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PBiFF Day One - CinemaDave

Apr. 11th, 2008 07:45 pm PBiFF Day One

Four out of the past five Palm Beach International film Festivals have been great events for the South Florida community. Yet as the 13th Annual looms, one wonders if Jason Voorhees is leading his minions on an assault upon the hard working volunteers and promoters of the 13th annual event.

During a local critics screening, the DVD proved defective. My telephone interview was delayed due to problems with the telephone line. Yet in times of chaos, heroes are born. Jan Rooney, Mickey's wife, called me, resolved the problem and I was able to connect with PBiFF's new legendary honoree.

Fresh from his Oscar nomination as best director for "Juno,"
Jason Reitman has been earned the Visionary Award.

Youth will also be served by Josh Hutcherson, who will be seen this summer opposite Brendan Fraser in Eric Brevig’s "Journey to the Center of the Earth 3D" and is this year’s Horizon Award honoree.

The Lifetime Achievement Award will be going to Academy ("An Officer and a Gentleman") and Emmy ("Roots") Award-winner Louis Gossett, Jr.

The Showmanship Award will be presented to Cheryl Hines ("Waitress," "Everybody Loves Raymond") whose ensemble comedy film about Las Vegas poker, "The Grand" opens the 13th Annual Palm Beach International Film Festival at Sunrise Mizner Theatre.

Sunrise Cinema’s owners Mitch and Nancy Dreier will receive the Friends in Film award.

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