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Nantucket ‘Garden’ party

29 features, 21 shorts to unspool during five-day event

A correction was made to this article on May 28, 2004.

NEW YORK — Zach Braff’s comedy “Garden State” will serve as opening night film at the Nantucket Film Festival, and Stacy Peralta’s surfer pic “Riding Giants” will close the fest.

Twenty-nine features and 21 shorts will unspool during the five-day island event, held June 16-20.

Film highlights will include the world preem of Danny Schechter’s “WMD: Weapons of Mass Deception” and the East Coast preem of Focus release “The Door in the Floor.”

As part of fest’s “In Their Shoes” panel series, Jim Carrey and directors Michel Gondry and Spike Jonze will join New York Times chief film critic A.O. Scott for a discussion of the work of fest honoree Charlie Kaufman.

And as previously announced, the second “In Their Shoes” event will see “The Door in the Floor” writer-director Todd Williams and author John Irving discuss that film.

Cynthia Nixon will headline a staged reading of the screenplay adapted from Warren Leight’s Tony-winning play “Sideman.”

Pair of panels

Fest will host two industry panel discussions, “Making Your Screenwriting Debut” and “Film and the Art of Political Storytelling.”

The first, hosted by producer Anthony Bregman, will focus on screenwriter/director debuts at the fest. John Vanco will host the political panel, which will feature “Weapons of Mass Deception” director Danny Schechter and “Chisholm ’72 — Unbought & Unbossed” director Shola Lynch.

Anne Meara and Rosie Perez will return for the latenight storytelling event.

Slate will also include the East Coast preem of Sundance prizewinner “Down to the Bone” and the U.S. preem of “The Intended.”