The filmmakers and members of the medical community will be on hand for a panel discussion between screenings of the two films.

On four separate nights, award-winning independent filmmaker Rob Nilsson will be on hand for special tribute screenings of his films. Nilsson will take questions at the conclusion of each film. The schedule includes:

"Northern Lights," Wednesday, April 29, 7 p.m., The Palace Theatre; "Need," Friday, May 1, 5:15 p.m., Everson Museum of Art; "Frank Dead Souls," Saturday, May 2, noon, Everson Museum; and "Presque Isle," Saturday, May 2, 7:30 p.m., Everson Museum.

Seminars have become an important component of SYRFILMFEST, and 2009 will continue the tradition. Forum/panel discussions will be held on Wednesday, April 29, and Thursday, April 30, on the Syracuse University campus. Both discussions are free and open to the public. The first, on Wednesday at 2 p.m. in the Joyce Hergenhan Auditorium in Newhouse 3, will focus on the subject of "Hollywood and Politics"; panelists include actress Michelle Anton Allen, actor Tom Bower, filmmaker Rob Nilsson and attorney John Stout. The second forum will take place on Thursday, April 30, at 2 p.m. in the Hamlin Auditorium at the Newhouse School and will be on the subject of "Music and Sound in Film"; panelists will include composer Jeff Beal and Canadian sound designer Jane Tattersal.

Saturday, May 2, will feature a series of seminars for interested professionals and students. Topics for the seminars include a "Gathering of CNY Filmmakers"; a "Film Investors Roundtable"; and a talk by Hollywood producer David Greenblatt, "How to Get Into the Business," which should be of interest to aspiring actors, directors, cinematographers and others seeking entry into the world of film.

And there will be parties! Several members of the cast and crew of the recent Ed Harris-directed western "Appaloosa"-including writer/producer Robert Knott, actor Tom Bower and composer Jeff Beal-will be in Syracuse for a screening of the film on Saturday, April 30, at 7 p.m. at The Palace

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