Bahamas fest in swim

Fest kicks off with screening of 'Ocean's Twelve'

The inaugural Bahamas Film Festival is skedded to kick off Thursday with 75 films unspooling over four days around Nassau and Paradise Island. Highlights in competition include Rodney Evans’ Sundance standout “Brother to Brother,” Mark Bamford’s South African import “Cape of Good Hope” and Tom Peosay’s docu “Tibet: Cry of the Snow Lion.”

Fest kicks off with a screening of “Ocean’s Twelve” at the Atlantis Paradise Island Resort and Casino.

Fest is split into sections including international competition, New Visions, world cinema showcase, Caribbean sidebar, docus, shorts and family programming.

Jacob Aaron Estes’ “Mean Creek” and Charles Durning’s “Dead Canaries” will screen in New Visions alongside nine other competing titles. That section’s awards jury includes indie producer Ted Hope, film writer Chris Gore and entertainment attorney Steven Beer.

World cinema section includes such faves from prior world fests as ThinkFilm’s “The Story of Weeping Camel” and “Mondovino,” Sony Pictures Classics’ “Head in the Clouds,” Newmarket’s “The Green Butchers” and Zeitgeist’s “The Corporation.”

SPC’s Spike Lee feature “She Hate Me” will screen as a special presentation, as will UA’s “Undertow,” by David Gordon Green.

ThinkFilm and Jonathan Demme’s “The Agronomist” is playing as part of the event’s Caribbean sidebar.

Fest exec director and founder is Leslie Vanderpool.

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