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Fort Myers Film Festival names "Most Likely to Succeed," "Hardy" opening, closing films for fifth season to be held March 25-29, 2015

JUST ANNOUNCED—The opening night film kicking off the Fort Myers Film Festival's fifth season March 25-29, 2015 will be "Most Likely to Succeed," a film that examines the history of education in the United States, exploring growing shortcomings of conventional education that many parents, teachers and administrators feel frustrated about, introducing new methods that adapt to today's innovative world. The film reveals compelling new approaches that aim to revolutionize teaching as we know it. The film has only played at Sundance earlier this year and will certainly make waves in the industry in months to come, especially with so much frustration from teachers, students, administrators and legislators who all seem agree that they are uncertain of the direction we are going when it comes to the all important responsibility of educating our children. From school boards recently voting off of state standards to legislation starting to address testing driven by "core values" and dependent on big companies that sell data driven tests to the state, one thing for sure is we need to start the conversation about this hot issue. See the Florida premiere of the film at the Fort Myers Film Festival with the filmmakers, students and many in the educationa fieldl to be in attendance. A Q&A will follow with the filmmakers in attendance.

Tickets are on sale now— $19 for general admission or $99 for VIP, who will enjoy a star studded backstage afterparty, with music, dancing, fully-stocked bar and chance to meet with filmmakers from all over the world who have come in for the 5th annual Fort Myers Film Festival. The event will provide the delicious foods from The Mermaid Garden Cafe, Crave Culinaire, Aux Delices, White Pear catering and more. Watch last years video here http://www.facebook.com/ video/ video.php?v=101505797679505 65. To buy tickets go to http://www.bbmannpah.com/performance.php?id=646

The closing night film, finishing off the weeklong celebration Sunday, March 29, 2015 at 1 p.m. will be the Florida premiere of "Hardy," with champagne, awards and brunch ceremony with cast and crew at the Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre. "Hardy," directed by Natasha Verma, is the story of Heather Hardy, a female boxer, who rises above the inequalities in professional boxing and aspires to become a world champion as she struggles to provide a life as a single parent.

The film is based on champion boxer Heather Hardy who this year alone has been featured on Good Day New York, New York Times, the Daily News and more. She is one of two, of the first women to box at the famous Barclay Center in Brooklyn, NY this year, cementing her status as a must see attraction in front of a sold out crowd. The star of this film makes it highly marketable with the interest the media takes in her and her existing fan base as a champion fighter.  his compelling film goes behind the scenes to reveal the complicated life Heather lives as a single mother pursuing an uphill battle to achieve self respect and make it in a "man's sport," against the odds.

Tickets are only $25. Join all of the local and international filmmakers as the celebrate the winners of the Fort Myers Film Festival. Champagne and dessert will be shared, and toasts will be deservedly pronounced. Tickets will go on sale March 1, 2015 at www.broadwaypalm.com and www.fortmyersfilmfestival.com or by heading to the Broadway Palm Theatre.

"I can barely contain my excitement that we are opening and closing with two films of this caliber," said Eric Raddatz, director and founder of the festival. "For the last five years we've seen the power of the art of intelligent filmmaking stream through our programming. Most Likely to Succeed is the perfect look at how we might be able to improve an educational system that, lets face it, was designed in 1893. It is not fulfilling our children and I've heard this over and over from students, from teachers, from administrators and from parents. From student to parent to anyone involved in focusing on the future of educating our nation's children this is a MUST WATCH. We will have the filmmakers here for what is the only second screening in the United States, just after Sundance where it played in January of this year."

"Hardy is simply a powerful piece about the struggle of what may be the best female boxer in the world trying to make it in a man's world. Director Natasha Verma of local television station NBC-2 has worked with a first class team to produce a film that you will be glad you didn't miss. Heather Hardy will be in attendance with her trainer. And these are just the opening and closing films. Wait till we unveil our programming. This year is simply as good if not better than any film festival in the world."

The Fort Myers Film Festival's 5th annual festival will be held March 25-29, 2015 at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall, Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center, Alliance for the Arts, Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre and Regal Bell Tower 20 with parties and dinners at Twisted Vine Bistro, Blu Sushi, Firestone and other select venues.

Enjoy programming from Thursday, March 26-Sunday, March 29, 2015 at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center. Films are $10 the rest of the festival.

You can catch select films at the Regal Belltower 20 in Fort Myers March 26 & 27 from 5 p.m -- 11 p.m. and the Alliance for the Arts March 28 all afternoon. A complete schedule will be announced March 1, 2015. Tickets are available at select venues.

