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TGIM returns November 5


The Fort Myers Film Festival returns to the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center’s grand atrium for more Season 9 screenings on November 5.

New to the term? Well, the acronym stands for “Thank God for Indie Mondays,” and it symbolizes the anticipation and excitement that area indie film lovers feel as the first Monday of the month draws near between August and February each season. That’s when hosts Eric Raddatz and Melissa DeHaven screen a number of the indie short (typically no longer than 15 minutes) and short short (as brief as just a minute or two) films that have been submitted for inclusion in the Fort Myers Film Festival. Some are good. Others are bad. But they’re all worth talking about.

Shy? Wouldn’t know what to say? No worries. There will be celebrity judges on hand to start the discussion after each screening. But that’s just the start because Eric and Melissa want to hear from you. What was your take on the film? What worked or didn’t, what did you like or hate, and should the film be included in the film festival? Your opinion matters. Your vote counts. And as often as not, the audience picks up on facets of the film that escape the attention of Eric and the judges.

It’s all part of the fun of indie “intellectualization.”

What many cineastes appreciate most of all is the opportunity to rub shoulders with the celebrity judges, filmmakers and fellow film lovers at the after-party, where you can share an adult beverage or two (but drink responsibly) and knosh on discounted appetizers at Twisted Vine Bistro.

So join host Eric Raddatz, co-host Melissa Tschari DeHaven and judges Jamie Hufford, Rep. Heather Fizenhagen, Kaycie Lee and local film expert Doug Malloy for a fresh new set of short indie films, comedy and fun.

The house opens for cocktails at 6:30 and show starts at 7:00 p.m. in the Grand Atrium of the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center, located at 2301 First St., Fort Myers. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for seniors and students. . Enjoy refreshments including a fully stocked bar, coffee from Bennett’s Fresh Roast and pizza from Capones!

October 14, 2018.


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