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FORT MYERS BEACH SUMMER FILM FEST FUNDRAISING
KICKS OFF WITH COSTUME BEACH BLANKET BINGO

FORT MYERS BEACH, FL (June 27, 2014) – Join Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello look-alikes at Gull Wing Resort on Thursday, July 10 and win prizes for the best costume. “Beach Blanket Bingo” will raise funds for the Fort Myers Beach Film Festival. Beginning at 7:00 p.m. the event will recall the 1965 musical comedy that made beach parties popular.

Beach Blanket Bingo takes place in the hospitality suite at Gull Wing Resort, located at 6620 Estero Boulevard on Fort Myers Beach. Tickets are $35 per bingo player if paid in advance or $40 at the door with prizes for players up to $150 in cash. The Ninth Annual Fort Myers Beach Film Festival is hosting the event, sponsored by the Greater Fort Myers Beach Friends of the Arts, the Town of Fort Myers Beach and the Beaches of Fort Myers and Sanibel.

For more information, call Georgia Reinmuth 239-463-3600, ext. 242 or e-mail info@fmbfilmfest.com





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FORT MYERS BEACH FILM FESTIVAL HOSTS CRUISE
FOR MOVIE TRIVIA FANS

FORT MYERS BEACH, Fla. – (June 11, 2014) – Challenge yourself and your friends and neighbors to answer movie trivia questions on June 29, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. aboard a Showboat Trivia Cruise from Fish Tale Marina dock, 7225 Estero Boulevard on Fort Myers Beach. All guests will be treated to a light brunch complete with Mimosa’s. Prizes will be awarded to the guests who recall the most trivia from well known films.

The cruise is a fundraiser for the Fort Myers Beach Film Festival and sponsored in part by the Greater Fort Myers Beach Friends of the Arts and Fish Tale Marina. Tickets are available for $25 per person and can be purchased at the website www.fmbfilmfest.com. Limited seating available. For more information, call Georgia Reinmuth at Fish Tale Marina 239-463-3600, ext. 242 or send an e-mail to info@fmbfilmfest.com

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Fort Myers Beach Film Festival

ANNOUNCES 2014 AWARD WINNERS

FORT MYERS BEACH, Fla. (April 27, 2014) –Filmmakers who traveled to Fort Myers Beach from all over the country gathered at Beach Theater to accept awards and share congratulations with colleagues for their work on independent films screened during the Eighth Annual Fort Myers Beach Film Festival.

The Fort Myers Beach Film Festival committee recognizes local residents who submit films to the festival with the Islander Award going to “I Love You Now Die,” directed and written by Mark Stolzenberg.  The cast included Annette Silva, Chris Cannan, John Diaz, Jon Cross, Mark Stolzenberg, and Suzanne Froix. Accepting the award was Fort Myers Beach resident Judy Copeland, one of the producers.

“No matter where you are in life, no matter how old you are, it’s never too late to follow your dreams,” said Copeland. “It was Elizabeth D’Onofrio who encouraged me to get back in the business after I’d been out of it for more than 20 years, plus encouragement from my husband Mark Schulman, our executive producer.”

The Best Local Film was “Job,” directed by Bryan F. Davis. Writers were Bryan F. Davis and Jennifer Keister.  The cast included Amit Roy, Debbie Jordan, Jennifer Keister, Kaymen Lackey, Martin Lemaire, and Matthew D. Perez. The Best Student Film was “The Violinist,” directed and written by Pablo Nicolas Raganato. The cast members were David Petitone, Ralph Edward, and Sean Pursell. In the category of Best Short Film, the winner is “Posthumous,” directed by Noah DeBonis and written by Luke Fronefield and Margaret Cardillo. The cast included Ike Seamans, Keana Marie, Peter Haig, Richard Haylor, Sarahi Diaz, Sydney Rouviere, and Terrance Murphy.

