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2018 Naples International Film Festival


The 5 Browns:
Digging Through the Darkness

2018, NR, USA, Documentary, English, 99 minutes
  Florida Premiere
  Filmmakers in Attendance
  Juried Film

Director: Ben Niles
Producers: Ben Niles, Executive Producer, Geralyn White Dreyfous
Cast: Deondra Brown, Desirae Brown, Gregory Brown, Melody Brown, Ryan Brown

Siblings and Juilliard-trained pianists The 5 Browns were on top of the world — but not all was as it seemed. Digging Through the Darkness follows the siblings’ journey from a triumphant musical career to the disclosure of sexual abuse at the hands of their father, and their search for healing in the aftermath.

Friday, October 26, 3:15pm
Saturday, October 27, 11am

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Bathtubs Over Broadway

2018, NR, USA, Documentary, English, 87 minutes
  Florida Premiere
  Filmmakers in Attendance
  Juried Film

Director: Dava Whisenant
Producers: Amanda Spain, Dava Whisenant, Susan Littenberg, Ozzy Inguanzo
Writers: Ozzy Inguanzo, Dava Whisenant
Cast: Martin Short, David Letterman, Chita Rivera, Jello Biafra, Susan Stroman, Sheldon Harnick, Florence Henderson

Comedy writer Steve Young’s assignment to scour bargain-bin vinyl for a Late Night segment becomes an unexpected, decades-spanning obsession when he stumbles upon the strange and hilarious world of industrial musicals in this comedic music documentary. With David Letterman, Chita Rivera, Martin Short, Susan Stroman, Sheldon Harnick, Jello Biafra and more.

Friday, October 26, 6pm
Sunday, October 28, 1:35pm

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2018, NR, USA, Documentary, English, 88 minutes
  Florida Premiere
  Filmmakers in Attendance
  Juried Film

Director: Robin Hauser
Producers: Robin Hauser; Christie Herring

Bias challenges us to confront our hidden biases and understand what we risk when we follow our gut. By exposing her own biases, award-winning documentary filmmaker Robin Hauser highlights the nature of implicit bias, the grip it holds on our social and professional lives, and what it will take to induce change.

Saturday, October 27, 3:30pm
Sunday, October 28, 11:05am

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Chef Flynn

2018, NR, United States, Documentary, English, 83 minutes

Director: Cameron Yates
Producers: Laura Coxson, Philipp Engelhorn
Cast: Flynn McGarry, Meg McGarry

After transforming his living room into a supper club, “Teen Chef” Flynn McGarry lands on the cover of The New York Times Magazine. Every step of his journey is documented by his artist mother as Flynn sets out to challenge the hierarchy of the culinary world.

Friday, October 26, 1:15pm
Sunday, October 28, 4:15pm

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The Push

2018, NR, USA, Documentary, English, 90 minutes
  Filmmakers in Attendance

Director: Grant Korgan, Brian Niles
Producers: Jeff Allard, Grant Korgan, Shawna Korgan, Tal Fletcher, Geoff Callan
Writers: Grant Korgan, Brian Niles, Lisa Bernard
Cast: Grant Korgan, Shawna Korgan, Tal Fletcher

Adventure athlete and paraplegic Grant Korgan embarks on a formidable expedition across the final degree of latitude on earth to the South Pole. With his custom sit-ski, Korgan propels himself using only his arms to make the perilous trek through the most inhospitable place on earth.

Friday, October 26, 6:15pm
Saturday, October 27, 11:15am

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Sammy Davis, Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me

2018, NR, USA, Documentary, English, 100 minutes

Director: Sam Pollard
Producers: Sally Rosenthal, Michael Kantor
Writer: Laurence Maslon
Cast: Jerry Lewis, Whoopi Goldberg, Norman Lear, Quincy Jones, Billy Crystal, Sammy Davis, Jr.

Sammy Davis, Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me is the first major film documentary to examine Davis’ vast talent and his journey for identity through the shifting tides of civil rights and racial progress during 20th-century America.

Friday, October 26, 11am
Sunday, October 28, 6:15pm

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Science Fair

2018, PG, USA, Documentary, English, 90 minutes

Director: Cristina Costantini, Darren Foster
Producers: Cristina Costantini, Darren Foster, Jeffrey Plunkett
Writers: Jeffrey Plunkett, Darren Foster, Cristina Costantini

Science Fair follows nine high school students as they navigate through challenges on their journey to the International Science and Engineering Fair, where brilliant teens from 78 countries compete for the Best in Fair title. The film offers a front seat to the lives of incredible group of teenagers on their path to change the world.

Friday, October 26, 4pm
Saturday, October 27, 1:30pm

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Studio 54

2018, NR, USA, Documentary, English, 98 minutes

Director: Matt Tyrnauer
Producers: John Battsek, Cory Reeser, Matt Tynauer
Cast: Steve Rubell, Ian Schrager

Steve Rubell and Ian Schrager, two college friends from Brooklyn, dreamed of creating an escapist fantasy in the heart of Manhattan’s theater district. They built Studio 54 in 1978, offering an exclusive haven of hedonism, tolerance, glitz and glamour… until the fallout of a financial scandal brought the dream to an end.

Saturday, October 27, 5:30pm
Sunday, October 28, 4pm

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White Tide: The Legend of Culebra

2018, NR, USA, Documentary, English, 85 minutes
  Florida Premiere
  Filmmakers in Attendance
  Juried Film
  Florida Film

Director: Theo Love
Producers: Bryan Storkel, Theo Love
Cast: Rodney Hyden, Jamie Hyden, Emily Hyden

Rodney Hyden is a dreamer: a small business owner and family man from Central Florida. But in the Great Recession’s wake, he hatches a plan to retrieve a stash of cocaine worth $2 million from a secret location in the Caribbean. Rodney sets out in pursuit of his own American dream with surprising results.

Friday, October 26, 8:35pm
Saturday, October 27, 4pm

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Yellow is Forbidden

2018, NR, New Zealand, Documentary, Chinese, English, French
  Florida Premiere
  Chinese with English Subtitles

Director: Pietra Brettkelly
Producers: Pietra Brettkelly, Richard Fletcher, Naomi Wallwork
Writers: Pietra Brettkelly
Cast: Guo Pei, Philip Treacy, Wendi Murdoch, Godfrey Deeny

Haute couture from China is surely just a fantasy for the historically drably-dressed masses. But a brave, daring and diminutive artist has entered the world stage chasing the dream every designer has — to join the exclusive, savage world of Haute Couture… and Guo Pei’s Cinderella story doesn’t end at the ball.

Friday, October 26, 11:45am
Sunday, October 28, 5:45pm

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Films are not rated except where noted. These films are not intended for children unless indicated as Family Friendly.
All programming and dates are subject to change.


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