Cinema Paradiso in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, was transformed into a 1920’s-style speakeasy on Saturday, November 12 as captains and crew donned fashionable flapper wear and “Gatsby-esque” gangster garb in honor of the Great Gatsby-themed 2011 Fort Yachtie Da International Film Festival, hosted by Crew Unlimited. Scores of crew turned up to view films produced by the fellow crewmates in various categories: Action, Comedy, Documentary, Sponsor Infomercial, Yachtie Lifestyle and, the crème de la crème, Best Overall. Champagne flowed and the sweet songs of the Chicago soundtrack pumped up the crowd, who hit the floor between and after screenings to get their Charleston on.
MC for the evening was none other than beloved captain, Herb Magney. With his leopard and diamond cane and top hat, he looked the part as he ushered up sponsors to present awards to much deserving producers/crew.
First place in the Action category went to Kelly Esser for her video: “The Good Life.” Coming in a close second was “Crew Experience” by Brad Walker and runner up was the bone-chilling “Polar Plunge” video submitted by Erdal Akoyl.
The ever-favorite Comedy category featured tough competition this year, but Jennifer Day came out on top with her film, “Super Crew,” which came complete with an original score, written by Capt. Scott. Second place was awarded to Kevin Davidson for “Workin’ on a Yacht” and Cindy Bekkedam was runner up with her “Stewie Dreams.”
Kevin Davidson took both first and second place in the Documentary category with “Soloman Islands” and “Shipwrecks of Chuuk.” Runner up was Adrian Gordyn with “Pepper 1.”
First place in the Sponsor Informercial category went to Carmella Petruzelli for “The Factory Salon,” second went to Fred Volkwein for “Yacht Jewelry” and runner up was Suki Finnerty with “Yacht Shine.”
Yachtie Lifestyle was another hard-fought category. Chance Strickland topped out in first place with “Belize It,” Francois Korff took second with “Yachting Made Possible” and runner up was Adrian Gordyn with “Five O’clock Bahamas.”
And your 2011 Fort Yachtie Da Film Fest Best in Show was none other than Aimee Preston with “Let Loose on the Lazy Z Fun Park.” Unfortunately, Aimee was unable to attend in person, but she did accept her award live, via Skype.
The ever-generous Tim Davey of ISS-GMT promised that next year, he would fly winners in from around the globe so they will be able to attend the event. So if winning $1,000 for top prize isn’t enough, maybe this will be the incentive you need to grab your video camera and keep it rolling to show the world yachting from your perspective.
Congratulations to all of the winners and kudos to all who bravely submitted a video. Until next year….