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Hurricane Victims to get Boost from FLIFF Opening Night Gala

October 19th, 2018 No comments

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel &

Casino Hollywood 

hosts Opening Night of the

The 33rd Annual Fort Lauderdale International Film


and the East Coast Premiere of “The Return of the Hero”


FLiFF to Donate a Portion of the Proceeds to


Assist Victims of Hurricane Michael



Jean Dujardin and Noémie Merlant in Le retour du héros



Fort Lauderdale, FL (Oct. 18, 2018)  Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino will host the 33rd Annual Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival’s opening night festivities at the Hard Rock Event Center on Friday Nov. 2, 2018. The evening includes the East Coast Premiere of the swashbuckling comedy The Return of the Hero and a post-screening soiree with a French flair that includes scrumptious hors d’oeuvres and an open bar.

Directed by Laurent Tirard (Molière), The Return of the Hero pairs Oscar® winner Jean Dujardin, (The Artist) as dashing swindler Captain Neuville and Mélanie Laurent (Inglorious Bastards) as his sharp-tongued nemesis, Elizabeth.  Set in the year 1809, Neuville is to marry the naive Pauline when war breaks out, forcing him to depart for the battlefield. After not hearing from the captain for months, Pauline becomes ill with worry. Her sister Elizabeth devises a plan to write fake letters on behalf of Neuville, thinking he would never come back. But it all goes south when Neuville reappears.

“In 2011, we opened our Festival with The Artist starring Jean Dujardin. We’re proud to launch this year’s fest with Jean Dujardin’s hilarious new comedy The Return of the Hero at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood, whose team is making our opening night stylish and fun, for the 4th year in a row,” commented Gregory von Hausch, President and CEO of the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival.

This year, in light of the recent devastation in the Florida Panhandle by Hurricane Michael, the festival will donate 50% of each full price, $12 ticket sold for the film, to United Way of Northwest Florida. The donation will be applied to relief efforts in that area, which bore the brunt of the Category 4 storm.

Venue location:  The Hard Rock Event Center is located at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood, FL 33014.  Valet parking is available. Self-parking will be available in the Winners Way garage and Seminole Way garage.

Admission Prices:

Film Only:   $12 general admission, $10 seniors, $9 Students/Military, $8 FLiFF Members

Party & Film:  $100 general admission, $75 FLiFF Members.

For a downloadable catalogue of films and events go to: https://issuu.com/kenpernadesign.com/docs/2018_fliff_catalog

For advance tickets visit: www.FLiFF.com

FLiFF Film Festival 2018 Dates

September 11th, 2018 No comments



Fort Lauderdale, FL -  The Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (FLiFF), a top destination event set at a time of year when South Florida weather is at its best, is known for its relaxed, casual, fun, and friendly down-to-earth atmosphere. FLiFF rolls out more than 200 American Indie and foreign language films and hosts special guests with meet and greet gatherings and parties from Nov 2 – Nov 18, 2018. Read more…

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Miami Film Festival Announces 35th Edition Lineup

February 7th, 2018 No comments

Jason Reitman To Premiere TULLY, Starring

Charlize Theron, As Opening Night of 35th MDC Miami Film Festival;

Isabelle Huppert To Receive Festival’s Precious Gem – Icon Award

Miami, FL — Four-time Oscar nominated writer, director and producer Jason Reitman will premiere Tully, his newest collaboration with Oscar winners Charlize Theron and screenwriter Diablo Cody, as the Opening Night of the 35th edition of Miami Dade College’s (MDC) acclaimed Miami Film Festival, on Friday, March 9th at the Olympia Theater.



Charlize Theron in Tully

“Charlize Theron’s fearless performance as a struggling suburban mother on the brink of losing mental control is made possible by another brilliant collaboration by the creators of Juno and Young Adult,” said Festival director Jaie Laplante. “Tully is both a parable and a salve for our stressed-out times – it reminds us all of who we are, and there is no more beautiful way to open our 35th edition than with this film.”

