Naples International Film Festival kicks off on Nov. 5; showtimes here

On Thursday, Nov. 5, 2009, the Naples International Film Festival kicks off it’s inaugural year with a screening of “The Cove,” an internationally-acclaimed documentary. But that’s just the beginning of what the festival has to offer.

All told more than 40 films, from three-minute shorts to two-hour dramas, will grace screens at the Silverspot Cinema, the Norris Center, the von Liebig Art Center and the Naples Philharmonic Center for the Arts.

What follows is a list and brief description of all films. Tickets are on sale at the various locations.

All films being shown for the Naples Film Festival from Nov. 6-8 at the Norris Center, 755 Eighth Ave. S., 213-3058, tickets $12; Silverspot Cinema, the Mercato, 9118 Strada Place, 592-0300, tickets $12.50; and the von Liebig Art Center, 585 Park Street, 262-6517, tickets $12; Naples Philharmonic Center for the Arts, 5833 Pelican Bay Boulevard, 597-1900, tickets $29.


“The Baker,” 5 and 8 p.m. Nov. 6 and 4:15 p.m. Nov. 8, Silverspot Cinema

Damien Lewis (star of NBC’s “Life”) and Michael Gambon (Dumbledore in the “Harry Potter” series) star in a romantic comedy about a hitman who tries to go straight.

“Bitter/Sweet,” 7:45 p.m, Nov. 7 and noon and 6:30 p.. Nov. 8, Silverspot Cinema

An American businessman (Kip Pardue of “Remember the Titans”) finds more than just the coffee he was sent to find on a trip to Thailand.

“The Cove,” 7:20 p.m. Thursday, Naples Philharmonic Center for the Arts

Director Louie Psihoyos uncovers the secret slaughter of thousands of dolphins in a Japanese fishing town, with Rick O’Barry who trained Flipper.

“Desdemona: A Love Story,” 5:15 Nov. 6 and 1:45 p.m. Nov. 7, Silverspot Cinema

As he is dying in a confessional, a man tells his life story, which involves kidnapping the woman he loves.

“Favorite Son,” 11 a.m. Nov. 6 and 2:15 p.m. Nov. 8, Silverspot Cinema

Rejected by a childhood girlfriend, a man forms an unlikely friendship with her troubled, teenaged son. Is their friendship on the level?

“That Evening Sun,” 8 p.m. Nov. 6, Silverspot Cinema

An aging farmer (Hal Holbrook) tries to hold on to his homestead, despite his son’s best efforts.

“Li Tong,” 1:45 p.m. Nov. 6 and 6:30 p.m. Nov. 7, Silverspot Cinema

An 8-year-old Chinese girl loses her bus pass and decides to walk home, ending up lost.

“True North,” 8:30 p.m. Nov. 7 and 4:45 p.m. Nov. 8, Silverspot Cinema

Desperate to save his father’s fishing boat from being seized by the bank, Sean agrees to smuggle Chinese immigrants to Scotland.


“The Back Nine,” 7 p.m. Nov. 7 and 5:45 p.m. Nov. 7, Silverspot Cinema

At 40, a man decides to follow his dream and become a professional golfer.

“A Bridge Life: Finding Our way Home,” 4 p.m., Nov. 7, Norris Center and 4:30 p.m., Silverspot Cinema

Dan Sheffer, a middle-class loan officer, travels to Houston to help relocate victims of Hurricane Katrina to Plantation, Fla.

“The Human Experience,” 11:45 a.m. Nov. 6, Silverspot Cinema and 4 p.m. Nov. 7, Norris Center

A band of brothers travel the globe in search of the meaning of life and why searching for it is important.

“MomZ Hot Rocks,” 11:30 a.m. and 8:45 p.m. Nov. 7 Silverspot Cinema

A look at the explosion of “mom rock bands” both in America and abroad.

“Nerdcore Rising,” 6:45 p.m. Nov. 7 and 2:30 P.M. Nov. 8, Silverspot Cinema

“Nerdcore” follows MC Frontalot, the “godfather” of a hip-hop genre dubbed nerdcore, as he embarks on his first national tour.

“Shooting Beauty,” 3 p.m. Nov. 6, Silverspot Cinema and 7 p.m. Nov. 6, von Liebig Art Center

Aspiring fashion photographer Courtney Bent’s career takes a turn when she discovers beauty in the lives of people with significant disabilities.

