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Director Fred Carpenter’s “Just Like Joe” to Screen as Part of the 20th Annual Long Island International Film Expo (LIIFE) Monday, July 10th

Director Fred Carpenter’s “Just Like Joe” to Screen as Part of the 20th Annual Long Island International Film Expo (LIIFE) Monday, July 10th

Q&A Will Follow With Long Island Native On His Film, Set In An Era When Woodstock Became Legend and the Peace, Love and Rock ‘N Roll Generation Was Just Starting Out


May, 2017 (Bellmore, NY) — On Monday, July 10th at 7:30PM leading up to the 20th Anniversary Long Island International Film Expo, Long Island native Fred Carpenter’s “Just Like Joe” will screen at the historic Bellmore Movies (222 Pettit Avenue, Bellmore, NY  11710) followed by a Q&A from the writer/producer/director himself!


JUST LIKE JOE” is a poignant coming-of-age story that will touch your heart. Set in the tumultuous year of 1969 , the film follows the lives of three 17-year old, high school football players bonded by friendship and their compelling need to find their place in a rapidly changing world. Longing for a senior year filled with dating, the prom and football glory, their normal rites of passage run smack into the drama and uncertainty of the times – the military draft, evolving sexual mores, racial inequality and the possibly fighting in the Vietnam War.


With the encouragement of his blind father, star quarterback Paul Russo believes that the only way he can escape the military draft is by winning an improbable football scholarship. Tony shares Paul’s infectious enthusiasm for life, but has another obsession-his unrequited love. While Frank struggles to learn about his roots and himself as a young black man living in a world of escalating racial prejudice and tension.


Dir. Fred Carpenter (Center) with Paul Vario (Left) and Sean Young (Right)


As different as these three teammates are, one extraordinary thing unites them above all else-their desire to be “Just Like Joe” – Joe Namath- their iconic hero who was the sexy, ultra cool, 1969 Super Bowl winning quarterback of the New York Jets and the personification of everything they could ever hope to be.


Of the 23 movies I’ve done, ‘Just Like Joe’ is by far my favorite. A moving story that touches the heart, it captures these teens playing in the shadow of the Vietnam War. Their worship of Joe Namath was their escape, as he was more popular than The Beatles or even the Astronauts landing on the moon at that time in history” – Director Fred Carpenter


Carpenter’s newest film “Dinosaur” is a dramatic thriller about a day in the life of a veteran police officer who is trying to juggle his turbulent home life, the daily stresses of his job, and the apparent inevitable biker war that’s about to engulf his home town. It stars Robert Clohessy (Blue Bloods), Chuck Zito (Oz), Rocker Joan Jett, Ed Asner (The Mary Tyler Moore Show, UP!), and Ciarán Sheehan (Broadway’s Phantom of the Opera). It will begin filming in May in Nassau County.


Now, as the talented director continues his incredibly successful film career, you’ll have a chance to catch “Just Like Joe” on Monday, July 10th at 7:30PM with a LIVE Q&A directly following at the Bellmore Movies!




For More Information on LIIFE and What’s to Come in 2017, Visit: www.LongIslandFilmExpo.com


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With a heavy celebrity presence, visits to last year’s festival included a wide range of noted actors, actresses, and performers from Actor/Activist Ed Asner (Mary Tyler Moore, UP!) who won the 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award, to Oscar nominated actress Cathy Moriarty (Raging Bull), Actor Kevin Brown (30 Rock), American Idol’s Robbie Rosen, Ilene Kristen (One Life to Live), Phyllis Somerville (Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Guiding Light), Robert Clohessy (Blue Bloods), Sal Rendino (The Get Down and Couple of Guys), and Larry Romano (King of Queens).  Other notable past LIIFE attendees have also include Steve Buscemi (Fargo, The Big Lebowski, Reservoir Dogs), Ed Burns (Saving Private Ryan, She’s The One), Steve Guttenberg (Police Academy), and Ralph Macchio (The Karate Kid).


Focusing on the incredible talent of some of the best independent filmmakers, the expo offers networking opportunities, a 350 seat historic theater, press and media opportunities, a convenient filmmakers lounge and several discussion panels with topics ranging from distribution to scriptwriting, legal music, and a filmmaker panel/breakfast.


Named “One of the Top 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World” by MovieMaker Magazine, LIIFE is one of Long Island’s most prestigious film festivals, screening over 100 independent films during its weeklong run. The Long Island Film/TV Foundation, a not-for-profit, is also the foremost group providing support to the film/TV and commercial industries on Long Island, and will be honoring several noted professionals in the film/entertainment/media industries this year.

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