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Welcome to our 2018 season of the St John Film Society. This year we will present three films, one each in February, March and April. Take a break and come out to support and share with your community. See you at the movies!
Chasing Ice

Tuesday, May 2, 2017: CHASING ICE

7:30 pm/ St. John School of the Arts $5 donation / $5 raffle ticket The raffle for this screening provided  by Tap Room & Bamboola CHASING ICE A 75-minute documentary by Jeff Orlowski In the spring of 2005, acclaimed environmental photographer James Balog headed to the Arctic on a tricky assignment for National Geographic: to capture images to help tell the story of the Earth’s changing climate. Even with a scientific upbringing, Balog had been a skeptic about climate change. But that first trip north opened his eyes to the biggest story in human history and sparked a challenge within him that would put his career and his very well-being at risk. Chasing Ice is the story of one man’s mission to change the tide of history by gathering undeniable evidence of our changing planet. Within months of that first trip to Iceland, the photographer conceived the boldest expedition of his life: The Extreme Ice Survey. With a band of young adventurers in tow, Balog began deploying revolutionary time-lapse cameras across the brutal Arctic to capture a multi-year record of the world’s changing glaciers. As the debate polarizes America and the intensity of natural disasters ramps up globally, Balog finds himself at the end of his tether. Battling untested technology in subzero conditions, he comes face to face with his own mortality. It takes years for Balog to see the fruits of his labor. His hauntingly beautiful videos compress years into seconds and capture ancient mountains of ice in motion as they disappear at a breathtaking rate. Chasing Ice depicts a photographer trying to deliver evidence and hope to our carbon-powered planet.   DIRECTOR: Jeff Orlowski Filmmaker Jeff Orlowski most recently served as director, producer, and cinematographer on the Sundance Award-Winning film, Chasing Ice. Orlowski’s feature length documentary was invited to screen at the White House, the United Nations and the United States Congress and has captured over 30 awards from film festivals around the world. It went on to receive an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song, and has screened on all seven continents.    


Tuesday, April 4, 2017: FREIGHTENED

7:30 pm/ St. John School of the Arts $5 donation / $5 raffle ticket The raffle for this screening is being donated by Ocean Grill, Dancing Rooster & SPECIAL $125 GIFT CERTIFICATE FROM LA TAPA  FREIGHTENED – The Real Price of Shipping, A 90-minute documentary by Denis Delestrac   FREIGHTENED reveals in an audacious investigation the mechanics and perils of cargo shipping; an all-but-visible industry that relentlessly supplies 7 billion humans and holds the key to our economy, our environment and the very model of our civilization.90% of the goods we consume in the West are manufactured in far-off lands and brought to us by ship. The cargo shipping industry is a key player in world economy and forms the basis of our very model of modern civilization; without it, it would be impossible to fulfill the ever-increasing demands of our societies. Yet the functioning and regulations of this business remain largely obscure to many, and its hidden costs affect us all. Due to their size, freight ships no longer fit in traditional city harbors; they have moved out of the public’s eye, behind barriers and check points. The film answers questions such as: Who pulls the strings in this multi-billion dollar business?  To what extent does the industry control our policy makers? How does it affect the environment above and below the water-line? And what’s life like for modern seafarers? Taking us on a journey over seas and oceans, FREIGHTENED reveals in an audacious investigation the many faces of world-wide freight shipping and sheds light on the consequences of an all-but-visible industry. DIRECTOR: Denis Delestrac After launching his career as a writer and photographer in the United States, DENIS DELESTRAC stepped into filmmaking in 2001 when he met legendary photographer Steve McCurry, later to become the subject of The Face of the Human Condition. This was the first segment of the Nomads series that took the young director around the globe and forged his creative voice. In 2009, he teamed with executive producer Mark Achbar (Director of The Corporation) and signed Pax Americana. It received numerous accolades and led Denis to his next film Sand Wars (Gold Panda, Greenpeace Prize, Gemini Award), an epic eco-thriller unveiling a disturbing fact: sand is the most consumed resource on Earth after water, and the world’s beaches are disappearing. In the recent Banking Nature (8 Awards, including the Greenpeace Prize 2016), he investigates how the same banks and institutions that provoked the 2008 meltdown are now seeing biodiversity and endangered species as the next financial Eldorado. His films unstitch the hidden mechanics of our society, ones that blatantly stare us in the face and yet we are completely oblivious to. The force with which Delestrac exposes controversial issues has  sparked public debate and influenced political decision-making internationally, positioning him as one of the most influential investigative filmmakers this past decade.    

