The 2012 Jax Film Fest starts tomorrow and runs through November 4. Film screenings, industry workshops and panels, and receptions will be held at the San Marco Theatre, Jacksonville Public Library, Florida Theatre, and, for the first time, at the Beaches at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall. Click here for the full schedule.
So what’s in it for horror fans? Jax’s own L. Gustavo Cooper screening “Velvet Road” during the Uncanny Roundup (of shorts) at midnight Friday at Jacksonville’s Main Library. “Velvet Road,” set here in the south during segregation days, offers a zombie film infected with issues of racism and bigotry. “Velvet Road” won Best Short at the 2012 Chicago Horror Film Festival. Tickets for the shorts are just $5.00. Click here to purchase tickets for the entire fest or individual events.
For those willing to expand horizons beyond horror to other genres, the fest richly delivers. Some of the fest’s other features are detailed below.
One highlight of the fest is the inclusion of “Veer!” With this poignant story of a washed up skateboarding star, local director Patrick Barry creates a beautiful testament to Jacksonville, with gorgeous cinematography of downtown and other local haunts, and music by local acts. Click here for a full review. The film screens Friday at 8 p.m. at the Jacksonville Public Library Auditorium.
Carrie Preston, the actress who plays Arlene Fowler on HBO’s supernatural vampire drama “True Blood,” will be available to sign stuff Saturday morning at 10 a.m. at the Main Library. This event is free but requires registration. Preston will screen “That’s What She Said,” a comedy starring Anne Heche that Preston directed (her second feature), at 4 p.m. Saturday in the Main Library Theatre.
Fritz Lang’s 1927 German expressionist science fiction masterpiece “Metropolis” will screen Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall. This screening includes a new recording of the score composed by Gottfried Huppertz, which was meant to be played by orchestras and accompany the film upon its initial release.
Documentary “Unfit: Ward vs. Ward” explores the true story horror of a Pensacola mother losing custody of her child, just because of her sexual orientation, to the girl’s father, a convicted murderer and alleged child molester. The film screens Thursday at noon at the San Marco Theater.
Documentary “This Space Available” explores the horrors of commercial billboard domination and the struggle to regulate outdoor advertising, a matter dear to the hearts of local organizations City Beautiful JAX and Scenic Jacksonville. The film screens Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at the Florida Theatre.
Documentary “Surviving Mommie Dearest” explores Christina Crawford’s horrid true accounts of abuse by her mother, Hollywood star Joan Crawford. Christina Crawford directed the film with Jerry Rosenberg, a Jax native, with special effects by Jax’s own Samuel Farmer. Parts of the movie were filmed here. The film screens Thursday at 2:30 p.m. at the San Marco Theatre.
Documentary “Messenger of Truth” follows the life of Polish Catholic priest Jerzy Popiełuszko’s fight for freedom and human rights and, horrifically, his murder by a communist agency. The film screens Sunday at 7:30 p.m. at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall.
Documentary “The Last Flight of Petr Ginz” explores the short life of the part-Jewish Czech boy and his horrible death when he was gassed at Auschwitz at the age of sixteen. He left behind a diary and a drawing of Earth. The film screens Thursday at 4 p.m. at the Jacksonville Public Library Auditorium.