This makes the eighth year for FMBFF. The festival attracts independent film fans, filmmakers, and distributors. In additon to enjoying the festival, those attendees who have so chosen, have been able to spend their days and nights on the Gulf beaches of Fort Myers Beach.
The fest also allows such talent in the entertainment industry to exchange ideas, make new contacts, and enjoy some compelling and interesting films encompassing a wide range of tastes. There are events to choose from for all ages.
Many films have been and continue to be screened at the festival. The film featured here is "Legend of the Red Reaper," and it was screened Friday, April 25 at 9 p.m. The following is the film's synopsis.
"It's been 100 years since the Red Reaper, half human, half demon was traded to the demons by the Teller Witch, her own mother. She was rescued by the Reapers, a sacred clan of human/demon warriors, and they raised her as their own, even though she was more demon than the rest of them. Abandoned by her mother, at odds with her Reaper family, struggling with her Reaper training and in love with one man she couldn't have - nothing was going right for the Red Reaper. She was untrained, untested and shared none of her mother's magical abilities. She couldn't even see the future, her mother's greatest gift, until the day she did, and it changed the world forever." - T Card/IMDb
Enjoy film trailer of "Legend of the Red Reaper" plus, below, full photo listing of 25 behind-the-scenes, Red Carpet shots and more. Fans can find "Sword Sisters" by Cardinal and Bledsoe at Amazon. There is still time to enjoy more of what Fort Myers Beach Film Festival has to offer!
On set of "Red Reaper"
As Cardinal evolved, so did the film. Cardinal polished the film with a personal narration, bringing the final product together as one cohesive unit. - Basha Barron
Touching scene in film
A natural leader, she was unanimously elected president of the theatre club and held that position until she graduated. It was then she knew the movie business was the only place for her.
Still in school and working a full time corporate job, she booked the female lead in the Warner Brother's slasher flick "Delivery."
The Fort Myers Beach Film Festival is back for its eighth year, attracting independent film fans, filmmakers, and distributors to spend four fabulous days and nights on the Gulf beaches of Fort Myers Beach, Florida to exchange ideas, make new contacts, and enjoy some compelling and interesting films encompassing a wide range of tastes. The events begin on April 23rd and end on April 27th, 2014 with events to choose from for all ages. - FMBFF
"Legend of the Red Reaper" scene
Here is some about the writer, director and lead actress in film.
Tara Cardinal is the daughter of a psychic and a musician. Tara grew up on a small farm in Indiana. Cardinal moved out on her own at age 16 and worked three jobs in order to initially support herself. She was discovered in a shopping mall and acted in her first movie in 2006. - woodyanders
Illustrated version of "Red Reader"
... abandoned by her mother, at odds with her Reaper family, struggling with her Reaper training and in love with one man she couldn't have - nothing was going right for the Red Reaper. She was untrained, untested and shared none of her mother's magical abilities.
Scene in "Legend of the Red Reaper"
When it came to the Red Reaper, she was untrained, untested and shared none of her mother's magical abilities. She couldn't even see the future, her mother's greatest gift. Until the day she did, and it changed the world forever.
Actor Christian Boveing
Born in Dallas, Texas, spending most of his formative years in Missouri, Christian was always fasciniated with comic books and movies. Upon seeing "Conan the Barbarian" when he was twelve, Christian realized his calling... build a body of super hero proportions, use it to catapult him to the top of the fitness/bodybuilding world via magazines and ultimately to use that to make the push into television and movies.
All along, his goal was to break the typical stereotype that his body received and to become a great actor. He has been studying the craft of acting since the age of 14. Christian has had a successful run so far with two of his own television shows, but according to him he is just getting started.
Here Tara aka Red Reaper wears plain Pendragon bodice, crimson chain bracers and leather lore belt that's she known for.
More by Basha Barron: Resolute, she made him a deal. If she edited a new cut, would he reconsider? He would and she did. But first, she had to learn how to edit. When Uwe Boll saw her cut, he decided on the spot to not only rep the movie, but to throw his full weight behind the project, bringing on an award winning post production team. Helmed by Cardinal, the movie was recut, colored and scored to reflect a new vision.
Tara Cardinal as Red Reaper
A part of film's synopsis: It's been 100 years since The Red Reaper, half human, half demon was traded to the demons by the Teller Witch - her own mother. Rescued by the Reapers, a sacred clan of human/ demon warriors, they raised her as their own, even though she was more demon than the rest of them...
Film Fight Scene
Tara Cardinal's education by woodyanders:
Cardinal has a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology. In addition, Cardinal writes poetry as well as writes for the websites the IndependentCritic.com and NerdRemix.com. She lives in Los Angeles, California.
"Legend of the Red Reaper" (2013)
More by Basha Barron:
Cardinal's cast and crew stood by her side and the film was finished within months. Post production offered a new set of challenges. Over 120 minutes of footage was lost by a shady post house. Three editors failed to complete so much as a rough cut. One distribution company tried to extort the film from Cardinal, trying to use her hard won film as b-roll and putting Steven Segal in the lead. Cardinal held her ground and her movie, even when the big shots threatened to sue.
Finally, she caught the attention of movie mogul Uwe Boll, who took one look at the assembly her third editor compiled - and unfortunately passed.
