GCIFF Celebrates Its Oscar Nominated Films As It Continues to Bring the Best in Independent and Studio Films Here First.
February 2017 (Great Neck, New York) — Once again the Gold Coast International Film Festival is celebrating as three of its recent films receive Academy Award nominations. This continues a stellar record by the Festival of screening dozens of Oscar winners and nominees over the past few years alone.
The Salesman, which GCIFF screened to three sold out houses in Great Neck and Port Washington, is nominated for Best Foreign Language Film and is on many film reviewers’ lists of top films of the year. Life, Animated, produced by New Hyde Park native Carolyn Hepburn, is nominated for Best Feature Documentary. This beautiful film, based on the best-selling book, is the story of a young boy with autism who learns to communicate through the magic of Disney films. GCIFF audiences were treated to a preview of this film last Summer and at an encore screening targeted to teachers and students in the community. Ms. Hepburn participated in post-screening Q&As at both screenings.
Joe’s Violin, winner of GCIFF’s Director’s Choice Award, is a front runner to receive the Oscar for Best Documentary Short Film. Both Festival screenings of Joe’s Violin screened to nearly sold-out audiences and included Q&As with Joe Feingold (the Joe in the film) and the student and teacher featured in the movie. One screening, held on the campus of LIU Post, also included a concert of music inspired by the film performed by guest musicians from the Port Washington and Elwood school districts and the Long Island High School for the Arts playing alongside student and faculty musicians from LIU. A video recap of this screening can be found HERE.
As the Festival anxiously awaits the announcement of the winners of this year’s Academy Awards, it continues to screen the best independent and studio films followed by enlightening post-screening Q&A, including a special conversation with Patrick Harrison, the Director of New York Programs and Membership for The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences following our February 22 screening of the 2017 Academy Award nominee A Man Called Ove.
Upcoming Films and Speakers Include:
Furman Film Series at the Squire Cinema, Great Neck
A United Kingdom (Thurs. Feb 9) is the true story of the forbidden love of King Seretse Khama of Botswana (David Oyelowo) and Ruth Williams (Rosamund Pike), a white woman from London, which caused an international uproar when they decided to marry in the late 1940s just as apartheid was being introduced into South Africa. THIS FILM IS A SPECIAL SCREENING FOR SUBSCRIBERS ONLY.
A Man Called Ove (Wed. Feb 22) received a 2017 Academy Award nomination for Best Foreign Language Film. Stepping from the pages of Fredrik Backman’s international best-selling novel, Ove is the quintessential angry old man next door. A boisterous young family moves next door, an unlikely friendship forms and what emerges is a heartwarming tale of unreliable first impressions and the gentle reminder that life is sweeter when it’s shared. One of Sweden’s biggest locally-produced box office hits ever.
A Q&A with the Patrick Harrison – Director, New York Programs and Membership for The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will follow the screening.
Elliman Film Series at the Soundview Cinema, Port Washington
Year By the Sea (Tues. Feb. 7), featuring a Golden Globe, Emmy, Tony, and Pulitzer Prize winning team including Karen Allen and Celie Imrie. A Q&A with the film’s Writer/Director/Composer Alexander Janko will follow the screening.
The Man Who Saved the World (Tues. March 7), a frighteningly relevant docu-drama featuring appearances by Robert De Niro, Matt Damon, Kevin Coster and others.
The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the film’s executive producers Raphael Avigdor, Christian D. Bruun and Mark Romeo.
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About the Gold Coast Film Festival:
Located on the “Gold Coast” in the Town of North Hempstead, the Gold Coast International Film Festival was founded with the purpose of establishing a home on Long Island to showcase the work of exceptional filmmakers and provide the public with an insider’s view of the film industry. Festival events include screenings, workshops, conversations with prominent members of the film community, special events and parties. During the annual seven-day festival, area residents, visitors, members of the business and film communities, public officials, students and academics come together to celebrate the art and influence of cinema in the charming and historic towns and villages of Long Island’s Gold Coast. In addition to the Fall festival, GCIFF also presents dozens of preview screenings and filmmaker Q&As throughout the year at their year-round Furman and Douglas Elliman Film Series.
The Gold Coast is just a short ride from New York City, and is easily accessible by car, train and the area’s three major airports: John F. Kennedy International, LaGuardia, and MacArthur.
About the Gold Coast Arts Center:
The Gold Coast Arts Center is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to promoting and supporting the arts through education, exhibition, performance and outreach. For over 20 years we have brought the arts and arts in education experiences to tens of thousands of people throughout our region through our 1) School for the Arts, which offers year-round classes in all visual and performing arts to students of all ages and abilities, (2) Free public art gallery, (3) Concert and lecture series, (4) Outreach programs, which each year bring artist residencies, after-school programs, school assemblies, teacher training workshops and parent-child workshops to students, senior citizens, teachers and others in underserved communities throughout our region, (5) Year round film screening and discussion series and (6) Gold Coast International Film Festival, now in its 6th year. The Arts Center is an affiliate of the John F Kennedy Center for the for the Performing Arts: Partners in Education Program and National Gallery of Art, both located in Washington DC.