Winners of the 21st Annual
Stony Brook Film Festival
Island Federal Credit Union
Sea and Land
Coast Premiere - Finland, Estonia, Germany - 93 min
Directed by Klaus Härö. Written by Anna Heinämaa.
Mart Avandi, Ursula Ratasepp, Lembit Ulfsak, Liisa Koppel, Hendrik Toompere Sr.
Estonian and Russian with subtitles
Fleeing the Russian secret police, a young Estonian fencer returns to his
homeland where he becomes a teacher at a local school. But when the past catches
up with him, he must choose between letting his students down or putting his own
life in danger. Based on the real life story of an Estonian fencer Endel Nelis,
this beautiful, brilliantly understated film was Finland's entry into this
year’s Academy Awards.
Columbia - 98 min
Director: Manolo Cruz.
Co-director: Carlos del Castillo.
Written by Manolo Cruz. With Manolo Cruz, Vicky Hernández, and Viviana
Spanish with subtitles
yearns to go in the ocean across the street from his house, but suffers from an
illness that prevents him from doing so. This
absorbing journey into the lives of those who live off Colombia’s Caribbean
coast boasts an incredible performance by the film’s writer, Manolo Cruz, as the
young man with a debilitating neurological disorder. Vicky Hernandez
brings her talent to the sensitive, loving role of the mother. A haunting and original
story you’ll not see anywhere else.
Coast Premiere - Italy, United
Kingdom - 10 min
film by Francesco Gabriele
In Italian and
English with subtitles
In a small Italian village, Antonio translates the
confession of an English-speaking woman to the local priest…kind of.
Audience Award-Best Short
Switzerland - 16 min
In French with subtitles
A film by
Unhappy in love, Mary
Lou decides to reconnect with her religious roots by marrying a practicing Jew.
Audience Award-Best Short
Australia - 4 min
In English and Italian with subtitles
A film by
Josh is in Venice, Mum
is in Sydney. Josh doesn't understand backpacking, Mum doesn't understand Skype.
2016 Special Recognition by the Jury - Achievement in Filmmaking
Premiere - United States - 92 min
Directed by Lee Wilkof. Written by Ethan Sandler. With Gabriel Byrne
Usual Suspects, Miller’s Crossing), Nathan Lane (The Producers, The
Birdcage), Frances Conroy (Six Feet Under, The Aviator), Boyd Gaines
and Jon Michael Hill (Elementary).
film about about hanging out, hanging in, and hanging on. Gabriel Byrne, playing
comically against type, portrays aging actor Lester Rosenthal, a man who has
lost his way with his career, his family, and his friends. A hilarious Nathan
Lane, along with Frances Conroy and Boyd Gaines, portray his fellow thespians,
all waiting for the right role to come along as they hang out in the Actors
Special Recognition by the Jury - Spirit of Independent Filmmaking
Premiere - United States - 85 minutes
Written and directed by John Putch.
Wil Love (Route 30), David DeLuise (Route 30, Mojave Phone Booth),
Dendrie Taylor (The Fighter),
Farrell, Robert Picardo (Star Trek: Voyager), Alicia Fusting, Catherine Blane,
Carl Schurr, Kevin Horton, Katrina Yaukey, Jamie Rose.
Director John Putch
Happiness, Mojave Phone Booth, Route 30) returns to the Stony Brook Film Festival for the
fourth time with
the World Premiere of his latest feature The Father and the Bear. A
retired character actor with diagnosed dementia (WIL LOVE), longs to perform at
his beloved summer theater one last time. Against his daughter’s wishes (DENDRIE
TAYLOR), he accepts a role from the newly installed artistic director (DAVID
DeLUISE) who is unaware of the man’s condition.
2016 Special Recognition by the Jury - Timely Social Commentary
York Premiere - United States - 70 min
Written and directed by Delaney Ruston.
people spend an average of 6.5 hours a day on cell phones, computers and other
devices, and that doesn't include the time they use screens for school and
homework. How can parents help their kids find a healthy balance between social
media, video games, academics and the internet, especially when they have to
struggle with the same issues themselves? Filmed by Dr. Delaney Ruston, local
physician and mother of two, this fascinating documentary explores the question
of how much screen time is too much.
Thanks to HBO for
sponsoring the Closing Night Awards Reception
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