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Finger Mullet Film Festival Returns to St. Augustine May 18 – 20, 2023

May 4, 2023

The Crisp-Ellert Art Museum (CEAM) and Flagler College are delighted to announce the Second Annual Finger Mullet Film Festival (FMFF) to be held at CEAM Thursday, May 18 through Saturday, May 20, at various times. This event is free and open to the public.

The festival will kick off on Thursday May 18th at 5pm, with an opening reception that will include an exhibition of artwork created by The PLAYERS Championship Boys and Girls Club students. At 7pm we will screen video works, including Reparation Hardware, by New York-based artist llana Harris-Babou, to be followed by a panel discussion with the artist, Dr. Lori Lee, Kenan Distinguished Professor of Liberal Education in Anthropology, and Dr. Nicholas Miller, Assistant Professor of History, Flagler College. This event will also be livestreamed at:

FMFF is dedicated to nurturing an experimental art and film culture in St Augustine by providing an inspired platform of the best national and international short films alongside a burgeoning local and regional culture of time-based creators and storytellers. Our goal is to discover, cultivate and screen new local narratives as a means of generating critical discussion and empowering community collaboration. This year’s festival brings together film and video shorts by regional, national, and international artists and filmmakers, including a screening block dedicated to student work, a participatory performance with cyriaco lopes terri witek and Kevin Mahoney, and a night of live performance paired with video and film.

The artists and filmmakers included in this year’s Open Call / Curated screening blocks have harnessed the theme, Local Waters. This theme acknowledges the role that water has played in the difficult history of our community, and many communities world-wide, as well as our democracy. Water is essential to life. It can provide vital coastal resources one day and life-threatening weather the next. We understand that to live in St Augustine, or near any significant body of water, is to know the beauty of water as a force of nature as well as a cultural symbol of power.

The festival schedule is listed below, and a full list of participants will be listed at and

The Finger Mullet Film Festival was created by Patrick Moser and Kevin Mahoney, Flagler College Distinguished Professors of Art and Julie Dickover, Director of the Crisp-Ellert Art Museum.

Funding for this program was provided through a Greater Good: Humanities in Academia Grant from Florida Humanities, with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of Florida Humanities or the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The Finger Mullet Film Festival is supported, in part, through grants from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and a grant from the Dr. JoAnn Crisp-Ellert Fund at The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida, as well as the William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust. In-kind sponsorship is provided through the St. Johns Cultural Council, Greyhound Print Solutions, VOCO, an IGH Hotel, and Dog Rose Brewing Co.

For further information about this program, or our other exhibitions and events, please visit the website at, or contact Julie Dickover at 904-826-8530 or


Finger Mullet Film Festival Schedule


The festival will take place at the Crisp-Ellert Art Museum at Flagler College over the course of three days, from May 18-20, 2023. The festival schedule is as follows:


Thursday, May 18:

5:00pm: Opening of Boys and Girls Club Exhibition 6:00pm: Opening Reception for Finger Mullet Film Festival

7:00pm: Screening of Video Works by Ilana Harris-Babou followed by panel discussion with the Artist, Dr. Lori Lee and Dr. Nicholas Miller.

Friday, May 19:

6:00pm: Introduction and Combinatory Play with cyriaco lopes terri witek & Kevin Mahoney 6:45pm: Student Films Screening

8:00pm: Local Water Screenings, Block A

Saturday, May 20:

6:00pm: Local Water Screenings, Block B

7:30pm: Live Music + Artist Collabo Performances

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