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17th Annual Long Island International Film Expo

 
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Actor Robert Davi Poses for a photo-op Closing Night Party and Awards at the 17th International Long Island Film Expo in Bellmore, Long Island
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Actor Bill-Lee Lanndis, Actress Sean Young and TV Host Cognac Wellerlane pose for a photo-op at the 17th International Long Island Film Expo in Bellmore, Long Island
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op at the 17th International Long Island Film Expo in Bellmore, Long Island
 
 
Closing Night Party and Awards Ceremony for the Long Island International Film Expo took place on July 17 begining with a delicious buffet in the Filmmakers Lounge from 5:00 - 6:45 P.M..  Afterwards filmmakers and guests attended the Bellmore Movies for entertainment and awards ceremony from 7:00 - 10:00 P.M.

Celebrities that attended the star-studded event included Robert Davi, Sean Young, John Nolan, Brian O'Halloran and Tom Pelphrey.

This year Actor Robert Davi was awarded the Long Island Filmmaker Achievement Award and Actress Sean Young was awarded the Creative Acievement Award.

The Long Island Film/TV Foundation is established to stimulate and encourage film and TV production on Long Island. Since film and activities on the Island account for over $140 million dollars in revenues per year, the foundation hopes to invite future projects to our area by working closely with industry executives, financiers, film producers, TV/Cable operators and government officials.
 

The Mission of the Long Island Film/TV Foundation is to provide support and assistance to the individiuals, businesses and organizations that contribute to the economic and cultural vitality of Long Island through film, television and video.

For more information please visit ongislandfilmexpo.com

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“5th Macabre Faire Film Festival”

 
 
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Macarbe Film Cognac interviews Eileen Dietz
TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Actress Eileen Dietz from the Exorcist. She Played the role of Pazzuzu on the original film titled "The Exorcist". As well was an actress on the soap opera "Gener...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Horror Actor Sammy Mena and Director Filmmaker Drew Dammron and Director/Filmmaker Matthew Rosvally at the Macarbe Film Festival 2014
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Macarbe Film Cognac interviews Flowers for The Dead, My Little Demon
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op with the Cast of 'My Little Demon' at the
“5th Macabre Faire Film Festival”
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Actor Bill-Lee Lanndis poses for a photo-op with TV Host Cognac Wellerlane at  “5th Macabre Faire Film Festival”
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op  on the red carpet at “5th Macabre Faire Film Festival”
 
 
 
 
Long Island’s ONLY Genre Film Fest the “5th Macabre Faire Film Festival” was held
At the Mill River Manor Best Western Hotel, Jan 17-19, 2014.
 
TwitchTwitch Productions presented Long Island’s only film festival catering to films in the sub-genre categories.  This networking haven showcased independent films from around the world for the 5th Macabre Faire Film Festival and united directors, actors, producers and fans under one roof for 3 days of movie madness, live band performances and Awards.
 
The Macabre Faire Film Festival took pride in being the FIRST and ONLY Film Festival on the Island occurring several times a year connecting with Independent Filmmakers around the globe bringing a collection of over 40 titles to every film festival. This 5th installation of the Film Festival was a celebration in honor of independent filmmaking regardless of the films budget. Spreading the word about the Macabre Faire Film Festival is one of the most effective ways of helping these filmmakers get their films noticed. These efforts will have more fans viewing these films and distribution companies hearing about these artists that much faster which may result in National and International Distribution deals. Hours of independent films submitted by dozens of filmmakers were screened in 4 separate screening areas along with workshops/discussions/presentations hosted by the attending filmmakers and actors themselves. Film Festivals like the MFFF are making a difference and that difference is taking place in Long Island, NY.  Films are rated PG, PG-13 and R (parental guidance is suggested).
 
Special Guests on the roster included Long Island filmmakers: Scott W. Perry creator of the “In Fear Of” series, Patrick Devaney creator of “Zombie Hunters” reveals his new film piece “Aemorraghe”, Margaret Villano with “Feed Me” and Ben Fiore with “The Interrogation”. In addition to these local filmmakers the festival was flooded with filmmakers from Texas, Los Angeles, Canada, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York and more from around the country for this celebration of independent filmmaking.
 
The event kicked off with the first RED CARPET night the festival has hosted on Friday, Jan 17 at 7pm – 1am. Guests were dressed to impress as they walked down the red carpet while cameras flashed and anticipation builded for the evening’s presentation of the “Macabreite Award”.  This was the humble beginning stages of what some may consider to be the Academy Awards for films dedicated to the “Macabre” whether through a Drama, Sci-Fi, Animation, Comedy, Documentary and yes… Horror, as the Best of the Best for 2013 got awarded. The Red Carpet Gala Night included an open bar and delectable dishes for the hungry pallet as NY performer “Melissa Otero” adorned the stage with her tunes. The midnight hour had everyone enjoying some tea sipping and “Tales of Poe” with Long Island actor Carl DiModugno as the storyteller. Saturday, Jan 18 the MFFF began at 12pm and ran straight through until 1am. Dozens of films were screened in 4 rooms along with workshops/discussions and more. Live performance by the “Slipppery Chickens” for some electric Rockabilly melodies hit the stage at 9:30pm then capped off with Dj music. For Sunday, Jan 19, the day began at 1pm with more films and workshops then NJ performers “A Halo Called Fred”  geeked out on the stage at 7pm with their music. Immediately following at 8pm,  the “MFFF Awards” where film laurels were awarded in over a dozen different categories to filmmakers. The ceremony was open to all attendees for their first hand witnessing of the winners for Jan 2014.
 
For more information please visit
www.MacabreFaireFilmFest.com
 
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Cognac Wellerlane Interviews Director Anthony Fabian And Actor David Duchovny At The Premier of “Louder Than Words,” At The 21st Annual Hamptons International Film Festival

 
 
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TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Actor David Duchovny, Director Anthony Fabian and John and Brenda Fareri about the film "Louder Than Words" at the Hamptons International Film Festival
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Hope Davis, Olivia Steele Falconer, Timothy Hutton, and David Duchovny pose for a photo-op on the red carpet at their Movie Premier at the 21st Hamptons International
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Anthony Mastromauro, John Fareri, Stephanie Aldworth, Julie Fareri, Timothy Hutton, Brenda Fareri, Anthony Fabian, Olivia Steele Falconer, David Duchovny and  Hope Davis pose for a photo-op on the red carpet at their Movie Premier at the 21st Hamptons International
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Timothy Hutton and  David Duchovny pose for a photo-op on the red carpet at their Movie Premier at the 21st Hamptons International
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 Hope Davis poses  for a photo-op on the red carpet at their Movie Premier at the 21st Hamptons International
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
David Duchovny pose for a photo-op on the red carpet at their Movie Premier at the 21st Hamptons International
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

During the Festival I had the pleasure of interviewing the Director Anthony Fabian, Actor David Duchovny and  John and Brenda Fareri about this extraordinary Film.
The film, starring David Duchovny, Hope Davis, Timothy Hutton and newcomer Olivia Steele Falconer, written by Benjamin Chapin, directed by Anthony Fabian (“Skin”), and produced by Anthony Mastromauro’s Identity Films, is based on the inspiring true story of John and Brenda Fareri, who found solace after the death of their young daughter Maria, by channeling their grief into action and spearheading the creation of the world class Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital at Westchester Medical Center through their passion, dedication and fundraising efforts.
 
David Duchovny (“Californication,” “The X Files”) and Hope Davis (“The Newsroom,” “American Splendor,” “About Schmidt”) star as John and Brenda Fareri, with new-comer Olivia Steele Falconer playing the role of Maria Fareri and Timothy Hutton (“Leverage,” “The Ghost Writer”) playing Bruce Komiske, who helps the family in their long, emotional journey to obtain funding for the planning and building of the Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital in this touching film.
 
“Louder Than Words” portrays the Fareri family (John and Brenda Fareri, and their children, Julie, Stephanie and Michael) who instead of being gripped by loss created an extraordinary place of healing for thousands of ailing children and implemented a national standard for family health facilities. After Maria died, the Fareris learned that their daughter had made a special wish "for the health and well-being of all the children in the world," as part of a school project. With Maria’s spirit guiding them, her parents, family and 20,000 other members of the local Connecticut and Westchester, New York communities worked together to create a state of the art children's hospital, making Maria’s wish a reality.
 
Today, the Maria Fareri Children's Hospital is a place where families are welcomed into the healing process as partners with the staff in the care of their loved ones. This hospital, inspired by Maria’s wish for children’s global health and well-being, not only keeps Maria’s memory alive, but has also gone on to help thousands of children and their families, while becoming the template for future children’s hospitals.
 
“John and Brenda Fareri are truly extraordinary people,” commented producer Anthony Mastromauro of Identity Films. “When I first heard their story I immediately knew it was one that needed to be shared.”
 
Julie Fareri served as a producer alongside Mastromauro, while Rod Lurie served as executive producer.
 
