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Behind-the-scenes of 2014 FMB Film Festival includes 'famous faces' (Photos)

Stanley Isaacs and Johnny Martino
Stanley Isaacs and Johnny MartinoStanley Isaacs and Johnny Martino (Paulie in "The Godfather"), Photo by Cassie Conrad courtesy FMBFF, used with permission

On April 28, 2014, a variety of representatives from the Fort Myers Beach Film Festival (FMBFF), including photographer Cassie Conrad, released new "behind-the-scenes" scoop and photos. The April 23-27 festival was held in Fort Myers Beach, Fla. Some of the photos are now available to the public, and they include rising stars plus some who are already considered "famous faces!"

The spotlight shown brightly on the beach recently when it held its eighth annual film festival. This five day event provided movie-goers the opportunity to see quality independent films and to be a part of the event's activities that were designed to cultivate the spirit of visual creativity and talents of filmmakers everywhere!

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

The theater provided a unique and intimate way to enjoy the festival's films. During non-festival events the theater is also open to the public and provides audiences with a variety of feature films in a setting which offers quality viewing as well as casual dining.

FMBFF, like in the past, had goals for this year's event. They included a way to bring people together in an entertaining and culturally stimulating atmosphere.

One of the announcements made at the opening of the awards ceremony was the thanking of the volunteers and sponsors. FMBFF had many of both, and those volunteers and sponsors were very much appreciated. The volunteers put in a lot of their time in selling tickets, taking tickets, airport drivers, merchandise sales, etc.

Not that all the films, plus cast and crew, were not equally talented. Some of them being even recognizable. One of those familiar faces at the festival was John "Johnny" Martino. He is known for his work in "The Godfather." Soon after Marino's move to CA, he pursued an acting career. His first acting role came in "The Wild Wild West" television show in which he became a member of The Screen Actors Guild (SAG, now SAG-AFTRA). His big break came when he was cast in Mario Puzo's "The Godfather" as Paulie Gatto.

In 2013, John Martino was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award through the Treasure Coast International Film Festival in Port St. Lucie, Florida. John's ultimate dream is to create a 1940s Dinner Club called Paulie. It is in the works and soon to become a reality!

Enjoy, through photos and above links, some of the many faces of the Fort Myers Beach Film Festival. Note its 2014 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."

"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

Tara Cardinal at awards ceremony
Tara Cardinal at awards ceremony Photo by Cassie Conrad courtesy FMBFF, used with permission

Tara Cardinal at awards ceremony

Film writer, actor, martial artist and more is Tara Cardinal. She attended the Fort Myers Beach Film Festival at various activities during the fest from April 23-27. The fest was held in Fort Myers Beach, Fla.

Cardinal represented her film "Legend of the Red Reaper." She won the Rising Star Award.

Congrats Tara Cardinal. Fans look forward to your future film and acting projects!

FMB Film Festival
FMB Film Festival Image courtesy FMBFF, used with permission

FMB Film Festival

This was for any of those interested in attending FMBFF. This is as stated on their website before the event began. The eighth festival, by the way, was a success!

The Fort Myers Beach Film Festival presents abundant and entertaining reasons for families and friends to visit Fort Myers Beach in late Spring for some of the best films and weather anywhere in the country.

Fort Myers Beach Hotels are offering special rates for Film Festival Fans along the beautiful Gulf of Mexico to help support the international celebration of independent filmmaking with special film festival hotel rates at various hotels. Please visit our sponsor page for more information.

Having fun at FMBFF
Having fun at FMBFF Photo by Cassie Conrad courtesy FMBFF, used with permission

Having fun at FMBFF

Fun times at the Fort Myers Beach Film Festival. This was shot after the awards ceremony. Congrats to all the winners!

Here is an additional listing of them: "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."

Student Film Award winner
Student Film Award winner Photo by Cassie Conrad courtesy FMFBB, used with permission

Student Film Award winner

As stated before the event began:

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.

FMBFF Audience
FMBFF Audience Photo by Cassie Conrad courtesy FMBFF, used with permission

FMBFF Audience

More activities held during April 23-27, 2014 at the Fort Myers Beach Film Festival:

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.

Activity during FMBFF
Activity during FMBFF Photo by Cassie Conrad courtesy FMBFF, used with permission

Activity during FMBFF

Another activity during the film fest was a beach film screening!

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.”

"A Gathering" of talented individuals at FMBFF
"A Gathering" of talented individuals at FMBFF Photo by Cassie Conrad courtesy FMBFF, used with permission

"A Gathering" of talented individuals at FMBFF

Here is how the screenings at the theater were held.

