Nassau County Film Commission News



Mangano Announces 16th Annual

Long Island International Film Expo

The Long Island International Film Expo (LIIFE) will hold its 16th annual installment at the historic Bellmore Movies from July 17 – 25, 2013. Showing 146 films from around the world, LIIFE will showcase movies from 18 countries with 36 of the films having Long Island ties and 35 more hailing from New York in general.

“Nassau County has always been a supporter of independent and studio films, and it’s our pleasure to bring this type of entertainment and cultural opportunity to our constituents,” stated County Executive Mangano. “Nassau County is quickly becoming the Hollywood East of the film and television industry. LIIFE provides an opportunity for filmmakers to come and see the types of filming locations Nassau County has to offer whether it be our beaches, mansions, suburban areas and, of course, Gold Coast Studios and Grumman Studios, which are all New York State approved production studios.”

LIIFE begins with a traditional film festival warm-up on Wednesday, July 17, and kicks into high gear on Friday, July 19 with the opening night feature, Wet behind the Ears, by past LIIFE winner Sloan Copeland. The late Friday block is anchored by Fred Carpenter’s Send No Flowers starring Sean Young, Tony LoBianco, Robert Clohessy and Gianni Russo.

LIIFE also has panels on scriptwriting, film distribution and financing, a filmmaker’s breakfast panel, and an opening night reception.

The closing night party and awards ceremony celebration is complete with a buffet, celebrities, winners clips and filmmakers from all over the world and will be held on Thursday, July 25. This year’s honorees include William Sadler (Iron Man 3) and Ally Sheedy (Breakfast Club). Presenters include Federico Castellucio (The Sopranos) and Robert Clohessy (Blue Bloods) with more signing on daily. Celebrities appear scheduling permitting, and the line-up could change before the festivities.

The film festival will be held at Bellmore Movies, 222 Pettit Avenue, Bellmore. For more information on the 16th Annual Long Island International Film Expo, visit www.longislandfilm.com or call 516-571-3168.



Mangano: 15th Annual Long Island International Film Expo Rocks

Long Island

Mineola, NY – Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano announces that the Long Island International Film Expo (LIIFE) will hold its 15th annual installment at the historic Bellmore Movies from July 12 – 19, 2012. Showing 139 films from around the world, LIIFE will showcase movies from 20 countries with 37 of the films hailing right from Long Island.

“Nassau County has always been a supporter of independent and studio films, and it’s our pleasure to bring this type of entertainment and cultural opportunity to our constituents,” said County Executive Mangano. “LIIFE also provides an opportunity for filmmakers to come and see the types of filming locations Nassau County has to offer whether it be our beaches, mansions, suburban areas and, of course, Gold Coast Studios and Grumman Studios, which are all New York State-approved movie studios which qualify for the much sought after 30% tax credit.”

“There are so many highlights this year that it’s difficult to point out only a few,” states Nassau County Film Office Director, Debra Markowitz. “The festival begins with our traditional film festival warm-up on Thursday, July 12, and kicks into high gear on Friday, July 13, when all the feature films shown that day will be from Long Island. From In Montauk, to documentary Ordinary Joe through to Broadway’s Finest and The Night Never Sleeps, we’ve never had that happen before.”

Many LIIFE alumni are back, and the filmmaker with the most films ever to be in LIIFE over the years is Suffolk County’s Fred Carpenter. Fred has had many action films in LIIFE since the very first year, and this year’s The Night Never Sleeps is predicted to sell out within days of tickets going on sale.

There are some film blocks that consist entirely of short films from around the world. There is also a children’s film block anchored by the feature film, Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life, which stars Mira Sorvino and Joe Pantoliano.

Top notch documentaries include Kinderblock 66: Return to Buchenwald, Hard Times: Lost on Long Island, My Really Cool Legs, Knocking on the Devil’s Door, #whilewewatch and Blood, Sweat and Gears to name just a few.

Scheduled later at night are thrillers Junction starring Tom Pelphrey (Guiding Light/As the World Turns) and It’s In the Blood starring Lance Henriksen.

