Photo Courtesy of Cleveland Film Society

The gala presented themed food after the opening night film, “Good Ol’ Boy.”


April 19, 2016

CIFF opens with 70s-themed gala

Tower City went back in time March 30 for the 1970s-themed opening night gala for the 40th annual Cleveland International Film Festival, presented by Dollar Bank.

The opening night film, “Good Ol’ Boy,” stars actors Anjul Nigam and Roni Akurati, who play father and son. They appeared alongside director and producer Frank Lotito at the gala.

“We’re so honored to be a part of the Cleveland International Film Festival,” Lotito said. “Because of the [overwhelming] success of the movie, they’ve decided to distribute the film theatrically in September.”

CIFF Marketing Director Debby Samples said she felt “Good Ol’ Boy” was a strong fit for the 40th anniversary grand opening event, as it exemplifies the Cleveland culture and what CIFF stands for.

“I think the synopsis writer Tyler Whidden summed it up nicely, ‘As poetic as it is funny, Good Ol’ Boy reminds us that it’s not where we’re from, but where we are that makes us the person we become,’” Samples said.

A series of arrows and volunteers directed audience members to the Post Office Plaza, for the post-film gala.
Festivities included dancing and a themed dinner buffet.

Le Petit Triangle supplied the food for the annual event.

“They [Le Petit Triangle] work a bit of magic for us year after year and we are so appreciative of them,” Samples said.

Dollar Bank, which sponsored the event for fourth year received a CIFF Legacy Award on closing night.

“Their support over the years is immeasurable,” Samples said. “This will be the fourth time in CIFF’s history the award will be presented.”

The Festival continued until April 10, with more than 60 countries represented in the films shown.


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