The 2015 Gold Coast International Film Festival will feature more than 60 films and dozens of filmmakers at screenings and events from Nov. 9 to 15 throughout the North Shore. The fifth anniversary of the festival will be held in venues throughout the Town of North Hempstead, including the Gold Coast Arts Center in Great Neck, Soundview Cinemas in Port Washington, the Bow Tie Cinemas in Great Neck, Port Washington, Manhasset and Roslyn as well as at LIU Post.
The festival kicks off with an intimate conversation with award-winning writer, director and producer Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me) at LIU Post on Nov. 9 and will include a special screening of Spurlock’s new short film, Crafted.
In addition to Spurlock, attendees scheduled include actor Lou Diamond Phillips; Patricia Riggen, director of the new Warner Brothers film The 33, starring Antonio Banderas, Juliette Binoche and Lou Diamond Phillips; star of Showtime’s Homeland, Navid Negahban; award-winning filmmakers Michael Cuesta (executive producer of Homeland), Rick Goldsmith, Yael Melamede and Andrew Horn; WNBA superstar Chamique Holdsclaw; band members from Twisted Sister, who will be present for the U.S. premiere of a new film about their rise to fame; Emmy-winning journalist Kristin Thorne—plus other filmmakers and special guests, such as Michael Landers, the Long Island ping-pong champion featured in the film Top Spin.
Films will showcase Hollywood actors including Richard Gere, Oliver Platt, Rene Russo, Jason Sudeikis, Rebecca Hall, Christopher Walken, Amber Heard and many more. Award-winning films from the world’s most prestigious festivals will be screened, as will more than 25 short films, along with Q&As from visiting shorts filmmakers.
During the festival, the following films will be shown:
• Autism in Love (Director Matt Fuller, USA, English, 76 min., documentary) Saturday, Nov. 14, 1 p.m., Soundview PW.
• The Benefactor (Director Andrew Renzi, USA, English, 92 min., narrative) Tuesday, Nov. 10, 7:30 p.m., Soundview PW.
• The Best Years of Our Lives (1946, Director William Wyler, USA, English, 172 min., narrative, free Veterans Day screening for all audiences) Wednesday, Nov. 11, 1 p.m., Bow Tie Great Neck.
• The Birth of Sake (Director Erik Shirai, USA, Japanese with English subtitles, 94 min., documentary) Saturday, Nov. 14, 6:30 p.m., Bow
• The Chef’s Wife (Director Anne Le Ny, France, French with English subtitles, 91 min., narrative) Friday, Nov. 13, 6:30 p.m., Bow Tie Roslyn.
• (Dis)Honesty: The Truth About Lies (Director Yael Melamede, USA, English, 90 min., documentary) Thursday, Nov. 12, 6 p.m., Soundview PW.
• Frank and Cindy (Director G.J. Echternkamp, USA, English, 101 min., narrative) Saturday, Nov. 14, 8:30 p.m., Soundview PW.
• HelloHello (Director Maria Blom, Sweden, Swedish with English subtitles, 97 min., narrative) Sunday, Nov. 15, 4 p.m., Soundview PW.
• Landfill Harmonic (Director Graham Townsley, Brad Allgood, USA, Spanish/English with English subtitles, 84 min., documentary) Saturday, Nov. 7, 7:30 p.m., Gold Coast Cinema at LIU Post, presented in partnership with LIU Post Department of Music of the College of Arts, Communications and Design Saturday, Nov. 14, 2 p.m., Soundview PW, presented in partnership with Residents for a More Beautiful Port Washington (Nov. 11 screening includes Interactive Q&A with Dr. Dale Stuckenbruck and the ECO Orchestra from the Waldorf School of Garden City).
• Listen to Me Marlon (Director Stevan Riley, USA, English, 102 min., documentary) Saturday, Nov. 14, 3:30 p.m., Bow Tie Manhasset.
• Mafia and Red Tomatoes (Director Giulio Manfredonia, Italy, Italian with English subtitles, 100 min., narrative) Saturday, Nov. 14, 8 p.m., Soundview PW.
• Mind/Game: The Unquiet Journey of Chamique Holdsclaw (Director Rick Goldsmith, USA, English, 57 min., documentary) Saturday, Nov. 14, 3:30 p.m., Soundview PW.
• Modern Ruin: A World’s Fair Pavilion (Director Matthew Silva, USA, English, 78 min., documentary) Thursday, Nov. 12, 2 p.m., Bow Tie Great Neck, includes lunch before film at the Gold Coast Arts Center.
• The Muses of Bashevis Singer (Director Asaf Galay, Shaul Bester, Israel, English and Hebrew with English subtitles, 72 min., documentary) Sunday, Nov. 15, 1:30 p.m., Bow Tie Great Neck.
• Mustang (Director Deniz Gamze Ergüven, France/Turkey, Turkish with English subtitles, 95 min., narrative) Saturday, Nov. 14, 6 p.m., Soundview PW.
• My Friend Victoria (Director Jean-Paul Civeyrac, France, French with English subtitles, 95 min., narrative) Sunday, Nov. 15, 1:30 p.m., Soundview PW.
• Partner with the Enemy (Director Duki Dror, Chen Shelach, Israel, Hebrew and Arabic with English subtitles, 60 min. documentary) Thursday, Nov. 12, 7:30 p.m., Bow Tie Great Neck followed by dessert reception at LOLA.
• Son of Saul (Director László Nemes, Hungary, Hungarian, Yiddish, German, Russian and Polish with English subtitles, 107 min., narrative) Wednesday, Nov. 11, 7 p.m., Bow Tie Great Neck.
• Top Spin (Director Mina T. Son, Sara Newens, USA, English and Mandarin with English subtitles, 81 min., documentary) Sunday, Nov. 15, 4:30 p.m., Soundview PW.
• Tumbledown (Director Sean Mewshaw, USA, English, 103 min., narrative) Friday, Nov. 13, 8:45 p.m., Bow Tie Roslyn.
• The Vanished Elephant (Director Javier Fuentes-León, Peru, Spanish with English subtitles, 109 min., narrative) Saturday, Nov. 14, 8:30 p.m., Bow Tie Manhasset.
• We Are Twisted F*cking Sister (Director Andrew Horn, USA, English, 139 min., documentary) Friday, Nov. 13, 7:30 p.m., Bow Tie Port Washington.
• When I Live My Life Over Again (Director Robert Edwards, USA, English, 98 min., narrative) Saturday, Nov. 14, 5 p.m., Soundview PW.
Short film screenings will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 10, 1 p.m., at the Roslyn Library for free and Saturday, Nov. 14, 1 p.m., at Bow Tie Manhasset.
A family film day filled with an afternoon of short films, curated especially for kids, and hands-on movie related art activities will be held at the Gold Coast Arts Center on Veterans Day, Wednesday, Nov. 11, from 12 to 3 p.m. at the Gold Coast Arts Center. During this fun day for kids and caregivers when schools are closed, pizza will be provided by Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza.
Aspiring filmmakers and veteran producers can attend a free event on Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2 p.m., where they can meet a team from the New York State Governor’s Office for Motion Picture and Television Development at the Gold Coast Arts Center for a round-table discussion about producing in New York State and learn about tax credits, location scouting, finding stages, crew and more.
The festival is produced by the Gold Coast Arts Center, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting and supporting the arts through education, exhibition, performance and outreach.
Free tickets to all screenings are available to veterans and current military personnel, courtesy of 1-800-Flowers.com. For additional information and tickets, visit www.goldcoastfilmfestival.org.