71-Year-Old Rookie Actress Nominated For Top Award at International Film Festival


Last year Patricia Binkley’s biggest activity was deciding which songs her children’s choir would sing. This year her schedule is filled with movie screenings, speaking engagements, and autograph signings. As the star of “Flowers for Fannie”, Mrs. Binkley is finding herself a celebrity in her local community of Springfield, TN. Now, her fame is spreading. She’s nominated for “Best Actress in a Feature Film” at the Bare Bones International Film Festival in Muskogee, Oklahoma.


“Flowers for Fannie” is Mrs. Binkley’s first film role. Filmmakers Fred and Sharon Wilharm chose her for the role without even having her audition. “When I found out it was the lead role, I was like, really?” she says. At first she was concerned about having to memorize, but when she learned that film acting doesn’t require the concentrated memorization of theater, she was eager to be involved.

“Flowers for Fannie” is the story of an elderly woman who’s all alone and searching for someone to put flowers on her grave when she dies. It’s a story about loneliness and the power of love and friendship to change a life. The movie holds special appeal to senior adults who can relate to Fannie’s situation. Older women, especially, connect with Fannie.


As a widow for over thirty years, Mrs. Binkley knows what it’s like to be alone. She plays the role with humor, but with depth as well. She brings Fannie to life. “When Sharon told me that I was nominated for Best Actress, I laughed to myself because everyone that knows me says I am just being myself. So it’s funny that I could possibly get an award for being myself.”

The Bare Bones International Film Festival takes place April 4-14. The screening of “Flowers for Fannie” is 2:00 on Saturday, April 13 at the Roxy Theater in downtown Muskogee. The awards ceremony will be held Sunday, April 14. “Flowers for Fannie” is also nominated for “Best Family Drama” and “Best Romance”.


Bare Bones has been named one of the “25 Festivals worth the entry fee” by Moviemaker Magazine and is one of the top 10 film festivals by Livability.


For more information about “Flowers for Fannie” – www.flowersforfanniemovie.com. For more information on Bare Bones Film Festival – www.barebonesfilmfestivals.org


Note: Patricia won “Best Actress” . 

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Author: Sharon Wilharm

Sharon Wilharm is a female filmmaker, blogger, and speaker with over a decade of industry experience. She and her husband, Fred, just released SUMMER OF '67, their seventh feature film. Their movies have screened in theaters, festivals, and churches around the globe as well as multiple television networks. They've accumulated dozens of festival accolades including many Best of Fest awards and 4 ICVM Crown Awards. Sharon is passionate about visual storytelling, branding, and marketing and would love to speak at your upcoming event.

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