Vanishing Sails shown at STJ film society

Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017: VANISHING SAIL

7:30 pm/ St. John School of the Arts/ $5 donation / $5 raffle ticket The raffle for this screening is being donated by Ronnie’s Pizza, Sam & Jacks, Best of Both Worlds.  A 90-minute documentary Filmmaker ALEXIS ANDREWS will be present for discussion This special screening of Vanishing Sail is a pre-general-release and is co-sponsored by St. John Arts Week, the St. John Historical Society, and the St. John Film Society. Vanishing Sail follows traditional boatbuilder Alwyn Enoe as he and his sons work to create a final sailing vessel before the skills introduced by Scottish ancestors, generations ago, are lost forever. Under the beautiful backdrop of The Grenadines in the Lesser Antilles, this award-winning feature documentary represents over fifteen years of research and documenting the art form of wooden boatbuilding in the Eastern Caribbean. Following Alwyn’s progress and despair over three years: from hauling trees out of the forest to a traditional launching ceremony on the bayside, Vanishing Sail weaves in stories of trade and smuggling as told by the last Caribbean sea characters. Described by Indiewire as “An insightful & poignant documentary that is part social history and part Herzogian portrait of resilience and determination in a far flung locale”, Vanishing Sail has competed in 18 film festivals receiving 5 major accolades including winning the “People’s Choice Award Best Feature Documentary” at the Trinidad + Tobago film festival. The film boasts 164 worldwide screening requests and is one of the most successful film campaigns on Kickstarter. Cutting 180 hours of footage into an 88 minute runtime keeps the film exciting, from the moment we meet the master boatbuilder to the finale: a race against time to finish the sloop before the Antigua Classics Regatta. Vanishing Sail from Indian Creek Films on Vimeo.               DIRECTOR: Alexis Andrews, Vanishing Sail’s Writer, Director, and lead Cinematographer, was born in Greece and studied photography in London before sailing to Antigua in 1985 to pursue work as a commercial photographer in the yachting industry. In 1997 he purchased an old Carriacou sloop and sailed her back to the Grenadines to meet the creator – this journey sparked a ten year photoessay tribute to the last boatbuilders on the island and ultimately lead to Vanishing Sail.    


Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013      7: 30pm Pickles in Coral Bay WHEN THE DRUM IS BEATING 84 minute documentary directed by Whitney Dow A rhythmic meeting of music and history, WHEN THE DRUM IS BEATING  brilliantly interweaves the stories of Haiti and its most celebrated band, Septentrional. With its distinctive fusion of Cuban big band rhythms and Haitian vodou beats, the 20-piece band has been around for more than six decades. The constant thread through this documentary is not just the music, but the fact that Septentrional has survived for so long in a country that has endured dictatorships, natural disasters, and coups d’état is a reflection of the resilience of the Haitian people. Archival footage and historical context seamlessly work with the stories of the band members, who reflect on their memories, dreams, and hopes. Director Whitney Dow skillfully parallels the two stories and keeps the pace going with live concert footage and intimate rehearsal moments. The spirit of the members of Septentrional and the Haitian people is palpable. Dow turns this deserving tribute into a celebratory story of amazing musicians who, through it all, have kept their passion alive.


Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013  7:30 pm St. John School of the Arts in Cruz Bay SEARCHING FOR SUGARMAN 86 minute documentary directed by Malik Bendjelloul Searching for Sugar Man details the efforts of two Cape Town fans in the late 1990s, Stephen ‘Sugar’ Segerman and Craig Bartholomew Strydom, to find out whether the rumoured death of American musician Sixto Rodriguez was true, and, if not, to discover what had become of him. Rodriguez’s music, which never took off in the United States, had become wildly popular in South Africa, but little was known about him there. On 10 February 2013, the film won the BAFTA Award for Best Documentary at the 66th British Academy Film Awards in London, and two weeks later it won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature at the 85th Academy Awards in Hollywood.  Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times gave the film a glowing four-star review, writing “I hope you’re able to see this film…and yes, it exists because we need for it to.”[6] The New York Times critic Manohla Dargis also wrote a positive review, calling the film “… a hugely appealing documentary about fans, faith and an enigmatic Age of Aquarius musician who burned bright and hopeful before disappearing. Critic Dargis subsequently named Searching for Sugar Man one of the 10 best films of 2012. website: