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Fort Lauderdale FF Award Winners

 Monday, November 12--------The Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival ended last evening with a gala premiere screening of the Festival Closing Night Film, MIDNIGHT CLEAR, with director Dallas Jenkins and actor Stephen Baldwin in attendance. Prior to the screening, Gregory von Hausch, erstwhile Festival Director and the charismatic on-stage presence for the event, announced the major winners in a variety of categories.Winning Best Film honors was the French film THE DIVING BELL AND THE BU...

Making Movies On A Wing And A Prayer

 Monday, November 12--------For Dallas Jenkins, the director and producer of the feature film MIDNIGHT CLEAR, making movies that reflect his Christian values represents both an opportunity and a challenge in the Hollywood film community. “People have got a lot of misconceptions that I am looking to either openly preach or hide Christian messages between the lines”, Jenkins shared at an interview on Sunday afternoon, just prior to the screening of his debut feature MIDNIGHT CLEAR as the Clos...

Bawdy Brits A Hit At FLIFF

 Monday, November 12---------If you like your humor British and bawdy (and who doesn't?), then the feature film MAGICIANS is right up your alley. The film had its US Premiere on Saturday evening at the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival, and was an instant hit with the capacity crowds at the back-to-back screenings at the Cinema Paradiso.  Starring the comedy team of David Mitchell and Robert Webb, whose Channel Four series PEEP SHOW has been an award-winning megahit in the UK, MAGICI...

Film In Focus from Fort Lauderdale: NY City Serenade

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In an on-going trend, actor Frank Whaley (best known for his role as the put-upon assistant who turns the tables on his abusive agent boss Kevin Spacey in SWIMMING WITH SHARKS) has put on the director's hat for his latest film, NEW YORK CITY SERENADE. In fact, this is the third film the actor-turned-directed has helmed. In 1999, he debuted with the critically acclaimed JOE THE KING, starring Noah Fleiss, Val Kilmer and John Leguizamo, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, and which won...

Stephen Baldwin Feted At FLIFF Closer

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Actor Stephen Baldwin will attend the Closing Night ceremonies of the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival and the screening of his latest film MIDNIGHT CLEAR, which screens at the Maniaci Center for the Performing Arts. MIDNIGHT CLEAR is an inspirational holiday drama which boasts a fine ensemble cast, including Stephen Baldwin, K. Cullan, Kirk Woller, Mary Thornton and Victoria Jackson. For five people in a small Southwestern town, Christmas Eve is the loneliest day of the year. A joble...

Stephen Baldwin Feted At FLIFF Closer

 Sunday, November 11----------Actor Stephen Baldwin will attend the Closing Night ceremonies of the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival and the screening of his latest film MIDNIGHT CLEAR, which screens at the Maniaci Center for the Performing Arts. MIDNIGHT CLEAR is an inspirational holiday drama which boasts a fine ensemble cast, including Stephen Baldwin, K. Cullan, Kirk Woller, Mary Thornton and Victoria Jackson. For five people in a small Southwestern town, Christmas Eve is the...

Film In Focus: NEW YORK CITY SERENADE

 November 10----------In an on-going trend, actor Frank Whaley (best known for his role as the put-upon assistant who turns the tables on his abusive agent boss Kevin Spacey  in SWIMMING WITH SHARKS) has put on the director's hat for his latest film, NEW YORK CITY SERENADE. In fact, this is the third film the actor-turned-directed has helmed. In 1999, he debuted with the critically acclaimed JOE THE KING, starring Noah Fleiss, Val Kilmer and John Leguizamo, which premiered at the Sundance F...

Tribute To Actor Gary Sinise At Fort Lauderdale FF

 Friday, November 9----------Actor Gary Sinise was honored this evening for his two-decade film career by the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival. The Oscar nominee was in town to receive the Festival's prestigious Career Achievement In Film Award, as well as participate in an on-stage tribute moderated by Phoebe Flowers, chairperson of the Florida Film Critics Circle. The tribute included clips from some of Sinise's most compelling performances. After the Tribute, the crowds made t...

