Big Apple Film Festival Announces 2014 Lineup - Katherine Waterson and Jerry Stiller To Receive BAFF Awards

Big Apple Film Festival Announces 2014 Lineup - Katherine Waterson and Jerry Stiller To Receive BAFF Awards

By Nick Leyland | October 22, 2014 11:56AM EDT

The 11th Annual Big Apple Film Festival Kicks Off on November 5 

Festival Announces Slate of 129 Films and Appearances by Actors Including

Katherine Waterston (Inherent Vice, Boardwalk Empire) and Jerry Stiller (Seinfeld, King of Queens) and More

Jerry Stiller To Be Honored with “Golden Apple Award”

Katherine Waterston To Be Honored with “New York Emerging Talent Award”

October 22, 2014 – New York, NY – The 11th annual Big Apple Film Festival (BAFF) today announced its lineup of 129 feature-length and short films.  In addition to film screenings, this year’s festival will also feature Q&As with filmmakers and talent, discussions with special guests, opening and closing night receptions and a closing night awards ceremony.  The 11th annual Big Apple Film Festival runs November 5 – 9 at the Tribeca Cinemas.

The Big Apple Film Festival will commence on November 5th with the opening night film MANHATTAN ROMANCE, written and directed by Tom O’Brien (Fairhaven), who also stars in the film opposite Katherine Waterston (Inherent Vice), Gaby Hoffmann (Transparent), and Caitlin Fitzgerald (Masters of Sex).   Following the screening Katherine Waterston, who recently appeared as the lead actress in Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice, will accept the festival’s prestigious “Emerging Talent” award.  Previous winners include Mike Vogel, Jesse Eisenberg, Louisa Krause and Aaron Stanford.

The festival will present its “Golden Apple Award” to actor/comedian Jerry Stiller.  Best known for his role as Frank Constanza on Seinfeld, Jerry Stiller stars in SIMPLER TIMES, premiering at BAFF on November 8th.  Previous “Golden Apple Award” winners include Cuba Gooding Jr, Morgan Spurlock, Anthony Bregman and Alan Cumming.  Other highlights of this year’s festival will include Q & A’s with filmmakers and actors, as well as networking events, filmmaker receptions and a closing night award ceremony.

“We’re thrilled to once again offer audiences an opportunity to see groundbreaking independent films, from an exciting group of established talent and rising stars,” commented Big Apple Film Festival founder and director Jonathan Lipp.  “Now in our second decade, this year’s festival boasts our strongest lineup yet.”

Recognized by MovieMaker Magazine as one of the “25 Coolest Film Festivals,” the Big Apple Film Festival has connected audiences with independent films and filmmakers from the New York City metropolitan area and beyond since the inaugural festival in 2004.  As New York City is synonymous with cultural diversity, the Big Apple Film Festival seeks to recognize and support films and filmmakers which focus their attention on the unique qualities of individuals of all backgrounds and ethnicities.

Additional highlights of the 2014 Big Apple Film Festival include:

BREAD AND BUTTER  directed by Liz Manishil and starring Lauren Lapkus (Jurassic World, Are You Here, Orange is the New Black, Blended), Eric Lange, Harry Groener and Bobby Moynihan(Saturday Night Live, Monsters University).

FLOATING SUNFLOWERS directed by Francisco Solorzano and starring Anna Chlumsky (Veep), and Lynn Cohen (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire).

SIMPLER TIMES directed by Steve Monarque and starring Jerry Stiller (King of Queens), Amy Stiller (Tropic Thunder) and Anne Meara (Rhoda).

AUSTIN TO BOSTON directed by Marcus Haney and produced by Ben Lovett of Mumford and Sons.

THE WISDOM TO KNOW THE DIFFERENCE directed by and starring Daniel Baldwin (Vampires), along with Lou Diamond Phillips (Courage Under Fire).

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