Furman Film Series in March

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Furman_022515AThe Gold Coast Arts Center (formerly the Great Neck Arts Center) proudly presents the Spring 2015 Film Series, the Furman Film Series. The Furman Film Series previews the best new independent films and studio releases, each followed by a question and answer period, with filmmakers and industry professionals. And the time to subscribe to this exciting series is now!

A regular subscription is $75 and a senior citizen subscription is $65.

Subscriber benefits include priority seating and the following movie night deals and discounts at these local Great Neck Plaza restaurants (upon presentation of your subscriber card): Burger Village, 66 Middle Neck Rd. (15 percent off the check); Ethos, 25 Middle Neck Rd. (15 percent off  the check); Great Neck Diner, 14 Grace Ave. (15 percent off  the entire check, plus one complimentary glass of wine per person); Lola, 113A Middle Neck Rd. (a complimentary glass of wine with dinner); and Shish Kebab, 132 Middle Neck Rd. (20 percent off the entire check). When available, individual tickets are $15 ($10 students) when purchased in advance; tickets $20 at the door. Call 516-829-2570 for tickets or purchase tickets online.

Screenings take place at Bow Tie Squire Cinemas, at 115 Middle Neck Rd., in downtown Great Neck Plaza, at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. for subscribers and at 7:15 p.m. for individual ticket holders.

Marie’s Story

The next film for the Furman Film Series is Marie’s Story, on March 12. This 2014 film was directed by Jean-Pierre Améris in France and runs for 95 minutes.

Marie’s Story is based on real-life events that took place in the late nineteenth century. Marie’s Story follows the story of a deaf and blind 14-year-old girl who can’t communicate with the outside world. Despite the advice of a doctor who believes she is “dumb,” Marie’s father, a humble artisan, cannot bring himself to commit her to an asylum. Out of despair, he takes her to the Larnay Institute near Poitiers, where nuns take care of young deaf women. Her Mother Superior’s skepticism notwithstanding, Sister Marguerite, a young nun, takes Marie under her wing and does everything she can to help her to open up to her surroundings.

Marie’s Story is an award-winning film. This film has won the Variety Piazza Grande Award at the Locarno Film Festival and also won for Audience Favorite, World Cinema Silver at the Mill Valley Film Festival.

About The Gold Coast Arts Center

The Gold Coast Arts Center is a not-for-profit organization serving the community for more than 20 years and dedicated to promoting and supporting the arts through education, exhibition, performance and outreach. Since their founding in 1995, over 100,000 people of all ages and backgrounds have taken advantage of their many classes, live performances, programs, workshops, films and art exhibits. Every day they provide students, teachers, parents, senior citizens and community members with opportunities to learn about, discuss, view, enjoy, share and make art!

The Gold Coast Arts Center is proud to be an affiliate of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts: Partners in Education program and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. They are also active partners with several universities and school districts throughout Long Island and Queens.

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