October 30th, 2012

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FLiFF MOLLY PARKER

Actress Molly Parker, along with director Julia Dyer, will attend screenings of their new film The Playroom during the 27th Annual Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (FLiFF), from November 1-3. The Playroom, a trip to the dark side of suburbia, is Dyer's brilliant production of her sister Gretchen's screenplay. Parker magnificently portrays the calculating, manipulative, selfish and self-destructive, Donna, while Oscar nominated actor John Hawkes portrays her steely - just a degree from boiling - husband, Martin.

An actress of fierce intelligence, strength and delicacy, Molly Parker consistently garners acclaim for her craft and her bold, diverse choices in characters. In NBC's drama "The Firm", Parker starred as Abby McDeere, whose life wasn't the same after she helped her husband, Mitch McDeere (Josh Lucas), bring down a Memphis law firm that was a front for the Chicago mob. She also starred for more than three seasons on HBO's critically heralded "Deadwood" as Alma Garrett, the former New York society woman who reinvents herself by working her claim, adopting an orphan girl and falling for Seth Bullock (Timothy Olyphant). She also portrayed Rabbi Ari on the award-winning series "Six Feet Under."

Parker made her feature-film debut as an alluring necrophiliac in Lynne Stopkewich's "Kissed," for which she received a Genie Award for Best Actress. Her film credits also include: "The Road," in which she starred opposite Viggo Mortensen and Charlize Theron. She starred with Ben Affleck, Adrien Brody and Diane Lane in Focus Features' "Hollywoodland," and in the cult classic "The Wicker Man," opposite Nicolas Cage and Ellen Burstyn.

Parker won the Best Actress Award at the Beverly Hills Film Festival for her work opposite Lukas Haas and Adam Scott in Matt Bissonnette's independent feature "Who Loves the Sun." In addition, she can be seen in Rodrigo Garcia's critically acclaimed "Nine Lives," which topped numerous critics' best films of 2005 lists.

Parker's credits also include Wayne Wang's "Center of the World" (Independent Spirit Award nomination, Best Female Lead) opposite Peter Sarsgaard; the Golden Globe-nominated drama "Sunshine," in which she co-starred with Ralph Fiennes and Rachel Weisz; Keith Gordon's "Waking the Dead," with Billy Crudup and Jennifer Connelly; Menno Meyjes' "Max," co-starring John Cusack; and Michael Winterbottom's acclaimed "Wonderland," which filmed in London and premiered in competition at the Cannes Film Festival.

She also starred in "Marion Bridge" (Genie Award winner, Best Supporting Actress); "Looking for Leonard," which she also executive produced; the comedies "Men with Brooms" and "Last Wedding," for which she received Genie Award nominations; "Rare Birds" with William Hurt; "The Five Senses" with Mary Louise-Parker; and the Venice Film Festival entry "Suspicious River."
More recently she starred in "Trigger" opposite Tracy Wright, "That's What I Am" opposite Ed Harris, and "Oliver Sherman" opposite Donal Logue.

In THE PLAYROOM, Donna (Parks) and Martin (Hawkes) share their suburban home with their four children. It's not Ossie & Harriet or June & Ward...mom and dad seem to have gotten their DNA from Edward Albee. The kids, outwardly seem fairly normal especially considering their roots. Martin and Donna like to entertain at home and it appears their friends, Nadia and Clark enjoy coming over for drinks and dinner and drinks... On this particular night, the kids assume their station, that being the upstairs playroom. But the fun and games don't stop there.

THE PLAYROOM Film Schedule:
November 1, 9:00pm @ Muvico Pompano 18 - 2315 N. Federal Hwy., Pompano Bch, 33062
November 2, 7:00pm @ Cinema Paradiso - 503 SE 6 Street, Fort Lauderdale, F 33301
November 3, 7:00pm @ Sunrise Civic Center Theater - 10610 W Oakland Park Blvd Sunrise, FL 33351

Admission: $10 general admission / $8 seniors & students / $6 FLiFF members

For more details and advance tickets: visit www.FLiFF.com or call 954-525-3456
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FLiFF 27 CARROLL BAKER & BLANCHE BAKER

Carroll Baker, the Oscar nominated actress for her role in the film Baby Doll, and daughter Blanche Baker, an actress and writer, will attend the 27th Annual Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival November 3 & 4.

