2011 Festival

2011 Honorees

2011 GSFF Honorary Chairperson
The Garden State Film Festival is proud to honor John K. Lloyd, president and chief executive officer of Meridian Health. John began his undergraduate education at Princeton University, and proudly served his country in the United States Marine Corps., before attaining a Masters of Business Administration in Health Administration at Temple University.

2011 GSFF Lifetime Achievement Award
The Garden State Film Festival is proud to honor Steve Sabol, President, NFL Films. As president of the most honored filmmaker in sports, Steve Sabol continues to be the artistic vision behind the studio that revolutionized the way America watches football.

2011 Beacon Award for a lifetime career in film, music, stage and television
The Garden State Film Festival is proud to honor Lainie Kazan, Lainie Kazan is the embodiment of the word entertainer – an artist who has reached the pinnacle in virtually every area of performance. She has come a long way since she was Barbra Streisand’s Broadway understudy in “Funny Girl.

Clarence Clemons
Clarence Clemons, affectionately known worldwide as The Big Man, has captivated audiences’ for over forty years with his distinguished ability for making his saxophone speak a universal language; he has the unique power to move listeners with the melody of his very soul.

2011 Robert Pastorelli Rising Star Award
The Garden State Film Festival is proud to honor Joe Sernio with the Robert Pastorelli Rising Star Award. It is the pleasure of The Garden State Film Festival to announce that Joe Sernio has been named the Robert Pastorelli Rising Star at this ninth festival. Winners of this award are painstakingly chosen for talent, determination and quality of character.

2011 GSFF Broader Vision Award
The Garden State Film Festival is proud to announce Villanova University’s Center for Social Justice Film as this year’s recipient of our Broader Vision Award for Filmmaking Dedicated to the Greater Good. The overarching purpose of this institute is to train Villanova students in the art and craft of filmmaking that will be utilized in the service of social justice issues. The institute grounds Villanova students in the necessary skills needed to become media professionals who can, upon leaving Villanova, be able to implement these skills to create projects that enrich us all. The Garden State Film Festival is also proud to present their film “Coming Off the DL” at this years festival at The Paramount Theatre on Saturday, April 2nd in Screening Event P5 at 1:15PM.

Garden State Screenplay Competition Winner
Chris Molinaro winner of this year’s Garden State Screenplay Competition for GLORY DAYS. Chris is a ten-year veteran of television and film. He caught the writing bug at age 11 when he won the New Jersey Young Playwrights Contest, granting him the opportunity to see his play performed live in theaters and schools around New Jersey. Years later, he went on to write and produce two short films along with his writing partner Steve Makowski, with whom he collaborated on the story for GLORY DAYS. The two made it to the quarterfinal round in the 2006 Scriptapalooza Competition with their original TV pilot, WHEN ALL ELSE FAILS. Chris currently works at Sundance Channel as an editor. He attended Rutgers University and is married with a two-year-old daughter and another on the way.