Garden State Film Festival to Host Premiere of FOR THE LOVE OF SPOCK

Calling all Trekkies - Set your transponders to Atlantic City for the East Coast Premier FOR THE LOVE OF SPOCK, produced by David Zappone and directed by Leonard Nimoy's son, Adam Nimoy. The globally recognized Garden State Film Festival (GSFF) is proud to share this feature length documentary which will screen on Saturday April 1, 2017 at 2:30 p.m. in Resorts Hotel & Casino - Superstar Theater during the festival weekend being held March 30- April 2, 2017 in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

For The Love of Spock tells the life of Star Trek's Mr. Spock and the actor who played him, Leonard Nimoy. The documentary is a treasure trove of behind-the-scenes clips, and photos of the actor's life. It is laden with never-before-seen footage and interviews of friends, family, fans who attended the conventions, and colleagues that include William Shatner and the original Star Trekcast, Zachary Quinto and the new crew of the Starship Enterprise, filmmaker JJ Abrams and astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson.

The film is an honest look at the life of the actor, the impact of the role on his life, and his often-rocky relationship with his son Adam.

The screening will be hosted by Star Trek actor, voice-over artist and author Steven Lance. Immediately following the screening, Lance will host the seminar, Where One Man Has Gone Before -Star Trek: From Cancellation to Convention to The Motion Picture.

Lance will share his story of getting the call from Gene Roddenberry's office to play the role of an alien Science officer in Star Trek: The Motion Picture, and how he wound up living with James "Montgomery 'Scotty' Scott" Doohan and his family, plus anecdotes about William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelly, James Doohan, George Takei, Walter Koenig and dinner at Grace Lee "Yeoman Rand" Whitney's house and much more.

Steve's interactive, lively, fast-paced, and often fall-on-the floor funny, talk is sprinkled with hilarious impressions of the cast and jam-packed with little-known-and some never-before-known Star Trek trivia facts and anecdotes.

"Star Trek is a part of our DNA. We are thrilled to present this film that shares such a personal look at one of the most iconic characters in popular culture," said Executive Director of the festival, Margaret Fontana. "It is the GSFF's mission to bring artistic excellence and entertainment to Atlantic City and this film delivers. I hope everyone can come out and enjoy and by the way, costumes are welcome."

The action-packed weekend kicks off with its MEET THE FILMMAKER night Thursday, March 30 at Resorts Hotel & Casino's Green room. On Friday, at 6:30 p.m. the official start of the festival begins with the glamorous, star-studded Fifteenth Anniversary Gala Cocktail Party at the Resorts Hotel and Casino- Ocean Ballroom. The evening includes the Gala cocktail party, and the screening of the opening night film, the heart-warming drama "Last Man Club" starring New Jersey native actress Kate French along with James McKrell, Barry Corbin, and William Morgan Sheppard. The film follows THE JOURNEY a WW2 veteran who escapes his difficult family situation and embarks on a cross country adventure to find the last remaining members of his B-17 bomber crew with the help of a beautiful accomplice.
The full slate of 216 films, seminars and events starts on Saturday and runs through Sundayafternoon, including after parties, panel discussions, Q&A sessions, and an open casting call, all culminating with the black-tie awards ceremony. All events are open to the public. Tickets for theFriday Night Gala Evening only are $25 in advance $30 at the door. Weekend passes are $45 in advance and $50 at the door, includes the Friday Night Gala and unlimited access to all events except the Black-Tie Awards Dinner. Individual screening tickets are $14in advance and $15 at the door and the Awards Dinner is $125 in advance only. All can be purchased at www.gsff.org where complete schedule information can be found.

About the Garden State Film Festival: The Garden State Film Festival (GSFF) was envisioned by 25-year film industry veteran Diane Raver and the late Hollywood actor Robert Pastorelli in 2002 and launched the following year. Since 2003, thousands of films have made their public premiers, hundreds of thousands of people from around the world have attended; and the total infusion of cash to local businesses since inception exceeds $5 million. Until 2013, the Festival was held in Asbury Park. In 2014, the Festival moved to Atlantic City with financial and operation support from the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA). GSFF now serves as a major component of the strategic plan to promote arts and culture in Atlantic City to re-establish the resort as the premier Mid-Atlantic entertainment destination. The GSFF is a 501-c-3 non-profit organization. For more information about the Garden State Film Festival, contact: info@gsff.org

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