NORTH SALEM, N.Y. – The 2nd Annual Erik Nicoletti Film Festival will be whammo times two, with both a kid-pic matinee and a socko sci-fi flick, “The Fifth Element,” for the grown-up set.
The sci-flick features long-time fave Bruce Willis and co-stars Milla Jovovich and Gary Oldman. It is another top box office directing job by French award-winner Luc Besson.
“‘The Fifth Element’ was one of Erik’s favorite movies,” said his mother, Dorothy Nicoletti. “We saw it together at least three times. We were very close that way. We both loved movies.”
North Salem High graduate Erik Nicoletti was killed three years ago in an auto accident while he was attending the University of Tampa and studying the ins and out of the film industry. The goal of the film festival is to raise money to build a film and broadcast studio at the high school in Erik’s honor.
The auditorium at North Salem High School will transform into your favorite neighborhood movie house, with popcorn, candy and lots of celebrities, such as leading man George Bovino and the Oscar-winning director Jeremy Ramos.
The matinee kiddie show will be a screening of “Hoodwinked,” the re-worked animated tale of Little Red Riding Hood, turned inside out and upside down.
There is no admission charge for either show, but donations of $10 per person gratefully will be accepted. Last year, the Erik V. Nicoletti Foundation raised roughly $10,000 between the movie night and a raffle. This year, the sale of raffle tickets has already exceeded $4,000, so the fund may do even better.
The matinee performance of “Hoodwinked” begins at 3:30 p.m. Friday. The red carpet for the evening event rolls out for guests at 5:30 p.m., with the screening of “The Fifth Element” at 6 p.m.
Don’t forget your autograph albums.