The St. John Film Society’s last presentation, “Africa Unite,” at Sputnik in Coral Bay was a resounding success. People came from all over, Coral Bay, Cruz Bay and even St. Thomas. It was SRO (Standing Room Only) all chairs filled, some sat on the floor or on top of tables, others stood inside and other outside looking in through the open louvers. It was free, it was fun, it was cool and it was THE place to be. It looks like this group will establish themselves on St. John and help fulfill the islands thirst for good entertainment. I say, “Good T’ing!!!”
Here’s their Press Release:
!!! Free Movie !!!
TUESDAY FEBRUARY 24th
St John Film Society Presents:
SPIRIT OF THE MARATHON
A documentary by Mark Johnathan Harris, Jon Dunham and Gwendolen Twist (102 min.) The first ever non-fiction feature film to capture the drama and essence of the famed 26.2 mile running event. As six unique stories unfold, each runner prepares for and ultimately faces the challenge of the Chicago Marathon. More than a sports movie, Spirit of the Marathon is an inspirational journey of perseverance and personal triumph, a spectacle that will be embraced by runners and non-runners alike. www.marathonmovie.com
Also – 8 Tuff Miles Pre-show Rally!!!
Mo Chabuz from Skinny Legs will present a short preview of his 8 Tuff Miles film-in-progress.
Jeremy Zuber, five time winner of the 8 Tuff Miles will share some words of inspiration.
Sherri Theberge, director of Healing Together, will introduce St. John’s new cancer support group and invite the community to run for the cause.
Peter Alter, 8 Tuff Miles race director, will answer questions after the film.
Come early for dinner! Stay after to discuss the film!
For more info contact Rea: (340) 715-9899
Who they are:
St John Film Society
St. John Film Society is comprised of a small group of local volunteers. Our mission is to inspire appreciation for the history, culture and oceanic environment of our US Virgin Islands by establishing a free monthly film series open to and for the benefit of our community. We will present high quality fiction and non-fiction independent films that celebrate the human spirit with a focus on the Caribbean. Our intent is to increase cross-cultural awareness of the many communities throughout the Virgin Islands and beyond. Each month we will invite a local Virgin Island filmmaker, video installation artist or visual artist to present their work prior to the feature film presentation. Our goal is to develop public awareness of the talented individuals in our own community, by creating an environment in which filmmakers / artists introduce and discuss their work and their artistic process with audiences of all ages. We invite film enthusiasts to come and enjoy the films and help plan monthly programs. We also invite filmmakers / artists to submit their work for consideration. Email your suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org or submit preview DVD’s to:
St. John Film Society
5000 Estate Enighed PMB 98
St. John, USVI 00830
The ultimate goal of the Film Society is to establish an annual Independent Film Festival on St John. We hope to bring attention to the rich cultural diversity and unique voice of the Virgin Islands as we share our stories through film. While our monthly screenings are free to the public, we welcome donations to help us achieve these goals. Founding members:
Andrea E. Leland, artist and filmmaker, has produced and directed a number of award winning documentaries focusing on Caribbean and Latin American cultures. She is the co-founder of REELTIME, a highly successful monthly film series in the Chicago area, now in its 10th year. (www.reeltimeevanston.org) She received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute in Chicago.
Rea McQueen Roberts is a devoted film and music enthusiast. She has worked in the public relations and music industries, with emphasis on special event planning and fundraising. She has been involved with several of St John’s annual events, both as a participant and as a volunteer.
Martha Hills is a writer and an avid film enthusiast.
March 3rd: The Developing World
Feature Presentation: Life and Debt – by Stephanie Black A feature-length documentary that explores the complexity of international lending and free trade in the developing world. http://www.lifeanddebt.org/
April 7th: A Celebration of Garifuna Culture
Opening Film: Play, Jankunú Play – A short film by Oliver N. Greene Jr., about the Garifuna Wanaragua Ritual of Belize, as expressed through music, dance, and costume. http://www.der.org/films/play-jankunu-play.html Feature Presentation: The Garifuna Journey by local filmmaker and film society founder, Andrea Leland http://www.newday.com/films/GarifunaJourney.html
Our film series will continue at Sputnik on the first Tuesday of every month. All are encouraged to bring a folding chair and arrive early for better seating. Until further notice, Cruz Bay screenings will be held on special occasions. Future Cruz Bay screenings to be announced. The calendar will be updated regularly on www.stjohnfilm.com.