NFIFF Closing Night Film Presentation of"The Big Red One" & Award Ceremony
720 Builders Way, Niagara Falls, NY 14304, USA
Sept 21, 2019 - Closing Night
2:45pm - (Regal Cinemas Hollywood 12, 720 Builders Way, Niagara Falls, NY 14304)
Closing Night Festivities will be dedicated to the Heroes of the United States Armed Forces and will culminate with our tribute to legendary director and writer Samuel Fuller.
Closing night festivities begin with Premiere screening of “Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero”. Sergeant Stubby was a dog who is the official mascot of the 102nd Infantry Regiment and was assigned to the 26th Division in World War I. This animated family friendly film offers young filmgoers an age-appropriate look at a hero to root for and even celebrates time-honored virtues that are often overlooked now: Bravery. Patriotism. Family. Duty.
Our MAIN EVENT and Closing Night Film - Premiere screening of “The Big Red One” “The Reconstruction” Edition)
The Films Synopsis
Having previously fought in World War I, an unnamed sergeant (Lee Marvin) now leads soldiers of the U.S. First Infantry Division through World War II. His men include conflicted marksman Pvt. Griff (Mark Hamill), pulp novel writer Pvt. Zab (Robert Carradine), Sicilian Pvt. Vinci (Bobby Di Cicco) and medic Pvt. Johnson (Kelly Ward). The soldiers adapt to the hardships of war as they see conflict in North Africa and Sicily, take part in the D-Day landings, and liberate a Nazi concentration camp.
In attendance will be…
Christa Fuller (Samuel Fuller’s Widow)
Samantha Fuller (Samuel Fuller’s Daughter)
Michael Schlesinger (film historian, filmmaker and former MGM, Paramount and Sony studio executive 25+ years)
Kelly Ward (Grease, The Big Red One)
Perry Lang (Spring Break, Weeds, The Big Red One)
Bobby Di Cicco (1941, The Big Red One)
Robert Carradine (Revenge of the Nerds, Django Unchained, The Big Red One)
Janel Tanna (2019’s Maxim Cover Girl and Buffalo Native)
Xander Berkeley (Terminator 2, Air Force One, A Few Good Men, Heat)
Max Martini (The Purge, Captain Phillips, Pacific Rim)
Brian Thomas Smith (The Big Bang Theory)
David Bellavia (Recent Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient)
and many other special guests and friends…
Closing Night Red Carpet Gala & Awards Presentation culminates with “Icon of the Industry” Award tribute to Samuel Fuller and family, followed by Samuel Fuller highlight video, filmmaker awards, tribute to the Motion Picture Retirement Home in honor of Samuel Fuller and presentation of our 2019 “Humanitarian Award” to Recent Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient and hometown hero, David Bellavia for his actions in the battle of Fallujah and dedication to our Nations hero’s.
Bellavia’s awards and decorations include the Medal of Honor, Bronze Star, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, Kosovo Campaign Medal, New York State’s Conspicuous Service Cross, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, the Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, the Presidential Unit Citation, Combat Infantryman Badge, Driver and Mechanics Badge and the NATO Medal. He was inducted into the New York State Veterans Hall of Fame in 2005, and is the sole living Medal of Honor recipient from the Iraq War.
Closing Night Events end with our star studded gala closing night party at the Comfort Suites next to the Regal Cinemas Niagara Falls, NY.
All proceeds of this event will go to the Alyssa Justine Cowell Youth Foundation
General Admission (includes Special Presentation of "The Big Red One" Film only)
VIP Advocate (includes films, parties, meet and greets, and more)