The Festival will give its Precious Gem – Icon Award to the great French actress Isabelle Huppert, recent Oscar nominee for Elle and the most nominated actress in César Award history – a total of 16 nominations from France’s Academy – winning twice. She has also twice won the Best Actress award at the Cannes Film Festival, in a career that has seen her work with some of the greatest directors of contemporary times. Huppert will be honored on Friday, March 16th at the Olympia Theater.

Isabelle Huppert in Souvenir

“Isabelle Huppert has made profound contributions to cinema over the course of her illustrious career,” Laplante said. “With her recent performances in Things to Come and Elle, as well as Souvenir and Claire’s Camera, both of which we will be screening in conjunction with her Festival appearance, Ms. Huppert reaches ever-new pinnacles that continually astonish us, and add to her iconic status.”

The Festival will give its Precious Gem – Master Award to Spain’s greatest living filmmaker, Carlos Saura, on the occasion of a new documentary about the master’s career and family life, Félix Viscarret’s Goya-lauded Saura(s), on Sunday, March 11th at the Olympia Theater.

Antonio Saura, Carlos Saura, and Félix Viscarret in Saura(s)

“Carlos Saura returns to Miami after receiving the Festival’s Career Achievement Tribute Award at our 20th edition in 2003,” said Laplante. “At that time, he was 71. Now, he’s 86 and has made eight more brilliant films since his last visit to Miami – but with Saura(s), we see him in a new light, as both a filmmaker and a family-maker. He is a peerless master, and we celebrate the life that continues to nourish his art.”

An Opening Night Gala Dinner at EAST, Miami will follow, as well as a simultaneous Opening Night Party at Miami Design District’s new Jungle Plaza.

In all, the Festival will present 148 feature narratives, documentaries and short films of all genres, from 50 different countries, including three countries being represented in the Festival’s Official Selection for the first time– Benin, Georgia and Swaziland. The 35th edition of the Festival runs March 9th – 18th. Thirty-eight of the films are directed or co-directed by women filmmakers. The Festival will wrap up with an Awards Night Gala screening at Olympia Theater of the International premiere of Curro Velázquez’s smash hit Spanish comedy Holy Goalie (Que baje Dios y lo vea), with star Alain Hernández in attendance. All Olympia Theater screenings are part of the Festival’s CINEDWNTWN GALA series, sponsored by Miami Downtown Development Authority. A KORBEL Awards Night Party at The Historic Alfred I. Dupont Building will follow the Awards Night ceremony and screening.

FIRST REFORMED starring Ethan Hawke

Academy Award winning filmmaker Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist) and revered American screenwriter and director Paul Schrader (Taxi Driver, Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters, Affliction) will attend the Festival for Marquee presentations of their newest films. The Festival’s Marquee series features screenings accompanied by on-stage conversations with major film personalities of the moment, discussing their career and sharing an exciting new work. Hazanavicius will present Godard Mon Amour, his serio-comic look at Jean-Luc Godard’s love affair with the actress Anne Wiazemsky during the shooting of his classic films La Chinoise and Weekend. Schrader will present First Reformed, a dramatic thriller starring Ethan Hawke, Amanda Seyfried and Cedric The Entertainer. They join (previously announced) Mateo Gil and Jean-Marc Barr in the Marquee section.

The Festival’s specialty programmers are Carl Spence, Thom Powers, Kiva Reardon, Lauren Cohen and Diana Cadavid.