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TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Producer and renowned photojournalist Elizabeth L. Gilbert about her film "The Last Safari" at the Hamptons International Film Festival

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TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Producer and renowned photojournalist Elizabeth L. Gilbert about her film "The Last Safari" at the Hamptons International Film Festival
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Producer and renowned photojournalist Elizabeth L. Gilbert about her film "The Last Safari" at the Hamptons International Film Festival.
Elizabeth L. Gilbert returns to the Rift Valley in Africa to visit the tribes she photographed just a decade earlier, she bears witness to the changes wrought on the region. After her book is published, she hires a crew from Nairobi to assist her in screening a cinema slideshow to tribes-people, like the Masai, in their remote villages. But her ambitious safari is fraught with inclement weather, security issues, and self-doubt. Matt Goldman’s first feature captures the reunions, the dramas, and ultimately the triumph of this remarkable journey.
 
Director Matt Goldman launched his filmmaking career in 1999 when his award winning debut short film BROKE was exhibited in dozens of film festivals and licensed worldwide for television broadcast. Goldman’s second award winning short film, THE PERPETUAL LIFE OF JIM ALBERS, screened at Sundance, Resfest, Rotterdam, and dozens of other international film festivals. Goldman currently divides his time between Brooklyn and Kenya directing and editing documentaries, commercial spots, TV inserts,  and music videos.
For more info please visit http://thelastsafarimovie.com/

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Cognac Wellerlane Interviews Director Rob Berger About His Film "Charlie Victor Romeo" At The Hamptons Film Festival

 
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Director Robert Berger spoke to me about his new film "Charlie Victor Romeo" on the Red Carpet at the Hampton Interntional Film Festival.
 
The synopsis involves dialogue taken from actual black box transcripts of six real-life major airline emergencies, CHARLIE VICTOR ROMEO is a haunting, riveting theatrical experience superbly translated to film by directors Robert Berger, Patrick Daniels, and Karlyn Michelson. Started on stage in 1999 at the Collective: Unconscious Theater on the Lower East Side, this compelling, almost experimental piece recreates the tense cockpit scenes word-for-word based on the CVR, or Cockpit Voice Recorder. With unsparing truthfulness, the film has been embraced by the aviation community and used as a training video for pilots. It is truly unique cinema, stretching the boundaries of film, theater, and the traditional documentary.
Robert Berger is a founding member of the Collective: Unconscious (C:U) performance space in NYC and has served as technical director and new media director. Berger worked for CNN in New York as a studio engineer and field cameraman before leaving to pursue a master’s degree in Interactive Telecommunications at NYU. He now works developing/deploying robotic systems to migrate the content locked on magnetic tape based media to archive quality digital files. These systems are used by libraries and archives to insure the preservation and access of our audio/visual heritage.
 
Patrick Daniels has been performing, directing, and producing theater in NYC since 1994 with Collective: Unconscious and other performance groups, including East River Commedia, and the Institute For Aesthetic Modulation. He has performed and directed at P.S. 122, HERE Arts, Theater for the New City, the Knitting Factory and Charas El/Bohio. Daniels curated an outdoor film and video screening for the NYC Fringe Festival. Daniels received a BFA in Theater Arts from SUNY Purchase College.
 
Karlyn Michelson is an Emmy award-winning multimedia storyteller and video journalist. Her documentary work has aired on PBS and HBO and screened at dozens of film festivals worldwide. Michelson has also produced, directed, shot, and edited news segments and multimedia pieces for a multitude of media outlets, including Time Magazine and Turkish Public Television.  For more info please visit http://charlievictorromeo.com/

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Cognac Wellerlane interviews Director Samantha Grant about her film "A Fragile Trust" At The Hamptons International Film Festival

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I had the pleasure of interviewing Director Samantha Grant about her film "A Fragile Trust" at The Hamptons International Film Festival.
 
A FRAGILE TRUST is a shocking and fascinating look at Jayson Blair’s downward spiral through the hallowed halls of the New York Times’ news department. “The Blair Affair,” which coincided with the trajectory of newsrooms going digital, not only rocked the Paper of Record, but shook the foundations of journalism and unleashed questions of ethics, accountability, race, representation, and power in media. Called “the most infamous serial plagiarist of our time,” Blair gives candid and telling testimonies, reads from his book, and reveals what he is doing now in Samantha Grant’s not-to-be-missed, illuminating first feature.
 
