Tallahassee Film Festival Announces Opening, Closing Films

By: Tallahassee Film Festival Release
By: Tallahassee Film Festival Release

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.– March 22, 2011 -- 2pm --

The Tallahassee Film Festival will kick off its 2011 festivities by celebrating the 25th anniversary of Jonathan Demme’s film Something Wild with two screenings on April 6 at FSU’s Student Life Center at 7pm and 10:30pm with a Q&A session in between showings. Something Wild was filmed in Tallahassee in 1985 and stars Jeff Daniels and Melanie Griffith.

The opening night of the film festival will feature a modern tale of crime and redemption titled Small Town Murder Songs starring Peter Stormare (Fargo, The Big Lebowski, Armageddon). The film tells the tale of an aging police officer named Walter from a small Ontario Mennonite town who comes up hard against the mistrust of his community. When a young, unidentified woman is found dead by the lake, the victim of a brutal and violent crime, Walter and his partner are called to the scene of the town’s first murder investigation in decades. Slowly the town discovers the violent history of Walter’s past, and coupled with the suspicions around the investigation, Walter’s newly reformed life threatens to be upset. The film also stars Jill Hennessy (TV’s Crossing Jordan and Lymelife) and Martha Plimpton (TV’s Raising Hope and HBO’s How to Make It in America).

“We are thrilled to have so many wonderful films being screened at TFF this year,” said Carolyn Smith, Director, Tallahassee Film Festival. “With dozens of films playing over five days, there’s something for everyone. We hope the community will take part in this important cultural festival.”

TFF will take place April 6-10 and will include screenings of more than 70 films from around the world, educational workshops and panels, after parties and an awards ceremony. Events will be happening at various venues around Tallahassee. The education panels & workshops are free to the public and will be conducted by talented and practicing professionals addressing traditional and new topics related to filmmaking and the film industry.

“TFF workshops are a great opportunity for filmmakers to learn new things and be exposed to other professionals in the industry,” said Chris Faupel, TFF Programming Director. “We have invited industry experts to speak, including Tim McNeal, Vice President of Talent Development & Diversity for ABC Disney Television Group, covering a variety of topics of interest to both developing and professional filmmakers.”

The Panels and workshops will run from April 7-9 and will be held at the Aloft Hotel downtown. Visiting filmmakers may join panels based upon availability. Panels are subject to change without notice.

The list of Workshops includes:

-Thursday, April 7th, 1 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
Documentary Filmmaking Panel

-Thursday, April 7th, 2:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Scriptwriting Workshop

-Thursday, April 7th, 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Filmmaking A to Z Panel

-Friday, April 8th, 1 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
Animation Workshop

-Friday, April 8th, 2:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Film Directing Panel

-Friday, April 8th, 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Film as Art Panel

-Saturday, April 9th, 10 p.m. – 12 p.m.
New Media in Filmmaking Panel

-Saturday, April 9th, 1 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
Acting For Film Panel

-Saturday, April 9th, 2:30 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Trends in Hispanic Filmmaking Panel

TFF will honor the winners of the competitive films as well as distinguished filmmakers during its awards ceremony Saturday, April 9 at 5 p.m. at Mission San Luis. A Closing Night presentation on April 10 at 7:30 p.m. will feature writer/director Asiel Norton’s award-winning film Redland, about a family’s struggle to survive in rural America during the Great Depression. Redland will be preceded by another rarely seen, but amazing film Look Not at the Mountains! by Michael and Justin Younesi.

Priority seating is given to All-Access Pass holders. All-Access passes cost $25.00 per person and can be purchased online at TallahasseeFilmFestival.com and at each venue before film screenings. An All-Access pass will get you admission to an unlimited number of screenings throughout the festival, priority admission at all venues, all after parties, the awards ceremony and Opening and Closing Night.

Individual General Admission tickets will be available at the theatres. Opening Night and Best of Fest tickets are available for $10 per person. Closing Night and all other screenings will cost $5 per person at the venue. General admission opens 15 minutes prior to show time and will be sold on a first come, first served basis. The educational workshops and panels are free to the public.

About the Tallahassee Film Festival

The mission of the Tallahassee Film Festival is to nurture all aspects of film culture and stimulate economic development. The vision of the Tallahassee Film Festival is to establish Tallahassee as a major center of film culture. For more information visit www.tallahasseefilmfestival.com.

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