Island is situated just off the coast of Naples, Florida
(where the latter half of the festival took place).
Guests of the festival were treated with the utmost
regard and congeniality, including tours around the
area to scope out the elaborate homes and topography
of the region.
night featured a screening of Rick Thorne’s
Mother Ghost, starring Kevin Pollak, Mark Thompson
and Joe Mantegna. A post-screening party on the rear
lawn of the Colliar County Museum featured exquisite
catered food and a troupe of too-young cabaret girls.
Of no small interest was the Sherman tank secluded
in the foliage near the party.
festival’s Lifetime Achievement Award was given
posthumously to Rod Steiger. Mr. Steiger, whose career
spanned 50 years, starred in over 250 television dramas
and 50 motion pictures, garnering three Oscar nominations
and an Academy Award for Best Actor in 1967’s
In the Heat of the Night. The ceremony, at
which Steiger’s award was graciously accepted
by Mrs. Joan Steiger, was followed by a screening
of his last film, A Month of Sundays. Other
tributes went to Kevin Pollak, Jane Seymore and Robert
Forster (who received this year's Golden Eagle award).