Peter Alexander's "The Centenarian" Wins At Hollywood Film Festival
FGCU student earns two awards for his film; Best Picture and Best Director
The Hollywood Film Festival ran from Wednesday, February 7 through Sunday, February 11. The awards ceremony was held at Etaru Restaurant in Hallandale Beach.
A buzz around the Davie, Florida resident's movie began early as festival goers and fellow filmmakers complimented the film's story, pacing, acting, and technical achievement given its somewhat notable non-existent budget. "The Centenarian"
The film was shot in South Florida in multiple locations including Fort Lauderdale and South Beach.
Johnathan Bezianis, a festival Best Actor nominee, plays bounty hunter, James Dawson, who is given the unenviable task of tracking down and killing the clandestine organization's top man gone rogue, Sean Burningham, portrayed by Oscar Fuentes. Alexander's father, Tom, plays the sinister group's ghostly leader, the Shadow Man, and also scored the film. Tristan Millman and Joshua Adorno also play members of the covert group.
Alexander continues a more than century-long legacy connected to film. His great-grandfather, Thomas, emigrated to the United States from Greece near the turn of the 20th Century building nickelodeons, then neighborhood theatres and movie palaces which he passed down to his sons. His grandsons continued in the business until 1988. After the theatres closed, Tom Alexander pursued film production and screenwriting as well as radio and music production. Now, Tom's son Peter keeps the tradition moving forward well into the 21st Century. "It's amazing and humbling to think my great-grandfather started his dream with a hand cranked movie projector in the silent era," Alexander adds. "Now, 110 years later, I'm making movies. It's really an honor to continue the family legacy."