Cassel and Rowlands Highlight Cassavetes Night
(released 4/9/2010)

The 19th annual Florida Film Festival announced two-time Academy Award-nominated actress Gena Rowlands and Academy Award-nominated actor Seymour Cassel will honor the late independent film pioneer, John Cassavetes, with a rare 35mm screening of his three-time Oscar-nominated classic, Faces (1968).

The event, "A Cassavetes Evening with Gena Rowlands and Seymour Cassel, featuring Faces," will take place Friday, April 16, at 7:30 p.m.  Rowlands and Cassel will be present after the screening for a question and answer session with attendees.  Gena Rowlands appears courtesy of the Visiting Artists Program of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Cassavetes is one of the great pioneers in American cinema verit√©, and Faces is regarded as one of the landmarks of cinema that changed the face of independent film.  Rowlands, who was married to Cassavetes for 35 years, co-starred in the film, and Cassel, who was nominated for an Oscar for his role in Faces, also appeared in seven other Cassavetes films.

Henry Maldonado, President of Enzian and the Florida Film Festival, states "Seymour is a member of our National Advisory Council and therefore a great friend to Enzian. Faces will appear among the movies in the Festival's special curated program titled, "Film Sweet Film: A Collection of Home Movies."  Plus Seymour was kind enough to share special memories of Cassavetes in a piece to be published as part of the sidebar."

Rowlands will also serve as a panelist on a women in the industry forum titled, "Perseverance:  Women In The Industry."  This event will take place Thursday, April 15 and is free and open to the public.

Individual tickets for "A Cassavetes Evening with Gena Rowlands and Seymour Cassel, featuring Faces" are $20. Platinum Pass Patrons will get a chance to meet Rowlands and Cassel at a private reception.  Platinum passes grant access to all Festival films, including guaranteed admission into all "Evening with..." events.  To purchase, visit or call (407) 629-1088 ext. 225, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. through 7 p.m.

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