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BAFF 2008 welcomes a series of special guests speakers

November 1, 2008

This year the 5th Annual Big Apple Film Festival is proud to welcome a series of special guest speakers. Discussions with these individuals will include information on the current state of the film industry, an exploration of the craft of filmmaking and acting, as well as a behind the scenes look at their current productions screening in this year's BAFF. Audience members will have the opportunity to participate in an interactive question and answer sessions.

Special guests and discussions include:

Stereotypes and The Movies

An in depth discussion which will examine how stereotyping cultures has impacted independent filmmaking, as well the Hollywood studio system. The panel will discuss to what extent character stereotyping has impacted and influenced society's views and perspectives on one another. The discussion will examine whether or not sterotypes still exist in today's films., as well as how stereotyping has changed throughout the history of filmmaking in the United States and globally. Featured panelists scheduled to appear include Oscar nominated writer/director Richard La Gravanese (P.S. I Love You, Freedom Writers), producers Rosanne Deluca Braun and director Steven Fischler . The discussion will take place following the screening of "Beyond Wiseguys: Italian Americns and The Movies".

Behind the Scenes With "The Living Wake"

A behind the scenes look at the making of the award winning film "The Living Wake" (Audience Award Woodstock Film Festival, Heineken Red Star Award Cinevegas Film Festival). Filmmakers and cast will discuss the experience behind development and production, how the concept transitioned from script to screen and how audiences have responded to the film at festivals nationwide. Keynote speakers scheduled to appear include actors Jesse Eisenberg (The Squid and The Whale, Rodger Dodger, The Village) and Mike O'Connell, Producers Peter Kline and Chadwick Clough, and director/producer Sol Tryon (Bomb The System, Explicit Ills). Discussion will take place following the screening of " The Living Wake".

Horror Versus Thriller: Defining a Genre

A discussion with the director and cast of the feature film "iMurders", on the similarities and differences between the horror and thriller genres. Questions to be examined will include: Are the horror and thriller genres one in the same? At what point does a horror transition into a thriller and vice versa? How have these genres changed from early filmmaking to today? Panelists scheduled to appear include Actors William Forsythe (88 Minutes, Halloween, Gotti), Frank Grillo (Pride and Glory), Dan Grimaldi (The Sopranos), Christie Bothelo, Jack Mulcahey (The Brothers McMullen) and director Robbie Bryan. The discussion will take place following the screening of "iMurders".

BAFF 2008 program and ticket information.

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