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Beach screening is Sunday

Jim Brown to present film fest awards

by Robb Fulcher

NFL Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown, recently acquitted of making terrorist threats against his wife in a much-publicized trial, will be among the celebrities handing out awards at a wrap-up party for the third SilverSand Film Festival at Hermosa Beach.

The festival, taking place mainly in October, will offer its special beach screening 7 p.m. this Sunday near the Hermosa pier, featuring the classic "Some Like It Hot" with Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis and Marilyn Monroe. Some 2,000 people are expected to attend.

The recent legal trouble of Brown, who is an actor as well as a football player, was not a matter of concern regarding his appearance, said Christine King, president of TMG International, the festival's producer.

"My response to that is he will be here as a presenter, as an actor, and I'm very happy to have him at the ceremony," King said.

On Sept. 10 Brown was acquitted of making terrorist threats against his wife stemming from a June 15 argument. He was convicted of vandalism for smashing the window of her car. Brown told reporters the verdict vindicated him of spousal abuse allegations, which he said were trumped up by authorities.

Festival news is coming fast and furious these days. Mickey Dolenz, a producer who made his name and his fortune as drummer for the wildly successful pop group The Monkees, will serve as one of 15 show biz industry judges for the festival entries.

Other industry judges -- writers, directors and actors -- include Harold Becker ("Sea of Love," "City Hall"), Jill Mazursky ("Gone Fishin'") and Deena Martin ("Swingers").

Other industry celebrities presenting awards at an Oct. 3 "filmmaker gala" include New Line Cinema President Joe Nimziki, and actor Bill Bellemy of "Love Stinks."

In other festival news, a major sponsor, the Audi of America automobile company, will show off its new TT Coupe, which is being hauled around the U.S. in a glass-walled exhibit trailer, festival officials said.

The Audi exhibit will be viewable noon to 6 p.m. Sunday at the site of the special beach screening. During the festival's main run Oct. 1 through Oct. 3, the Audi exhibit will be planted in front of the Hermosa Beach Community Center, 710 Pier Ave., which will serve as one of the screening locations.

A total of 20 new films -- shorts, features and documentaries -- will be screened at the community center, at the Clark Building at 861 Valley Drive, and at Valley School, 1645 Valley Drive.

"Inconceivable," a movie by producer Avi Haas of Hermosa, will open the festival 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 1 at the community center theater.

"Inconceivable" is described as a "new independent film about a woman who finds that it takes more than a fertile imagination to go from here to maternity."

Voted one of the top films at this year's Palm Springs International Film Festival, the contemporary comedy stars Corinne Bohrer ("Friends," "Vice Versa") and Jonathan Penner (Showtime's "Rude Awakening"). Mo Gaffney ("Mad About You") plays the leader of a group that "preaches pregnancy at all costs," festival organizers said.

General admission tickets to the festival are $8. A $75 founders pass includes all screenings, seminars and VIP parties, including an "awards gala."

A $40 producers pass includes 10 film screenings, VIP opening and closing parties, and two seminars. An all-day pass is $25.

For information call (310) 887-7077 or punch up hermosafilm.com. ER

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