With the 21st Anniversary of the Long Island International Film Expo scheduled from today through Thursday, July 19, at the historic Bellmore Movies, 222 Pettit Avenue, Bellmore, this year’s film rotation includes among the best short- and feature-length independent films from around the world.
Named on the 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World by MovieMaker Magazine, LIIFE is the premiere independent filmmaker community showcase on Long Island sponsored by the Long Island Film/TV Foundation (LIFTF) and the County of Nassau, The premiere indie film showcase will run 147 short- and feature-length films of every genre, music videos, and webisodes. The expo will also offer networking opportunities, the 350-seat historic theater, press and media opportunities, a convenient filmmakers’ lounge and several discussion panels.
This year’s panel topics include: “The Write Stuff” screenwriting panel and our “Filmmakers’ Breakfast Panel” hosted by Mitchell Bard of Snapper Films; “Ask a Lawyer” and “Intellectual Property and Cutting the Deal, Copyright, Trademark and Contracts” by entertainment attorney Michael Prywes; ”How to Take a Project from Development to Distribution” and “Different Ways to Recoup on a Production” delivered by Summer Crockett Moore and Tony Glazer from Choice Films; and the ever-popular Directors’ Audition Panel in which actors have “Seven Minutes or Less to Impress” several working directors. A “NY Loves Film Roundtable” will also be included in LIIFE events again this year. Except for the breakfast, all other panels are free.
This year’s LIIFE includes 15 foreign films from countries including Spain, Mexico, Iran, Argentina, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Scotland, Albania, Australia and more.
Celebrities once again grace the screens in films at year’s LIIFE, including Robert Clohessy (“Blue Bloods”), Ed Asner (“Mary Tyler Moore Show”), Chuck Zito (“Sons of Anarchy”), Joan Jett and Kevin Brown (“30 Rock”) in “Dinosaur”; David Beach (“Veep,” “Delocated”) in “The Perfect Fit”; Judith Roberts (“Eraserhead,” “Orange is the New Black”) and Ching Valdes–Aran (“Smash,” “Rescue Me”) in “Final Polish”; Sean Dominic (“Greenleaf”) in “Cal & V”; Doug Jones (“The Shape of Water,” “Pan’s Labyrinth” and “Hellboy”) in “The Boogeys,” which also features actors Douglas Tait (“Grimm”) and Ron Rogge (“Stranger Things”).
Clark Middleton (“The Blacklist) is in “Mortal Wounds,” Frank Albanese (The Sopranos) is in “Divided,” Eric Roberts (“Crash,” “The Pope of Greenwich Village”) and Victor Coliccio (“NY Undercover”) star in “Hungry,” Andrea Grano (“24,” “The Young and the Restless”) appears in “Limbo,” and “Block Island” features Jeff Kober (“NCIS: Los Angeles,” “The Walking Dead” and “Sons on Anarchy”).
Highlights of this year include the world premiere of award-winning Rockville-Centre raised Fred Carpenter’s feature film, “Dinosaur.” “Dinosaur” is a dramatic thriller about a day in the life of a veteran police officer who tries to juggle his turbulent home life, the daily stresses of his job and the apparent inevitable biker war that’s about to engulf his hometown.
Shot on Long Island, the movie feature stars Robert Clohessy, Chuck Zito, Joan Jett, Ed Asner, Kevin Brown, Ciarán Sheehan and Vincent Pastore.
Other world premieres include “Always a General,” a movie filmed in Wantagh and Levittown about how a school rallies around an autistic child, Mara Bush’s “A Thousand Words,” Wes Clark’s “Playing Dirty,” Gregory Cioffi’s “The Museum of Lost Things,” Lucas Riou’s “Pieces,” and Steve Sage’s “Christmas Even Massacre.”
Other world premieres include Mara Bush’s “A Thousand Words,” “Wes Clark’s “Playing Dirty,” Gregory Cioffi’s “The Museum of Lost Things,” Lucas Riou’s “Pieces,” and Steve Sage’s “Christmas Even Massacre.”
All together, The Long Island International Film Expo will feature 23 world premieres, two USA premieres, 33 New York premieres and 56 Long Island premieres.
With a heavy celebrity presence, visits in past years have included noted actors and actresses such as Robert Vaughan, Steve Buscemi, Ed Burns, Steven Bauer, Kathy Moriarty, Dash Mihok and Ally Sheedy!
LIIFE, a not-for-profit, is also the foremost group providing support to the film/TV and commercial industries on Long Island.
Celebrities lined up for this year’s LIIFE irreverent awards ceremony include Chris Roach (“Kevin Can Wait”), as this year’s Rising Star Honoree and Kevin Brown (“30 Rock”) as not only the host of the Closing Night Party and Awards Ceremony, but he will be honored with a Friend of the Foundation award. More celebrity honorees and presenters to be announced shortly.
For a full film schedule visit www.longislandfilm.com/events.
For tickets to LIIFE via eventbrite, visit www.longislandfilmexpo.com/tickets
For more information on LIIFE, visit www.longislandfilmexpo.com