“Naples is the first film festival in the world to showcase this extraordinary film, and to have it for opening night is truly a gift,” said Shannon Franklin, NIFF executive & artistic director.
“Honor Flight” is a feature-length documentary that chronicles a community coming together to honor living World War II veterans, one last time. The film follows a devoted team of Midwest volunteers as they race against the clock to send every local WWII veteran to the Washington, D.C. memorials built in their honor.
Throughout the film, veterans share their war stories — sometimes for the first time ever. The vets, volunteers and even complete strangers are often moved to tears by the power of the experience.
For many, “Honor Flight’ was their first visit to Washington, D.C., and the very last trip they’ll ever take. The trip itself is a profound event, filled with surprises and acts of appreciation from a grateful nation. The all-but-forgotten veterans are heroes once again.
At its core, “Honor Flight” is a unifying story about gratitude and freedom. “Honor Flight” prompts viewers to recognize the Greatest Generation by striving to lead lives worthy of their legacy.
The Naples International Film Festival’s highly anticipated Opening Night Film & Party will begin with a Red Carpet Arrival at 5:30 p.m. at the Philharmonic Center for the Arts, followed by the film presentation at 7 p.m. Immediately after the film, attendees will have the opportunity to participate in a Q&A session with the filmmakers before joining them on-stage for a high-energy party from 9:30 p.m. to midnight.
The Opening Night Film & Party is sponsored by Merrill Lynch Wealth Management, a leading provider of comprehensive wealth management and investment services for individuals and businesses.
The Naples International Film Festival runs from November 1 – 4, 2012. The Opening Night Film & Party will be held at the Naples Philharmonic Center for the Arts on November 1. From November 2 through November 4, NIFF will screen approximately 40 films at Silverspot Cinema at Mercato, including domestic and international feature-length and short films in the drama, comedy, and documentary genres. The festival will celebrate the art of independent filmmaking with lively Q&A sessions, elegant parties, and a closing night awards ceremony.
The mission of the Naples International Film Festival is to celebrate independent film and filmmakers in an intimate festival setting that enhances the cultural and artistic life of the community. For additional information, membership and sponsorship opportunities, call (239) 775-3456 or visit www.naplesfilmfest.com.