Connecticut Film Festival Offered Creative Mix

The Connecticut Film Festival, which took place this past weekend in Danbury and Bethel, Connecticut, offered a creative mix of programming, educational seminars and special events. In all, some 75 films were showcased at the 4 day event. An extensive boot camp of educational seminars was geared to local and visiting filmmakers, new media entrepreneurs and television producers. Highlights included an master class by Focus Features president Andrew Karpen, a screening of SACRED SCIENCE, a compelling documentary about the natural cures for diseases that may be growing wild in the Amazon and a spicy double bill of comedy on Saturday night that includes award winners from the LA Comedy Shorts Film Festival and the screening of the instant cult classic VARLA JEAN AND THE MUSHROOM HEADS. The Festival, which opened with the world premiere of Wall Street expose CONFIDENCE GAME and two shorts films by actor/director/activist Matthew Modine, is committed to showcasing quality independent and international films for Connecticut’s discriminating audiences, ended with a moving film screening of MORE TO LIVE FOR, an emotionally involving documentary about three differing individuals who are linked by stories of life, death and courage. One of the people profiled is jazz master Michael Brecker, whose bout with cancer and need for a transplant, is one of the lynch pins of the film. A special post-screening concert of jazz maestros was assembled on the stage of the historic Palace Theater in downtown Danbury to honor the late Brecker and to bring awareness of the importance of organ donations. For full coverage of the Festival, visit: www.ctfilmfest.com

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