The 4th annual Gold Coast International Film Festival (GCIFF) returns November 3-9, 2014. Presented by the Gold Coast Arts Center, along with the Town of North Hempstead, this special event features a week of panels, parties, glamour and of course films.
Catherine Martin will be accepting the Gold Coast International Film Festival Artist of Distinction Award at the Opening Night Gala this year. Martin is a four-time Academy Award-winning Costume and Production Designer whose work has been seen in Moulin Rouge, The Great Gatsby, and many more iconic films. Also being honored is Jonathan Cohen and Marie Cecile Flageul (known as Meres One) who will receive the Art & Activism Award, and President of the Gold Coast Arts Center, Michael Glickman, who will accept the Man of the Year Award.
This year’s screenings and events will take place at Bow Tie Cinemas in Port Washington/Great Neck/Manhasset/Roslyn and the Soundview Cinemas in Port Washington as well as at other venues including the Gold Coast Arts Center in Great Neck.
Highlights of this year’s festival include:
– The world premiere of the new documentary on Pulitzer Prize Winning Playwright August Wilson, with a Q&A with Tony winning actors Ruben Santiago-Hudson, and Phylicia Rashad, Director/Producer Sam Pollard and Executive Producer Darryl Ford-Williams.
– A special screening of the Tribeca Film Festival 2014 winner, Zero Motivation, with the first GCIFF Screenwriting Award being presented to director/screenwriter Talya Lavie.
– The Long Island premiere of Burn, the documentary on firefighting produced by Denis Leary with a special Q&A after the film with producer Jim Serpico, moderated by Kristin Thorne from WABC 7.
– Kids Film Day at the Gold Coast Arts Center sponsored by AAA. An afternoon of great short films and hands-on art activities for kids of all ages who have the day off of school on November 4th (Election Day). Plus Anthony’s Coal Fire Pizza will be providing free pizza and wings.
– A special screening at LIU Post of Long Island filmmaker Fred Carpenter’s new film, Charlie Mantle, followed by a Q&A with Mr. Carpenter, and the film’s stars Robert Clohessy, Sean Young and Armand Assante.
– A re-screening of the film Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work, with a panel of very special (and funny!) guests.
– Long Island premieres including: Match, starring award-winning actor Patrick Stewart, Human Capital, Italy’s submission for this year’s Academy Awards, Mudbloods, about the world cup of Quidditch, the “sport” made famous by the Harry Potter series, Cold Eyes, a South Korean thriller, The Dove Flyer, a coming-of-age story amid the expulsion of Jews in Iraq in the 1950s and You Must be Joking, a laugh out loud comedy.
– New York premieres including: the comedy Beside Still Water, from Tribeca Films and Paulette, a fun, offbeat French comedy.
– Great new dramas, comedies, thrillers and short films from Israel, France, South Korea, the UK, Italy, and the US.
Plus, on Sunday November 9th as part of our closing ceremonies, the Festival will host a screening of ESPN Films’ When the Garden was Eden, featuring a Q&A with New York Times sports writer Harvey Araton and some very special surprise NBA guests. There will also be a special exhibit coinciding with this screening featuring photographs, vintage jerseys, signed basketballs and the NBA Trophy.
Over the past several years the festival has brought the latest Hollywood hits and Indie favorites to the fabled Gold Coast of Long Island. Add A-list celebrities and unforgettable events to the mix and it’s easy to see why GCIFF has become the “go to” Festival for film buffs (it is also the last major film festival on the East Coast before Awards season).
Last year, the Festival honored HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm’s Susie Essman with the Artist of Distinction Award for Comedy and legendary actor, Paul Sorvino with a Lifetime Achievement Award. For more info visit the Gold Coast Film Festival website.