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The 2nd Annual Solstice Film Festival will take place on June 21-24, 2007.

In its second exciting year, Solstice Film Festival showcases the best Independent Films of the 2007 festival circuit.

The Festival includes narrative and documentary features and shorts, animation, glamorous parties, incredible outdoor concerts and other special events. The Solstice Film Festival not only prides itself in delivering the finest in independent film, but also the filmmakers who make it all possible, creating a casual interactive environment like no other.

2007 Special Events Summaries:

*Opening Night Film & Entertainment (June 21, 2007)

The much anticipated opening night of the 2007 Solstice Film Festival has all the ingredients of a first-class film premier and event. Our opening film is the World Premier of Believers , a modern day psychological thriller set almost entirely in real time world. Award-winning filmmaker Daniel Myrick (creator/Director of Blair Witch Project) returns to his indie roots with the latest addition to the RAW-FEED series from Warner Home Video. (Myspace)
The red carpet will be rolled out in front of the historic Fitzgerald Theater where media and Opening Night attendees will line up to snap pictures of the films Director and attending stars. Also walking the red carpet will be directors and cast members from other high profile films to be screened at Solstice.

Following the screening of Believers all attendees will be have a chance to pick the brains of the films Director and cast during the Q & A session.

Immediately following the Q & A, attendees will be entertained by local music at 7th Street Promenade. Food will be available and drink will be plentiful. Following the Opening Night concerts, attendees can relocate to one of the pubs and restaurants partnered with Solstice Film Festival.

*Screening Day and Future Filmmakers Event (June 22, 2007)

This year we have designed a special event focused on the young Future Filmmakers. Beginning at noon on Friday, Solstice will be hosting the Future Filmmakers event at Fitzgerald Theater. Local Boys and Girls Clubs, along with other children organizations, are invited to attend a presentation of how films are made, and inspiring stories of the creators of many of their favorite film characters. We will screen a classic film focused on their demographic.

Later that evening we will screen the Midwest premier of Little Chenier: A Cajun Story from acclaimed writer/Director Bethany Ashton Wolf. Little Chenier is a story of two brothers, who have no one but each other. Living on a houseboat in the bayou, Beauxregard “Beaux” Dupuis and his mentally handicapped brother Pemon try to make ends meet at their local bait shop. Mixed with the flavor of Cajun Country, Little Chenier takes you on a poetic journey into the hearts and homes of all who live there.

Following the premier, attendees will have the option of heading to 7th Street Promenade for outdoor live concerts and drinks, or make their way to one of the pubs or restaurants to enjoy more live music and drink specials hosted by SFF Partners.

*HHR Benefit Concert/Spotlight Event (June 23, 2007)

Solstice Film Festival has teamed up with Finnegan’s Community Fund and Heading Home Ramsey to support a great cause in helping to fight poverty in Ramsey County. On Saturday, June 23, Solstice Film Festival, St. Paul Jaycees and Finnegans beer will produce a benefit concert, with proceeds from the event going to aide the Heading Home Ramsey campaign. Supporters can purchase wrist bands for $5 on the Solstice Film Festival website, or at the many events Solstice street teams will be present at.
Following the benefit, a special Spotlight Event will be held at Fitzgerald Theater. More info to come.

*Screening Day and Closing Awards Ceremony (June 24, 2007)

The festival will come to a close with excited and nervous filmmakers along with the Closing Night attendees packing the historic Fitzgerald Theater for the awards ceremony and the two films that will close the 2007 event.

Darius Goes West, is a story about Darius Weems, a 15-year-old with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, had never left his hometown of Athens, Georgia. In the summer of 2005, he and a group of young college students traveled across the country in a wheelchair-accessible RV to test accessibility in America. Their ultimate goal was to reach Los Angeles and convince MTV's hit show, "Pimp My Ride," to customize Darius's wheelchair. Along the way, they found joy, brotherhood, and the knowledge that life, even when imperfect, is always worth the ride.

A total of 12 awards will be presented to the winning filmmakers.

Official Website: http://www.SolsticeFilmFest.org

Added by SolsticeFilmFestival on May 24, 2007