Category: 2010/2011 Films

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!

Tuesday, April 5th 2011– Join the Filmmaker @ St John School of the Arts

Free Movie Night with Acadamy Award Nominee Rick Goldsmith 7:30 PM St. John School of the Arts, Cruz Bay x THE MOST DANGEROUS MAN IN AMERICA: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers by Rick Goldsmith and Judith Ehrlich (92 min) 2009 Nominated for a 2010 Academy Award as Best Documentary Feature, this important film has won numerous other awards. It is especially relevant in this era of wikileaks. Daniel Ellsberg narrates his own true story in “The Most Dangerous Man in America”. In 1971 he was a leading Pentagon Vietnam War strategist who concluded the war was based on decades of lies. He leaked 7,000 pages of top-secret documents to The New York Times, a daring act of conscience that lead directly to Watergate, President Nixon’s resignation and the end of the Vietnam War. “Detailed, clearly told, persuasive” – The New York Times fffffffffffffffffffffffffffffff Meet the Filmmaker! Rick Goldsmith, along with his co-producer and co-director Judith Ehrlich, are nationally known documentary filmmakers whose cogent and inspirational films deal with the themes of personal risk, conscience, dissent and commitment to ideals. Goldsmith was born and raised on Long Island, New York, and came of age during the war in Vietnam. He studied architecture and dabbled in film at the Rhode Island School of Design. In 1975 he traveled west and has lived in the Bay Area ever since. Please join us in welcoming this Oscar-nominated filmmaker to St John.

Tuesday, May 3rd 2011: 7:30 PM @ School of the Arts, Cruz Bay

Free Movie Night 7:30 pm St. John School of the Arts, Cruz Bay SUGAR A feature length film by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck (120 min) 2008 JUST IN TIME FOR BASEBALL SEASON! SUGAR follows the story of Miguel Santos, a.k.a. Sugar, a Dominican pitcher from San Pedro De Macoris, struggling to make it to the big leagues and pull himself and his family out of poverty. Playing professionally at a baseball academy in the Dominican Republic, Miguel finally gets his break at age 19 when he advances to the United States’ minor league system, but when his play falters, he begins to question the single mindedness of his life’s ambition.

Tuesday, February 22nd 2011 – Join the Filmmakers

Free Movie Night 7:30 pm St. John School of the Arts, Cruz Bay TAKING ROOT: The Vision of Wangari Maathai by Lisa Merton and Alan Dater (80 min) 2008 The filmmakers will be present for questions and answers after the screening. This award-winning documentary tells the dramatic story of Kenyan Nobel Prize Laureate Wangari Maathai whose simple act of planting trees grew into a nationwide movement to safeguard the environment, protect human rights and defend democracy – a movement for which this charismatic woman became an iconic inspiration. Please click on the image of Wangari to learn more about her awe-inspiring story. nnnnnnnnnnnnnn “It is the people who must save the environment. It is the people who must make their leaders change. And we cannot be intimidated. So we must stand up for what we believe in.”xWangari Maathai xxx Meet the Filmmakers! Lisa Merton began her career as a weaver. She studied textile design and weaving in Scandinavia and, after returning to the U.S., worked professionally as a weaver for ten years. It was not until she started making films in 1989 that she fulfilled her intent to weave images that could inspire social change. She has a Masters in Teaching English and has taught English as a second language in multi-cultural classrooms. She brings her interest in education, cultural diversity, and social change, as well as her skill as a craftsman, to the filmmaking process. Meet the Filmmakers! Meet the Filmmakers! Alan Dater graduated from Goddard College in 1965 with a B.A. in philosophy. He began his film career in New York City, shortly thereafter working on documentaries as a freelance soundman and later as a director/cameraman. Many of these productions were broadcast on the major U.S. networks and include Lifeline, an Emmy Award-winning medical documentary series for NBC; The Body Human, an Emmy Award-winning medical series for CBS; and various National Geographic specials. Dater has gained extensive experience in film and video from working on many productions on the arts, social issues and education as well as projects for the corporate world. These productions include the feature film Hi Mom, directed by Brian De Palma and starring Robert De Niro, and the documentary Johnny Cash: The Man, His World, His Music. After moving to Vermont, Dater continued his freelance career and began producing independent films.

Tuesday, January 11 2011 – Meet the Filmmaker

Free Movie Night 7:00 pm Sputnik Bar, Coral Bay WASTE LAND by Lucy Walker (98 min) 2010 The uplifting story of Brazilian artist Vik Muniz and a lively group of “catadores”, or pickers of recyclable materials, who find a way out of the world’s largest garbage dump in Rio to the most prestigious auction house in London via the surprising transformation of refuse into contemporary art. “The moment when one thing turns into another is the most beautiful moment”xx– Vik Muniz Waste Land was the first film ever to win the Audience Awards at both Sundance and Berlin International Film Festivals. The much celebrated film also won this year’s Audience Awards at Full Frame, Provincetown and Maui film festivals, as well as the Amnesty International Award at Berlin, and the $25,000 Target Best Documentary Award at the Dallas International Film Festival. Meet the filmmaker! Meet the Filmmaker! Lucy Walker has directed four feature documentary films, two of which premiered at Sundance 2010. She grew up in London, began directing plays in high school, studied at Oxford University, and won a Fulbright Scholarship to attend New York University’s Graduate Film Program where she earned her MFA. Ms Walker is best known for directing four feature documentary films: Devil’s Playground (2002), Blindsight (2006), Countdown to Zero (2010), and Waste Land (2010). Click here for a recent NPR interview featuring Lucy Walker’s film Waste Land! Pre-Show Dinner – 6:00 PM at Sputnik Please help us welcome award-winning director Lucy Walker to St John. Join us before the show for a special dinner with the filmmaker. Please contact us for reservations: