The Soldier Ride Project began in 2004 when Chris Carney from Long Island, NY, completed a coast-to-coast bicycle ride in support of The Wounded Warrior Project. Chris rode more than 4,000 miles and raised in excess of $1,000,000. In 2005, Chris again completed a coast-to-coast ride, this time with Staff Sergeant Heath Calhoun, a double-leg amputee, and Staff Sergeant Ryan Kelly, a single-leg amputee, both of whom were injured serving in Iraq.
The film documents the evolution of Soldier Ride from its unlikely beginnings at a bar in Long Island, Carney’s first bicycle ride across America and the trio’s 2005 trip, as well as Calhoun and Kelly’s struggles and accomplishments dealing with their injuries. On this unforgettable journey, they meet wounded warriors from all across America whose lives have been positively affected by Soldier Ride and The Wounded Warrior Project and witness its effect on how America treats its injured service people as a result of community awareness. Over the years, Soldier Ride has grown to include regional rides in a different city every month and annual international trips to England and Germany.
SOLDIER RIDE producer and director Nick Kraus will introduce this special Veteran’s Day screening at Tampa Theatre and conduct a Q&A with the audience after the film.
Tickets are $11 for general admission and $9 for military members, children ages 2-12, Tampa Theatre Members and seniors. The filmmakers will be donating their proceeds from the screening back to The Wounded Warrior Project.
El Centro Español de Tampa – Tampa’s oldest ethnic social club, having been incorporated by the State of Florida in 1891 – presents the premiere of the short, non-fiction film, A LEGACY OF SMOKE.
The film depicts the story of immigrants from Spain in “Cigar City” through the eyes of some well-known (and not so well-known) residents who grew up in Ybor City and West Tampa. Through a series of brief vignettes, A LEGACY OF SMOKE tells the fascinating story of Tampa’s Spanish colony in the first half of the 20th century by following a charismatic cast of characters as they go about their daily lives. By weaving together interviews, dramatized scenes, and historic footage and photographs of Spanish Tampa, the film explores the “Legacy of Smoke” left by thousands of intrepid Spanish immigrants.
The film was produced and directed by James Fernandez, a Professor of Spanish Literature and Culture at New York University, and Luis Argeo, a Spanish author and filmmaker who lives in Gijon, Spain. Following the premiere screening, Fernandez and Argeo will answer questions from the audience.
Tickets are $12 at the Tampa Theatre Box Office or online (services fees apply.)
Nancy Thompson (Heather Langenkamp), Glen Lantz (Johnny Depp, in his first big-screen role) and the teens of Elm Street are tormented by nightmares about a razor-fingered killer named Freddy Krueger (Robert Englund). But when one of them dies in her sleep, they realize that the powerful evil that’s haunting them has powers in the waking world as well. It’s up to Nancy to find a way to stop him… if she can stay awake long enough to do it.
Rand Peltzer (Hoyt Axton) is an inventor who hasn’t successfully invented anything. But this Christmas, he brings his son, Billy (Zach Galligan), something special – a cuddly little creature known as a mogwai. The little fella comes with three crucial instructions: He’s not to be fed after midnight, he’s not to get any direct light, and he should never be given so much as a drop of water. Unfortunately, the rules are harder to stick to than they seem, and Billy suddenly finds himself with far too many “pets,” all with big appetites. It’s up to Billy and his girlfriend (Phoebe Cates) to stop the mischievous gremlins before they ruin Christmas for the residents of rural Kingston Falls.
Five friends staying at a cabin in the woods discover the Necronomicon – or “Book of the Dead” – an ancient tome bound in human flesh and inked in blood. After accidentally awakening the demons contained in its pages with a taped translation of the text, each of the friends is possessed, one by one, except for Ash (Bruce Campbell). Now, Ash must battle the evil dead and dismember his friends if he’s going to survive the night.
In the remake of the 1981 horror classic, Mia (Jane Levy) is a drug addict whose recent overdose was nearly her last. Mia’s longtime friends Olivia (Jessica Lucas) and Eric (Lou Taylor Pucci), along with her brother David (Shiloh Fernandez) and his girlfriend, Natalie (Elizabeth Blackmore), take her to the family’s cabin in the woods to get clean. While investigating an awful stench in the cellar, David and Eric discover the same Book of the Dead from 30 years before, wrapped in wires and plastic, and scribbled with cautions not to open it. But Eric doesn’t heed the warning, and unwittingly unleashes an evil called The Abomination that attaches itself to Mia’s soul.
Karen Barclay (Catherine Hicks) buys a doll for her son Andy (Alex Vincent) as a present. But little does she know that the toy is possessed with the soul of mass murderer Charles Lee Ray. Andy loves his new friend until Chucky starts confiding in the young boy and resumes his killing spree. The fiendish murderer is tired of being trapped in the body of a doll, though, and his only escape is to transfer his evil into Andy.
