Closing Night & Awards Ceremony

Sunday, August 17, 2022 – 4:00pm at Bellmore Movies, 222 Pettit Avenue, Bellmore, NY  11710

Awards Ceremony for the 2022 Long Island International Film Expo (LIIFE) at Bellmore Movies for entertainment and awards ceremony (4:00 PM – 6:00 PM) followed by filmmaker interviews with the local press in attendance(6:00 PM – 7:30 PM).

FREE for participating filmmakers – 2022 filmmaker badge good for two (2) entries.

Tickets can also be purchased at the box office at anytime once the festival has begun.  Online ticket sales end the morning of the Awards @ 9am. After that it’s all at the box office. Cash or credit.

Honorees

Jeff Waxman

Excellence in Film and TV

Jeff G. Waxman has produced over thirty feature films including Don’t Look Up, Vice (dir. Adam McKay), John Wick II & III (dir. Chad Stahelski), The Fighter (dir. David O. Russell), mother! (dir. Darren Aronofsky), Out of The Furnace (dir. Scott Cooper), Law Abiding Citizen (dir. F. Gary Gray), and Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead (dir. Sidney Lumet).

Waxman founded his own production company Waxylu Films Inc. which produced Concrete Cowboys (dir. Ricky Staub) for Netflix. Waxman has multiple projects in development.

In 1996 Waxman directed and produced the concert film “Freebird” which documented the legendary band Lynyrd Skynyrd. The film covered the original members’ heyday and continued through to the events leading up to the tragic plane crash in 1977.

Waxman was born in Queens, NY and graduated from Oswego College. He now lives in Long Island, NY.

Catherine Curtin

Excellence in Creative Achievement

Catherine Curtin: WEREWOLVES WITHIN (Tribeca Film Fest); RED PILL (PAFf); WORTH (Sundance); BAD EDUCATION (TIFF);  BLUSH (Sundance) WHAT BREAKS THE ICE (Showtime); BEAUTYMARK (Woodstock); THE HALF OF IT (Tribeca); THE LIGHT OF THE MOON (Showtime); 181/2 (Manchester FILM Fest).  TV: recurring leads on STRANGER THINGS, PARTNER TRACK, HOMELAND, ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK, INSECURE.  More TV: AWKWAFINA, TOMMY, THE LOUDEST VOICE, BLACKLIST, MINDHUNTER, BLUE BLOODS; BULL; L&O; and SURVEILLANCE. Winner: SAG Award for Best Ensemble 2015 and 2016, OITNB and nominated SAG Award Best Ensemble 2018 STRANGER THINGS.  More film: FIRST ONE IN; THE ARTIST’S WIFE; INSIDE THE RAIN; GOLDSTAR; CRAZY FAMOUS; BREAKING BROOKLYN; CATFIGHT; EXTREMELY LOUD, INCREDIBLY CLOSE; THE WOLF OF WALL STREET; THE BOURNE LEGACY.  REVOLUTIONARY ROAD.

Insta or Twitter: #@catecurtin

Greg Cergol

Excellence in Newscasting

Greg Cergol is NBC 4 New York’s Long Island reporter, based at the station’s Long Island news bureau in Melville. Cergol is a seven-time Emmy® Award winner for journalistic excellence and has also been recognized with four Edward R. Murrow Awards, including a national award earned for NBC 4 New York’s 2012 coverage of Superstorm Sandy. 

Well-respected for asking the questions that viewers want answered, Cergol has covered Long Island’s most high-profile and headline-making stories for NBC 4 New York since April 1999. In addition to Sandy, these include two presidential debates, the opioid epidemic, political and governmental corruption and the future of Long Island’s economy. Cergol has been focusing on the biggest court cases that have impacted our community such as the murder of the boy scout, Andrew McMorris and the death of young, Thomas Valva.

Cergol’s reporting was a key component of NBC 4 New York’s award-winning COVID-19 coverage, honored in January, 2021 with the prestigious Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award for “creat(ing) a 360 view in real time of the coronavirus pandemic, with courageous and thorough reporting on the virus’s explosion in New York City.” The duPont has long been recognized as the broadcast, documentary and on-line equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize, also awarded by Columbia University.

