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.