Thursday, March 19, 2015

Sam Rockwell to screen 'Moon' at Florida Film Festival

Posted By on Thu, Mar 19, 2015 at 8:32 AM

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Actor Sam Rockwell will attend a showing of Moon at this year’s Florida Film Festival. The 2009 science fiction film, directed by Duncan Jones and starring Rockwell and Kevin Spacey, will play at the Enzian Theater in Maitland on April 17, and Rockwell will participate in a Q&A.

Only two celebrity events are scheduled this year, to allow a greater variety of programming, or perhaps in a nod to the difficulty of securing topnotch talent, thanks to festival proliferation. The “Afternoon With” event is being scrapped. (News on the second celebrity was not available at press time.)

Another change is the elimination of Italian night. But fans of French cinema might actually embrace that revision, as a 50th-anniversary presentation of Jean-Luc Godard’s Alphaville will be shown instead, as the closing-night film.

In addition to that information, the Florida Film Festival revealed its entire schedule and list of films on Wednesday at its “Film Lineup Luau.” The 24th annual festival, scheduled for April 10-19, will include 177 movies (57 features and 120 shorts). As usual, films will play at the Enzian and on two screens at Regal Cinemas at Winter Park Village.

Categories include competition films, spotlight films (movies that have already received distribution deals), international showcase, family films (such as Monkey Kingdom and Top Spin), midnight movies (such as The Editor and Alleluia), food films (such as Grazers: A Cooperative Story and The Search for General Tso), music films (such as The Case of the Three-Sided Dream and Billy Mize and the Bakersfield Sound) and Florida films.

The opening-night film will be Welcome to Me, a comedy directed by Shira Piven and starring Tim Robbins, Joan Cusack, Jennifer Jason Leigh and James Marsden. It will be preceded by the North American premiere of the stop-motion Submarine Sandwich. Tickets to the film are $25, but if you’d like to combine that with a ticket to the opening-night party, that’ll set you back $110.

The festival will include 22 world premieres (compared to 18 last year) and 150 Florida premieres. Twenty-eight countries are represented, compared to 26 in 2014. Of the 57 features, 22 are documentaries.

Of interest to music fans will be the four main shorts programs, which are named for Everly Brothers songs, to honor Phil Everly, who died last year.

Ticket packages range from $99 for all matinee films to $350 for a 10-day pass. But if you’re particularly ambitious (or rich), there are the “film lover pass” for $600 and the “producer pass” for $1,500, which allow special access to press screenings and parties. Individual tickets are $11 for films after 5 p.m. and $9 for matinees.

For the full schedule and movie lists, visit Florida Film Festival. For information on parties, discussions and outdoor screenings, which we reported on March 11, see this Orlando Weekly blog. And for complete festival coverage (plus film reviews), pick up a copy of the April 8 issue or visit us online.


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