Samantha Grant (Director/Producer) creates thought-provoking, character-driven documentaries that are solidly rooted in journalism. Through her company GUSH productions, Grant has created content for clients including MTV, ABC, PBS, CNN, NPR, FRONTLINE, FRONTLINE/World, and Al Jazeera International. In 2007, Grant was named a Carnegie/Knight fellow and in 2011, Sam was named a BAVC MediaMaker Fellow, where she began developing the Educational Game DECISIONS ON DEADLINE as a companion project to A FRAGILE TRUST. When she’s not shooting or producing indie docs, Grant is lecturing at UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism and Stanford's Knight Fellowship program.

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Cognac Wellerlane interviews Director Andreas Dalsgaard about his film The Human Scale at the Hamptons International Film Festival

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Cognac Wellerlane interviews Director Andreas Dalsgaard about his film The Human Scale on the red carpet at the Opening Night Party at East Hampton Point Inn for the Hamptons Film Festival
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
I had the pleasure of interviewing Director Andreas Dalsgaard about his film The Human Scale at the Hamptons International Film Festival on Thursday at the Opening Night Party at the East Hampton Point Inn.
 
The synopsis of the film is After one of the worst earthquakes to hit New Zealand, the people of Christchurch took a different approach to rebuilding their city. They studied how their city could serve humans better. They studied car culture, bike lanes, and pedestrian walkways. They studied the work of Jan Gehl, the Danish architect who for 40 years has been analyzing the symbiosis of cities and their inhabitants. With emerging countries and their economies looking at the viability of urban growth, director Andreas Dalsgaard takes us around the world to see how Gehl’s seminal work is being translated within modern city centers like New York, Copenhagen, Chong Quing, and Dahka.
 
Born 1980, Denmark. Andreas graduated from the National Film School of Denmark in 2009 and has a B.A. in social anthropology from Aarhus University, 2005. AFGHAN MUSCLES ('07), Dalsgaard’s debut as a documentary director, was a festival hit, winning Best Documentary at AFI Los Angeles. CITIES ON SPEED — BOGOTÁ ('09), selected for IDFA has since won a number of prices and shown in more than 20 countries.
 
For more information please visit http://thehumanscale.dk/
 
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Cognac Wellerlane Interviews Actor Dane DeHaan And Director John Krokidas At The Premiere of Kill Your Darlings At Guild Hall

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Cognac Wellerlane interviews Director John Krokidas and Actor Dane DeHaan at the Opening Night Premiere at Guild Hall during the Hamptons Film Festival
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Actor Dane DeHaan, director John Krokidas, and Hamptons International Film Festival Artistic Director David Nugent attend the 21st Annual Hamptons International Film Festival
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
With a loose, heady energy that echoes a Beat poem, John Krokidas’ impressive feature film debut tracks the meeting of Allen Ginsberg, Lucien Carr, Jack Kerouac, and William Burroughs during Ginsberg’s early days at Columbia University. They forge a bond looking for a “new vision”––daring each other to innovate and redefine their voices––and splinter apart when one of them becomes involved in a murder in 1944. Daniel Radcliffe and Dane DeHaan lead an exceptional cast that also features Michael C. Hall, Elizabeth Olsen, David Cross, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Jack Huston as Kerouac, and an almost unrecognizable Ben Foster as Burroughs.
 
John Krokidas received his B.A. in Theater and American Studies from Yale University, where he studied acting before attending New York University‘s Graduate Film Program. He wrote and directed two short films at NYU. His first, SHAME NO MORE played at over seventy film festivals around the world and sold to ten countries airing on such channels as Arte and Canal Plus before becoming part of the short-film collection QUEER AS F**K and airing on IFC and PBS in the United States. His second short film, SLO-MO premiered at the Telluride Film Festival and went on to play Sundance before airing on HBO, PBS and the Sundance Channel. Krokidas wrote and directed a PSA starring Jack Nicholson (JACK AND HILL) for the 2008 Presidential Election that was chosen by CNN as one of their “Best Political Ads of the Year.” And in 2011, Krokidas was chosen by “The Advocate” magazine as one of their Top 40 Under 40. KILL YOUR DARLINGS marks Krokidas‘ feature directorial debut. He was recently named one of Variety’s Top Ten Directors to watch for 2013.

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PIPER-HEIDSIECK And c/o The Maidstone Boutique Hotel in East Hampton Help Sponsor The Hamptons International Film Festival

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TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Sponsors of the Hamptons International Film Festival Kai Rosenthal Director of Public Relations for Champagne Piper-Heidsieck and Proud Owner of c/o Hotels, Jenny...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Jenny Ljungberg Proud Owner of c/o Hotels and TV Host Cognac Wellerlane pose for a photo-op at c/o Maidstone
 
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The Hamptons International Festival celebrated this season with many important sponsors including Champagne Piper-Heidsieck and c/o The Maidstone Boutique Hotel in East Hampton.  I had the chance to interview Director of Public Relations Kai Rosenthal from Piper Heidsieck and Owner Jenny Ljungberg at the Festival.
 
