I had no idea when I moved to Port Washington, NY from Manhattan that we boasted something as sophisticated as an International Film Festival. Until this past Saturday. My husband and I took our young boys trick-or-treating on Main Street (it’s a thing) which resembles Mayberry. One of our stops was the Bow Tie Cinema which I have yet to visit since I rarely get to the theater anymore (kids). Going to the movies is one thing I really miss. I was handed a program for the 4th Annual Gold Coast International Film Festival and didn’t look at it until Monday. Then I saw some films I thought I’d like to see and conveyed this to my mother during our Sunday call. How often does a small town get a film festival? I’m starting to like it here even more.
So the next day when I received a press release on the the film festival sent to my Second City Style account, I knew it was a sign to contact them. Long story short, I will be attending a few premiers and seeing some movies! Can you tell I’m excited?
From November 3-9, 2014 the Gold Coast Arts Center, in conjunction with the Town of North Hempstead, will present the 4th annual Gold Coast International Film Festival (GCIFF) and this special week of films, parties, panels, and glamour is open to the public. The Opening Night Gala on Monday November 3rd will honor four-time Academy Award-winning Production and Costume Designer Catherine Martin (The Great Gatsby, Moulin Rouge) and President of the Gold Coast Arts Center, Michael Glickman.
Some highlights from seasons passed include: an exclusive pre-release screening of The Great Gatsby with Baz Luhrmann, plus screenings and events with notable filmmakers and artists Edward Burns, Brian Dennehy, Phil Donahue, Isabella Rossellini, Bill Plympton, Bruce Dern, Joan Allen, Gabriel Byrne (I die. I’ve had a mad crush on him since The Usual Suspects), Celeste Holm, Eli Wallach, Robert Klein, Nelson DeMille, Francis Ford Coppola, Eli Wallach, Anne Jackson, Alan King and Kelli O’Hara to name a few. I can’t wait to see who I will spot this year!
Highlights of this year’s festival include:
- The world premiere of the new documentary on Pulitzer Prize Winning Playwright August Wilson, with a Q&A with Tony–winning actors Phylicia Rashad and Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Director/Producer Sam Pollard and Executive Producer Darryl Ford-Williams;
- The Long Island premiere of the Denis Leary-produced firefighting documentary Burn, with a special Q&A after the film with producer Jim Serpico, moderated by Kristin Thorne from WABC 7;
- A special screening of Zero Motivation, a 2014 winner at the Tribeca Film Festival, with the first GCIFF Screenwriting Award being presented to screenwriter/director Talya Lavie;
- Kids Film Day at the Gold Coast Arts Center sponsored by AAA. An afternoon of great short films and hands-on art activities for kids of all ages who have the day off of school on November 4th (Election Day). Plus – free pizza and wings courtesy of Anthony’s Coal Fire Pizza (my favorite in Port Washington);
- A re-screening of the film Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work, with a panel of very special (and funny!) guests;
- Long Island premieres including: Match, starring award-winning actor Patrick Stewart, Human Capital, Italy’s submission for this year’s Academy Awards, Mudbloods, about the world cup of Quidditch, the “sport” made famous by the Harry Potter series, Cold Eyes, a South Korean thriller, The Dove Flyer, a coming-of-age story amid the expulsion of Jews in Iraq in the 1950s and You Must be Joking, a laugh out loud comedy.
- New York premieres including: the comedy Beside Still Water, from Tribeca Films and Paulette, a fun, offbeat French comedy;
- A special screening at LIU Post of Long Island filmmaker Fred Carpenter’s new film, Charlie Mantle, followed by a Q&A with Mr. Carpenter, and the film’s stars Armand Assante, Sean Young and Robert Clohessy.
- Great new comedies, dramas, thrillers and short films from France, Israel, South Korea, Italy, the UK and the US.
Screenings and events at the festival will take place at the Soundview Cinemas in Port Washington and at Bow Tie Cinemas in Great Neck/Port Washington/Manhasset/Roslyn as well as at other venues including the Gold Coast Arts Center in Great Neck. For the latest information and updates visit goldcoastfilmfestival.org.
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– Lauren Dimet Waters