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The 23rd Annual International Beverly Hills Film Festival 2023 featuring Opening Night Gala Premiere of "Mercy"

I briefly chatted with Academy Award Winner Jon Voight (Coming Home) on the red carpet .......

On Wednesday, April 19, 2023 The 23RD Annual International Film Festival (BHFF) featured 15 film premieres including the Red Capet Gala event at the TLC Chinese 6 Theatres, 6801 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood. Its 2023 line-up of 140 competition films includes five days of red carpet premieres, networking events, panel discussions, after-parties and ending with the annual Awards Gala held at the Hollywood Rosevelt Hotel, 7000 Hollywood Blvd, on April 23, 2023.

The world Premiere of "Mercy", directed by Tony Dean Smith and starring Leah Gibson, Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Jon Voight!

This is an action packed thriller, where an ex-military doctor Leah Gibson (Jessica Jones) finds herself in a savage battle for survival when the Irish mafia seize control of the hospital.

Jon Voight, who plays an Irish mafia commander takes her young son hostage, and turns her world into pandemonium and chaos! Leah Gibson surprises the audience with her beauty, physical agility and deadly skills to save her son and the rest of the hospital employees who have been taken captive.

I briefly chatted with Academy Award Winner Jon Voight (Coming Home) on the red carpet who was very enthusiastic about the provocative and intriguing appeal of "Mercy" to audiences.

Jon Voight, who always recognizes me from all the charity fundraisers that I attend and cover, is quite modest about his philanthropic contribution to many charities including, California Disabled Veteran Business Alliance, Motion Picture and Television Fund, Salvation Army, Chabad's Children of Chernobyl Medical Relief Program, recipient of President Barack Obama's National Medal of Arts and many others.

There was a lively Opening Night After –Party starting at 10pm, Poolside at the Hollywood Rosevelt Hotel. The International Beverly Hills Film Festival was founded in 2001 by award-winning independent filmmaker Nino Simone.

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