Did you see the terrific article in Friday's Naperville Sun? We are so grateful for their help in spreading the word about the Naperville Indpendent Film Festival! Of course the film world is constantly on the move, so we have a couple of updates already to pass on to you.
First of all, how about that humongous photo of Karen Allen and our NIFF emcee? It was such a thrill to have her with us in 2009. Allen stars in the film "A Year by the Sea" which was submitted to this year's festival and will be shown on Wednesday, September 14.
She has been invited to attend the fest, but the caption on the Naperville Sun photo that she "will appear" is a little premature. The phrase "slated to attend," which shows up later in the article, is more accurate. We're keeping our fingers crossed that Allen will join us once again!
Next we have a good news / bad news report regarding the documentary "The Challenge." This great film about Alex Smith who completed a long distance triathlon in 2015 while carrying his 88 pound disabled son every step of the way was scheduled to be shown on Tuesday, September 13.
The good news is that "The Challenge" team has successfully negotiated a distribution deal and so the film will be soon be shown in many more theaters! Congratulations to them -- that's exactly what every filmmaker hopes for! The bad news is that as part of the distribution deal, they are unable to show the film at festivals any longer, including ours.
Instead of "The Challenge," NIFF will be adding a second screening of "A New York Christmas," a wonderful ensemble film of six love stories at an upscale New York hotel. Among the talented cast are Linda Park ("Crash"), Ross McCall ("24: Live Another Day"), Jamie Ray Newman ("Catch Me if You Can"), Tracie Thoms ("The Devil Wears Prada") and the lovely and prolific Lee Meriwether. "A New York Christmas" will still also be shown on Friday, September 16, as originally scheduled.
We'll continue to keep you updated in the ever-changing filmmaking landscape. Can't wait to share these great films with you at our festival!