Long Island International Film Expo 2003
July 11 – 17, 2003
ACTING ON INTUITION
Beta SP 25:55 Minutes Saturday, July 12, 2003 9:30 p.m. Block
This short film is a comedy about a struggling actress who goes to work for a psychic hotline. Company: ‘Nuf Said Productions from Los Angeles, CA. Director and screenwriter: Robin Bianchi. Producers: Robin Bianchi and Jak Castro. This world premiere shot in 2000 is a first film.
ACTUALLY, I’VE NEVER MADE OUT BEFORE
VHS 10:30 Minutes Monday, July 14, 2003 4:30 p.m. Block
In this student film, a boy named Samuele never learned to make out. He grew into a serial killing man that uses condiments to garnish his killings. Company: Cult Hero Productions of Fort Salonga, NY. Director/producer/writer: John Torrani. This world premiere was shot in 2003 at a private home in Fort Salonga and at the Fort Salonga Market. Violence.
ANATOMY OF A FIGHT
Beta SP 80 Minutes (1 hour, 20 minutes) Thursday, July 17, 2003 7:00 p.m. Block
A drama/comedy set in the outskirts of New York. Two men, one young, Costa, one middle-aged, Gary, fight for the same girl. Costa is fueled by anger and power while Gary is propelled by lies and deceit, but can a war be won with such flawed motives. Company: NXFLIX of Baldwin, NY. Director, producer and screenwriter: Nicholas Woythaler. This first feature is a New York premiere that shot in 2002 at locations in Baldwin, Jones Beach, Long Beach, Rockville Centre, Hempstead, Long Island City and Greenpoint. Violence, language.
ANY DAMN FOOL
Beta SP 28 Minutes Sunday, July 13, 2003 7:00 p.m. Block
Documentary of the 2002 LIIFE Best Short Film (Video) “Some Trouble of a
SeRRious Nature.” Company: Crusade Fine Arts of Bayport, NY. Director:
Marc Beroza. Producer: Billy Tucci. Screenwriters: Marc Beroza and Billy
Tucci. This world premiere was shot at the 56th Fighter Group Restaurant,
Brookhaven Airport, Republic Airport and in Eastport during 2002.
16 mm 11 Minutes Tuesday, July 15, 2003 7:00 p.m. Block
Student film. A young couple are in love, until the boy rejects the girl for a family secret. Tragedy and violence ensues. Director/producer: Stephen Hicks of Santa Cruz, California. Producers: Stephen Hicks and Ethan Brosowsky. This Long Island premiere was shot in 2002.
AS LUCK WOULD HAVE IT
16 mm 22 Minutes Tuesday, July 15, 2003 7:00 p.m. Block
It’s Earth Day and Joe is having a challenging time of it. After deleting a chain e-mail letter, his day goes from bad to worse until his luck changes. Company: Green Phone Productions from New York. Director and screenwriting: Leslie Weinberg. Producer: Dennis Adams. This student film shot in 2002 is a world premiere.
BACK TO MANHATTAN
Beta SP 67 Minutes (1 hour, 7 minutes) Sunday, July 13, 2003 2:00 p.m. Block
A day in the life of a slightly clueless man, just be glad it’s his life and not yours! Company: Cinemook Films of Nyack, NY. This New York premiere is a first film, which was shot in 2002. Screenwriter, director, producer: Rob Reilly. Language.
Beta SP 24 Minutes Wednesday, July 16, 2003 7:00 p.m. Block
In this well-made student film, a Long Island beauty queen humorously realizes that she is more than just a pretty face. Company: G6 Pictures of La Jolla, CA. This Long Island premiere was shot in 2002. Director, producer and screenwriter: Giovanna Chesler.
BE MY VALENTINE, FRANNY CANADA
VHS 12 Minutes Tuesday, July 15, 2003 9:30 p.m. Block
In this short, student film, Franny and Lowell are a pair of 1980’s child actors trying to discover the meaning of Valentine’s Day. Company: HFC Productions of Hempstead, NY. This world premiere was shot in 2003 at locations in Bethpage, Malverne and Hempstead. Director, producer, screenwriter: Steven Tsapelas.
THE BLUE LIZARD
35 mm 80 Minutes Thursday, July 17, 2003 7:00 p.m.
The Blue Lizard will be screening at the Bellmore Movies, 222 Pettit Avenue, Bellmore, NY 11710.
