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FLICKS: Class Acts & Backstage Angels

Posted on 27 December 2012 by LeslieM

By Dave Montalbano


As has been tradition for over a decade in this column, I name my Class Acts & Backstage Angles from this year.

PBIFF, MegaCon, Spooky Empire, Museum of Discovery and Science IMAX Theater and FLIFF are consistently successful, thanks to diligent individuals. However, the term “Angel” takes on certain poignancy this year given the loss of my DBHS classmate [fallen firefighter] Bill Elliott, Observer’s Senior Sales Advisor Karen Rice and my father.

I must acknowledge the Angels who helped ease my father’s transition on Columbus Day, especially VITAS staff from North Broward Hospital (I donated my book, “The Adventures of Cinema Dave in the Florida Motion Picture World,” to their waiting room library).

I am thankful for comforting e-mails that the Hunters sent me during some dark hours and am proud to be a contributor to their upcoming album, Manhattan Blues. I am thankful for witnessing a moment of silence before the first screening of The Dark Knight Rises after the Colorado shooting.

Whether it was devotion to their craft (Mucklebones Traveling Museum) or helping animals (K9 for Love Homestead Dogs Rescue), Class Acts quietly made this world better.

Local favorite Jack’s Hamburgers celebrated their 40th birthday with a month of parties for their community. Some Class Acts & Angels were just fun to be around, like 13-year-old actress Bailee Madison, who exhibited textbook Dale Carnegie style during FLIFF.

Class Acts of 2012:

• Caroline Williams – actress (Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, Hatchet 3)

• Peter Wein – host (“Peter’s Living Room,” WEI Network .com)

• Oliver Robbins – actor (Poltergeist)

• Stefan Ruzowitzky – director (Deadfall)

• Mucklebones Traveling

Museum – Spooky Empire exhibit

• Bailee Madison (& family) – actress (Parental Guidance, Bridge to Terabithia)

• June Lockhart – actress (Lost in Space, Lassie)

• Steve Hunter (and Karen) guitarist, (Manhattan Blues)

• Linda Hamilton – actress (Beauty and the Beast, The Terminator)

• Demmie Grimm – CosPlay actress extraordinaire

• Actresses Carroll (Giant, Baby Doll) & Blanche (Ruth Madoff Occupies Wall Street) Baker

• Peter Gererson, Donald Comiter – doctors

Next week’s column will feature my Top 10 list for 2012 and movies and events to look forward to in 2013. In the meantime, thanks, dear readers, for all of your kind words and support during such a challenging year.

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