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Jordan Ressler Competition at 2017 Miami Film Fest to include Blake Jenner’s “Billy Boy”

January 4th, 2017 No comments

 

 

Miami, FL. (January, 04, 2017) — The 34th edition of Miami Dade College’s Miami Film Festival, March 3-12, 2017, will present the World Premiere of Billy Boy, the first produced screenplay written by Miami native, Blake Jenner, who also stars in and serves as producer on the film. Billy Boy is among the selection of films nominated for the Festival’s annual Jordan Ressler Screenwriting Award.

Billy Boy is a story of a young man’s pursuit of redemption and self-discovery. Like so many of the youth of today, the film represents those who struggle to better themselves in spite of extreme obstacles.” said Jenner in his Kickstarter campaign for the film. Read more…

Women International Film Festival Opening Night with Shemar Moore & Bill Bellamy

November 4th, 2016 No comments

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FLiFF Puts a Twist on 30th Anniversary of Fest

October 19th, 2015 No comments

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The Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival
Unveils 30TH ANNIVERSARY Line-up for 2015

Opening Night Films:
WHERE TO INVADE NEXT
THE BOAT BUILDER
JACO
Centerpiece Film: SILVER SKIES
Closing Night Film: THE WANNABE

Film Highlights include:
Brooklyn, The Adderall Diaries, Love The Coopers, Carol, Mojave, Youth

FLiFF Special Guests include:
Michael Moore, Robert Trujillo, Ed Harris, Christopher Lloyd, Amy Madigan,
Victor Nunez, Loretta Swit, Candy Clark, Estelle Parsons

The 30th Anniversary of The Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (FLiFF) will present more than 150 films from November 6th thru November 22 at several venues in South Florida. The films will include  American Indie and World Cinema features and documentaries from around the world. A shorts program will also be presented throughout the nearly three week festival. There will be red carpet premiers, galas, a prime list of special guest celebs, and awards competition. Expected in attendance will by Ed Harris, Christopher Lloyd, Amy Madigan, Loretta Swit, Candy Clark, Estelle Prasons, Michael Moore, Robert Trujillo and Victor Nunez.

OPENING NIGHT 3 FILM EVENT

Opening Night on November 6th will see A different twist on FLiFF with three movies being spooled to open the festival.

 

Christopher Lloyd as Abner in The Boat Builder

Christopher Lloyd as Abner in The Boat Builder

The Boat Builder stars Christopher Lloyd, (Back to the Future, Who Framed Roger Rabbit and TV sitcom Taxi) as Abner, an embittered old mariner, a widower living a solitary life in a small maritime town, finding comfort only in the countless hours spent building an old sailboat. When Rick, a neglected young orphan, hides from the local bullies on Abner’s property, the grumpy old man and the vulnerable boy find common ground and form an unlikely bond which will change their lives in unexpected ways.
World Premiere. Special Guests: Christopher Lloyd, director Arnold Grossman and producer Richard J. Bosner. Friday, November 6, 8:00pm, Cinema Paradiso – Fort Lauderdale

A scene from Where to Invade Next

A scene from Where to Invade Next

In Where To Invade Next, the new documentary from Academy Award-winning director Michael Moore, the controversial culture warrior tells the Pentagon to “stand down” — he will do the invading for America from now on. What if the US could do a better job at invading? That’s the question which sends Moore on an epic journey.
Florida Premiere. Special Guest: Michael Moore. Friday, November 6, 7:00 pm, Hard Rock Live at Seminole Hard Rock in Hollywood, Fl.

Jaco Pastorius in JACO

Jaco Pastorius in JACO

Jaco directed by Paul Marchand and produced by Metallica’s Robert Trujillo, Jaco uses never-before-seen 8mm film, photographs, and audio recordings to unveil the true story behind the legend of musician Jaco Pastorius. Born in Oakland Park [Broward County], the self-taught, larger-than-life Pastorius single-handedly changed the course of modern music by redefining the sound and the role of the electric bass guitar. Jaco’s life, his music, and his heartbreaking end are chronicled by footage and photography from the Pastorius family archive; interviews with Joni Mitchell, Carlos Santana, Sting and Flea (of the Red Hot Chili Peppers), and footage of Billy Joel, Stephen Stills, and many other artists.
Florida Premiere. Special Guests: Director Paul Marchand, Producer Robert Trujillo and members of the Pastorius family. Friday, November 6, 9:00 pm, Hard Rock Live at Seminole Hard Rock

PRE-OPENING MINI FEST

The cinematic adventure gets started in advance of the Festival itself with two Pre-Festival Screenings: the Florida Premiere of Brooklyn, written by Nick Hornby (About A Boy, Wild) and the U.S. Premiere of Single In South Beach, starring Kevin Sorbo, Carlos Ponce and Haley Webb, on Wednesday, November 4. Single In South Beach directors Alejandro Itkin and Hunter Carson will walk the red carpet at the film’s premiere.