­A full schedule of films playing will be announced and individual tickets will go on sale March 1, 2015.

The Fort Myers Film Festival is an intelligent independent filmmaker's preferred event to create, unite and showcase the finest artistic cinematic works. The Fort Myers Film Festival is known for world-class swagger and support of local filmmakers. The festival event offers 'the most vibrant intellectual and edgy crowd to grace Lee County in decades.' The event has featured hundreds of local filmmakers and is a must attend for cineasts who love indie film and film festivals living in Lee, Collier and Charlotte counties. That's right, Fort Myers has a film festival now, so come out for the excitement! For more information go to www.fortmyersfilmfestival. com or join www.facebook.com/ fortmyersfilmfestival for updates and events. TO GET VIP TICKETS for the whole season from opener to closer, to see everything head to http://fortmyersfilmfestival.ticketleap.com/

The Fort Myers Film Festival supports Lee County Schools filmmakers and Golisano's Children's Hospital. Sponsored by Chicos, UNIT A, Florida Weekly, Garth Francis Photography, Bennett's Fresh Roast Coffee, Blu Sushi, News-Press, Twisted Vine Bistro, Firestone Bar and Grille, Patrick Buckley Law Offices, J. Bert Davis M.D., F.A.C.S, Facial Surgeon, La trattoria Cafe Napole, White Pear Catering in Bonita Springs, MusikBeats, Black Tie Tuxedos, Hampton Inn & Suites, Market Earth, Riverside Realty, The Starfish Grille, Sunshine Grille, Five Star Talent & Productions, Young Professionals Chamber of Comerce, Douglas E. Spiegel. P.A., City Tavern, Leoma Lovegrove, Kearns Restaurants, Crave Culinaire by Brian Roland and Imagen Newspapers.

The 2014-15 schedule will continue as follows:.
• Wednesday, March 25, 2015: Opening night film & party at the Barbara B.Mann. 7 p.m.
• Thursday, March 26, 2015: Official programming films at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center 11 a.m.-11 p.m. and Regal Cinema Bell Tower in Fort Myers 5-11 p.m.
• Friday, March 27, 2015: Official programming films at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center 11 a.m.-11 p.m. and Regal Cinema Bell Tower in Fort Myers 5-11 p.m.
• Saturday, March 28, 2015: Official programming films at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center 11 a.m.-11 p.m.
• Saturday, March 28, 2015: Official programming films at the Alliance for the Arts 12 p.m.-4 p.m.
• Sunday, March 29, 2015: Official programming films at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
• Sunday, March 29, 2015: Closing film & awards at the Broadway Palm Theatre 1 p.m.

The reputation for edgy and fresh programming at the Fort Myers Film Festival has gotten the attention on a global level, with films coming in from nearly over twenty countries this past season. Last year's opening night film "Alive Inside," 2014 Sundance audience-award winning story about how music can significantly and most positively impact those suffering with dementia and Alzheimer's, is one of the highest rated Amazon rentals for months with global distribution still on the horizon. The film was attended by filmmaker Michael Rossato-Bennett and Dan Cohen, founder of Musicandmemory.org, both from the film. It received by standing ovation, warm commendation from the Fort Myers mayor Randy Henderson and attending community. The year before "When I Walk" had, like "Alive Inside," only played at one or two venues, including Sundance Film Festival, making the Fort Myers Film Festival heading the pack of festivals playing new and fresh films not in distribution. It too was later picked up for major distribution with subsequent stories in Time, New York Times, CNN and others picking up on the movie months after it played here in Southwest Florida.

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More about the 5th annual Fort Myers Film Festival March 25-29, 2015

The Fort Myers Film Festival’s 5th annual festival will be held March 25-29, 2015 at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall, Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center, Alliance for the Arts, Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre and Regal Bell Tower 20 with parties and dinners at Twisted Vine Bistro, Blu Sushi, Firestone and other select venues.