Carroll Baker, captivated movie-going audiences in one of her first films, Giant and is remembered for her roles in The Big Country and The Carpetbaggers among many more. Her later screen work includes such films as Andy Warhol’s Bad, The Watcher in the Woods with Bette Davis, Star 80 with Mariel Hemingway, Ironweed with Jack Nicholson, and Kindergarten Cop with Arnold Schwarzenegger. Additionally, she has starred in three Broadway plays and is the author of three books, Baby Doll: An Autobiography, To Africa with Love and the novel, A Roman Tale. FLiFF will present Carroll with a Lifetime Achievement Award on November 4th.

Blanche Baker, earned an Emmy Award for her work in the television mini-series Holocaust. Her early film career include: Sixteen Candles, The Handmaid’s Tale, Shakedown, Raw Deal, Living Large, French Postcards and The Seduction Of Joe Tynan. She also previously won acclaim for her roles in the original Off Broadway productions of Steel Magnolias and Poor Little Lambs among others. On Broadway she played the title role in Edward Albee’s Lolita opposite Donald Sutherland. In 2011 Blanche co-wrote and starred in The Grand Theft and wrote two short films Yay, My Parents Are Gay and Sex and Honey . She recently played opposite Robert Loggia in The Life Zone and Kevin Bacon in the HBO film Taking Chance. Blanche also wrote and stars in Ruth Madoff Occupies Wall Street which will screen at FLiFF on November 3rd along with Hypothermia in which she stars opposite Michael Rooker.

On November 3, Carroll and Blanche will attend a 5:45PM wine reception at Seventh Street Wine Company. The event, in honor of Carroll Baker, will include a wine card plus hors d'oeuvres.
Tickets: $35 general admission / $30 FLiFF Members.
Venue: Seventh Street Wine Company, 701 S Federal Hwy, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316

After the reception at 8:45pm at Sunrise Civic Center theater, Blanche Baker will attend the screenings of Ruth Madoff Occupies Wall Street a short film in which Blanche stars and also wrote and the feature film also starring Blanche -- Hypothermia, a thriller about two families at the remote frozen lake who become prey to something that awakens under the ice.
Tickets are: $10 general admission / $8 Seniors & Students / $6 FLiFF Members.
Venue: Sunrise Civic Center Theater, 10610 W Oakland Park Blvd Sunrise, FL 33351

On November 4, 6:45pm at Cinema Paradiso, FLIFF will present a Lifetime Achievement Award to Carroll Baker at a screening of the classic comedy But Not For Me also starring Clark Gable. The event includes a moderated Q&A with film historian, Foster Hirsch.
Tickets: $12 General Admission, $10 Seniors & Students, $8 FLiFF Members
Venue: Cinema Paradiso, 503 SE 6 Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

For more details and advance tickets: visit http://us.mg1.mail.yahoo.com/neo/www.FLiFF.com%20 or call 954-525-3456.


MORE ABOUT CARROLL BAKER
Carroll Baker captivated moviegoers in one of her first films, Giant, directed by George Stevens and co-starring James Dean, Elizabeth Taylor and Rock Hudson. However, prior to making movies she worked as a dancer and performed a magic act on the nightclub and stage circuit in Florida where she was even crowned Miss Florida Fruits and Vegetables! Wanting to expand her career beyond a magic act, Ms. Baker enrolled in the prestigious Actors Studio and gained the attention of stage and film producers.
She followed her work in Giant with Elia Kazan’s Baby Doll, for which she received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress in a Leading Role for her portrayal of the title character. Following her performances in Giant and Baby Doll, Ms. Baker won the Golden Globe Award as Most Promising Newcomer. She then went on to star in a variety of films including the delightful comedy, But Not for Me, co-starring Clark Gable. Of her work with Mr. Gable, Ms. Baker once said, “When he kissed me, they had to carry me off the set!”
Some of her other films include The Big Country, directed by William Wyler and co-starring Gregory Peck and Charlton Heston, The Carpetbaggers with Alan Ladd, which was the highest grossing film of 1964, John Ford’s Cheyenne Autumn with Richard Widmark and James Stewart, Harlow, in which she portrayed film legend Jean Harlow, Bridge to the Sun with James Shigeta, and the epic western How the West Was Won. While shooting the film Mister Moses with Robert Mitchum on location in Africa , she caught the eye of a Masai Chieftan who offered the studio 150 cows, 200 goats and sheep and $750 in trade for her, but no deal was made!
Her later screen work includes such films as Andy Warhol’s Bad, The Watcher in the Woods with Bette Davis, Star 80 with Mariel Hemingway, Ironweed with Jack Nicholson, and Kindergarten Cop with Arnold Schwarzenegger. In addition to her work in theatrical films, Ms. Baker has also appeared in a number of television movies, including the critically acclaimed Heart Full of Rain and on several television series. Additionally, she has starred in three Broadway plays and is the author of three books, Baby Doll: An Autobiography, To Africa with Love and the novel, A Roman Tale.