Actor Gary Sinise Honored For Career Achievement

 Friday, November 9----------Actor Gary Sinise was honored this evening for his two-decade film career by the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival. The Oscar nominee was in town to receive the Festival's prestigious Career Achievement In Film Award, as well as participate in an on-stage tribute moderated by Phoebe Flowers, chairperson of the Florida Film Critics Circle. The tribute included clips from some of Sinise's most compelling performances. After the Tribute, the crowds made t...

On The Scene At FLIFF With Mary Stuart Masterson and Jayce Bartok

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Friday, November 9----------On the sunny terrace of the Gallery One Double Tree Suites Hotel, facing the intracoastal waterway in Fort Lauderdale, I sat down with Mary Stuart Masterson, the debut director, and Jayce Bartok, actor and screenwriter of THE CAKE EATERS, which screened last evening as the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival Centerpiece Film. Masterson joins a distinguished list of actors-turned-directors who are drawing on their instinctive awareness of acting styles to cre...

Interview with Mary Stuart Masterson + Jayce Bartok of THE CAKE EATERS

Friday, November 9----------On the sunny terrace of the Gallery One Double Tree Suites Hotel, facing the intracoastal waterway in Fort Lauderdale, I sat down with Mary Stuart Masterson, the debut director, and Jayce Bartok, actor and screenwriter of THE CAKE EATERS, which screened last evening as the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival Centerpiece Film. Masterson joins a distinguished list of actors-turned-directors who are drawing on their instinctive awareness of acting styles to cre...

FLIFF Centerpiece Film: THE CAKE EATERS

 Thursday, November 8----------The Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival, which has been on the go since mid October, is entering into its star-studded final weekend with a host of special screenings and events. Tonight, the Festival's Centerpiece Film, THE CAKE EATERS, the directorial debut of actress Mary Stuart Masterson, makes its Southeast Premiere at the Maniaci Center for the Peforming Arts. The director, along with writer/actor Jayce Bartok, are in town for the festivities (an in...

The Angst Of The Teen Years

 Wednesday, November 7---------The teen years are never easy. They are filled with either impossible hopes or deep-seated regret. The precariousness of life as seen by young people who have not yet learned the lessons that all things will pass can be excruciating. And film, almost more than any other artistic medium, has a long history of capturing that precious and precarious time of life known as the teen years.A worthy addition to the canon of films on the subject has its premiere tonight at...

Teen Idol Davy Jones In Town for SEXSINA POPSTAR P.I.

 Monday, November 5--------In what has to be one of the more unusual entries in the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival, the campy SEXINA POPSTAR P.I. will have its world premiere at the Festival tomorrow night. The music industry-cum-private-eye satire, directed by award-winning cinematographer Eric Sharkey, stars Lauren D'Avella as a Britney Spears-like musical superstar who fights crime in her off hours. Not only will the director and his fab star be making the South Florida scene a...

American Indies On Tap This Weekend At Fort Lauderdale FF

 Friday, November 2----------The Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival has always had a commitment to showcasing the best of the new American independent cinema, and this weekend it offers a diverse and diverting group of films from new American indie talents. For those interested in the technical and thematic innovations that these filmmakers are bringing to the medium, get to the Maniaci Center or Cinema Paradiso for a taste of the new American autuers.On Saturday, the Festival will pre...

American Indie Films On Tap This Weekend

 Friday, November 2----------The Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival has always had a commitment to showcasing the best of the new American independent cinema, and this weekend it offers a diverse and diverting group of films from new American indie talents. For those interested in the technical and thematic innovations that these filmmakers are bringing to the medium, get to the Maniaci Center or Cinema Paradiso for a taste of the new American autuers.On Saturday, the Festival will pre...

Film In Focus: THE SAVAGES

 Wednesday, October 31--------This weekend, the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival is presenting the Southeast Premiere of THE SAVAGES, a film that is sure to appear on the radar of the end-of-year awards season. Directed by Tamara Jenkins, the writer/director of the indie hit SLUMS OF BEVERLY HILLS (1999), the family drama had its world premiere at last year's Sundance Film Festival, where it won the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award for Jenkins' sensitive and sometimes hilarious script...

