Long Island International Film Expo 2000 Official Selections
ACT OF CONTRITION
30 Minutes Shot in 16mm Video Friday, July 14 – 8:05 PM
The story of a man who questions his faith in God, due to his neighborhood decaying from greed and drugs. Through the death of a little girl and the strength he draws from the woman at his side, he renews his faith in God, which gives him the strength to fight for his neighborhood. A Weintraub Entertainment and Nancy DiMartino Film, produced, written and directed by Fred Carpenter of Shirley/Floyd Harbor. Shot in Long Beach, Bellmore, Babylon and Stony Brook. Adult situations.
30 Minutes 16mm Thursday, July 20 – 7:00 PM
Zohreh Shayesteh, an Iranian native, now a filmmaker in New York City, is the director, producer and writer of this story. Agha Joon is the story of an aging father and his children living in America. Agha Joon arrives to take up residence with his son living in New York. All too soon, his presence creates conflict within his family as it grapples with the traditions of the old homeland and the life they have struggled to build themselves in the new. Subtitled, quality piece.
ALL SAINT’S DAY
80 Minutes 35mm Sunday, July 16 – 7:00 PM
Marco, 24 years old, still lives at home and still has his high school job working in a local fish market making minimum wage. His boss, Red, has never offered him a managerial position, not even a raise, only constant abuse. Why doesn’t Marco quit and get a real job, you might ask? One day Red pushes him too far. Marco has a plan: He knows Red keeps an obscene amount of dirty money is his office safe; he thinks he can get it. And this is where it gets interesting. Directed by Tommy J. SaSorsa, Produced by Christopher Lynn, Tommy J. LaSorsa, Robert Alfano, Cara Buonincontri and Howard Simon. Written by Christopher Lynn and Tommy J. LaSorsa. Nomis Entertainment is located in Brooklyn. Stars Ray Garvey (Smalltime Crooks) and Anthony Mangano (NYPD Blue). Language, adult situations.
53:15 Minutes Video Monday, July 17 – 9:15 PM
Ken Gardiner claims that he’s been on more national television shows that he hasn’t been paid for than anyone else. He makes comedy shorts. He’s made almost 100. They’ve won numerous national contests. They’ve been featured on several different national television shows. They’ve even been shown internationally. But he’s never been paid a dime. In this documentary, Ken intercuts his humorous (and sometimes painful) narration with examples of his award winning comedies. Ken is from Tucson, Arizona.
85 Minutes 16mm Friday, July 14 – 10:05 PM
Three loser guys pretend to be filmmakers, hold “auditions” to meet girls. They ultimately pay the price for their posing. Producer Judy Quinn and screenwriter/director Michael Tierno live in New York City. This is an Existing Light Production. Language, adult situations.
56:30 Minutes Video Wednesday, July 19 – 2:00 PM
This documentary follows several bay fishermen in New York’s Long Island area, over a year in their lives. It highlights their work, their frustrations, and especially their love of the bay. This documentary is about an endangered way of life, being forever altered in the shadows of New York City. Baymen is about the bay fisherman on Long Island, but really speaks of traditions and the need to preserve those traditions. Director/CoProducer: Glenn Gebhard. CoProducer: Mario Congreve. The filmmaker, previously from Merrick, shot this documentary in Freeport, Merrick, Bay Shore, Fire Island, Bethpage Village Restoration, Islip and the Great South Bay.
52 Minutes Video Wednesday, July 19 – 4:30 PM
Documentary. When veteran filmmaker Mary Katzke was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1992, her only experience with the disease was watching her mother die from it nine years earlier. Through the voices and faces of a cross-section of women of all ages, ethnic and economic backgrounds, we hear the inside story of facing treatment and recovery. This video developed into a complete “First Aid Kit for Your Heart and Soul.” Mary Katzke directs and co-produces with Joanne Singer. Touching. Mary Katzke, the Director of the Between Us Project, will speak about breast cancer survival after this film.
5:30 Minutes 35mm Friday, July 14 – 8:00 PM
Animated. A hyserical and twisted animated piece about a baby hating balloon. Bitter Films Don Hertzfeldt directed/produced and wrote this piece.