Film playing will be announched and individual tickets will go on sale March 1, 2015. The Black Tie Red Carpet Gala will be celebrated with excitement and style March 25, 2015 at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall at 7 p.m. The event will begin with the red carpet rolling out, paparazzi clicking and doors opening at 5 p.m. for drinks, mingling & musical entertainment with local and international filmmakers prior to the featured movie. Tickets are on sale now— $19 for general admission or $99 for VIP, who will enjoy a star studded backstage afterparty with the stars of the opening night's films, with music, dancing, fully-stocked bar and chance to meet with the stars of the evening’s film, filmmakers and event VIP. The event will provide the delicious foods from La trattoria Cafe Napole, Crave Culinaire, Aux Delices, White Pear catering and more. Watch last years video here http://www.facebook.com/ video/ video.php?v=101505797679505 65. To buy tickets go to http://www.bbmannpah.com/ performance.php?id=646

Then come back for all of the programming from Thursday, March 26-Sunday, March 29, 2015 at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center. Films are $10 the rest of the festival. Then finish off the weeklong celebration Sunday, March 29, 2015 with closing night film "Hardy," champagne & brunch awards ceremony at the Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre. Tickets are only $25. Join all of the local and international filmmakers as the celebrate the winners of the Fort Myers Film Festival. Champagne and dessert will be shared, short award winning films will be played and toasts will be deservedly pronounced. Tickets will go on sale March 1, 2015.

You can catch select films at the Regal Belltower 20 in Fort Myers March 26 & 27 and the Alliance for the Arts March 28. Schedule will be announced March 1, 2015. Tickets are available at select venues.

The Fort Myers Film Festival is an intelligent independent filmmaker's preferred event to create, unite and showcase the finest artistic cinematic works. The Fort Myers Film Festival is known for world-class swagger and support of local filmmakers. The festival event offers ‘the most vibrant intellectual and edgy crowd to grace Lee County in decades.’ The event has featured hundreds of local filmmakers and is a must attend for cineasts who love indie film and film festivals living in Lee, Collier and Charlotte counties. That’s right, Fort Myers has a film festival now, so come out for the excitement! For more information go to www.fortmyersfilmfestival. com or join www.facebook.com/ fortmyersfilmfestival for updates and events. TO GET VIP TICKETS for the whole season to see everything head to http:// fortmyersfilmfestival.ticke tleap.com/

The popular T.G.I.M. film screening series will be held the first Monday of each month in downtown Fort Myers starting again in September 2015. T.G.I.M. features short indie films being considered for the fifth annual Fort Myers Film Festival. Those in attendance will have a say in the Fort Myers Film Festival’s March 2015 programming. T.G.I.M. takes place at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center in downtown Fort Myers. Doors open for happy hour at 6:30 p.m. with pizza from Capone's and coffee from Bennett's. Films are presented at 7 p.m.

An “afterbuzz” will be held following the film presentation at the nearby Twisted Vine Bistro, 2214 Bay St., where late night happy hour prices on drinks and appetizers are offered to T.G.I.M. audience members.

T.G.I.M. tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for seniors and students. Half-price tickets are available through the summer months for Facebook members. To learn more, visit the T.G.I.M. Indie Movies Downtown Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/events/547960958592333/ or www.fortmyersfilmfestival.com.

"We decided to try doing the show at the Davis center only the first Monday of every month this season, so that we can pay closer attention to the quality of content, of judges and musical performances," Eric Raddatz the festival director for the 5th year said. "Plus, as passionate as our attendees can be, we found that most came out about once a month or so anyway, so we intend on making every first Monday more special, more memorable and more exciting. We can really be proud that we have fresh independent films on tap all season long with the Fort Myers Film Festival and not old played films everyone can see on Netflix or pick up at WalMart. I'm fond of the fact that we have an artistically-minded community that gets that."

The reputation for edgy and fresh programming at the Fort Myers Film Festival has gotten the attention on a global level, with films coming in from nearly over twenty countries this past season. Last year's opening night film "Alive Inside," 2014 Sundance audience-award winning story about how music can significantly and most positively impact those suffering with dementia and Alzheimer's, is only now hitting the big theaters with a July 18, 2014 opening night national big city release. The film was attended by filmmaker Michael Rossato-Bennett and Dan Cohen, founder of Musicandmemory.org, both from the film. It received by standing ovation, warm commendation from the Fort Myers mayor Randy Henderson and attending community. The year before "When I Walk" had, like "Alive Inside," only played at one or two venues, including Sundance Film Festival, making the Fort Myers Film Festival heading the pack of festivals playing new and fresh films not in distribution. It too was later picked up for major distribution with subsequent stories in Time, New York Times, CNN and others picking up on the movie months after it played here in Southwest Florida.

For more information go to www.fortmyersfilmfestival.com or join www.facebook.com/fortmyersfilmfestival for updates and events.

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The Fort Myers Film Festival’s 5th annual festival will be held March 25-29, 2015. Pick up an official guide in that week's Florida Weekly or online. Films may be submitted online at www.fortmyersfilmfestival.com.

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