Eclectic Weekend Mix At The Fort Lauderdale FF

 Friday, October 26----------Well into its second week, the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival offers an eclectic mix of international films and homegrown indies.....something for all audience tastes, and hopefully stimulating enough to bring patrons back for more. Friday night is French night with two Gallic delights. The first, NAPOLEON AND ME, is actually a French/Italian co-production, which stars French superstar Daniel Auteuil as Napoleon and Italian hearthrob Ermanno Germano as ...

FLIFF Opening Night Gala: THE GRAND

Friday, October 19--------Although it began screenings this week at its year-round theater Cinema Paradiso, the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival officially kicks off this evening with the screening of THE GRAND, a laughter roundelay set around the world of competitive poker. The film, directed by Zak Penn , includes an all-star cast including Woody Harrelson,  Dennis Farina, Richard Kind, Michael McKean, Ray Romano, Cheryl Hines and Jason Alexander. Two of the film's stars, Dennis F...

FLIFF Opening Night Gala: THE GRAND

Friday, October 19--------Although it began screenings this week at its year-round theater Cinema Paradiso, the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival officially kicks off this evening with the screening of THE GRAND, a laughter roundelay set around the world of competitive poker. The film, directed by , includes an all-star cast including Woody Harrelson,  Dennis Farina, Richard Kind, CMichael McKean, Ray Romano, Cheryl Hines and Jason Alexander. Two of the film's stars, Dennis Farina and...

Stars En Route To South Florida

 Wednesday, October 17------------The Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival, which began its screenings this week and has its official Opening Night Film and Party this Friday, will welcome a bevvy of star names in the next few weeks to the South Florida oasis. Among the well known talents expected to attend are actors Eric Roberts (THE BUTCHER), Stephen Baldwin (MIDNIGHT CLEAR), Dennis Farina and Richard Kind (THE GRAND); and actors-turned-directors Frank Whaley (NEW YORK CITY SERENADE),...

Interview With Rob Stewart Sharkwater

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When nature photographer and master diver Rob Stewart began his project to document the beauty of sharks in their natural underwater environment, little did he realize that his innate fascination would bring him into conflict with governments and organized crime who profit from the mass killing of these endangered animals. With shark fins prized as a delicacy and shark cartilage falsely promoted as a cure-all for disease and impotence, the illegal killing of sharks around the world has created a...

FLIFF Begins Month-Long Movie Marathon

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The Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (affectionately referred to as FLIFF) hangs its reputation on its eclectic mix of films, and the uncommon loyalty of its audiences. As FLIFF heads into its 22nd annual edition (October 11 - November 14), the Festival will unveil 175 films from 26 countries, including 17 World Premieres, 8 U.S Premieres, 4 East Coast Premieres, 36 Southeast Premieres and 33 Florida Premieres. In all, the event will showcase 70 Features, 23 Documentaries, 45 Shorts ...

FLIFF Begins Month-Long Movie Marathon

 Monday, October 15---------The Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (affectionately referred to as FLIFF) hangs its reputation on its eclectic mix of films, and the uncommon loyalty of its audiences. As FLIFF heads into its 22nd annual edition (October 11 - November 14), the Festival will unveil 175 films from 26 countries, including 17 World Premieres, 8 U.S Premieres, 4 East Coast Premieres, 36 Southeast Premieres and 33 Florida Premieres.  In all, the event will showcase 70 Featur...

Mockumentary Of Legendary Funny Man Kicks Off Fort Lauderdale Fest

Friday, October 12-------The 22nd annual Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival, known as the "longest film event in the world", will launch its month-long marathon of film screenings, receptions and special events on October 15th, with the premiere of a comic documentary on legendary funny man Jonathan Winters.CERTIFIABLY JONATHAN is a “dadamentary” directed by James Pasternak, that weaves in and out of the bi-polar world of Jonathan Winters, the film and television comic kno...

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