× JERSEY CITY – U.S. Senator Robert Menendez made an appearance at the opening of the Golden Door International Film Festival (GDIFF) on Sept. 20 in support of the festival’s philanthropic mission of raising awareness about autism.GDIFF, founded by Jersey City native actor Bill Sorvino, was recently selected by Movie Maker Magazine as one of the 50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee in 2018. The festival is known for glamorous red carpet events and for bringing the best of independent filmmaking to audiences, along with its mission to raise autism awareness through cinema.This year, GDIFF will screen more than 200 movies at venues throughout Jersey City over four days, from Thursday Sept. 20 through Sunday Sept. 23.Thousands of people attended the opening red carpet gala kick off at the Jersey City Landmark Lowe’s Theatre on Sept. 20, which presented the feature film “The Undiscovered Country,” and a film short called “Nightingale.”Menendez is considered a key ally in an effort by Golden Door and other film groups to get state incentives to bring film production back to New Jersey. Bayonne and Fort Lee are historically two of the locations where American film making got its birth.
Photo Gallery Under Stepsis’ guidance, the Bulldogs’ defensive unit finished last season ranked in the top-10 nationally in five major statistical categories, including scoring defense (19.1 points per game) and total defense (296.0 yards per game). “It’s been nothing but energy and excitement around here, and the players really have been at the forefront of that,” Stepsis said. “They’re the ones that have really bought into what our vision for the program is. It’s a group that has high aspirations and plays at a high level.” Drake begins its season on the road at North Dakota on Aug. 31 at 4 p.m. before kicking off its home opener against Truman State at 6 p.m. on Sept. 7 inside Drake Stadium. Drake returns 39 letterwinners and 13 starters from a year ago, including AP All-American defensive back Will Warner. Warner finished second in the nation with a school-record eight interceptions. The Bulldogs boast seven other returning players who garnered all-conference recognition in 2018. Those returners include stalwart defensive lineman Erin Morgan, who enters the season as one of the nation’s top pass rushers. Head coach Todd Stepsis enters his first season at the helm after being appointed on Dec. 21, 2018. Stepsis served as the defensive coordinator for five years prior to being named head coach. Story Links The Bulldogs are looking to build off a strong 2018 campaign in which they finished 7-4 overall and tied for second in the Pioneer Football League standings. DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University football team hosted its annual media day on Thursday, Aug. 8, speaking with local media to preview the upcoming 2019 season. Season tickets and single game tickets are currently available for the 2019 season through the Drake Athletic Ticket Office by calling 515-271-DOGS (3647) or by visiting https://www.draketix.com/football. Print Friendly Version