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Greenwich International Film Festival kicks off with Colin Hanks film - Greenwich Post

The Greenwich International Film Festival (GIFF) will kick off their inaugural year with the Opening Night premiere screening of Colin Hanks’ directorial debut All Things Must Pass on Friday, June 5, from 8:30-11:30 p.m. Following the screening, U.S. Trust will host the Opening Night Party at Restoration Hardware on Greenwich Avenue. The Bill & Anne Bresnan Social Impact Award will be announced at the reception, where GIFF board member Jenna Bush Hager will serve as Master of Ceremonies.

All Things Must Pass is an inside look at the rise and fall of the once ubiquitous Tower Records. How could a business go from a net worth of $1 billion dollars to complete bankruptcy in just five years? Colin Hanks’ directorial debut examines this question and more, tracking the meteoric rise and tragic fall of the Tower Records empire and its tight-knit staff whose bond proved stronger than its fate. This sentimental and richly woven documentary is equal parts nostalgia and powerful, weaving stories of the employees who started the first store in Sacramento with the failures that led to its crash. The film features interviews with Russ Solomon, Stan Goman, Heidi Cotler, Mark Viducich, Dave Grohl, Elton John, Bruce Springsteen and David Geffen.

“The Greenwich International Film Festival is thrilled to be presenting Colin Hanks’ film, All Things Must Pass, as our Opening Night Film. It is an incredibly moving documentary that has impact for people of all ages. Colin’s skillful direction makes the incredible story of Tower Records come to life,” said GIFF founders Carina Crain, Colleen deVeer and Wendy Reyes.

“I am so honored to have All Things Must Pass screen Opening Night at the Greenwich International Film Festival. This night marks a significant beginning for GIFF and I am excited to be a part of it,” said Colin Hanks.

The Bill & Anne Bresnan Social Impact Award will be chosen by the GIFF Social Impact Jurors and awarded to a director who demonstrates a commitment to social change through cinema. The recipient will be announced at the GIFF Opening Night Party, where they will be presented with a $10,000 award. Four category winners will be announced as well.

The Greenwich International Film Festival will take place June 4-7 in Greenwich, less than one hour from Manhattan via Metro North. The full program of films, panels and special events will be announced by GIFF in the coming weeks. Passes are currently available for purchase and tickets will be on sale starting May 1 at

About the Greenwich International Film Festival

The Greenwich International Film Festival (GIFF) is a non-profit organization that will celebrate film and the visual arts in Greenwich, CT, June 4th through 7th, 2015. GIFF was founded by Carina Crain, Colleen deVeer, and Wendy Stapleton Reyes to bridge the worlds of film, finance, and philanthropy. The Festival’s mission is to provide filmmakers the opportunity to showcase their work with the goal of finding financing and distribution. Additionally, GIFF will harness the power of film to support UNICEF’S OneMinutesJr program with a percentage of funds raised to support their 2015 charity partner. Learn more

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About the 2015 Greenwich International Film Festival Sponsors

The 2015 Greenwich International Film Festival is pleased to announce Stella Artois, Houlihan Lawrence, Jetblue, Rainmaker Films, Miller Motorcars/Bentley Greenwich, Pure, Clay Fitness, U.S. Trust, NEBCO Insurance Services, and Catterton as sponsors.

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