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 Actors Paul Sorvino, Federico Castelluccio, Director Leon Gast, Festival Director Bill Sorvino and others in attendance

Famed Actor Paul Sorvino and his nephew Golden Door International Film Director;  Bill Sorvino pictured at the Saturday, October 1st Cocktail Launch Party.
Famed Actor Paul Sorvino and his nephew Bill Sorvino; Festival Director of the Golden Door International Film Festival, pictured at the Saturday, October 1st, Cocktail Launch Party.

The Golden Door Film Festival attracted hundreds of supporters Saturday night, October 1,to a Launch Party in the deluxe functions room at 70 Greene St.

Prominent among the attendees were actor Paul Sorvino and Federico Castelluccio, filmmaker. Both luminaries remained accessible for photos and chatted with guests during virtually the entire party. Mr. Sorvino also entertained with his operatic singing.


Paul Sorvino, Maryanne Keleher; Jersey City Cultural Affairs Director, and Actor and Painter Federico Colucchio
Actor Paul Sorvino, Maryanne Keleher; Jersey City Cultural Affairs Director, and Actor and Artist; Federico Castellucio at Festival Launch Party

Clips from many of the 40 films in competition were shown the screening room throughout the evening, highlighting the much anticipated film festival. The guest were entertained throughout the evening by the jazz ensemble of Liz Williams and Gene Clemetson. Food for the party was catered by The Hamilton Inn and The Hudson Greene Market.

The film festival itself will begin with a Gala Opening at the Landmark Loew’s Theatre at Journal Square, on Thursday, Oct 13 at 6:00 pm. In addition to the Loews, films will be shown at venues around the city including The Art House, Bar Majestic, LITM, Studio II VIII.

On Saturday afternoon, Oct 15 from 12:00 – 5:00 pm, a seminar and screening, given by Leon Gast, recipient of the 1996 Academy Award for Documentary Feature and Jersey City native, will be conducted in the Mildred Hunke Auditorium at the Five Corners Library on Newark Avenue.

Additional seminars will be offered Saturday, October 15th from 12:30pm through 6:30pm in the Rotunda at City Hall on Grove Street, chaired by Mary Pat Kelly, author of “Martin Scorsese: The First Decade” and “Martin Scorsese: A Journey”. Seminar presenters also include John Trigonis, filmmaker, Slava Rubin, founder of IndieGoGo, John Dapolito, writer and director, and Sam Borowski, director.

A detailed schedule of events and a ticket ordering service are online