Mobsters and missing money. Who really took the money, and who ends up with it? Company: The Blue Lizard Film Project of Lawrence, NY. Director: Fred Carpenter of Shirley, Long Island. Producer: Leonard Weintraub. Screenwriter: Lee Kolinsky. This film stars Wings Hauser, Clem Caserta, Paul Regina, Donna DeCianni, Charles Sessions and rappers Craig Mack and Kain. This film was shot in 2002-2003. Language, violence. A distribution partnership agreement was signed with Harve Pierre, Vice President of Bad Boy Entertainment.
CAUTION: SHOW DOGS
Beta SP 63 Minutes (1 hour 3 minutes) Thursday, July 17, 2003 9:30 p.m. Block
Civilization’s love affair with the Dog is both ancient and significant. The breeding and “showing” of “Man’s Best Friend,” is very old indeed.
While showing at highly competitive dog shows is glamorous, there lies never-ending hard work, enormous amounts of love and an all-consuming dedication that is difficult to imagine. This documentary puts you behind the scenes, so you can share the excitement and exhilaration of the wonderful world of show dogs. Featuring four top breeders and their dogs from Long Island. Producer: Leslye Abbey. Directors: David Patrick & Leslye Abbey. Filmed in years 2000-2001 on Long Island at Prestigious shows in Old Westbury,the Roslyn Art Center and dog shows at Riverhead, Flushing Park and New York City. Company Snowflake Video Productions, Bellmore,N.Y.
CHATS WITH DR. PHINASH
Beta SP 26 Minutes Thursday, July 17, 2003 4:30 p.m. Block
Dr. Phinash, a psychiatrist, holds a session with a patient but is preoccupied with flashbacks of TV interviews, lost and found loves. Company: Studio Art Service of Malverne, NY. Director/producer and screenwriter: Ronald Kuriloff. Shot last year, this world premiere is a first film, which shot in Malverne and Garden City.
VHS 1 Hour 15 Minutes (75 Minutes) Monday, July 14, 2003 4:30 p.m. Block
This documentary is about the East European tour of the Cleaning Women, a trio that has achieved cult status amongst its followers. The film documents their tour across Estonia, Russia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland. Director Rostislav Aalto captured their life on stage, backstage and on the road heading towards the next gig. Producer: Henrik Niinimaki. Company: Zen Media from Helsinki, Finland. Shot in 2000.
35 mm 8 Minutes Friday, July 11, 2003 7:15 p.m.
A very short film about a very messy little girl. Stars Keith Charles (As the World Turns, One Life to Live, The Royal Tennenbaums) and Kristen de Pietra. NYU graduate student film. Comedy. Director/Screenwriter: Eva Saks. Producers: Eva Saks, Chandra Simon. Filmed in 2002. World premiere. Eva hails from New York.
35 mm 5 Minutes Friday, July 11, 2003 7:15 p.m.
A young girl selects the confection of her dreams, but are her dreams even sweeter? Beautifully shot NYU graduate student film. Director: Eva Saks. Producer: Eva Saks and Chris Reed. Screenwriter: Eva Saks. Shot in 2002. New York premiere. Eva Saks is from New York.
VHS 14 Minutes Tuesday, July 15, 2003 9:30 p.m. Block
This black and white silent film is made in the tradition of the 1920’s Keaton/Chaplin style. It is a romantic comedy about how two unlikely young professionals find love at the work place and struggle to keep their romance a secret. Director and Screenwriter: Chet Fagin. Producers: Julia Bengis, Chet Fagin and Oren Popovsky. Shot in 2003. This is a New York premiere. Company: Little Red Productions & Channel Ocho Productions.
Beta SP 8:40 Minutes Tuesday, July 15, 2003 4:30 p.m. Block
Cass walks on a Manhattan block when he meets all the people that most matter in his life: his girlfriend, his mother, his uncle, his friends, etc…something weird is going on. He will realize it when he crosses the street at the beginning. Director: Riccardo Costa. Producer: Andre Hereford. Screenwriter: Riccardo Costa. Shot in 2002. World premiere. Company: Blitz Entertainment, Inc. Riccardo Costa was born in Italy, and now hails from New York.
