Grand Prize Winner
a. k. a. DOC POMUS
U.S. Premiere—U.S.A.—99 minutes
A documentary directed by Peter Miller and
Pomus' dramatic life is one of American music's great untold stories. Paralyzed
with polio as a child, Brooklyn-born Jerome Felder reinvented himself first as a
blues singer, renaming himself Doc Pomus, then emerged as a one of the most
brilliant songwriters of the early rock and roll era, writing "Save the Last
Dance for Me," "This Magic Moment," "A Teenager in Love," "Viva Las Vegas," and
dozens of other hits.
most of his life Doc was confined to crutches and a wheelchair, but he lived
more during his sixty-five years than others could experience in several
lifetimes. Packed with incomparable music and rare archival imagery, a.k.a.
DOC POMUS features interviews with his collaborators and friends, including
Dr. John, Ben E. King, Joan Osborne, Shawn Colvin, Dion, Leiber and Stoller, and
a.k.a Doc Pomus was conceived by Doc's daughter, Sharyn Felder. It comes
from the same team that gave us the documentary film Jews and Baseball: An
American Love Story, which screened at the 2010 Stony Brook Film Festival.
That team includes: Directors Peter Miller and William Hechter, Producers
William Hechter and Peter Miller, Director of Photography Antonio Rossi and
Editor Amy Linton.
Produced by William Hechter, Peter Miller and Sharyn Felder. Director of
Photography: Antonio Rossi. From Clear Lake Historical Productions.
New York Premiere—Germany—100 minutes
Directed by Marcus O. Rosenmüller. Written by
Stephen Glantz and Rolf Schübel from a story by Art Bernd. With Kai Wiesinger,
Catherine Fleming, Gudrun Landgrebe, Elin Kolev, Mathilda Adamik, Imogen Burell,
Konstantin Wecker, Gedeon Burkhard, Natalia Avelon, Michael Mendl and Brigitte
Grothum. In German with subtitles.
Poltawa, Ukraine 1941: Three children who share
a love of music become friends. Larissa and Abrascha are a piano and violin duo
and exceptional young musical prodigies. The Jewish wunderkinder become friends
with Hanna, a young German girl in their town who admires them and shows promise
on the violin. All is well until German troops arrive in Poltawa and the
children and their families see their world turn upside down.
Produced by Alice and Artur Brauner, CCC Filmkunst. Director of Photography:
Roman Nowocien. From Global Screen.
Award Best Feature
New York Premiere—U.S.A.—82 minutes
Written and directed by Kurt Kuenne. With TJ
Thyne, Paula Rhodes, Chris Stone, Michelle Krusiec and Tamara Taylor.
Shuffle is the tale of a man who begins
experiencing his life out of order. Every day he wakes up at a different age, on
a different day of his life, never knowing where or when he's going to be once
he falls asleep. He's terrified and wants it to stop—until he notices a pattern
in his experience, and works to uncover why this is happening to him—and what or
who is behind it.
Part Twilight Zone-style mystery, part Frank
Capra fantasy, Shuffle stars TJ Thyne, co-star of the hit TV show
Bones. The film was written, directed and scored by Kurt Kuenne, filmmaker
of the acclaimed documentary
Dear Zachary: a letter to a son about his father and the hit short film
Validation, also starring TJ Thyne.
Produced by TJ Thyne, Kurt Kuenne, Dave Kuhr
and Chris Stone. Director of Photography: Kurt Kuenne. From Theatre Junkies
Award Best Feature
U.S. Premiere—The Netherlands—81 minutes
by Marnie Blok and Diederik Van Rooijen. Directed by Diederik Van Rooijen. With
Barry Atsma and Susan Visser. In Dutch with subtitles.
A young couple take a vacation to Buenos Aires
in an attempt to recapture their romance. While there, they inadvertently tape
the murder of an innocent man by a corrupt policeman, forcing them to find
resources they didn't know they had to fight for their lives as they attempt to
escape. A tense Dutch thriller.
Produced by Alain De Levita. Director of Photography: Lennert Hillege. From NL
Audience Choice - Best Short
BORDANDO LA FRONTERA
East Coast Premiere— U.S.A./Mexico—27
A film by René Rhi.
A father who would do almost anything to save
the life of his young daughter is faced with a difficult choice. In Spanish with
Jury Award - Best Short
SHOOT THE MOON
New York Premiere—U.S.A.—27 minutes
A film by Alexander Gaeta.
In a desperate effort to save her home and
family, Marcy Meyers turns to the only hope she has left: a nationally televised
game show Shoot the Moon.
Festival Achievement Award for Outstanding
GUILTY (Présumé Coupable)
France —102 minutes
Written by Hubert Delarue, Serge Frydman, Vincent Garenq and Alain Marécaux.
Directed by Vincent Garenq. With Philippe Torreton, Wladimir Yordanoff and
Noémie Lvovsky. In French with subtitles.
The Stony Brook Film Festival awards Philippe Torreton for his portrayal of the
real-life Alain Marécaux in the French feature GUILTY. In 2001, Marécaux and his
wife were arrested along with 12 other people for acts of pedophilia that they
never committed. During the ensuing years he faced a descent into hell as an
unjust and inhuman judicial system took its toll on him and his family. On
screen for the entire movie, Torreton’s unforgettable performance of an average
man facing inhuman persecution includes the re-enactment of Marécaux's hunger
strike, for which the actor lost over 50 pounds to portray.