Cergol joined NBC 4 New York from News 12 Long Island, where he served as reporter and anchor for nine years. A native of Queens, Cergol’s early career was spent in radio, at stations on Long Island, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Omaha, Nebraska and the NBC Radio Network.

A member of the Long Island Press Club Hall of Fame, Cergol has also been named “Journalist of the Year” by the Press Club in honor of his accomplishments and service. He has received the “General’s Award” from the US Army Reserves, and has been honored by the NYS Broadcaster’s Association, the Associated Press, Long Island Fair Media Council and others. 

Cergol is also an active volunteer who gives his time to support Long Island’s non-profit community. Cergol is a graduate of Marquette University in Milwaukee and resides in Suffolk County with his family. 

Presenters

Lukas Hassel

Lukas Hassel is an actor, writer and filmmaker, living in New York City.

Born and raised in Denmark, he studied acting in The Samuel Beckett Theatre School, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland. He recurred on The Blacklist, NBC as Elias VanDyke. Also appeared in Blue Bloods, Elementary, Law and Order as well as feature films like The Black Room, Slapface, and Art of the Dead.

As a feature film writer, he has won the ScreenCraft Fellowship and CineStory Fellowship. As part of New York Stage and Film lab he was invited to workshop his TV pilot Galápagos at Vassar. The same TV pilot won the Shore Fund and Fresh Voices competitions.

As a director, Lukas directed the award winning sci fi short, Into the Dark, and award winning psychological horror, The Son, the Father…, each of which screened in over 70 film festivals around the world. Available on Amazon prime and various “Best Of” anthologies. 

Abigail Hawk

Abigail Hawk is a New York-based actor, singer, writer, humanitarian, and mom.  She began performing theatrically at the age of six and landed her first television role at twelve.  Hawk earned a Creative and Performing Arts Scholarship to the University of Maryland, from which she graduated magna cum laude with a degree in theatre performance.  Abigail moved to New York City in 2004 and began cultivating an eclectic resume peppered with dynamic female characters.  

Abigail has guest-starred on television shows Law and Order: SVU, Body of Proof, The Jim Gaffigan Show, and Are We There Yet?  She is most recognizable as Detective Abigail Baker, the unflappable right hand of NYPD Police Commissioner Frank Reagan (Tom Selleck) on CBS’ Blue Bloods.  Her work as LGBT icon Dr. Louise Pearce in the television pilot Distemper earned her rave reviews at the 2019 North Fork TV Festival.

Hawk’s film work includes her award-winning performance in film festival favorite Almost Paris and her starring role opposite Chevy Chase in ION Network’s feature A Christmas in Vermont.  Catch her in Brother’s Keeper with Laurence Fishburne and as femme fatale Bonnie in The Wrong Path, both streaming now. She completed filming Daruma earlier this year, which features two authentically cast disabled actors in the lead roles, and in which she plays a supporting role and serves as associate producer. Abigail recently returned to the stage in Emmy winner Dorothy Lyman’s haunting new play, In the Bleak Midwinter, off-Broadway in NYC.  She was the recipient of the Long Island International Film Expo’s 2019 Creative Achievement Award.  

Hawk has sung and played piano at NYC mainstays The Bitter End, CBGB’s, and The Duplex.  She co-authored The Unofficial Guide to Surviving Pregnancy Without Losing Your Mind, and her poetry is currently featured in online women’s magazine Good Little Girls.  She is a Tupelo Press 30/30 Project participant, for which she penned a poem a day.  Abigail enjoys working with Habitat for Humanity, Covenant House, ADAPT Community Network, and HeartShare Human Services of New York, who honored her with The Linda Dano Heart Award. She has delivered keynotes across the country on topics ranging from motherhood to the vitality of art in education.

