First and foremost, Coronado Island Film Festival wishes to extend huge, heartfelt, thanks to Mayor Bailey and Coronado City Council for the generous Community Grant awarded to CIFF on July 21. These are lean, challenging times for everyone, including our City, so to have that support and know we’re part of a community that understands the power of the arts in all our lives, especially now, is appreciated by us beyond words.
And we want to thank you, our Coronado neighbors, sponsors, donors and friends, for empowering us to stay the course and bring something wonderful and fun to this community, not only in November, but all year round.
Responding to the closure of movie theaters, a few months ago we offered a “Best of the Fest” series online, reprising award-winners and favorites from past festivals. Now, in partnership with Greenwich Entertainment, we can offer first-run, first-rate documentary films for viewing on your home computers or Apple TV and Roku. And the best part is, they’re affordable, with a portion of the proceeds going to support CIFF. We thank you in advance for your support!
Available now is “Gordon Lightfoot: If You Could Read My Mind.” Written and directed by Martha Kehoe and Joan Tosoni, the film takes us on the lifelong musical and personal journey of the legendary Canadian singer/songwriter, structured around the many Lightfoot tunes we know and love (“If You Could Read My Mind,” “Early Morning Rain,” “Sundown,” “For Lovin’ Me” and more).
The five-time Grammy nominee and 2012 inductee into the Songwriters Hall of Fame studied and learned to write music at an early age, becoming an international star who played and sang to sold-out houses around the world. Musical icons like Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, Elvis Presley, Waylon Jennings, Peter, Paul and Mary and Neil Young make this film rich in 70s musical nostalgia. As the man himself says, “If you get to be 80, you’re gonna have some stories.” And he’s lived to tell the tale.
Next up will be a wild ride of sex, drugs, and rock ‘n roll called “Creem,” a new documentary that tracks the rise and fall of the irreverent, boundary-smashing music publication, along the lines of Rolling Stone. Following “Creem” will be “Desert One,” which reveals the story behind one of the most daring rescues in modern U.S. history: a secret mission to rescue the hostages from Iran in 1979.
To watch these films and for more information, go to the CIFF website, coronadoislandfilmfest.com. You’ll register and pay a nominal fee to “unlock” the film for a 3-day rental
Now, the last but not the least of our “thank you’s” goes to two CIFF teammates who have been with us since day one, Sandy McLeod Hoppe and Christian Esquevin. We’ve regretfully accepted Sandy’s resignation as President of the CIFF Board of Directors to focus on family matters. She served us so well in so many different capacities over the years and we will miss her! She promises to come back when the time is right, which we hope is soon.
And cheers to Board Vice President Christian Esquevin who stepped right into the role of President without hesitation. One of Coronado’s best-known and beloved citizens, Christian served for many years as Director of the Coronado Library, helping make it the cultural treasure it is today. He’s a noted collector, film historian, writer and published author, and has been with CIFF since the earliest days of our founding. Most recently he has been a CIFF blog contributor, writing weekly film recommendation in The Ramblin Reviewer. To receive these wonderful reviews click the REEL NEWS button on our website.
Meantime, we wish the community continued good health as Coronado continues to navigate life during COVID. Please keep supporting our local restaurants by ordering take-out when you rent your CIFF movie and make it a date night!
Doug St. Denis is the founder and chairman of Coronado Island Film Festival and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org