Category: Documentary

The Adelaide Film Festival kicks off 2021 with what promises to be a legendary opening weekend – the World Premiere of the Adelaide Film Festival Investment Fund film THIS IS PORT ADELAIDE.

Rescheduled from November due to Covid restrictions, there will be several screenings over three celebratory days (Friday February 5 – Sunday February 7) at the Odeon Cinema, Semaphore, with Port Adelaide past and present heroes in attendance, as well as director/producer Nicole Miller and producers James Moody and Paul Ryan.
 
The weekend kicks off with a Gala red carpet event on Friday February 5 at 6.45pm. Special guests include:Matthew Richardson  (PAFC CEO)John Cahill (Premiership Player and past Coach)Brett Duncanson (Ex PAFC President)Dan Smith (Hilltop Hoods)Gavin Wanganeen (two time premiership player & Brownlow medallist)Anton Andreacchio and Mat KestingGreg Boulton (Ex PAFC President)Brian Cunningham (SANFL premiership captain and inaugural Port Adelaide AFL CEO)Andrew Day, Kevin Osborn and Jamie Restas – Current PAFC Board membersKeith Thomas and Daniel NortonStephen Williams (Premiership Player)
There are a further 12 screenings over the weekend, culminating in a Special Legends Screening at 6.45pm on Sunday February 7.  Tim Ginever (seven-time premiership player) will host an introductory Q&A at the screening with Port Adelaide legends including Brian Cunningham (SANFL premiership captain and inaugural Port Adelaide AFL CEO), Warren Tredrea (AFL premiership captain) and Greg Phillips (eight-time premiership player and Australian Football Hall of Fame inductee).
 
Port Adelaide Football Club, one of the world’s oldest and most successful sporting clubs, celebrated 150 years in 2020. Love it or hate it, the club has become an integral part of the history of Adelaide. The film shares passionate first-hand accounts from players and one-eyed supporters who bleed for the club.
 
Adelaide director Nicole Miller (who has been mentored by Justin Kurzel, the director Snowtown and The True History of the Kelly Gang) became immersed in the world of footy and the Port Adelaide Football Club when she directed the recent series The AFL Show, which explains the sport to a Chinese audience.
 
Adelaide Film Festival CEO & Creative Director Mat Kesting says: “More than simply a football game, This is Port Adelaide is a universal story about what it means to belong.

2020 is a year that has brought unprecedented challenges for us all, but Port always rises to a challenge. The film celebrates the undying connection of the Port Adelaide community, passed down to each new generation, that underpins the resilience that the club needs to adapt and survive. What a truly Adelaide way to conclude our 2020 Festival program!”
 
Daniel Norton, Port Adelaide Football Club GM – Media and Executive Producer of This is Port Adelaide says the Port Adelaide Football Club story is 150 years in the making and it is a story that needs to be told and shared with generations to come.
 
“Port Adelaide is Australia’s most successful league football club. It is a remarkable story of highs and lows, underpinned by a shared football club and a surrounding community mantra of never, ever giving up,” Mr Norton said.
 
“It is a story of unparalleled success that needed to be celebrated and captured in a feature length film. It’s one of the great stories in Australian sport, the community football club who grew out of humble beginnings and became the only non-Victorian club to be elevated into the AFL.
 
“As we know the success of the club is not just because of its on-field deeds. We have an extraordinary community of support that has driven this great club forward since its inception as a social club back in 1870.
 
“And it’s the club’s loyal supporters and volunteers who are the true heroes of this film.
 
“This film is a celebration of a club, a community and an irresistible united force like you’ve never seen before.
 
“On behalf of the club, I thank our production partner 57 Films for their tireless contribution to this production and investment partner the Adelaide Film Festival for their generous support of this film.”
 
