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T.G.I.M. returns to Davis Art Center on August 7


Radishes 2If you’re also jonesing for some good indie films, then you’ll be happy to know that T.G.I.M. resumes on August 7.

New to the term? Well, the acronym stands for “Thank God for Indie Mondays,” and symbolizes the anticipation and excitement that area indie film lovers feel as the first Monday of the month draws near between August and February. That’s when hosts Eric Raddatz and Melissa DeHaven screen a number of the indie short and short short films that have been submitted for inclusion in the Fort Myers Film Festival. While there will be celebrity judges on hand to lead the discussion after each screening, Eric and Melissa want to hear from you. What was your take on the film? What worked or didn’t, what did you like or Eric and Melissa at Jan 2 TGIM 02hate, and should the film be included in the film festival. Your opinion matters; your vote counts. And as often as not, the audience picks up on facets of the film that escape the attention of Eric and the judges. It’s all part of the fun of “intellectualization.”

There’s also some pretty amazing entertainment, as Eric and Melissa introduce Fort Myers audiences to some of the best talent in the area. Audience Participation December TGIM 10And there’s the opportunity to rub shoulders with the celebrity judges, filmmakers and other cineastes at the after-party, where you can share an adult beverage (or two) and knosh on discounted appetizers at Twisted Vine Bistro.

Filmmaker Tyler Shore, Mercedes Gutierrez and Florida Rep director Jason Parrish will serve as T.G.I.M.’s celebrity judges on August 7, with cool indie music provided by Frankie Colt. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., with the films starting at 7:00 pAudience Participation December TGIM 02.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for seniors and students.

And mark your  calendars for the rest of this seasons T.G.I.M.s. They take place:

  • September 4, 2017
  • October 2, 2017
  • November 6, 2017
  • December 4, 2017
  • January 1, 2018
  • February 5, 2018

ERThe Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center is located at 2301 First Street in the downtown Fort Myers River District. It’s the neoclassical building with the Ionic columns that are bathed in an alphabet soup of lighted letters by the dual drummed bronze sculpture known as Caloosahatchee Manuscripts in the heart of the downtown Fort Myers River District.

July 29, 2017.


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