The 2011 Feel Good Film Festival, Aug 12-14 Raleigh Studios


The 2011 Feel Good Film Festival (FGFF) announced their hosts for the upcoming family-friendly film festival to take place at Raleigh Studios in Hollywood August 12-14. Valente Rodriguez, currently starring on TV Land’s “Happily Divorced”will help launch the weekend-long film festival as the Opening Night Gala host. Rizwan Manji, from NBC’s “Outsourced”will be the Master of Ceremonies for the FGFF Closing Night Awards ceremony.
The three-day event features films aimed at both adult and family audiences that highlight positive themes, happy endings, laughter, and capture the beauty of the world.
Valente Rodriguez will serve as the host for Opening Night presentation featuring Rosa Karo’s “The Italian Key”, as well as screenings of the short films Bring Me Sunshine” , directed by Rachael Hastingsand The Girl & The Fox”, directed by Tyler Kupferer.

Currently starring with Fran Drescher on the TV Land situation comedy “Happily Divorced”, Rodriguez is most familiar as George Lopez’s lovable best friend ‘Ernie’ on the Emmy Award-Winning series “TheGeorge Lopez Show”. Beyond his work on primetime TV and the big screen in films like “Blood In Blood Out”, “Erin Brockovich”  and “It’s Complicated”, Rodriguez is actively developing and producing films with Latin themes to bridge cultural divides.
Rizwan Manji will host the FGFF Closing Night Filmmaker Awards Ceremony. Most recently seen as the scheming assistant manager on NBC’s “Outsourced,” Manji has divided his time between television appearance on “Privileged”and “Better off Ted” with big screen appearances in TRANSFORMERS as well as the recently wrapped indie feature THE CITIZEN with Cary Elwes.

Feel Good Film Festival Founder and Co-Director, Kristen Ridgway Flores said, “We are excited to have Valente and Rizwan on board to host our Opening and Closing Night festivities. They are both immensely talented and very funny actors whose work has embodied what the Feel Good Film Festival stands for. We are all looking forward to see what they have in store for our Feel Good audiences.”

Flores’s vision to program Feel Good films is a welcome one foe audience members weary of excessive sex, violence, amped-up special effects and 3D. (If only every #D movie were as brilliant as “Coraline” or ‘Avatar”.Rizwan Manji
The Feel Good Film Festival celebrates films and the filmmakers and creative artists that create entertainment with positive themes, happy endings, that make audiences laugh, and that captures the beauty of our world. FGFF will encourage the development, production, and distribution of films that share those characteristics as it offers a yearly touchstone for the viewing and enjoyment of those films.

Raleigh Studios :650 North Bronson Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90004-1495
For more info and tickets go to


About Author

Robin Menken

Robin Menken Robin Menken lives in Los Angeles. She was the Artistic Director of the Second City Workshops, taught at UC Berkeley, USC, Barcelona\'s Ateneu and the Esalin Institute. She was Roberto Rossellini\'s assistant, and worked with Yevgeny Vevteshenku, Glauber Rocha and Eugene Ionesco. She sold numerous screenplays and wrote the OBIE winning The FTA SHow (touring with Jane Fonda, Donald Sutherland and Ben Vereen.) She was a programming consultant and Special Events co-ordinator for numerous film festivals, including the SF, Rio, Havana and N.Y Film Festivals. Her first news outlet was the historic East Village Other.

Leave A Reply