Stars Come Out For Film Festival

Producer Mo Narang (left) with Alexandra Gil, the festival’s short film curator
Producer Mo Narang (left) with Alexandra Gil, the festival’s short film curator

During the first week of November, all eyes were on the North Shore, as the Gold Coast Arts Center presented the 4th annual Gold Coast International Film Festival, another successful event that attracted notables from the world of film, art and politics. 

The week included not just the viewing of new films, but also parties, panels and glamour. Friday, Nov. 7 was Roslyn’s turn to have the spotlight. On that date, the Bow Tie Cinema in downtown Roslyn hosted the viewing of Beside Still Water.

In this Big Chill for Generation Y, a group of childhood friends comes together for the last time at the scenic lake house where they all grew up, to comfort each other, rekindle old flames, and drunkenly stumble down memory lane. The film featured the directorial debut from award-winning actor Chris Lowell. After the viewing, a Q&A was held with producer Mo Narang.

For the big week, The Town of North Hempstead was the partner for the screenings and events that took place at the Soundview Cinema in Port Washington and also at Bow Tie Cinemas not only in Roslyn, but also in Great Neck, Manhasset and Port Washington.

The festival included 25 feature length films and 35 shorts from around the world, and showcased over 40 filmmakers and special guests, including four-time Oscar winner Catherine Martin who accepted the Artist of Distinction Award and screenwriter and director Marc Lawrence and award-winning actor Hugh Grant, both of whom participated in a Q&A after a pre-release screening of their new film The Rewrite.

On Opening Night, Monday, Nov. 3, Oscar Awards were on display, stars were in attendance as the festival began with a gala event.
Among the notables who attended was the before-mentioned Catherine Martin; Meres One accepted the Arts Activism Award, along with Marie Cecile Flageuil; and President of the Gold Coast Arts Center Michael Glickman accepted the Arts Center’s Man of the Year Award. Also on the red carpet were Len Berman from NBC Sports, Town of North Hempstead Supervisor Judi Bosworth, David Paterson (screenwriter, Bridge to Terabithia), Congressman Steve Israel, State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli, State Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel and Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos.


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