Ten finalists were selected for the Festival’s signature $40,000 Knight Competition, open to feature films directed by filmmakers who have presented at least one feature in a previous edition of the Festival, sponsored by the John S. & James L. Knight Foundation. Three of these films will also screen as CINEDWNTWN GALAS at the Olympia Theater, sponsored by Miami DDA. The finalists are:
1. Another Story of the World (Uruguay, directed by Guillermo Casanova).
2. April’s Daughter (Mexico, directed by Michel Franco).
3. In Love & In Hate (Argentina, directed by Alejandro Maci). *CINEDWNTWN GALA
4. The Laws of Thermodynamics (Spain, directed by Mateo Gil). *WORLD PREMIERE
5. My Love or My Passion(Argentina, directed by Marcos Carnevale). *CINEDWNTWN GALA
6. Sergio and Sergei (Cuba/Spain, directed by Ernesto Daranás).
7. A Sort of Family (Argentina, directed by Diego Lerman).
8. The Summit (Argentina/Spain, directed by Santiago Mitre). *CINEDWNTWN GALA
9. Time Share (Mexico, directed by Sebastián Hofmann).
10. The Warning (Spain, directed by Daniel Calparsoro).


Eleven finalists were selected for the Festival’s inaugural $10,000 Knight Made in MIA Competition, sponsored by Knight Foundation, which is open to any film – short or feature, documentary or narrative – in the Festival’s Official Selection that features a qualitatively/quantitatively substantial portion of its content (story, setting and actual filming location) in South Florida, from West Palm Beach to the Florida Keys, and that most universally demonstrates a common ground of pride, emotion, and faith for the South Florida community. The new award was inspired by the international success and 2017 Best Picture Oscar win by the Miami-set Moonlight, directed by former Miami resident Barry Jenkins and co-written by Tarell McCraney. The finalists are:
1. “#THECONNECTEDMAN”, directed by Fabián Cárdenas.
2. “Ayita’s Dream”, directed by Isis Masoud, Roger Ingraham.
3. “Fight Like a Girl”, directed by Agustín Gonzalez, Nicole Wulf.
4. Gladesmen: The Last of The Sawgrass Cowboys, directed by David Abel.
5. Latinegras: The Journey of Self-Love Through An Afrolatina Lens, directed by Omilani Alarcón. *WORLD PREMIERE
6. Love in Youth, directed by Quincy Perkins. *WORLD PREMIERE
7. Make Love Great Again, directed by Aaron Agrasanchez.
8. “Noa”, directed by Angel Barrota. *WORLD PREMIERE
9. Operation Odessa, directed by Tiller Russell.
10. “Roadside Attraction”, directed by Ivette Lucas, Patrick Bresnan.
11. “Supermarket”, directed by Rhonda Mitrani. *WORLD PREMIERE



Two significant Soiree nights will pair a major film event with one of Miami Film Festival’s world-famous parties. An Evening with Tim Clancy, the showrunner of HBO’s acclaimed Vice series through six seasons, will present a big-screen return look at three significant Vice episodes, followed by an in-depth, on-stage conversation about Vice’s Emmy Award-winning approach, philosophies and techniques. “HBO NIGHT” continues with a party at downtown Miami’s newest hotspot, The Wharf. Greg Berlanti’s Love, Simon will have its Festival premiere at the Regal Cinemas South Beach and continue with a Light Box Love Story soiree at Miami Light Project’s Goldman Warehouse in Wynwood.

