July 24, 2007 (PRLEAP.COM) Entertainment News
NEW YORK, NY — After over a year of meticulous planning, the ACE Film Festival has quickly become one of the most anticipated events on the industry calendar. In contrast to many other festivals, ACE Fest strives to be accessible to the common movie-goer. The intimidation and confusion of multiple venues, individual screening tickets and faceless corporate hospitality has deterred many from satisfying their curiosity for independent film. From August 24-26, ACE Film Festival will take place under one roof, offer its patrons amenities such as free refreshments, professional massages, live music, games, area discounts, contests and the power to come and go as they please with the simplicity of all-access day passes for one low price.

"Our goal when compiling this year's programming was to accommodate everyone from the first-time film festival patron to the most refined film critic. I can say with complete confidence that I am as proud of this lineup as I would be if I had made each film all myself. We are truly lucky to be in a position to provide a forum for these independent works." Says Tom O'Malley, Programming Director.

The 2007 programming schedule boasts 5 World Premieres, 1 U.S. Premiere, 2 East Coast Premieres and 7 New York Premiere titles. Standing out in an already impressive program is the NYCentric documentary A Broad Way, which was shot by over 400 filmmakers, each standing on one corner of Broadway for one hour. Joining that category, with a more controversial outlook on city life, is The City by NYU professor Vladan Nikolic. Get in the holiday spirit early with Stalking Santa, a mockumentary about the man in the red suit, narrated by none other than William Shatner. For those wishing to see the boundaries of independent production and performance should take in Little Chenier, a drama about Cajun culture in the bayous of Louisiana. Celebrate the back-to-school season with History For Kids, a dry comedy short about a teacher with a somewhat interesting educational approach. Among the roster of filmmakers are several accomplished individuals, award winning directors and producers, authors as well as students. Full synopsis, reviews, clips and trailers are available for each of the 28 films on the festival's website.

In addition to 3 days of American films, ACE Fest is bringing one of the most exciting independent filmmakers to the stage. Caveh Zahedi was a favorite at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival with his premiere of I Am A Sex Addict and will be speaking on opening night of the event. Currently teaching at The Art Institute in San Fransisco, Caveh is one of the most talked-about individuals in the industry. His unique and candid outlook on life and relationships has given success to several titles such as Waking Life, In The Bathtub Of The World, I Don't Hate Las Vegas Anymore, A Little Stiff and The World Is A Classroom.

1-Day All Access passes are available for $40 and 3-Day All Access passes for $100. Re-entry priviledges allows guests to come and go as they please, sample the local restaurants, clubs and shopping destinations in lower Manhattan.