Audience Choice BEST of the FEST Narrative Film – “The Lennon Report”
Directed by Jeremy Profe
This much-anticipated feature film shows audiences what they don’t know about the night John Lennon was killed. The events unfold as seen through the eyes of those who lived it — the good men and women of NYC who did all they could to save a life, some not even knowing it was John Lennon himself. For the first time in decades, the doctor and nurses break their silence about what really happened in the operating room. Based on a true story.
Despite coming from a family of ﬁlm professionals going back two generations; Jeremy Profe is self-taught in the ﬁelds of both writing and directing. He spent years working as an amateur ﬁlmmaker cultivating both his craft and a reputation as an interesting new voice prior to making the transition to a professional career. Profe’s ﬁrst ﬁlm An Anomaly of the Theory made its world premiere in the Short Film Corner of the 2010 Festival de Cannes. After returning to the US, the ﬁlm was highly successful on the festival circuit garnering him awards as both a writer and a director.
Producer: Gabriel Francisco , Rafael Francisco
Co-Producer: Sirad Balducci
Shawn Thompson / USA / 2013 / 1 hour q minsThis uplifting documentary helps give us hope that young Muslim girls might just have a chance for a better future. Three Yemeni teenage girls enter a youth Middle Eastern entrepreneurial competition, with their innovative solar-panel powered devices, designed to compensate for the frequent electrical grid outages in their country.
Luckily, their unusually open-minded parents “support” the girls’ ambitions, despite community pressure not to allow their daughters to pursue non-traditional female vocations. Along the way, the girls encounter the hardships of a country scarred by a broken educational system, joblessness, and a threatening Al-Qaeda presence.