprinkle Pepper
Genre: Family Country: USA Rated: G Runtime: 3 minutes Director: Evan Trout, Alex Rodgers Producer: Evan Trout, Alex Rodgers
Cinematic representation of the poem ‘Always Sprinkle Pepper’ by Shel Silverstein. A rebellious boy sprinkles pepper in his hair. He discovers that the pepper in his hair saves him from Wild Barbazoops and old hags.
A troubled young couple has a fight shortly after waking up.
Mothmen of Milwaukee
Genre: Comedy Country: USA Rated: PG-13 Runtime: 6 minutes Director: Kristin Peterson Co-Producer and Students: Tate Bunker, instructor, Mitchell Blue, Joe Calamia, Kelly Danen, Derek Dehart, ,B.J. Fisher, Bennett Litton, Jonathan Long, Moe McPhearson, Kristin Peterson, Logan Peterson, Tony Porter, Noah Witt
Circling the lights at night, Milwaukee youth follow their leader in a new religious movement. Dressed in winged robed they explore ideas of community, joy, and purity through light.
My Prison Called Life
Genre: Family Drama Country: Canada Rated: PG Runtime: 10 minutes Director: Stephen Pickering Producer: Jeff Doiron
Charles Surdell spends his last day in prison, awaiting his execution for the murder of his wife 18 years ago. Having never received forgiveness from his son, he gives up hope that it’ll ever happen.
Genre: Musical, Animation Country: South Korea Rated: PG Runtime: 5 minutes Director: Hyun-Won Kim Producer: Hyun-Won Kim
The artist can’t focus on drawing as usual. He manages to calm himself down by venting his spleen on oil paints which are delivered today. Increasingly, he sees his appearance drawing and that bothers him. The more an appointment is getting closer, the more his nerves are on edge. What would he really want to draw ?
Friday: 7:30 pm – Hendricks Art Center Saturday: 7:30 pm – Speakeasy II
Genre: Documentary Country: USA, UAE, Bulgaria, Moldova, Greece, Turkey Rating: PG-17 Runtime: 73 minutes Director: Mimi Chakarova Producer: Mimi Chakarova
The Price of Sex is a documentary about young Eastern European women who’ve been drawn into a netherworld of sex trafficking and abuse. It is a story told by survivors a film that gives voice to women who were supposed to be silenced by shame, fear and intimidation. Mimi Chakarova, a photojournalist who grew up in Bulgaria, takes us on a personal, investigative journey into the shadowy world of sex trafficking from Eastern Europe to Turkey, Dubai and Greece. Told through the personal accounts of trafficked women, undercover footage, and still photography, this documentary exposes the root causes of why women continue to be sold into prostitution against their will and examines what can be done to stop it.
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Thursday: 7:30 pm – Angel Museum Saturday: 7:30 pm – Woman’s Club
Genre: Documentary Country: France Rating: G Runtime: 54 minutes Director: Laurence Jourdan Producer: Nicolas Koutsikas
Each year, oceans produce half of our oxygen. They represent nearly one half of the productivity of the planet. And they are threatened.We know that, by producing ever increasing amounts of CO2, man is turning the climate upside down. Since very recently, we also know that the excess of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere modifies the chemistry of the deep seas.Oceans are getting more acid. Their acidification leads us on an uncertain journey about which the scientific community is worried.