April 29th, 2006

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PBiFF: "Neo Ned" wins Best Feature

The Best Feature, “Neo Ned,” is a gritty character study and poignant love story of two people brought together by a seemingly impossible connection. As a result of that connection, they both find that there is more to a person than what is on the surface.

Says Itier, “The film puts the thunder into love, the hope into chaos and life into death. It was a beautiful urban poem against racism and for the success of love over hate. Van Fischer is sure to be a future Oscar contender.”

Adds Wassberg, “Neo Ned” takes a controversial subject within racism and turns it on its head using both humor and drama to make its point. With heartfelt but also hard hitting performances by both Jeremy Renner (Best Actor) and Gabrielle Union (Best Actress), the layers that they peel away bring the characters to their ultimate and selfless conclusion. Impacting and with a social consciousness that doesn't bludgeon the audience with its ideas, “Neo Ned” is a movie that is both entertaining and intelligent while still being emotional.
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PBiFF: “The Trials of Darryl Hunt,” gets Best Documentary

The Award for Best Documentary went to “The Trials of Darryl Hunt,”
directed by Ricki Stern. Set in North Carolina, circa 1984, a brutal murder leaves a white woman dead and a young black man wrongfully accused. This harrowing documentary offers a provocative and haunting examination of a community – and a criminal justice system – subject to racial bias and tainted by fear.
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PBiFF: "Zombie Prom" gets Best Short Film Award

The award for Best Short Film went to “Zombie Prom,” a movie musical best described as an amusing anecdote of atomic adolescent angst! “Vin Marcello is a director to watch…a mix between John Waters and Tim Burton,” says Itier. “The living and the dead are rock ‘n’ rolling between heaven and hell in this film. It is a blasting ride…be sure to fasten your heart and seatbelt!”
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PBiFF scores points for Positive International Relations with Iran and Kosovo

Aside from National Inquirer worthy diva distractions
that had nothing to do with Florida Film making, PBiFF
still provided an opportunity for international film
makers.

Iran's "Elephant Cemetery"
is Director Mehran Vaziri film
about the circle of life.

"Kosovo Desparate Search"
is the first film to come out of Albania in fifty years.
The film looks at the consequences of the Kosovo War on Albania.
In fact, during the Gala, the production crew was shooting additional
footage for their film.

Despite the natural language barriers,
both the Albania and Iranian film makers provided
positive reflections about opportunities provided by
the United States.
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PBiFF serves the Young and Hopeful

Opportunities for education and entrepreneurship is
the name of the game at film festivals.

Writer and actor Josh Alexander made the most of his
opportunities with his positive promotion of his movie
“Backseat.”

With is leg in a cast, Fernandina High
School student Matt Pipes walked off with the
Animation Award about a non returnable item that
returns itself.
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Benji and Joe Camp redeem the PBiFF

In terms of celebrity community service, the 11th
annual lacked the espirit de coups of the previous
year's honorees, Fay Wray, Michael Clark Duncan,
Shoreh Agadashloo, Ben Gazzera, Patrcia Heaton, Peter
Boyle and Louise Fletcher.

At least Benji the dog provided a three hour
personal appearance Sunday afternoon during the family
event. Benji received an early award at the Saturday
Night Gala. The canine's confidant, Joe Camp, acknowledged
the students in the audience with the following
advice;

"In the beginning, making movies is full of fun and
glamour. Yet do the job responsibly and try to make a
positive influence."