BOB’S ROLLING REEFER
67 Minutes Video Thursday, July 20 – 9:15 PM
Documentary filmmaker Leslye Abbey hails from Bellmore New York. Meet Bob, professional tractor-trailer driver, and American’s newest folk hero. We experience what it’s like to be an over the road truck driver as we ride along with Bob. Our journey begins in Ida Grove, Iowa with a tour of Mau Truck, Inc., then on to pick up a refrigerator trailer full of port of be delivered in Seattle Washington for a Monday morning delivery. Along the way we meet interesting people, see magnificent western scenery, and hear Bob spin homey whimsical stories about his life and the road.
BUT ENOUGH ABOUT ME
24:58 Minutes 16mm Thursday, July 20 – 7:00 PM
Columbia University graduate film. Catherine Grey has been summoned and when Wall Street mogul/TV financial commentators Erich Fieldstone calls, Catherine, for one, listens. It helps that she and Erich used to work together and even more that they used to be an item. But when the issue of his always-pending divorce kept things from completely merging, she left. Mystery involved. Stars Missi Pyle from Galaxy Quest. Director/screenwriter M. George Stevenson. Producer Michele Herholzer.
13 Minutes 16mm Wednesday, July 19 – 9:15 PM
Student film. A quirky clerk with an unusual obsession for snack foods, an old-fashioned father losing the reins on his child and a free-spirited daughter who defies traditions; there are the characters who work in an inner city convenience store where imaginations run amok and nothing is what it seems to be. This Taiwanese born filmmaker, Augustine Ma, sends in this submission from California. Adult situation.
70 Minutes 16mm Friday, July 14 – 8:05 PM
In the tradition of John Woo and Sam Pekinpah, Deadly Sin is the story of married undercover Police Detectives Lisa and Anthony Scaduto (Donna DeCianni and Fred Carpenter), who when their cover is exposed, the mob crosses the line in retaliation and takes vengeance on their children. Violence, vulgar language. Written and directed by Fred Carpenter. This is Long Islanders Fred Carpenter and Leonard Weintraub’s ninth independent. This was shot in Baldwin, Merrick, Babylon and Stony Brook. Language, adult situations. Since accepting Deadly Sin into the festival, it has been picked up by Cinevest Entertainment Group for future distribution.
DEATH OF A CORNER DRUGSTORE
30 Minutes Video Wednesday, July 19 – 7:00 PM
This heartfelt documentary tells the story of how one offbeat drugstore in Milwaukee was loved by its community, yet couldn’t survive the 1990s. Through interviews with longtime customers and employees, independent filmmaker Brooke Maroldi expresses the community’s deep sense of loss while articulating broader issues.
10:30 Minutes Video Sunday, July 16 – 9:30 PM
Deception is the story of one woman who is faced with her own mortality. It is the story of friendship and denial. It is the story of how she faces her fate, only to discover that she has been deceived. A triangle of lust tragically entwines three people in the snare of the AIDS virus. This is the story of the urban African American professional, sexuality, friendship, and denial. Nudity, adult situations.
DID YOU IRON YOUR DREAMS?
3.5 Minutes Video Monday, July 17 – 9:15 PM
Student film. This black and white experimental short film explores the business and glamour of the academy awards through the point of view of a young filmmaker. The filmmaker reevaluates his dreams and discovers that his life’s goal is to make films, not to receive an academy award. Lindenhurst native, James Cook, shot this film in Garden City and Lindenhurst.
7 Minutes Video Monday, July 17 – 9:15 PM
Lindenhurst native, James Cook, shot this documentary which follows the activities of the Lavender and Green Alliance, a gay and lesbian organization in their quest to March in the Saint Patricks Day parade.
81 Minutes 16mm Tuesday, July 18 – 7:00 PM
Would you bet your life just to break even? Meet two people who have no choice. This is the story of a young couple that lost the American dream – and their one last chance at getting it back”¦and it may surprise you. Because it appears to be the story of two desperate people who take to the road to free themselves from a mobster’s odious obligation. There is a reason they call it Dog Story, and that’s the part that will surprise you. Language, adult situations. California’s Adam Golumb screenwrites and coproduces, Jian Hong Kuo directs and coproduces. Christopher Hatton coproduces.
7:45 Minutes Video Wednesday, July 19 – 4:30 PM
A rich, beautiful woman leading the “good life,” the “perfect life,” in America’s 1950’s and 1960’s find out that cancer does not discriminate. A short documentary shot in Hewlett and Woodmere by Eddie’s son-in-law, Barry Kivel.
