The Bermuda Documentary Film Festival is to feature a ‘family documentary’ for the first time at its eighth edition, March 14-17.
Magic Camp is a poignant, funny and inspirational film about Tannen’s Magic Camp in rural Pennsylvania, where young magic lovers, 12-20, come together every summer to learn how to become professional magicians.
As the aspiring illusionists prepare to perform on the same stage where superstars such as David Copperfield and David Blaine once honed their craft, they learn that it will take more than just nimble fingers and showmanship to win – they need to believe in themselves and find the magic within.
Magic Camp, which won the Best Family Documentary award at the Newport Beach Film Festival, will screen on Saturday March 16 at 11 a.m. The 85-minute film is recommended for ages 12 and up.
It will be followed by a live performance by Bermudian professional magician Mike Bishop. Together, the film and show will be two hours in length.
The film is one of 12 selected for screening at Bermuda Docs, including Oscar® nominee The Invisible War, Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner A River Changes Course – and the short film, Escape, by Bermudian director Adrian Kawaley-Lathan, which is part of the current Eyes on the World exhibition at the Bermuda National Gallery.
The festival also includes Oscar®-shortlisted documentaries Ethel and The Loving Story, Freedom of Expression Award winner The Central Park Five, 2013 Sundance selections Sound City and Fire in the Blood, the latest instalment of acclaimed filmmaker Michael Apted’s Up Series, 56 Up, festival audience favourite G-Dog, and a portrait of the late Mayor Of New York, Ed Koch.
Tickets to Bermuda Docs go on sale Friday March 1 at www.bdatix.bm, Sportseller-Washington Mall, Fabulous Fashions-Heron Bay Plaza, or by calling 232-2255.
Bermuda Docs is presented by MINI and sponsored by Stella Artois, BELCO, Bermuda Commercial Bank Limited, the Department of Tourism, CellOne, and the Bermuda Arts Council. The festival’s host hotel is the Fairmont Hamilton Princess.