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Feel Good Film Festival

The 2010 Feel Good Film Festival (FGFF) announces it will return to American Cinematheque’s Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood Friday, August 13 through Sunday, August 15. The three-day event once again will feature films aimed at both adult and family audiences that highlight positive themes, happy endings, laughter, and capture the beauty of our world.
The Opening Night presentation of Joe Ballarini’s FATHER VS SON will kick start a program that will feature 64 films, including 14 features (11 narrative and 3 documentaries), 39 shorts, and 12 student films. Along with the films offered throughout the festival, additional activities will include the film festival’s signature “yellow” carpet entrances (in honor of FGFF’s sunflower logo) on Opening Night, celebrations in the Egyptian Theatre courtyard each night of the film festival presented by Roaring Lion, Barefoot Wine & Bubbly and TeTeo Tequila, an original screenplay competition, an original score competition, a panel discussion, and the film festival’s signature Closing Night Awards Celebration.
FATHER VS SON will screen as part of the Opening Night Celebration co-hosted by FETE on Friday, August 13. Directed by Joe Ballarini, the comedy follows the difficulties that ensue when a man fresh off a divorce, moves in with his loverlorn son and joins him on the dating scene--only to fall in love with the same mysterious woman as his son. The film stars Josh Dean (Y.P.F.), Eric Stonestreet (“Modern Family”) and Heather Stephens (“The Forgotten”).
Regarding his film being the Opening Night Celebration feature selection Ballarini said, "FATHER VS SON is a movie that uplifts audiences and leaves them laughing on a cloud. Which is how it feels to be premiering at the epic Egyptian Theatre as part of the Feel Good Film Festival. In such strange, turbulent times, it is a joy to be a part of a festival that offers smiles, light, and good vibes.”
Also screening as part of the Opening Night Celebration will be the short film BUTTERFLY CIRCUS, directed by Joshua Weigel, and featuring Doug Jones (HELLBOY, PAN’S LABRYNTH) and motivational speaker Nick Vujcic, as well as the short film THE MOUSE THAT SOARED, directed by Kyle T. Bell.
Feel Good Film Festival Founder and Co-Director, Kristen Ridgway Flores said, "FATHER VS SON is a laugh-out-loud comedy sure to provide audiences with exactly the kind of movie-going experience we created this film festival for with a wonderful lead-in courtesy of BUTTERFLY CIRCUS and THE MOUSE THAT SOARED. We look forward to giving Joe and his cast a HUGE Celebration for it's LA debut with an opening at the historic Egyptian Theatre, walking our yellow carpet, and ultimately having loads of fun!" 
Brent Florence’s EAGLES IN THE CHICKEN COOP will be making its official World Premiere as the centerpiece of FGFF’s Saturday Celebration on August 14. The comedy follows a team of documentarians as they seek to capture an inside look at the making of a soft- core film. However, they soon become embroiled in an on-set dispute as the filmmakers struggle to make an artistic love story versus the steamy commercial product the studio intended. The film stars real life husband and wife, Bruce Abbott and Kathleen Quinlan, as well as Vincent Young.
As part of the evening, FGFF will also screen a special sneak preview of Lexi Alexander’s LIFTED. The musical drama marks a distinct departure for Alexander following 2008’s PUNISHER: WAR ZONE. The film follows the efforts of a boy to support his family via a singing competition after his soldier father has to leave home to fight in Iraq. The film stars Trace Adkins, Nicki Aycox, Dash Mihok and Ruben Studdard.
Other stars dotting the 2010 FGFF schedule include James Darren, Sally Field, Jorja Fox, Gregory Harrison, Cliff Robertson (ACCIDENTAL ICON: THE REAL GIDGET STORY), Greta Gerwig, Iggy Pop (ART HOUSE), Daniel Baldwin, Orson Bean, Willie Garson, Clint Howard, Craig Sheffer (ASHLEY’S ASHES), Margot Farley, Mitzi Kapture, John Saxon, Tim Thomerson (GOD’S EARS), Anne Hathaway, Leeza Gibbons (10 MOUNTAINS 10 YEARS), Beth Grant (HERPES BOY), James Hong, Jenna Jameson, Ken Jeong, Josh Meyers, Kristen Ritter, Ian Somerhalder (HOW TO MAKE LOVE TO A WOMAN), Tim Allen, Louis C.K., Tommy Davidson, Dana Gould, Kathy Griffin, Sarah Silverman (I AM COMIC) and Elaine Hendrix (THE CLOGGERS).
The Closing Night ceremonies will feature the presentation of generous award packages totaling over $100,000 worth of prizes from such sponsors as Panavision, Hollywood Rentals, Final Draft, Showbiz Software, New York Film Academy, Film Independent,, Tuff Cut Sound and MEHRNOOSH.
Those awards will go to the Feel Good Film Festival’s Best Feel Good Feature Film, Best Feel Good Short Film, Best Feel Good Student Film, and Audience Awards for Best Feel Good Feature Film and Best Feel Good Short Film.
Additional awards will be presented to the Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Ensemble and Best Director from the 2010 lineup.
The winners from the Best Screenplay and Best Original Score competitions will also be announced that evening.
Regarding the announcement of FGFF’s third year, Festival Co-Director America Young says, “We feel in many ways the film festival is becoming the annual, mark-your-calendar event we all envisioned for it three years ago. Our slate of films promise to build on our successes the past two years and once again the Egyptian will be a destination for so many people that look forward to sitting in a movie theatre and watching a film that will make them laugh or uplift them, and ultimately make them feel good.” The Feel Good Film Festival lineup will represent 7 countries, including Australia, Canada, Ireland, Japan, UK, USA and Venezuela.
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