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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.

For more information on LIIFE, visit http://longislandfilmexpo.com/

 

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

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

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

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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.

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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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