Saturday, April 12, 2014

Charleston Film Premiere Shines New Light On Controversial Topic

Award-winning documentary feature, 120 Days, to hold East Coast Premiere at the 2014 Charleston International Film Festival

After a World Premiere at the Austin Film Festival in November and winning the coveted 2013 CINE Golden Eagle Award in January, filmmaker Ted Roach is ready to bring his film back home to the Creative Coast at the 2014 Charleston International Film Festival. 120 Days has screened in multiple cities across the nation, most recently the Atlanta Film Festival. This week, the film seeks a new audience in the Lowcountry.

This engaging documentary explores the U.S. immigration debate from a unique perspective. Instead of focusing on broad political viewpoints or the overall national impact of the issue, Roach decided instead to tell a story through the eyes of one undocumented family. Be prepared to be moved by Miguel Cortes, his wife and daughters as they struggle to hold on to their piece of the American Dream.

Roach has deep roots in the Charleston area. He attended the College of Charleston for two years and was a member of the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity. After college, he lived and worked in the community while making many friends and colleagues, including one of the consulting editors for 120 Days. For Roach, the opportunity to screen in Charleston is like homecoming.

“120 Days is an observational, character-based documentary," says Roach. "We tell a very personal family story, but the Cortes family's situation also presents a unique lens through which to examine the larger issues of illegal immigration. It is crucial that the public sees immigration from as many sides as possible. 120 Days offers one unique, compelling perspective from which to view this controversy: through the eyes of a man who could soon lose his family, due to both his own decisions and the U.S. government's current immigration policies.”

Roach will be in attendance for a post-screening Q&A along with cinematographer & co-producer Brad Allgood, camera operator Jonathan Kazmierczak and the project's consulting editor Justin Nathanson, who currently resides in Charleston.

The Charleston International Film Festival begins on Wed., Apr. 9th and will run through Sun., Apr. 13th. Now in its 7th year, the program promises to be engaging, informative and inspirational. This year, the festival is taking a stronger look at films that make a bold statement. Regardless of one's political ideology, the story of the Cortes family will move and inspire audiences as well as challenge many of the myths circulating throughout culture based around the issues of immigration in America today.

120 Days will be screening on Sunday, April 13th at 1:00PM in the Charleston Music Hall.
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