The John Lennon Bus pulls into in Fairhope this Memorial Day

Don’t miss this rare chance to experience the best mobile recording studio in the world! Hosted by the Fairhope Film Festival, the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus arrives in Fairhope this Memorial Day from 10 AM to 3 PM. This multi-million dollar facility will be open to the public for free, with a chance to see local musicians and artists create an original project. Located at the Fairhope Municipal Pier at 1 Fairhope Ave. Come join us!

John Lennon Educational Tour Bus posterProviding hands-on experiences for students of all ages since 1998, The Lennon Bus is currently on the 75th Anniversary Tour in celebration of what would have been John Lennon’s 75th birthday. Throughout the day, the premier, non-profit 501(c)(3) mobile Pro-Audio, Video and Broadcast studio will give participants an exclusive look into the latest in music products, audio, video and broadcast technologies. Participants will have a chance to hear first hand from the engineers who live and work on board the multi-million dollar facility and will spend a full day developing an original project, creating the music, video, and images needed to take the idea from concept to delivery.

About The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus

The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus is a non-profit state-of-the-art mobile Pro Audio and HD video recording facility that provides hands-on experiences for students of all ages. In its 18th year of touring, the Lennon Bus features the latest audio and video technology, gear and products. The concept began as an offshoot of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, dedicated to providing opportunities for both professional and amateur songwriters around the world; proceeds from which help support the Lennon Bus. The Lennon Bus travels across the U.S. and Canada year-round, providing free tours and workshops at schools, retailers, festivals, on tours with headlining artists, and at major industry conferences. Lennon Bus Europe began providing these same opportunities to the young people of Europe when it launched in Liverpool, UK in May 2013.

April’s Monthly Movie

The Fairhope Film Festival presents another installment of our Monthly Movie on Monday, April 27 at 6PM, with overflow at 8PM: Misery Loves Comedy.

This film will be released to “select theaters” this month, and is playing the Tribeca Film Festival. The documentary consists of 94 minutes of interviews with over 50 American and Canadian filmmakers, writers, actors, and comedians sharing their life stories.  The film aims to discover the answer to the question: Do you have to be miserable to be funny?Misery Loves Comedy film poster

Talking Pictures – Mark Terry

Fairhope Film Festival and Fairhope High School Film Club present the 2014 Talking Picture Series featuring Mark Terry for the month of April.  This is a free event and the community is welcome.  The Talking Picture Series will be held the fourth Thursday of April and the third Thursday of May and June at the Giddens Theater on the Faulkner Community College, Fairhope Campus from 6:00 – 7:00pm.  Mark Terry is the third presenter in this series and will speak about production design on Thursday, April 24.

Mark Terry Talking Pictures


A Surprise in Texas — Two Screenings in April

In May 2009, 29 young contestants came from all over the world to compete in the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in Fort Worth Texas, the most prestigious prize in the music world. The documentary film ‘A Surprise in Texas’ is the story of one of the contestants, a 20 year old from Tokyo, Nobuyuki Tsujii, blind from birth.

Show your support for independent filmmakers by attending a local screening of this film:

USA Baldwin County campus at 10 N. Section Street, Fairhope, AL; April 8th at 7 PM.

Check out the film’s official trailer on YouTube: Surprise in Texas-01

Talking Pictures – Bruce Larsen

Talking Pictures Series presents Bruce Larsen

Fairhope Film Festival and Fairhope High School Film Club present the 2014 Talking Picture Series featuring Bruce Larsen for the month of March. This is a free event and the community is welcome.  The Talking Picture Series will be held the third Thursday of March, April, May, and June at the Giddens Theater on the Faulkner Community College, Fairhope Campus from 6:00 – 7:00pm. Bruce Larsen is the second presenter in this series and will present Special Effects, Make-Up, and Mechanical Horses on Thursday, March 20.

Thank You for Helping Make the Festival Happen!

(Click here to view the original 2013 Festival Thank You PDF including photos from the festival.)

The 2013 Inaugural Fairhope Film Festival “Best of the Best” would sincerely like to give special thanks to everyone who made this year’s festival a great success! Thank you for coming and thanks to our sponsors for helping us make it happen!


M.W. Smith Jr Foundation
C.D., Helen and Jeff Glaze Foundation
RE/Max by the Bay
Rick Fletcher & Fletcher Petroleum


Hix Snedeker Companies


Alabama Humanities Foundation
Mary Jo and W. Neil Crosby
Mary Riser
Rae Shetter & Roland Wright


Alabama Film Office David Broome
Alabama Humanity Foundation David Cooper
Art4Business Marianne Terry
Candice Sturdivant Pilot Company
Chester English The Nall Foundation
Robin Delaney (in Memorial of Billy Scourtes)
Community Foundation of South Alabama


A’merica Jones James Oates
APSE Kelsey Bryant
Baylines, Inc. Lisa and Gerald Taylor
Brandly Monroe Russell and Billie Goodloe
Eric Kallen (Hayek Kallen Investment)
Susan Godwin
Judy Culbreth & Walter Kirkland
Virginia Littlepage and Amy Holliman
East Bay Clothiers
Friends of Festival
Cindy & Michael McBrearty Mary Mullins
Cobb Pinnacle Theaters
Monroeville Three Arts Club
John White-Spunner Skip Jones
M. Walton Riser Nela Forney

In-Kind Festival Sponsors

City of Fairhope
East Bay Clothiers
Coleman Mills
Lyons Share Gallery
Chris Myers Auto Mall Marriott Grand Hotel
Faulkner State Community College
University of South Alabama
Sweet Home Alabama
Pinzone’s Italian Downtown Restaurant
(In partnership with Rush Wines and Budweiser-
Busch Distributing)
Eastern Shore Art Center
Clyde May’s Whiskey
Berney Office Solutions
The Venue
Downtown Fairhope Business Association
Sam’s Club
Something Sweet
The Home Depot
Hampton Inn, Fairhope
Southern NAPA
Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce
Centennial Bank
Thyme By the Bay Restaurant
Lynn Rabren
Greer’s Market
Piggly Wiggly

And a very special appreciation to Roman Street for the “Fairhope” song and to all the many volunteers!