September 22, 2017 4:25 pm Last modified: 2:43 pm

St. John Film Society Returns to Coral Bay At Cases by the Sea

This year, the St. John Film Society (SJFS) will host a number of films in Coral Bay in addition to its Cruz Bay film offerings.
“We are very excited to have films in Coral Bay once again after a brief hiatus,” said Andrea Leland, director of the St. John Film Society. “For our first film we are particularly happy to have found a partner in Cases by the Sea, which features a large screen and food and drink for sale – it can be an evening out.” Cases by the Sea and Reggie’s feature food and drink at picnic tables under their open-air pavilion “or, bring your own chair if you like,” suggests Leland.
SJFS kicks off the Coral Bay season with “Ring of Fire,” about St. Thomas boxing welterweight champion Emile Griffith, at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 20. The suggested donation is $5.
Documentary filmmakers Dan Klores and Ron Berger look at a difficult moment in American sports history — March 24, 1962 — when St. Thomas’s Emile Griffith fought Cuba’s Benny “Kid” Paret for the welterweight boxing championship and Griffith pummeled Paret into a fatal coma as a nationwide TV audience watched. Decades later, six-time welterweight champion Griffith spoke of the fateful night that haunts him. The film includes compelling boxing footage and interviews with Griffith and his family, historians and sports journalists. “Ring of Fire” was a 2005 Sundance featured film and was called “extraordinary” by The New York Times.
St. John Film Society is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, Virgin Island Council on the Arts and St. John Community Foundation.
For more information, contact Andrea Leland at 715-0551 or Michelle Ward at 201-2407 or go to: www.stjohnfilm.com

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