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Thursday, July 1, 2010

Mini film festival in Fort Myers

The Arts Academy at Edison State College and the Naples International Film Production Association (NIFPA) will host a screening of local short films to support student and local filmmakers. Co-hosted by Arts Academy film instructor Jennifer Marquis and NIFPA founder Eric Raddatz, the screening will showcase short films by recent Arts Academy film students and feature the work of Southwest Florida filmmaker Lawrence Curtis. Mr. Curtis’ film, The Legend of Pale Male, recently won the 2010 Palm Beach International Film Festival Audience Award. He is also currently filming footage of the disastrous oil spill in the Gulf, is very dedicated to oceanic preservation and plans to share his experiences at the event. Students and local filmmakers are encouraged to submit their short films for inclusion in this event. Films must be received no later than July 16th, 2010, and should be sent to Jennifer Marquis, 3960 Radio Road, Suite 103, Naples, Florida 34104. Films must be received in DVD format with the title, running time, and contact info on the DVD label.

When: Saturday, July 24th, 2010
Time: 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Location: Richard H. Rush Auditorium on the Lee campus at Edison State College 8099 College Parkway, Fort Myers, Florida, 33919
Cost: Free

Hosts: Jennifer Marquis-Muradaz has a master’s degree in Motion Picture Producing from the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts in Los Angeles, where she worked for HBO, Fox Television, and Danny DeVito’s Jersey Films. She has co-written and/ or produced award-winning feature films, documentaries, short films, and television public service annoucements.

Eric Raddatz, founder of NIFPA, a group of united local professional filmmakers, has shown his commitment to the promulgation of the art of film by co-founding the acclaimed Naples International Film Festival in 2009, serving as their Executive Director. “To screen local films in conjunction with the Arts Academy at Edison State College is exciting to me in light of the potential for local students and now the exciting outlets available to them in showing their films in Southwest Florida.”

For further information about this event, please contact Jennifer Marquis at or Eric Raddatz at

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