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Enjoy T.G.I.M. Monday, January 5, 2015 at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center
The popular T.G.I.M. film screening series will be held the first Monday of each month in downtown Fort Myers. T.G.I.M. features short indie films being considered for the fifth annual Fort Myers Film Festival. Those in attendance will have a say in the Fort Myers Film Festival’s March 2015 programming. T.G.I.M. takes place at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center in downtown Fort Myers. Doors open for happy hour at 6:30 p.m. with pizza from Capone's and coffee from Bennett's. Films are presented at 7 p.m.
Join us Monday, January 5, 2015 to T.G.I.M. at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center. The show starts at 7 p.m. with NYU student Jordan Axelrod, reporter Daniell Koleniak, Florida Weekly's Osvaldo Padilla, musical guest Official Outcome, host Eric Raddatz and co-host Melissa DeHaven.
An “afterbuzz” will be held following the film presentation at the nearby Twisted Vine Bistro, 2214 Bay St., where late night happy hour prices on drinks and appetizers are offered to T.G.I.M. audience members.
T.G.I.M. tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for seniors and students. Half-price tickets are available through the summer months for Facebook members. To learn more, visit the T.G.I.M. Indie Movies Downtown Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/events/547960958592333/ or www.fortmyersfilmfestival.com.
Come join us EVERY FIRST MONDAY in season for T.G.I.M. for short indie films (*schedule of judges and musicians TBA) submitted to the Fort Myers Film Festival and have your say as to whether or not it makes the grade for final programming during our festival to be held March 25-29, 2015. Join us as the doors open for happy hour at 6:30 p.m. and show, which starts at 7 p.m. T.G.I.M. takes place at The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center located at 2301 First St., Fort Myers. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for seniors and students. There will be a 1/2 price off offered to all Facebook members through summer. Check out updates and more deals at www.fortmyersfilmfestival.com, on Facebook & Twitter. Join us at the afterbuzz at Twisted Vine every Monday after the show for late night happy hour prices on drinks and appetizers.
"We decided to try doing the show at the Davis center only the first Monday of every month this season, so that we can pay closer attention to the quality of content, of judges and musical performances," Eric Raddatz the festival director for the 5th year said. "Plus, as passionate as our attendees can be, we found that most came out about once a month or so anyway, so we intend on making every first Monday more special, more memorable and more exciting. We can really be proud that we have fresh independent films on tap all season long with the Fort Myers Film Festival and not old played films everyone can see on Netflix or pick up at WalMart. I'm fond of the fact that we have an artistically-minded community that gets that."
The reputation for edgy and fresh programming at the Fort Myers Film Festival has gotten the attention on a global level, with films coming in from nearly over twenty countries this past season. Last year's opening night film "Alive Inside," 2014 Sundance audience-award winning story about how music can significantly and most positively impact those suffering with dementia and Alzheimer's, is only now hitting the big theaters with a July 18, 2014 opening night national big city release. The film was attended by filmmaker Michael Rossato-Bennett and Dan Cohen, founder of Musicandmemory.org, both from the film. It received by standing ovation, warm commendation from the Fort Myers mayor Randy Henderson and attending community. The year before "When I Walk" had, like "Alive Inside," only played at one or two venues, including Sundance Film Festival, making the Fort Myers Film Festival heading the pack of festivals playing new and fresh films not in distribution. It too was later picked up for major distribution with subsequent stories in Time, New York Times, CNN and others picking up on the movie months after it played here in Southwest Florida.
The Fort Myers Film Festival’s 5th annual festival will be held March 25-29, 2915 at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall, Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center, Alliance for the Arts, Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre with parties and dinners at Twisted Vine Bistro, Firestone and other select venues. The Black Tie Red Carpet Gala will be celebrated with excitement and style March 25, 2015 at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall at 7 p.m. The event will begin with the red carpet rolling out, paparazzi clicking and doors opening at 5 p.m. for drinks, mingling & musical entertainment with local and international filmmakers prior to the featured movie. Tickets are $19 for general admission or $99 for VIP, who will enjoy a star studded backstage afterparty with the stars of the opening night's films, with music, dancing, fully-stocked bar and chance to meet with the stars of the evening’s film, filmmakers and event VIP. The event will provide the delicious foods from La trattoria Cafe Napole, Crave Culinaire, White Pear Catering and more. Watch last years video here http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=10150579767950565. To buy tickets go to www.bbmannpah.com.
Then come back for all of the programming from Thursday, March 26-Sunday, March 29, 2015. Films are $10 the rest of the festival. Then finish off the weeklong celebration Sunday, March 29, 2014 with champagne & dessert awards ceremony which will take place at the Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre. Tickets are only $15. Join all of the local and international filmmakers as the celebrate the winners of the Fort Myers Film Festival. Champagne and dessert will be shared, short award winning films will be played and toasts will be deservedly pronounced.
The 2014-15 schedule will continue as follows:.
• Monday, January 5, 2015: T.G.I.M. at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center.7 p.m.
• Monday, February 2, 2015: T.G.I.M. at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center. 7 p.m.
• Wednesday, March 25, 2015: Opening night film & party at the Barbara B.Mann. 7 p.m.
• Thursday, March 26, 2015: Official programming films at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center 11 a.m.-11 p.m.
• Friday, March 27, 2015: Official programming films at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center 11 a.m.-11 p.m.
• Saturday, March 28, 2015: Official programming films at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center 11 a.m.-11 p.m.
• Saturday, March 28, 2015: Official programming films at the Alliance for the Arts 12 p.m.-4 p.m.
• Sunday, March 29, 2015: Official programming films at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
• Sunday, March 29, 2015: Closing night film & awards at the Broadway Palm Theatre 7 p.m.
The Fort Myers Film Festival is an intelligent independent filmmaker's preferred event to create, unite and showcase the finest artistic cinematic works. The Fort Myers Film Festival is known for world-class swagger and support of local filmmakers. The festival event offers ‘the most vibrant intellectual and edgy crowd to grace Lee County in decades.’ The event has featured hundreds of local filmmakers and is a must attend for cineasts who love indie film and film festivals living in Lee, Collier and Charlotte counties. That’s right, Fort Myers has a film festival now, so come out for the excitement! For more information go to www.fortmyersfilmfestival.com or join www.facebook.com/fortmyersfilmfestival for updates and events. TO GET VIP TICKETS for the whole season to see everything head to http://fortmyersfilmfestival.ticketleap.com/.
The Fort Myers Film Festival supports Lee County Schools filmmakers and Golisano's Children's Hospital. Sponsored by Chicos, UNIT A, Florida Weekly, The News-Press, Garth Francis Photography, Bennett's Fresh Roast Coffee, Edison Restaurant, Twisted Vine Bistro, Patrick Buckley Law Offices, J. Bert Davis M.D., F.A.C.S, Facial Surgeon, La trattoria Cafe Napole, White Pear Catering in Bonita Springs, Irresistible Confections, REE Corporation, CONRIC PR & Marketing | Publishing, All About Closets, Rasmussen College, MusikBeats, Black Tie Tuxedos, Hampton Inn Suites, Twisted Vine Bistro, Market Earth, Capone's Pizza, All About Closets, Florida Mail, Riverside Realty, The Starfish Grille, Sunshine Grille, HelpMe Social Media and Print, Douglas E. Spiegel. P.A., City Tavern, Crave Culinaire by Brian Roland, Chico's FAS and UNIT A.
For more information go to www.fortmyersfilmfestival.com or join www.facebook.com/fortmyersfilmfestival for updates and events.