Take Two

The demise of Romeo's Studio 1515 in Ybor City left several Bay area cultural outlets without a home. This included the Coffeehouse Film Reviews, a free monthly showcase of local film and video headed by independent filmmaker Paul Guzzo. The event, oddly enough, was a 2005 Best of the Bay winner for "Best Reason to Believe the Local Film Scene is Alive and Well." Luckily for us, new venues open all the time in Ybor and its latest cultural hot spot, International Bazaar, now plays host to the monthly film event. CFR debuts at the new location Friday evening, and screenings are set to occur every second Friday of the month until further notice.

January film selections consist of scenes from Icon Films' "feature film in progress" POP, about four teenage girls who kidnap a female pop star; Chip by Jeffrey Bowers, about a sexual predator and the detective following him via an implanted tracking chip; Andres Yepes' Purgatorio, which follows a man who, tormented by the memories of his dead lover, becomes a prisoner to his journal; The Whisper, also by Yepes, about a man seeking answers to a recurring dream; Hooligans Valley by Other Side Cinema, in which a not-so-dynamic duo, Itchy and Lobo, have to save the day once again; and Life's a Circus by Pete Guzzo, about an ordinary day in the life of two extraordinary people.

For more information or to submit a film to be screened at a future event, e-mail [email protected] or [email protected]. All genres of films are accepted except pornography (so perverts need not apply).

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