The 13th Annual Nantucket Film Festival (NFF) officially announces their full lineup of films and events for the 2008 edition of the festival. Appearing at NFF® will be Academy Award-nominated, double Emmy-and SAG Award-winning actor William H. Macy, known for performances in films such as Bobby, Seabiscuit, Magnolia, Boogie Nights, and Fargo. Mr. Macy will be participating in the In Their Shoes.. event. He will have a conversation with renowned Time Magazine critic Richard Corliss on screenwriting and acting.
"While it always has been important to build a solid slate of films, its very exciting when we get to introduce something completely new to the festival's events," said Co-Founder and Executive Director, Jill Burkhart. "We always strive to pack the schedule with great films, insightful panels and exciting events each year to provide attendees with a rewarding experience."
"We have a diverse lineup spanning both the films and events, but we still focus on the storytelling," said Mystelle Brabbée, Artistic Director. "With this year's festival we'll learn how much every element in a film, ranging from the acting to the music, contribute to the story at its core."
Adding to the diversity of this year's festival, NFF will have for the first time ever the Music Café and Panel, featuring Aware/Columbia artist Mat Kearny, who released his major label debut "Nothing Left to Lose" in April 2006. Mr. Kearny will be performing his songs that have found their way into several television shows, including Grey's Anatomy and Friday Night Lights, at the Straight Wharf Restaurant in front of the Nantucket film community. His set will be followed by a discussion focusing on how songs find their way into films and television alongside East Coast Creative and EMI Publishing Vice President Dan McCarroll and Aware Records/Asquared Management President Gregg Latterman.
In keeping with NFF® mission of spotlighting writers, the Festival will announce the winner of Showtime's annual Tony Cox Award for Screenwriting. Members of this year's jury include Doug Liman, Chris Eigeman, and Liz Tucillo.
Previously announced was Judd Apatow as recipient of the NBC Universal Screenwriting Award. Mr. Apatow will be appearing at The NBC Universal Screenwriter's Tribute with various colleagues of Mr. Apatow in attendance including presenter Paul Rudd.
To add further prestige to this year's festival is actress Meg Ryan as the introductory recipient of the Compass Rose Acting Tribute, a unique honor given to an actor that has reached a level in which they inspire writers to frequently create roles especially for them.
Among other awards given at NFF® this year will be The Audience Award for Best Feature & Best Short, SHOWTIME'S TONY COX Awards for Best Screenwriting in a Feature Film and Short Film, Teen View on NFF® Award, Best Storytelling in a Documentary Film, and The Writer/Director Award.
Other special events include the yearly Late Night Storytelling event hosted by Anne Meara and Peter Farrelly. Participants include five surprise guests as well as audience members. Past storytellers include Jim Carrey, Tina Fey, Mos Def, Rosie Perez, Laird Hamilton, Olympia Dukakis, Paul Rudd, Alan Cumming, and Brian Williams.
Also returning this year will be annual favorite Morning Coffee With, this year hosted by renowned film critic Leonard Maltin. The daily panels take place every morning and invite attendees to join filmmaker experts for a lively mix of coffee, conversation, bagels and shoptalk.
NFF's® annual staged screenplay reading returns as well. This event is designed to emphasize the importance of the script itself by having actors perform it without utilizing locations, costumes, effects, or music. The chosen script for this year the Billy Wilder classic Some Like It Hot, featuring a cast consisting of member's of Nantucket's own Seaside Shakespeare group.
The opening film of this year's festival is writer/director Brad Anderson's Transsiberian. The film boasts stars Woody Harrelson, Emily Mortimer, Ben Kingsley, Kate Mara, and Eduardo Noriega. The film will be accompanied by a special panel on the making of Transsiberian featuring writer/director Brad Anderson, writer Will Conroy, and producer Michael Williams as well as a special making-of documentary.
Closing the festival will be anticipated comedy The Wackness, written and directed by Jonathan Levine and starring Ben Kingsley, Famke Janssen, Josh Peck, Olivia Thirlby, and Mary-Kate Olsen.
The NFF® was founded in 1996 to spotlight screenwriters, screenwriting and storytelling in today's cinema. The festival takes place over five days in June on the idyllic island of Nantucket, MA.
Now in its thirteenth year, NFF® has become a prestigious annual event within the international film industry. Screening over 50 feature-length and short films in all genres that highlight the art of storytelling, the NFF® is significant attraction that draws over ten thousand attendees, screenwriters, producers, agents and development executives each year.
Sponsers of this year's festival include NBC Universal, Showtime, CN8 and Comcast, Stella Artois, Merrill Lynch, HP, Tradewind Aviation, American Airlines, Nestle Waters, Inquirer & Mirror, and the Beachside Hotel.
The Films of the 2008 Nantucket Film Festival®:
Flow: For Love of Water
Man on Wire
Medicine For Melancholy
Of All the Things
Stranded: I Have Come from a Plane that Crashed on the Mountains
Trouble the Water