Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival • November 1–11, 2018 WELCOME! Now in its 21st year, the RBIFF has advanced to adult status with the film selection similarly maturing. This year’s films are so appealing, I am shortening my comments to provide more space for Director of Programming Michael Tuckman to provide film highlights. A heart-felt thanks to sponsors, members, volunteers, Board members, and donors for your support of the Film Society’s operations. Much gratitude to all who donated to the Challenge Grant which funded the new mini-theater, home to this Festival’s shorts programs and additional future programming. Please know your feedback is also appreciated. Suggestions can lead to improvements and positive feedback motivates a hard working staff to strive for future goals. Our community experienced losses this year. Several RBFS members passed away as well as Steven Elkins, co- founder and former Executive Director of CAMP Rehoboth. CAMP Rehoboth has been a been a sponsor since the very first RBIFF. The 21-year bond with Steve, Murray, and CAMP has produced numerous collaborative events designed to raise awareness, bridge gaps, and nurture relationships in our community. This work will continue as Steve would have insisted. Knowing that life’s journey can take unexpected turns, let’s all take the time to enjoy the films. Sue Early, Executive Director, Rehoboth Beach Film Society WELCOME TO THE 2018 REHOBOTH BEACH INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL! The year’s program is a rich and diverse selection of films in terms of countries and topics. There are films from Asia, the Middle East, Europe, Africa, South America, and three from Denmark where phenomenal films are being produced. There is an emphasis on strong female characters, whether they be found shaking up the corporate structure (France’s Numero Uno), refusing to accept destinies assigned to young women (Becoming Astrid from Sweden, The Sower from France, and I am Not a Witch from Zambia), to general tour de force performances, like Valeria Bertucelli in Argentina’s The Queen of Fear. The spotlight on strong women is also present in domestic narratives featuring incredible stories and roles. One of Hollywood’s hottest emerging stars - Tessa Thompson – ditches her superpowers from Thor: Rangkorak and instead takes a dramatic turn in Little Woods as a young woman in the northern plains who is tasked with no-win decisions to do what is best for her family. Mary Kay Place gives an Oscar®-worthy performance in Diane. Emily Mortimer and Molly Shannon lighten things up with virtuoso performances in The Bookshop and Wild Nights With Emily, the latter about the secret life of Emily Dickinson. American LGBTQ+ cinema continues to push boundaries as in Academy Award nominee Ondi Timoner’s biopic Mapplethorppe and Yen Tan’s soft and understated 1985. Screenings of The Orchestra Class won’t have a dry eye in the venue, and Transit is a must see film! Food, wine, beer, disco dancing, art and… bathtubs? This year’s documentaries cover a myriad of interests. Treat yourself to the culinary and cocktail themes of Brewmaster, Michelin Stars, and Three Days of Glory; take a trip back in time to the debauchery of Studio 54; and bask in the art and dance of 306 Hollywood and Moving Stories. Be sure to catch the surprise feel good movie – Bathtubs Over Broadway – uncovering the unknown world of big budget corporate musicals in the 50s, 60s and 70s. This Festival offers something for everyone. More importantly, it offers something NEW for everyone. Take the opportunity to select films about a person, place or subject that peaks your curiosity and enjoy the experience. Michael Tuckman, Director of RBIFF Programming IN BRIEF FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR IN BRIEF FROM THE DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMMING 11 In Brief from the Executive Director & THE DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMMING