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39th Annual Museum Mile Festival Takes Over Fifth Avenue, NYC June 13

June 5, 2017
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art is one of the most popular places to visit during the annual Fifth Avenue Museum Mile festival © Karen Rubin/goingplacesfarandnear.com

The 39th annual Museum Mile Festival, the biggest block party in the cultural capital of the world, takes place on Tuesday, June 13, 6 pm-9 pm, rain or shine on a mile-long stretch of Fifth Avenue, from 82 Street to 105 Street. The festival kicks off at 5:45 pm on the steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

It is a fantastically festive event, with street performers – clowns, magicians, bands – plus art on the street activities. Best of all, all eight museums are open at no charge, many offer entertainment and special activities inside.

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Kids make art and become the art during the annual Fifth Avenue Museum Mile festival © Karen Rubin/goingplacesfarandnear.com

Begun as an initiative to spur the development of new museum audiences and to increase support for the arts during the fiscal crisis of the 1970s, Museum Mile was formed as a consortium by the museums that share the Fifth Avenue address. It has become one of the most popular happenings in a city known for spectacular events – some 40,000 turn out. It’s such a wonderful opportunity to visit museums you might not otherwise see – I am always surprised.

Expect long lines and to get in about 3 or 4 museums during the course of the night, depending upon how much time you spend enjoying the street entertainment.

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The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum is one of the museums participating in the annual Museum Mile festival © Karen Rubin/goingplacesfarandnear.com

Participating museums include:

El Museo del Barrio, 1230 Fifth Avenue (at 104th Street), New York, NY 10029, (212) 831-7272 (http://www.elmuseo.org/)

Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Avenue (at 104th Street), New York, NY 10029 (212) 534-1672, http://www.mcny.org/  

The Jewish Museum, 1109 Fifth Avenue, (between 92nd & 93rd Streets), New York, NY 10128, (212) 423-3200, www.thejewishmuseum.org.

Cooper Hewitt, National Design Museum, 2 East 91st Street (off Fifth Avenue) New York, NY 10128, 212-849-8400, http://www.cooperhewitt.org/

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 1071 Fifth Avenue (at 88th Street) New York, NY 10128, (212) 423-3500, https://www.guggenheim.org/

Neue Galerie New York, 1048 Fifth Avenue (at 86th Street), New York, NY 10028, (212) 628-6200, http://www.neuegalerie.org/.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue (at 82nd Street), New York, NY 10028, (212) 535-7710 http://www.metmuseum.org/.

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2016 Gold Coast Int’l Film Festival Spotlights Hollywood’s Best With Special Events, Nov 9-15

October 15, 2016
Filmmaker Morgan Spurlock at 2015 Gold Coast International Film

Filmmaker Morgan Spurlock shows off his charm after receiving the 2015 Gold Coast International Film Festival’s Artist of Distinction in Film award. © 2016 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

The 2016 Gold Coast International Film Festival announces an exciting slate of films for this year’s Festival taking place November 9 – 15, 2016 in venues throughout the north shore of Long Island, and once again – everyone’s invited to join us in an exciting week of films, parties, filmmaker Q&As, and glamour!

The Festival kicks off with a special sneak peek screening of Burn Your Maps, starring Jacob Tremblay (Room) and Academy Award nominee Vera Farmiga  to be held on November 10, 2016 at Soundview Cinema in Port Washington.  On November 12, also at Soundview Cinemas, GCIFF will host the Long Island premiere of Bang! The Bert Berns Story, a documentary narrated by Steven Van Zandt about the life and career of Bert Berns, the renowned 1960s songwriter/producer whose hits include “Twist and Shout”, “Piece of My Heart”, “Hang on Sloopy” and many more. A Q&A with Directors Brett Berns (Bert Berns’ son) and Bob Sarles will follow the screening and Brett Berns will accept an Artist of Distinction Award from the Gold Coast Arts Center on behalf of his late father.  Other standout films include the Long Island premiere of French movie-star Isabelle Huppert’s new film Things to Come, direct from the Toronto International Film Festival, Harry Benson: Shoot First, followed by a  Q&A with the legendary photographer himself and On the Map, the incredible story of how the 1977 Maccabee Tel-Aviv basketball team toppled the four-time defending Soviet team and put Israeli basketball firmly on the map. Director Dani Menkin and basketball star Tal Brody will be in attendance for a Q&A.

The sixth anniversary of the not-for-profit Festival will feature over 60 films and dozens of filmmakers at screenings and events in venues throughout the Town of North Hempstead region, including Soundview Cinemas in Port Washington, the Bow Tie Cinemas in Great Neck/Port Washington/ Manhasset/ Roslyn, the Gold Coast Arts Center in Great Neck and the campus of LIU Post. Films this year showcase Hollywood’s best actors including Gabriel Byrne, Nathan Lane, Frank Langella, Melissa Leo, James Franco, Christina Applegate, Billy Crudup, Catherine Deneuve, Vera Farmiga, Jacob Trembly, Geoffrey Rush, Sam Neil, Isabelle Huppert, Alex Karpovsky, Rachel Brosnahan and many more industry stars. Award-winning feature films from the world’s most prestigious festivals (Cannes, Toronto, Sundance, Tribeca, Hamptons) will be screened, plus over 25 incredible short films, with Q&As with visiting shorts filmmakers.

Filmmakers and special guests scheduled to attend include: renowned photographer Harry Benson, Matthew Miele (Harry Benson: Shoot First), Lawrence Smith (Mad Riot Entertainment), Dani Menkin (On the Map), Scott Rosenbaum (Sidemen: Long Road to Glory), Scott Sharrard, touring guitarist and musical director for The Gregg Allman Band, basketball superstar Tal Brody, Kate Keckler Dandel (Gold Balls), Brett Berns and Bob Sarles (Bang! The Bert Berns Story), Charlene Fiske (The Founders), Ferne Pearlstein (The Last Laugh), Amir Kishon, son of renowned Israeli satirist Ephraim Kishon, legendary Hollywood agent, Budd Burton Moss, plus many more.

New York filmmakers will be highlighted at this year’s Festival in New York Spotlight program, a free event on the campus of LIU Post on Thursday November 10 at 11:30am that features short films by local filmmakers or about local subject matter. Lawrence Smith (Mad Riot Entertainment) and David Paterson (The Great Gilly Hopkins, Bridge to Terabithia) will lead a panel of many of the filmmakers screening their films during the program. Local filmmakers in attendance include Dale Arroyo, Gordon Grinberg, Neil Holland, Ramfis Myrthil, David Schneiderman and Max Stossel.

For tickets to all screening and events visit www.goldcoastfilmfestival.org.

Gold Coast International Film Festival

Over the past six years, the festival has brought the latest Hollywood hits and Indie favorites to standing room only audiences throughout the fabled Gold Coast of Long Island. Add A-list celebrities and unforgettable events to the mix and it’s easy to see why GCIFF has become the “go to” Festival for film buffs and the public (it is also the last major film festival on the East Coast before Awards season). The Festival is produced by the not-for-profit Gold Coast Arts Center.

Previous honorees and special guests of the festival and the Gold Coast Arts Center include film industry VIPs Francis Ford Coppola, Hugh Grant, Baz Luhrmann, Brian Dennehy, Paul Sorvino, Ed Burns, Bruce Dern, Isabella Rossellini, Lou Diamond Phillips, Morgan Spurlock, Eli Wallach, Gabriel Byrne, Bill Plympton, Phil Donahue, Phylicia Rashaad, Joan Allen, Jay McInerney and Michael Cuesta, as well as composer Morton Gould, artists James Rosenquist, Oleg Cassini, Edwina Sandys and Bob Gruen, comedian Susie Essman, Broadway stars Kelli O’Hara, Melissa Errico and Savion Glover, and 4-time Oscar winner for production and costume design Catherine Martin.

Sponsors and partners of this year’s GCIFF include founding partners the Town of North Hempstead and Douglas Elliman Real Estate, longstanding major partners LIU Post and Nassau County IDA as well as Neiman Marcus Roosevelt Field, Deluxe Entertainment Services Group, AARP Long Island,  A.L. Sarroff Fund, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP, The Katz Institute for Women’s Health at Northwell Health, LVR Rental, Samar Hospitality, The Andrew Hotel, Stella Artois, The Amsterdam at Harborside, Metropolitan Commercial Bank, Biener Audi, Jet Blue, WLIW21, Altice, New York Women in Film & Television, Anton Publications, Blank Slate Media, CareConnect, Edelman Financial Services LLC, LOLA of Great Neck and many others.

FILMS AT THE 2016 GOLD COAST INT’L FILM FESTIVAL

AFTER THE STORM – Long Island Premiere

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An affectionate, shrewdly observed drama of family life from Japan’s celebrated master, Kore-eda Hirokazu. Dwelling on his past glory as a prize-winning author, Ryota wastes the money he makes as a private detective on gambling and can barely pay child support. After the death of his father, his aging mother and beautiful ex-wife seem to be moving on with their lives. Renewing contact with his initially distrustful family, Ryota struggles to take back control of his existence and to find a lasting place in the life of his young son – until a stormy summer night offers them a chance to truly bond again. “A classic Japanese family drama of gentle persuasion and staggering simplicity from Kore-eda Hirokazu.” – Deborah Young, Hollywood Reporter

OFFICIAL SELECTION – Cannes Film Festival, Toronto Int’l Film Festival

Saturday Nov. 12 at 2pm at Manhasset Bow Tie Cinema

BANG! THE BERT BERNS STORY – Long Island Premiere

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Music meets the Mob in this biographical documentary, narrated by Steven Van Zandt, about the life and career of Bert Berns, the most important songwriter and record producer from the sixties that you never heard of. His hits include “Twist and Shout”, “Hang On Sloopy”, “Here Comes The Night” and “Piece Of My Heart.” He helped launch the careers of Van Morrison and Neil Diamond and produced some of the greatest soul music ever made. Filmmaker Brett Berns brings his late father’s story to the screen with interviews with those who knew him best and rare performance footage. Included in the film are interviews with Ronald Isley, Ben E. King, Solomon Burke, Van Morrison and Paul McCartney. OFFICIAL SELECTION – SXSW, Seattle Int’l Film Festival.

Q&A following the film with Directors Brett Berns (Bert Berns’ son) and Bob Sarles.

Sponsored by AARP Long Island

Saturday Nov. 12 at 7:30pm at Soundview Cinema (Port Washington)

 

THE BRAND NEW TESTAMENT

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God exists. He lives in Brussels annd he’s nothing short of a bastard.  He spends his day intentionally making people miserable, tapping out rules on his his outdated DOS computer and fiddling with his train set. Wonderful French comedienne Yolande Moreau is his mild wife and of course everyone knows about his son, JC. But did you know he also has a daughter? Her name is Ea and she’s 10 years old and wants to change things. One day she rebels against her father, hacks his computer, and texts everyone in the world the date they will die. Then she escapes to Earth, where she recruits six Apostles for a Brand New Testament. Laugh-out-loud funny, this eagerly awaited project from Jaco Van Dormael (Toto the Hero) mixes religious satire and ironic fantasy to salutary effect. No longer in thrall to God’s all-seeing eye, the general populace feels free to act on their basest instincts and hidden desires. For the legendary Catherine Deneuve, that means going to bed with a gorilla. This madcap fantasy is a peppy, original and (importantly) very sweet story with a moral.  NOMINATED- Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film; OFFICIAL SELECTION – Cannes Int’l Film Festival

Friday Nov. 11 at 9pm at Roslyn Bow Tie Cinema

 

BURN COUNTRY – Long Island Premiere

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Featuring Academy Award winner Melissa Leo and James Franco.  Dominic Rails is Osman, a former “fixer” for journalists in Afghanistan who finds asylum in a small California town. Promised a job as a crime reporter for the local paper, and a home with his best friend’s mother, the town sheriff (Leo), Osman is ready to settle in. But when the job falls through, Osman finds himself restless and looking for action. His attempts to get to know the area lead him to develop friendships with an elusive local actress, Sandra (Rachel Brosnahan) and a charming local troublemaker Lindsay (Franco). But, when a dead body turns up and Lindsay goes missing, Osman returns to his former investigative instincts and explores the possible evil lurking just beneath the surface of his new home’s darkness. WINNER – Tribeca Film Festival Best Actor (US Narrative Feature); NOMINATED – Tribeca Film Festival Best US Narrative Feature

Sponsored by Edelman Financial Services LLC

Saturday Nov. 12 at 4:30pm at Soundview Cinema (Port Washington)

 

BURN YOUR MAPS

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In this charming and moving adventure story, an eight-year-old boy (Jacob Tremblay, Room) becomes convinced that he actually hails from the steppes of Mongolia, leading his troubled parents (Academy Award nominee Vera Farmiga and Martin Csokas) to undertake an incredible family voyage. Based on a short story by Robyn Joy Leff, this auspicious directorial turn from Jordan Roberts, the co-writer of Big Hero 6, is filled with drama, humor, universal truths, and Mongolian goats. Lots of them.OFFICIAL SELECTION – Toronto International Film Festival, Hamptons International Film Festival

Sponsored by Eileen Sarroff

Thursday Nov. 10 at 7:30pm at Soundview Cinema (Port Washington)

 

CONVERSATION & BOOK SIGNING WITH LEGENDARY HOLLYWOOD AGENT BUDD BURTON MOSS

Meet legendary Hollywood talent agent, author, and producer Budd Burton Moss for an in-depth discussion and multi-media presentation on his extraordinary life, career and friends, including Sidney Poitier, Marilyn Monroe, Rita Hayworth, Larry King and many more.

Having grown up in Hollywood where his father, Louis B. Moss, was a Film Editor at Fox and his uncle, Sam Zimbalist, produced Ben Hur, Quo Vatis, and Mugambo at MGM, Budd Burton Moss’ life had an extraordinary beginning. Starting out with acting ambitions and then transitioning to a talent agent, Moss found himself in the company of countless Golden Age stars such as Clark Gable, Marilyn Monroe, Betty Grable, Tyrone Power, Spencer Tracy, Katherine Hepburn, and Sidney Poitier (who was Best Man at his wedding) to name a few. Through the years, Moss represented the likes of Mia Farrow, Bette Davis, Robert Vaughn, Tom Bosley, Elizabeth Montgomery, John James (Dynasty) Cliff Robertson, and most importantly, Rita Hayworth with whom he became close friends until the end of her life. Budd will also discuss his marriage to actress, Ruth Roman (Strangers on a Train) and his friend, Larry King, who also wrote the forward to his recently new book, “Hollywood: Sometimes the Reality Is Better Than The Dream” which will be available for purchase.

This conversation will be moderated by Raj Tawney of Cinema Arts in Huntington

Nov. 10 at 11:00am at the Amsterdam at Harborside
THE DAUGHTER

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Geoffrey Rush, Sam Neill and Paul Schneider star in this haunting family drama, a powerful reimagining of Ibsen’s play ‘The Wild Duck.’ Retaining all the devastating power of the original play, Stone’s strikingly cinematic feature debut transposes the story into a rural Australian setting. Henry (Rush) is closing down the mill that has been the logging township’s life-blood for generations, whilst planning a lavish wedding with his much younger fiancée. His estranged son Christian (Schneider) returns home after an absence of many years to find his father distant and preoccupied, and his old best friend Oliver newly unemployed due to the factory closure. Reuniting with Oliver, Christian is forced to examine the state of his own life, but examinations reveal long buried, shocking secrets that affect not just himself. Canny, intuitive performances from the stellar cast, which includes Sam Neill as Oliver’s father, are illuminated by Andrew Commis’ cinematography, which also captures the isolation and beauty of the suitably foreboding landscape. NOMINATED – Hamptons Int’l Film Festival Golden Starfish Award; OFFICIAL SELECTION – Toronto Int’l Film Festival

Sponsored by AARP Long Island

Sunday Nov. 13 at 5:00pm at Soundview Cinema (Port Washington)

 

FAMILY FILM DAY

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When school is closed, the Gold Coast International Film Festival is OPEN! See great short films specially selected for a family audience and participate in fun hands-on movie-themed art activities. Includes free lunch courtesy of Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza. All ages are welcome!

This is NOT a drop-off program.  Every child must be accompanied by an adult (no more than 4 children per adult)

Friday Nov. 11 at 12 – 3pm at Gold Coast Arts Center (Great Neck)

 

FOLK HERO & FUNNY GUY – Long Island Premiere

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Recently dumped by his fiancée and with a stagnating standup routine, aspiring comedian-slash-copywriter Paul (Alex Karpovsky) is stuck. The manager of the club where he performs suggests he take some time off to update his comedy material, and in waltzes his childhood friend Jason Black (Wyatt Russell), an acclaimed folk-rock musician about to embark on a solo acoustic tour of the east coast. Jason suggests Paul needs to get his mojo back—and he should start by opening for Jason on tour. They set off on the road together, picking up a new act (folk singer Bryn, played by Meredith Hagner) on the way. But when Jason reveals an ulterior motive behind the tour, rifts are exposed in their otherwise affable camaraderie. Folk Hero & Funny Guy is a music-infused spin on the road-trip buddy comedy. NOMINATED – Tribeca Film Festival Best US Narrative Feature

Q&A following the film.

Saturday Nov. 12 at 8:30pm at Soundview Cinema (Port Washington)

 

THE FOUNDERS – New York Premiere

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Battling the sexism and stereotypes made sturdy in the 1950s, thirteen women founded the Ladies Pro Golf Association (LPGA). Rare archival footage, historical re-enactments and current-day interviews with surviving founders and leading players present an underdog story never before seen. Despite competing against one another on the greens, these pioneers worked together to keep their dreams of professional golf careers alive. From child prodigy fame to Olympian status, each member left a sports world legacy that lives on today.

Q&A following the film with Director Charlene Fisk

Sunday Nov. 13 at 2:00pm at Soundview Cinema (Port Washington)

 

FRANCA: CHAOS AND CREATION

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Director Francesco Carrozzini creates an intimate portrait of his mother, Franca Sozzani, the legendary editor-in-chief of Italian Vogue. From the ridiculous to the sublime, her astonishing but often controversial magazine covers have not only broken the rules but also set the high bar for fashion, art and commerce over the past 25 years. From the legendary “Black Issue” and the “Plastic Surgery issue” Sozzani remains deeply committed to exploring subject matter off limits to most in order to shake up the status quo and occasionally redefine the concept of beauty.

OFFICIAL SELECTION – Venice Film Festival, Hamptons Int’l Film Festival

Sponsored by Neiman Marcus Roosevelt Field

Saturday Nov. 12 at 5:30pm at Soundview Cinema (Port Washington)

 

GOLD BALLS – New York Premiere

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Kate Dandel’s quirky and charming feature-length documentary debut inspires the average athlete in all of us while offering unique insight into the lives of several elite tennis athletes—who just happen to be over age 80. Over the course of one championship season, the film follows several players competing for the ‘gold ball’ trophy awarded to National Champions in tennis. Characters include a former Big 10- basketball coach, a retired litigator, an aging comedian, and the founder of “Black Tennis Magazine.” As we witness the routines of these creaky warriors, we are reminded that sometimes just getting to the courts is half the battle. But after the first serve, we forget that most of these competitors retired from their careers 30 years prior and we realize they’re driven by the same motivations and concerns as athletes a quarter of their age. A film to inspire viewers of every age to reset what we think about ‘old age’ and whom we consider champions.

Q& A following the film with Director/Producer Kate Keckler Dandel

Sponsored by USTA Eastern Long Island

Saturday Nov. 12 at 5:00pm at Manhasset Bow Tie Cinema

 

GREAT SHORTS

The Gold Coast International Film Festival continues its commitment to short film excellence, sharing some of the best new short films with our audience. We are proud to host a number of New York, Long Island, and World premieres, featuring up-and-coming filmmakers and festival winners. Keep an eye out for some of these at the Academy Awards.

You’ll see comedy, romance, drama, animation, thrillers, sci-fi, and much more. We’ve got films from around the world, spectacular student films, and films directed by and featuring stars from today’s hit TV shows and movies. You’re sure to laugh, be moved, fall in love, and discover some great new talent. In addition, there will be Q&As with actors and filmmakers at our shorts screenings, and there may even be some surprise appearances!

Thursday Nov. 10 at 3:00pm (Port Washington Library). www.bit.ly/gciffshort1

Saturday Nov. 12 at 2:00pm (Soundview Cinema -Port Washington). www.bit.ly/gciffshort2

 

HAIL THE CONQUERING HERO

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Academy Award-winning writer and director Preston Sturges delivers a hilarious satire on the American penchant for hero worship in this quick-witted comedy classic. Nominated in 1945 for an Academy Award for best screenplay and selected for preservation in the National Film Registry.  Starring Eddie Bracken, Ella Raines and William Demarest.

Friday Nov. 11 at 1:30pm at Great Neck Bow Tie Squire Cinema

 

HARRY BENSON: SHOOT FIRST

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What we know today about many famous musicians, politicians, and actresses is due to the famous work of Harry Benson. Initially, he captured vibrant and intimate photos of the most famous band in history; The Beatles. His extensive portfolio grew to include iconic photos of Muhammad Ali, Michael Jackson, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. His wide-ranging work has appeared in publications including Life,Vanity Fair and The New Yorker. Benson, now 86, is still taking photos and has no intentions of stopping. Featuring interviews with Sharon Stone, Alec Baldwin, Donald Trump, Dan Rather, James L. Brooks, Henry Kissinger, Ralph Lauren, Joe Namath and more. Harry Benson: Shoot First is as vital as the photographer himself and his subjects, a thrillingly energetic trip in unforgettable images.

Q&A following the film with Harry Benson and the film’s Director, Matthew Miele

Sponsored by Neiman Marcus Roosevelt Field

Sunday Nov. 13 at 6:30pm at Great Neck Bow Tie Squire Cinema

 

JOE’S VIOLIN

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This award-winning film tells the inspiring story of Joe Feingold, a 91-year-old Polish Holocaust survivor who donates his violin of 70 years to a local instrument drive, changing the lives of both a 12-year-old schoolgirl from the nation’s poorest congressional district, and unexpectedly, his own. NOMINATED – Tribeca Film Festival Best Documentary Short Film

 

Wednesday Nov. 9 at 8:00pm at Hillwood Recital Hall, LIU Post

Q&A following the film with Brianna Perez and Kokoe Tanaka-Suwan, the student and teacher featured in the film.

The event will also include a performance of music inspired by the film by the LIU Post String Ensemble with invited high school guest musicians, conducted by Professor Maureen Hynes.

Sponsored by the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts at LIU Post

 

Tuesday Nov. 15 at 11:30am at Great Neck Bow Tie Squire Cinema

Q&A following the film with Joe Feingold

Sponsored by The Amsterdam at Harborside

 

THE LAST LAUGH – Long Island Premiere

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Is the Holocaust funny? Director Ferne Pearlstein (Sumo East and West, Imelda) doesn’t shy away from the taboo topic of humor, delving deep into pop-culture to find out where to draw the line, and whether that is a desirable—or even possible—goal.

The Last Laugh pairs clips from films, performances, and interviews with top comedians and prominent Jewish leaders (including Mel Brooks, Sarah Silverman, Joan Rivers, Louis C.K., Chris Rock, Abraham Foxman, and Shalom Auslander) with an intimate portrait of Auschwitz survivor Renee Firestone, and rare archival footage of cabarets in concentration camps. From this wealth of material, Pearlstein weaves together a complete and thoughtful exploration into the question of what is and is not off-limits in comedy. The answers are as diverse as the subjects she interviews. There is no consensus on which jokes work and which don’t, and the film doesn’t take a stance; instead, it invites you to think, to laugh, and to remember, all the while keeping its levity. OFFICIAL SELECTION – Tribeca Int’l Film Festival, Hot Docs Int’l Film Festival

Q&A following the film with Director Ferne Pearlstein and Producer Robert Edwards

Sunday Nov. 13 at 3:00pm at Great Neck Bow Tie Squire Cinema

 

LIFE, ANIMATED

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Back by popular demand! From Academy Award® winning director Roger Ross Williams, this deeply inspirational is the story of Owen Suskind, a young man who was unable to speak as a child until he and his family discover a unique way of communicating – through the world of classic Disney animated movies. He learned about empathy, love, loss and brotherhood with the help of Jafar, Simba, Ariel and many other characters. This emotional coming of age story follows Owen as he graduates towards adulthood and takes his first steps towards independence. A testament to the power of art and a shining example of what it can do. WINNER Sundance Film Festival Best Director (US Documentary) and recipient of  several film festival Audience Awards, you will be glad to get to know Owen and his family in this deeply moving and entertaining film.

Sunday Nov. 13 at 2:30pm at Soundview Cinema (Port Washington)

 

MISS SHARON JONES! – Long Island Premiere

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Two-time Academy Award winner Barbara Kopple shines a powerful, inspiring and entertaining spotlight on the legendary R&B queen Sharon Jones, one of the most fiery and talented performers working today whose wonder is a force to behold both on and off stage. Hailed as a modern-day female James Brown, n 2014, on the eve of the band launching a new album and as she prepares for her most important tour, she comes face-to-face with the most difficult adversity of her life: a diagnosis with cancer hat brings her career to a stand still. Follow this tour de force over the course of an eventful year as she struggles to hold her band The Dap Kings together while battling her diagnosis with an unstoppable determination. Filled with incredible performances, laughs, tears and plenty of inspiration. OFFICIAL SELECTION – Tribeca Int’l Film Festival, DOC NYC, SXSW

Q&A following the film with distinguished experts from Northwell Health

Sponsored by The Katz Institute for Women’s Health at Northwell Health

Sunday Nov. 13 at 5:30pm at Soundview Cinema (Port Washington)

 

NO PAY, NUDITY

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Aging actor Lester (Gabriel Byrne) has lost his way. In this often humorous, yet warmly poignant story, love and friendship, jealousy and re-discovery, career, family, and friends (Nathan Lane, Frances Conroy) intertwine as Lester navigates the perplexing realities facing so many of us as we pursue dreams and dignity. A film about hanging out, hanging in, and hanging on.

Friday Nov. 11 at 8:00pm at Bow Tie Port Washington Cinema

 

NEW YORK SPOTLIGHT

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Come see some of the best films and filmmakers representing our region in a special program highlighting these up-and-coming and established filmmakers.  Screening will be followed by a Q&A panel with several of the filmmakers plus Lawrence Smith, of Mad Riot Entertainment, an Executive Producer of GCIFF’s Special Presentation “Burn Your Maps” and David Paterson, screenwriter of Lionsgate’s new release “The Great Gilly Hopkins”, Disney’s “The Bridge to Terabithia” and more. This is a program for filmmakers, aspiring filmmakers and audiences who just love film and learning about all the behind-the-scenes details of how to take a film from script to screen.

This is a FREE event but you must reserve tickets.

Thursday Nov. 10 at 11:30am at Gold Coast Cinema, Hillwood Common

 

OBIT

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Within the storied walls of The New York Times, a team of writers is entrusted with reflecting upon the lives of luminaries, icons, and world leaders of our day. Often hours before newspaper hits doorstep—and the world’s eyes devour words marking the end of a momentous life–endless detail is gathered and impossible choices must be made. Vanessa Gould’s fascinating documentary, Obit, introduces us to the unseen women and men responsible for crafting the unequaled obituaries of the NYT. As we’re taken through their painstaking process of digging through years of accomplishments, we learn about the particular pressures that accompany a career spent trying to elegantly and respectfully shape the story of a life for an audience of millions. From notorious politicians and beloved musicians to unknown personalities who have advanced the worlds of science, literature, and sports, the obit writers are in the unique and often unenviable position of spotlighting individuals whose impact and influence is near impossible to measure.OFFICIAL SELECTION – Tribeca Int’l Film Festival, Hot Docs Int’l Film Festival

Saturday Nov. 12 at 2:00pm at Soundview Cinema (Port Washington)

 

ON THE MAP

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On the Map, a fast-moving, emotional, and awe-inspiring documentary, recounts the story of how the 1977 Maccabee Tel-Aviv basketball team that no one thought could win toppled the four-time defending Soviet team and put Israeli basketball firmly on the map. Featuring interviews with the Jewish-American athletes who made history, combined with the pulse-pounding action of a high-stakes game with an incendiary political situation at the height of the Cold War, director Dani Menkin delivers a film that honors Israeli heroes, mesmerizes fans of the game and captures the spirit of a nation triumphant and victorious against all odds.

Q& A following the film with Director Dani Menkin and basketball star Tal Brody

Monday Nov. 14 at 7:30pm at Great Neck Squire Bow Tie Cinema

 

THE POLICEMAN

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Golden Globe winner and Oscar nominee for Best Foreign Language Film (1972) The Policeman is an Israeli cinematic classic. This good-hearted, bittersweet comedy features Shaike Ophir (in what is considered one of his finest performances) as Azulai, a policeman in Jaffa, who is beloved by everyone who knows him — his police colleagues and the criminals on his beat. But he is also completely ineffectual at law enforcement. His superiors want to send him to early retirement, but he would like to stay on the force, and the criminals of Jaffa don’t want to see him leave either. Directed by legendary satirist Ephraim Kishon.

Q&A following the film with Dr. Amir Kishon, son of Ephraim Kishon and Director at Kishon Cultural Estate

Sunday Nov. 13 at 12:00pm at Great Neck Squire Bow Tie Cinema

 

THE SALESMAN

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Academy Award nominated Iranian director Asghar Farhadi’s latest film is a simmering drama steeped in intellect and nuance that premiered at Cannes in 2016, taking home the awards for Best Actor and Best Screenplay. The film follows young couple Emad (Shahab Hosseini) and Rana (Taraneh Alidoosti), who are forced to find a new apartment in Tehran. While fate seems to finally smile on them, in the form of a recently vacant apartment owned by their acting buddy, an incident linked to the previous tenant of their new home dramatically changes the couple’s life.Set against the lead up to the production of Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman, the film draws a “Hitchcockian” web around the anger, fear and moral anxiety that stem from the young couple after the seemingly isolated incident.  WINNER – Cannes Film Festival Best Screenplay & Best Actor; NOMINATED – Cannes Film Festival Palme D’Or; OFFICIAL SELECTION  – Toronto Int’l Film Festival, Hamptons Int’l Film Festival

Thursday Nov. 10 at 7:30pm at Great Neck Squire Bow Tie Cinema

 

SIDEMEN: LONG ROAD TO GLORY – Long Island Premiere

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An intimate look at the lives and legacies of three of the last Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf sidemen – piano player Pinetop Perkins, drummer Willie ‘Big Eyes’ Smith and guitarist Hubert Sumlin. This rousing film captures some of the last interviews and their final live performances together, before their deaths in 2011. These historic live shows are accompanied by performances and personal insights from many of the blues and rock stars these legendary sidemen inspired including; Bonnie Raitt, Gregg Allman, Derek Trucks, Shemekia Copeland, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Joe Perry, Joe Bonamassa and Johnny Winter who offer heartfelt accounts of how these three legendary sidemen helped shape rock ‘n roll. Narrated by Marc Maron WINNER – Nashville Film Festival Special Jury Prize; OFFICIAL SELECTION – SXSW

Q&A following the film with Director Scott Rosenbaum and Scott Sharrard, touring guitarist and Musical Director for The Gregg Allman Band

Tuesday Nov. 15 at 7:30pm at Soundview Cinema (Port Washington)

 

SONITA

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Winner of multiple film festival audience awards! If 18-year old musician Sonita had a say in things, Michael Jackson would be her father and Rihanna her mother, but for the time being, her only fans are the other teenage girls living with her in a Tehran shelter. There, Sonita, a refugee from Afghanistan, gets counseling for the traumas she has suffered and guidance in shaping her future. But her family only sees that her future as a bride worth $9,000. How can Sonita still succeed in making her dreams come true – especially when women aren’t allowed to sing in Iran? WINNER – Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award

Friday Nov. 11 at 7:00pm at Roslyn Bow Tie Cinema

 

THINGS TO COME – Long Island Premiere

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Isabelle Huppert shines in this subtle drama, a clever and loving tale of loves lost, renewed, and regained told with a sharp wit and austere eye. Nathalie (Huppert) teaches philosophy at a high school in Paris, is passionate about her job and enjoys passing on the pleasure of thinking.  But one day her husband announces he is leaving her for another woman and with freedom thrust upon her, Nathalie must reinvent her life. WINNER- Berlin International Film Festival Best Director; OFFICIAL SELECTION – Toronto Int’l Film Festival, New York Film Festival

Saturday Nov. 12 at 8:30pm at Manhasset Bow Tie Cinema

 

THE WONDERFUL KINGDOM OF PAPA ALAEV

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Long Island Premiere

Meet Tajikistan’s answer to the Jackson family. Nearly 80, Allo “Papa” Alaev rules his celebrated Bukharian folk music clan with an iron tambourine. Beginning with his unilateral decision to emigrate to Israel, the gifted musician micro-manages nearly every aspect of their lives, both on stage and off. From every meal made in his kitchen to what instrument each member will play, the patriarch accepts nothing less than total commitment and obedience. Every child and grandchild lives in their single-family house in Tel Aviv. All but one, that is. His only daughter, Ada, chose her own way in life, a sin her father will not forgive. As generations clash over new musical directions, competing personal interests and Papa’s advancing age, the family show must go on—but who will lead the band? Set to a blazing tribal soundtrack, drama and drumbeats sing out from every entertaining exchange in this grand family affair.

Q&A following the film with Director Noam Pinchas

Tuesday Nov. 15 at 7:30pm at Great Neck Squire Bow Tie Cinema

 

YOUNG FILMMAKERS PROGRAM: SHORT FILM SCREENING AND Q&A

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Come celebrate up-and-coming young filmmakers (grades K-12). We’ll screen the winning short films from over 100 submissions in from our 2nd annual Young Filmmakers Program, plus have working filmmakers on hand to answer questions for all young filmmakers and filmmakers-to-be. This is a FREE event but you must reserve tickets in advance.

Sunday Nov. 13 at 12pm at Soundview Cinema (Port Washington)

 

YOUTH IN OREGON – Long Island Premiere

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In this comedy-drama, 82-year-old curmudgeon Raymond (Frank Langella) tells his family that he has made arrangements to be euthanized in Oregon. His daughter Kate (Christina Applegate) is determined to stop him. But it’s Kate’s husband Brian (Billy Crudup) who gets the unlucky task of driving his father-in-law from NY to Oregon and convincing him that he really doesn’t want to die. The problem: Brian hates Raymond. And with Raymond’s not-entirely-welcome wife (Mary Kay Place) tagging along for the journey, it’s just in-laws and the open road for the next 3000 miles.

Monday Nov. 14 at 7:30pm at Soundview Cinema (Port Washington)

For Tickets or More Information on the Festival visit www.goldcoastfilmfestival.org

Or call 516-829-2570

38th Annual Museum Mile Festival, ‘Biggest Block Party in the World’ on New York City’s 5th Avenue, June 14

June 3, 2016
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Dancing in front of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum during the Museum Mile Festival, New York City © 2016 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

The 38th annual Museum Mile Festival, the biggest block party in the cultural capital of the world takes place on Tuesday, June 14, 6 pm-9 pm, rain or shine on a mile-long stretch of Fifth Avenue, from 82 Street to 104 Street. The festival kicks off at 5:45 pm on the steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

It is a fantastically festive event, with street performers – clowns, magicians, bands – plus art on the street activities..Best of all, all eight museums are open at no charge, many offering entertainment and special activities inside.

Begun as an initiative to spur the development of new museum audiences and to increase support for the arts during the fiscal crisis of the 1970s, Museum Mile was formed as a consortium by the museums that share the Fifth Avenue address. It has become one of the most popular happenings in a city known for spectacular events – some 40,000 turn out. Expect long lines and to get in about 3 or 4 museums during the course of the night.

Participating museums include:

El Museo del Barrio, 1230 Fifth Avenue (at 104th Street), New York, NY 10029, (212) 831-7272 (http://www.elmuseo.org/Figure and Form: Recent Acquisition so the Permanent Collection (on view through Dec. 4). Also Antonio Lopez: Future Funk FashionJoiri Minaya: RedecodeSarah Zapata: Siempre X.

Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Avenue (at 104th Street), New York, NY 10029 (212) 534-1672, http://www.mcny.org/ New York’s Yiddish Theater: From the Bowery to Broadway, through Aug. 14. Roz Chast: Cartoon Memoirs  Cartoons from the “New Yorker (through Oct. 9). Also: Chris “Daze” Ellis: The City Is My MuseScenes from the South Bronx, 1976-82Picturing Prestige: New York Portraits, 1700 – 1860Activist New YorkGilded New York; and Timescapes (not to be missed)

The Jewish Museum, 1109 Fifth Avenue, (between 92nd & 93rd Streets), New York, NY 10128, (212) 423-3200, www.thejewishmuseum.orgIsaac Mizrahi: An Unruly History is the first museum exhibition to focus on the influential American fashion designer, artist, and entrepreneur; on view through Aug. 7; Roberto Burle Marx: Brazilian Modernist, through Sept. 18. Also: Using Walls, Floors, and Ceilings: Beatriz Milhazes; Masterpieces & Curiosities: The Fictional PortraitThe Television Project: Some of My Best FriendsCulture and Continuity: The Jewish Journey; for children, Archaeology Zone: Discovering Treasures from Playgrounds to Palaces

Cooper Hewitt, National Design Museum,   2 East 91st Street (off Fifth Avenue) New York, NY 10128, 212-849-8400, www.cooperhewitt.org (Beauty celebrates design as a creative endeavor that engages the mind, body, and senses, on view through Aug. 21; Passion for the Exotic: Louis Comfort Tiffany and Lockwood De Forest, through Oct. 10. Also: Cooper Hewitt Design TriennialThom Browne SelectsPixar: The Design of StoryEnergizing the Everyday: Gifts from the George R. Kravis II Collection.

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 1071 Fifth Avenue (at 88th Street) New York, NY 10128 (212) 423-3500, https://www.guggenheim.org/ Moholy-Nagy: Future Present on view through Sept. 7. Also: But a Storm is Blowing from Paradise: Contemporary Art of the Middle East and North Africa;

Neue Galerie New York, 1048 Fifth Avenue (at 86th Street), New York, NY 10028 (212) 628-6200, www.neuegalerie.orgMunch and Expressionism closes June 13. invites attendees of the 2016 Museum Mile Festival to visit the second floor gallery where Gustav Klimt’s iconic portrait Adele Bloch-Bauer I (1907) hangs on permanent display (the subject of the movie, “Woman in Gold,” starring Helen Mirren. This work is joined by a selection of landscape and portrait paintings by Klimt, and a display of Austrian decorative arts from the early twentieth century.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue (at 82nd Street), New York, NY 10028 (212) 535-7710 www.metmuseum.orgTurner’s Whaling Pictures is on through August 7) ; Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology is on through Aug. 14. Also: The Roof Garden Commission: Cornelia Parker, Transitional Object (PsychoBarn), weather permitting; and P.S. Art 2016: Celebrating the Creative Spirit of NYC Kids.

Entertainment includes Justin Weber Yo Yo (83rd St); Cabaret performer, Kim David Smith (84th Street); Magic Brian (87 St); Daisy Doodle’s Parties, Magic, Face painting & Balloons! (88 St); Alsarah and the Nubatones (89th St); Miss 360 (90th St); Imagination Playground in the garden, and on the sidewalk, a design activity in conjunction with the exhibition Pixar: The Design of Story (91 St)’; Mariachi Band (92 St); a Sammie & Tudie’s Imagination Playhouse (93 St).; It’s Showtime NYC, music by DJ Mickey Perez spinning Afro Latin disco (104th St).

There will also be an array of outdoor family activities for Museum Mile Festival attendees: The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum will offer chalk drawing. Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum entertainment will include Imagination Playground in the museum’s garden, and a sidewalk design activity in conjunction with the exhibition Pixar: The Design of Story.  Visitors to the Jewish Museum can create an abstract fabric design using stamps and drawing techniques inspired by imagery in the exhibition Roberto Burle Marx: Brazilian Modernist and the looks on view in Isaac Mizrahi: An Unruly History. El Museo del Barrio will offer art-making for the entire family.

See museummilefestival.org for more information, and http://museummilefestival.org/index.php/map-schedule/ for map and schedule.

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7th Annual SOHO International Film Festival Returns to NYC June 9-16

May 11, 2016
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Some of 2015’s Celebrity Attendees of the SOHO International Film Festival. The 7th Annual SOHO film festival returns to NYC June 9-16 (Photos by Champion Eye Media)

New York – From June 9 – 16, 2016 the SOHO International Film Festival #SOHO7 returns to NYC for seven days of films at Village East Cinemas located at 189 2nd Avenue on 12th Street in New York City.

Among the many titles in this year’s competition will be Opening Night Film “Coach of the Year” by David Stott making its official New York Premiere! A true story about a swim team that tries to win a state championship – without a pool to practice in – starring Harris Doran (“Junction”), Melissa Archer (“Days of Our Lives”), Hunter Gomez (“National Treasure”, “Family Guy”), James McCaffrey (“Revenge”, “Sam’), and Kevin Brown (“30 Rock”). 12-time Olympic swimmer Natalie Coughlin will also be in attendance.  The World Premiere for the French short film “Fish & Chicks” by Julie Grumbach, Elise McLeod was chosen to open the program.

Other notable films include the East Coast Premiere of “To Whom It May Concern” starring Dawn Olivieri (“Vampire Diaries”, “Heroes”), Wilmer Valderrama (“That 70’s Show”), NY Actor Robert Clohessy (The Avengers”, Blue Bloods”) and Directed by Manu Boyer;  A new documentary “Happy Lucky Golden Tofu Panda Dragon Good Time Fun Fun Show” by SOHO Alumni Carrie Preston (“True Blood”, “Crowded”); NY Premiere of Comedic Short Film “Not Right Now” by Brianne Moncrief (“All My Children”), and the NY Premiere of “EVOL: Theory of Love” by Mike Perrone starring Alexis Dziena (“Entourage, “Invasion”) Matthew Lawrence (“Melissa & Joey”, “Boy Meets World”) and Conor Donovan (“The Departed”).

This year’s record number of premieres will also bring Shamim Sarif‘s “Despite The Falling Snow” (UK) starring Rebecca Ferguson, Charles Dance, Antje Traue and Oliver Jackson-Cohen; World Premiere for the short film “The Last Hunt” (US) by Matthew Daddario (“Shadowhunters”, “Cabin Fever”) Brock Harris (*Major Crimes”, “Sam”); World Premiere of “The Hollow” (US) starring William Sadler, David Warshofsky, William Forsythe and director Miles Doleac; International Premiere of “Esoterika: Maynila” (PH) by iconic Filipino Director Elwood Perez.

“This year, is really exciting… we’ve received submissions from more countries than ever before, an even larger number of great films from women filmmakers, and a great number of LGBT films that allowed us to make a specific program for it.” said Sibyl Santiago, Executive Director and Head of Programming.  “….and we continue to be truly blessed with a super strong support from the NY Filmmaking community, which we are proud to continue to showcase at SOHO.”

The SOHO Intl Film Fest celebrates the cutting-edge of digital technology while honoring traditional forms of storytelling, encourages new and seasoned filmmakers from here in New York City and around the world to create and send in their fresh and innovative cinematic pieces.

Adding to the excitement of the event, many of the selected films will hold Q & A sessions with cast & crew members following each screening; along with panels, social events, and other networking opportunities for everyone involved. Leading figures from all disciplines of the film industry including distributors and media will also be in attendance.

The SOHO International Film Festival, which proudly carries the “Made in NY” logo from the NYC Mayor’s Office of Film, Television and Broadcasting is a vehicle to help the economy of the city, enhancing the festival’s sense of pride while boosting filmmaking and tourism in the Big Apple. They are dedicated to celebrating the art of long and short form cinema created from the latest digital technology while still embracing the original goal ‐ incredible storytelling. Founded in the epicenter of New York’s most artistic district, by Jorge Ballos in 2009, the festival is has provided a unique and powerful platform for filmmakers to gain exposure and potential distribution. SIFFNYC is committed to exhibiting domestic and international films, focusing on dynamic, visionary cinema that creates extraordinary experiences.

For more information on the SOHO International Film Festival, visit www.SohoFilmFest.com, or Twitter  @SohoFilmFest, Facebook.com/SohoFilmFest.

 

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Actor Ed Asner to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award at Long Island International Film Expo

May 11, 2016
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The Long Island International Film Expo will present Actor/Activist Ed Asner with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his extraordinary contributions to cinema. LIIFF Expo will be held July 13 – 21, 2016 at the historic Bellmore Movies, 222 Pettit Avenue, Bellmore, NY.

(Bellmore, NY) — This July, the Long Island International Film Expo will present Actor/Activist Ed Asner with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his extraordinary contributions to cinema over his lengthy career which has spanned decades from his work on the Mary Tyler Moore Show to recent Film/TV and Theatre work! This year’s Expo set to be held from July 13 – 21, 2016 at the historic Bellmore Movies, 222 Pettit Avenue, Bellmore, NY.

Versatile, committed, eloquent and talented are all adjectives that describe actor/activist and 7-Time Emmy Award-winning actor Ed Asner, who starred as Carl Fredricksen in Pixar’s 2009 box-office-hit UP! Asner also most recently starred opposite Joseph Fiennes and Tom Cavanagh in the Disney feature The Games Maker and Joe’s War with Armand Assante, Boonville Redemption opposite Diana Ladd and the animated feature The Nutcracker Sweet. Ed continues to do his one-man show A Man and His Prostate written by Ed Weinberger, and is set to shoot is the documentary Titanic with Frances Fisher written by Ryan Katzenbach and based on the book Titanic:  Sinking the Myths, and will next be shooting the film Waiting in the Wings: The Musical written by Arie Gonzales & Jeffrey A Johns, a short in Dallas, Texas called Closer written by Seraphine Nova & Mark Glass, a feature The Instigator written by Tom Porter & Maggie Grant in Georgia, and late spring will be going to Ottawa shoot guest star on the TV series Michael Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Asner is best known for his comedic and dramatic talent as the gruff but soft-hearted journalist Lou Grant, the role he originated on the landmark TV news room comedy The Mary Tyler Moore Show, and continued in the newspaper-set drama Lou Grant, which earned him five Emmys and three Golden Globe Awards.  Asner received two more Emmy and Golden Globe Awards for the mini-series Rich Man, Poor Man and Roots.

His most recent credits include a recurring role on the CBS series The Good Wife starring Julianna Margulies, the NBC telefilm Buddy The Elf, the Hallmark telefilm All of My Heart starring Lacey Chabert, the CBS series Criminal Minds starring Joe Mantegna, Hawaii 5-0 starring Alex O’Loughlin and Scott Caan, Mom starring Allison Janney, The Crazy Ones with the late Robin Williams, as well as Chasing Life with Marion Ross for ABC Family and the TBS primetime series Men At Work. He and starred opposite Markie Post in the Lifetime telefilm Christmas On The Bayou. Asner returned to Broadway in the Fall of 2013 starring in the comedy drama Grace opposite Paul Rudd, Michael Shannon and Kate Arrington, written by Craig Wright and directed by Dexter Bullard. He’s also been touring the country as Franklin Delano Roosevelt in the critically acclaimed one man show FDR for over 5 years.

One of the most honored actors in the history of television; Edward Asner has been the recipient of seven Emmy Awards and 16 nominations, as well as five Golden Globe Awards and served as National President of the Screen Actors Guild for two terms. He was inducted into the TV Academy Hall of Fame in 1996.  Asner received the Ralph Morgan Award from the Screen Actors Guild in 2000, presented periodically for distinguished service to the Guild’s Hollywood membership.  In March 2002, he was again honored by The Guild as the 38th recipient of the prestigious Life Achievement Award for career achievement and humanitarian accomplishment, presented annually to an actor who fosters the highest ideals of the profession.

With more than 100 TV credits, which include starring in the series Off the Rack, The Bronx Zoo and Thunder Alley, his numerous guest appearances also include roles in Curb Your Enthusiasm, ER, Arliss, The Practice and a recurring role on Studio 60 On The Sunset Strip.  Besides commercials and numerous books on tape, he has lent his voice to popular cartoon shows such as The Simpsons, Spiderman and Boondocks. Asner’s dozens of motion pictures include They Call Me Mister Tibbs!, Fort Apache the Bronx, JFK, and the European production of Giovanni XXIII – the highest rated television mini-series in the history of Italian TV as well as the box office hit, Elf with Will Farrell and James Caan. Asner has done several Hallmark movies and was nominated for another Emmy for The Christmas Card in addition to his Emmy nominated guest appearance on CSI/NY.

Named “One of the Top 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World” by MovieMaker Magazine, the Long Island International Film Expo is one of Long Island’s most prestigious film festivals, screening approximately 150 independent films during its weeklong run. The Long Island Film/TV Foundation, a not-for-profit, is also the foremost group providing support to the film/TV and commercial industries on Long Island, and along with Asner will be honoring several other noted professionals in the film/entertainment/media industries this year including Angela Anton (Anton News – Humanitarian Award), Robert Clohessy (Actor- Blue Bloods – Creative Achievement Award), Sal Rendino  (Actor – The Get Down/Billions – Rising Star Award), with more to be announced.

Last year, LIIFE scheduled 165 short and feature-length quality independent films from around the world, including many from right here on Long Island. Past successes have also included- films such as Michael Cuesta’s LIE starring Brian Cox and Paul Dano screened at the Malverne Cinema with its Long Island Premiere; Tate Taylor (Director of Pretty Ugly People), who won Best Feature and has gone on to act in Winter’s Bone, to direct The Help and the James Brown movie, Get On Up; Julian Adams who won Best Film for The Last Confederate and has since went on to direct Phantom- starring David Ducovny and Ed Harris, and Rick Bieber, who has LIIFE awards for multiple films including The Fifth Quarter and Crazy, also producing such notable films at Flatliners and Radio Flyer.

LIIFE honoring one of America’s most beloved actors by way of not only Cinema, but Theatre, TV, and his countless efforts as an activist- this year’s Expo is sure to be an exciting engagement July 13 – 21 as it comes once again to the historic Bellmore Movies, 222 Pettit Avenue, Bellmore, NY.

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5th Annual Gold Coast Intl Film Festival Brings Award-Winning Films to Long Island, Nov 9-15

October 28, 2015
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Academy-award winner Catherine Martin is honored at Gold Coast Arts Center/Gold Coast International Film Festival Gala, Long Island, NY, Nov. 3, 2014

The 2015 Gold Coast International Film Festival announces an exciting slate of films for this year’s Festival taking place November 9 – 15, 2015 in venues throughout the north shore of Long Island, and once again – everyone’s invited for an exciting week of films, parties, filmmaker Q&As, and glamour.

The Festival kicks off with an intimate conversation with award-winning writer, director and producer Morgan Spurlock (“Super Size Me”) being held on the campus of LIU Post on November 9, 2015. This event will include a special screening of Spurlock’s new short film CRAFTED.

The fifth anniversary of the Festival will feature over 60 films and dozens of filmmakers at screenings and events in venues throughout the Town of North Hempstead region, including Soundview Cinemas in Port Washington, the Bow Tie Cinemas in Great Neck/Port Washington/ Manhasset/ Roslyn, the Gold Coast Arts Center in Great Neck and the campus of LIU Post.

Filmmakers scheduled to attend include: award-winning director/producer/screenwriter, Morgan Spurlock; actor Lou Diamond Phillips, star of Showtime’s Homeland, Navid Negahban; Patricia Riggen director of the new Warner Brothers film The 33, starring Antonio Banderas, Juliette Binoche and Lou Diamond Phillips; award winning filmmakers Michael Cuesta (Exec. Producer Homeland), Rick Goldsmith, Yael Melamede and Andrew Horn; WNBA superstar Chamique Holdsclaw; several members of the band Twisted Sister who will join us for the US premiere of a new film about their rise to fame, Emmy-winning journalist Kristin Thorne – plus many more filmmakers and special guests such as Michael Landers, the Long Island ping-pong champion featured in the film Top Spin.

Films this year showcase Hollywood’s best actors including Richard Gere, Oliver Platt, Rene Russo, Jason Sudeikis, Rebecca Hall, Christopher Walken, Amber Heard and many more industry stars. Award-winning films from the world’s most prestigious festivals (Cannes, Toronto, Sundance, Tribeca) will be screened, plus over 25 incredible short films, with Q&As with visiting shorts filmmakers. Once again we are offering FREE tickets to all screenings for veterans and current military personnel, courtesy of 1-800-Flowers.com.

For tickets visit www.goldcoastfilmfestival.org.

Among the films being showcased at the 5th Annual Gold Coast International Film Festival:

AUTISM IN LOVE

Dir. Matt Fuller | USA | English | 76 min | Documentary

Long Island Premiere With remarkable thoroughness and compassion, director Matthew Fuller examines the everyday realities of autistic adulthood, showing how the members of this often-misunderstood community cope with the challenge of keeping romance alive over the years. “…A relatable and winning celebration of accepting the differences in others and in ourselves.” Q&A with Pat Schissel, Asperger Syndrome & High Functioning Autism Assoc. and Kate Palmer, The Global and Regional Asperger Syndrome Partnership, Inc. Sat 11/14, 1:00pm, Soundview PW

THE BENEFACTOR

Dir. Andrew Renzi | USA | English | 92 min | Narrative

Long Island Premiere Richard Gere shines as Franny, an eccentric philanthropist trying to reconnect with his deceased best friend’s’ daughter (Dakota Fanning) and her young husband (Theo James). Although impossibly charming, Franny’s motives and lifestyle bring about larger moral questions, in this surprising and engaging debut drama from writer-director Andrew Renzi. Tues 11/10, 7:30pm, Soundview PW

THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES (1946)

Dir. William Wyler | USA | English | 172 min | Narrative

FREE VETERANS DAY SCREENING FOR ALL AUDIENCES We honor our veterans, from all wars, with this screening of one of Hollywood’s greatest films, which tells the stories of three veterans returning home after WWII who have trouble readjusting to civilian life. Winner of seven Academy Awards in 1946, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor. Wed 11/11, 1:00pm, Bow Tie Great Neck

THE BIRTH OF SAKE

Dir. Erik Shirai | USA | Japanese with English subtitles | 94 min | Documentary

In a world where most mass-produced goods are heavily

automated, a small group of artisans must brave unusual working conditions to preserve a 2000-year-old tradition that we have come to know as saké. A fascinating, absorbing look into what it takes to make world-class saké at Yoshida Brewery, a 144-year-old family-owned small brewery in northern Japan. Sat 11/14, 6:30pm, Bow Tie Manhasset

THE CHEF’S WIFE

Dir. Anne Le Ny | France | French with English subtitles | 91 min | Narrative

Long Island Premiere A crowd pleasing, screwball tragi-comedy featuring French moviestars and Michelin-starred cuisine. When Marithé, a professional career counselor, meets Carole, a rich ditz living in the shadow of her chef husband, the two form an unexpected bond. While the two both share a desire for something different and greater out of life, their motives end up being at odds with their friendship. Fri 11/13, 6:30pm, Bow Tie Roslyn

(DIS)HONESTY: THE TRUTH ABOUT LIES

Dir. Yael Melamede | USA | English | 90 min | Documentary

Presented in partnership with the Nassau County Bar Association

Lying gets easier the more you do it—that is, until you get caught. This humorous and engaging documentary, inspired by the work of behavioral economist Dan Ariely, interweaves personal stories, expert opinions, behavioral experiments, and archival footage and creates a fascinating and insightful inquiry into why people lie and the very real effects it can have. Q&A with Director Yael Melamede and Ethics law experts Kevin Kearon, Esq., Steven Leventhal, Esq. and Omid Zareh, Esq.

Optional CLE credit will be offered at the event for practicing attorneys.

Thurs 11/12, 6:00pm, Soundview PW

FRANK AND CINDY

Dir. G.J. Echternkamp | USA | English | 101 min | Narrative

Long Island Premiere A delightfully dark comedy about a young aspiring filmmaker who comes back home to his unpredictable mom (Rene Russo) and unexpectedly starts an online documentary about his stepfather (Oliver Platt), an overweight alcoholic who was in an 80s one-hit-wonder band. Ironically, what started as a joke evolves into something else: a brutal, but often hilarious look at a flawed family coming to terms with the past and each other. Sat 11/14, 8:30pm, Soundview PW

HELLOHELLO

Dir. Maria Blom | Sweden | Swedish with English subtitles | 97 min | Narrative

New York Premiere This warm-hearted Swedish comedy follows Disa—40ish, a bit dumpy, and way too accommodating—who is stuck in a rut after her husband leaves her for a twiggy new model, and her mother and work colleague continue to boss her around. With the help of a new man in her life, she learns to take care of herself, but is she up for the challenge? Sun 11/15, 4:00pm, Soundview PW

LANDFILL HARMONIC

Dir. Graham Townsley, Brad Allgood | USA | Spanish/English with Eng. subtitles | 84 min | Documentary

The Recycled Orchestra, a youth group playing instruments made entirely out of garbage, is catapulted into the global spotlight when their story goes viral and is featured on 60 Minutes. This amazing and inspirational doc is a testament to the power of music and the resilience of the human spirit.

Sat 11/7, 7:30pm, Gold Coast Cinema at LIU Post
Presented in partnership with LIU Post Department of Music of the College of Arts, Communications, and Design

Sat 11/14, 2:00pm, Soundview PW Presented in partnership with Residents for a More Beautiful Port Washington. **Nov. 11 screening includes Interactive Q&A with Dr. Dale Stuckenbruck and the ECO Orchestra from the Waldorf School of Garden City

LISTEN TO ME MARLON

Dir. Stevan Riley | USA | English | 102 min | Documentary

“The definitive Brando. In his own words.” Marlon Brando was one of the most acclaimed and influential actors of all time. Featuring exclusive access to Brando’s previously unseen and unheard personal archive, including hundreds of hours of audio, this film sheds light on the artist and the man. “The greatest, most searching documentary of an actor ever put on film.” Sat 11/14, 3:30pm, Bow Tie Manhasset

MAFIA AND RED TOMATOES

Dir. Giulio Manfredonia | Italy | Italian with English subtitles | 100 min | Narrative

New York Premiere A unique mix of comedy and drama in the story of an unlikely group of volunteers in the South of Italy who form a farm collective on land confiscated from a jailed Mafioso, who unexpectedly returns and is not pleased with what’s become of his property. Q&A with Fabio Troisi of the Italian Cultural Institute. Sat 11/14, 8:00pm, Soundview PW

MIND/GAME: THE UNQUIET JOURNEY OF CHAMIQUE HOLDSCLAW

Dir. Rick Goldsmith | USA | English | 57 min | Documentary

Sponsored by the Katz Institute for Women’s Health of the North Shore-LIJ Health System.
New York Premiere Two-time Academy Award nominee Rick Goldsmith crafts an intimate profile of Chamique Holdsclaw, who became the best and most famous women’s basketball player on the planet until her career was derailed by depression and near-suicide. Since leaving the WNBA, she has become a powerful mental health advocate and role model. Q&A with Director Rick Goldsmith, WNBA superstar and subject of the film Chamique Holdsclaw and North Shore-LIJ Health System distinguished experts in psychiatry, sports medicine and women’s health.

Sat 11/14, 3:30pm, Soundview PW

MODERN RUIN: A WORLD’S FAIR PAVILION

Dir. Matthew Silva | USA | English | 78 min | Documentary

Sponsored by the Amsterdam at Harborside

Long Island Premiere The New York State Pavilion, once the shining symbol of the 1964/65 World’s Fair, now sits as a haunting reminder of what became of the age of optimism. Through surprising and informative interviews, we learn the story of the Fair, from its glory days to its brief iterations as a 60s concert venue and 70s roller rink, to the years of neglect and the recent grass-roots restoration advocacy efforts. Q&A with Director Matthew Silva and Joseph Tirella, author of Tomorrow-Land: The 1964-65 World’s Fair and the Transformation of America. Thurs 11/12, 2:00pm, Bow Tie Great Neck Includes lunch before film at the Gold Coast Arts Center

THE MUSES OF BASHEVIS SINGER

Dir. Asaf Galay, Shaul Bester | Israel | English and Hebrew with English subtitles | 72 min | Documentary

Long Island Premiere An entertaining and compelling film that looks at the women who inspired the Nobel Prize-winning author Isaac Bashevis Singer, a leading figure in the Yiddish literary movement. Featuring interviews and recollections of high art and gossip from these smart, beautiful and unforgettable “muses.” Q&A with Leah Napolin, playwright featured in film (Yentl). Sun 11/15, 1:30pm, Bow Tie Great Neck

MUSTANG

Dir. Deniz Gamze Ergüven | France/Turkey | Turkish with English subtitles | 95 min | Narrative

Long Island Premiere In this poignant, eloquent drama, five sisters in a Turkish village play with boys while walking home from school. The perceived immorality of their play has unexpected consequences, and when the girls’ parents begin to turn their home into a prison, they must band together to fight back against the limits imposed on them. Direct from the Cannes Film Festival, and France’s official submission to the Academy Awards. Sat 11/14, 6:00pm, Soundview PW

MY FRIEND VICTORIA

Dir. Jean-Paul Civeyrac | France | French with English subtitles | 95 min | Narrative

Long Island Premiere Adapted from a story by Nobel-laureate Doris Lessing, My Friend Victoria is a complex, poignant portrait of a black woman in contemporary Paris whose destiny is shaped by France’s attitudes on class and privilege. This superbly acted, distinctly fresh take on racial identity is an acutely intelligent achievement by a director whose time has surely come. Sun 11/15, 1:30pm, Soundview PW

PARTNER WITH THE ENEMY

Dir. Duki Dror, Chen Shelach | Israel | Hebrew and Arabic with English subtitles | 60 min | Documentary

Long Island Premiere In the midst of the ever-fraught Israeli-

Palestinian political landscape, two women—one Israeli and one Palestinian—attempt the seemingly impossible: to build a business together. Suspenseful, moving, and not without humor, this is the story of a very special bond facing challenges of all shapes and sizes. Q&A with film subjects Anat Shelach and Rola Srouji Thurs 11/12, 7:30pm, Bow Tie Great Neck Followed by dessert reception at LOLA

SON OF SAUL

Dir. László Nemes | Hungary | Hungarian, Yiddish, German, Russian and Polish with English subtitles | 107 min | Narrative

Winner of the Grand Prix at Cannes and lauded at festivals worldwide, Son of Saul tells the story of Saul Ausländer, a Hungarian prisoner at Auschwitz. While working in one of the crematoriums, Saul discovers the body of a boy he takes for his son, and decides to carry out an impossible task: save the child’s body from the flames, find a rabbi, and offer the boy a proper burial. Wed, 11/11, 7:00pm, Bow Tie Great Neck

TOP SPIN

Dir. Mina T. Son, Sara Newens | USA | English and Mandarin with English subtitles | 81 min | Documentary

Long Island Premiere An inside look at an offbeat sport, Top Spin turns one of America’s favorite pastimes on its head and reveals a coming-of-age story where success and failure come down to mere millimeters. The film follows three fiercely committed teenagers as they battle their way through the world of elite, competitive table tennis and trade dreams of the prom and graduation for the Olympics and winning Gold. Q&A with film subject Michael Landers – who is from Long Island. Sun 11/15, 4:30pm, Soundview PW

TUMBLEDOWN

Dir. Sean Mewshaw | USA | English | 103 min | Narrative

Long Island Premiere A delightful rom-com anchored by charming lead performances. In friendly yet frosty Maine, Hannah (Rebecca Hall) is trying to get over the death of her beloved folk-singer husband. When New York professor Andrew (Jason

Sudeikis) starts poking around with questions about her husband, she reluctantly agrees to partner with him on a book, opening up new chapters for both. Fri 11/13, 8:45pm, Bow Tie Roslyn

THE VANISHED ELEPHANT

Dir. Javier Fuentes-León | Peru | Spanish with English subtitles | 109 min | Narrative

A crime novelist receives a vital clue to the whereabouts of his long-missing fiancée, in this original, mind-bending mystery that pays homage to Hollywood film noir and the reality-twisting fictions of Jorge Luis Borges and Julio Cortázar. Sat 11/14, 8:30pm, Bow Tie Manhasset

WE ARE TWISTED F*CKING SISTER

Dir. Andrew Horn | USA | English | 139 min | Documentary

US Premiere The mesmerizing, wickedly appealing, and never-before-told story of the first ten grueling years leading up to Twisted Sister’s legendary career, as they cross-dressed their way to headlining every club from Long Island beach bars to New Jersey bowling alleys, recounted by the band themselves, their managers and some of their most devout fans. Q&A with Director Andrew Horn and Twisted Sister members Jay Jay French, Mark “The Animal” Mendoza & Co-Manager Joe Gerber

Fri 11/13, 7:30pm, Bow Tie Port Washington

WHEN I LIVE MY LIFE OVER AGAIN

Dir. Robert Edwards | USA | English | 98 min. | Narrative

In this warm comedy of music, career comebacks and family dysfunction, aspiring artist Jude (Amber Heard) heads to the Hamptons home of her father (Christopher Walken), an over-the-hill crooner desperately charting his musical comeback.
Sat 11/14, 5:00pm, Soundview PW

SHORT FILM SCREENINGS on Tues 11/10, 1:00pm, Roslyn Library (FREE) and Sat. 11/14, 1:00pm, Bow Tie Manhasset

FAMILY FILM DAY An afternoon of short films, curated especially for kids, and hands-on movie related art activities at the Gold Coast Arts Center on Veteran’s Day. A great day of fun for kids and caregivers when schools are closed. Includes pizza courtesy of Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza! Wed 11/11, 12:00 – 3:00pm, Gold Coast Arts Center

NEW YORK LOVES FILM ROADSHOW – FILMMAKERS ROUNDTABLE
Meet the team from the New York State Governor’s Office for Motion Picture and Television Development for a roundtable discussion re: producing in New York State – tax credits, location scouting, finding stages and crew, and more. An invaluable opportunity for first time filmmakers and veteran producers. Tues 11/10, 2:00pm, Gold Coast Arts Center (FREE)

Gold Coast International Film Festival

Over the past five years, the festival has brought the latest Hollywood hits and Indie favorites to standing room only audiences throughout the fabled Gold Coast of Long Island. Add A-list celebrities and unforgettable events to the mix and it’s easy to see why GCIFF has become the “go to” Festival for film buffs and the public (it is also the last major film festival on the East Coast before Awards season). The Festival is produced by the Gold Coast Arts Center.

Previous honorees and special guests of the festival and the Gold Coast Arts Center include film industry VIPs Francis Ford Coppola, Hugh Grant, Baz Luhrmann, Brian Dennehy, Paul Sorvino, Ed Burns, Bruce Dern, Isabella Rossellini, Eli Wallach, Gabriel Byrne, Bill Plympton, Phil Donahue, Phylicia Rashaad, Joan Allen, Jay McInerney and Michael Cuesta, as well as composer Morton Gould, artists James Rosenquist, Oleg Cassini, Edwina Sandys and Bob Gruen, comedian Susie Essman, Broadway stars Kelli O’Hara, Melissa Errico and Savion Glover, and 4-time Oscar winner for production and costume design Catherine Martin.

Sponsors and partners of this year’s GCIFF include founding partners the Town of North Hempstead and Douglas Elliman Real Estate, longstanding major partners LIU Post and Nassau County IDA as well as AMC Networks, Deluxe Entertainment Services Group, Panavision, A.L. Sarroff Fund, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP, J.M. Kaplan Fund, The Katz Center of North Shore –LIJ Health System, LVR Rental, Samar Hospitality, The Andrew Hotel, Stella Artois and The Amsterdam at Harborside as well as 1-800-Flowers, WLIW21, New York Women in Film & Television, Anton Publications, Blank Slate Media, Care Connect and many others.

The Gold Coast Arts Center is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to promoting and supporting the arts through education, exhibition, performance and outreach. For over 20 years the center has brought the arts and arts in education experiences to tens of thousands of people throughout our region through 1) School for the Arts, which offers year-round classes in all visual and performing arts to students of all ages and abilities, (2) Free public art gallery, (3) Concert and lecture series, (4) Outreach programs, which each year bring artist residencies, after-school programs, school assemblies, teacher training workshops and parent-child workshops to students, senior citizens, teachers and others in underserved communities throughout our region, (5) Year round film screening and discussion series and (6) Gold Coast International Film Festival, now in its 5th year. The Arts Center is an affiliate of the John F Kennedy Center for the for the Performing Arts: Partners in Education Program, and National Gallery of Art, both located in Washington DC.

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Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel Presents Special Packages for ‘Pageant of the Masters’

June 19, 2014

The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel is presenting two extraordinary overnight experiences for the 2014 Pageant of the Masters season – Behind the Velvet Rope and The Art Detective, available July 9 through August 30, 2014.

As a long-time Pageant sponsor, the resort’s offerings include excellent seats in the center loge section for the world-famous performance.

With the Behind the Velvet Rope experience, guests can rub elbows with fine artists on a guided docent tour and then experience the thrill of being back stage just before show time. The Behind the Velvet Rope experience starts at $1,475 per couple, per night and includes:

The Ritz-Carlton Club Level Ocean View Accommodations

Backstage tour of the Pageant of the Masters

Two Premier Loge Center tickets to the Pageant of the Masters

Admission for two to Festival of Arts

Guided Docent Tour of Festival of Arts

Resort Fee

Welcome Amenity and Pageant Program Guide

 

The Art Detective experience starts at $645 per night and includes:

Overnight Accommodations

Two Premier Loge Center tickets to the Pageant of the Masters

Admission for two to Festival of Arts

Resort fee

Welcome Amenity and Pageant Program Guide

 

Pageant of the Masters, Laguna Beach’s world-famous celebration of art in “living pictures,” enters its ninth decade with the theme, The Art Detective. The history of art is filled with whodunits, unsolved mysteries and tales of discoveries that changed the way we look at the world. This year’s Pageant will feature such works of art as Manet’s ‘Olympia,’ Rembrandt’s ‘The Night Watch,’ Botticelli’s ‘Primavera’ and ‘Madame X’ by John Singer Sargent. The Pageant will also revisit the world’s most costly, as yet unsolved, art heist of 1990 when thieves stole a Vermeer painting and several other priceless works from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston.

The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel, One Ritz-Carlton Drive, Dana Point, California 92629, Reservation:  800-241-3333, www.ritzcarlton.com/lagunapageant.

 

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Meritage Resort & Spa Celebrates Napa Valley’s Arts in April with ”Meritage Masterpiece Art of Relaxation’ Package

March 26, 2014
The Meritage Resort and Spa in Napa, California, is offering its 'Meritage Masterpiece: The Art of Relaxation' package in conjunction with Napa Valley’s Arts in April.

The Meritage Resort and Spa in Napa, California, is offering its ‘Meritage Masterpiece: The Art of Relaxation’ package in conjunction with Napa Valley’s Arts in April.

