20th Annual Palm Beach International Film Festival Starts March 26
By Skip Sheffield
Palm Beach International Film Festival launches its 20th season Thursday, March 26 with an opening night film and party at the Muvico Parisian at City Place, West Palm Beach. The darkly humorous film “Welcome to Me” will be screened at 7 p.m. followed by an after party at Revolutions. “Welcome to Me” stars Kristin Wiig, James Marsden, Tom Robbins, Joan Cusack and Linda Cardellini. Director Shira Previn will be present opening night.
The good news for local film fans is the PBIFF has returned to a Boca Raton venue, Muvico Palace for screenings through April 2, when the closing night film, “While We’re Young,” will be screened at 7 p.m., with a red carpet check-in at 6 p.m.
Headquarters for celebrities, special guests and seminars will be at the Hyatt Place, 104 N.E. Second Ave., Delray Beach. An informal filmmaker and press Meet and Greet will be at 10 a.m. March 27 at the Hyatt.
Actor Tom Arnold will be present at the premiere of “Any Day” at 8 p.m. Friday, March 27 at Muvico CityPlace. Arnold plays a 40-year-old boxer and alcoholic who tries to rebuild his life after being convicted of manslaughter.
A 20th anniversary celebration honoring Tom Arnold and “Boyhood” star Ellar Coltrane will be held at a private waterfront estate 9 p.m. Saturday, March 28. Music will be by TK Records artists George McRae, Jimmy “Bo” Horne and the Derek Mack Band.
Of special interest to locals is a 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 30 screening of “Nat King Cole: Afraid of the Dark.” Attending the opening will be Boca Raton’s Casey and Timolin Cole, twin youngest children of the late Nat King Cole.
In all there will be 12 world and 15 U.S. premieres, plus assorted documentaries, shorts and music videos.
“For our 20th year, we have gone all out to dazzle and surprise our audience, stated PBIFF executive director Randi Emmerman. “This year’s Palm Beach International Film Festival has a sparkling array of fantastic movies and a list of visiting filmmakers and talent that will bring the best of the world to the shores of South Florida.”
For more information, go to www.pbifilmfest.org. For tickets call 561-362-0003.