The Long Island International Film Expo (LIIFE) was held from July 13 to 21 at the historic Bellmore Movies. LIIFE was named “One of the Top 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World” by MovieMaker Magazine.
“The Long Island International Film Expo treats the public to a vast array of independent films of every genre and allows residents to meet many of the filmmakers while also generating a positive economic impact from filmmakers staying in our hotels and dining in our restaurants,” said County Executive Ed Mangano. “Nassau County is quickly becoming the Hollywood East of the industry as events such as these help filmmakers find locations for future film projects while in town.”
This year’s festival bestowed honors on TV icon Ed Asner, who accepted a Lifetime Achievement Award. Asner starred in such television programs as The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Lou Grant. Robert Clohessy (Blue Bloods, Boardwalk Empire, Oz) received a Creative Achievement Award. Angela Anton of Anton Media Group accepted a Humanitarian Award for her efforts with numerous charities including EAC Network, the American Liver Foundation and the North Shore Family Guidance Center.
Actor Sal Rendino was honored with a Rising Star Award. An actor for many years on the independent circuit and with guest appearances on Royal Pains and Law & Order: SVU, Rendino can now be seen as a recurring character in two major series: Billions and The Get Down, which will be premiering this month via Netflix.
Check out www.longislandfilmexpo.com for more about next year’s festival.
See Long Island Weekly‘s feature on Ed Asner, Oh, Ed.