12th Annual Hoboken Film Festival is Held

By Ed McCarthy

GREENWOOD LAKE – The 12th annual Hoboken Film Festival was held in the town of Greenwood Lake and began last weekend. This years opening night featured the presentation of a Lifetime Achievement Award to Orange County resident Armand Assante.

Assante is the winner of an Emmy Award for “Gotti” and also a two time Golden Globe Nominee and four time Emmee Nominee.

The noted film star of such movies as “Private Benjamin,” “Gotti,” “Hoffa” and “American Gangster” was born in New York City and grew up in Cornwall and has resided for many years in the Campbell Hall area.

In his acceptance speech, he recalled many fond memories of Orange County. He said, “I have lived in many places around the world, but here, one hour from New York City, this county is a garden of Heaven.”

Assante has been involved in many humanitarian causes and is very active in reducing the amount of land mines that are scattered in many parts of the world.

The week long festival will screen more than 130 independent films. On the 25th will be awards night for some of the films hosted by comedian Gilbert Gotfried. The festival’s Chairman is Ken Del Vecchio. Fox news called the festival one of the 10 biggest in world.

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