“The Way We Get By,” 1 p.m. Nov. 6 and 4:15 p.m. Nov. 7, Silverspot Cinema

A documentary about troop greeters — senior citizens who gather daily at a small airport to thank American soldiers leaving for and returning to Iraq.

“InGREEDients,” 1:30 p.m. Nov. 7 and 12:15 p.m. Nov. 8, Silverspot Cinema

Registered nurse and filmmaker David Buron delves into the correlation of diet and illness.

“Official Rejection,” 12:15 and 3:45 p.m. Nov. 6 and 6:45 p.m. Nov. 8, Silverspot Cinema

Following filmakers on the festival circuit, this film looks at the politics, pitfalls and costs of life at film fests.


“The Things We Do for Love” series. All shorts shown together at 2:45 p.m. Nov. 6 and 3:45 p.m. Nov. 7, Silverspot Cinema and 8 p.m. Nov. 7, Norris Center

“The Optician”

An optometrist finds magic glasses that help him see into the future. But the more he uses them, the more things become uncertain.

“Le Prix a Payer”

A small-time crook and his girlfriend plan to use a heist to finance a new life in Hawaii.

“You’re Outta Here”

A descendant of Betty Boop tells her no-good boyfriend to beat it.

“Max & Helena”

Twice divorced Max falls in love with Helena, a waitress at a French bistro.

“Sun Sessions”

A teenage Elvis freak gets his bandmates to help him when back his girlfriend.


“Cutting Edge Comedy” series. All shown together at 6:15 Nov. 6, Silverspot Cinema and 7 p.m. Nov. 7, von Liebig Art Center


Bethany, a teenage girl, wants to break free from her overbearing mother. But first, she has to endure her mom’s plans for the prom.

“My Four Inch Precious”

A garbage man falls in love with a four-inch tall woman.


An animated mockumentary about penguins.

“Please Recycle”

A mockumentary about a group of friends who gather to frolic in fallen leaves.


An imaginery smile flies from person to person making each happy along the way.

“Good Rules for Bad Guys”

A 1950s era educational film on how to be a better supervillian.

“Bronx Balletomane”

A father and daughter discover their love for ballet.

“The Arts” series. All shown together 3 p.m. Nov., Silverspot Cinema and 7 p.m. Nov. 6, von Liebig Art Center

“Patience of the Memory”

A surrealist, avant-garde animation conjouring up the memory of Dresden.


A look at DaVinci before he created his masterpieces.

“Amalie & Alchemy”

A photographer attempts to use an antique-technique to capture his four-year-old daughter on film.


These films were shot by local filmmakers, often using local talent and locations.

Feature film

“The Knowers,” 4:45 p.m. Nov. 8, Silverspot Cinema

Shot entirely in Naples, using local actors, “The Knowers” tells the story of relics found in the Yucatan jungles, which are sent back to Naples for testing.

Documentary films

“Big Cypress Swamp: The Western Everglades,” 1:15 p.m. Nov. 7, Silverspot Cinema and 6 p.m. Nov. 7, the Norris Center

Filmmaker Elam Stoltzfus journeys through the Big Cypress Swamp and its river of grass.

“Immokalee U.S.A.,” 11:30 a.m. Nov. 8, Silverspot Cinema

A look at the struggles of migrant works and the people who try to help them in Immokalee.


This group of films will be shown together at 2:45 p.m. Nov. 8, Silverspot Cinema

“Dear Baseball: I Love You”

A love poem to baseball, with narration by Hall of Fame announcer Marty Brenneman.


A boy finds his little brother missing. Shot with a cast and crew from Naples High School.

“The Resurrection of Amalia Medoza”

A tragic accident left Amalia Mendoza without most of her face. But a Naples man has a solution.

“Useppa Island: Florida’s Secret Silver Mine”

A small barrier island off Florida’s west coast has 12,000 years of history.

“Selling Buddha”

Local director Ken Olson put this film together after meeting a group of fellow cineasts.

“Purple Martin”

Local director Eric Raddatz decides to see if he can make a movie in one day.

“The Chocolate Fetish”

Cristina works in the kitchen preparing chocolates, while her husband, Gabriel, is seducing a young female customer.

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