11 Minutes Video Sunday, July 16 – 2:00 PM
Sal, a lonely limousine driver meets Shirley, a disenchanted woman who desperately needs to get across country to pay for the bail of her delinquent child. Having no money, Shirley is forced to sell her body in the frequent truck stops and gas stations she finds on the way. Trouble ensues as they encounter a deranged cowboy. Partial nudity, adult situations. California’s Joao Machado writes, directs and produces this piece.
THE FANATICAL TEACHINGS OF JULIAN TAU
20 Minutes Video Sunday, July 16 – 2:00 PM
This comedic film about a ficticious religious cult stars Nancy Glass (former host Inside Edition), Lorin Diodato (Zelig), Brent Hankins (As the World Turns) and Scot Willingham (Sex in the City).
A FEELING CALLED GLORY
24:22 Minutes 35mm Friday, July 14 – 8:00 PM
A delightfully and life-affirming story about a quirky summer friendship between two oddballs who have unique and opposing outlooks on coping with loss and each other. Director/producer/screenwriter Coreen Mayrs is from Canada. Lovely.
FOO’S ALL MAIL
6:50 Minutes Video Sunday, July 16 – 7:00 PM
Animation. Foo’s mission is simple: Deliver the office mail without getting sidetracked. However, when he stumbles into the office supply cubicle and spots the Xerox machine, the phone lines, and the shredding machine..the temptation is a little overwhelming for Foo. Director and producer Brian Selzer, and coproducer Brad Foxhoven sent this film from California.
FRIENDS AT TWILIGHT
33 Minutes Video Tuesday, July 18 – 9:20 PM
A cinematic dreamscape. A vampire/ghost story. Rich in vivid images utilizing elements of Poe, Wilde and the best in silent movies when they were at their visual peak in the late 1920’s. Produced by Michael Russo. Written and directed by Rockville Centre’s Joe Marzano. Shot in Planting Fields Arboretum and at a studio in Deer Park.
THE GEORGIA PEACH BOY
23 Minutes Video Sunday, July 16 – 4:30 PM
Student film. In a small Georgia town, one very large woman wishes only for one thing, a baby. But when her wish is magically found in the pit of a giant peach, Tonya Little soon finds that she’s not the only one wanting her baby. To keep him, she must prove her worth over cruel town gossips. Writer/Director Mamie McCall. Producer Michelle Eisenreich. Well done.
11:45 Minutes Video Saturday, July 15 – 2:00 PM
A short film about a single aspect of childhood: Size. It reminds adults and informs children of the way which the world appears to change simply because one gets physically bigger. This Crystal Productions film comes to us from the United Kingdom. Joint director/writer/producer/editor and director of photography Alastair Evans. George Young also codirects, coproduces and cowrites.
45 Minutes Video Friday, July 14 – 10:00 PM
Haunted is a faux documentary that examines the perils of rock and roll, the cult of celebrity and what happens when a star goes too far. Stars Astrid Young, sister of singer Neil Young. Julian Grant directs and produces. Astrid Young screenwrites. This film comes to us from Canada. Robert McNamara is associate producer.
24 Minutes 16mm Saturday, July 15 – 9:30 PM
Garden City native, Joseph Biancanello, wrote, directed and produced this clever, comedic short film. This is a powerful story of three friends and their journey into themselves. Mike is torn between his faith is God and his lust for his friends, girlfriend. Well done.
4 Minutes Shot in 35mm to be screened in Video Friday, July 14 – 8:05 PM
A night at the disco where a wannabe wants to be a somebody”¦..until he meets the real deal and has to face the consequences. Produced, edited and directed by Long Island resident, Fred Carpenter. This Weintaub Entertainment production written by Gary Aumiller and Fred Carpenter, shot in West Hampton. Language – adult situations.
I WANT TO DIE – QUIERO MORIR
14:55 Minutes 35mm Sunday, July 16 – 9:30 PM
Jou, a psychopath assassin in a paraplegic state, is lying in a hospital bed. He dreams about dying since he cannot stand such agony anymore. Marc, the cop whose life has been ruined when his wife and only child were killed, is Jou’s last chance to be “disconnected.” Marc will have to struggle with himself and with Jou in a psychological war where revenge and his morality, which favors life over death, play opposite roles. Toni Meca directs/produces and screenwrites. This film comes to us from Spain. Subtitled. Professionally done. Dark.