A DAY AT THE DOJO
Beta SP 45:35 Minutes Wednesday, July 16, 2003 4:30 p.m. Block
The documentary is about traditional martial arts. Demanding and challenging, elegant yet powerful, enlightening and often misunderstood. From stances to spear hands, see what it’s like to train at a karate school. Basics, board breaking, fighting and forms. A day at the dojo. Company: Phaze Productions from East Islip. Shot in 2002. Writer/director/producer: Tom Miranda. This world premiere shot at the Black Pine Karate Dojo in Copaigue and at two private residences. Tom Miranda hails from East Islip.
Beta SP 85 Minutes (1 Hour 25 Minutes) Saturday, July 12, 2003 4:30 p.m. Block
Jeffrey Lyons from NBC calls Dead Canaries “a tense, compelling gangland saga with a superb cast.” Someone is killing organized crime members who have entered the witness protection program. This film stars Dan Lauria, Charles Durning and Dee Wallace Stone. Director/Producer/Screenwriter: Robert Santoli. RAS Films LLC is located in Yorktown Heights, NY. This world premiere was shot in 2002. Language, violence.
DETECTIVE DEXTER POYNE’S FIRST CASE
VHS 42 Minutes Tuesday, July 15, 2003 9:30 p.m. Block
As aspiring detective reads too deeply into a case and struggles to solve it. From the very beginning, he has a pretty good idea who did it and just keeps digging for ways to pin the culprit. With the help of a mentor, some shady friends, and a woman named Jezebel, Dexter is able to find things out about the case, his friends and himself that he never thought were possible. University at Buffalo student film. Director/Producer/Screenwriter: Brian Goetz from Endicott, NY shot this film in fall 2002. Long Island premiere. Comedy.
FACE THE MUSIC
Beta SP 40 Minutes Saturday, July 12, 2003 2:00 p.m. Block
This documentary film profiles the life of Ray LeVier, a professional drummer in New York City. At the age of twelve, Ray suffered burns over 80% of his body. The film examines the physical and emotional struggles Ray has had to overcome, as well as the dignity and courage he needed to triumph over this devastating injury. Now, at the age of 32, Ray’s life is a testament to his will to survive, and his desire to inspire others. Company: Videolife Productions of New York City. Director: John Pallone. Producers: Joseph Sguera, John Pallone and Marco Joachim. This is a New York premiere.
A FARM PICTURE
Beta SP 56:47 Minutes Wednesday, July 16, 2003 4:30 p.m. Block
This documentary gives the viewer a 60-minute look at the importance of farmland preservation on Long Island. The film presents a historical account of the encroachment of development on Long Island’s farmland. Company: Desert Steel Productions & Pacific View Productions. Filmed in 2003. Filmed in Malverne, Old Brookville, Orient, Southold, Aquebogue, Riverhead, Bridgehampton, Sagaponic, Jamesport, Hempstead and Bethpage. This is a world premiere. Director: Glenn Gebhard. Producers: Glenn Gebhard and Mario Congreve. Screenwriter: Frank Turano. Features Hillary Rodham Clinton and Robert Gaffney.
Beta SP 103 Minutes (1 hour 43 minutes) Sunday, July 13, 2003 4:30 p.m. Block
Based on a true story, Fighting Irish, is a well acted, action/drama about one man and his three-year war with an entire biker gang. In the 90s, The Warlords Motorcycle gang were a fixture in the New York nightclub scene. They extorted money from bar owners and basically terrorized the entire nightclub community. This all changed when a down on his luck young man, Sean McCarthy, took the Warlords’ actions personally. Nudity, language, violence. Company: Fighting Irish, LLC in Franklin Square, NY. Director/screenwriter/producer: Ray Daly Jr. of Franklin Square, NY. This first film was shot at Carousel East in Commack, Tower Records in Carle Place, a private home in Valley Stream, a private home in Franklin Square, and at the Alpine Garden Restaurant in Franklin Square. This film was shot in 2002. Ray Daly Jr. won the Best New Talent Award at the 2003 Tiburon Film Festival.
THE FIRE YOGI
Beta SP 46 Minutes Thursday, July 17, 2003 7:00 p.m. Block
This 47-minute documentary explores the journey of a Yogi who has the extraordinary ability to get into union with Fire. This non-religious documentary describes a rare and unusual Fire Ritual performed by Yogi Rambhauswami and the subsequent chemical analysis of his clothing and physical tests to look into this supernatural phenomenon. Company: 3dmaxmedia Inc. of Windemere, Florida. Director/producer: Mike Vasan. Screenwriters: Lindsey Kelly and Mike Vasan. This film shot in 2003 and is a world premiere.
