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Actor Paul Sorvino, and others, win at FMB Film Festival (Photos)

Paul Sorvino
Paul Sorvino, Photo: David Shankbone/Wiki

Actor Paul Sorvino, known for film "Goodfellas" (1990) and the TV series "Law & Order," was part of a local film festival held in Fort Myers, Fla. To top it off, Sorvino was an award-winner!

The fest was the Fort Myers Beach Festival (FMBFF), and it was held April 23-27. Sorvino, among other talented actors and filmmakers, was part of an indie film project called "Last I Heard."

This multi-talented actor was recognized and awarded Best Actor among the films screened this year at FMBFF. Sorvino originally had his heart set on a life as an opera singer, but ended making a career of portraying authority figures.

Sorvino is known for portraying Sgt. Phil Cerreta on the police procedural and legal drama television series "Law & Order." His daughter followed in Daddy's footsteps, as she is Mira Sorvino.

According to the film fest, they cater to a wide range of tastes and ages, plus the event spans several genres. The festival's films were viewed and enjoyed at the Beach Movie Theater.

Another recognizable face at the fest was John "Johnny" Martino. He is known for his work in "The Godfather." In 2013, Martino was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award through the Treasure Coast International Film Festival in Port St. Lucie, Fla. John's ultimate dream is to create a 1940s Dinner Club called Paulie. It is in the works and soon to become a reality!

Among the ten winners (see complete list below), another award-winner was Tara Cardinal. She won the Rising Star Award for her work in "Legend of the Red Reaper."

"We welcome and encourage feedback on this year's festival. This way we can keep bringing you the events and screenings you look forward to at the Fort Myers Beach Film Festival." - FMBFF

2014 FMBFF award winners: "I Love You Now Die" won Islander Award. "Job" won Friends of the Arts' Best Local Film Award. "The Violinist" won for Best Sudent Film. "Posthumous" won Best Short Film. "Tough Ain't Enough" earned Best Documentary. Best Feature Film went to "A Short History of Decay." Paul Sorvino won Best Actor. Tara Cardinal won the Rising Star Award. Stanley Isaacs won the Star Achievement Award, and the People's Choice Award went to "Pink Gold Rush."

Beach Theater Marquee
Beach Theater Marquee Photo by Cassie Conrad courtesy FMBFF, used with permission

Beach Theater Marquee

The Fort Myers Beach Film Festival came back for its eighth year, attracting independent film fans, filmmakers, and distributors to spend four fabulous days and nights on the Gulf beaches of Fort Myers Beach, Fla.

All talent exchanged ideas, made new contacts, and enjoyed some compelling and interesting films encompassing a wide range of tastes. The events began on April 23 and ended on April 27, 2014 with events to choose from for all ages.

Paul Sorvino won Best Actor
Paul Sorvino won Best Actor Photo: David Shankbone/Wiki

Paul Sorvino won Best Actor

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.”

Best Actor Award
Best Actor Award Photo by Cassie Conrad courtesy FMBFF, used with permission

Best Actor Award

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.”

FMBFF Director's Chair
FMBFF Director's Chair Photo by Cassie Conrad courtesy FMBFF, used with permission

FMBFF Director's Chair

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.

Johnny Martino
Johnny Martino Photo by Cassie Conrad courtesy FMBFF, used with permission

Johnny Martino

John was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. As a teenager he began his singing and acting career. He studied with John Cassavetes, American Academy of Dramatic Arts and Universal Art Studios, which led to a role in the off-Broadway show "Hat Full of Rain."

Martino then had a hit song called "Baby Sitting Baby" that landed him on Dick Clark's American Bandstand.

At FMBFF Martino was part of the film project "Hollywood & Beyond." He was at the festival representing the film.

Rising Star winner Tara Cardinal
Rising Star winner Tara Cardinal Photo by Cassie Conrad courtesy FMBFF, used with permission

Rising Star winner Tara Cardinal

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.