Festival (FLIFF) will pay tribute to the 5th Anniversary of 9/11 and to those who lost their lives on the day that shook the world. The tribute will take place at Cinema Paradiso on September 11 beginning at 6:30pm with a color guard presentation by local firefighters, and an opening meditation by Rick Hunter, lead pastor at the City Church.
FLIFF will present a special screening of THE GUYS, starring Academy Award™ nominee Sigourney Weaver (Alien, Ghostbusters, Working Girl) and Tony and Emmy Award-winner Anthony LaPaglia (star of the hit CBS drama Without A Trace). An adaptation from the stage play by Anne Nelson, THE GUYS is a powerfully moving and unexpectedly humorous film about a New York City journalist (Weaver) who is called upon to help a fire captain (LaPaglia) write a series of eulogies for the men he lost at the World Trade Center. As the fireman begins to open up and work through his grief, the two form an unexpected bondâ€”and we rediscover the quiet heroism that informs all of our daily lives.
Following the film, there will be an open discussion regarding how different aspects of our lives have changed since 9/11. This broad panel discussion will include: Fort Lauderdale City Manager George Grestas who was in New York at the time the airplanes hit the Twin Towers, Dr. Larry Thompson of First Baptist Church of Fort Lauderdale, and Tommy Melanges, a Junior at St. Thomas Acquinas High School in Broward County who was 11 years old at the time of 9/11/2001, plus representatives of the Broward County Schools and the Muslim Community.
Hal Axler, Director of Operations, for Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival and Cinema Paradiso, who spearheaded the event, commented, 9/11 changed our world and our lives forever. We felt it was extremely important to offer the community a way to honor the 5th Anniversary of the event that took so many lives and devastated not only the great city of New York, but left its mark on the world. We hope it will be an evening of history, healing, and hope.
After the panel discussion, a complimentary sneak preview of the documentary "The Saint of 9/11" will be presented. The film, which celebrates the life of FDNY Chaplain, Father Mychal Judge who lost his life at the World Trade Center, will be featured at the 21st Annual Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival.
In a special presentation during the next city commission meeting, The Honorable Jim Naugle, Mayor of Fort Lauderdale will issue a proclamation naming this day Cinema Paradiso 9/11 Commemoration Day.
TICKETS are $10 General Admission, $ 8 Students and Seniors, $5.00 FLIFF members
Proceeds from the event will benefit Broward Firefighters.