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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. Enjoy membership benefits including screenings, parties, meet and greets with the 9th annual Fort Myers Film Festival VIP ALL ACCESS PLATINUM 2019 Membership.

Enjoy a special pre-party April 9 at 5:30 p.m. at the downtown Blu Sushi welcoming all members, filmmakers, sponsors and VIPs with a spread of the best sushi in town and champagne toasts.

The Black Tie Red Carpet Opening Night Gala will be celebrated with excitement and style April 10 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. The Red Carpet VIP 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. To buy tickets go to www.sbdac.com. If you are looking for photos head to our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/fortmyersfilmfestival

Then join us for all of the programming from April 11-14, 2019 at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center. Finish off the weeklong celebration on Sunday, April 14, 2019 with a champagne & dessert awards ceremony at the Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre with private party to follow for VIP MEMBERS ONLY. 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. With 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.

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.

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

Click HERE for opening night movie and afterparty tickets are $150.

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 evening begins with the red carpet rolling out, paparazzi clicking and doors opening at 5:30 p.m. for drinks, mingling, and musical entertainment with local and international filmmakers prior to the featured movie. The opening night film “A Man and His Trumpet: The Leroy Jones Story,” directed by Cameron Washington. Mr. Washington and featured jazz trumpeter Leroy Jones will be in attendance.

VIP tickets include access to the Pre-party and the Red Carpet After Party, which will include a fabulous jazz concert featuring Mr. Jones, a fully-stocked bar with complimentary signature cocktails by List Distillery, 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 creations from G3 Catering. The event will benefit the Raddatz Foundation and Florida Arts Inc.

VIP: $150 | GA: $25

7 p.m. – A Man and His Trumpet: The Leroy Jones Story
Documentaries | Dir. by Cameron Washington
There’s millions of musicians in the world – but there’s only one Leroy Jones.
*Attending Leroy Jones and Cameron Washington

 

Click to purchase tickets to opening night movie "A Man and His Trumpet: The Leroy Jones Story" with red carpet rollout

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. To buy tickets go to www.sbdac.com. If you are looking for photos head to our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/fortmyersfilmfestival
 
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.

 

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Fort Myers Film Festival Kicks Off Ninth Season With "A Man and His Trumpet: The Leroy Jones Story

FORT MYERS, Fla. - March 11, 2019 — The Fort Myers Film Festival kicks off its 9th season April 10 with the Florida premiere of "A Man and His Trumpet: The Leroy Jones Story" at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center in downtown Fort Myers.

Jones grew up playing his trumpet on the streets of New Orleans and eventually became the solo trumpeter for Harry Connick, Jr., touring and recording with Connick for more than 20 years.The famed trumpeter also will attend the showing and will perform a jazz concert alongside local jazz greats at the afterparty.

The red carpet party rolls out at 5:30 p.m. with drinks, mingling and musical entertainment with local and international filmmakers prior to the movie at 7 p.m. Jones and filmmaker Cameron Washington also will be featured guests at the event.

Tickets are $25 for the movie only or $150 for the show and afterparty, which will include the jazz concert by Jones, drinks and hors d'oeuvres by G3 Catering. The event benefits The Raddatz Foundation and Florida Arts, Inc.

Tickets are available at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center at www.sbdac.com

"A Man and His Trumpet: The Leroy Jones Story" is the first independent film to be shown during the four-day festival April 10-14, which will feature 89 films by local and international filmmakers shown at a variety of venues, including the Alliance for the Arts, Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre, Edison & Ford Winter Estates, Florida SouthWestern College, Collaboratory, and the IMAG. Private parties and dinners also are planned at Blu Sushi, Twisted Vine Bistro, Firestone and other select homes and locations.

"This is a rare opportunity for local residents to see films that you won't see in large theaters, including some local films about our area. See one or see them all — there's plenty of entertainment for everyone, with independent films of great significance, some that will move you in ways you'd never imagine," said Fort Myers Film Festival founder Eric Raddatz.

Tickets are $10 per film. An all-access VIP membership to all events and parties is $295 per person and is available at www.fortmyersfilmfestival.com

Eric Raddatz FMFF
 

Other events include:
● SIDNEY & BERNE DAVIS ART CENTER, 2301 First St. – More than 50 films will be shown at this location throughout the four-day festival. For a complete listing of times and films, head to our 2019 PROGRAMMING GUIDE.

● SCREENING UNDER THE STARS at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates, Thursday, April 11 at 8 p.m. Outdoor screenings in the backyard of the home will be shown: "A Tale of Two Halgrims" by filmmaker Ilene Safron; "The Great Train Robbery" from 1903 produced in Edison's lab; and "Coach" by filmmaker Jordan Axelrod. Safron will make the introduction with remarks by Edison-Ford Winter Estates CEO Mike Flanders. Tickets are $10.

● FLORIDA SOUTHWESTERN STATE COLLEGE in the Rush Library Auditorium, Lee Campus, April 11 and 12. Exact Films TBA.

● IMAG HISTORY & SCIENCE CENTER, 2000 Cranford Ave. – Friday, April 12, at 6 p.m.; "Fly Like a Girl," a film about young girls and women relentlessly pursuing their passion for aviation by Katie McEntire Wiatt with a meet and greet, Q & A, afterward. Tickets are $10.

● LEE COUNTY ALLIANCE FOR THE ARTS, 10091 McGregor Boulevard - Friday, April 12, at 6:30 p.m.; "Eliades Ochoa From Cuba to the World," by Ruben Gomez, documenting the life of the Buena Vista Social Club founder; with treats, music and a Q&A afterward. Tickets are $10.

● CHAMPAGNE & DESSERT AWARDS GALA at the Broadway Palm, 1380 Colonial Blvd Sunday, April 14 at 7 p.m.: champagne and dessert awards gala, where the Fort Myers Film Festival will honor the winners with a showing of one award-winning film and the first-ever Fort Myers Film Festival Edison Award for distinct innovation and invention in film. Tickets are $15 each.

For more information and the entire listing of films go to www.fortmyersfilmfestival.com or join www.facebook.com/fortmyersfilmfestival for updates and events. VIP memberships for the entire four days of films and parties can be obtained here.

The Fort Myers Film Festival supports Lee County Schools filmmakers, Raddatz Foundation, Florida Arts, Inc., and Golisano Children's Hospital.

Sponsors are 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 de Napoli, LIst Distillery, Sam Galloway Ford, Black Tie Tuxedos, Best Western Waterfront, Riverside Realty, Douglas E. Spiegel, P.A., Capone's Pizza, Kearns Restaurant Group, and Susan Bennett Marketing & Media, L.C.

About the Fort Myers Film Festival
The Fort Myers Film Festival, in its ninth season, is an independent filmmaker's preferred event to create, unite and showcase the finest artistic cinematic works. 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 at their annual Celebration of Business & Tourism Awards Luncheon and Trade Show. The Fort Myers Film Festival was founded by Eric Raddatz, the award-winning presentation editor of Florida Weekly, regular contributor for NBC-2 in Fort Myers, and host of Fort Myers Film Festival's indie film show, "T.G.I.M."

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