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The 2011 Fallbrook Film Festival will run April 8, 9 and 10 at the UltraStar Cinemas at River Village in Bonsall.

“We have a wonderfully eclectic lineup of films in the festival this year. There truly is something of each ‘flavor.’ We have ethnic films, hip hop, thrillers, documentaries, sci-fi, family films, films about immigration, fantasies — you name it! And many of the filmmakers will be present for Q&As with the audience.”

The festival opens Friday with the feature-length crime drama In/Significant Others. The film navigates through the lives of a town’s residents, each of whom is connected to the same homicide investigation.

Some other films accepted in the festival includes:

Pumzi, a Kenyan/South African sci-fi film (Best Short Film at Cannes International Film Festival and screened at the Sundance Film Festival in 2010), set in East Africa 35 years after World War III’s battles over water. Pumzi is nominated for Best Narrative Short at the Fallbrook Film Festival.

Journey Home explores photojournalist Monty Marsh’s journey along the transatlantic slave trade route and being Black in America today. Journey Home is nominated for Best Documentary Short.

The Response, in which a bi-racial team of paramedics must go into harm’s way during the 1992 LA riots to help a critically injured youth. The Response has been nominated for Best Student film in this year’s festival.

May I Be Frank, a feel-good and funny feature documentary, follows the 42-day vegan food transformation of a down-and-nearly-out man seeking love.

Full Circle: Stitches in Time is an up-tempo exploration of the renaissance of needlecraft and fabric arts. Fiber artists, sit ’n stitch participants and quilters take the viewer on a colorful update of one of today’s hottest crazes.

Independent films with military themes are also noticeable on this year’s festival lineup. The films include:

She Wore Silver Wings, nominated for Best Documentary Short, is about a woman who dreamt of flying as a girl and ultimately became a WASP — one of the unsung heroes of WWII.

World of Wargames, about two elite units of warriors who combat each other in a unique field of battle to determine the fate of the world.

Beneath the Same Sky, about 10-year-old James whose mother is deployed, providing him a lesson in sacrifice and a test of courage.

Killing Memories, a documentary of five Vietnam veterans who return to battle sites of 40 years before to confront their memories of the war.

For a full list of films and screening times, visit

The festival closes with best-of-show screenings at the Bonsall UltraStar Cinemas, April 11 through 14.

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