Opening night at the 2010 Gasparilla International Film Festival (GIFF): Armand Assante, Raymond J. Barry, Charlie Belcher and more (with pictures and video)

Slideshow of pictures from the festival via Flickr:



GIFF opening night MC Charlie Belcher chats with me before going to work:



Armand Assante arrives. I got no audio, though I swear to you that I was four feet away at the time. In addition, I'm pretty sure this interview was conducted in Spanish. Any bi-lingual lip readers out there?




My Interview with GIFF Programming Committee member David Cox. We talk must-see films before David gives me the scoop on Jerry Springer's fest appearance on Saturday:



Fox 13's Charlie Belcher gets down to business as MC:



Gasparilla International Film Festival President Chad Moore makes his opening remarks:



Clearwater Film Festival president Mike Rembis chats me up about his festival (which arrives September 29) while taking in the GIFF:


The 2010 Gasparilla International Film Festival got underway Thursday night with a red carpet gala at the Tampa Theatre. Those assembled included stars (Armand Assante, Raymond J. Barry), politicos (Rep. Kevin Ambler, Lt. Governor Jeff Kottkamp) and you, members of the general public who just love the movies. Turnout was solid, the food at the pre-party looked and smelled great, and the audience seemed upbeat and ready to watch opening night film happythankyoumoreplease.

Keep reading for a selection of videos and a slideshow of pictures from the event …

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