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Movies and more; Fall film festival includes workshops and special events

The first fall installment of the Buffalo Niagara Film Festival continues through Sunday with movies, workshops and special events held in the Riviera Theatre and Buffalo Suzuki Strings in North Tonawanda.

A highlight of the weekend is the appearance by four-time World Heavyweight Champion Evander Holyfield and boxing legend Tommy Tiger Wright. They will host the screening of the documentary "Road to the Ring" at 4 p.m. Saturday in Buffalo Suzuki Strings (4 Webster St.) and then take part in a question-and-answer session.

The 25-minute documentary "Get Sauced," a behind-the-scenes look at the Queen City Roller Girls, is also part of that festival segment.

Following at 7 p.m. Saturday, Holyfield will be added to the "Walk of Fame" in a "Trail of the Stars" ceremony. Also honored will be actor Tom Sizemore, who organizers say will still appear in Buffalo despite his arrest earlier this week in Los Angeles.

Here are some other events for the weekend:

*"ShakeSPHERE: Romeo & Juliet," featuring a cast of actors with Down syndrome that "showcases what adults with developmental disabilities can achieve and accomplish," premieres at 5 p.m. today in Buffalo Suzuki Strings. It is shown as part of a block of short films. Additional "blocks" of short films follow at 7 and 9 p.m., as well as noon Sunday in Buffalo Suzuki Strings.

*The documentary "Making Christmas: The View From The Tom & Jerry Christmas Tree," by Niagara Falls native Jerry Goldstein, premieres at 7 tonight in the Riviera Theatre.

*The suspense thriller "The Fields," starring Cloris Leachman and Tara Reid, premieres at 8 p.m. Saturday in Buffalo Suzuki Strings.

*The closing feature, "White Night," starring Sizemore and Stacy Keach, screens at 6 p.m. Sunday in the Riviera Theatre. Sizemore and the filmmakers are scheduled to appear and take part in a Q&A. The festival awards ceremony and after-party starts at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $10 general, $5 for seniors, students and veterans. For more information on all events, visit


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