Opening Night Film & Party Highlights

Months of planning finally paid off. Last night we had our Opening Night Film and Party!

The night started with a screening of THE PRICE OF EVERYTHING, our Opening Night Film. This film explored the contemporary art world and examined the role of art and other artistic passions in today’s money-driven, consumer-based society. The story follows art collectors, dealers, auctioneers, and a variety of artist including Jeff Koons, Gerhard Richter and Njideka Akunyili Crosby, and one-time art star Larry Poons. The film explores the question that many times comes up in the art world today; how do we price the priceless?

GREENWICH, CT – JUNE 01: (L-R) Sam Kleiner, Wendy Reyes, Colleen deVeer, Jennifer Stockman, Larry Poons, Ginger Stickel, Paula Poons, and Nathanial Kahn attend a screening and Q&A for the Opening Night Film, “The Price of Everything,” during the 2018 Greenwich International Film Festival on June 1, 2018 in Greenwich, Connecticut. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for Greenwich Film Festival)

The film was followed by an amazing Q&A with Nathaniel Kahn (Director), Jennifer Stockman (Producer), Carla Solomon (Producer), Debi Wisch (Producer), Bob Richman (Director of Photography), and Larry Poons.


After the Opening Night Film Premiere of THE PRICE OF EVERYTHING, festival guests arrived at Opening Night Party via Greenwich Taxi, the official transportation partner of GIFF. Guests walked the red carpet and then were ushered to the main room of the party and met by GIFF’s sponsors and local businesses.

Our Casamigos Tequila VIP Lounge, staged by Mari b. Interiors, was the place to be, with comfortable couches to lounge before and after Ms. Lauryns Hill’s performance. The space included  amazing artwork by Cindy Press, furniture from Abode Central and Accentuation by Design, plants from Roth Nursery, and rugs from ABC Carpet & Home .Guests sipped on drinks while listening to DJ April Larken spin.

The night’s festivities began with the presentation of the Film Awards. Ryan Eggold, Head of the Social Impact Jury, helped Colleen deVeer, Director of Programming, and Sam Kleiner, GIFF Programmer, present the 2018 Film Awards. Read the full blog post about the winners here!

(From Right to Left) Ginger Stickel, Executive Director, Colleen DeVeer, Director of Programming, Ryan Eggold, Head of Social Impact Jury, and Sam Kleiner, GIFF Programmer, announcing the winners at Opening Night Party.

And then….Ms. Lauryn Hill took the stage. She put on an amazing show filled with her classics, which had the crowd singing along during her entire set. It was clear that she is not just a performer, but an artist. Ms. Lauryn Hill had such a unique voice and we are so glad we were able to bring her to Greenwich. Every little detail of her performance was beautifully thought out and she had the crowd dancing all night.

GREENWICH, CT – JUNE 01: Ms. Lauryn Hill performs onstage during the Opening Night Party for the 2018 Greenwich International Film Festival at the Boys and Girls Club of Greenwich on June 1, 2018 in Greenwich, Connecticut. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for Greenwich Film Festival)

Thank you to all of our sponsors for the Opening Night Party including Betteridge, Movie Pass, Casamigos Tequila, Lifewtr, Vivino, Pernod Ricard, Mari b. Interiors, DJ April Larken, Moffly Media, Schofferhofer, Radeberger, Accentuations by Design, Roth Nursery, Cindy Press, and ABC Carpet & Home. We are excited to announce that we were also able to support the Lauryn Hill Charitable Foundation.

Thank you to our restaurant partners: Fortina, HooDoo Brown Barbeque, Little Pub, and Skinny Pizza.

Special thanks to Renny & Reed and Sebass Events & Entertainment for transforming the Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich into an incredible party atmosphere!

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