If You Listen by Laufer Film screens at Amelia Island FF & Phoenix FF

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If You Listen, a new short by Laufer Film’s filmmaking father – daughter team will screen at the Amelia Island Film Festival taking place Feb 24 – 27th. The Phoenix Film Festival runs March 31 thru April 7th at the Harkins Scottsdale 101. The short movie was written by Tiffany Ann Laufer and produced by William C. Laufer. The movie tells of a unique viewpoint on our urban culture - "Beautiful imagery for an important subject...."

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Viewers are calling If You Listen "beautiful, elegant and moving"!

Award winning filmmakers Tiffany Ann Laufer and William C. Laufer will be attending the 3rd annual Amelia Island Film Festival with their short film If You Listen... an environmental documentary concerning the potential affects of the GMO industry. The Amelia Island Film Festival runs from Feb 24 - Feb 27, 2011. If You Listen (the national premier) will screen Sunday Feb 27th at 1pm at the Island Arts Association venue (18 North 2nd Street) before the Academy Award nominated feature documentary, Waste Land. Viewers are calling If You Listen "Beautiful, elegant and moving".

To see the full Amelia Island Film Festival program visit their website or call 904-335-1110.

If You Listen... will also be screening at the 11th annual Phoenix Film Festival runs March 31 to April 7, 2011. For full information visit Phoenix Film Festival and is held at the Harkins Scottsdale/101 Theatre. Complete Schedule and events will be announced February 25th.

If You Listen was shot entirely on location in Cleveland Ohio at the Blue Pike Farm and surrounding area. Blue Pike Farm, founded by Carl Skalak is the first farm to be started in the city of Cleveland in the 21st century. Blue Pike Farm has an annual CSA program that is featured in a market at the farm on Thursdays 4-7pm mid June - end of October. Blue Pike Farm is located at 900 E.72nd, Cleveland Oh. For further information visit: http://www.bluepikefarm.com

The Laufer Film team also made The Acorn Penny which won first prize in the Twin River’s Film fest. Joanna Connors of the Cleveland Plain Dealer said that “Though news reports from the war in the Congo depict a nightmare of atrocities, Laufer was determined to make a film that would alert viewers to the war without using violence.”

The Acorn Penny is a short film of hope. An artistic work of fiction that shines a light on a forgotten part of the world. A call to aid for the living and a remembrance of the estimated 6.9 million people who have died in the Democratic Republic of the Congo since 1998 in what is called the Mineral Wars.

The Acorn Penny is a wondrous story of the power of a child's dream to save herself and the world around her. When four magical acorns fall to her feet, Kinshasa's dream of the future unfolds into an adventure she never imagined she could call her own. As she rediscovers her African past, the war torn present and her wondrous potential she realizes she must fight the forces that stand in her way, for no one else will.

This award winning short film was shot on the Red Camera utilizing background plates from the United Nations High Commission on Refugees, and the Cleveland Museum of Art. The Acorn Penny successfully brings together a dream world and a reality that viewers are immediately drawn into. This beautiful story of the potential of one girls dreams of the future is not to be missed.

The Acorn Penny recently won 1st place at the Twin Rivers Media Festival in Asheville, North Carolina. Playing to an embracing crowd, this short film of just fourteen minutes has open hearts and minds to the enormity of the crisis happening in the DRC, Democratic Republic of the Congo in regards to the mining of Conflict Minerals and the plight of women in this worn torn country.

The Acorn Penny has actively handed out information from two non-for profits that are currently working in the Congo. The Hope For The Congo program based in Washington DC and the International Relief Commission in New York City. Its been important, whenever our film screens that we have information about agencies that are playing a part in the recovery and healing of the DRC. Laufer said “We’ve been spreading the word, and hopefully people have learned something new about this conflict after attending our screenings.”

The Acorn Penny is available to libraries via Midwest Tape

LauferFilm.com was founded in 1996 by Georgetown University grads Bill and Tiffany Laufer. Bill and Tiffany Laufer are a father - daughter film team who recently finish the new Christmas feature film Christmas at Maxwell’s.

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