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ZAYTOUN (Feature – Israel, UK) & LUCY (Short)

August 3, 2013 @ 9:20 am to approx. 11:30 pm

Coachella Valley Premiere – Sneak Preview ZAYTOUN
Showing with short “LUCY” –  Guest, Libby Blood, Director/Writer

In 1982, amid the Lebanese Civil War, Israeli pilot Yoni (Stephen Dorff) is shot down over Beirut and is taken prisoner by inhabitants of a Palestinian refugee camp.  Among the captors is ten-year-old Fahed, whose father obsessively tends to his prized, but sickly olive tree, refusing to replant it until they return to their ancestral land.

Despite his deep-rooted hatred for Yoni, Fahed realizes he can use him to get past the border and into “Palestine” to plant his father’s olive tree.  The two embark on a harrowing and dangerous journey – one that tests the very boundaries of humanity.  ZAYTOUN is a story of survival, reconciliation and friendship.

Runtime:  110 min
Writer:  Nader Rizq
Starring:  Stephen Dorff (SOMEWHERE and BLADE), Abdallah El Akal and Ali Suliman
Country:  UK | Israel
Language:  English | Arabic | Hebrew
Distributor:  Strand Releasing
Rating:  N/RFESTIVALS:  Toronto International Film Festival, Canada; BFI London Film Festival, UK Jewish Film Festival, UK; CPH PIX, Denmark; Jewish Film Festival Berlin and Potsdam, Germany; AFI Film Festival, Israel Film Festival, Los Angeles, , Seattle International Film Festival, USA, opening night film Stony Brook Jly 2013.AWARDS:  Toronto – Runners-Up prize for People’s Choice Award“Riklis has made a warm-hearted and well-intentioned movie that will appeal to audiences of all ages … “ The Hollywood Reporter
Website w/Trailer:  http://www.strandreleasing.com/films/film_details.asp?BusinessUnitID={BFD06A96-7612-4F21-AEC0-3452C34902C4}&ProjectID={F7169D6A-6CC2-E211-838A-D4AE527C3B65}Official Trailer:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n7seQlcJlAg

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with LUCY (10 minutes)   GUEST:  Libby Blood, Director/Writer.

Libby Blood’s ten minute film is set in 1939 war torn France.  LUCY explores the creative mind of an autistic 11-year-old girl and shows you how she turns her disability into a strength through her imagination.  The film was inspired by Libby’s little brother Luke who is autistic himself. It shows a fascinating and seldom seen side of autism and the souls who struggle with it.
Now with 54 individual film festival awards in the last 3 years with her four short films Libby is moving on to the Big Film Festival Circuit, Cable and The Talk Shows. Oprah and Ellen are showing interest in Libby and “LUCY”

FESTIVALS:  Newport Beach Film Festival – Achievement in Filmmaking Youth My Hero International Film Festival – 1st Place Student Narrative LDS Film Festival – 2nd Place – $300, Peoples Choice Award Picture This…Film Festival, Alberta, Canada – Honorable Mention BOSIFEST, Serbia, Russa – Official Selection 10th European Film Festival Koszalin, Poland – Official Selection Dances with Films Film Festival – Official Selection Orange County Film Festival – Best Short Film, Best Producer, Best Director, Filmmaker of the Year 2012. Harvard Westlake Film Festival – Best Director, Audience Favorite Screen Film Festival – Best Director, Audience Favorite Yorba Linda Film Festival – Best Short Film, Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Film Effects Notre Dame Film Festival – Best Narrative El Dorado Film Festival – Best Short Film, Best Editing, Best Cinematography, Storyteller Award


August 3, 2013
9:20 am to approx. 11:30 pm
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Desert Film Society


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