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Florida Film Festival to Open with Orlando-Produced ‘Renee’; Feature Talk with Barry Levinson

Florida Film Festival to Open with Orlando-Produced 'Renee'; Feature Talk with Barry Levinson

The 2012 Florida Film Festival will be celebrating its 21st anniversary this year with a line-up of 168 films including 28 world premieres.

The festival will kick off with Nathan Frankowski’s drama “Renee,” which was filmed in Orlando, Florida.

Academy Award winning director Barry Levinson will also be on hand April 21 to present and discuss his 1999 film “Liberty Heights.”

More details can be found at FloridaFilmFestival.com.

Full press release below:

The 2012 Festival Presents “An Afternoon With” Academy Award® Winner
Barry Levinson Featuring Live Q&A and Screening of “Liberty Heights”
Top Chef Star Marcel Vigneron Joins Other Culinary Superstars for Food Forum
And Saturday Night Feast

Film Schedule Officially Launched Online at FloridaFilmFestival.com with More Entries, Films, Represented Countries, and World Premieres Than Ever Before
Orlando, FL –  It’s a great time to be a film enthusiast in Central Florida. Last night, the 2012 Florida Film Festival announced a stellar lineup of 168 films representing 31 countries.  In a record-breaking year, the Festival received more entries (1700+) and is offering more films and World Premieres (28) than ever before.
Academy Award®-winning director, screenwriter, and producer Barry Levinson will present Liberty Heights, a humorous and touching drama that captures the spirit of change in Baltimore circa 1954 on Saturday, April 21 at Enzian.  His lengthy list of credits includes Rain Man (Best Director Academy Award®), Bugsy, And Justice for All, Diner, Avalon, Wag the Dog, The Natural, Good Morning Vietnam, and HBO’s You Don’t Know Jack.  Levinson will engage the audience with a live Q&A following the film.
Foodies will unite for a one-of-a-kind discussion on books, blogs, television, and film provided by culinary superstars Marcel Vigneron (Syfy Network’s Marcel’s Quantum Kitchen, Bravo’s Top Chef), Chad J. Galiano, Gui Alinat, Jeff Potter, and Martha Hall Foose. These food connoisseurs will discuss everything from fame and chef brands to how to stand out amongst thousands of foodie bloggers.  Devour the latest scoop on current topics in the food world and savor tasty treats prepared by the Enzian kitchen.  The celebration of food continues that evening with the Saturday Evening Feast.  Winter Park’s own renowned Chef Brandon McGlamery will prepare an unforgettable meal at Luma on Park Ave.  This exclusive, upscale event is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for any foodie.  Seating is extremely limited. Dine with special guests from the Taste & Presentation food forum including Marcel Vigneron.
The Festival opens with Orlando production RENEE.  Director Nathan Frankowski and other special guests will be on hand for a live Q&A on Friday, April 13, 7PM.  Also that evening, the Opening Night Party kicks off at Enzian.  Jam to the tunes of The Mud Flappers and dine on the best of local cuisine.  Top local chefs serve up mouthwatering dishes from Eden Bar, The Ravenous Pig, White Wolf Café, K Restaurant, Black Bean Deli, Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress, and Sushi Pop!
The 2012 Festival, sponsored by Full Sail University, runs April 13-22 in Maitland, Winter Park, and Winter Garden. Venues include Enzian, Regal Winter Park Village 20, Eden Bar, Central Park in Winter Park, and Garden Theatre in Winter Garden.
The complete schedule of films and events is officially launched and available online at www.FloridaFilmFestival.com.  A free downloadable guide is available online and can also be accessed via smartphones.
To purchase Festival passes and ticket packages, visit www.FloridaFilmFestival.com.  Festival pass holders gain access to all regular films.  Ticket package holders can redeem film vouchers for individual film tickets before they are available to the public.  Early redemption occurs until Saturday, March 24.  Individual film tickets go on sale to the general public on Sunday, March 25.  Ticket prices start at $10.

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