Beta SP 90 Minutes (1 hour 30 minutes) Sunday, July 13, 2003 7:00 p.m.
A tale about a filmmaker’s voyeuristic attempts to blaze a path through the realities of exploitation. Company: Swirly Angel Productions of Oyster Bay. Director and screenwriter: Richard D’Angelo. Producers: Richard D’Angelo, Matt Morillo and Jodi Glassman. This world premiere was shot in 2003 at locations in Freeport, Wantagh, Brookville, Oyster Bay, Huntington, Westbury and Garden City. Language, sexual themes.
Fragments of Correspondence VHS 6 Minutes
Tuesday, July 15, 2003 9:30 p.m. Block
In this student film, a man reads mail that doesn’t belong to him and gets a writing bug. Girl obsesses over mail…and it’s not even funny. Director/writer/producer: Inna Wiest of Forest Hills, NY. This world premiere was shot in 2002.
GET THE SCRIPT TO WOODY ALLEN
Beta SP 17 Minutes
Company: Keith Black Presents of Brooklyn, NY. Filmed completed: 2003. Director: Steve Marshall. Producer: Keith Black. Screenwriter: Steve Marshall and Keith Black. World premiere. This is a first film.
Beta SP 89 Minutes (1 hour 29 minutes) Thursday, July 17, 2003 4:30 p.m.
This is the story of Jack Peterson, a Native American who lives in New York City and has a gambling problem. He is a successful commercial real estate broker who begins to gamble his life away. Jack’s wife, who teaches at a university, encourages him to revitalize his Native American heritage and spirituality that helps him overcome his gambling addiction. Director/Producer/Screenwriter: Eric Stannard. Company: Thunderbird Films, New York, NY. Shot in 2002. This is a world premiere. Sexual themes.
Beta SP 7 Minutes Sunday, July 13, 2003 9:30 p.m.
In a high-rise elevator, a battle of wills ensues between an uptight executive and a courier with a strange hobby. As the battle ensues, the rest of the elevator is caught in the crossfire. Who will obey the rules of proper elevator etiquette? Who will jump? Director/Screenwriter: Craig Gerber. Producer: Paul Gerard. Filmed in 2002. Company: Other Entertainment from Los Angeles, CA. This is a New York premiere. To date, this has won the Best Digital Short at the Sedona International Film Festival.
HAPPY EVER AFTER
Beta SP 119 Minutes (1 hour, 59 minutes) Wednesday, July 16, 2003 9:30 p.m. Block
If “hard-boiled” private eye Frank Lupo can crack a million-dollar department store pilferage case, he can wed his rich, classy girlfriend, Ilse. But things get sticky when he meets Bianca, the lovely and innocent daughter of his chief suspect, the monstrously secretive store janitor. A stalking ex-con, a loony gang of thieves, and the ghost of Frank’s passionately romantic father squeeze him from all sides as he makes a choice between two beautiful women, two sides of himself…and two destinies. Company: Parallax Pictures, Inc. of Northport. Director/screenwriter/producer: Anthony DiFranco. This world premiere shot in 2003 in Oyster Bay, Northport and Centereach. Brief nudity.
I AM WOODY
Beta SP 24 Minutes Friday, July 11, 2003 9:45 p.m. Block
Mob boss gets hit in head and wakes up to believe he is Woody Allen. Company: DTF Productions from New York. Director: Fred Gallo. Producers: Fred Gallo and John Hoyt. Screenwriters: John Hoyt and Jeff Gurian. This Long Island premiere, which shot in 2003, stars Vincent Curatola (The Sopranos), Victor Argo and Vadim. Language, violence.
I’D LIKE TO HATE MYSELF IN THE MORNING
16 mm 28 Minutes Tuesday, July 15, 2003 7:00 p.m. Block
A period docu-comedy about a day in the life of a stressed out housewife and mother, who is trying to quit smoking and diet simultaneously. Some language. Completed in 1981. Director/Producer/Screenwriter: Michael Carlin of Hollis, NY. New York premiere. This is a first film.
