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FOURTEENTH RAINDANCE FILM FESTIVAL

PENUMBRA [PENFRIEND]

FRIDAY 29 OCTOBER AT 3:15PM

Country Ireland RT 60 mins Format DigiBeta   Director Gwynne McElveen Producer/ DoP  Andi Baiz Featuring: Gwynne McElveen, Mary Adams, Bill Adams  Print Source  30 Moreton House Website three.fsphost.com/gwynne

 

Film maker Gwynne McElveen first wrote to her American pen friend in 1993. Over a thousand letters later she still had not met or even seen a picture of ‘Jim’. In this intriguing documentary she travels to meet her mysterious friend and piece together his disturbing life story. The viewer is told little at first other than the fact that he is a man of some intelligence and a brilliant comic book artist. His superhero creation, Captain Penumbra, whose name means the point where light and shadows meet, hints at the demons that exist within Jim’s mind.                                                                            
From her native County Meath to Idaho and on to Arizona, the film follows McElveen’s journey as she meets Jim’s family and visits locations from his childhood. En route she asks complete strangers to read extracts from Jim’s letters and to imagine the sort of man who could write such witty and literate prose. The further McElveen travels across America the more nervous she becomes as the date for her first encounter with Jim draws ever closer. Eventually, she arrives at the walls of a state penitentiary and the truth is revealed. 
This excellent documentary works as both a travelogue and a detective story. It is a fascinating story of how two disparate people can form a strong bond that cannot be broken by distance or circumstance.  AD

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ALL ACCESS RAINDANCE FESTIVAL PASS
All screenings take place at the CineWorld, Trocadero Centre, Piccadilly, London W1
except Opening and Closing Night - CineWorld Haymarket

Access all areas:
- ticket to the Opening Night Gala screening of BROTHERS OF THE HEAD + the After Show Party (live music, and free booze)

- 80 of the best independent feature films
*150 short films (including animation, documentary and experimental strands)

- Q & A with film producers and
directors

- networking opportunities

- meet the people who decide what movies get made: Live Ammunition! (the super pitch event)

- exclusive tickets to Stanley Kubrick screenings and events

- four monster parties (Opening - Sept 27th, Sept 29th, October 3rd and Closing Night)

- ten industry panel seminars

- a FREE commemorative Raindance Festival Tee Shirt (while supplies last)

- a FREE Raindance Brolly

and much more

To book, ring + 44 (0) 207 287 3833

Opening Night Tickets

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Festival Venue
Cineworld Shaftesbury Avenue and Cineworld Haymarket London

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2007 submissions:
Open: 15th January 2007
1st deadline: 15th May 2007
Final deadline: 15th July
Contact:submissions@raindance.co.uk