Saturday, April 28, 2012

Fort Myers Beach Film Festival stages comeback

News-Press.com,  4.26.12
by Charles Runnells

Elizabeth D’Onofrio had heard wonderful things about the Fort Myers Beach Film Festival. So when she moved to the beach in 2006, she couldn’t wait to attend.  No such luck.
“I came down,” says D’Onofrio, an actor/director and the sister of “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” star Vincent D’Onofrio. “And when I looked for it, it was gone.”

Now, seven years after abruptly getting canceled, the Fort Myers Beach Film Festival is back with more Hollywood stars, more movie-making workshops and more independent features, documentaries and shorts. Organizers hope to make it an annual event again.

This year’s festival showcases about 40 juried movies, including ones starring Vincent D’Onofrio (“Full Metal Jacket”), Kevin Spacey (“Seven,” “American Beauty”), James Cromwell (“Babe,” “The Green Mile”) and character actor Dan Hedaya (“Mulholland Drive,” “The Usual Suspects”).
Four of the movies will be world premieres, including the Spacey and Cromwell feature films, says festival director Mark List.

Elizabeth D’Onofrio is one of several people who helped revive the long-dormant festival, and she couldn’t be happier. She says she had two very simple reasons for wanting to bring it back.
“I love film festivals!” says D’Onofrio, the festival’s workshop, talent and film coordinator. “And I’d heard what a great thing they had here.”

The festival opened Thursday and continues through Sunday with workshops, an awards ceremony, a children’s festival and film screenings at Beach Theater and on the sand behind Holiday Inn. Janeen Paulauskis oversaw the original festival and now serves as board member. She was the town finance director and also served as director of the town-run festival.

“It was incredible,” Paulauskis says of that five-year run. “The first year, we were very small. Everybody enjoyed it, and we all saw what it could be in the future.”
“By the fifth year, we were getting great recognition across the country.”
The festival attracted high-quality movies and even a few big stars: Tim Curry of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” (who accepted a lifetime achievement award), Missi Pyle, acting couple Juliette Mills and Maxwell Caulfield, and Brian Littrell of Backstreet Boys.

This year’s festival features “General Hospital” actress Kimberly McCullough and possibly Vincent D’Onofrio (if he can get a break from filming a movie in Louisiana, his sister says). Both actors star in films being shown this weekend.  Full article





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1 comment:

Regina Caschetto said...

Hope everyone enjoys "Crackers."
Regina

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