Mount Vernon Film Festival To Open with “The Equalizer” Starring Denzel Washington








[Mount Vernon, NY – August 6, 2014]Today the Mount Vernon Film Festival (MtVFF) presented by The People’s Film Festival, announced that the opening night film for its inaugural event will be “The Equalizer” starring Denzel Washington—Mount Vernon’s very own.  The Special Advance Screening courtesy of Columbia Pictures a Sony Company, and Red Carpet Reception will take place Thursday, September 25, 2014 at the Doles Center in Mount Vernon, NY.  The Mount Vernon Film Festival will run through September 28, 2014.


The Equalizer,directed by Antoine Fuqua, written by Richard Wenk, is an adaptation of the television series in which Denzel Washington plays McCall, a man who believes he has put his mysterious past behind him and dedicated himself to beginning a new, quiet life.  But when McCall meets Teri (Chloë Grace Moretz), a young girl under the control of ultra-violent Russian gangsters, he can’t stand idly by – he has to help her. Armed with hidden skills that allow him to serve vengeance against anyone who would brutalize the helpless, McCall comes out of his self-imposed retirement and finds his desire for justice reawakened. If someone has a problem, if the odds are stacked against them, if they have nowhere elseto turn, McCall will help. He is The Equalizer.


“We are very excited to have this film for our inaugural event because it’s consistent with our theme this year which is entitled “The Homecoming” in which we pay tribute to celebrities from Mount Vernon, NY, both past and present—highlighting their accomplishments”, states Osiris Imhotep, founder of The Mount Vernon Film Festival.  “Ideally we would like to have all of the celebrities from Mount Vernon, NY to come home and join us for this inaugural event and we are proud to say Denzel Washington, one of the greatest actors in the world, has did just that with this film!” Denzel Washington is a critically acclaimed actor having won two Oscars, a Tony, 2 Golden Globe Awards, numerous NAACP Image Awards and countless others and a native of Mount Vernon, NY. 


The Mount Vernon Film Festival sponsored by The City of Mount Vernon, is designed to highlight Mount Vernon’s rich historic and diverse culture while celebrating notable giants like Denzel Washington, Michael O’Keefe, and Michael Imperioli that were born or reside in this great city.  The goal is to link the past and the present while introducing and re-introducing, films from both independent and established filmmakers while preparing the youth for a future in film.  


The Mt Vernon Film Festival This festival is a continuum of the arts initiatives established by Ernest D. Davis, the Mayor of Mount Vernon who created events such as Arts on The 3rd which attracts over 40,000 people each year.  The four day festival will feature films, panel discussions, and after party events.  All films will be shown at The Doles Center in Mount Vernon, NY which boast a 300 seat theater and offers a multitude of activities and recreational programs to young people, including the Media Magic program that teaches young people the fundamentals of filmmaking.  The MtVFF Festival Coordinators will be working with some of the students from this program who have submitted films into the festival and will serve as volunteers during the festival. 


More information about the RED CARPET, VIP RECEPTION, OPENING NIGHT FILM& AFTER PARTY (tba) including festival line up, tickets, schedule and events please   

The Mount Vernon Film Festival will announce its line up within the next few weeks.


The Mount Vernon Film Festival (MtVFF) is a non-profit organization whose objective is to promote awareness in independent music, media and art across the globe while encouraging those to develop a greater appreciation and understanding for cultural diversity in film.    



PRESS ACCREDITATION: If you are interested in applying for credentials to attend and cover the Mount Vernon Film Festival 2014, please use the following link to access the formal credential application:

* The deadline to submit applications is Monday, September 8, 2014.  After this date, no applications will be considered.