April 17th, 2005

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PBIFF: Champions on Wheels

Producer/Director Grace Shafir has created a premise for an excellent movie,
"Champions on Wheels."

Narrated by Daryl "Chill" Mitchell, "Champions on Wheels" looks at lives of individuals who have suffered from a disability. Wheelchair tennis athletes vie for the Gold in 2004 Athens Paralympics. The film screens Sunday afternoon at Sunrise Mizner in Boca Raton. For more information,
visit http://www.wheelchairchampions.com/
Cinema Dave  Swashbuckling ournalist and

PBIFF: The Bituminious Coal Queens of Pennsylvania

Some of my favorite people in the movie business are ushers.
These individuals are frequently a good judge of character.
Eric was the doorman this evening for David Hunt's "The Bituminious Coal Queens of Pennsylvania," produced by Patricia Heaton. In the past film festival, a celebrity (who will remained unnamed) treated Eric rudely. When I entered the screening, Eric informed me that,
"Patty Heaton is a nice lady."

Ms. Heaton has produced a nice documentary, "The Bituminous Coal Queens of Pennsylvania." Produced in under three weeks, the film looks at the 50th annual ritual of selecting the Bituminous Coal Queen in a rural town in Pennsylvania.

Instead of focusing on the dark side of beauty competition, David Hunt takes the high road and celebrates the positive impact the pageant has upon the community. The film comically contrasts the romantic naivete of the Coal Queen contestants with the cynical sound man. From the glamor of the pageant to the visitation of a coal mine 700 feet below ground, Director David Hunt captures the heart of America, one individual at a time.

The nobility of these individuals and visual poetry makes "The Bituminous Coal Queens of Pennsylvania" a winner.