Nantucket Kicks Off 10th Fest Tomorrow in Massachusetts
by Eugene Hernandez
The 10th edition of the Nantucket Film Festival will kick-off tomorrow in Massachusetts with the North American premiere of Jim Jarmusch's "Broken Flowers," fresh from its Grand Prix win at the Festival de Cannes last month. The event will continue through Sunday at the popular New England island resort. Andrew and Luke Wilson's "The Wendell Baker Story" will close the festival.
Steve Martin will receive the NBC Universal Screenwriters Tribute, presented by Lorne Michaels and hosted again by network news anchor Brian Williams. Peter Farrelly will be back at the festival this year hosting the popular Late Night Storytelling event.
The festival's staged reading Ben Stiller will direct this year. The film, "Spectacle: Part One of the Mark Rosen Chronicles," from a script by Stacey Weiss and Dan Chariton and produced by Stiller's Red Hour Films. It will feature Stiller along with actors Macaulay Culkin, David Krumholtz, Robert Sean Leonard, John Slattery, Michael Boatman, Heather Burns. The film will also present a reading of "9/11 Kevin," a winning script from Triggerstreet.com's screenplay competition with ScriptShark.
Festival Executive Director Jill Burkhart, Artistic Director Mystelle Brabbée and Festival Programmer Tom Hall recently unveiled plans for the annual event, which focuses each year on screenwriting.
Among the films set to screen at this year's festival include Jessica Sanders and Marc Simon's "After Innocence," Paul Provenza and Penn Jillette's "The Aristocrats," Craig Lucas' "The Dying Gaul," Ralph Arlyck's "Following Sean," Danny Leiner's "The Great New Wonderful," Craig Brewer's "Hustle & Flow," Lodge Kerrigan's "Keane," Tim Kirkman's "Loggerheads," Miranda July's "Me And You And Everyone We Know," Henry Alex Rubin and Dana Adam Shapiro's "Murderball," Mark and Jay Duplass' "The Puffy Chair," Steve James' "Reel Paradise," Henry Corra's "Same Sex America," and Rupert Murray's "Unknown White Male." Special beach screenings will include showings of Alastair Fotherfill and Andy Byatt's "Deep Blue" doc, and a showing of Steve Martin's "Roxanne."
"Over the last 10 years the Nantucket Film Festival has established a singular niche for itself," said festival executive director Jill Burkhart. "By focusing on screenwriting the festival has blossomed into a meaningful event that's a stand-out on the film festival circuit. We're very excited to celebrate our 10th birthday!"
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