Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square

Dear Lemon Lima

Year: 2009
Country: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 87 minutes

Dear Lemon Lima
Dear Lemon Lima
Dear Lemon Lima

Few films are able to capture the magical agony of being 13 as well as DEAR LEMON LIMA does. Working at an ice cream stand and confiding in her diary, Vanessa Lemor resolves to win back the heart of Phillip Georgey who recently broke up with her. She is sure that if she becomes a student at Nichols Academy, where Phillip is a student and his family a legacy, he will love her again. Admitted under a minority scholarship because of her heritage, Vanessa quickly finds herself not quite fitting in with the other students. As the story unfolds, Vanessa befriends a group of other misfits who come to be named "Team FUBAR" and competes in the school's "Snowstorm Survivor Competition." Although Vanessa set out to win back Phillip's heart, she finds many other treasures instead, not the least of which are true friends. As she and Team FUBAR compete with the other more popular students to win the competition, Vanessa must learn to embrace her heritage and ultimately her own value. Quirky and inspiring, this film is an experience not to be missed. – B.K.

CIFF34 Screenings

Friday, March 19, 2010 at 7:10 PM

Saturday, March 20, 2010 at 4:40 PM

Monday, March 22, 2010 at 5:10 PM

Suzi Yoonessi

Suzi Yoonessi

Suzi Yoonessi received her BFA from San Francisco Art Institute and her MFA from Columbia University where she was a recipient of the FMI Directing Fellowship. She was honored with a Jerome Foundation NYC media grant.


Melissa M. Lee, Jonako Donley

Sarah Levy

Mara Farrington, Matt Linnell

Principal Cast
Savanah Wiltfong, Shayne Topp, Zane Huett, Elaine Hendrix, Eleanor Hutchins, Meaghan Jette Martin, Vanessa Marano, Melissa Leo, Beth Grant

This film is presented with the generous support of ALISTAIR and JOYCE FYFE.

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