One of the Top 10 Must See Summer Film Festivals in U.S.,
The Long Island International Film Expo (LIIFE) will open its 18th season from Wednesday, July 8 through Wednesday, July 16, at the historic Bellmore Movies on Pettit Avenue in Bellmore, and feature 165 full- and short-length films from local producers to those from around the world.
John Ramos receives the LIIFEtime Achievement Award on July 16
This year’s film festival will honor actor John Amos, who will accept a LIIFEtime Achievement Award for his work in such films as “Roots,” “Die Hard 2” and “Coming to America.” LIIFE was named “One of the Top 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World” by MovieMaker Magazine.
Randy Edelman also receives the LIIFEtime Achievement Award for film music composition
Also being honored on closing night is musician/composer Randy Edelman, with a LIIFEtime Achievement Award in Film Scoring Composition. Edelman is a winner and nominee of many awards, including those presented by BAFTA, BMI and IFMCA. His body of work includes “The Last of the Mohicans,” “Dragonheart,” “The Mask,” “Ghostbusters II,” “Twins” and other fine scores. Edelman will also be at the screening of a feature film he scored in this year’s Long Island International Film Expo festival line-up, “Leaves of the Tree,” on Tuesday, July 14, at 7:45 p.m.
Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano remarked of the film festival, “The Long Island International Film Expo treats the public to a vast array of independent films of every genre and allows residents to meet many of the filmmakers while also generating a positive economic impact from filmmakers staying in our hotels and dining in our restaurants.”
He added that Nassau County has quickly gained a reputation for producing first-run industry films in two state-of-the-art studios in Nassau County: Grumman Studios and Gold Coast Studios, both at located at Grumman.s Business Park on Route 107.
The county film industry in now responsible for 1773 annual jobs for the area, and generated $533.6 million in economic development and more than $1.64 million in hotel and sales taxes during 2013 and 2014.
LIIFE has scheduled 165 short and feature-length quality independent films from around the world, including many from right here on Long Island. The festival kick-off is on Wednesday, July 8. In the 8 p.m. film block, there will be a music video, two short films (Elias Plagianos’s, “Man from the City” and Intention Films and Media’s “The Last Taxi Driver”) and a feature film (Christine Vartoughian’s “Living with the Dead”), which all feature or star actor Robert Clohessy from “Blue Bloods” and Broadway’s “Pal Joey.”
Long Island’s Jackie “Joke Man” Martling will entertain during Closing Night Ceremonies
The two short films were filmed on Long Island (Roslyn and East Meadow), and Clohessy will come to LIIFE to help celebrate this film block. Also scheduled to attend this film block are Deborah Twiss (“Kick-Ass”) and Marc Coppola (“Bling Ring”). All the directors will be in attendance as well. Also in this year’s film line up is Fred Carpenter’s 17th feature film, “Disco,” which will be playing on Sunday, July 12, at 7 p.m. LIIFE will also be screening Anne Meara’s last film, “Simpler Times,” on Friday, July 10, at 3:30 p.m.
OFFICIAL OPENING NIGHT
The “Official Opening Night” film block on Friday, June 10, at 6:45 p.m. will feature two Long Island shorts, Debra Markowitz’s “Leaving” (filmed in Massapequa and Amityville) and Ralph Suarez’s “Halina” (filmed at Oheka Castle). The block’s anchor, the feature film “Wildlike,” starring Bruce Greenwood (“Mad Men”), Ella Purnell (“Kick-Ass 2”) Joshua Leonard (“Bates Motel”), Brian Geraghty (“Chicago PD”), Ann Dowd (“Masters of Sex”) and many others, is about an unlikely friendship that forms in the spectacular Alaskan wilderness, giving a runaway girl hope and sanctuary in America’s last frontier. A full list of films and synopses is available at: http://longislandfilmexpo.com/events/.
Long-time friend of LIIFE Brian O’Halloran will share hosting duties
The 2015 LIIFE panels include: “Ask A Lawyer”; “Film Distribution & Financing Panel”; “Learn about the New York State Tax Credits”; “How to Start Up an Independent Film Production Company”; “The Inside Dope on Daytime Soaps”; “Improv like a Pro When the Unexpected Happens”; “Write Stuff – Panel on Scriptwriting”; and “So You Want to Be an Actor”. All panels are free except for a nominal charge for the filmmaker’s breakfast panel. Additional information is available at http://longislandfilmexpo.com/panels-events/.
TECHNICAL , SPECIAL AWARDS
Technical Awards for the 2015 LIIFE will be presented during opening ceremonies on Friday, July 10, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Filmmakers Lounge, next to the movie theater. They include:
Best Art Direction
“Against Night” – Mollie Alexander
“The Devil Goes Down” – Chris Scarfile
Honorable Mention for Best Cinematography
“Night of the Demons (Nacht Der Daemon)” – Jordyn Gatti
“The Devil Goes Down” – Christian Vogler
Best Original Score
“Restoration” – Duncan Thum
Best Original Song
“Look Around” – Eclecticism Publishing
The Acting Awards are LIIFE “Special Awards” that will be presented at the Closing Night Party and Awards Ceremony on Thursday, July 16, from 7-9:30 p.m. in the Bellmore Movies. They include:
Best Actor in a Feature Film
Jesus Lloveras – “Day Release”
Best Actor in a Short Film
Joseph Halsey – “Junkie Heaven”
Honorable Mention for Best Actor in a Short Film
Konstantin Lawysh – “Against Night”
Sally Kirkland – “Tom in America”
Honorable Mention for Best Actress
Eve Korchikov – “Against Night”
Best Supporting Actress
Hannah June McMurray – “Halina”
Best Supporting Actor
Paul Dewdney – “Crossroads”
AWARDS CEREMONY ATTENDEES
Celebrities attending the closing night party and awards ceremony on Thursday, July 16, include Robert Clohessy (“Blue Bloods”), Kevin Brown (“30 Rock”), Brian O’Halloran (“Clerks”) and Jackie “The Joke Man” Martling (as their schedules permit). Other celebrities are confirming their attendance. The event begins with a buffet at 5 p.m. in the Filmmakers Lounge and moves to the Bellmore Movies at 7 p.m.
Tickets are $10 per film block, $8 for senior citizens and students with ID. From Monday through Friday, all film blocks that begin at 5 p.m. or earlier, seniors and students can bring a friend for free for a 2-for-1 special. Day passes are $25 and Gold Passes are $65. Nassau County and Town of Hempstead employees receive $2 off on general admission tickets (with employee ID card) and LIRR customers with your train ticket. For tickets and information on the LIIFE, please visit http://longislandfilmexpo.com/tickets/ or https://www.eventbrite.com/d/bellmore/film-festivals-bellmore/?crt=regular&sort=best or call 571-3168.
All Screenings in the 2015 LIIFE line-up will be held at the Bellmore Movies located at 222 Pettit Avenue, Bellmore (directly across from the Bellmore train station). A full listing of the days, dates and times of all movies is also available at http://yournewsmag.com/2015/06/15/full-edition-your-newsmag-june-2015/.