The 20th Annual Festival Celebrates Its Final Night with Awards Ceremony Featuring Star-Studded Appearances By 30 Rock’s Kevin Brown, The Shawshank Redemption’s William Sadler, Broadway Star Ciarán Sheehan, Soap Opera Star Ilene Kristen, Comedian/Actor Jackie “The Joke Man” Martling, and Clerk’s Brian O’Halloran.
Bellmore, NY (July 20, 2017) – After an exciting week of short and feature-length independent films from around the world premiering at the Long Island International Film Expo, the 20th Annual festival will go out with a bang as they present their Closing Night Awards Ceremony Thursday, July 20th at the historic Bellmore Movies (222 Pettit Avenue, Bellmore, NY 11710) from 7:00PM to 9:00PM (RED CARPET BEGINS AT 5:00PM)!
Host Kevin Brown (30 Rock, Did you hear about the Morgans?) will kick off the festivities along with presenters including actor William Sadler (The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile) *Also receiving Best Supporting Actor Award for Shoot Me Nicely*, Broadway Star Ciarán Sheehan (Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables) who will also be performing some of his songs, Actress Ilene Kristen (Ryan’s Hope, One Life to Live), Comic/Radio Personality/Actor/Author Jackie “The Joke Man” Martling (The Howard Stern Show, Private Parts), and Actor/Producer Brian O’Halloran (Clerks, Dogma)!
LIIFE is the premiere filmmaker community on Long Island sponsored by the Long Island Film/TV Foundation (LIFTF) and the County of Nassau, which shows 168 short and feature-length films of every genre. The expo offers 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, SAG contracts and a filmmaker panel/breakfast.
Some of this year’s films included Long Island premieres such as Shoot Me Nicely written and directed by Elias Plagianos, which has won awards all over the world and stars John Behlmann, Linda Hamilton (The Terminator), William Sadler (Shawshank Redemption), Jackie Martling (formerly of the Howard Stern show) and Josh Burrows (Captain Morgan), as well as New Hyde Park writer/director Bianca Jamotte LeRoux’s short film Flush the John and her web series Real Mommy Confessions.
Other premieres included Emma Thompson like you never saw her before as a boisterous agent with colorful language in the web series, High Road; the New York premiere of animated film Church of Superman from Pete Bune with former MTV and VH1 Host and VJ Jim Shearer as the voice of Superman, who has no problem with being the Savior of Metropolis, but when a small group of people show their appreciation by starting a “Church of the Son of Krypton”, Clark Kent himself is at a loss for words; the world premiere of The Last Letter – winner of the 2017 Locust Valley High School Student Film Festival from Alec Miranda of Lattingtown, and the New York premiere of documentary Where Have You Gone, Lou DiMaggio? from director Brad Kuhlman where Comedian Lou DiMaggio contemplates a comeback after a 20 year absence from the stage and seeks advice from a collection of comedy greats including Larry David, Ray Romano and Colin Quinn; the world premiere of short film Runaways from Wantagh’s Ryan Campbell, which was filmed in both Nassau and Suffolk counties.
The New York premiere of Pinch from Jake Lloyd tells the story of the chance to own a rare and valuable baseball collectible bringing two strangers together as they’re tasked with stepping out of their comfort zones and onto a baseball field; the world premiere of Long Island documentary short Pay It Forward from Mineola’s Nugent Cantileno, Valley Stream’s Robert La Rosa and Marc Riou, formerly of Huntington, and it follows a girl scout troop going out to research the stigmatism of the homeless population on Long Island while making a difference along the way; In the world premiere of Tess from Port Jefferson’s own Russ Camarda- a hired hit man gets more than he bargained for attempting to eliminate a beautiful but damaged thief; the world premiere of Like Me from Hempstead’s Larry Strong, which deals with young women and high school bullying and the everyday challenges that teenagers face; Keith McMahon from Brentwood has two short film premieres at LIIFE – The Ruins of Villastrigo which is a Nassau County Premiere, and Forgive Me which is a Long Island premiere; Patchogue producer Drew Henriksen’s short film Power of Prayer making its Long Island Premiere, which is directed by Bellport’s Andrew Damon Henriques and also produced by Patchogue’s Donna McKenna, NYC’s Rich D’Angelo and Tony Simonetti from Islip Terrace; Producer/Director Leslye Abbey from Bellmore with her documentary Big Fish Blues with a host of incredible performances by top Long Island blues greats; Pasquale’s Magic Veal – starring Vincent Pastore, Danny Grimaldi, Artie Pasquale, Joe D’Onfrio, and The Long Island Premiere of One Take More, a Hofstra student film from Merrick’s own Jonathan Leiner.
The program also included other notable films from Long Islanders like the Long Island premiere of Family Drama Working Poor from New Hyde Park director Steven Bozga; TylerCam from Seaford director Jacqueline Xerri; The U.S. Premiere of documentary short The Satellite from Greenport Director Anne Johnson; the Long Island Premiere of Roll Call: A Dance Story from Northport Director Anthony DiFranco; Short/Drama Road Kill from East Patchogue Director Campbell Dalglish; The Nassau County premiere of Remembered from first time Director and Manhasset’s own Chris Armienti; the World Premiere of D.I.Y.L.I. from Seaford Director Brian Stieglitz; Documentary Short Days and Nights at Duck Island from Cold Spring Harbor Director James Redford, and SO MANY MORE!
CLOSING NIGHT THURSDAY, JULY 20TH:
Thursday, July 20th, 2017
Filmmakers Lounge, 228 Pettit Avenue, Bellmore, NY 11710
Awards Ceremony in the Bellmore Movies, 222 Pettit Avenue, Bellmore, NY 11710
For Tickets Please go to www.LongIslandFilm.com,
Film Festival, then Panels and Events.
5:00pm-6:45pm: Food and Drinks in the Filmmakers Lounge
$65 General Admission
$55 for 2017 LIIFE Participating Filmmakers, Gold Pass Holders, Students and Seniors.
7:00pm-9:00pm: Closing Night Party and Awards Ceremony!
Tickets for Awards Ceremony Only are $25.00
LIIFE this year also held a showcase, (not in competition) of student films from the Long Island High School of the Arts and the Not Yet Legal Films club. Laughing through the Fear is a documentary on stand-up comedian, CBS’s “Kevin Can Wait” star and Long Island Native Chris Roach, which was filmed by the local high school film students group “Not Yet Legal Films.”
With a heavy celebrity presence, visits in past years have included a wide range of noted actors and actresses including Ed Asner, Steve Buscemi, Ralph Macchio, and Ally Sheedy! Named “One 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.
For More Information on LIIFE, Visit: www.LongIslandFilmExpo.com
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