September 7th, 2006

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Finkelstein to moderate Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival’s event commemorating 9/11

Howard Finkelstein, the Chief Public Defender for Broward County, and South Florida’s legal advisor on Fox Affliate Channel 7’s weekly news segment "Help Me Howard," will participate in Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival’s event commemorating the Fifth Anniversary of 9-11. The tribute, which takes place at Cinema Paradiso on September 11 at 6:30pm, begins with a color guard presentation by local firefighters, and an opening meditation by Rick Hunter, lead pastor at the City Church. The event, which benefits Broward County Firefighters, will be an evening of history, healing, and hope.

Howard Finkelstein who is responsible for creating and establishing the nation's first Mental Health Court, dedicates time to advocating for the poor, developmentally disabled and the mentally ill. Throughout his career, he has been recognized for his outstanding work in not only the legal field but, for his humanitarian efforts and contributions to the community.

Howard, a man committed to help in healing the world, will moderate an open discussion after a special screening of "THE GUYS," a powerfully moving film about a New York City journalist (Sigourney Weaver) who is called upon to help a fire captain (Anthony LaPaglia) write a series of eulogies for the men he lost at the World Trade Center and in turn helps him work through his grief.

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.

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.
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FLiFF Student Competition announces their final call

Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (FLIFF) announces their final call for entries for their 2006 High School Film Competition. The event, will take place at Cinema Paradiso, October 21, from 9:30 a.m – 11:00 a.m., during the festival’s 21st Annual Event.

As part of the morning event, student filmmakers can participate in an open discussion with Robin Cowie, the producer of The Blair Witch Project. In addition, Kodak will offer a seminar to help students shoot their own 35mm film. Kodak will develop the film and send them a DVD. FLIFF will showcase the top High School entries. Of these films, a panel of judges will select the top three in each category and present awards to the top films.

Films must be 5 minutes or less in length. The four categories are Narrative, Documentary, Music Video, and Experimental. Entries must be submitted in VHS, DVD, or Mini DV formats. The Fee to enter a film is $10. Deadline for Entries is September 30.

Entry forms for submissions are accepted via or by downloading and completing the film submission form which is available on-line at

For additional information, entrants may email with subject line: FLIFF High School Competition or call 954-760-9898 ext. 101.
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"Literary Cinema's" 3rd season opens with Kurt Vonnegut's most famous novel

For the second year in a row, "Literary Cinema" will be sponsored in part by the Bonnie Deborah Kafin Literary Fund with plans to distribute free copies of Jane Austen’s "Sense and Sensibility" for future screenings.

From the written word to the moving image, this 3rd Season of "Literary Cinema" features the most ambitious titles yet. Each presentation with discussion begins at 1PM, Saturdays in the Main Library Auditorium.

George Roy Hill directed Kurt Vonnegut's most famous novel about Billy Pilgrim, a man unstuck in time. While the original theme of Vonnegut's book "Slaughterhouse-5" was to be anti-war, the author comes to grips with Socrates's philosophy that only the dead have seen the end of war. From this premise, this wild movie finds a way to be both comic and life affirming. The R-rated film costars a very naked Valerie Perrine, Eugene Roche, Ron Leibman and Michael Sacks as Billy Pilgrim