The winning filmmaker of the Best Documentary was Stanley Isaacs for “Tough Ain’t Enough: Conversations With Albert S. Ruddy,” directed by Lee Anthony Smith and Gregory J. Bradley. Isaacs also won this year’s Star Achievement Award. Writing and producing since 1979. In the late ‘80s Isaacs co-created the TV holiday perennial “It Nearly Wasn’t Christmas,” co-wrote Touchstone Pictures “Gross Anatomy” and served as special consultant to the producers on “Beyond The Stars.” After producing and co-writing “Last Gasp” in 1994, Isaacs formed 360 Entertainment in 1995, an independent production company in which Isaacs served as CFO with producing partners, Robert Patrick and Scott McGinnis. The partnership created and produced two films: “Ravager” and “Within the Rock.” Isaacs founded 100% Entertainment, Inc., an independent production company in 1998. Isaacs has initiated, developed and produced numerous film and television projects including “Megalodon” in 2002, which Isaacs co-wrote and produced and “Tough Ain’t Enough: Conversations With Albert S. Ruddy” released in 2013. The company currently has three features and two television pilots in development.

Best Feature Film was awarded to “A Short History of Decay,” directed and written by Michael Maren. Cast members included Bryan Greenberg, Linda Lavin, Harris Yulin, and Benjamin King.

The Fort Myers Beach Film Festival also recognizes the best actor among the films screened this year. The award in this category goes to Paul Sorvino, who starred in the festival’s indie screening of “Last I Heard.” The tall, dark and imposing Italian-American actor, Paul Sorvino originally had his heart set on a life as an opera singer, but has made a solid career of portraying authority figures. He is best known for his role in “Goodfellas.”

Actor Tara Cardinal also a filmmaker whose film, Legend of the Red Reaper screened at the festival, was named this year’s Rising Star Award winner. Canadian-born Cardinal led her college’s theater club until she graduated with a degree in Psychology on a full scholarship and knew she would pursue a career in the movie business.  In fact, she landed the female lead in Warner Brother’s “Delivery,” a horror film in 2006 followed by other offers including performing as a man honing her improvisational skills at the Florida Renaissance Festival.

Cardinal says she was inspired by industry greats like Stan Lee, George Lucas, Jackie Chan and Sylvester Stallone, and created her film, “Legend of the Red Reaper,” to share a message about female empowerment.  As she accepted her award, she said, “Fort Myers Beach is so special to me. After encouragement from Elizabeth D’Onofrio, I went to Los Angeles to pursue a career in film. I’ve come full circle by returning here to screen my own film at this wonderful festival.”

Cardinal became one of the first women to write, produce, direct and star in a fantasy action franchise and continues to accept empowering roles in movies of all genres. In her spare time she gathers celebrities for charity events benefiting children, animals and disaster victims.  Cardinal currently resides in Hollywood, California.

The final award for the evening came from audience ballots asking for their favorite film. The winner of the People’s Choice Award is “Pink Gold Rush,” the celebrated local documentary about the shrimp industry in Fort Myers Beach. The documentary was written by Chelle Koster Walton and produced by Barbara Linstrom, Executive Producer of Television and New Media for WGCU Public Media.

“Getting this award is just another sign that this production really resonated with our community,” said Linstrom. “We also had one of the highest ratings ever for the television airing of the film last Thursday. Thanks so much to the film festival for showcasing our film. We appreciate the acceptance and praise for our film, especially in social media. We really wanted to get it right and we are overwhelmed with the response.” She added,

“Pink Shell Beach Resort and Marina called, apparently after the hotel’s management saw the film. They told the staff that they want to start serving local shrimp and to use this to educate tourists about the shrimp industry here and how to compare the products harvested locally.”

For more information, visit the website at www.fmbfilmfest.com.Dates for the Ninth Annual Fort Myers Beach Film Festival were announced as April 22-26, 2015.

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FORT MYERS BEACH FILM FESTIVAL

ANNOUNCES SCHEDULE OF EVENTS FOR APRIL 23-27

FORT MYERS BEACH, Fla. (February 20, 2014) — The Eighth Annual Fort Myers Beach Film Festival, a celebration of independent filmmaking and the visual arts, takes place April 23-27, 2014. Festivities begin with a “Fun in Flip Flops” sunset cruise from Fish Tale Marina the night before the festival as a way to welcome the visiting filmmakers who have submitted more than 100 independent films.  An opening ceremony at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 23 is followed immediately by the first film screening at 3:00 p.m. at festival headquarters, Beach Theater, 6425 Estero Boulevard on Fort Myers Beach.

