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     DEAR LEMON LIMA
U.S.A., 2009, 87 mins, Color (Family Friendly)

MICHIGAN PREMIERE

Writer/Director: Suzi Yoonessi 
Producers: Melissa Lee, Jonako Donley 
Cinematography: Sarah Levy 
Cast: Savanah Wiltfong, Shayne Topp, Zane Huett, Melissa Leo, Beth Grant, Elaine Hendrix.


www.dearlemonlimamovie.com

Vanessa believes that a victory in the Snowstorm Survivor championship is the only way into Philip’s heart.  She quickly forms a quirky team with her fan base in the weight room.  TEAM FUBAR prepares for the event, driven by Vanessa’s plight for her true love.  Unlike the Native Olympics that brings together people of all sizes and shapes to celebrate Native Alaskan culture, Nichols’ Snowstorm Survivor simply perverts the traditional Eskimo games in order to foster an antiquated class system.

After the tragic loss of a beloved teammate, Vanessa discovers the true meaning of love and must embrace her Native heritage to reclaim the spirit of the World Eskimo Indian Olympics.  After TEAM FUBARs sensational victory in the final dance competition, the Nichols community attempts to embrace a new wave of thinking.

Traditional values have been lost in Western culture.  The World Olympics are a competition that celebrates being “number one”.  Dear Lemon Lima, thrives off the notion that life is a time to come together and celebrate our common traits and differences, inspiring kindness, individuality and equality, values kindled by the diary of a 13-year old girl.



Suzi Yoonessi
Suzi Yoonessi received the Jerome Foundation's New York Media Arts Grant for Vern (2004), which she wrote, directed, and produced. Vern was a finalist for the Roy W. Dean Foundation Grant, is in the permanent collection of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and is being distributed by the National Film Network. Yoonessi's award-winning short film Dear Lemon Lima, received a 2006 Jerome Foundation NYC Media Arts Grant, 2007 All Roads Foundation grant and is being distributed by Shorts International. The film has played internationally in over 60 festivals including the Tribeca Film Festival, Hamptons International Film Festival and Los Angeles Film Festival. The feature version of Dear Lemon Lima was recognized by the 2007-2008 Film Independent Screenwriters, Directors and Producers Labs, 2006 Tribeca All Access Connects, 2006 IFP No Borders Market and was the recipient of an ITVS development grant.

Yoonessi associate produced the Cannes and Sundance award-winning Me And You And Everyone We Know (2005), written and directed by Miranda July, for IFC Films & Film Four (UK), with frequent collaborator producer Gina Kwon. She co-produced Miranda July's Are You The Favorite Person Of Anybody (2005), directed by Miguel Arteta, which screened in the 2005 Sundance Film Festival. Yoonessi received her BFA from San Francisco Art Institute, and her MFA from Columbia University where she was a recipient of the FMI Directing Fellowship.

PRECEDED BY SHORT FILM

          ADVENTURES OF JUSTIN AND STACI, THE
U.S.A., 2009, 11 mins, (Family Friendly)

Writer/Director: Staci Gibson

Making friends is hard to do, especially if you're shy. This award-winning short animation by first time animator and director Staci Gibson tells an autobiographical tale of two friends and their comical courtship.

 
Showings
06/11/10 09:00 AMVenue 3 (HS)
Saugatuck High School Auditorium
401 Elizabeth Street
 
06/12/10 02:00 PMVenue 3 (HS)
Saugatuck High School Auditorium
401 Elizabeth Street
 


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