NAPLES — Yesterday, the Naples Film Festival got off to a bang with a kickoff party and the premiere of "Honor Flight." Today the festivities move to Silverspot Cinema in North Naples, as the theater host a full day of films.
Below are five films showing at the festival that should be interesting:
"Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey": YouTube has brought fame to the likes of Korean rapper PSY and introduced the world to Justin Bieber. But one of the more interesting success stories is that of Arnel Pineda, whose YouTube videos would take him from the slums of Manila to fronting the rock band Journey. Can he adjust to the demands of his newfound fame? 113 minutes. Documentary. 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 4:15 p.m. Sunday.
"The Sapphires": While this film is not a documentary, it is based on a true story. It's 1968 and sisters Gail, Julie and Cynthia, and their cousin Kay, have been discovered by an Irish musician with an ear for Soul Music. Billed as Australia's pop answer to The Supremes, the sisters are set to embark on their first real gig entertaining U.S. Marines in Vietnam. 100 minutes. Narrative feature. 6 p.m. Today, and 7:50 p.m. Saturday.
If you go
If you go
Naples International Film Festival
Where: Silverspot Cinema, the Mercato, 9115 Strada Place, Naples
Films: Friday, Nov. 2-Sunday,Nov. 4, $12.50 per film or $125 for 12 film vouchers
Panel Discussions: Florida Filmmaking, 11 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 4, and Women Calling the Shots, 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 3. $1
"Starbuck": Just as David is ready to grow up, he finds out his mercenary sperm donations have resulted in 533 children, 142 of whom have filed a class-action lawsuit to determine the identity of their father. 109 minutes. Narrative feature. 5 p.m. Friday, and 5:30 p.m. Saturday.
"All I Want Is Christmas (aka Ira Finkelstein's Christmas)": This film may be one of the few kid-friendly films at the NIFF. All Ira, a Jewish 11-year-old, dreams of is having a white Christmas. When Ira's parents decide to ship him off to his grandparents in Florida for the holidays, his dreams are dashed. That is until he meets 11-year-old Mikey, a fellow traveler with a ticket to Christmastown, Wash. Narrative feature. 90 minutes. 2:15 p.m. Saturday and 2:15 p.m. Sunday.
"BFF Zombie" and "Gary": Part of the Florida Shorts Package, the creators behind these two films call Southwest Florida home. Florida is home to a lot of talented folks, so why not check out these director's work? In "BFF Zombie," teenager Skylar learns jealousy can reach from beyond the grave. While "Gary" tells the tale of a door-to-door makeup salesman who tries to reconnect with his estranged wife by creating a book of memories. Stick around after the films for a Q&A with the filmmakers. 79 minutes. Short films. 4:30 p.m. Friday and 12:20 p.m. Sunday.