Category Archives: Film Festival


Posted by Larry Gleeson

SEATTLE, WA — April 7, 2017 — The Opening Night Gala of the 2017 Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) on Thursday, May 18 will feature the Seattle premiere of Amazon Studios’ The Big Sick. This festival favorite comes from a powerhouse team of beloved comedians including Kumail Nanjiani (best known for his acerbic and witty character in Silicon Valley), industry mogul Judd Apatow (Bridesmaids and Knocked Up), and is directed by alt-comedy legend Michael Showalter (Hello, My Name Is Doris and The Baxter). SIFF’s Opening Night Red Carpet and screening will take place at the 2,900 seat Marion Oliver McCaw Hall at Seattle Center with a celebratory party to follow at Fisher Pavilion. The 2017 Festival runs May 18 through June 11 at venues in Seattle and surrounding cities.

After opening to much acclaim at Sundance Film Festival, The Big Sick promises to electrify audiences as it kicks off the largest film festival in North America. The smart and complicated romantic comedy features Kumail Nanjiani as the star and co-writer, Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter, Ray Romano, as well as comedian friends Aidy Bryant, Bo Burnham, and Kurt Braunohler. Co-written by Nanjiani and his wife Emily V. Gordon and based on the beginnings of their relationship, Pakistan-born comedian Kumail and grad student Emily fall in love, but struggle as their cultures clash. When Emily contracts a mysterious illness, Kumail must navigate the crisis with her parents and the emotional tug-of-war between his family and his heart. Amazon Studios will release The Big Sick in limited theaters on June 23rd with an expansion set for July 14th.

SIFF Artistic Director Beth Barrett says, “We are beyond thrilled to open the doors of the 43rd Seattle International Film Festival with a film that pairs cross-cultural tension with a rawly honest love story. Amazon Studios has surfaced as one of the leading film distributors and content creators to push for strong theatrical releases, and we are honored to continue as partners with them for a second year bringing relevant and endearing films to Seattle audiences.”

Tickets for the Opening Night Gala of SIFF 2017 are now available online at, by phone at 206-324-9996, and in person at SIFF Cinema locations (Film Center, Uptown, Egyptian). Opening Night access ranges from the festive, see-it-all Film + Party Ticket to the exclusive VIP Red Carpet Experience.

The complete Festival lineup will be announced on Wednesday, May 3. Box office sales for single tickets open online, by phone, and in person for the general public on Thursday, May 4, with special advance access to SIFF members on Wednesday, May 3.

The 43rd annual Seattle International Film Festival Opening Night is presented in part by: Alaska Airlines, Wells Fargo Bank, Wells Fargo Private Bank, Amazon Studios, Brotherton – the Official Automotive Sponsor of SIFF,  Tito’s Handmade Vodka, and Lagunitas Brewing Company.


Founded in 1976, SIFF creates experiences that bring people together to discover extraordinary films from around the world with the Seattle International Film Festival, SIFF Cinema, and SIFF Education. Recognized as one of the top film festivals in North America, the Seattle International Film Festival is the largest, most highly attended film festival in the United States, reaching more than 155,000 annually. The 25-day festival is renowned for its wide-ranging and eclectic programming, presenting over 400 features, short films, and documentaries from over 80 countries each year. SIFF Cinema exhibits premiere theatrical engagements, repertory, classic, and revival film showings 365 days a year on five screens at the SIFF Cinema Uptown, SIFF Cinema Egyptian, and SIFF Film Center, reaching more than 175,000 attendees annually. SIFF Education offers educational programs for all audiences serving more than 13,000 students and youth in the community with free programs each year.

(Source: Press release provided by Nikki Croney/BWR)

Newport Beach Film Festival 2017

Posted by Larry Gleeson

Orange County’s largest entertainment event will bring 350 films and nightly gala events to over 50,000 film fans.

The Newport Beach Film Festival (themed “Go Deeper”) marches into its 18th year with a diverse collection of studio and independent films from around the globe that are sure to make it one of the strongest events to date. The festival experience allows attendees to “go deeper” with the films, with access to filmmakers, actors and others involved in the internal filmmaking process.

Scheduled for April 20-27, this year’s festival features more than 350 films from 50 different countries shown at The Lido Theater, Island Cinema, Edwards Big Newport and The Triangle Cinema. Attendees also can expect nightly special events, red carpet galas, compelling conversations with filmmakers, international spotlight events and seminars, as well as opportunities to mingle with celebrities, filmmakers from around the globe and film industry professionals in a beautiful seaside setting.


