2014 Syracuse International Film Festival

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Welcome to the 11th Annual Syracuse International Film Festival. We invite you to come join us for an exciting week of film and events.


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There will be parties, meet and greets and photo ops galore throughout the entire Festival. You never know who will be in town, and will drop in to visit!


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Attention Filmmakers!

We've gotten lots of requests to submit - and even submissions for - our annual Syracuse International Film Festival. Our Festival is invitation only, but we're here to be all things film! So read all about our Spring Fest , an event aimed at celebrating the efforts of local filmmakers. All the details are here >>

  • Sunday October 5 1:30 pm
    Social Justice Showcase
    Le Moyne College
    Charles Lane, a celebrated American filmmaker from the South Bronx, will show his film, Sidewalk Stories, hold a Q&A, and receive the Bassel Shehade Award for Social Justice. This beautiful film was created in 1989, and will be re-released on Blu-Ray on October 7 - so enjoy the big screen version, then get a copy to enjoy again at home! In this black & white, nearly silent movie, a young African American street artist finds himself caring for a toddler whose father has been killed, and as he hunts for her mother, he encounters her father's killers.

  • Tuesday, October 7 7pm
    Film Talks: Nick Cassavetes
    Life Sciences Building  Auditorium
    SU Campus
    Actor/writer/director Nick Cassavetes. This is the first of four FilmTalks programs to be held throughout the 2014/15 season. The FilmTalks series is sponsored by the Le Moyne College Film Program with additional support from the Syracuse University Film Program, and produced by Syracuse International Film Festival. Our guest is Nick Cassavetes, who will screen his film Unhook the Stars , a character study about Mildred, an elderly woman who has spent her life caring for others. When her daughter finally leaves home, she soon becomes involved in the life of a young mother whose husband has left her. Mildred learns that there's more to life than taking care of others. Nick will talk about the filmmaking process, and answer your questions!
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  • Wednesday, October 8 7pm
    Silent Film Music Event: Safety Last
    Palace Theater
    Charlie Chaplin's short film,  Mabel's Strange Predicament will be screened with music by guest composer Canadian pianist/composer Nathalie Khoriaty. Then enjoy our feature film: Safety Last , starring Harold Lloyd with live music composed by American film composer Rob Deemer. Music will be performed by Central New York musicians. The Society for New Music is our partner in this exciting production.
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  • Thursday, October 9 7pm
    Special CNY Screening: Is That You
    Palace Theater
    Dani Menkin, a noted Israeli filmmaker will be back in town to show us his final cut of Is That You . This film was locally made and features many local actors and participants. The film was nominated for Film of the Year at the Israeli Film Festival, and had a recent showing at the Montreal International Film Festival.  Follow the road trip of Ronnie as he seeks the long-lost love of his life. Is it ever too late to rekindle that first love? Dani will join us for the screening and to talk about his art.

  • Friday, October 10
    Filmmakers' Seminar
    Eric Mower + Associates
    If you are a filmmaker you will not want to miss this free event. Festival special guests and the CNY Film Commissioner will talk about filmmaking, the local scene, and answer questions. Seating is limited to 50 guests. Request your reservation today.
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  • Friday, October 10 7pm
    Sophia Award
    Palace Theater
    Sally Kirkland has a place in just about everyone's list of "best movies," with such hits as Private Benjamin, The Sting, The Way We Were. Coming Apart, and A Star Is Born . A veteran of television as well as film, Sally will be with us to screen her choice of film, and to receive the Film Festival's Sophia Award for Lifetime Achievement.

  • Friday, October 10 9:45pm
    Palace Theatre
    A female superstar struggling to make it big in Bollywood. Indian Filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar will lead a Q&A following the film, and welcome guests at a Meet & Greet!

  • Saturday, October 11 1pm
    Landmark Theatre
    Madhur Bhandarkar will screen his film, Fashion , following a discussion of the changes in Indian filmmaking with Professor Tula Goenka of Syracuse University. Bhandarkar, from this year's Film Festival featured country, is a National Award winning director, script wrtier and producer. Fashion tells the behind-the-scenes story of the fashion industry, and was highly recognized at the 2009 National Awards in India. Bhandarkar will also receive the Film Festival's highest honor, The Sophia!

  • Saturday, October 11 4:30pm
    Yellow - Nick Cassavetes
    Landmark Theatre
    Film at 7
    Nick Cassavetes will receive a Sophia Award, and screen his not-yet-released film, Yellow, starring Melanie Griffith, Lucy Punch, and Sienna Miller.

  • Saturday, October 11 9:15pm
    Sam Lloyd
    Landmark Theater
    Best known as the beaten-down lawyer in the TV series, Scrubs , Sam attended Syracuse University. An actor and musician, Sam has appeared regularly in Cougar Town, Desperate Housewives, Malcolm in the Middle, NYPD Blue, Spin City, and many more! He'll be joined by Paul Perry, the musician who composed the theme song for Scrubs , and will screen an episode of that show, as well as an early film , Fan Mail.

  • Saturday, October 11
    Fashion - Special Event!
    12:30 pm: Landmark Theater: Meet International Fashion Models
    1:00pm: Landmark Theater: Screen Fashion
    4:15pm: Landmark Theater: Reception for Madhur Bhandarkar
    7pm: Esmeralda's International Fashion Weekend at the M.O.S.T.
    10pm: Benjamin's on Franklin: Fashion Party!
    Your VIP Pass will get you into all these exclusive events! Hurry - they'll be going fast!

  • Sunday, October 12 3:30pm
    Carol North Schmuckler New Filmmakers Showcase
    Watson Auditorium
    Syracuse University
    Work by student filmmakers from the Filmmaking Program at Syracuse University and the International Filmmaking Academy in Bologna, Italy.
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  • Sunday, October 12 4pm
    Ship of Theseus
    Landmark Theatre
    Ship of Theseus is a 2013 Indian drama written and directed by Anand Ghandi, and produced by actor Sohum Shah. The film explores "questions of identity, justice, beauty, meaning and death, through the stories of an experimental photographer, an ailing monk, and an enterprising stockbroker," played by Aida El-Kashef, Neeraj Kabi, and Sohum Shah. It was voted Film of the Year in 2013.

  • Sunday, October 12 7pm
    Festival Finale
    Landmark Theater
    Fruitvale Station
    Michael B. Jordan and Justin Nappi (Treehouse Productions) will join us for a screening of the highly acclaimed Fruitvale Station. Jordan starred as Wallace in the HBO hit series, The Wire , and as quarterback Vince Howard in Friday Night Lights on NBC. He also played recovered alcoholic, Alex, on NBC's Parenthood . Featured in the never-to-be-forgotten The Sopranos , he was also seen in the Keanu Reeves film, Hardball. He will soon be seen as The Human Torch in the 2015 release of The Fantastic Four . In 2013, Jordan played shooting victim Oscar Grant in the critically-acclaimed film, Fruitvale Station. He and Nappi, who made his appearance possible, will be here to chat after the screening.