88 Minutes 16mm Saturday, July 15 – 4:30 PM
Garden City native, Carter Anne McGowan, produced and wrote this comedy which filmed in Quogue, Smithtown, Saint James, Mattituck and Hampton Bays. Hampton Bay’s, Will Tully, directed and it was cowritten by Kelly Bryan. It’s that time of year once again”¦the wreath on the door, the ornaments on the tree, the cookies burning in the oven”¦..the grown children struggling to make it to Mom and Dad’s house for the holidays, bringing all of their problems home with them. It’s time for that particular kind of jingle hell that only Christmas can bring. Funny.
JONNI NITRO: A LONG WALK OFF A SHORT F– USE
6:30 Minutes Video Sunday, July 16 – 7:00 PM
Animation. Heroine, secret-agent extraordinaire, Jonni Nitro is rushed into the hosptial for a mysterious condition that renders her defenseless. But before doctors have a chance to treat her, ominous-looking men in toxic suits haul the nearly dead Jonni to an unknown facility. Here, Jonni wakes in sudden clarity; she regains her vigilance. Using her physical prowess to outsmart and outbeat her captors, Jonni attempts a heart-racing escape. Stars Olivia D’Abo as Jonni Nitro. This film comes to us from California. Marc Silvestri directs. Brad Foxhoven and Brian Selzer produce. Scott Lobdell writes.
105 Minutes Video Tuesday, July 18 – 9:20 PM
The portrait of a reclusive home improvement salesman who grapples to understand the grim reality behind the murder of his boss; a reality that threatens to “murder” him as well. In an atmosphere charged with farce and black humor, he is hounded by a demented sales manager, an incompetent detective, and the specter of his dead boss. This first feature film by writer/director/producer David Stern is co produced by Michael Grogan. This Detroit Yard Film Company feature comes to us from Michigan.
THE MARTY SHOW WITH GUEST LARA CROFT
8:15 Minutes Video Sunday, July 16 – 9:30 PM
Marty, an animated green monster, is the host of a 3D interactive/variety comedy show. In this special holiday episode, his guest is Tomb Raider’s Lara Croft. Marty’s raunchy sense of humor and playfulness gets him into trouble and he finds out that a few kicks and punches are coming his way. Director Dann Tarmy. Producers Brad Foxhoven and Mark Yahiro. The Marty Show comes to us from California.
18 Minutes 16mm Thursday, July 20 – 7:00 PM
Horror film. A psychologically tormented priest hears the confession of a young man with uncontrollable problems of the flesh. Violence. Stars Thomas G. Waites (And Justice for All, The Warriors, Clan of the Cave Bear, NYPD Blue and Buffy the Vampire Slayer). Filmed at various graveyards in Nassau County including Trinity/St. Johns in Hewlett and St. Mary’s Star of the Sea in Lawrence. Camera Person/Producer/Editor Philip Snyder lives in Lawrence. Writer/Director Robert Snyder is also a Long Island native.
NEEDLE IN A HAYSTACK
7 Minutes 16mm Saturday, July 15 – 4:30 PM
1999 Long Island International Film Expo winner Eva Saks (Best Video), directs, produces and writes this delightful short, silent film about a young woman who is torn between pleasing her leather clad fiancee or her fantasy love, Fred Astaire. This is an NYU student film.
90 Minutes Video Sunday, July 16 – 2:00 PM
An ex-police officer wrongly convicted of murdering his wife and daughter, adjusts to life after prison with an over possesive childhood friend and a new relationship. John Reidy, a Massapequa Park native, shot this film in Massapequa, Seaford and many other areas in Nassau County. Language, violence.
84 Minutes 16mm Saturday, July 15 – 9:30 PM
Tyler Morgan just made a big boo-boo. He cheated on his girlfriend Paige with a 19 year-old stripper from the Big Easy, and now he has to cover his tracks. Sure enough, no sooner has Tyler stumbled out of the youth hostel then everyone knows exactly what he was up to. Stars Gabrielle Anwar (Scent of a Woman) and Jennifer Milmore (from NBC’s Jesse). Adult situations, language.
