Opening Night Party for the Tenth Annual Sunscreen Film Festival

Thursday April 30, 2015 the Opening Night Party for the Tenth Annual Sunscreen Film Festival SSFF was held here at the historic venue NOVA 535 Unique Event Space located in beautiful downtown St. Pete, Florida. We can all thank visionary Tony Armer for making this all happen. A man’s dream, lots of hard work, and the help of many many of us along the way, has propelled Tony from a film lover to the current role of Film Commissioner for Pinellas County and proud papa of a successful 10 Year Old Film Festival. Go Tony!! 2015 04-30 Sunscreen-Film-Festival-at-venue-NOVA535-downtown-StPete-74

Now that Tony is Film Commissioner: Do we have to genuflect when we are in his presence? Anyhoo, he’s turned over the reigns of the SSFF to Dwight Cenac, now the new SSFF Festival director. Congrats Dwight! The main players –  A BIG THANKYOU TO YOU ALL!! Include Dwight Cenac, Festival Director, Tony Armer, Founder, Tyler Martinolich, Programming DirectorLisa Mansell, Operations & Event Director and Brad Kugler, Business Development.  Here is the entire supporting cast. 

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My brother from another mother Mike Rich aka DJ Ich spun his fantastical dance beats, making us grove and dance as always. Love you Mike!   Follow DJ Ich on Facebook.

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Homegrown Star Michael Lynche of American Idol fame sang several amazing songs with his incredible band, what a magical voice Mike has. Introductions were by friend and local superstar Doug Hensel aka DJ Fresh, the DJ for the TB Rays Baseball team and more. When do you sleep Doug??

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I’ve heard Michael perform several times before here at NOVA 535, and he’s ALWAYS incredible, but tonight there was something extra. He really was incredible, the entire crowd transfixed upon him. Bravo to Big Mike, who continues to improve and grow!    Follow Michael Lynche on Facebook.

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Coming out to support every year are delightful friends like photographer Carol “Downtown” Gallagher and Rhino on Air’s Ann Marie Cash Levasseur, two incredibly supportive, smart and fun ladies.2015 04-30 Sunscreen-Film-Festival-at-venue-NOVA535-downtown-StPete-140 2015 04-30 Sunscreen-Film-Festival-at-venue-NOVA535-downtown-StPete-96

A couple of smartphone selfies with brother Chris above, and rock-n-rolla Johnny Green, me, Tony and festival co-founder Derek MIner here below.2015 04-30 Sunscreen-Film-Festival-at-venue-NOVA535-downtown-StPete-78 2015 04-30 Sunscreen-Film-Festival-at-venue-NOVA535-downtown-StPete-68

Jacklyn Lee below. Uncle Mike above in promo mode. 2015 04-30 Sunscreen-Film-Festival-at-venue-NOVA535-downtown-StPete-63 2015 04-30 Sunscreen-Film-Festival-at-venue-NOVA535-downtown-StPete-67 2015 04-30 Sunscreen-Film-Festival-at-venue-NOVA535-downtown-StPete-56 2015 04-30 Sunscreen-Film-Festival-at-venue-NOVA535-downtown-StPete-53

Above is younger, better looking brother Chris with my goddaughter Jacklyn (to his right with white shoes) and one of her favorite girlfriends Alexandra. Jacklyn is an aspiring actor and is smart, funny, witty and already has a several gigs under her belt. Hey scouts, producers and directors, keep Jacklyn Lee in mind for your next upcoming part. And don’t forget my % Jacklyn when you’re a A Lister. Below is the always charming Doug and beautiful and talented daughter Daphne who recently starred in a Disney TV commercial. She’s FRESH 2.0!!

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We all enjoyed the 2015 SSFF Opening NIght Film “Next Goal Wins” starring the new head coach of the Tampa Bay Rowdies, Thomas Rongen, a really nice guy. We spoke for a bit, and he is as real an genuine and passionate about soccer as is possible. Welcome to St. Pete Coach Rongen and Go Rowdies!

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Food was provided by sponsor NOVA 535 Unique Event Space from Hooks Sushi, Joey Brooklyn’s Pizza and Jimmy John’s Subs. Film makers get Hangry if you don’t feed them!

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A new friend Laura Marie was quick to command the dance floor and show off her amazing, pro dance moves. Good thing our Brazilian hardwood was ready to Tango!

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Down below is ALL of the photos that I took on my Canon 6D, I’m not a pro just a guy with a good camera. If you enjoyed your time here at NOVA 535, then please be kind and write a nice review online here THANKS!

People think of NOVA 535 as a wedding venue, which we are, though of course we host companies all the time for parties, seminars, awards banquets, etc. The only thing Team NOVA is “married” to is excellence and providing 5 Star experiences for everyone. I offer the vision and set the bar high, often saying “think of NOVA as like Ritz Carlton meets Disney World”. We believe that we are only as good as our last event – like a comedian or fighter – and we use that subtle paranoia and clearly focus on only one event at a time…yours!

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