Star-Studded Lineup For Gold Coast Film Festival

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gcff-image-jpegThe 2016 Gold Coast International Film Festival (GCIFF) has announced an exciting slate of films for this year’s festival taking place from Nov. 9 through Nov. 15 in venues throughout the North Shore of Long Island, and once again—everyone’s invited to join in an exciting week of films, parties, filmmaker Q-and-As and glamour.

The festival kicks off with a special sneak peek screening of Burn Your Maps, starring Jacob Tremblay (Room) and Academy Award nominee Vera Farmiga, to be held on Nov. 10 at Soundview Cinema in Port Washington.

On Nov. 12, also at Soundview Cinemas, GCIFF will host the Long Island premiere of Bang! The Bert Berns Story, a documentary narrated by Steven Van Zandt about the life and career of Bert Berns, the renowned 1960s songwriter/producer whose hits include “Twist and Shout,” “Piece of My Heart,” “Hang on Sloopy” and more. A Q&A with Directors Brett Berns (Bert Berns’ son) and Bob Sarles will follow the screening and Brett Berns will accept an Artist of Distinction Award from the Gold Coast Arts Center on behalf of his late father.

Other standout films include the Long Island premiere of French movie-star Isabelle Huppert’s new film Things to Come, direct from the Toronto International Film Festival, Harry Benson: Shoot First, followed by a Q-and-A with the legendary photographer himself and On the Map, the incredible story of how the 1977 Maccabee Tel-Aviv basketball team toppled the four-time defending Soviet team and put Israeli basketball firmly on the map. Director Dani Menkin and basketball star Tal Brody will be in attendance for a Q-and-A.

The sixth anniversary of the festival will feature more than 60 films and dozens of filmmakers at screenings and events in venues throughout the Town of North Hempstead region, including the Bow Tie Cinemas (Great Neck, Port Washington, Manhasset and Roslyn), the Gold Coast Arts Center in Great Neck and the campus of LIU Post.

Films this year showcase Hollywood’s best actors including Gabriel Byrne, Nathan Lane, Frank Langella, Melissa Leo, James Franco, Christina Applegate, Billy Crudup, Catherine Deneuve, Geoffrey Rush, Sam Neil, Alex Karpovsky, Rachel Brosnahan and many more industry stars. Award-winning feature films from the world’s most prestigious festivals (Cannes, Toronto, Sundance, Tribeca, Hamptons) will be screened, plus more than 25 incredible short films, with Q&As with visiting shorts filmmakers.

Filmmakers and special guests scheduled to attend include: renowned photographer Harry Benson, Matthew Miele (Harry Benson: Shoot First), Lawrence Smith (Mad Riot Entertainment), Dani Menkin (On the Map), Scott Rosenbaum (Sidemen: Long Road to Glory), Scott Sharrard, touring guitarist and musical director for The Gregg Allman Band, basketball superstar Tal Brody, Kate Keckler Dandel (Gold Balls), Brett Berns and Bob Sarles (Bang! The Bert Berns Story), Charlene Fiske (The Founders), Ferne Pearlstein (The Last Laugh), Amir Kishon, son of renowned Israeli satirist Ephraim Kishon, legendary Hollywood agent, Budd Burton Moss, plus many more.

New York filmmakers will be highlighted at this year’s festival in the New York Spotlight program, a free event on the campus of LIU Post on Thursday, Nov. 10, at 11:30 a.m. that features short films by local filmmakers or about local subject matter. Lawrence Smith (Mad Riot Entertainment) and David Paterson (Bridge to Terabithia) will lead a panel of many of the filmmakers screening their films during the program. Local filmmakers in attendance include Dale Arroyo, Gordon Grinberg, Neil Holland, Ramfis Myrthil, David Schneiderman and Max Stossel.

Visit www.goldcoastfilmfestival.org for tickets to all screenings and events.

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