Tickets are available here:  https://adelaidefilmfestival.org

Following a wildly successful 2020 with the releases of Mark of the Bell Witch and The Mothman Legacy, Small Town Monsters has announced their latest endeavor, On the Trail of Bigfoot: The JourneyThe Journey is the followup to the miniseries “On the Trail of Bigfoot”, and cryptid documentarian Seth Breedlove leads the Small Town Monsters team deep into the Adirondacks on the hunt for Sasquatch. Today brings the first trailer for The Journey, which shows off the epic vistas and the creepy moonlit investigations that the team took part in.

Breedlove and his crew headed to the Adirondacks of upstate New York last summer for an intensive, adventure-filled week searching for Sasquatch. The team documented the trip, which included multiple days and nights in the forests around upstate New York and Western Massachusetts. Their trip was spent with Bigfoot researchers like Steve Kulls (“Monsterquest”) and Paul Bartholomew (Finding BigfootBeast of Whitehall) who led them on the search for their quarry.

On the Trail of Bigfoot: The Journey is just one chapter in the ever-expanding “On the Trail of…” line from the indie production house Small Town Monsters. On the Trail of UFOs: Dark Sky, (a followup to 2020’s Amazon best-selling series, On the Trail of UFOs) will make its bow later this spring, with a second On the Trail of Bigfoot film titled The Discovery to haunt audiences later this year. Two Small Town Monsters miniseries are also premiering in 2021: “On the Trail of Hauntings” and “On the Trail of the Lake Michigan Mothman”. Both series will initially be exclusively available to Small Town Monsters YouTube subscribers before their wide release later in 2021. 

The Journey takes a deep look into the subject of Bigfoot but also what spurs people to spend their lives searching for a creature that many believe doesn’t exist. Along the way, they made a stop in Whitehall, NY, home to an incident involving multiple members of law enforcement claiming to see a Bigfoot in a field off a rural road.  The crew had multiple unusual experiences during their various night investigations near Lake George, Whitehall and Western Massachusetts.  The Journey unveils some of that evidence. 

PLAYING WITH SHARKS, the feature documentary from director Sally Aitken and producer Bettina Dalton, has been selected to screen at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival in the World Cinema Documentary Competition section.
 
The WildBear Entertainment production is one of only 10 films from around the world to be chosen for this prestigious and highly competitive section.
 
PLAYING WITH SHARKS is a powerful and visually sumptuous 90-minute feature documentary about Valerie Taylor,  living legend and icon in the underwater world. A glamorous shark hunter in the 1950s, Valerie was a champion slayer with ruthless aim before a personal epiphany transformed her into a passionate marine conservationist – notably for the ocean’s scariest creature, the shark. Long before anyone else, Valerie dared to get close. This is her incredible true story, swimming against the tide of human misconception of sharks and putting herself on the front line for sharks for over 70 years.
 
Featuring a stranger than fiction script, the making of Jaws, a magnetic heroine, and that most charismatic and terrifying of screen creatures, sharks; the film draws on incredible re-mastered film footage captured over 50 years. Valerie’s astonishing bravery underwater will change the way we perceive sharks once and for all.
 
Director Sally Aitken said: “To launch this film at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival is a dream come true. Valerie’s daredevil exploits and her astounding rich underwater archive are a potent mix for any director. It is a privilege to sink my teeth into her pioneering story. That she is still diving and fighting for sharks at the age of 85 shows Valerie’s incredible passion and that her thirst for adventure remains undiminished. Her life-affirming journey as an unlikely conservationist proves to all of us just what is possible with our interconnectedness to the natural world, if we allow it.”
 
Producer Bettina Dalton said: “We are absolutely thrilled and honoured to have this film accepted to Sundance and grateful to all those who recognised the power of Valerie’s story and the importance of honouring her achievements so all can bear witness to the fragility of our oceans and feel empowered to protect them as Valerie has.
 
Valerie Taylor said: “When my producer told me my story was accepted by Sundance it was the most exciting news in a long and difficult year. It took many talented people to produce this piece of ocean history but without the wonderful footage shot by my late husband Ron this film could never have been made. He would be so very proud. “
 
The Sundance Film Festival takes place from January 28  – February 3, 2021.