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Newport Beach Film Festival (NBFF) Sponsors, Mark and Ann Danner, outside Edwards Newport Big 6 Cinema, at the 2016 NBFF Opening Night Film & Gala. (Photo credit: Larry Gleeson/HollywoodGlee)

Lights, Camera, Action!

Look for world, North American and U.S. premieres — along with films boasting O.C. connections — including “The Long Way Back”; “Don’t Tell”; and “Score: A Film Music Documentary”; and “Paris Can Wait.” Several events also will take place during the festival, including the Opening Night Gala April 20 at 7:30 p.m. at Big Newport Theater, featuring a red carpet screening of the film “TAKE EVERY WAVE: The Life of Laird Hamilton,” the remarkable story of the American icon and innovator who changed the sport of big wave surfing forever. A special treat? Laird and his wife, model and professional Volleyball player Gabrielle Reece, will be in attendance. That’s followed by the Opening Night Gala at Fashion Island from 10 p.m.-1 p.m. with tastings from more than 30 of O.C.’s top restaurants ($175/$225).

Tickets and Passes Are Available Now!


With an estimated 50,000 people expected to attend this year’s festival during its eight-day run, local hoteliers including the Island Hotel, Hyatt Regency Newport Beach and Marriott Newport Beach also have been working in partnership with the festival to create some special accommodations.

Newport Beach Film Festival Mission

The Newport Beach Film Festival seeks to bring to Orange County the best of classic and contemporary filmmaking from around the world. Committed to enlightening the public with a first-class international film program as well as providing a forum for cultural understanding and enriching educational opportunities, the Festival focuses on showcasing a diverse collection of both studio and independent films. The Festival supports the creation and advancement of innovative and artistic cinematic works from both emerging and seasoned filmmakers and proudly embraces the passion, vision, and independent spirit of these talented artists. With the integration of the local community and educational institutions, the Festival stimulates an interest in the study and appreciation of film.


NBFF Mission


For more information on the Newport Beach Film Festival visit

(Sources:, “Newport Beach Blog: An Unmatched Experience.” written by Wendy Bowman)

2017 TCM Classic Film Fesival: Day Two Recap

Posted by Larry Gleeson

On day two of the festival, we celebrated Carl Reiner & Rob Reiner with a Hand & Footprint Ceremony, spent time with Mel Brooks and Peter Bogdanovich. Once again, TCM Host Tiffany Vasquez leads as she shares more highlights from the 8th Annual TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood, Californa:


(Source: TCM press room)

TCM Opens 8th Annual TCM Classic Film Festival

Posted by Larry Gleeson

TCM kicked off opening night of the 8th annual TCM Classic Film Festival celebrating the 50th anniversary of  In The Heat of the Night. TCM executives joined Hollywood legend Sidney Poitier, as well as producer Walter Mirisch, director Norman Jewison, actress Lee Grant and award-winning composer Quincy Jones who were on hand to discuss the film which is considered to be a landmark of its time.

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Pictured Left to Right Image 1:
First Row: Walter Mirisch, Sidney Poitier, Quincy Jones
Second Row: Ben Mankiewicz, Host, Turner Classic Movies; Charlie Tabesh, Senior Vice President, Programming and Production, Turner Classic Movies; Norman Jewison, Lee Grant
Third Row: Charlie Tabesh, Senior Vice President, Programming and Production, Turner Classic Movies; Genevieve McGillicuddy, Director TCM Classic Film Festival; Coleman Breland, President Turner Classic Movies and Turner Content Distribution

Pictured Left to Right Image 2:
First Row: Walter Mirisch, Sidney Poitier, Quincy Jones
Second Row: Norman Jewison, Lee Grant

Pictured Left to Right Image 3:
Coleman Breland, President Turner Classic Movies and Turner Content Distribution, Pola Changnon, Senior Vice President, Creative, Brand and Marketing, Turner Classic Movies; Genevieve McGillicuddy, Director TCM Classic Film Festival; Walter Mirisch; Ben Mankiewicz, Host, Turner Classic Movies; Lee Grant; Charlie Tabesh, Senior Vice President, Programming and Production; Turner Classic Movies, Charlie Tabesh, Senior Vice President Programming and Production; Turner Classic Movies


Stay tuned for more including the Rob and Carl Reiner Hand and Footprint Ceremony.

(Press materials provided by TCM press office)