The Meritage Resort and Spa in Napa, California, is embracing all that the Napa Valley has to offer by creating a true “Meritage Masterpiece” with The Art of Relaxation package. The package is being re-launched in coordination with Napa Valley’s Arts in April.

The Art of Relaxation package allows guests to dream big and paint their own masterpiece. Easels, canvas, paints and brushes, for two, are provided at check-in along with overnight hotel accommodations in a superior guest room or suite and multiple spa treatments. Experiencing The Meritage Resort and Spa goes well beyond its plush guest rooms. With nightly turndown service, a bottle of sparkling wine and a Spa Terra Welcome Amenity, guests will leave feeling rejuvenated. After a day of walking through the resort’s hillside vineyards or lounging in a cabana by the adults-only pool, guests can relax with two 50-minute spa treatments at Spa Terra which are included in this package. Choosing from a Terra Massage or a European Facial, guests will find themselves in a spa that is truly in the heart of the earth: the Estate Cave at The Meritage Resort. The award-winning spa includes a variety of treatment rooms including couples treatment rooms, a serenity lounge, his and her private lounges with steam grottoes and whirlpools, all within the hushed atmosphere of this one-of-a-kind environment. (See additional information about the package.)

“The Art of Relaxation package and Napa Valley’s Arts in April are both designed to allow guests to experience the true beauty of the Napa Valley,” said Sheri Thomas, director of sales and marketing for The Meritage Resort and Spa. “This package gives guests the opportunity to create their own art and soak in the spectacular views that are all around them during their stay. From walking in our hillside vineyards to visiting one of the hundreds of wineries throughout the valley there are plenty of ‘paintable moments’ and opportunities to make ‘Meritage Masterpieces.’ The best part though rests in the relaxation with a signature massage or facial at Spa Terra located in the ‘heart of the earth’ in the resort’s Estate Cave.”

The Meritage Resort and Spa is a four-diamond Napa Valley luxury resort set against a hillside vineyard. A destination unto itself, it features 322 Tuscan-inspired guestrooms and luxury suites, seasonal farm-to-table cuisine at the Siena Restaurant and wine tasting in the Estate Cave featuring Trinitas Cellars. Regain a healthful balance with curative treatments at Spa Terra—a lavish underground spa with steam grottoes, soaking pools, treatment alcoves and tranquil walls of water. The resort boasts the most comprehensive event and meeting space in the wine country, including the two largest ballrooms in the Napa Valley, the Estate Cave and three covered terraces. Crush Ultra Lounge offers guests a chance to relax with a full bar, sports entertainment and six bowling lanes. Far more than a place for relaxation, our unique property is an Old World escape from the ordinary. The Meritage Resort and Spa experience is the perfect blend of gracious hospitality, unrivaled amenities and peerless personal care. The Meritage Resort and Spa, We are Napa. TheMeritageResort.com.

The Meritage Collection is a new life and style collection from Pacific Hospitality Group, which includes independent hotels, resorts, wineries and golf courses. The Meritage Collection offers exceptional travel and one-of-a-kind experiences in four of California’s most spectacular locations—La Jolla, Napa Valley, Newport Beach and Santa Barbara. These design-focused properties are stylish yet welcoming, with creative restaurants, relaxed lounges and inviting social spaces. Experience hospitality in a whole new light. For more information about the Meritage Collection, visit MeritageCollection.com.

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Alys Beach, Florida Opens Ticket Sales for 7th Annual Digital Graffiti Festival, June 5-7

March 23, 2014

Tickets for the Seventh Annual Digital Graffiti Festival, Alys Beach, Florida’s signature annual event, to be held June 5–7, 2014 will be placed on sale on Monday, March 24, 2014.

During what has become a weekend extravaganza event, the community of Alys Beach located on Scenic Highway 30A on the Gulf of Mexico in Northwest Florida, opens its doors, courtyards, and pedestrian paths to groundbreaking digital artists from around the globe. At this innovative, one-of-a-kind live art exhibit, the iconic white walls of Alys Beach are transformed into “blank canvas” screens onto which various forms of newly created digital art is projected.

For 2014, the world’s first outdoor projection art festival has expanded adding a new offering on Thursday night — an exclusive behind-the-scenes, informative tour lead by DG 2014 Curator Brett Phares beginning at 8 p.m. Friday evening includes activities and a meet-and-greet gallery stroll featuring some of digital artist finalists, who will be on hand to answer questions and discuss their work on display. The excitement continues on Saturday with the live festival exhibit lighting up Alys Beach beginning at 8:30 p.m. and ending with the must-not-miss poolside party of the season at Caliza Pool, featuring music and video mixing by DJs and VJs, light bites and cash bars.

All access weekend passes are available for $200 per person and includes admission to the event on all three days, an official Digital Graffiti evet t-shirt and Tervis tumbler. Tickets for Friday night are $50 per person for adults and $20 for children (12 and under). Tickets for Saturday are $75 (for adults and children). VIP patron tickets are $100 and include an official Digital Graffiti t-shirt and a refillable Tervis tumbler. Proceeds to benefit The Alys Foundation, which supports select local charities.

Tickets are limited; pre-purchased tickets are highly encouraged. Tickets will be available for purchase online beginning March 24, 2014 at digitalgraffiti.com and in person at the Alys Beach Bike Shop, The Alys Shoppe and Fonville Press in Alys Beach. Digital Graffiti will be presented rain or shine.

Come for the festival and enjoy all South Walton has to offer all along Scenic Highway 30A. Luxurious multi-bedroom homes are available for vacation rental in Alys Beach. For details and rates visit alysbeach.com or call toll-free to 1(866) 732-9276.

Staging Digital Graffiti at Alys Beach gives artists a large-scale canvas to explore the intersections of art and architecture, while creating entirely new art forms. Once darkness falls on the weekend, the town will be set aglow as artists compete for  $10,000 in cash prizes. A panel of judges will select five award winners including Best of Show; Best in Florida; Curator’s Choice; and three Honorable Mentions.

In just a few short years Digital Graffiti has become irrevocably linked to Alys Beach. “Watching our beautiful, stark, white washed walls and roofs become completely transformed by the colorful and evocative swirling pieces of digital art is truly an inspiring experience, says town architect Marieanne Khoury-Vogt. “The projected vivid images that mold and melt against the backdrop of our sculptural architecture are fascinating to observe.”

 

One of the most beautiful new towns in the world, Alys Beach is located in Northwest Florida on Scenic Highway 30A, along what The New York Times said “May be the best beach in the continental U.S.” The resort town’s extraordinary architectural vision drew inspirations from both Bermuda and the family courtyard homes of Antigua, Guatemala. Alys Beach was founded in 2004. When complete, it will be home to 900 villas and courtyard homes, as well as restaurants, parks, shops and other resort lifestyle amenities. Alys Beach is the first Fortified…for Safer Living® community in the world, and all homes are built to Florida’s Green Home Designation Standard. For more information, visit alysbeach.com.

Digital Graffiti at Alys Beach is one of the world’s first outdoor projection art festivals. This innovative, one-of-a-kind dynamic event celebrates the many possibilities found at the intersection of art and architecture. During the three-night event, dozens of digital artist finalists from around the globe are invited to showcase their original work and vie for cash prize awards in a juried art competition. Utilizing the latest technologies, the finalists’ art is projected throughout the town on its iconic white walls.

Follow the event on Facebook, Twitter @Alysbeachfl, Instagram @Alysbeachfl and You Tube/AlysBeachFlorida. Join the conversation at #digitalgraffiti.

For information on Digitial Graffiti 2014 and an event overview video, visit digitalgraffiti.com.

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4th Annual Salem Main Streets Salem Arts Festival to be Held June 1-3

May 9, 2012

A painting depicting early Salem, in the Essex Peabody Museum. The 4th annual Salem Main Streets Salem Arts Festival will be held June 1 – 3 © 2012 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com.

The 4th annual Salem Main Streets Salem Arts Festival will be held June 1st – 3rd. The popular and ever- growing event will feature over 80 artists including local bands, painters, photographers, poets, belly dancers, to name a few. The Festival is a family friendly event with free performances, free art making activities and a fantastic range of art on display.

“People love the Salem Arts Festival because it makes art accessible. The festival is completely free from the incredible dance and music to the Juried Art Show in Old Town Hall. We include work ranging from renowned professionals to a 3rd grade boy.” says Jennifer Bell, Manager of Salem Main Streets (SMS), a community non-profit organization which started the Festival. “This year for the first time art patrons will have an opportunity to buy art from the Juried Art Show as well as from a Juried Street Fair,” Bell adds.

Run by a team of volunteers, including representatives from Salem State University, the Peabody Essex Museum and the Salem Arts Association, the Salem Arts Festival is a free event for residents and visitors. The goal of the festival is to promote all the arts in Salem and to provide the entire North Shore arts community an opportunity to showcase their talents.

The Festival is spread out at a variety of venues in downtown Salem, anchored at the Essex Street Walking Mall. A Juried Art Show will be held in Old Town Hall. This year live performances and demonstrations will be held outside, at the Museum Place Mall Fountain (weather permitting). Last year Festival attendance numbers were over 4,000 people and we expect an even larger crowd this year. Rain location for the performances is upstairs Old Town Hall.

The festival kicks off with an opening reception in Old Town Hall Friday, June 1 at 5 p.m. Enjoy beautiful art work and be entertained by Brian Rolland and the Paul Madore Chorale. Saturday and Sunday starting at 11 a.m. there will be live music and dance at the East India Fountain on Essex Street and a Juried Art Show for viewing in Old Town Hall. This year’s festival includes acting improve, a reciting of a chapter from the Odyssey, belly dancing and abstract art making and lots of local favorites playing like Machine 475 and the Heather Maloney Band.

Festival patrons can also enjoy the City of Salem’s Beautification Committee “Lady Of Salem” project, a summer long celebration of Salem’s rich maritime history featuring colorful, creative and whimsical ship figureheads painted by local artist. This exhibit will debut during the Salem Arts Festival and be on display downtown starting June 1. The “Ladies” remain in Port for all to enjoy June-October.

The Salem Arts Festival is offered free to all.

Visitors interested in attending the Salem Arts Festival can find easy access to the downtown by public transportation or parking at one of the many downtown lots in the City. For more information, visit www.salemartsfestival.com.

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