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Romance and passion at Tahoe/Reno International Film Festival

There’s something about taking a date to the movies that sparks good, old-fashioned romance. Last year’s Tahoe/Reno International Film Festival was filled with many heartfelt moments including two proposals and a wedding (not a movie, but real events that happened during the Tahoe/Reno International Film Festival in 2005). Entertainment icons Mickey (85 years young) and Jan Rooney spontaneously renewed their 30th Anniversary vows on the edge of Lake Tahoe and then sat down to watch a movie together, holding hands. Director Richard Friedman popped the question to his sweetheart, while waiting for the movie to begin. Another Producer, Chad Williams did the same and will be back next year to wed during the Festival.Movies and romance go together like the Oscars and movie stars. And if this year’s 2006 Oscar nominees and the Golden Globe Award Winners are any indication of a new trend, and they are, independent movie romance is the way of the future. The Tahoe Reno International Film Festival, set for August 23 27, is riding the wave of that trend and offers the atmosphere to rekindle your romance while you enjoy films of all genres and lengths. The Festival now offers an unprecedented opportunity to become a Member just in time for Valentine’s Day. This is a great way to receive free tickets and discounts on festival passes, merchandise and to enjoy their award winning films throughout the year. Choose from over 70 films during the festival and at the same time you’ll be supporting their sustainability as a nonprofit organization and receive a tax deduction. Packages start at $40 for students and seniors, Family Paks are $70, and more significant packages are available for the true movie buff and corporations. Details are on the Festival’s Web site http://www.t-riff.org or call 775-298-0018. While visiting their state of the art Web site check out the 2005 schedule and sign up to receive Festival updates or to volunteer. “The Tahoe/Reno International Film Festival is different from other festivals. We provide a rare opportunity to enrich your mind and soul through internationally-acclaimed, thought provoking, films, workshops, panel discussions and celebrity tributes. Watching these films can change your consciousness. There may not be anything in the world more influential than film and television. Independent movies in particular often showcase a slice-of-life in the form of real human stories far beyond our own realities, having the ability to nurture our compassion,” said Katrina Wilson, Executive Director.”There are not many other investments that weave a sophisticated art form with socially relevant information to bring you pure entertainment, a little romance and an enlightened message or two along the way,” said Wilson. “When you invest in the Membership program, you are investing in the sustainability and future of your community. In its first year the Festival did not have Memberships available and yet, $215,000 went back into the Tahoe Basin for goods and services, more than we received in donations and grants. This does not come close to the amount of money spent in our region by the 5,500 attendees during the five day period that the Festival existed.”Your investment in a Membership grows a Festival that has the ability to bring many millions of dollars to our region. In 2004 Sundance Film Festival brought $30,000,000 to their community alone … but not without the support of its community members and businesses. The Festival brings the industry’s finest artists to the area, provides state-of-the-art venues, and hosts highly-praised educational workshops for locals and visitors alike. If you have questions about the Festival schedule in 2005 you can still peruse it from their Web site. “In 2006 and for years to come our mission is to produce an Annual International Film Festival that promotes film both as an art form and a catalyst for positive social change. This year’s Festival will offer a multitude of platforms to promote and support creative new innovations or contributions that have the ability to impact positive social change anywhere in the world,” said Wilson. The Festival will present awards to films that focus on renewable energies, new technologies, human potential, medical breakthroughs, spiritual contributions, and those that highlight humanitarian efforts as well as adventure films and finely produced, and directed art films.”


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