Aug 04, 2010
THE FEEL GOOD FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES
ACADEMY AWARD-WINNER AND CURRENT EMMY NOMINEE
AS FEEL GOOD TRIBUTE RECIPIENT
CHERYL HINES AS OPENING NIGHT
HAL SPARKS AS CLOSING NIGHT AWARDS
NEW MEDIA PANEL FEATURES WORLD
PREMIERES OF “ALIEN NINJA,” “MY FUTURE GIRLFRIEND,” “THE TREASURE HUNT: A CHAD,
MATT AND ROB INTERACTIVE ADVENTURE” WEB SERIES
LOS ANGELES, CA
August 4, 2010 - The
2010 Feel Good Film Festival (FGFF) announces Academy Award winner Shirley
Jones will be the Feel Good Tribute Honoree for the 3rd edition of
the film festival.
Enthusiasm” star Cheryl Hines will serve as the Host for the Opening Night
Celebration on Friday, August 13. Comedian Hal Sparks takes on the hosting
duties for the Closing Night Awards Ceremony on Sunday, August 15.
Details were also
announced for the FGFF Filmmaker Panel. Focusing on new media, the panel is
titled, “Why Web Series Suck.”
Hines will serve
as the host for the Opening Night Celebration co-presented by FETE that will
feature the presentation of Joe Ballarini’s FATHER VS SON. Beginning with the
film festival’s signature “yellow” carpet entrances (in honor of FGFF’s
sunflower logo), in the Egyptian Theatre courtyard, the Gala event will include
an after party presented by Roaring Lion, The Happy Ending Bar &
Restaurant, Barefoot Wine & Bubbly and TeTeo Tequila.
A two-time Emmy
nominee for her work on the Golden Globe Award-winning series, “Curb Your
Enthusiasm” and director of last year’s critically acclaimed indie dark comedy
SERIOUS MOONLIGHT, Hines most recent project has required her to serve as
executive producer on the upcoming NBC reality series “School Pride.” The
decidedly feel good project is a proactive, alternative series that tells the
stories of communities coming together to renovate their aging and broken
public schools. While transforming the school, the community also restores its
sense of value and school pride. The cameras follow students; teachers and
parents as they roll up their sleeves and rebuild their own schools, concluding
with the unveiling of a brand new, completely transformed school.
credits include the feature films THE UGLY TRUTH, RV, WAITRESS, THE GRAND and
BART GOT A ROOM, as well as ABC's "Brothers and
Sisters" and "In the Motherhood,"
Hines has also produced and directed various television projects,
including the award-winning comedy series “Campus Ladies” for the Oxygen
Channel and the Starz Networks original comedy series "Hollywood
the reins from previous FGFF hosts Rainn Wilson and Carlos Mencia, "It’s a
thrill to be the first woman to host the Feel Good Film Festival’s Opening
Night Celebration. Just like Carlos and Rainn, I'll put on my Old Spice and
Spanx and do my best. It's a great festival and I look forward to kicking off
the weekend of films and events with some really, really good feelings.”
and actor, Hal Sparks, will host the FGFF Closing Night Filmmaker Awards
hosting duties on E! Entertainment Television’s “Talk Soup” (1999-2000) and
frequent appearances on a myriad of comedy clip shows on VH-1, Sparks is
primarily known for his work on Showtime’s “Queer as Folk” (2000-2005).
has been dividing his time on the comedy tour following the release of his
“Charmaggedon” DVD, as well as performing with his band, Zero 1.
The choice of
Shirley Jones as the Feel Good Tribute Honoree also will mark the first time a
woman has been so honored, following Jonathan Winters and Ed Asner during the
first two years of the film festival.
From her start in
the classic big screen musicals OKLAHOMA! (1955), CAROUSEL (1956) and THE MUSIC
MAN (1962), Shirley Jones embodied the image of singing ingénue. Her startling
Academy Award winning performance in ELMER GANTRY (1960) simply confirmed her
versatility on the big screen.
Of course, any
discussion of Jones’ impact on the world of entertainment has to include her
role as the iconic ‘Shirley Partridge’ on the classic 70s situation comedy “The
Partridge Family” (1970-74). Co-starring with her real life stepson David
Cassidy, the series not only was immensely popular during its four-year run,
but also has proved evergreen gaining fans through syndicated runs and DVD
releases up to the present.
Golden Globe nominee (ELMER GANTRY – 1960), (THE MUSIC MAN – 1962), (“The
Partridge Family” – 1971 & 1972), Jones has recently added another Emmy
nomination to her impressive list of accolades for her performance last season
in “The Cleaner”. The nomination follows previous nods for “Silent Night,
Lonely Night” (1969) and “Hidden Places” (2006).
Good Film Festival Founder and Co-Director, Kristen Ridgway Flores said, “We are thrilled to have two fabulous
feel-good female role models for the 2010 festival! With Cheryl Hines opening
the festival and then honoring the legendary Shirley Jones on Closing Night, I
guess we could call this year the "Year of Woman". What an exciting
The Feel Good
Film festival also announced details for its annual featured Filmmaker panel to
take place at the Egyptian Theater on Saturday, August 14. Focusing on New
Media and presented by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Community Foundation,
the panel is entitled, “Why Web Series Suck.”
Taking the form
of a mock trial, the panel will screen some of the hottest web content
currently available online, as well as offer up notable world premieres of
highly anticipated series – all in the service of looking at the inroads that
scripted entertainment produced for the internet have made over the last few
FGFF Programmer Matt Bolish and FGFF Co-Director America Young, confirmed
panelists will include Devin Faraci (CHUD.com), Dave Poland (Movie City News)
and Dana Tuiner (Manager, Comedy Development – FOX Broadcasting).
ABIGALE’S TEENAGE DIARY
SCR/PROD/CAST: Hayden Black
ALIEN NINJA (World Premiere)
DIR/SCR: Greg Aronowitz
PROD: Sheri Bryant
MY FUTURE GIRLFRIEND (World Premiere)
DIR/PROD: Brian Amyot
SCR/PROD: Steven Tsapelas
PROD: Patrick Cohen
THE LEGEND OF NEIL
DIR/SCR/EXEC PROD: Sandeep Parikh
PROD: Jeff Winkler
SCR/CAST: Tony Janning
PROD: Leah Mann
THE TREASURE HUNT: A CHAD, MATT, AND ROB INTERACTIVE
Regarding the announcement of the “Why Web Series Suck” panel, Young said,
"While there has been a lot of discussion and forums about web shows, they
seem to be done mainly by those who already appreciate and/or create
them. There are a lot of critical views of web series. We wanted,
with respect and fun, to open up the floor to differing opinions with the hope
of broadening the influence and popularity of quality web shows even further.
This panel should be a creative way to call attention to that while debuting
and shining a light on some of the best work being done on the web.”
Festival passes and tickets are available for purchase on fgff.org.
About The Feel Good Film Festival
The Feel Good Film Festival celebrates films and the filmmakers and
creative artists that create entertainment with positive themes, happy endings,
that make audiences laugh, and that captures the beauty of our world. FGFF will
encourage the development, production, and distribution of films that share
those characteristics as it offers a yearly touchstone for the viewing and
enjoyment of those films.
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