Stony Brook fest nabs ‘Steal This’ N.Y. bow

Painter's 'Wild Flowers' kicks off Stony's 25 pix

“Steal This Movie!,” starring Vincent D’Onofrio, Janeane Garofalo and Jeanne Tripplehorn, will make its New York premiere at the 2000 Stony Brook Film Festival, set to unspool roughly 25 features between July 19-29.

Pic, based on the life of ’60s radical and “Steal This Book”-author Abbie Hoffman, will be released by Lions Gate in August.

The Gotham bow of Melissa Painter’s “Wild Flowers,” starring Daryl Hannah, Clea Duvall and Eric Roberts, will kick off the fest with Painter and Hannah expected to attend. Drama, which shared the best narrative feature prize at the South by Southwest Film Fest, is exec produced by Hannah and Christine Vachon.

Other fest highlights include the U.S. premiere of “Thomas and the Magic Railroad,” starring Alec Baldwin and Peter Fonda; “Playing Mona Lisa,” directed by Matthew Huffman and starring Alicia Witt, Marlo Thomas, and Elliot Gould; and fest-closer Jean-Philippe Toussaint’s “The Ice Rink,” a French-lingo farce starring Dolores Chaplin (granddaughter of Charlie).

Newsday’s John Anderson will moderate a filmmaker panel scheduled to include Village Voice film critic Michael Atkinson, Scott Smith (helmer of SXSW best narrative feature co-winner “Rollercoaster”) and writer-director Robert Greenwald (“Steal This Movie”).

Organizers expect between 15,000 and 20,000 to attend the 11-day fest. For more info call (631) 632-2787 or visit www.stallercenter.com.

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