Honorees | Garden State Film Festival


2015 Honorary ChairpersonMark Giannantonio

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Mark Giannantonio is presently President and CEO for Resorts Casino Hotel which is a huge part of our event each year.  A lifetime Atlantic County resident, Giannantonio not only understands the market, but is invested in its success. He serves on many advisory boards. Mark is a great supporter of the role The Arts play in the vitality of a region and has been a wonderful friend to GSFF and other arts organizations! Bravo Mark!

 Lifetime Achievement Award- Armand Assante

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Armand Assante is the 2015 honoree for Lifetime Achievement. Born in 1949 in New York City, he received his dramatic training at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Following his first screen in the cult film The Lord’s of Flatbush, Assante appeared on several soap operas before his breakthrough role in Private Benjamin.   Playing characters as diverse as Mike Hammer to John Gotti to Odysseus, Assante remains in strong demand with dozens of recent credits in both film and television including Joe’s War.

The Wave of Excellence Award- Eric Roberts

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Prolific and award-winning actor, producer Eric Roberts will receive the GSFF 2015 Wave of Excellence Award. With hundreds of credits to his name, he made his major debut with a bravura performance in The King of the Gypsies and soon dazzled critics and audiences alike in a diversity of films like Star 80, Runaway Train and The Pope of Greenwich Village. Roberts appears in three festival films this year, the short, Lose-Lose, and two features, It’s Not a Date and Charlie, Trevor and a Girl Savannah.

The Spirit Of New Jersey Award – Siobhan Fallon Hogan

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Siobhan Fallon Hogan has been seen in several blockbusters over the past twenty years including Forrest Gump, Men in Black, and Fever Pitch. Currently, she is playing Arlene Moran, Matt Dillon’s secretary in FX’s Wayward Pines. After two years as a cast member on Saturday Night Live, she had a recurring role on Seinfeld and her credits also include Thirty Rock and Law and Order. Born in upstate New York, after marrying Peter Hogan over twenty years ago they relocated to central New Jersey to raise their three children

The Independent Spirit  Award-James Wilder

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A celebrated actor, he is also an in-demand architect and designer. James Wilder is winning rave reviews for his starring role in Three Holes, Two Brads and a Smoking Gun  screening Saturday at 5:45 p.m. at Resorts Screening Room. Wilder made a splash on the small screen in a number of popular series, including Equal Justice, Melrose Place and Models Inc., but it was his scorching depiction of a serial killer in Murder One that thrust him into the limelight.


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Returning to GSFF for the third time this year, Ed will receive the MVP award for the joy that he brings and his support of our efforts. Ed can be seen in two films this year “My Friend Ed” and “Joe’s War” as well as participating in the screenplay competition winner reading which he does with such vigor!

Thank you Ed, you really are “My Friend Ed”!!


Impact Award for Promoting Business and Arts Alliance in New Jersey- Deborah Frank

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Debbie Frank is the recipient of GSFF’s 2015 Impact Award for Promoting Business and Arts Alliance. As a third generation member of the Frank Family Theatre business founded by her grandfather Samuel in the early 1900s, she serves as Executive Vice President of Film.   Deeply invested in the promotion of independent productions, Frank spearheaded the effort to bring art films to the dozens of communities along the Atlantic Coast where she operates theatres. Oftentimes, she sponsors film-related fundraisers for non-profits and also offers filmmaker forums to her audiences. Bravo Debbie !!!

The Broader Vision Award –For Film Making Dedicated to the Greater Good

Sara & Sam Schoffer Holocaust Resource Center at Richard Stockton College of New Jersey

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The Garden State Film Festival proudly awards a deserving organization each year with our Broader Vision Award for Film Making Dedicated to the Greater Good. This year we are proud to recognize the Sara & Sam Schoffer Holocaust Resource Center at the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. They have produced three films to educate future generations about the Holocaust. Alone No More: A Community Assists Holocaust Survivors, is an 11 minute documentary highlights the strong commitment of Jewish Family Service of Atlantic and Cape May Counties and the Holocaust Resource Center for providing social, cultural, and other services for local Holocaust survivors. The 10 minute documentary, Rails of the Holocaust: A Journey to Stockton College, explains the importance of railroads to the final solution and traces the history and shipping of the railroad tracks from Bialystok, Poland to Stockton. From Despair, Hope is a 28 minute documentary about three Holocaust survivors from Atlantic County who had vastly different experiences during the Third Reich.