PIPER-HEIDSIECK is a Champagne house from the Champagne region of France. This special champagne was founded by Florens-Louis Heidsieck in 1785 in Reims, the Heidsieck name was combined with the Piper name in 1838. In 1985, PIPER-HEIDSIECK became part of the Rémy Cointreau wine and spirits group.  The company was sold in 2011 to EPI (Européenne de Participation Industrielle), a privately owned holding company of French luxury brands, presided by Christopher Descours.
 
Cécile Bonnefond is now the CEO of PIPER-HEIDSIECK.
For more information please visit piper-heidsieck.com
 
As Proud Owner of c/o Hotels, Jenny Ljungberg owns six landmark hotels and oversees all aspects of her c/o lifestyle brand. Scandinavian Cozy is a term she coined to describe the hotels’ welcoming blend of American ease and sophisticated Scandinavian sensibility. Her hotels offer a comforting mix of environmentally friendly spaces, hi-tech amenities, Old World Charm and Slow Food Restaurants. Jenny’s most recent acquisition, the century old c/o The Maidstone in East Hampton, New York, marks c/o Hotels’ entry into the United States.
Jenny is a third generation entrepreneur whose Swedish family founded the real estate and development business Atrium Ljungberg (formerly LjungbergGruppen). In 1997, Jenny and her father launched Tage Hotels and purchased historic Swedish properties: Grythyttan Inn, established in 1640 and Häringe Palace, dating back to 1657.
 
During her tenure at Tage Hotels, Jenny was responsible for branding and marketing. Additionally, she introduced educational policies and career counseling for all staff. Jenny played a key role in introducing the Slow Food movement to the Scandinavian hospitality industry and continued that trademark behavior when launching the acclaimed ‘The Living Room’ at c/o The Maidstone. This has subsequently become a cornerstone of c/o Hotels. In 2004, Jenny was named CEO of the group of hotels. Three years later, she purchased the family’s company shares and assumed sole control of its hotel portfolio, renaming the brand c/o Hotels.
 
 Born in Sweden in 1974, Jenny moved to the United States with her family at the age of 13. After receiving her primary education in New York, Jenny graduated from high school in Brussels, received a Bachelor’s degree from Tufts University and, most recently, earned her MBA from Columbia University. To supplement her formal education, Jenny received extensive hotel operating experience with the Marriott Hotel organization in Amsterdam, one of the properties owned by her family.
Jenny spends the majority of her time acting as Creative Director of her lifestyle hotel, c/o The Maidstone in the Hamptons, NY, as well as her five other historic hotels in Sweden. When you spot Jenny at any of her hotels, she’ll likely be trailed by her dog, Lexington. She splits her time between Stockholm, New York, the Hamptons and Los Angeles and is constantly on the lookout for c/o Hotels’ next venture.
 
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Director Steven Bernstein Chats with TV Host Cognac Wellerlane About His New Film Decoding Annie Parker At The Hamptons International Film Festival

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Cognac Wellerlane interviews Director Steven Bernstein about his film Decoding Annie Parker at the Hamptons International Film Festival
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Director Steven Bernstein and Carolyn Rodney pose for a photo-op at the Hamptons International Film Festival at the Sloan Reception
 
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Talk Show Hosts Jason Galka and Cognac Wellerlane pose for a photo-op at the Hamptons International Film Festival at the Sloan Reception.
 
 
 
 
 
I caught up with Director Steven Bernstein at the Sloan Reception and had a candid interview with him in the cottage on the grounds of the Maidstone in East Hampton about his new film "Decoding Annie Parker" starring Actresses Helen Hunt, Alice Eve and Rashida Jones.

Director Steven Bernstein is an award-winning cinematographer who began his career in the UK in music videos and commercials, winning the Cannes Golden Lion, with a career spanning three decades whose work on groundbreaking projects includes the multi-award winning feature LIKE WATER FOR CHOCOLATE and the Oscar-winning film MONSTER starring Charlize Theron. As an author, his textbook on filmmaking, FILM PRODUCTION, was the largest selling book about film production for over a decade and has been translated into several languages and is still used in universities around the world. He has lectured at many universities in the United States and the United Kingdom. Steven Bernstein begins production as a writer and director on his next film DOMINION about the life and final day of the poet Dylan Thomas.
 
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