107 Minutes 35mm Saturday, July 15 – 7:00 PM
A young girl from China is sent to work in LA’s Chinatown and struggles to stay honorable to her traditions while realizing her desire to be someone that can make a difference on her own. Written, produced, directed and starring Steven Dunning of Los Angeles, California. Stars Chao Li Chi (Joy Luck Club). Touching story, beautifully done. Check www.nowchinatown.com
OF ONE BLOOD
29:56 Minutes Video Thursday, July 20 – 9:15 PM
Documentary. An American husband and wife, who have embarked on a pilgrimage to Ghana, West Africa, present a special gift of dance to the Asante people, symbolizing their ancestral kinship with Africa and their gratitude for all the beauty and wisdom Africa has given the world. Nana Kwasi Scott Douglas Morrow and Nanahemaa Kosua Brenda Berg-Morrow of Astoria produce, direct and edit this documentary.
OUR HO– USE:A VERY REAL DOCUMENTARY ABOUT KIDS OF GAY AND LESBIAN PARENTS
56:40 Minutes Video Â Monday, July 17 – 9:15 PM
What does it mean to grow up with two mothers or two fathers instead of a mother and a father? What happens when your mother or father leaves a heterosexual marriage for a same sex union? Until ten or twenty years ago these questions rarely, if ever, arose. Today in the United States, there are an estimated two million gay and lesbian parents raising between three and five million children under their age of eighteen. Meema Spadola, the producer/director and writer grew up in Searsmont, Maine, studied in Paris, and now resides in New York.
90 Minutes 35mm OPENING NIGHT FEATURE Friday, July 14 – 8:00 PM
Director/Producer Greg Pace, a previous native of West Islip and Bay Shore, worked with coproducers Dean Garvin and Eric Fisher and screenwriters Glen Trotiner, Dean Garvin and Eric Fisher on this well-done feature film. Matthew Wells, a young writer and loner, quits his job as a production assistant on studio films so he can head out to the Sundance Film Festival to seek a buyer for his hot-off-the presses screenplay. Matthew expects a Mecca of art and independence, but finds that the festival is more about business than it is about art. This top notch film stars Maxwell Caulfield (Grease 2), Mark Goddard (Lost in Space) , Sean Dugan (Oz), Seth Meyer (For Love of the Game), Harold Perrineau (The Edge), Markus Flanagan (Melrose Place) and Edie Falco (The Sopranos). Language, adult situations.
PAS DE DEUX
18:35 Minutes 16mm Thursday, July 20 – 7:00 PM
Student film. An unlikely meeting of misfits in the heart of New York City. Directed, produced and written by Brooklyn’s Nara Garber (Topiary Productions).
16 Minutes 16mm Friday, July 14 – 10:05 PM
Student film. A young artist suffers from a creative block. He is unable to work until a traumatic event in his life triggers his creativity and allows him to paint again, however, that work serves as a constant reminder of what happened to him and it drives him over the edge. Director/writer Nick Brzoza resides in Patchogue.
90 Minutes Video Monday, July 17 – 7:00 PM
The Pretenders is the story of Charles and Annie, an estranged brother and sister who never considered that life lessons could actually come from each other. Charles, the responsible one, stayed home to manage the family restaurant when his parents retired to Las Vegas. His older sister, Annie, on the other hand, got married right out of high school and left town, escaping the local family legacy. One summer weekend will force Charles and Annie to face the things they dislike about each other, and ultimately dislike about themselves. Writer/director Matt Morillo is a Hicksville native. Matt runs Kings and Desperate Men Productions with Richard Barbadillo Jr. This was filmed in Hicksville, Massapequa and in Long Beach.
7 Minutes 16mm Friday, July 14 – 10:05 PM
A lonely man walking on the boardwalk encounters a woman in distress. However, he turns out to be not the savior he seemed to be. Shot on the Long Beach Boardwalk. Camera Person/Producer/Editor Philip Snyder lives in Lawrence. Writer/Director Robert Snyder is also a Long Island native. Adult situations. Violence.
75 Minutes Video Friday, July 14 – 10:00 PM
Reel Nuts is a first time feature based on true events, about three friends attempting to make a film about a correction officer who is talked into doing a hit on a drug dealer for a mob inmate. The movie slowly drains them of all their creativity, patience, and money, until they all meet their own personal demise. The movie combines documentary style footage with the actual film footage of their original movie. Together, they tell the story of the thin line that exists between the healthy ambition to fulfill a dream and the self-destruction of a dysfunctional obsession. Produced, written and directed by Island Park’s Vincent Lou Cappella. Rated R by the producer. Dark but funny. Filmed on Long Island in Massapequa and Muttontown. Filmmaker lives in Island Park. Long Island premiere. Language, adult situations.
