Posted by Bill Iddings | The Muskegon Chronicle | January 05, 2009
"Who is Ben Gazzara?"
That question was asked in 2004, by a (thankfully, now former) board member of the Muskegon Film Festival.
It came up after MFF's board of directors was informed that Gazzara, through some personal connections in West Michigan, was interested in being a special guest at that year's festival. He wanted to promote his recently released memoir, "In the Moment: My Life as an Actor."
The Muskegon Film Festival, which was founded in 2001 and these days is foundering, never invited Gazzara. The reasoning was -- one of the directors actually said this five years ago -- that, "Nobody'll know who he is."