The fiercely-contested, audience-voted $10,000 Knight Documentary Achievement Award, sponsored by Knight Foundation, returns with 24 finalists, including 4 world premieres, and new films from Oscar winner Morgan Neville (20 Feet From Stardom), Oscar nominee Djimon Hounsou (Blood Diamond, In America), Goya winners Félix Viscarret and Gustavo Salmerón, Emmy winner Rene Balcer (Law & Order), Sundance 2018 prize winners Tim Wardle and Maxim Pozdorovkin, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist David Abel and the late Oscar winner Jonathan Demme, as executive producer on The Foreigner’s Home. Subjects featured in the films include Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Edwidge Danticat, Toni Morrison, Mr. Rogers, Andre Agassi, Imagine Dragons’ Dan Reynolds, Cuban-America playwright María Irene Fornés and Miami’s Rene Lecour. The finalists are:
1. 6 Weeks To Mother’s Day (USA, directed by Marvin Blunte).
2. Above The Drowning Sea (Canada, directed by Rene Balcer, Nicola Zavaglia).
3. Amigo Skate, Cuba (USA, directed by Vanesa Wilkey-Escobar). *WORLD PREMIERE
4. Believer (USA, directed by Don Argott).
5. Cuban Food Stories (USA, directed by Asori Soto).
6. Dolphin Man (Greece/Canada/France/Japan, directed by Lefteris Charitos).
7. Foreign Land (Israel, directed by Shlomi Eldar).
8. The Foreigner’s Home (USA/France, directed by Rian Brown, Geoff Pingree).
9. Gladesmen: The Last of The Sawgrass Cowboys (USA, directed by David Abel).
10. In Search of Voodoo: Roots To Heaven (USA/Benin, directed by Djimon Hounsou). *WORLD PREMIERE
11. Liyana (USA/Qatar/Swaziland, directed by Aaron Kopp, Amanda Kopp).
12. Lots of Kids, A Monkey and a Castle (Spain, directed by Gustavo Salmerón).
13. Love Means Zero (USA, directed by Jason Kohn).
14. The Music of the Spheres (Cuba/USA, directed by Marcel Beltrán). *WORLD PREMIERE
15. Nuyorican Basquet (Puerto Rico, directed by Julio César Torres, Ricardo Olivero Lora).
16. The Oldies (Cuba/USA/Venezuela, directed by Rosana Matecki).
17. Operation Odessa (USA, directed by Tiller Russell).
18. Our New President (USA, directed by Maxim Pozdorovkin).
19. RBG (USA, directed by Betsy West, Julie Cohen).
20. The Rest I Make Up (USA, directed by Michelle Memran).
21. Saura(s) (Spain, directed by Félix Viscarret).
22. Three Identical Strangers (USA, directed by Tim Wardle).
23. When The Beat Drops (USA, directed by Jamal Sims). *WORLD PREMIERE
24. Won’t You Be My Neighbor? (USA, directed by Morgan Neville).

HBO returns as sponsor of the Festival’s $10,000 Ibero-American Feature Film Competition, this year featuring 25 finalists, including three world premieres. Three of the films in this section star Argentine actress Dolores Fonzi, prompting Festival organizers to declare Monday, March 12th “DOLORES FONZI DAY” at Miami Film Festival. The finalists are:
1. Al Berto (Portugal, directed by Vicente Alves do Ó).
2. Another Story of the World (Uruguay, directed by Guillermo Casanova).
3. April’s Daughter (Mexico, directed by Michel Franco).
4. Ashes (Ecuador/Uruguay, directed by Juan Sebastián Jácome). *WORLD PREMIERE
5. Bingo: The King of the Mornings (Brazil, directed by Daniel Rezende).
6. Candelaria (Colombia/Cuba/Argentina/Germany/Norway, directed by Jhonny Hendrix-Hinestroza).
7. Cocote (Dominican Republic, directed by Nelson Carlo de Los Santos Arias).
8. The Eternal Feminine (Mexico, directed by Natalia Beristáin).
9. The Future Ahead (Argentina, directed by Constanza Novick). *DOLORES FONZI DAY Film
10. Hunting Season (Argentina/USA/Germany/France, directed by Natalia Garagiola).
11. In Love & In Hate (Argentina, directed by Alejandro Maci). *CINEDWNTWN GALA
12. Killing Jesus (Colombia/Argentina, directed by Laura Mora).
13. La Familia (Venezuela/Chile/Norway, directed by Gustavo Rondón Córdova).
14. The Last Suit (Argentina/Spain, directed by Pablo Solarz).
15. The Laws of Thermodynamics (Spain, directed by Mateo Gil). *WORLD PREMIERE
16. On The Seventh Day (USA, directed by Jim McKay).
17. The River (Bolivia/Ecuador, directed by Juan Pablo Richter). *WORLD PREMIERE
18. Sergio and Sergei (Cuba/Spain, directed by Ernesto Daranás).
19. The Skin of the Wolf (Spain, directed by Samu Fuentes).
20. A Sort of Family (Argentina, directed by Diego Lerman).
21. The Summit (Argentina/Spain, directed by Santiago Mitre). *CINEDWNTWN GALA
22. Tigre (Argentina, directed by Silvina Schnicer, Ulises Porra Guardiola).
23. Time Share (Mexico, directed by Sebastián Hofmann).
24. The Warning (Spain, directed by Daniel Calparsoro).
25. Wind Traces (Mexico, directed by Jimena Montemayor Loyo). *DOLORES FONZI DAY Film

