Get ready for the time of your life at the 2019 Fort Myers Film Festival to be held April 10-14.
The Fort Myers Film Festival is proud to announce the opening night film kicking off the 9th annual premiere event April 10, 2019 is "A Man and His Trumpet: The Leroy Jones Story." The red carpet party rolls out at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center at 5:30 p.m. The film starts at 7 p.m. with afterparty on the stage to follow with stars and cast attending the Fort Myers Film Festival. A VIP membership to the whole festival is $295.
In a city full of brilliant musicians, Leroy Jones, trumpet virtuoso and consummate New Orleanian, is a musician’s musician. Follow Jones life journey as he came up playing on the streets of the Saint Bernard Projects, quickly establishing himself as one of NOLA’s most sought after trumpeters, founding the legendary Fairview Baptist Brass Band and Hurricane Brass Band which lead to the revival of the brass band scene in New Orleans. Leroy Jones eventually catches the ear of Harry Connick Jr. and ends up becoming Connick’s solo trumpeter, touring and recording with the Harry Connick Big Band for over 20 years. A decade after the storm that nearly destroyed his beloved city, Jones is navigating life as both a world renowned musician and a citizen amidst a rapidly changing New Orleans.
The Fort Myers Film Festival’s 9th annual festival will be held in the sunny, beautiful SW Florida region April 10-14, 2019 at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center, Alliance for the Arts, Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre, Edison & Ford Winter Estates, Florida Southwestern College and IMAG with parties and dinners at Blu Sushi, Twisted Vine Bistro, Firestone and other select venues.
The Black Tie Red Carpet Opening Night Gala will be celebrated with excitement and style April 10, 2019 at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center at 7 p.m. The opening night film "A Man and His Trumpet: The Leroy Jones Story," directed by Cameron Washington 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. Attending will be Mr. Washington and featured jazz trumpeter Leroy Jones. Tickets are $25 for movie only or $150 for movie and Red Carpet After Party which will inlude a fabulous full jazz concert featuring Mr. Jones and an after party including fully-stocked bar and a chance to meet with the stars of the evening’s film, other filmmakers and event VIPs. The event will provide the delicious culinary experience of G3 catering. The event will benefit the Raddatz Foundation and Florida Arts Inc. Watch last year’s video here http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=10150579767950565
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Then join us for all of the programming from April 11-14, 2019 at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center. Films are $10 the rest of the festival. Finish off the weeklong celebration on Sunday, April 14, 2019 with a champagne & dessert awards ceremony at the Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre. Tickets are only $15. Join all of the local and international filmmakers as we 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.
Enjoy a screening under the stars at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates Thursday, April 11 at 6 p.m. Enjoy this outdoor screening in the backyard of the home of the inventor of film Thomas Edison by with the films "A Tale of Two Halgrims," by Ilene Saffron, "The Great Train Robbery," from 1903 produced in Edison's lab and "Coach" by filmmaker Jordan Axelrod. Tickets are $10 with and introduction by filmmaker Ilene Safron and remarks by director Michael Flanders.
Enjoy a screening at IMAG Friday, April 12 at 6 p.m.
See "Fly Like a Girl." a film of a movement of young girls and women relentlessly pursuing their passion for aviation by Katie McEntire Wiatt with a meet and greet Q&A afterwards. Tickets are $10.
Enjoy a screening at Alliance for the Arts Friday, April 12 at 6:30 p.m. Watch "Eliades Ochoa From Cuba To The World." by Ruben Gomez documenting the live of Buena Vista Social Club founder. With treats, music and a Q&A to follow. Tickets are $10.
Enjoy screenings at the Screenings at Florida Southwestern State College April 11 and 12 at the Rush Library Auditorium, Lee Campus. Exact films are TBA.
Then in a climactic champagne and dessert awards gala dinner to be held at the Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre at 1380 Colonial Blvd. Fort Myers, FL, Sunday, April 14, 2019, where the Fort Myers Film Festival will honor the winners to categories in the 9th annual Fort Myers Film Festival with a showing of one award winning film and first ever Fort Myers Film Festival Edison award for distinct innovation and invention in film. Reception starts at 7 p.m. Entertainment and afterparty TBA.
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!
The Fort Myers Film Festival supports Lee County Schools filmmakers, Raddatz Foundation, Florida Arts Inc. and Golisano’s Children’s Hospital. Sponsored by UNIT A, Florida Weekly, Bennett’s Fresh Roast Coffee, Twisted Vine Bistro, Blu Sushi, J. Bert Davis M.D., F.A.C.S, Facial Surgeon, La Trattoria, Cafe Napole, Sam Galloway Ford, Black Tie Tuxedos, Best Western Waterfront, Riverside Realty, Blu Sushi, Douglas E. Spiegel. P.A., Capone’s Pizza, and Kearns Restaurant Group.
The Fort Myers Film Festival was awarded the prestigious 2015 Chrysalis Award for Cultural Achievement by the Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau and the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce Inc. at their annual Celebration of Business & Tourism Awards Luncheon and Trade Show at the Harborside Event Center in downtown Fort Myers.