The Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival
The Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (FLiFF) features a star-powered line-up for their 28th annual event held October 18 through November 11. Throughout the festival, attendees will have the opportunity to meet the celebrities at their films, tributes, parties, galas or aboard the Chairman's Cruise.
Gregory von Hausch, President and CEO, commented, "What an exciting 28th annual event we have this year. There are so many wonderful special guests. Our opening night film, Free Ride, takes place in Florida. The star, Anna Paquin, delivers a brilliant performance and the movie will have the audience gripping their seats."
The films and stars happening this week are:
Launching the opening night festivities, October 18, 7:00 p.m. at Cinema Paradiso-Fort Lauderdale, is the World Premiere of Free Ride. Actor Steven Moyer ("True Blood") will be attending the film which he co-produced with wife and star of "Free Ride" Anna Paquin. Shana Betz, writer/director, will also be in attendance. Free Ride is Betz's directorial debut and is based on her childhood in Fort Lauderdale. October 18 also happens to be Betz's birthday. In "Free Ride," Paquin stars as a single mom caught up in the Florida drug trade during the late 1970s while trying to make a better life for her two girls.
After the film, Moyer and Betz will also attend the Opening Night Party hosted by philanthropist Stevefliff moyer Savor at his 18,000 square foot waterfront home, Villa de Palma. The event includes a buffet, open bar, and live entertainment. Paquin will be joined by other special guests in town for the weekend.
Actress Lea Thompson will also be on the scene opening weekend. Thompson is in town to support the Florida premiere of her new film, "The Trouble With Truth." The premiere takes place Saturday, October 19 starting at 6:30 p.m. at Cinema Paradiso-Fort Lauderdale. Thompson will also make an appearance at a free outdoor screening of "Back to the Future" at 7:00 p.m. that night at the same location. In addition, Thompson is expected to attend her second screening of "The Trouble With Truth" at Muvico Pompano on October 20 at 12:30 p.m.
Sunday, October 20 at 10:00 a.m., join FLiFF and film talent for the Chairman's Brunch and Cruise aboard Sun Dream Yacht Charter's Caprice. The two-hour cruise on Fort Lauderdale's Intracoastal Waterway includes a buffet and open bar.
Tuesday, October 22, 7:00 p.m. at Cinema Paradiso-Fort Lauderdale, best-selling author, investigative journalist and host of the TV hit series, "True Crimes," Aphrodite Jones, will introduce "Boys Don't Cry." The film was adapted from Jones best-selling novel "All She Wanted," which investigated the true story of Teena Brandon, a woman who passed herself off as a man and had passionate affairs with young women -- until she was murdered. Hilary Swank won an Oscar and Chloe Sevigny received a nomination for her role in the film.
Wednesday, October 23, 7:00 p.m. at Cinema Paradiso-Fort Lauderdale, FLiFF honors Emmy Award-winning actor Ed Asner with a Lifetime Achievement presentation. Asner plans to perform a scene from his one-man show, "FDR," during the event.
A legend of both comedy and drama in both film and television, Ed Asner had the distinction of being the only actor to win an Emmy in both genres for playing the same character, Lou Grant. He also portrayed Guy Banister in Oliver Stone's conspiracy classic "JFK" (1991), Santa Claus in "Elf" (2003), as well as guesting on shows like "The X-Files" (Fox, 1993-2002). Politically motivated Asner assisted in the funding for a then-unknown filmmaker, Michael Moore's, first feature documentary, "Roger & Me" (1989). Asner's most recent endeavors include voicing the curmudgeonly Carl Fredrickson of the animated hit "Up," and has six new film and television projects in production.