The highly sought-after $10,000 Jordan Ressler Screenwriting Award, won in recent years by Oscar nominated Theeb, Venice Golden Lion winner From Afar and Chilean world premiere launch Little White Lie, has 20 diverse and intriguing first-produced screenplays in competition. All but two of the finalists also directed his or her screenplay. The finalists are:
1. Michael Pearce for Beast (UK).
2. Cory Bowles for Black Cop (Canada).
3. Taylor Allen, Andrew Logan for Chappaquiddick (USA).
4. Nelson Carlo de Los Santos Arias for Cocote (Dominican Republic).
5. Xavier Legrand for Custody (France).
6. Feifei Wang for From Where We’ve Fallen (China).
7. Constanza Novick for The Future Ahead (Argentina).
8. Sonja Maria Kröner for The Garden (Germany).
9. Lucien Bourjeily for Heaven Without People (Lebanon).
10. Natalia Garagiola for Hunting Season (Argentina).
11. Christian Papierniak for Izzy Gets the F*ck Across Town (USA).
12. Blake Jenner for Juvenile (USA).
13. Quincy Perkins for Love in Youth (USA). *WORLD PREMIERE
14. Molly McGlynn for Mary Goes Round (Canada).
15. Ziyang Zhou for Old Beast (China).
16. Juan Pablo Richter for The River (Bolivia/Ecuador). *WORLD PREMIERE
17. Ana Urushadze for Scary Mother (Georgia).
18. Samu Fuentes for The Skin of the Wolf (Spain).
19. Silvina Schnicer for Tigre (Argentina).
20. Hlynur Palmason for Winter Brothers (Denmark).


Willem Dafoe stars in The Florida Project

Seven finalists for the Festival’s $5,000 Zeno Mountain Award were announced at an earlier date. A previously-announced Precious Gem Award for Miami-based independent producers Kevin Chinoy and Francesca Silvestri (The Florida Project) will be presented at the Awards Night Gala on March 17. Chinoy and Silvestri will lead a Producer’s Masterclass on March 15 at MDC’s Tower Theater Miami.

The 25 finalists for the Festival’s $2,500 IMDbPro Short Film Competition will be announced on Feb. 8.

Films showing out of competition include selections by Oscar-nominee Michaël R. Roskam (Bullhead), Oscar-nominee and Emmy-winner Armando Iannucci (In the Loop, HBO’s Veep), and a US premiere starring retired NFL vet

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Miami Film Festival opens March 9th through 18th

January 28th, 2018 No comments

MDC’S Miami Film Festival to feature Jean-Marc Barr and Mateo Gil as First Two Marquee Events


Miami, FL — Miami Dade College’s (MDC) acclaimed Miami Film Festival (MFF) announced celebrated film artists Jean-Marc Barr and Mateo Gil as the first two Marquee events to be featured in the internationally-renowned Festival’s upcoming 35th anniversary edition to be heldMarch 9 – 18. The Festival’s Marquee series features film screenings accompanied by on-stage conversations with major film personalities of the moment, discussing their career and sharing an exciting new work. Read more…

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Fort Lauderdale International Film Fest Opens October 27th

September 22nd, 2017 No comments




Announces Film Line-up and Lifetime Achievement Honorees


Fort  Lauderdale, FL  -    Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (FLiFF) announced its official program selections for the 32nd edition, taking place October 27-November 19, 2017.  Over 160 American Independent, World Cinema (representing 48 countries), and Florida feature, documentary and short films will premiere will during the 24 days of FLiFF. Read more…

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:
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 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


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.


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


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


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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.


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).



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

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