Clearview Cinemas is currently holding a giveaway on its Twitter page to win tickets to the first-ever Gold Coast International Film Festival, to be held June 1-5 in Great Neck, Long Island! Movies will be screened at Clearview Cinemas in Great Neck, Manhasset, Roslyn, New Hyde Park/Herricks and Port Washington. All Twitter followers have to do to enter is tell what their favorite movie is of all time! You can follow at: http://www.twitter.com/clearviewcinema. To learn more about the Gold Coast International Film Festival, and what films will be screened, check out the official site: http://goldcoastfilmfestival.org.
Between June 1-5, some 25,000 people are expected in the various venues in the town of North Hempstead to experience an extraordinary program of some 40 films including premieres plus special events such as “Conversations With…,” intimate Q&As with notable filmmakers and “tastemakers”; Insider Industry Panels highlighting various aspects of the film and media industries; and special screenings and workshops incorporated into the Great Neck Arts Center’s arts in education outreach program.
Bruce Dern is one of those major film personalities who will give the festival its cachet. He is the notable filmmaker/film personality who will be showcased at this inaugural festival in what will be an annual kickoff Tribute event. Dern, who coincidentally and most appropriately was Tom Buchanan in the 1973 remake of F Scott Fitzgerald’s “Great Gatsby”, is coming in from Los Angeles to spend an evening at Landmark at Main in Port Washington, to discuss his career and meet and greet at a reception that will follow, where he will celebrate his birthday and the receipt of the festival’s first Legend award.
The President of Israel’s Academy of Motion Pictures & Sciences (the equivalent of our Oscars) is also flying in to be part of a panel, so people can talk to him about how and why the film industry in Israel has become so big and important.
An event oriented around Indian film making sold out in an instant. (Tickets to festival events just went on sale May 16).
During the course of the festival, there will be films from Israel, China, Iran, India, France, England, as well as the United States, with a couple of New York premieres.
There will even be films with a Great Neck connection as well, including the New York premiere of “Chasing Madoff,” which promises to be one of the hot-tickets. Directed by Jeff Prosserman (USA), “Chasing Madoff” is a documentary chronicling the compelling story of Harry Markopolos and his team of investigators’ ten-year struggle to expose the harrowing truth of Bernard Madoff’s Ponzi scheme that wreaked financial havoc on so many in our own community.
The festival is designed to be accessible, as well, both in the “price points” of tickets, in venues and in programming.
There will be screenings morning to night at Clearview Cinemas (a sponsor) in Great Neck, Manhasset, Port Washington, Roslyn, Herricks, and New Hyde Park. You can purchase a ticket for as little as $15 to one of the movies or panels, or purchase one of three packages: a Patron Gold Pass, at $250, provides access to all Festival screenings on a space-available basis and 25% discount on Festival merchandise; a Premier Gold Pass, at $500, provides access to all Festival screenings and two special events such as filmmaker panels and after-parties (you have to RSVP), Festival tote bag and 25% discount on merchandise; and VIP Gold Pass, at $1000, gets you reserved seating at select screenings, plus parties, panels, and special events, festival T-shirt and tote bag and discount on merchandise. Senior citizens get a discount, too.
The Long Island Railroad, one of the festival sponsors, is enabling patrons to get a discount on the film tickets by showing their railroad tickets.
This is really a community wide event, with the town and local communities linking up their own events, making the festival, well, more festive.
The Village of Great Neck Plaza, where the Great Neck Arts Center is located, is holding its annual Great Neck Plaza Restaurant Week May 29-June 5 (visit www.shopgreatneck.com), and scheduled its wonderfully festive Promenade Night on Middle Neck Road for June 2.
On June 4, the Town of North Hempstead is hosting KidStock 2011, an open-air family festival featuring a musically entertaining blend of folk, rock, “kid hop” and “kindie rock” that parents and their kids can participate in together (Noon – 5pm at North Hempstead Beach Park).
Also on June 4, there is a “Cinema By the Bay” screening of The Karate Kid at 8:30pm at the Town of North Hempstead Dock (347 Main St, Port Washington).
Nassau County Museum of Art’s is hosting anOutdoor Screening of Funny Face, George and Ira Gershwin’s airy 1957 musical starring Fred Astaire, June 4, 8:30 pm, (purchase tickets at www.nassaumuseum.org; free for Gold Coast International Film Festival VIP All Access Pass holders.)
On June 5, Port Washington is holding its 21st Annual HarborFest, with Craft Fair, entertainment, Wells Fargo stagecoach rides, Children’s Fun Park, Enviro-Expo. (Port Washington Town Dock).
Area hotels are getting involved, including the Inn at Great Neck, the Andrew in Great Neck Plaza, and the Roslyn Claremont which have allocated rooms during an otherwise busy season.
Get full schedules and order tickets at www.goldcoastfilmfestival.org.