10:00 Minutes 35mm Saturday, July 15 – 7:00 PM
This movie tells the story of a young woman coping with the loss of her lover, whose melancholy view of our modern, though-ridden world leads to his mysterious physical transformation. This film, which is based on the short story by Aimee Bender, was produced under the auspices of a Vancouver International Film Festival program called Crazy 8’s, wherein three emerging directors were given $80CDN, 800 feet of film and 8 days to prep, shoot and post-produce a short film. As a result, most of the shots in the film were done in one take and in many cases, no more than two. Produced/directed and screenwritten by Coreen Mayrs of Canada.
SECOND GENERATION: ITALIAN AMERICAN PSYCHOTHERAPY
11 Minutes Video Sunday, July 16 – 7:00 PM
This short film is a comedic look at the issues surrounding the cultural transition that take place after two generations of assimilation. This filmmaker previously lived in Mineola. This was shot in Mineola and at Long Beach. Directed, produced and screenwritten by Michael Lupinacci. Scott Hillier is the DP. Language, adult situations.
A SEPARATE VOICE:LIVES OF THE TRADITIONAL ORTHODOX AND CHASSIDAIM
54:50 Min Video Wednesday, July 19 – 7:00 PM
A Separate Voice explores the personal lives of a group of people who remain mysterious to outsiders: Traditional Orthodox and Chassidic Jews. The inherent conflict between pleasure and the prohibitions imposed by their strict religious observance is an undercurrent in this documentary. Personal stories of humor and pathos clarify this theme. Basic tenets of Judaism are presented as well as the music and songs that reflect different aspects of their lives. Producers and directors are Carla Blair and Janice Michaelson
SILVER AND GOLD
10:53 Minutes Video Sunday, July 16 – 9:30 PM
A country girl looks for a job in the big city. Things are not always what they seem. Adult situations. Language.
53 Minutes Video Wednesday, July 19 – 2:00 PM
Hampton Bays resident, director/producer/writer Tom Garber of Third Wave Films, shot this documentary in Hampton Bays and at the Long Island Marine Museum. This documentary tells the underexamined story of the United States Life-Saving Service. From 1871 to 1915, before the advent of radios, motorized rescue boats, and the modern Coast Guard, in brutal storm conditions, thousands of men put their lives on the line to rescue otherwise doomed sea goers. It was a time when feats of unprecedented humanitarianism were combined with iron courage and self-sacrifice, a time when a select crew of men rescued the lives of many.
TAMMY & ME
15 Minutes 16mm Saturday, July 15 – 2:00 ( in video – nonvoting) and
Tuesday, July 18 – 7:00 PM (in 16mm – voting)
Student film. What does a girl from Long Island have in common with Tammy Wynette? According to thirteen year old Matilda Goodman, a lot. Matilda dyes her hair and changes her name to be more like her idol. And, when the feeling of being trapped by her suburban existence becomes too much for her, Matilda decides to run away to Nashville to follow in Tammy’s footsteps. When trying to leave her driveway, Matilda comes to some realizations about Tammy Wynette’s family life that leads her to a better understanding of her own. Writer and director Jessica Sultan grew up in Old Westbury and filmed a portion of this film in Merrick.
13 Minutes 16mm or Video Saturday, July 15 – 4:30 PM
Entertaining student film. Tasty is the story of one man’s pursuit of the perfect sandwich, and the adventures of that sandwich. Can the sandwich make the world a better place? Will the sandwich get eaten? And by who? Billy Hulkower of California directs, produces and screenwrites.
TELEPORTER – TIME AND AGAIN
22:40 Minutes Video Saturday, July 15 – 2:00 PM
In 2525, the Earth is an environmental disaster. Time travel is controlled by “the Company,” the only remaining corporate power in the world. When Mary discovers that the Earth’s pollution and the Company’s secret to success is a product of altered history through time travel, she decides to go back in time and fix the past. Writer/Producer/Director Lou turner is from Riverhead and shot this film in Deer Park and Riverhead.
11 Minutes 16mm Weds, July 19 – 9:15 PM
In a world of conformists, it is difficult for the “unique” to find their place. It can be a cruel and hard life for the individual labeled as something different. The “Hero” of the story is followed from birth and on through adolescence. A special boy to his mother, he is considered strange in the reality of the outside world. With each attempt to fit in, our Hero manages to come across as awkward and different. We follow this tale from the Hero’s sense of worthlessness to acceptance. Johnny Boston from RawFilms of NYC directs, writes and coproduces this film. Mario Romeo coproduces. Language, adult situations.
