I love Film Festivals! I’m so excited to tell you all about the 2nd Annual Catalina Film Festival! This isn’t like your normal small town film festival, this one has major stars! Think Sundance meets the beach!
The Festival runs May 4th – 6th and will feature more than 60 films, industry panels, networking and special events, including yacht and mansion parties. The will open with the West Coast premiere of “The Magic of Belle Isle,” starring Morgan Freeman and Virginia Madsen; directed by Rob Reiner. “The Magic of Belle Isle,” tells the story of a wheelchair-bound author who moves to a rural town, where he befriends a single mother and her three kids, who help reignite his passion for writing.
Stan lee will also be accepting the Ronald Reagan Foundation’s Great Communicator Award on opening night. Following the presentation the Catalina Film Festival will be hosting an opening gala with Lee in attendance. The part that excites me the most, a special screening of “The Avengers®” with Stan Lee. Squee!!!
Some of the notable films this year:
West Coast premiere—“Bel Ami,”staring Robert Pattinson, Uma Thurman, Christina Ricci and Kristen Scott Thomas. Directed by Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod. A chronicle of a young man’s rise to power in Paris via his manipulation of the city’s most influential and wealthy women.
“Beauty Culture” – This short documentary on the culture of beauty was part of the Annenberg Space for photography last year and is only screening at Tribeca and Catalina Film Festival. Directed by Lauren Greenfield.
World Premiere of “Boardwalk Hempire: The Rise and Fall of the Medical Kush Beach Club” – Starring Elijah Wood (“Lord of the Rings” “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” “Deep Impact”), Stephen Baldwin (“The Usual Suspects” “Born on the Fourth of July”), Tommy Chong (“That ‘70s Show,” “Cheech and Chong,” “Half-Baked”). Chong is slated to attend. The Medical Kush Beach Club was the first and last medical marijuana store ever allowed in Venice Beach, California. This is the five-year history of the Medical Marijuana Dispensary scene in L.A.
“With Great Power: Stan Lee Story” – Directed by Will Hess. Stan Lee will be in attendance.A feature- length documentary on the life and creations of Stan Lee, the co-creator of Spider-Man, Hulk, X-Men, Fantastic Four, Iron Man and over 200 other characters that can be found in comic books, movie screens, and in retail stores around the world. *During CFF, Lee will also participate in “The Anatomy of POW!,” panel (moderated by Chris Gore) with Gill Champion, Co-Founder and CEO of POW! Entertainment. Lee will also introduce a special screening of “The Avengers®” on its opening weekend during the film festival and host a VIP brunch with special guests and fans attending.
“The Immigrant”— Scott Thomson (“Kids in the Hall,” “The Pacifier”). After being deported back to his native Canada, once-famous comedian Bob London attempts a Hollywood comeback by enlisting human smugglers to sneak him across the Mexico-US border.
“Irvine Welsh’s Ecstasy” – Starring Adam Sinclair (“Mile High” “Van Wilder 2”)—confirmed to attend. Also starring Kristin Kreuk (“Smallville,” “Eurotrip”), Billy Boyd (“Lord of the Rings”). Directed by Rob Heydon. The film is based on a novel by the writer of Trainspotting.
“Confessions of an Eco-Terrorist” (Isla Earth Award)– Directed by Peter Brown. Seen through the eyes of activist Peter Brown, the film grants the viewer an intimate look at shipboard life amongst these self-proclaimed animal saviors and sea rebels who shaped the green movement we know and love today.
“Double or Nothing” – Starring Adam Brody (“The O.C.,” “Jennifer’s Body”). Directed by Nathaniel Krause and written by Neil LaBute. Clark and Becca leave a bar after a night out with friends. They pass a homeless man on the street, and Clark gets an idea.
“The Sea is All I Know” – Starring Academy AwardÒ-winner Melissa Leo (“The Fighter,” “Frozen River”), Peter Gerety (“Inside Man,” “Changeling”). Directed by Jordan Bayne. When an estranged couple, Sara and Sonny, come to the aid of their dying daughter, the experience sends them spiraling into spiritual crisis, and emotions they do not understand.
Photo from last years Yacht Party!
So now for the important question, who wants to go with me?