Feature length comedic romps The Return of Ulysses from Italy and Odd One Out from Poland fit well in the eclectic mix. England’s Dimensions: A Line, A Loop, A Tangle of Threads is a 1920s period piece about two brothers who fall in love with the same girl. When one brother plays a prank that proves fatal, the other brother dedicates his life to trying to reverse the events of the past. This ambitious film is the directorial debut of Sloane U’Ren who worked in the art departments of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and Six Feet Under as well as others. Sloane produced this film with her husband, Antony Neely, who also wrote the script.

Then there’s a film that encompasses what most people believe an independent film is, David Marek’s Somewhere West. A terminally ill young man forgoes treatment to head West in search of a beautiful place to spend his remaining moments. This student thesis film consisting of four cast and five crew members was shot during 29 consecutive days through 11 states, 4,982 miles and was made for a budget of $18,500.

LIIFE has added a music video and movie trailer competition this year, and those entries will be sprinkled throughout the festival.

LIIFE also has panels on scriptwriting, film distribution and financing, a filmmakers breakfast panel, an opening night reception and an awards ceremony celebration complete with a buffet, celebrities, winners clips and filmmakers from all over the world.

For more information on the 15th Annual Long Island International Film Expo, go to www.longislandfilm.com, e-mail debfilm@aol.com or call 516 571-3168.

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For Immediate Release: February 17, 2012

Contact: Katie Grilli-Robles, Press Secretary (516) 571-4225

Mangano Hosts First Film Advisory Board Meeting

Mineola, NY – Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano hosted the first Film Advisory Board Meeting which he formed in order to promote the resources Nassau County has to offer the film industry. The duties of the members of the board are to promote Nassau County and its sites as locations for filming activities, solicit available locations for film purposes that are listed with the Nassau County Film Office, serve as ambassadors of good-will for the film industry when dealing with different villages/cities/etc. in Nassau County, as well as to promote the County’s film festival – The Long Island International Film Expo (LIIFE).

Together, 30 plus movies and television shows resulted in $90 million being spent in the local economy, as well as producing revenue for the County. To stay on this path and aid in our economic recovery, the Nassau County Film Commission has hosted a Film Friendly Nassau County Location and Studio Tour of the County two years in a row. This business-friendly model encourages the industry to work in the region and create jobs in Nassau County and it is these new jobs, and new industries, that are so desperately needed here on Long Island. All members of the Board were appointed to a two year term by County Executive Mangano.

Movies and television shows are now being filmed in Nassau County on a regular basis. SALT, the major motion picture starring Angelina Jolie and the recently released, Man on a Ledge, were both largely shot in Nassau County. Additionally, many television shows are being filmed around Nassau. Royal Pains, the hit USA television show, is filmed on several locations throughout the County, including the Theodore Roosevelt Executive and Legislative Building in Mineola. Other County facilities have also been used, including the Sands Point Preserve for filming of Fox's television show, Running Wilde, and the County jail for the television shows The Good Wife, Unforgettable and Person of Interest and the Smurfs Movie. Other movies and television shows filmed in the County include Arthur, White Collar, Gossip Girl, Boardwalk Empire, Wall Street II, Win-Win, Rescue Me, and Dark Horse.

Film Advisory Board members include: Jackie Martling (comedian and actor); Joe Gannascoli (actor); Kory Mills-Diskin of Jade Productions; Parviz Farahzad of Grumman Studios; Lyndsey Lostritto of Gold Coast Studios; Angela Susan Anton of Anton Newspapers; Debra Markowitz, Director of the Nassau County Film Office; Laura Siegel of Creative Entertainment Connections; Bruce Feinberg of BMF Studio; Dan Brennan, Dan Brennan Media; Sal Del Giudice of Tangerine Films; Larry Strong of Tufux Entertainment; TJ Collins of Poseidon Productions; Clint Smith of Sunset Entertainment; Michael Arbouet of Mad Prodigy Films; and Fred Carpenter, Independent Filmmaker.

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