Rip Torn & Connie Stevens lite up the NYCIFF Red Carpet Gala

Posted on August 10, 2012


No brighter sparks of inspiration, focus and dedication to share lifetimes of success in Film, media and entertainment could have been brought to the New York City International Film Festival than actor’s Rip Torn and Connie Stevens last night on the Red Carpert in New York City.

Receiving a Lifetime of Achievement Award Rip Torns’s legacy of success was a tremendous reminder of the versatility and dedication to the stage, screen and television. His tribute included a journey through decades of Film success from Men in Black, the producer on the Larry Sanders Show, his reach of films includes Easy Rider, Pork Chop Hill. Rip continues to intrigue the industry with his talent, adding demand to his creative interest.

Connie Stevens horizons have expanded through out not only the film and entertainment industry, but she is also a force in the business world. And with her latest vision to bring to film, stories of real people whose everyday struggles reminds us of the reflection and compassion we need to have for our fellow man and humanity. Building upon a vital theme that is often left out of our daily conversations, the Movie “Saving Grace B” is touted by IMDB as “a 1950s-era Missouri town the life of a couple is thrown into chaos when the husband’s sister is released from the local asylum and comes to live with the family”. Starring Tatum O’Neal, Michael Biehn, Penelope Ann Miller and young rising star Rylee Fansler. The story is one of importance, yet a topic that is often neglected. Being individuals struggling with Mental Health concerns or Homelessness, has a relevance in every nation, family, the media, and local our communities but often goes without any venue or outlet for discussion, understanding and most importantly resolve.

NYCIFF HUMANITARIAN AWARDS in 2012, Pathways to Paradise TV Show hosted by Tina Quizon was present in New York City when Connie Stevens received her award for her lifelong commitment to help our soldiers who returned from war with PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) Connie’s dedication and love for her crusade is admirable, just one woman doing so much for our young soldiers. For an event like the NYCIFF and for the worldwide film industry it is the example of a market and sector that continues even during economically hard times to expand opportunities and have growth. As people find many different levels of interest, intrigue, respite, contentment and escapism in films. For myself the NYCIFF speaks to our past and current history of humanity, bridging social equality, with an uplifting spirit and acknowledgment of people from all corners of the world.

For more information on all the International films and schedule of events, including the NY Film Market weekend from Aug 9th with the awards event on Aug 16th go to the website at: