GARDEN STATE FILM FESTIVAL to Debut in Atlantic City, 4/4
On Friday, April 4, 201 the Garden State Film Festival will kick off its twelfth season in its new home with a cocktail party and premier screening at Resorts Casino and Hotel. Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian will serve as Honorary Chair, emcee and cut the ribbon on the city's newest cultural event. Joining him that evening will be celebrity VIPs Ed Asner, Diane Ladd, and Stockton College professor, actor and orator Franklin Ojeda Smith, this year's Lifetime Achievement Award recipient.
Dr. Smith is a successful working character actor who arrived at his current career by circuitous route. After almost 30 years in academia and a battle with cancer, he decided to pursue his secret ambition to become a working actor and found almost immediate success. In the past decade, he has amassed dozens of film and television credits. Dr. Smith is featured in the festival selection, Pacing the Cage, screening at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 5 in Resorts Horizon.
The party begins at 7:00 p.m. with cocktails and hors d'oeuvres in the Resorts Ballroom located on the dining level at 1133 Boardwalk. It will be followed by a premier screening in the Superstar Theatre of How to Make Movies at Home, an independent comedy set in small town Maine where local filmmakers come face to face with Hollywood when the town is selected as the location for a reality tv show. The film's writer and director Morgan Nichols, producer Amy Palmo, cinematographer David Danesh, and actors Elizabeth Lardie, Ellen Soderberg, Oded Gross, John Andrew Morrison, Micia Mosely and Julie Kline are all attending and will participate in a Q&A after the screening. Mr. Nichols previous features, Jesus Freak and The Little Death received numerous awards and critical acclaim.