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. - All the above happened as planned, and now they move on, with a well deserved rest, planning for the 2015 FMBFF!

"Famous Face" guest Johnny Martino
"Famous Face" guest Johnny Martino Photo by Cassie Conrad courtesy FMBFF, used with permission

"Famous Face" guest Johnny Martino

John Martino was one of many visitors at the recent 2014 Fort Myers Beach Film Festival.

Martino's career has brought him back and forth between New York and California, he now lives in Central Florida with his wife Lori and their two sons John and Joseph. He continues to act, sing, write and produce. In 2006 John won a Crystal Reel Award for best lead actor for his part in the feature film "Confessions of a Thug."

The award was presented to him by the Florida Motion Picture Television Association. John is still acting and writing screenplays today. John is also licensed through Paramount Pictures to manufacture Godfather license plates, frames and key chains.John was honored that Author Richard Lester wrote his life in a book "A Wish Beyond The Stars, The Johnny Martino Story" available early 2012. A documentary film of his book is in production by Director Gary Lester to be released later this year.

FMBFF Cruise
FMBFF Cruise Photo by Cassie Conrad courtesy FMBFF, used with permission

FMBFF Cruise

For future reference, here is some of the info regarding this year's film fest.

Here guests are seen enjoying film fest-related cruise.

Info given before event: 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.

Film poster at FMBFF
Film poster at FMBFF Photo Cassie Conrad courtesy FMBFF, used with permission

Film poster at FMBFF

The background for the film "The Pink Gold Rush" includes the discovery of it. It was discovered by accident in the dark of night, and by the time the full moon shone, the pink gold rush was on. Florida shrimpers is what they're talking about.

The shrimpers first found the nocturnal pink shrimp in 1949. That discovery brought a frenzy of fisherman with trawlers and nets to Fort Myers Beach.

Today, fewer than 40 come to port as development, economics and the environment take their toll on a once vibrant industry, a way of life.

FMBFF with Stanley Isaacs
FMBFF with Stanley Isaacs Photo by Cassie Conrad courtesy FMBFF, used with permission

FMBFF with Stanley Isaacs

Stanley Isaacs won the Star Achievement Award.

Fort Myers Beach Hotels are offering special rates for film festival fans along the beautiful Gulf of Mexico to help support the international celebration of independent filmmaking with special film festival hotel rates at various hotels. Please visit our sponsor page for more information.

The hotels, theater and others were wonderful support helping to make 2014 FMBFF happen!

Awards ceremony
Awards ceremony Photo by Cassie Conrad courtesy FMBFF, used with permission

Awards ceremony

Here are some of the talent who won awards at FMBFF.

The event was held at the Beach Theater in Fort Myers Beach, Fla. on Sunday, April 27.

The Beach Theater is a family owned Movie Theater dedicated to showing only the best first-run movies, in a clean and comfortable environment.

FMBFF Student Film Award winners
FMBFF Student Film Award winners Photo by Cassie Conrad courtesy FMBFF, used with permission

FMBFF Student Film Award winners

"The Violinist" won as a student award at FMBFF.

The film's synopsis is about a boy named Sebastian who wants to be violinist like his grandfather. Sebastian's father forbids it believing his son will not amount to anything and become a failed artist like his grandfather.

However, Sebastian practices to be tested to be part of the concert...

Enjoying film at FMBFF on beach
Enjoying film at FMBFF on beach Photo by Cassie Conrad courtesy FMBFF, used with permission

Enjoying film at FMBFF on beach

Fort Myers Beach is located on the Gulf in Fort Myers Beach, Fla. due southwest of Fort Myers and north of Bonita Springs, Fla. (also Bonita Beach). Seen here are guests enjoying a film, by FMBFF, on the beach!

According to the United States Census Bureau, Fort Myers Beach has a total area of 6.2 square miles (16 km2), of which, 2.9 square miles (7.5 km2) of it is land and 3.3 square miles (8.5 km2) of it (53.41%) is water. The town is situated on the barrier island of Estero Island.

 

FMBFF member with volunteer's thank you cake
FMBFF member with volunteer's thank you cake Photo courtesy FMBFF, used with permission

FMBFF member with volunteer's thank you cake

Stated on their website, before the event began:

The Fort Myers Beach Film Festival is 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, Florida to exchange ideas, make new contacts, and enjoy some compelling and interesting films encompassing a wide range of tastes. The events begin on April 23 and end on April 27, 2014 with events to choose from for all ages.