CinemaDave (cinemadave) wrote,

FLiFF 25 Sudden passing of George Hickenlooper

The 25th Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (FLiFF25) had the momentum to be considered the best ever. Like a well oiled machine, Janet Schwartz and the loyal "FLiFF25" volunteers performed their backstage miracles with little fuss and much humor. Sadly, **FLiFF25** will be remembered for passing of 47 year old George Hickenlooper, the director Oscar mentioned "Casino Jack," starring Kevin Spacey, Barry Pepper and Kelly Preston. Upon learning Hickenlooper’s death, Gregory von Hausch, President and CEO of FLiFF commented,

"George was one of my closest friends in the industry. A three time guest and award winner at the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival, George was scheduled to be here next weekend and officially close our 25th annual fest with his brilliant new film, Casino Jack. He was a fascinating talent with an uncanny knack for storytelling. All of us at FLiFF are deeply saddened by his passing."

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