16 mm 11 Minutes Tuesday, July 15, 2003 7:00 p.m. Block
This student film is the story of a woman who learns about herself during her moving day, and journeys through her past. Written, directed and Produced by Korean born Seunghun Yu. It was shot in 2002.
LITHIUM & LIPSTICK
Beta SP 7 Minutes Sunday, July 13, 2003 9:30 p.m. Block
A black comedy about a girl who gets pregnant from a freak who is too aggressive on the first date, but wins her over by showing up unannounced with an armful of gifts. Company: Kaleidoscope Pictures from Glen Cove, NY. Director: Christopher Wells. Screenwriter: Dena Michnowich. Producer: Julie Sageer. This United State premiere was shot in 2002 in Glen Cove.
Beta SP 8 Minutes Saturday, July 12, 2003 7:00 p.m. Block
It’s a day in the life, a bizarre comedy about a dysfunctional couple. Fred is a quick-tempered weirdo, and obsessed with his girlfriend of two years, Liz, a mannequin. Language, sexual content. Company: Kaleidoscope Pictures in Glen Cove. Director/writer: Christopher Wells. Producer: Julie Sageer. This United State premiere was shot in 2002 in Glen Cove.
Beta SP 6 Minutes Sunday, July 13, 2003 4:30 p.m. Block
This short film is a mock commercial reel with absurd, fictitious products. Language. Company: Kaleidoscope Pictures of Glen Cove, NY. Director/screenwriter: Christopher Wells. Producer: Julie Sageer. This world premiere was shot in 2003. This film was shot in Glen Cove, NY.
MACHINES OF LOVE AND HATE
Beta SP 81 Minutes (1 hr. 21 min) Sunday, July 13, 2003 9:30 p.m. Block
A psycho-sexual thriller from writer/director Joseph Parda. Late one night, a mysterious drifter named Jean-Charles wanders down a deserted road when he is suddenly struck by a speeding car. The driver, an overwrought young woman named Erika, panics and takes the injured man back to her isolated country home. Jean-Charles soon becomes immersed in the family’s mysteries and begins to make unsettling discoveries about his host’s histories, as well as his own identity. Company: Animizm Produktions, Kings and Desperate Men Productions and Cinema Image Productions. Shot in 2003. Shot at Jones Beach, Tobay Beach, Garden City, NY Institute of Technology in Greenvale, JHD Productions in Deer Park and at a private residence in Farmingdale.
MAID OF HONOR
16 mm 24 Minutes Tuesday, July 15, 2003 7:00 p.m. Block
Bill never has trouble with the ladies. He’s young, handsome, charming and confident. But Bill is a player who’s about to be played. At his co-worker’s wedding, Bill hits it off with Caitlin, the maid of honor. Caitlin has just broken up with her fiancÃ©e, and she seems to be easy prey, but Caitlin has some plans of her own. Company: Kings & Desperate Men Productions from Hicksville, NY. Director/screenwriter: Matt Morillo. Producers: Richard Barbadillo and Matt Morillo. This film which was shot in 2003 is a world premiere. It was filmed in Stewart Manor, Mineola and Garden City. Sexual content.
35 mm 90 Minutes (1 hour, 30 minutes) Monday, July 14, 2003 9:30 p.m. Block
This thriller is the middle of a three-part trilogy. This section takes place ten years after the kidnapping of Martin Bristol. Taken from a backyard swing at his home at age six, he is forced to witness unspeakable crimes of a deranged madman. For years, Martin’s whereabouts have remained a mystery…until now. Company: Magnetic Media Productions of East Meadow. Director, writer, producer: Stevan Mena. This first feature film is a world premiere that was shot in 2001 at locations in Calverton and Baiting Hollow. Violence.
Beta SP 19 Minutes Monday, July 14, 2003 7:00 p.m. Block
A young woman is being stalked by a man she may or may not know. Her new boyfriend is reluctant to believe her. They leave for a weekend trip and are quickly followed. After escaping the stalker and hiding out in a deserted cabin, they must finally confront him. But he is not who he seems to be. Company: Dark Path Films of Levittown, NY. Director/Screenwriter: Evan Lipsman. Producers: Mike Trentacosti and Gene Licata. Shot in 2000. Shot at J.T. Noone’s Pub in Bellmore and at a residential home in Levittown. Producer Mike Trentacosti is from Massapequa. This is a first film. Violence, language.
