By Popular Demand “Portrait of an Artist”

People keep asking me (Jorge Rivera) about wanting to see the short documentary I put together about the artist (painter) Harry McCormick filmed here in NE Florida and NYC titled “PORTRAIT OF AN ARTIST”. Many people were not able to attend the first showing of it at the Corazon Cinema & Cafe in mid August. As you all probably know Harry McCormick is a world renowned artist, and St Augustine was lucky enough to have an exhibition of his art (July 3 – September 20) at St Johns County Administration Building. His art was also being displayed at The Vault 1930 Art Gallery in Jacksonville. So here it is, please enjoy.

A New Christopher Lee Film Encyclopedia

The Corazon Cinema & Cafe had an event with Robert Pohle Jr. and Rita Pohle. The event was about their new Christopher Lee Film Encyclopedia, which is now available at Amazon.com.

In a career that spanned eight decades, Christopher Lee (1922–2015) appeared in more than 200 roles for film and television. Though he is best known for his portrayal of Dracula in films of the 1950s, ’60s, and ’70s—as well as his appearances in the Lord of the Rings trilogy—Lee also appeared in many other films, including The Three Musketeers, The Man with the Golden Gun, and Star Wars. First Coast.TV got a chance to speak with two of the authors, about this new source in print.

13th Documentary at St Paul A.M.E. Church

The documentary 13th The Movie was shown at the St Paul A.M.E. Church in St Augustine to a full church. The documentary examines the 13th amendment and its relation to the present crisis in the American prison system.There was a panel discussion afterwards. The film had an impact on the audience as expected. 13th The Movie was nominated for an Oscar.

The Oscars at the Corazon

The Corazon Cinema & Cafe once again had its Oscars party, with red carpet, photo shoot, appetizers, champagne, live entertainment and prizes . The event is one well dressed crowd, having lots of fun in an eclectic movie  ambiance.

These Oscars had a surprise ending.

Film “No Asylum” Moves Hearts and Minds

No Asylum: The Untold Chapter of Anne Frank’s Story – A Documentary Film

Anne Frank’s father, Otto’s recently discovered letters reveal new information about the family’s struggle to obtain visas to save themselves from the clutches of the Nazis. The world turned its back on the Franks and millions of others. Leonard Berney, who liberated Bergen Belsen where Anne and her sister Margot perished, relates the harrowing story. Something of a prequel to Anne’s iconic diary, No Asylum shares unknown details of the Frank family’s story before they went into hiding in the attic, and is a call to action for tolerance and respect.

The Gamache-Koger Theatre at Flagler was packed to see this film, which was made possible by Compassionate St. Augustine, Compassion in Action and the Golden Way Films.

Dr. John Young gave an introduction to the film and a Q & A after.

Voices of the St Augustine Film Festival

Sunday Jan.22nd was the closing day of the SAFF. First Coast.TV was given access to the many people behind the films of the SAFF. Here are some of their comments and observations about their works, and about the St Augustine Film Festival. The festival was very successful, bringing large crowds, some events were sold out, some films got standing ovations, and the weather was absolutely lovely.We can not wait for the next one.

Comments of Praise for the SAFF 2017

The St Augustine Film Festival 2017 Centerpiece Party at the Markland House brought many guests for drinks and hors d’oeuvres. First Coast.TV got a chance to speak to some of the guests and get their comments and observations about the SAFF 2017.

The Many Faces of the St Augustine Film Festival

The St Augustine Film Festival 2017 opened officially on Friday January 20th, to a crowd at Lewis Auditorium and to the Romanian film Two Lottery Tickets. Though the Festival is only on its second day and goes until Sunday, we at First Coast.TV must state that this Film Festival has been a wonderful success for St Augustine and for film in general as a visual genre loved by the residents and visitors of this community. We went to see the faces of some of those who came to support this lovely cultural endeavor.

HUMAN Pre-Opens St Augustine Film Festival

The impressive, powerful and a tour de force film Human was presented at the Gamache-Koger Theater at the Ringhaver Center as the pre-opener of the St Augustine Film Festival. The theatre was packed and audiences were turned back as not a body more could enter the theater. First Coast.TV was able to speak to Joe Marx, Chris LeClere and Gregory Von Hausch as some of the people behind the event. After the film there was a Q & A. First Coast Tv had the privilege to see it and must confess that it truly was a wonderful piece of humanity, hope and love.

St Augustine Film Festival and Mr. Von Hausch

The St. Augustine Film Festival is coming our way and featuring three days of 40 films from 20 countries from January 19 through 22, 2017. First Coast.TV got a chance to sit down and speak with Gregory Von Hausch.

Forty films from 20 countries will be screened during this international festival, including A Wing and a Prayer (Israel), Una Noche de Amor (Argentina), Two Lottery Tickets (Romania), and One Wild Moment (France), just to name a few. Go to www.staugfilmfest.com to get more info and purchase tickets.

Films will be screened at three locations downtown: Lewis Auditorium, Gamache-Koger Theater, and Corazon Cinema & Café. See below for addresses for all locations.