Dates announced for year three of the Fort Myers Film Festival, including popular indie night series TGIM

Posted on June 14, 2012


Dates announced for year three of the Fort Myers Film Festival, including popular indie night series TGIM @ SBDAC

The Fort Myers Film Festival’s 3rd annual festival will be held March 20-24, 2013 at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall, Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center, Alliance for the Arts, Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre as well as numerous ancillary locations to be announced later. Submissions can be made directly at

Last year’s festival brought in thousands of film enthusiasts with sophisticated interest in the independent arts. While over two dozen filmmakers came from as far as Montreal, San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Denver, many of them were from Lee, Collier and Charlotte counties.

“It was better than Sundance,” Eric Raddatz the founder and director said after the festivities. “It still actually has a feel like the independent voice is being heard without extreme commercial or political interests hindering it. This is how all of the big festivals once were—it is better this way.”

With over 77 films being shown over a four day period the directors have announced that after many requests to replay some of the more popular and award-winning they will have a six-week series that will play such films on Monday nights at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center.

Starting Monday, July 30, 2012 the popular indie show TGIM will feature films you wish you’d not have missed festival time. Admission is $5. Doors open at the center starting at 6:30 p.m. for a 2-4-1 happy hour with the show starting at 7 p.m. The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center is located in downtown Fort Myers at 2301 First Street. Join filmmakers and indie enthusiasts for dinner and drinks at Ford’s Garage prior to the event and get $2 off your entry. Then enjoy the afterparty, if you wish, at Twisted Vine for late night happy hour on the patio every Monday.

The Missed it Monday’s schedule will take place every Monday between July 30—September 3, 2012.

Fort Myers Film Festival’s TGIM: Thank God it’s Indie Mondays with host Eric Raddatz will start with a bang September 10, 2012 with festivities like last years activities including indie music, short indie films, judges, intellectualization, audience participation with full bar and food treats. The series will continue through February 25, 2013 showing films in consideration for their 2013 festival that the audience and celebrity judges will be able to weigh in on. Then their 3rd annual festival will be held March 20-24, 2013.

To see footage from interviews at this year’s festival go to or to view photos on Facebook and follow updates on Twitter.

The full schedule is as follows.

Monday, July 30, 2012

The Power Of Two (93m, U S A) dir. by Marc Smolowitz

THE POWER OF TWO is a feature documentary that tells the remarkable story of twin sisters, two cultures, and two new chances at life. Inspired by their 2007 memoir, the film offers an intimate portrayal of the bond between half-Japanese twin sisters Anabel Stenzel and Isabel Stenzel Byrnes, their lifelong battle with the fatal genetic disease Cystic Fibrosis, survival through miraculous double lung transplants, and improbable emergence as authors, athletes and global advocates for organ donation. Featuring expert interviews, archival footage and deeply personal testimony from the twins and others whose lives have been impacted by organ transplantation from the U.S. and Japan, the film provides unprecedented insight into the personal and societal aspects of this modern medical miracle affecting millions worldwide.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Technically Crazy * (86m, U S A) dir. by Greg Shouse, Dan Riddle

Technically Crazy is a simple story about two very complex characters. A sixteen year old, bipolar, runaway named Jay breaks into the house of a retired former cop named Bill, just as he is on the verge of committing suicide. What follows is a spirited push and pull interaction that continues with intense and humorous results. It’s about how these two move from distrust to understanding and come to realize that even though they might drive each other crazy, technically or otherwise, they need each other. Together they help fix what is broken in the other.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Ecstasy of Order: The Tetris Masters * (92m, U S A) dir. by Adam Cornelius

‘Ecstasy of Order: The Tetris Masters’ tracks down the top world-record-holding Tetris players as they prepare to compete in the 2010 Classic Tetris World Championship. Witness the Masters as they reveal their secrets, recount their decades-long obsession with the game, and enter the transcendental state required to reach the highest levels known as the ‘Ecstasy of Order’.

Monday, August 20, 2012

A Schizophrenic Love Story (98m, U S A) dir. by Glenn Levy

A 20 something schizophrenic hermit consults his three delusions: Mary Mother of Jesus, Einstein, and a vampire for love advice when his quirky new neighbor Lily shows up with frozen yogurt and secrets of her own

Monday, August 27, 2012

Journey to Jamaa (42m, U S A) dir. by Michael Landon Jr.

Journey to Jamaa is the true and deeply moving account of the difficult and often dangerous journey two orphaned children are forced to make to find their only remaining family. With their mother’s last dying wish to guide them and nowhere else to turn, young Margaret and Derick set out on a journey across Africa that will touch your heart. Produced by World Vision and directed by award winning producer Michael Landon Jr., Journey to Jamaa is a poignant and inspiring story where tragedy and hardship ultimately lead to the discovery of hope, family… and the very heart of God.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Ordinary Joe * (79m, U S A) dir. by Carlo Gennarelli

Meet Joe Sciacca, a beer drinking, blue-collar roofer and Vietnam War veteran from Long Island, New York. Contrary to appearances this ‘Ordinary Joe’ has a life purpose that proves to be anything but mundane. Driven by complex motives, Joe annually returns to Vietnam, traveling its back alleys and country roads seeking out the poor, diseased and disabled, delivering to them his own brand of aid and hope. By adopting a ‘do-it-yourself’ attitude this brash New Yorker has become an unlikely champion to a far away and seemingly forgotten people.

TGIM: THANK GOD for INDIE MONDAYS: Indie films & music every Monday

Monday, September 10, 2012—February 28, 2013

Enjoy indie films in consideration for the 2013 Fort Myers Film Festival with judges, host Eric Raddatz, co-host Melissa DeHaven, musical guests and performances from local talent. Come get a transparent view of how we select our official programming, grab a drink and intellectualize with the indie community.. $5 at door. 2-4-1 SOCIAL HOUR 6:30-7p.m.The Fort Myers Film Festival supports Lee County Schools filmmakers and Southwest Florida Children’s Hospital. Sponsored by UNIT A, Florida Weekly, Garth Francis Photography, Edison Restaurant, Bennett’s Fresh Roast Coffee & Patrick Buckley Law Offices

Wednesday, March 20, 2013 BBMANN GALA

Thursday, March 21, 2013 FMff official programming

Friday, March 22, 2013 SBDAC GALA & official programming

Saturday, March 23, 2013 FMff official programming

Sunday, March 24, 2013 BWAY PALM AWARDS & official programming


Indie, or independent film, is film that is produced mostly outside of a major film studio. The term also refers to art films which differ noticeably from most mass marketed films. Which means you will find interesting creations shot here, and internationally, with ideas you may never have thought of or considered before. Some address issues you may never have heard of. Others will provoke thoughtful contemplation on points of view you have currently no idea of. The Fort Myers Film Festival is an intelligent independent filmmaker’s preferred event to create, unite and showcase the finest artistic cinematic works. The inaugural event is a must attend for filmmakers living in Lee, Collier and Charlotte counties.

The Fort Myers Film Festival is dedicated to supporting local filmmakers visions in Southwest Florida. Come see movies you cannot see anywhere else alongside a talented group of hosts on a locally taped show with musical guests, celebrity hosts, comedic acts and a public way too serious about getting brainy.


The Fort Myers Film Festival is an intelligent independent filmmaker’s preferred event to create, unite and showcase the finest artistic cinematic works. The inaugural event is a must attend for filmmakers living in Lee, Collier and Charlotte counties.

The Fort Myers Film Festival is proud to support The Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida and Lee County Student Film Festival

To have your film screened all submissions, volunteers, sponsorships and media requests may be directed to or

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