The Film Package

You might think there’s not much for film buffs to sink their teeth into right now, but you’d be wrong: This year is the fifth anniversary of the annual Delray Beach Film Festival, which runs all week, starting Monday.

In addition to screening independent features, foreign language films, shorts, documentaries, animation, and children’s films, the DBFF is holding a series of workshops. Taught by people like Adam Montgomery, programming manager of the Sundance Institute; Lori Wyman, Emmy-nominated Miami-based casting director; and Alan Metter, director of the Rodney Dangerfield cult hit Back to School, they’re open to the public and free, which is our favorite price.

Also, two Lifetime Achievement Awards will be handed out. The first goes to Sharon Gless: That’d be Cagney to those of you with ’80s chick-cop-buddy television on your mind, or the chain-smoking Madeline Westen to those of you who are fans of Burn Notice. The second goes to Jessica Walters, who young’uns know as Lucille Bluth from Arrested Development but film buffs know from the awesome 1971 Clint Eastwood film Play Misty for Me, which will be screened at the festival.

Add a slew of awards, the annual script-to-reel contest winner, daily cocktail and afterparties, a beach cleanup and surfing contest, and tango lessons with Ugly Me star Marcello Mazzarello and you’ve got a pretty full week. But if all that’s still not enough to get your celluloid sense tingling, this should: The 2010 DBFF creative director is Barry Bostwick, the nerd from Denton turned transvestite from The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Yes, he’s done stuff since then (like Spin City), but it’s tough to top the closing number in Rocky Horror no matter what you do afterward.

The Delray Beach Film Festival runs from Monday through Sunday. Tickets can be bought for individual shows, or passes are available starting at $75. More information about shows and venues can be found by visiting or by calling 561-381-3212.
March 22-28, 9:30 a.m., 2010

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