CENTERPIECE FILM

George Hamilton, Valerie Perrine, Alex Rocco, Barbara Bain, Mariette Hartley, Howard Hesseman, Jack McGee, and Jack Betts star in Silver Skies, the story of a group of neighbors whose lives are turned upside down when their beloved apartment complex is suddenly sold out from under them. Silver Skies is a funny, dark and lovely story about getting older and trying to hang onto each other and the American Dream. Florida Premiere. Special Guests: Director Rosemary Rodriguez, Producer Nestor Rodriguez and Star Jack McGee (The Fighter, Moneyball, Crash). Friday, November 13, 7:15 pm, Sunrise Civic Center

CLOSING NIGHT FILM

Vincent Piazza and Patricia Arquette in The Wannabe

Vincent Piazza and Patricia Arquette in The Wannabe

Obsessed with mob culture and desperate to fit in, Thomas, the title character of The Wannabe, sets out to fix the 1992 trial of mob boss John Gotti. Thomas believes if his plan is executed, it will put him at the center of all that he idolizes. But the plot is foiled, setting off events worthy of mob lore. The Wannabe intertwines real people and true events, past and present, and fantasy – and features Patricia Arquette, in a magnificent performance that many believe tops her Oscar-winning performance in Boyhood.
Special Guests: Director Nick Sandow (who portrays Joe Caputo in Orange Is the New Black), Producer Michael Gasparro. Southeast Premiere. Sunday, November 22, 6:00pm, Cinema Paradiso – Fort Lauderdale and Cinema Paradiso – Hollywood

For tickets and information: http://www.fliff.com/buy-fliff-tickets/
For schedule of films: http://www.fliff.com/wp-content/uploads/sch.pdf

“Love Letters” starring Ali McGraw & Ryan O’Neal Coming to Broward Center for the Performing Arts

April 10th, 2015 No comments

EXCLUSIVE FLORIDA ENGAGEMENT PRIOR TO LOS ANGELES PREMIERE ONE WEEK ONLY JULY 21-26
THE BROWARD CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS TICKETS GO ON SALE FRIDAY, APRIL 10, 2015

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Ali MacGraw and Ryan O’Neal will star in the upcoming national tour of LOVE LETTERS, celebrated playwright A.R. Gurney’s enduring romance about first loves and second chances. Following a critically acclaimed Broadway run, Gregory Mosher’s production will play an exclusive Florida engagement Tuesday July 21 through Sunday, July 26, at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. Following the exclusive South Florida run, the production will move on to a score of cities including Los Angeles, Detroit, Boston, Dallas, Baltimore and others to be announced.
LOVE LETTERS is the story of Andrew Makepeace Ladd III (O’Neal) and Melissa Gardner (MacGraw), two young people from similar backgrounds who take very different paths in life. Despite leading lives which should not intersect, they can’t let go of each other throughout their 50 year friendship, marriages and families with other people.
LOVE LETTERS was originally produced on Broadway by Nelle Nugent, Barbara Broccoli, Frederick Zollo, Olympus Theatrical, Michael G. Wilson, Lou Spisto, Colleen Camp, Postmark Entertainment Group, Judith Ann Abrams/Pat Flicker Addis, Kenneth Teaton in association with Jon Bierman, Tim Degraye, Daniel Frishwasser, Elliott Masie, Mai Nguyen, Scott Lane/Joseph Sirola.
Tickets will be available at the Box Office at Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 SW Fifth Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 33312, visit www.browardcenter.org or call 954-462-0222. LOVE LETTERS will play at The Broward Center for the Performing Arts July 21 – 26, 2015. Orders for groups of ten (10) or more may be placed by calling 954-660-6307.

 