The traditional family favorite film on the beach will happen at sunset on Friday, April 25 directly behind The Outrigger Beach Resort, 6200 Estero Blvd. on Fort Myers Beach. This year’s film will be the Disney Channel original production of “Teen Beach Movie.”

Earlier on Friday, the festival will present an informative and educational workshop and luncheon entitled, “Self Propelled: An inside look at low budget filmmaking.” The workshop begins at 11:00 a.m. and will take place inside the Beach Theater.  On Saturday at noon, another luncheon invites film industry professionals for a panel discussion, also held at the theater. Tickets to the workshop and panel discussion are sold separately at $30 for the Friday workshop and $40 for the discussion among the invited filmmaking guests on Saturday.

Independent film screenings continue every day of the festival. Individual movie tickets at $6 or VIP packages for $100 that include the pre-festival sunset cruise party, access to the workshop on Friday and all of the film screenings may be purchased online at www.fmbfilmfest.com.  The festival concludes with an award ceremony on Sunday, April 27 at 5:00 p.m. at Beach Theater.

Tickets for the pre-festival filmmaker welcome cruise, the workshops and luncheon are sold separately.  For more information about the Eighth Annual Fort Myers Beach Film Festival or to purchase festival passes, contact the event staff at 239-314-9234, via email at info@fmbfilmfest.com or visit the website at www.fmbfilmfest.com.

 

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We want to thank you very much for inviting us to the Fort Myers Beach Film Festival this past weekend. Your hospitality and staff surpasses any festi

Oct 25, 2013 by Steven R. Ball

We want to thank you very much for inviting us to the Fort Myers Beach Film Festival this past weekend. Your hospitality and staff surpasses any festival we have been in the past few years.The courtesies you extended to all of us really made us feel important. From the moment we arrived we could feel the love and compassion you had for independent film makers, being an actor and a film maker made me proud to be a part of it.
The Cruise was an unexpected addition to our trip, and most of all, the Star Achievement award was a big surprise. Thank you for the recognition.

Our Film Crackers which made its premier showing was a thrill for us to be accepted, but then to win 2 Awards, Best Short, and Audience Choice put the icing on the cake. My cousin Gregory was very excited to win as were his Father and us, (the tears were flowing).

I wish you continued success and I will be sure to recommend a lot of my peers to enter into the Fort Myers Beach Film Festival. Hopefully we will have another film for you next year, and if not maybe we’ll just come and hang out with all of you.


Just a quick note to thank you and everyone involved for a great film festival experience last week. As you know, I spent some years helping the Ann A

Oct 25, 2013 by Josh Comer, Filmmaker

Just a quick note to thank you and everyone involved for a great film festival experience last week. As you know, I spent some years helping the Ann Arbor Film Festival with market research for that now-50 year old film festival. The FMB Film Festival seemed to me to be more authentic, more accessible with people very interested in the films and the artistic experience. The filmmakers were more accessible, less treated like untouchable stars, in the true spirit of a festival, sometimes lost in bigger venues like Ann Arbor’s. As I told the folks at WINK-TV, this is a plus for the entire Beach community. If our schedules permit, we’ll be back for more!


I just wanted to thank you for the opportunity to work on the Fort Myers Beach Film Festival. I’m honored to have been considered and used. I enjoye

Oct 25, 2013 by Chris Harbur, Actor in The Descending

I just wanted to thank you for the opportunity to work on the Fort Myers Beach Film Festival. I’m honored to have been considered and used. I enjoyed this project and would love to work with you both again


I wanted to write to you guys and tell you how grateful I am that we were able to be a part of this year’s festival. You welcomed us with open arms

Oct 25, 2013 by Festival fan

I wanted to write to you guys and tell you how grateful I am that we were able to be a part of this year’s festival. You welcomed us with open arms and treated us with such respect. This was one of the most accommodating and exciting festivals I have been to and you were a big reason why. It is so wonderful you all work so hard to bring art to Ft Myers Beach. Thanks again and I look forward to getting to seeing you all again


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