THAT STRANGE PERSON
4:40 Minutes 35mm Saturday, July 15 – 7:00 PM
An animated piece. When you catch your face in the mirror and wonder “Who is that strange person looking at me.” Eileen O’Meara of California writes, directs and produces this animation.
THICKER THAN WATER
82 Minutes 35mm Sunday, July 16 – 9:30 PM
David Alaimo, a gutsy and legendary street criminal, now gone straight, is forced to confront the dark world of his past in order to rescue his kidnapped niece and his pregnant wife. A modern Cain and Abel tale of love, power, murder and redemption. Language, adult situations. Howard Simon of Brooklyn coproduces. Anthony Costa directs, writes and coproduces.
THUNDER ON THE BLUE RIDGE
26.5 Minutes Video Saturday, July 15 – 2:00 PM
The story of a rural Virginia family as told against the background of the Civil War. Mary Kate, a 14-year old farm girl who worries about the fate of Andrew, a 17-year old Confederate soldier, whom she grew up with in the small Blue Ridge town of Jefferson, Virginia. Mary Kate’s father, the town doctor, had disappeared into the swamps of southern Virginia to conduct secret abolitionist activities. Uncle Robert, the town minister, tries to protect Mary Kate, by guiding her away from involvement in the moral conflicts of the time. This 25-minute film was written and produced by students of the 8th grade ACE program at JHS 210. Karl Heidenreich directs. Mercedes Armstrong (age 14) produces. Written by (all age 14) Nicholas Gklotsos, Tawana Guillaume and Jennifer MacGregor. Filmed at Old Bethpage Restoration Village, Belmont Park, United Methodist Church in Babylon, and Queens Farm Museum in Floral Park.
101 Minutes 16MM Wednesday, July 19 – 9:15 PM
A romantic comedy that follows the adventures of three friends after college. Johnny, the protagonist, overcomes his fear of commitment only after he is betrayed by his best friend. Set against the background of a group house, and filled with many wacky characters, this Shootyoudown Production, was directed and produced by Washington DC’s Glenn Friedel. Adult situations, graphic language.
THE WAITING GAME
81 Minutes 35mm Sunday, July 16 – 4:30 PM
The Waiting Game is an ensemble piece about how the star-crossed lives of a group of Broadway star wannabes collide when they work together at a Manhattan restaurant. There’s lots of amusing interaction as these characters fall in and out of love, sometimes with each other. But there’s also a whimsical tone that can lead to some downright outlandish situations. Director, co-producer and screenwriter, Ken Liotti, grew up in Farmingdale. Mirjan Goldbert coproduces. Film stars Terumi Matthews (Knots Landing, Touched by an Angel), Will Arnet (TV Movie, Grant and Lee), Michael Raynor (Wolf, Law and Order, From Earth to the Moon), Eddie Malavarca (Oz, Law and Order), and Taylor Stanley (Spin City, All My Children).
WEEKI WACHEE GIRLS
22 Minutes 16mm Tuesday, July 18 – 7:00 PM
Best friends forever, Katie and Maura have dreamed of being part of the live mermaid show at Weeki Wachee Spring for as long as they can remember. It’s the summer of ’79, they’re fifteen and everything is changing; especially when Katie discovers Maura kissing another girl. Writer/director Kim Cummings is from Jackson Heights. Craig Austin produces.
WHITE DUST AND LIES
15 Minutes Video Monday, July 17 – 7:00 PM
Documentary. A flash through 50 years as a daughter asks questions as to her father’s death, of Mesothelioma, a cancer caused by asbestos exposure. This is not an uncommon story. As well as workers, hundreds of women and children have been unknowingly exposed to asbestos, and rarely diagnosed. Although living in the United States for a short while, writer/director/producer Barvara Hush was born in and now resides again in Sydney, Australia.
20 Minutes 16mm Saturday, July 15 – 9:30 PM
A man breaks out of his quiet existence and embarks on an adventure on the “wild side.” It is a comedy about personal dating, personal undergarment, personal obsessions and”¦.self-discovery. Writer/director/photographer/editor and coproducer Augustine Ma was born in Taiwan and immigrated to the United States as a child. He now resides in Los Angeles. Linda Graves coproduces.