Beta SP 75 Minutes (1 hour, 15 minutes) Thursday, July 17, 2003 9:30 p.m. Block
A serial killer menaces the heart of New York while a debt-ridden gambler, his wealthy wife, and his hard-edged detective brother conspire in a love triangle. Questionable motives keep the suspense high in this Cain and Abel tale of obsession and deception. Company: Murder Rhapsody Films from Forest Hills, NY. Director and Screenwriter: Alexander Tana. Producer: Branka Mrkic. This New York premiere is a first film and was shot in 2003. Stars Andre Royo (The Wire, Shaft). Violence.
16 mm 17 Minutes Tuesday, July 15, 2003 7:00 p.m. Block
Brin, a Texan girl, armed only with a book of photographs and a 35 mm camera, comes to New York in hopes of capturing the lives of prostitutes on film. She watches them in fascination. She is eventually pulled into New York’s dark underworld, seduction and deception turns a young girl’s dream into a nightmare. Company: Bootstrap Productions from Garden City, NY. Director/screenwriter: Barry Shucair. Producers: Richard Barbadillo and Barry Shucair. This world premiere was shot in 2003. Violence, language, sexual content.
OUTSIDE THE BOX
VHS 8 Minutes Monday, July 14, 2003 4:30 p.m.
In this student film, a frustrated writer calls his girlfriend’s brother over to his house to make a startling confession. In flashbacks, Dave describes how a recent bout of writer’s block has left him tired and irritable. After turning to drugs as a release, the writer discovers the only way he can stimulate himself is through aggression. Surprise ending. Company: 13 1/2 None the Wiser of Webster, NY. Director/producer/screenwriter: Greg Bellavia. This world premiere was shot on a street in East Meadow and at a private home in Hicksville in 2003.
Beta SP 7:30 Minutes Wednesday, July 16, 2003 9:30 p.m.
A beleaguered newspaper
editor/reporter/photographer/paperboy is bullied into coming up the big story by his abusive boss. This dark comedy explores his desperate state of of mind. Writer/co-director robert snyder stars in the title role. His mother, eleanor snyder, co-stars as his bed-ridden grandmother, ralph edsell, a snyder film regular, plays a tormented actor/friend and howard swengler gives a scene stealing performance as the boss from hell. Winner of the best film award at the 2002 filmmakers connection minifest. Directors: philip and robert snyder. Producer: philip snyder. Screenwriter: robert snyder. This film was shot in 2002 at a private home in lawrence and at locations in the five towns of long island.
PRIDE & LOYALTY
Beta SP 100 Minutes (1 hour, 40 Minutes) Tuesday, July 15, 2003 4:30 p.m. Block
Where does Jake DeMitro’s loyalty lie? When the lives of the people around him are laid on the line, this is the question he faces. He is an Ivy League law graduate who cannot maintain his relationship with his girlfriend. He suffers from an obsessive-compulsive personality and fights on a regular basis with his professional nemesis, Brian O’Leary. He finds himself in the middle of an investigation on his father, and his situation worsens when his sister’s murder is connected to the investigation. Stars: Rebecca Budig (All My Children), Mark Consuelos (All My Children), Marj Dusay (All My Children), John Bolger (One Life to Live), Gina Tognoni (One Life to Live), Sonia Satra (Guiding Light, One Life to Live), and Joe Barbara (Another World, All My Children). Company: Public Defender Pictures of Hawthorne, NJ. Director: Kenneth Del Vecchio. Producers: Kenneth Del Vecchio, Sonia Satra. Screenwriters: Kenneth Del Vecchio and Nicol Paone. This film was shot in 2001. Sexual content.
VHS 3 Minutes Monday, July 14, 2003 4:30 p.m. Block
In this student film, a young boy sneaks into the bathroom, experiments with his mother’s make-up and is startled by the look of his reflection. This Long Island premiere was shot in 2002 in Astoria. Company: Trickster Productions of Oakdale, NY. Director: Michael Carbonaro. Producer: New York Film Academy, Marc Dworkin. Screenwriter: Eric Lucrezia.
