Tuesday, 28 May 2024

Coyote Film Festival presents 'Beyond the Call'

MIDDLETOWN – On Friday, March 7 and Saturday, March 8 at 7:30 p.m., the Coyote Film Festival will screen the wonderful film “Beyond the Call” at the Calpine Geothermal Visitors Center and host special guest Director Adrian Belic for an audience question-and-answer session after the screening.


From the brothers behind the Academy Award-nominated feature documentary “Genghis Blues” comes the next great journey.


In an Indiana Jones-meets-Mother Teresa adventure, three middle-aged men, former soldiers and modern-day knights, travel the world delivering life-saving humanitarian aid directly into the hands of civilians and doctors in some of the most dangerous yet beautiful places on Earth, the front lines of war.


Ed Artis, Jim Laws and Walt Ratterman are self-styled Knights of Malta, and in 1995, they formed Knightsbridge International, a unique humanitarian aid organization, whose motto is "High Adventure and Service to Humanity."


Artis explains: "We're not there to change anybody's politics, we're not in the God business and we pay our own way."


Their specialty is going where death from land-mines, bullets or bombs is as frequent as death from hunger, disease or the elements.


As Laws tells it simply, "We do what we can, when we can, because we can."


Their personal convictions and courage drive them to places such as Afghanistan, Albania, Chechnya, Cambodia, Burma, Thailand, Rwanda and the southern Philippines, often when few if any other humanitarian aid organizations are around. The camera follows Artis, Laws and Ratterman as they take us on a journey into the heart of humanity and the soul of courage.


“We are thrilled to bring such a great feature film to Lake County,” said Karen Turcotte director of the event.


“This event is made more special by the addition of our amazing guest director, Adrian Belic,” continued Turcotte, “and to have the Calpine Geothermal Visitors Center to show this film is a wonderful partnership for us and South Lake County. I know our audience will enjoy meeting Adrian and finding out how he manages to travel in exotic and dangerous places while making a film.”


Coyote Film Festival shows awardwinning independent short films during the summer months at Langtry Estate and Vineyards.


“This particular event will give more people an opportunity to see what Coyote is all about. We pride ourselves in bringing amazing guest filmmakers who come away with admiration of Lake County and the wonderfully dedicated audience who enjoy independent film.”


Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the film will begin at 7:45 p.m. Coyote opens each festival with animation and this time it is “Duct Tape and Cover” which has been winning awards in the independent film festival circuit throughout this past year.


The total program runs for approximately 90 minutes. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children.


There will be concessions available including the fresh made Coyote Popcorn that has become a sought after staple to the events.


Coyote Film Festival is the fundraising arm of EcoArts of Lake County and supports not only the Film Festival but also the EcoArts: Lake County Sculpture Walk at the Middletown County Trailside Park.


EcoArts is a nonprofit arts organization dedicated to bringing arts opportunities to the residents and visitors of Lake County.


For more information visit www.ecoartsoflakecounty.org.


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