The 2009 Bahamas International Film Festival runs from December 10th -17th and will open with the movie Children of God
Set against the backdrop of a nation grappling with violent homophobia, this film tells the story of Jon, a white Bahamian artist who faces losing his scholarship at a local University and Lena a conservative religious woman who is struggling with a crumbling marriage. Both escape city life in Nassau to the island of Eleuthera, where their worlds collide.
Directed by: Kareem Mortimer,
Produced by: Trevite Willis, Richard Lemay, Jay Gotlieb
Starring: Van Brown, Johnny Ferro Mark Ford, Margaret Kemp, Stephen Tyrone
Movie website: http://www.childrenofgodthemovie.com/
**Sidenote** Mortimer also had a film called FLOAT which won the audience award at the 2006 BIFF and is now being aired on a Viacom/MTV run station called Logo. It is up for Best Romance film of this season on the channels website so vote for them at
And closing off the festival will be PRECIOUS
Introducing Gabourey Sidibe who stars in the movie
Winner of three awards at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival, including the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award in the U.S. Dramatic Competition, Lee Daniels’s PRECIOUS: BASED ON THE NOVEL “PUSH” BY SAPPHIRE is a vibrant, honest and resoundingly hopeful film about the human capacity to grow and overcome. Set in Harlem in 1987, it is the story of Claireece “Precious” Jones (Gabourey Sidibe), a sixteen-year-old African-American girl born into a life no one would want. She’s pregnant for the second time by her absent father; at home, she must wait hand and foot on her mother (Mo’Nique), a poisonously angry woman who abuses her emotionally and physically. School is a place of chaos, and Precious has reached the ninth grade with good marks and an awful secret: she can neither read nor write. Precious may sometimes be down, but she is never out. Beneath her impassive expression is a watchful, curious young woman with an inchoate but unshakeable sense that other possibilities exist for her. Threatened with expulsion, Precious is offered the chance to transfer to an alternative school, Each One/Teach One. Precious doesn’t know the meaning of “alternative,” but her instincts tell her this is the chance she has been waiting for. In the literacy workshop taught by the patient yet firm Ms. Rain (Paula Patton), Precious begins a journey that will lead her from darkness, pain and powerlessness to light, love and self determination.
Lionsgate in association with Oprah Winfrey and Tyler Perry present A Lee Daniels Entertainment / Smokewood Entertainment Group Production of PRECIOUS: BASEDON THE NOVEL ‘PUSH’ BY SAPPHIRE.
Starring:Mo’Nique, Paula Patton, Mariah Carey, Sherri Shepherd, Lenny Kravitz and introducing Gabourey Sidibe,
Directed by: Lee Daniels
Written by: Geoffrey Fletcher
Movie Website: http://www.weareallprecious.com/
Lee Daniels and Cast Members in attendance.
FOR TICKETS PLEASE CALL 356-5939 or
Visit BIFF Box office NOVEMBER 17TH At the Bahamas International Film Festival Box Office4th Terrace East Collins Ave, Building 101st Floor.
Look out also for the movie Bottleworld!
'Bottleworld' is a comedy that revolves around a liquor store of the same name and is the story of Wilson, a new employee at Bottleworld, who enters a seemingly utopian environment and is welcomed by his co-workers and the store manager, Murray.
Wilson falls in love with Murray's daughter Chrissy and couldn't be happier with his new life. But when he overhears an employee plan to terrorize the store on a holiday, he warns Chrissy and Murray who downplay the threat but can't convince Wilson to do the same.
As holidays pass without incident, Wilson's priorities begin to appear misplaced but protecting the store is the challenge Wilson thinks he must meet if he's going preserve the comfortable life he has found in Bottleworld.
Directed by: Alexander Smith
Written by: Alexander Smith
Produced by: Nathaniel Kohn, Pamela Kohn
Starring: Anna Camp, Christopher Denham, Mya Harrison, Josh Caras, Lauren Karl, Peter Appel, Ptolemy Slocum, Scott Wilson, Shane McRae
Movie website: http://bottleworldmovie.com/index.html