Hawk is a proud member of SAG-AFTRA and Actor’s Equity Association. She resides on Long Island with her busy, beautiful family: husband, two sons, two dogs, one cat, one fish, and ever-proliferating sea monkeys.

Chad L. Coleman

Critically acclaimed television, film and stage actor Chad L. Coleman is best known for his role as fan-favorite ‘Tyreese’ in one of the most popular cable series of all time, the Golden Globe® nominated series The Walking Dead and as the reformed criminal “Dennis ‘Cutty’ Wise” in Emmy® award nominated HBO drama series The Wire. Coleman currently stars in Seth MacFarlane’s hour-long comedy-drama series The Orville playing the role of ‘Klyden,’ a Moclan civilian living aboard the USS Orville with his mate Second Officer Bortus (Peter Macon) and their son Topa. 

Nothing has slowed down for The Walking Dead star since his inevitable and shocking departure from the hit series. He recently had a recurring role in the Open Road and STX action thriller feature CopShop opposite Gerard Butler and Frank Grillo, Paramount +’s Interrogation, a recurring role for several seasons as ‘Colonel Frederick Lucius Johnson” in Syfy’s space drama The Expanse, as ‘Corey James’ in CW’s hit All American, and appeared as the villainous ‘Tobias Church’ in season 5 of CW’s Arrow. Coleman is also widely recognized for his comedic turn as ‘Gary Miller,’ the ex-husband of ‘Nikki Miller’ and father of manipulative daughter ‘Mackenzie’ (Aisha Dee) in the FOX television comedy I Hate My Teenage Daughter and for his recurring roles as ‘Z’ in long time running comedy It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. Additional TV and film projects include the History Channel reboot of the poignant 1977 miniseries Roots, The Good Wife, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, the Hulu comedy series Freakish, The Green Hornet and Horrible Bosses, to name a few.

Born and raised in Richmond, Virginia, Coleman was placed in the foster care system with his two older brothers and two older sisters when he was only 11 months old but eventually returned to living with his grandmother at the age of 14. Coleman’s passion for acting was inspired after joining an after-school program where he acted in their production of “Wonderful Town.” Coleman spent 4 years serving in the Army as a video cameraman stationed at the Pentagon in DC. After gaining much experience working on and off camera, Coleman made his way to New York where he starred in a number of Broadway projects including the critically acclaimed August Wilson production “Joe Turner’s Come and Gone.” 

Growing up in the foster care system, Coleman devotes time to working with children in similar circumstances and underprivileged communities. As a devoted father of two beautiful children, Coleman is the national celebrity spokesperson for Date with Dad, an annual dads-and-daughters event aimed at fostering the all-important father-daughter relationship, hosted by Camp Diva, a Richmond-based program of Girls for a Change, a non-profit providing opportunities for teen girls to prepare themselves for their passage into womanhood. 

Twitter & Instagram: @ChadLColeman

Sal Rendino

On stage, Sal Rendino earned an Artistic Director Achievement Award in L.A.,  as “Best Lead Actor in a Drama” for his portrayal of real-life  revolutionary Abbie Hoffman in the world premiere “David and  Goliath in America”. 

In film, Sal won the 2021 Best Supporting Actor Award from the Long  Island Int.’l Film Expo. for the feature, “One Moment”, opp. Danny  Aiello in his final screen performance, the 2016 Best Supporting Actor  Award from the Nice (France) International Film Fest., for the feature,  “Second Chance”, and the 2016 Rising Star Award by the Long Island  International Film Expo. Recent film credits: “The Junkyard Dogs”,  opp. Denise Richards and Patrick Muldoon, “Johnny and Clyde”, with  Megan Fox, “Gotti”, opp. John Travolta; “The Ticket” (2016 Tribeca  Film Fest.).  

TV credits include “FBI”, “Law & Order: Organized Crime”, “The  Americans” (recurring), “Billions” (recurring), “Blindspot”  (recurring), “The Get Down” (recurring), “The Daily Show”, “Royal  Pains” (recurring).  

See also www.SalRendino.com

Robert Clohessy

Bio coming soon…