"A Circus Life" and "Godfather III" Kick Off Heartland Film Series


Hollywood actor/director Robert Cicchini and editor/producer Gene Gamache are kicking off a series of special screenings here offering a behind the scenes look at great movie making.

The events, sponsored by the new Heartland Independent Film Forum at Muskegon’s Harbor Cinema, will offer movie fans a chance to meet the artists who will showcase first rate feature  and documentary films.

Cicchini, a film, television and stage actor will tell the  fascinating story behind the making of Godfather III while award winning editor Gamache will showcase his new hit documentary, A Circus Life. The Cicchini event is set for Saturday October 19 and Gamache will appear on Friday October 25.

Both films screen at 7 p.m. followed by talkbacks with the artists. In addition there is a special VIP reception with Cicchini and Gamache before their respective events at 5:30 p.m.

Gamache’s A Circus Life tells the story of Circus World leader Chappie Fox’s extraordinary campaign to save and restore one of the great 20th century art forms, circus wagons from across America. This extraordinary collection was featured for many years in the great Milwaukee circus parade and is at the heart of the Circus World collection in Baraboo, Wisconsin. 

Gamache has won seven Key Art awards for his work on trailers and marketing campaigns for his work on such films as Forrest Gump, Ghost, Braveheart and Marley and Me.  His recent work has been seen on such films as The DescendantsThe Way Way Back and just released Enough Said.

Cicchini, the acclaimed film, television and stage actor who began his career in Michigan on the Wayne State University stage is known for his work on such shows as The Mentalist, NCIS, Six Feet Under and in films like War of the Worlds and Light Sleeper.  He is also the star and director of the locally produced film Waterwalk. He just completed a run of  the critically acclaimed play Open House in Los Angeles.

Cicchini’s story behind the making of Godfather III will offer insights into the careers of actors like Al Pacino and shed light on how stage actors can break into film.

Heartland, a new nonprofit dedicated to promoting the production and exhibition of independent films in the midwest, was founded by local producer Roger Rapoport and board members Robert Goodrich and Jean Pataky. Goodrich heads one of the midwest’s best known theater chains and Pataky is the former chair of the Muskegon Community College English department.

For more information and to order tickets contact Harbor Cinema at 231 755-2821 or visit harborshowtimes.com

Roger Rapoport