The Fairhope Film Festival goes to Cuba!

November 1, 2018



The new Fairhope Film Festival office is polished up and ready to go for the 6th annual Festival that features four days of award-winning films all shown in the walkable downtown area of our beautiful little town.  A Cuban theme will rule the opening night festivities with music, lights, and lots of STARS! Kicking off on November 8th and running through the 11th, this festival is gaining momentum and has earned great credibility within the film world.


The new office location has a beautiful lobby and work area and a wonderful intimate screening room in the back. Not only will this be used to showcase films during the festival, but will also be the location for regular movie nights throughout the year. Check Festival’s web site for more details on upcoming shows.  The filmmaker panels will be held here during the festival for those who are interested in how the business works.


Actor Ed Marinaro will be on hand to meet the crowd on Saturday, Nov. 10 from 5-6pm at The Bookcellar on the corner of Section Street and DelaMar Ave. Writer, director and editor Barry Alexander Brown will be in the same location to meet the public and speak on Friday Nov. 9th from 4-5pm.


Not all the films have a Cuban theme, but this documentary, Cuban Food Stories looks great.

Love Gilda takes a look at the life and talent of one of my favorite Saturday Night Live actors from a look inside her own journals.


You can find a complete listing of all films shown during the festival by clicking HERE.

The Fencer sounds like it will be a great film and will be shown at Fairhope United Methodist Church on Saturday, Nov. 10th at 4pm.


There’s always such a lively crowd of people walking about enjoying the festival. Everyone wants to compare notes on which films they’ve loved and of course . . . where to eat. Great food, Southern hospitality, good entertainment, no wonder everyone is happy!

Feature length films, shorts, documentaries, narratives, there’s something for everyone and if you juggle your schedule, you can fit something from each category into your plan.


Now, sit down, let’s have an honest discussion . . . you know I’m always truthful with you (ahem), but you need to know this is a film festival for everyone. If you don’t mind some rough language or a few things that would make granny gasp, you can find it here. There are also sweet, innocent films that children could see, so it’s a great venue for us ALL. Check the film descriptions carefully before you go and if you have any questions, the volunteers are always helpful and can steer you to a film you will love. As a matter of fact, the opening night film A Tuba to Cuba is free to children 12 and under! Awesome!

 I’m sure to love this documentary because it features one of my favorites — The Preservation Hall Jazz Band from New Orleans, as they pursue a dream of returning to their leader’s roots and performing in Cuba. This signature film will be shown outdoors (bring a chair) in the Coastal Alabama College Amphitheater. You may use a pre-purchased pass to enter or pay $10 at the gate. Click HERE for more info on this film.


The 2018 Fairhope Film Festival is going to be a great event and a wonderful excuse to visit Fairhope. Go online to purchase tickets or if you are in town for the November first Friday Artwalk Nov. 2nd, you can find tickets at the Eastern Shore Art Center or at a display on DeLaMar Street.

Click HERE for complete details on the Fairhope Film Festival, and we hope to see you at the movies!




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