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Hamilton brings star power to Fallbrook Film Festival

FALLBROOK - The Third Annual Fallbrook Film Festival is now a memory, with the clicking of the cameras and murmuring of voices stilled. The three-day event was the best ever. With a new venue at the UltraStar Cinemas in Bonsall River Village the filmmakers were thrilled to be able to present their work in Pure Digital state-of-the-art equipment. The spacious and sparkling theatre welcomed guests who watched the films come to life on the enormous screen. It was a festival for which the town can be immensely proud.

The powerful movie, “Man in the Chair,” starring Christopher Plummer, won the “Frank Capra Award” for most uplifting film. Director Michael Schroeder was presented the award, which was hand-fashioned by Fallbrook resident Leo Romero. The stunning award is a sculpture of Frank Capra sitting in the director’s chair.

Festival workshops were illuminating and informative. Frank Capra III presented a fascinating program on his legendary grandfather Frank Capra, who owned a large ranch in Fallbrook. Capra mentioned how he remembered spending Christmases in Fallbrook at his grandparents’ home watching, “It’s a Wonderful Life,” in the basement home theatre.

Fallbrook resident and Hollywood screenwriter Carol Roper presented an enlightening workshop on her craft; and Michael Schroeder, “Man in the Chair,” director/writer gave the audience tips on staying alive in a changing Hollywood.

Film star and Golden Globe winner George Hamilton regaled the audience with stories about his film “My One and Only,” which was based on the life of his mother, when George was about 16 years old. A fascinating film, it was made even more so with personal stories. Hamilton then was presented with the “Career Achievement” award. He was introduced to the audience by longtime friend, Peggy Callahan, a Fallbrook resident and widow of prolific Hollywood actor James Callahan who played Walter Powell on the ‘80s television series, “Charles in Charge.” After the award presentation, Hamilton was gracious and accommodating, posing for photographs and visiting with several admirers.

Three Fallbrook residents were honored with awards during the Festival.

Patty Hornsveld, along with her husband Hank, owners of the historic Mission Theatre and CAST Productions, were presented with the first annual “Patron of the Arts” award for their many years of contributions to the field of performing arts.

Fallbrook resident David Bolt, director of the mission organization, “Bring Me Hope,” directed the film “Hannah’s Story,” which features an orphan in China. The film was named “Best Documentary Feature.” Bolt is currently in China running a mission for orphans, however, his father and the film’s producer, Steve Bolt, also a Fallbrook resident, accepted the award.

Missed the festival? Some of the best films are being re-screened this week at the UltraStar in Bonsall’s River Village. For film information please check the Web site:


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