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FILM FEST 919 Preview & Launch Party

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Silverspot Cinema

201 South Estes Drive

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Chapel Hill, NC 27514

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Join us for this special evening to launch Film Fest 919, set to debut in Fall 2018, which will bring together the best of the Triangle's culture & cuisine. We are thrilled to welcome the critically acclaimed feature film, THE FLORIDA PROJECT as it comes to Chapel Hill right on the heels of its successful debut at the Cannes and Toronto Film Festivals. The film’s writer/producer Chris Bergoch will be in attendance and will participate in a Q&A with veteran film journalist and FF919 film programmer, Claudia Puig.


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Warm, winning and gloriously alive, Sean Baker’s The Florida Project is a deeply moving and unforgettably poignant look at childhood.

Set on a stretch of highway just outside the imagined utopia of Disney World, The Florida Project follows six-year-old Moonee (Brooklynn Prince in a stunning breakout turn) and her rebellious mother Halley (Bria Vinaite, another major discovery) over the course of a single summer. The two live week to week at “The Magic Castle,” a budget motel managed by Bobby (a career-best Willem Dafoe), whose stern exterior hides a deep reservoir of kindness and compassion.

Despite her harsh surroundings, the precocious and ebullient Moonee has no trouble making each day a celebration of life, her endless afternoons overflowing with mischief and grand adventure as she and her ragtag playmates—including Jancey, a new arrival to the area who quickly becomes Moonee’s best friend— fearlessly explore the utterly unique world into which they’ve been thrown. Unbeknownst to Moonee, however, her delicate fantasy is supported by the toil and sacrifice of Halley, who is forced to explore increasingly dangerous possibilities in order to provide for her daughter.

With The Florida Project, Sean Baker gives life and a voice to a community rarely seen on screen. Through the winsome eyes and pained glances of Moonee, Halley, and Bobby, Baker has created a spellbinding and transformative portrait of contemporary lives lived in the margins that are otherwise too easily forgotten. The Florida Project declares, boldly and proudly, that anywhere can be a Magic Kingdom - it just depends on how you see it.


MEET THE FILMMAKER

Chris Bergoch is well known as the co-writer and associate producer of the award-winning films Starlet and Tangerine, as well as on the television shows Greg the Bunny, and its MTV spinoff Warren the Ape. Bergoch is a co-writer/producer of The Florida Project, where he re-teams once again with Starlet and Tangerine co-writer and director Sean Baker. The film was selected for the Directors Fortnight section at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival and made its North American Premiere as a Special Presentation at the Toronto International Film Festival to rave reviews.

6:00 – 7:00 VIP Cocktail reception

7:00 – 7:15 Welcome from festival founders, introduction of The Florida Project by the film’s writer and producer.

7:15 – 9:45 Film presentation and Q&A with Chris and moderated by Veteran Film Critic and festival programmer, Claudia Puig

After Film Presentation and Q & A, party the night away with featured dishes from one of the regions beloved culinary artists.


*This film is rated R and intended for mature audience.

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