Film Florida Honors Tribeca Film Festival Movies with Ties to the Sunshine State at Apples and Oranges Party on May 1

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Many of the films on the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival slate were filmed in or have ties to Florida – and to celebrate, Film Florida will host the Apples and Oranges party on Tuesday, May 1 at Hotel QT at 125 W. 45 Street.

From 8 p.m. – 11 p.m., filmmakers, actors and industry guests will gather to fete the burgeoning indie film market in Florida. The films being honored are:

The Air I Breathe. Businessman (Forest Whitaker) bets his life on a horse race, a gangster (Brendan Fraser) sees the future, a pop star (Sarah Michelle Gellar) falls prey to a crime boss (Andy Garcia) and a doctor (Kevin Bacon) must save the love of his life. Based on a Chinese proverb, these four overlapping stories dramatize the four emotional cornerstones of life: happiness, pleasure, sorrow and love.

Chops. Each year, Jazz at Lincoln Center and its artistic director, Wynton Marsalis, host the prestigious Essentially Ellington Festival, a competition of high school jazz bands from across the country. This toe-tapping and empowering documentary focuses on one Florida band filled with young musicians who hit all the right notes.
FLORIDA CONNECTION: Director Bruce Broder shot on location in Jacksonville

The Grand. Woody Harrelson goes all-in to save his dead grandfather's hotel-casino from a real estate developer in this hilarious mockumentary. His master plan: to win the world's most famous high stakes tournament, the Grand Championship of Poker. Anteing up the laughs are Werner Herzog, Cheryl Hines, David Cross, Ray Romano and Dennis Farina.
FLORIDA CONNECTION: Writer Matt Bierman hails from Miami, while actress Cheryl Hines is Tallahassee native.

The Man of Two Havanas. Growing up in Miami, the director witnessed drive-by shootings and death threats directed toward her father, a former friend of Fidel Castro and opponent of the embargo. Using never-before-heard CIA audiotapes and fascinating interviews with her father, Weisman links his past and present in an eye-opening film that's sure to be talked about. In Spanish and English.
FLORIDA CONNECTION: Director Vivien Lesnik Weisman filmed in her hometown, Miami.

Several of the filmmakers will be in attendance.

The Apples and Oranges Party is also designed to raise awareness of filming in and utilizing the incentives of Florida for the independent filmmaker.

One of last year’s Florida-made premieres -- the comedy Full Grown Men (starring Alan Cumming, Deborah Harry, Amy Sedaris and 30 Rock’s Judah Friedlander) shot entirely on location in Miami. Producer Brian Benson heralds the state’s indie film-friendly vibe.
“David Munro, the director of “Full Grown Men” wanted to shoot our film in Florida. But as producer of our relatively low budget California-based production, I felt the cost of shooting out of state would not be worth the expense,” he said. “Not only were the locations in Florida unbelievably perfect for our film, but we also received Florida’s Financial Incentive which had a significant impact on our budget. And we found an abundance of talented, experienced and enthusiastic crew members and vendors in South Florida (many of which have since become dear friends). My experience shooting “Full Grown Men” in South Florida was so positive from both a creative and a budgetary standpoint that Florida will now be at the top of my list when considering where to shoot my next film.”

Florida consistently ranks among the top states for filmmakers. Last year, Moviemaker Magazine Miami in the annual Top “10 Cities in America to be a Moviemaker” feature. This year’s list again featured Miami, moving up a notch to #7 on the top 10.

“Independent filmmakers are increasingly discovering the advantages of working in Florida – we’re a very indie friendly state in terms of resources,” said Graham Winick, Vice President of Film Florida. “Film Florida has worked tirelessly with the Office of Film and Entertainment to beef up the incentives offered specifically for indie films.”

Florida’s Governor Charlie Crist is currently in support of proposed legislation that would significantly increase incentives for Florida’s filmmakers, including a special queue for independent filmmakers.

In Florida, film and entertainment is a $3.9 billion industry, representing 3,885 businesses and employs more than 42,000.

Film Florida is a not-for-profit corporation that provides a leadership role in Florida's film and entertainment industries by representing a coalition of interests, including private industry, local film commissions, industry associations and labor organizations. Its purpose is to offer to businesses and individuals the benefits of a statewide trade association to promote the creation of jobs in the film and entertainment production industries and to promote economic development and tourism. For more information on Film Florida, please visit http://www.filmflorida.org.

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