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Honoring soldiers; Military given free admission to film festival

The Buffalo Niagara Film Festival continues to honor those in service by offering free admission to all soldiers and servicemen and women, past or present, who attend events in uniform including Sunday's awards ceremony which is now being called the "Fallen Soldiers Event."

The festival continues today with screenings in the Market Arcade Film & Arts Centre (639 Main St.) including short films at 4 p.m., followed by the features "A Wake" from director Penelope Buitenhuis at 5 p.m., and "Boys" from director Daryl C. Silva at 8 p.m., as well as music videos from Salt Peter, Verdi Cries and Five Bouroughs.

The "Fallen Soldiers Event" starts at 6:30 p.m. Saturday in Rapids Theatre (1711 Main St., Niagara Falls) with a closing awards ceremony and presentation (proper dress required) with performances by Staff Sgt. Angie Johnson ("The Voice") and local singer Caitlyn Koch.

At 7 p.m. the closing films are the documentaries "Kaziah: The Goat Woman," about Kaziah Hancock, who paints portraits of fallen soldiers she gives to families, and "If I Should Fall." Families of eight local and Canadian soldiers will be presented with portraits by Hancock during the ceremony.

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