ROMEO IS LEAVING
VHS 7 Minutes Tuesday, July 15, 2003 9:30 p.m. Block
While on surveillance, a detective discovers that his wife is planning to have him killed. Twists and turns ensue. Director/Producer: Russ Camarda and Dan Brennan. Screenwriter: Dan Brennan. Shot in 2002. Company: Sabrina Films in Association with The Acting Gym. This film was shot at private homes in the Villages of Manhasset and Port Washington. The three-minute version of this film was a top 250 finalist of “Project Greenlight.” It also came in third place in the Filmmakers Connection Minifest. Russ Camarda lives in Lindenhurst.
SEASON OF THE HUNTED
Beta SP 110 Minutes (1 hour 50 minutes) Wednesday, July 16, 2003 7:00 p.m. Block
In this thriller, the hunters become the hunted. Company: Alexus Entertainment of Manhattan, NY. Director and producer: Ron Sperling. Co-producer and screenwriter: Phil Faicco. This first film is a world premiere that was shot in 2002 in Bellport, Blue Point, Sayville, Patchouge, Mt. Sinai and Pennsylvania. Stars Muse Watson (I know What You Did Last Summer), Timothy Gibbs (Kevin from One Life to Live), Matthew Cowels (City By The Sea), Raynor Scheine (The Rookie), Joe Rigano (Analyze This) and Vinny Villa (Casino).
Beta SP 25:30 Minutes Saturday, July 12, 2003 4:30 p.m. Block
This student film is a psychosexual thriller about a boy who thinks he gets his mother pregnant by masturbating in the shower. This Long Island premiere comes to us from Fort Lee, New Jersey and was shot in 2002. Director: Anthony Ripoli. Producers: Lily Tillers and Anthony Ripoli. Screenwriters: Anthony Ripoli, Michael Dillenberger and Lily Tillers. Violence.
35 mm 100 Minutes (1 hour 40 minutes)
OPENING NIGHT FEATURE Friday, July 11, 2003 7:15 p.m. Block
For everyone who has ever wanted to follow their dream, move to the big city and make it big, comes the story of a young hopeful, Brian Rosensweig. On the verge of attending law school with his high school sweetheart (Kelly Ripa), he discards his plans to practice law and he takes off for New York to pursue a career as an actor. Stars Kelly Ripa, David Ogden Stiers, Judith Ivey, Lou Meyrs. Company: Good To Be Seen Films of Summit, NJ. Director: Roberto Monticelli. Producers: Robbie Bryan and Aaron Waiton. Screenwriter: Robbie Bryan. This film, shot in 1999, is a Long Island premiere.
STANDING ON MY SISTER’S SHOULDERS
Beta SP 60 Minutes Saturday, July 12, 2003 2:00 p.m. Block
Documentary. From the fields of the Mississippi Delta to the floor of the U.S. Congress, these are the firsthand stories of the Mississippi women who risked their lives and became heroines in the fight for Civil Rights. Company: Sadoff Productions from Philadelphia, PA. Director: Laura Lipson. Producers: Joan Sadoff and Dr. Robert Sadoff Writers: Laura Lipson, Josef Aukee, Merle Goldberg. Long Island premiere.
Beta SP 98 Minutes (1 hour 38 minutes) Monday, July 14, 2003 7:00 p.m. Block
A heartbreaking tale that chronicles the fall of a broken man and his unexpected path to redemption. Through the backdrop of a city punk scene, where drugs and promiscuity run rampant, a story unfolds that is both beautiful and harsh. Language, violence, sexual situations. Company: Wednesday Productions of Boulder, CO. Director and screenwriter: Nathan Hall. Producers: Nathan Hall and Allison Price. Shot in 2002, this film is a world premiere. Violence, drugs, sexual content.
Beta SP 9 Minutes Sunday, July 13, 2003 2:00 pm. Block
Just when life seemed it couldn’t get any better, Ben announces to his wife and daughter that he is leaving them. Dawn struggles through the crisis while delving into religion, family, friends and the arts to “get her thru.” Company: Nightingale Films of Garden City, NY. Director/Producer/Screenwriter: Dr. Gale Anziano. Shot in December 2000. Shot at Gilgo Beach. This is a world premiere and a first film.
