10th annual Saint Augustine Film Festival to be held

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The 10th annual Saint Augustine Film Festival is slated for Jan. 16-19, with movies at Lewis Auditorium, Corazon Cinema & Café and Gamache-Koger Theater. Tickets to individual films are $10 for general admission and $8 for seniors age 60 and up. 

There are three different Film Badges: ALL ACCESS provides entrance to all films at any venue plus four parties for $180; ALL FILM provides entrance to all films at any venue for $120; LEWIS provides entrance to all films at Lewis Auditorium and Gamache-Koger for $70.

The Festival will show 21 feature films, 10 documentaries and 11 shorts, plus a selection of Flagler College student films. 

Three films of particular local interest are:

“America’s Untold Story,” shown free of charge in two episodes, PART I, 7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 16, and PART II, 6 p.m., Sunday, Jan 19. The first permanent European settlement in the nation was founded two generations before the Pilgrims arrived in 1565. The film uncovers the story of America that never made it into textbooks. It was shot in and around Saint Augustine. Narrator: Jimmy Smits.

“Where There is Darkness,” Saturday, Jan. 18, Noon.  Fr. Rene Robert was regarded as a "living saint" in the tight-knit community of St. Augustine. But when he began helping ex-convicts get their lives together after prison, the people closest to him worried that he was putting his life at risk—especially the local sheriff, David Shoar, one of Fr. Rene’s longtime friends.

“Gamble Rogers: Down at The Terminal Tavern,” Sunday, Jan. 19. Live music begins 3:45 p.m. and the film at 4:15. Rogers was a wry humorist and chronicler of the classic misadventures and country shenanigans of backwoods scofflaws, loading ramp philosophers and truly sorry individuals who inhabit his fictional Oklawaha County. Also an outstanding guitar player and accomplished songwriter, the documentary traces the life and career of a unique and talented artist. 

The Festival is very international, sponsored in part by the St. Johns Tourist Development Council, the State of Florida Dept. of State Division of Cultural Affairs, hosted by Flagler College and The Corazon and produced by The Fort Lauderdale international Film festival. For more information on the films, tickets or in general, email Info@FLIFF.com or visit www.StAugFilmFest.com.

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