Help us kick off our 2019 Opening Night on the red carpet with a fun throwback to the 90s! Bernadette is a nod to your favorite 90s high school rom-coms, so head to the movie theater with us (like you used to in the 90s!) and stay for the after party sponsored by CMX Cinemas Fallschase!
1994 was the perfect summer… for heartache. At 15, Archie has an impossible goal: to win the heart of Bernadette, a much older French foreign exchange student and local lifeguard, before she returns home at the end of the season. To gain her affection, Archie enlists the help of his first boss, Dixon, a local lothario, suburban legend, and the park district’s least valuable employee. Under Dixon’s tutelage, Archie and his friends learn about love, adulthood, and all the things that books can’t teach.
The Opening Night presentation is sponsored by CMX Cinemas Fallschase. A special food and cocktails menu will be served following the presentation. CMX – the VIP cinema experience!
Actor James Psathas (“Dixon”) is expected to be in attendance at the screening for a post-film discussion.
The screening of Bernadette for Opening Night will be preceded by the premier of the five short films produced by Florida High School students for the 2019 Filmmaker Bootcamp, a unique Leon County outreach partnership between TFF and Command Media.
About the Filmmaker
Raised in Chicago, John Psathas has been working in film for the last 15 years as a director, writer, producer, and editor. Founder of Analog Productions, his commercial work includes projects for companies like Sprite, Heartgard, Bacardi, and Aussie Shampoo.
As a director, John’s award-winning films have screened at festivals internationally and cover a diverse spectrum of subjects and genres, ranging from bittersweet comedy to gritty drama and including both narratives and documentaries. His short drama Milwaukee was a regional finalist for the Student Academy Awards and the opening night short film at the San Diego Latino Film Festival. Happy Birthday Kevin, a short comedy shot with DePaul students and alums, played in over 50 festivals internationally including The Dam Short Film Festival. RISE UP, his short documentary, has won several awards including Best Documentary at Reel Sisters, the first Academy Award Qualifying Film Festival for shorts devoted to women of color. Recently, his short documentary, Birthday, received the Jury’s Choice Award at the Black Maria Film Festival and was selected as one of the fest’s Touring Collection. During 2019, the film will screen in 40 theaters and universities internationally.
His recently released first feature, Bernadette, had its world premiere in competition at the Cleveland International Film Festival. Currently on the circuit, Bernadette has won a total of 12 awards and is in talks for distribution.
Between projects, he teaches as an Associate Professor at DePaul University’s School of Cinematic Arts.