Image representing film Red Reaper
A few trivia comments from IMDb on Tara Cardinal:
Voted top 100 Sexiest Women in TV and Film, 2010 (Monster Island News). Participated in the 2010 AIDS Walk. Did her first live performance when she was in the 3rd grade. Has been drawn by a number of artists, including comic book Legend George Perez. Has been the subject of several comic book characters, including the short run "Life Behind the Mask: Amazonia", The title character "Heroine", and the Red Reaper, in "Legend of the Red Reaper"
A character in film "Red Reaper"
More on Tara Cardinal:
Cardinal is a dedicated humanitarian and staunch advocate for children's rights, Tara co-founded the non-profit peer counseling organization C.L.U.B. (Children Living Under Blindness) at age 12 and has toured middle schools in both America and Canada educating children on their rights and resources since the age of 15. - woodyanders
The Teller Wich's Hut
Here is one of the outside scenes in film, although there were many!
This is the Teller wich's hut. In the film the lead character, Red Reaper (Tara Cardinal) was untrained, untested and shared none of her mother's magical abilities. She couldn't even see the future, her mother's greatest gift. Until the day she did. And it changed the world forever.
Cal Simmons as Kreois
Scene in film "Legend of the Red Reaper." Cal Simmons as Kreois.
Aella, the Red Reaper, was on a path to destruction. She couldn't even see the future, her mother's greatest gift. Until the day she did. And realized only she could save the world from what she saw.
Illustration of scene from film
Cardinal combined the skills she'd learned at her corporate job, her love of the Renaissance and sword play, and her name as an up and comer to create "Legend of the Red Reaper."
Seasoned pros and aspirings alike flocked to her side and the project took on a life of its own. - Basha Barron
Tara as Red Reaper
Tara frequently appears in horror and fantasy films and likes to perform her own stunts. Moreover, Cardinal has not only acted on stage, but also has modeled for various comic book characters, performed at Renaissance Festivals, and even done live shows as a professional wrestler. - woodyanders
Tara Cardinal at a signing
In addition to creating two feature films, Cardinal also co-authored a novel based on the Red Reaper characters with fantasy novelist Alex Bledsoe.
She is in talks to do a short run comic series for both properties and released an ashcan version of Red Reaper, featuring the art of George Perez at San Diego Comicon.
She continues to accept roles in movies of all genres and her spare time gathers her celebrity friends for charity events at Dark Delicacies in Burbank. Since moving to Hollywood, California she has raised over $10,000 for charity to relieve the Tsunami victims in Japan, the earthquake victims in Haiti and Chile, Homeless youth and abandoned dogs in Los Angeles.
She currently resides in Hollywood California where she is catching up on some much needed sleep in between producing charity events, writing novels and comic books, and creating superheros. - Basha Barron
No sooner was production of "Legend of the Red Reaper" underway than adversity came with it. Midway through filming, a co-production company embezzled 40% of the production funds - but Tara used her credit, her savings, and finally her own home to make up the difference.
It wasn't enough, and all of her above the line crew quit when the money ran out.
SO, Cardinal taught herself screen writing, submitted her body to a 4 month invasive medical study and became a professional wrestler to raise the money to finish the shoot. With no other producers on set, she promoted all of her department heads to producer and went on to direct and produce, while staring in the film. - Basha Barron
Tara with fans and volunteers
More by woodyanders
While juggling a budding film career, University and a full time job, Tara Cardinal honed her improv skills at the Florida Renaissance Festival.
Her first year she performed as a man, because the festival director wouldn't let her sword fight as a woman.
Love scene in film "Legend of the Red Reaper"
Here are actors David Mackey and Tara Cardinal as Eris and Aella aka Red Reaper in film.
Personal quotes at IMDb by Tara Cardinal:
Wanting it isn't enough. You have to need it, eat it, sleep it, breathe it. Acting is a brutal business. If you can do anything else, do it. If I could do anything else other than perform, I would.
Horror is the greatest genre for female actors. Horror is the only genre where we can laugh, cry, be in love, and kick ass.
Like most talent, Tara Cardinal finds herself, when not on film sets, representing the work she does in films, writing, authoring a book and more.
Cardinal is the lead actress in the film "Legend of the Red Reaper." It was released in 2013, and Cardinal is the writer, director and lead actor in the film.
Fort Myers Beach, Fla.
Fort Myers Beach is a town located on Estero Island in Lee County, Florida, United States. The population was 6,277 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Cape Coral–Fort Myers Metropolitan Statistical Area. It was officially incorporated on December 31, 1995. - Wiki
"Sword Sisters" by Tara Cardinal and Alex Bledsoe
This book is at Amazon.
Cast aside by her mother, tormented (literally) by her father, feared by humans and despised by most of her own kind, Aella is determined not to care. Not to care what they think, not to care if they like her, not to care about anything or anyone. Just so long as no one tries to touch her or imprison her again, Aella couldn't care less...
On Red Carpet Tara Cardinal and Ray Eddy
On Red Carpet are Tara Cardinal and Ray Eddy at Central Florida Film Festival.
More on Tara Cardinal's education by woodyanders:
By 16 Cardinal decided to move to the US to live the American dream, working 3 jobs to make ends meet. At 19, misdiagnosed with cancer and only holding a grade 7 education, she turned her life around, went back to school and earned a bachelor's degree in Psychology on full scholarship.