April 17th, 2006

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PBiFF - What it is supposed to be about.....

The Palm Beach International Film Festival (PBiFF)
begins its second decade starting April 20th. Lucky
for North Broward county residents, the festival hub
has moved to Delray Beach and continues with special
screenings at local movie theatres. The purpose of
PBiFF is to fund the educational programs for Florida
students, from middle school programs to graduate
studies.

One stand out from the secondary schools is South
Florida resident Chaille Stovall, a high school senior
who has produced 6 motion pictures, including “Party
Animals..Or how to get to the White House in 5 Easy
Steps.” Besides premiering his films at the Peabody
Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts, the Youth
Service and AV POP sections of the Broward County
Libraries Division have recognized Chaille’s work as a
filmmaker. Visit his website at http://www.shutupkidproductions.com/
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PBiFF and Florida State

Florida State University has gained national
recognition through PBiFF. Jennifer Arzt’s “ Cake”
and Cristine Spindler’s "Sirah” will both be winning
awards at the Palm Beach International Film Festival's
Student Showcase. Jason Benoit (current BFA film
student) will also be winning a writing award for his
short script "Waxing Poetic" in the festival's
first-ever student writing competition.
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"Backseat" at PBiFF

Festivals create opportunities for independent
filmmakers to be noticed by distributors. Just ask
Paul Haggis and his visit to the Toronto Film Festival
to promote his little six million dollar movie named
“Crash,” the recent Oscar winner for Best Motion
Picture. “Backseat” drives into the Palm Beach
International Film Festival. The recent winner of the
“Audience Award” at the 2005 Austin Film Festival,
this comedy features two Gen-Xers who flee New York
City on a three-day road trip to Montreal to escape
their problems and meet the actor Donald Sutherland.
A truly independent film, financed almost entirely
through friends and family, “Backseat” was shot in 17
days during the summer of 2004, after four years of
fundraising. Writer/actor/producer Josh Alexander
set out to make a film about what’s happening to
Gen-Xers as they grow up. “Backseat” will be screened
at Sunrise Cinema Mizner Park 301 Plaza Real, Boca
Raton Monday, April 24 at 9:45pm