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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...

THE CAKE EATERS Stops In Florida On Film Festival Road Trip

 Thursday, November 8----------THE CAKE EATERS, the directorial debut of actress Mary Stuart Masterson, had its World Premiere at this year's Tribeca Film Festival. Since then, it has been making the rounds of the US and International Film Festival circuit, as it moves towards a theatrical release in the near future. Tonight, the film will screen as the Centerpiece Film of the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival, which is entering into its star-studded final weekend with a host of spec...

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...

Halloween Horrors At FLIFF

 Monday, October 29----------Since the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival always falls over the Halloween holiday, the Festival makes a special effort to involve youngsters and those young at heart with special film programs to celebrate the Halloween horrors. On Wednesday evening at the Cinema Paradiso,, the festivities begins with a late night double feature. First up is FEAST, the film that emerged from the HBO Project Greenlight. In this gore-rama, humans keep trying to outwit n...

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...

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...

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...

FLIFF Award Winners Announced, Volver gets it again

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Registered in the Guiness Book of World Records as the "world's longest film festival", the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival reached its zenith this past weekend, with the announcement of its Jury and Audience Awards, as well as a Tribute Gala which paid homage to established and emerging talent.On Sunday evening, at the La Playa Mediterranean Restaurant, the Festival presented JURIED AWARDS for films in competition. Members of the Jury included: Joe Amadea, Hart Sharp Video; Tony Seg...

FLIFF Award Winners Announced

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Monday, November 13----Registered in the Guiness Book of World Records as the "world's longest film festival", the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival reached its zenith this past weekend, with the announcement of its Jury and Audience Awards, as well as a Tribute Gala which paid homage to established and emerging talent. On Sunday evening, at the La Playa Mediterranean Restaurant, the Festival presented JURIED AWARDS for films in competition. Members of the Jury included: Joe Amadea, H...

Interview With Rob Stewart

Sunday, November 12-----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 arou...

The Festival That Never Quite Closes

AND THE SEA TOOK US Sunday, November 11-----Following a triumphant Gala Awards Ceremony held last night at the swanky Westin Diplomat Hotel on Hollywood Beach, the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival enters its final day with an exciting mix of film highlights. Included in the final day's schedule are the premieres of two highly anticipated dramatic films. The Florida-shot CANVAS is a tender drama on mental illness, starring indie favorite Joe Pantoliano and Oscar winner Marcia Gay Ha...

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