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