'As Good as Dead' opens Beverly Hills fest

Frank Yablans to receive Legends Award

Jonathan Mossek's "As Good As Dead," starring Andie MacDowell and Cary Elwes, will kick off the 10th annual International Beverly Hills Film Festival on April 14 at the Clarity Theater in Beverly Hills.

It will be preceded earlier that evening by the premiere of "Jesse's Story," Mark Jacobs' documentary about surfer Jesse Billauer, as well as the North American premiere of the Brazilian documentary "Sequestro" (Kidnapping), directed by Jorge W. Atalla.

Producer Frank Yablans will be the third annual recipient of the Legends Award, which will be presented at the closing night awards ceremony April 18 at the Beverly Wilshire Beverly Hills Hotel.

BHFF founder Nino Simone will be presented with the Parajanov-Vartanov Award for his commitment to independent cinema and for his support of filmmakers Sergei Parajanov and Mikhail Vartanov.