THE SWEET LIFE
Beta SP 87 Minutes (1 hour 27 minutes) Saturday, July 12, 2003 7:00 p.m. Block
Manhattan meets The Brothers McMullen in this bitterly funny tale of two brothers-one shy and insecure, the other a gregarious cad-vying for the affection of a tough and sexy bartender who harbors a secret ambition only one of them understands. A romantic comedy for people who hate romantic comedies. Company: Sweet Life Productions, LLC. From New York City, NY. Director: Rocco Simonelli. Producer: Roy Frumkes. Screenwriters: Rocco Simonelli and Roy Frumkes. This world premiere shot in 2001, partially in Great Neck, Long Island. Stars: Joan Jett (Rocky Horror Picture Show), James Lorinz (The King of New York), and Barbara Sicuranza (Margarita Happy Hour). Language, sexual content.
Beta SP 15 Minutes Saturday, July 12, 2003 4:30 p.m. Block
Imagine yourself lost, driving in the middle of nowhere. Sleep takes over and before you know it…BAM! You hit a cute little dog. He looks pretty bad, so you try putting him out of his misery. Unfortunately, that’s not how the dog’s owner sees it. Mayhem ensues and the casualties mount up as you ask yourself one question: How many bodies can I fit in my Trunk Space. Violence. Company: Demised Films & Kaleidoscope Pictures of Glen Cove. Director: Christopher Wells. Producer: Julie Sageer. Screenwriter: Eric Szabo. This United State premiere was filmed in 2001.
THE UK OF A
35 mm 15 Minutes Monday, July 14, 2003 9:30 p.m. Block
A chance meeting between a cocky American and a plucky Brit reveals a whole world of misperceptions. This humorous short film, filled with witty fun, shows how stereotypes and biases prevent people from seeing what is truly occurring. Writer/Director: Alan Dorfman from Bayside, NY. Producers: Daniel Kelly, Alan Dorfman and Sabah Vorah. This is a first film.
THE UTOPIAN SOCIETY
Beta SP 100 Minutes (1 hour 40 minutes) Saturday, July 12, 2003 9:30 p.m. Block
This comedy/drama revolves around six unique college students who must overcome their differences in order to pass their final class project, and they only have one night to get it done. Company: Platinum Edge Media from Aliso Viejo, CA. This New York premiere is a first film that stars Sam Doumit from The Hot Chick and Austin Nichols from The Day After Tomorrow.
VHS 24 Minutes Tuesday, July 15, 2003 9:30 p.m. Block
Dr. Michael Carson is a bright, up and coming surgeon. When his wife leaves for another man, he struggles with the task of maintaining a busy surgical practice and raising his six-year-old daughter. Director/Producer/Screenwriter: K. V. Tudor. Company: Sandstorm Productions from the Bronx, NY. This world premiere was shot in 2001.
A WALK IN THE DARK
Beta SP 22:07 Minutes Saturday, July 12, 2003 7:00 p.m. Block
The story of a woman who is lost. The man whom she loved, and who abandoned her. The Angel whose soul reached out for her. Stars Mike McGlone (Brother’s McMullen) and Tertia Lynch. Company: Bruce Lucas Productions, New York. Shot in 2002. New York premiere. Director: Bruce Lucas. Producer: Chuck Marks. Screenwriter: Gee Malik Linton. First short film.
35 mm Friday, July 11, 2003 9:45 p.m. Block
When two brothers and their friends decide to get out of their dead end jobs and into the glamorous, easy money world of the mob, they learn that this is also a world of treachery, revenge and sudden, brutal death. We learn who are the wannabes and who are the real thing. Company: Pinnacle Filmworks and 86th Productions of New Jersey. Directors: Charles A. Addessi, William DeMeo. Producers: Charles A. Addessi, Nicole Craig and William De Meo. Screenwriter: William DeMeo. Starring Joseph Viterelli (Analyze This), Joseph D’Onofrio (Bronx Tale), William DeMeo (Boss of Bosses), Ray Serra (Prizzi’s Honor) and Vinny Vella (Casino).Violence, language.
THE WEDDING BOUT
Beta SP 14:58 Minutes Sunday, July 13, 2003 2:00 p.m. Block
This is the story of a Jewish bride, an Italian groom, and their not so compatible families on their wedding day. When things get out of hand, the scene transforms itself into an actual boxing match with family members yelling out at whim their grievances with the other side. The match is a fight to the finish, leaving the ultimate prize, or knockout – marriage. Director: Russell Costanzo. Producers, Screenwriters: Melissa Miller and Russell Costanzo. Shot in 2002. Company: Shoebox Pictures, New York, NY. This is a New York premiere. Stars Max Kellerman (ESPN’s “Around the Horn”).