MORE ABOUT BLANCHE BAKER
Blanche Baker wrote and stars in Ruth Madoff Occupies Wall Street. In 2011 she also co-wrote and starred in The Grand Theft and wrote two short films Yay, My Parents Are Gay and Sex and Honey . She recently played opposite Michael Rooker in Hypothermia , Robert Loggia in The Life Zone and Kevin Bacon in the HBO film Taking Chance. Independent film credits include leading roles in Jersey Justice and The Girl Next Door .

Her recent theater work includes Christopher Durang’s The Vietnamization Of New Jersey at the Howard Clurman Theater. Ms. Baker began her stage career with the Yale Repertory Theatre, where she starred in The Wild Duck directed by Robert Brustein and White Marriage directed by Andrzej Wajda. She previously won acclaim for her roles in the original Off Broadway productions of Steel Magnolias and Poor Little Lambs among others. On Broadway she played the title role in Edward Albee’s Lolita opposite Donald Sutherland.

Her other feature films include Sixteen Candles, The Handmaid’s Tale, Shakedown, Raw Deal, Living Large, French Postcards and The Seduction Of Joe Tynan. On television, her numerous credits eventually earned her an Emmy Award for her work in the mini-series “Holocaust.”
2009-2011 Film Credits
“The Life Zone” Dr. Victoria Wise, Director – Rod Weber
"Hypothermia" Helen Pelletier, Director - James Felix McKenney
"Taking Chance" Chris Phelps, Director - Ross Katz
"Whisper Me A Lullaby" Aunt Jane, Director - Christinia Vinsick
“An Affirmative Act” Lori Belmont, Director – Jana Mattioli
2006-2009 Credits
Lead role in Independent film “The Girl Next Door” Director – Gregory Wilson
Cameo role in Independent Film “Fake” Director – Greg Friedle
Lead role in Independent film “Jersey Justice” Director – John Charles Hunt
Lead role in Independent film "Jackrabbit Sky" Director – Andrew Bergmann
Lead role in "The Vietnamization of New Jersey" The Beckett Theatre, NYC
Lead role in “Knowing Bliss” Teatro La Tea, NYC
Lead role in short film “The Rehearsal”
Lead role in short film "Science Fair"
Guest Spot on "Law and Order"
Voiceovers for Rand McNally and IBM Forward/View
National Print Ad for Verizon
Select Motion Pictures
Select Motion Pictures
"THE HANDMAID'S TALE" Ofglen, Director - Volker Schlondorf (Cinecom)
"SHAKEDOWN" Gail, Director - Jim Glickenhaus (Universal)
"RAW DEAL" Amy, Director - John Irvin (DeLaurentis)
"SIXTEEN CANDLES" Ginny, Director - John Hughes (Universal)
"THE SEDUCTION OF JOE TYNAN" Janet, Director - Jerry Schatzberg (Universal)
"LIVING LARGE" Kate, Director - Michael Shultz (Samuel Goldwyn)

Select Television
TV Movies
"NOBODY'S CHILD" Shari, Director - Lee Grant (CBS-TV)
"THE DAY THE BUBBLE BURST" Jolan, Director - Joe Hardy (NBC-TV)
"HOLOCAUST" Anna, Director - Marvin Chomsky (NBC-TV)
Emmy Award (For Best Supporting Actress in a Limited Series)

Guest Spots
"IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT" Director - Reza Badiyi (NBC-TV)
"THE TRIALS OF ROSIE O'NEILL" Director - Sharon Miller (CBS-TV)
"DAVIS RULES" Director - James Widdows (CBS-TV)
"LAW AND ORDER" Director - Ed Sherin (NBC-TV)
Broadway
"LOLITA" Lolita, Director - Frank Dunlop
Off Broadway
"STEEL MAGNOLIAS" Shelby, Director - Pamela Berlin
"YOUNG PLAYWRIGHTS FESTIVAL" Prom Date, Director - Garland Wright
"HANNAH" Hannah, Director - Anna Sokolow
"POOR LITTLE LAMBS" Claire, Director - Jack Hofsiss
"THE WILD DUCK" Hedvig, Director - Robert Brustein
"WHITE MARRIAGE" Pauline, Director - Andrzej Wajda