Story by Lourice Angie
The Hoboken International Film Festivals (‘HIFF) star studded Opening Night Ceremony, held on Fri., May. 19, kicked off a week of more than 175 never before seen films and TV pilot premieres from over 25 countries. The event is taking place at the scenic Thomas P. Morahan Waterfront Park, located at 7 Windermere Ave. and at the Greenwood Lake Elks Lodge, located at 35 Chestnut St. in Greenwood Lake.
The film festival, considered to be one of the ten biggest in the world, has brought an attendance of nearly 15,000 people in past years and is expected to boost business and bring exposure to the beautiful Village of Greenwood Lake. Celebrities, filmmakers, actors, and guests were awed by the beachfront view that created a picturesque setting as they made their way down the red carpet on a clear and warm day.
Legendary actor, two-time Golden Globe winner, four-time Emmy Award Winner, and nominee, Armand Assante (“Gotti,” “Striptease,” “American Gangster,” “Private Benjamin”) was presented with the 2017 HIFF Lifetime Achievement Award by Actor Martin Kove (“The Savant,” “The Karate Kid”) during the opening night ceremonies.
Friday evening also premiered the worldwide screening of “The Savant,” an action-packed thriller about an autistic savant high school student who has prodigious fighting and language skills. The film offers a powerful and climatic twist ending and features an Academy Award-winning cast that includes Robert Loggia (“Scarface,” “BIG”), Eric Etabari (“Witchblade,” “The Lincoln”), and actress Joyce Dewitt (“Three’s Company”).
The film extravaganza will conclude on Thurs., May 25 when famed actress Joyce DeWitt (“The Rock Story,” “Three’s Company,” “Snapshot”) will receive the 2017 HIFF Excellence in Acting Award. The festivities that night will include an additional awards ceremony where some of the most cutting edge filmmakers are selected and awarded cash prizes in several categories. Many top distribution companies will be in attendance at the festival and will be monitoring the official selections.
For a complete schedule of movies, showtimes, celebrity guests, and events visit www.HobokenInternationalFilmFestival.com. For more information call 683-1535 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.