Then, stay after the film for a question-and-answer session with SPECIAL GUEST STAR Alex Vincent, who played Andy in all of the Chucky films. As a young man, Alex moved to Florida to study sound engineering and audio post-production at Full Sail University in Orlando. He now resides in the Tampa Bay area and runs his own recording studio, A/V Productions.
Shaun (Simon Pegg) lives a mundane life in London. Joined by his immature and ever-present roommate, Ed (Nick Frost), he excels at nothing except drinking pints of ale and watching television, which causes friction with his girlfriend, Liz (Kate Ashfield). Before Shaun can save his relationship, however, he’s got to fend off a horde of zombies that are slowly taking over the city. Armed with a cricket bat and a vague sense of direction, Shaun must rescue his friends and loved ones by leading them to the only safe place he can think of – the pub.
When young Victor’s pet dog Sparky (who stars in Victor’s home-made monster movies) is hit by a car, Victor decides to bring him back to life the only way he knows how. But the bolt-necked “monster” strikes terror in the hearts of Victor’s neighbors, and Victor has to convince them (and his parents) that despite his gruesome appearance, Sparky’s still the loyal friend he’s always been in this animated family-friendly comedy by director Tim Burton (THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS).
In this big-screen adaptation of Roald Dahl’s novel, recently orphaned Luke Eveshim (Jason Fisher) takes a vacation with his grandmother Helga. While exploring the hotel with a new pal, he discovers a convention of women that reveal themselves to be a coven headed by the Grand High Witch (Anjelica Huston). They escape alive… but not entirely unharmed, and must figure out how to stop the witches’ evil plans as newly transformed rodents.
In director David Lynch’s feature-film debut, Henry Spencer (Jack Nance) lives in a hopeless industrial landscape, lusting after the beautiful woman who lives in the apartment across the hall. After his girlfriend, Mary (Charlotte Stewart), gives birth to a deformed creature that resembles a lizard, the baby won’t stop crying, and the horrifyingly piercing wail drives Mary insane. Left alone with the baby, Henry soon decides to stop the nightmare once and for all.
One year after high-schooler Sidney Prescott’s (Neve Campbell) mother dies, two students at her school are mysteriously murdered in ways reminiscent of their favorite horror movies. When Sidney becomes the serial killer’s next target, she begins to suspect the deaths of her classmates and her mothers are connected. With the help of Gale Weathers (Courteney Cox), a tabloid news reporter, Sidney is determined to uncover the truth.
A research team digging in the Amazon comes across the fossilized claw of a half-human, half-fish creature. Back at the oceanographic institute, the find encourages scientists David Reed (Richard Carlson), Mark Williams (Richard Cunha) and the beautiful Kay Lawrence (Julia Adams) to head to the jungle to find more evidence of the prehistoric beast. Instead, they find themselves face to face with a living specimen and capture the mysterious creature. But when it breaks free and kidnaps Kay, Mark and David must decide how to save her and avoid becoming prey themselves.
After twenty-somethings Katie (Katie Featherson) and Micah (Micah Sloat) move into a suburban starter home in San Diego, they begin to experience loud noises and strange happenings in the middle of the night. Katie has an interest in the paranormal and believes that malevolent spirits have been following her since childhood. Though Micah is not so easily convinced, he sets up a battery of video cameras so that if a spirit does manifest, he can capture its behavior on tape.
When the carnival’s beautiful trapeze artist, Cleopatra (Olga Baclanova), learns of Hans’ (Harry Earles) inheritance, she takes a sudden interest in the newly wealthy leader of the sideshow freaks. She cooks up an underhanded scheme with her fellow performer and lover Hercules (Henry Victor) to steal Hans away from his fiancée, marry him and make off with his money. But at the wedding party, a drunken Cleopatra tells the sideshow oddities exactly what she thinks of them, and together, they decide to make her one of their own.
In the spring of 1974, Joe Wiezycki assembled a determined group of Tampa TV crew people and an ensemble cast, chiefly from the University of South Florida. Together, they filmed SATAN’S CHILDREN, a shocking and exploitive tale of brutal revenge, bizarre unholy rituals, hedonistic hippie culture, weird sex, and the seductive spell of Satanism and devil-cults.
In other words, the film that has been called ”a sensationally sick, twisted and depraved doozy of a low-budget 70′s drive-in horror flick” is grindhouse movie heaven!
The so-bad-it’s-good schlock film never saw a proper theatrical release, and it seemed doomed to obscurity, even during the popular VHS era of the 1980s. But this fall, Fangoria Magazine, The Sunscreen Film Festivaland Fandomonium in Tampa Bay will give the Devil his due with a SATAN’S CHILDREN 40th Anniversary Cast & Crew Reunion Screening.
This special hometown screening will include a post-film Q&A with several original cast and crew members, including Stephen White (“Bobby Douglas”), Rosemary Orlando ( “Monica”), John Edwards (“Joshua”), John Mocsary (special make-up effects) and Bill Dudley (sound recordist).