BIOS
Ali MacGraw (Melissa Gardner) was born in Westchester County, New York and attended Wellesley College where she studied art history, languages and literature. She began her professional career as Diana Vreeland’s assistant at Harper’s Bazaar. After leaving Harper’s Bazaar, she went to work as a stylist for photographer Melvin Sokolsky in New York for six years. Ali’s acting career began when producer Stanley R. Jaffe and director Larry Peerce offered her the leading role of Brenda Patamkin in the screen version of Philip Roth’s short novel, Goodbye Columbus. The movie was an international success, opening to tremendous popular and critical acclaim. Wanting her next film to be something
special, Ali looked for a script that touched her on a personal level. That picture was Love Story and it proved to be her major break. An original screenplay (and later a best-selling novel) by Erich Segal, the film earned Ali international fame, an Academy Award nomination, a Golden Globe award, and many additional honors worldwide. Ali’s third picture, The Getaway, co-starring Steve McQueen, completed her trio of blockbuster films. Nevertheless, after The Getaway, Ali took a five-year hiatus from Hollywood to raise her son Joshua. She returned to the screen to co-star in Sam Peckinpah’s Convoy with Kris Kristofferson. Other film credits include Players co-starring Dean Paul Martin, and Just Tell Me What You Want, directed by Sidney Lumet and co-starred Alan King and Myrna Loy. Ali has appeared in a number of television projects, starring in Herman Wouk’s epic mini-series, “The Winds of War,” with Robert Mitchum. In addition, she guest-starred for a season on the popular ABC-TV series, “Dynasty.” Ali published her autobiography, Moving Pictures, (Bantam Books) and watched it climb the New York Times Bestseller List. The book went on to become an international bestseller in England, France and South America. She also teamed up with Warner Home Video to distribute an instructional yoga video called “Yoga Mind & Body.” The video features respected yoga instructor Erich Schiffman. It was filmed in beautiful Whites Sands, New Mexico and remains popular in the U.S. and in Europe selling over 500,000 copies. Ali currently lives in New Mexico. She travels extensively, appearing in documentaries and working on behalf of numerous social, animal and environmental causes including the Humane Society of the United States, Animal Protection of New Mexico and a number of specific animal sanctuaries. She is actively involved with the Santa Fe Rape Crisis and Trauma Treatment Centre, the Lensic Theatre for the performing Arts, Santa Fe Pro Musica, the Tibetan Centre of Santa Fe, and many other New Mexico non-profits. She received the Luminaria Award in 2008 from the Santa Fe Community Foundation, and the Governor’s Award for contribution to the Arts in the same year.
Ryan O’Neal (Andrew Makepeace Ladd III) Born Patrick Ryan O’Neal on April 20, 1941 in Los Angeles, California, Ryan O’Neal was born into show business as the son of writer Charles “Blackie” O’Neal and actress Patricia O’Callaghan. Determined to make his own way, O’Neal trained to become a professional boxer, competing in two Golden Gloves championships in Los Angeles in 1956 and 1957. He had an impressive amateur fighting record – 18 wins to 4 losses, with 13 knockouts. In the late 1950s, O’Neal and his family moved to Germany for his father’s job writing broadcasts for Radio Free Europe. O’Neal landed his first job in the entertainment industry as a stuntman on the American
television series Tales of the Vikings. In 1964, O’Neal’s first major television role on Peyton Place led him to starring in films such as The Big Bounce (1969), and The Games (1970). His big break soon followed when he was chosen from more than 300 hopefuls for the role of Oliver Barrett opposite Ali MacGraw in Arthur Hiller’s adaptation of Erich Segal’s best-seller Love Story in 1970. The film was a huge success and landed O’Neal both Oscar and Golden Globe nominations for Best Actor. After Love Story, O’Neal turned to comedy and starred opposite Barbara Streisand in smash hit What’s Up Doc (1971). He then starred with Warren Oates and Jacqueline Bisset in The Thief Who Came To Dinner (1973). O’Neal next played a drifter working con games with his daughter (played by real life daughter, Tatum) in the critically acclaimed hit Paper Moon (1973) for which he was nominated for a Golden Globe as Best Actor. Tatum won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role. O’Neal then went on to star in Stanley Kubrick’s 1975 historical drama Barry Lyndon; Oliver Story, a sequel to Love Story in 1978; and the noir hit The Driver, also in 1978. In 1979, O’Neal scored another box office win with The Main Event, starring again with Barbara Streisand. In 1979, O’Neal met and fell in love with actress Farrah Fawcett. Together they had one child, a son Redmond. O’Neal and Fawcett co- starred in the made-for-TV miniseries Small Sacrifices (1989), based on the true story of Diane Downs. O’Neal returned to episodic television, again co-starring with real-life love, Farrah Fawcett in 1991 with the sitcom Good Sports. O’Neal’s other roles included starring alongside Robert Downey in Chances Are (1989), Faithful co-starring Cher (1996), and the comedic Malibu’s Most Wanted (2003). O’Neal can currently be seen on FOX’s hit crime drama Bones and will soon make an appearance in Terrence Malick’s Knight of Cups (2015).

 

EXCLUSIVE FLORIDA ENGAGEMENT PRIOR TO LOS ANGELES PREMIERE ONE WEEK ONLY JULY 21-26
THE BROWARD CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS TICKETS GO ON SALE FRIDAY, APRIL 10, 2015

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George McRae talks to AL McGhee @PBIFF about new film “The Record Man”

March 30th, 2015 No comments

Tom Arnold at the Palm Beach International Film Festival

March 28th, 2015 No comments

Miami International Film Festival starts 3/6 and ends 3/15/205

February 22nd, 2015 No comments

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz and FLIFF Highlights PTSD on Veterans Day

November 12th, 2014 No comments

Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival Red Carpet Event

November 9th, 2014 No comments

Jason Alexander opens Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival 29th year

November 8th, 2014 No comments