LIIFE Comes to Bellmore Once More

One of the Top 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World is gracing the screen of the historic 350-seat Bellmore Movies once more, through Tuesday, July 21, as the Long Island International Film Exposition comes to Bellmore to showcase 126 short and feature-length films featuring many top actors from the Hollywood screen getting full exposure in a number of independent films from top-flight indy producers and directors.

Named of the top 25 coolest film festivals in the world by MovieMaker Magazine, LIIFE is one of Long Island’s most prestigious film festivals and 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.

Debra Markowitz, director of the Nassau County Film Office and vice-president of the Long Island Film/TV Foundation, recently remarked that It’s exciting to see LIIFE become such a premiere film community on Long Island. Having several of my own films on the festival circuit and seeing what other film festivals do to serve the filmmakers, I see how important LIIFE is to fostering a cohesive festival family for foreign, domestic and, of course, our own local filmmakers.”

LIIFE is the premiere filmmaker community on Long Island sponsored by the Long Island Film/TV Foundation (LIFTF) and the County of Nassau,  offering networking opportunities, a 350 seat historic theater, press and media opportunities, a convenient filmmakers lounge and several discussion panels with topics ranging from distribution to scriptwriting, legal music, and a filmmaker panel/breakfast.

Some of this year’s films include Immunity, written by Bellmore’s Shari Goldstein Umansky, which stars Rena Sofer, with filming at Bethpage’s Gold Coast Studios. Long Island premieres include The Train, written and directed by Asher Grodman and featuring Eli Wallach in his last film; Rye Manhattan from Director Michael Goldberg; Mother from Director Joseph Halsey, and By Blood from North Merrick Director Debra Markowitz,  which features Jackie “The Joke Man” Martling and filmed in Nassau County.

Other notable films at this year’s LIIFE include Stuff by Sayville writer/director Suzanne Guacci,  which shot all over Nassau and Suffolk and stars Phyllis Somerville, Yvonne Jung, Traci Dinwiddie, Karen Sillas and Kevin Brown; Stand Up Guy,  directed by Bellmore’s Lee Kolinsky; Good Business, written and directed by Frank Dale Arroyo, which filmed in Nassau County and stars Timothy D. Stickney and Jordan Lage; Mommy’s Box, directed by Johnny Greenlaw, which filmed in Nassau County; Sugar! directed by Shari Berman and starring Robert Clohessy (LIIFE Creative Achievement Honoree); and My Friend Ed, a documentary about LIIFE Lifetime Achievement honoree Ed Asner, which features Elliot Gould, John Heard, Ed Begley Jr., Mike Farrell and Valerie Harper.

New York premieres include Stuck in Mute from Director Shane Meuwissen; Detours by Director Robert McCaskill and starring Richard Kind, Paul Sorvino, Michael Cerveris and Phyllis Somerville; and Sottoterra – Under the Ground from Director Federico Olivetti filmed in Tuscany, Italy.

Festival world premieres include The Grand Heist from Director Peter Frizalone of Massapequa which shot in Bethpage at Gold Coast Studios; and The Guest from Director Alexander Volkovskiy filmed in Russia.

With a heavy celebrity presence, visits in past years have included a wide range of noted actors and actresses including Steve Buscemi, Ralph Macchio and Ally Sheedy!

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