September 29 — An exclusive showing of Michael Moore’s so-called “secret” film project and a documentary about South Florida jazz icon Jaco Pastorius will open the 30th annual Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival Nov. 6 with the first-ever FLIFF screenings at Hard Rock Live in Hollywood.
Distinguished not only by an extra long list of celebrity guests and special events, FLIFF’s celebration of its first three decades requires a third opening-night film, the world premiere of Christopher Lloyd’s “The Boat Builder,” about a former Merchant Marine captain at twilight, screening at Cinema Paradiso in Fort Lauderdale.
FLIFF’s anniversary season kicks off Wednesday night with a party that includes the unveiling of the festival poster and a talk about the upcoming films with FLIFF president Gregory von Hausch, now in his 27th season with the nonprofit organization. The party is open to the public, with proceeds from the $15 admission supporting FLIFF.
It was the last-minute submission of “Jaco,” the recently completed film about the internationally revered bassist who grew up in Oakland Park, that gave FLIFF’s opening night an extra layer of frenzy. On first seeing it two weeks ago, Von Hausch thought it so remarkable that he tore up his just-completed schedule of 175 features and short films to make room for it.