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Opening Night Party
April 6 @ 6:00 pm - April 7 @ 1:00 am
Opening Night Film & Party FINAL
Sponsored by Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed, P.A.
6PM: Champagne reception for film guests
7PM: American Animals followed by a conversation with Blake Jenner
8:30PM: Party starts for “Party Only” ticket holders
Celebrate opening night of the 2018 Florida Film Festival with a thrilling premiere of American Animals and meet the film’s star Blake Jenner. After the movie, sample food and cocktails from your favorite local spots—a moveable feast where you can mingle and celebrate with all the folks who will be your new best friends for the next ten days. Eat, drink, be merry, and discuss all the films you cannot wait to see at the festival ahead. This legendary party launches a non-stop, fun-filled, ten-day celebration of Film, Food, and Friends.
Participating restaurants, bars, and select vendors include:
Bubbalou’s Bodacious BBQ
Firefly Restaurant & Bar
Nothing Bundt Cakes
Rosen Shingle Creek
The Sausage Shack
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits
Terrapin Beer Co.
Ten10 Brewing Company
Opening Night Film: American Animals
Directed by Bart Layton
USA, 2018, 116 MIN
East Coast Premiere
Truth is almost always stranger than fiction. This true story of four middle-class suburban college students in Lexington, Kentucky, who decide to rob Transylvania University of millions of dollars in rare books is a heist movie for the ages. Director Bart Layton, whose previous film, the 2012 documentary The Imposter, hinged on a near disbelief that that the “true” events could have ever possibly occurred, flips the script on that idea by dramatizing a real event and casting a stellar group of actors, including Evan Peters (American Horror Story), Barry Keoghan (Dunkirk), Blake Jenner (Everybody Wants Some!!), and Jared Abrahamson (Netflix’s Travelers) to tell the tale. But in a Machiavellian twist, Layton intercuts American Animals with footage of the real Spencer Reinhard, Warren Lipka, Eric Borsuk, and Chas Allen—who don’t agree on the narrative at hand but are willing to comment on it and sow seeds of doubt that the film is even getting it right. It’s a masterstroke of storytelling chicanery that will leave audiences amused, enthralled, and shocked at the tall tale.
Star Blake Jenner will be in an attendance for a Q&A following the Opening Night Film.