Orlando, FL – (April 7, 2011) – Enzian announced today Academy Award®-nominated actor, Edward James Olmos, will attend the Florida Film Festival’s 20th anniversary event, “An Evening with Edward James Olmos, featuring Stand and Deliver,” on April 15 at 7:30 p.m. at Enzian.
Mr. Olmos, who has received numerous award recognitions and is also known for his TV roles on Battlestar Galactica and Miami Vice, will participate in an engaging question and answer session with movie-goers after the screening of the film. Stand and Deliver was one of the most highly regarded independent films of 1988 and swept the Independent Spirit Awards with an astonishing six wins. It also received several nominations, including an Oscar® (for Olmos), two Golden Globes®, and the 1988 Sundance Grand Jury Prize.
The true story of an East Los Angeles math teacher who believed that no child is a lost cause, Stand and Deliver is an inspiring drama with a notable cast that includes Lou Diamond Phillips and Andy Garcia.
“We’re thrilled to host Mr. Olmos and his extraordinary film for our 20th anniversary,” said Henry Maldonado, President of Enzian and the Florida Film Festival. “Stand and Deliver sits proudly and comfortably on that shelf of independent movies that burst upon the scene and now live forever.”
Individual tickets for “An Evening with Edward James Olmos” ($20) and Platinum Passes, which grant holders access to all Festival films including guaranteed admission into all “Evening/Afternoon with” events ($650), are available at www.FloridaFilmFestival.com.
“Full Sail University is proud to join Enzian in welcoming celebrated actor, Edward James Olmos, to the 2011 Florida Film Festival,” said Rick Ramsey, Full Sail University’s Director of Visual Arts. “As the festival embarks on their 20th Anniversary of sharing the art of filmmaking with the community, we look forward to this incredible addition to the already wonderful list of guests, films and events.”
The Florida Film Festival is the premier showcase in Central Florida for American independent and international film. Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the Festival debuted in 1992 and is a core program of ENZIAN, a nonprofit cultural organization founded in 1985. ENZIAN and the Florida Film Festival have served more than 1.5 million guests and hosted hundreds of notable celebrities including Paul Newman, Christopher Walken, Oliver Stone, Glenn Close, John Waters, Emma Stone, Campbell Scott, James Caan, Ed Burns, Jason Lee, Gena Rowlands, William H. Macy, and Virginia Madsen. The Festival is funded in part by national and local businesses and receives support from United Arts of Central Florida and the State of Florida, Department of the State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, National Endowment for the Arts, and Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. In addition, this project is funded in part by Orange County Government through the Arts & Cultural Affairs Program.
Full Sail University (www.fullsail.edu) has been recognized as an award-winning institution with over 34,500 alumni, and has served as an educational leader for those pursuing careers in the entertainment media industry. Graduate credits include work on OSCAR®, Emmy® and GRAMMY®-winning projects, best-selling video games, and the #1 grossing U.S. concert tours. Full Sail currently offers 33 campus and online degree programs and proudly welcomes over 13,000 students from 50 states and 49 countries.