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TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Founder Regina Gil and Comic Jeffrey Gurian after the Q&A from the Film "A Piece of Work" a documentary about Joan Rivers at the Gold Coast International Film Fest...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Audrey Olsen Lambert Joan Rivers best friend during her childhood at Q&A from the Film "A Piece of Work" a documentary about Joan Rivers at the Gold Coast Internat...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regina Gil Founder and Creative Director poses for a photo-op with TV Host Cognac Wellerlane at The 4th Annual Gold Coast International Film Festival
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Comic Jeffrey Gurian  talks at the Q&A after the film "A Piece Of Work" at  The 4th Annual Gold Coast International Film Festival
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Debra Rothberg at The 4th Annual Gold Coast International Film Festival
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parks Commissioner Neil Leberman and Debra.Rothberg pose for a photo-op at The 4th Annual Gold Coast International Film Festival
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op at The 4th Annual Gold Coast International Film Festival
 
 
 
The Gold Coast International Film Festival is produced by the Gold Coast Arts Center, a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to promoting and supporting the arts through education, exhibition, performance and outreach. An affiliate of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and Partners in Education Program; GCAC is recognized regionally and nationally as a premiere venue and school for art, film, literature, music, dance and drama.

One of the Arts Center’s premiere programs is the Furman Film Series, now presented by the Gold Coast International Film Festival. This celebrated year-round film screening and discussion series features a sophisticated cross-section of powerful and thought-provoking independent, art, classic and foreign films.
 
Film screenings include sneak previews of highly anticipated films prior to their release dates, and Long Island films that would not otherwise be screened in the area. Fascinating post-screening Q&A segments with filmmakers, distinguished film critics and scholars add a unique dimension to the film-going experience, giving audiences rare insight into the film’s subject matter, creative process and the business of making films today.
 
Stretching along the North Shore of Nassau County, Long Island’s Gold Coast has a legendary reputation, immortalized as East Egg and West Egg by F. Scott Fitzgerald in his book, “The Great Gatsby.”
 
In the early 20th Century, this region was the haven for High Society and people of influence. Movie stars, directors, producers, composers and entrepreneurs found their homes and inspiration in the Gold Coast. Charlie Chaplin, Groucho Marx, Alfred Hitchcock, Francis Ford Coppola, Joan Crawford, the Astors, Vanderbilts and scores of industry artists and business moguls were drawn to the gently rolling landscape that dips into the Long Island Sound.
 
Today, the Gold Coast is known for acres of white sand beaches, charming villages, first-class museums, world-class shopping and outstanding hotels and restaurants. It also remains a top tourist attraction and place to live. With its storied history, influence and appeal there’s no denying that the Gold Coast is the perfect location for a top-ranked international film festival.
 
Just a short ride from New York City, Nassau County and the Gold Coast are easily accessible by car, train and the area’s three major airports: John F. Kennedy International, LaGuardia, and MacArthur.
Screenings and events at this year’s festival will take place at the Soundview Cinemas in Port Washington and at Bow Tie Cinemas in Great Neck/Port Washington/Manhasset/Roslyn as well as at other venues including the Gold Coast Arts Center in Great Neck. For the latest information and updates visit www.goldcoastfilmfestival.org

Highlights of this year’s festival included:
·         The world premiere of the new documentary on Pulitzer Prize Winning Playwright August Wilson, with a Q&A with Tony–winning actors Phylicia Rashad and Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Director/Producer Sam Pollard and Executive Producer Darryl Ford-Williams;
·         The Long Island premiere of the Denis Leary-produced firefighting documentary Burn, with a special Q&A after the film with producer Jim Serpico, moderated by Kristin Thorne from WABC 7;
·         A special screening of Zero Motivation, a 2014 winner at the Tribeca Film Festival, with the first GCIFF Screenwriting Award being presented to screenwriter/director Talya Lavie;
·         Kids Film Day at the Gold Coast Arts Center sponsored by AAA. An afternoon of great short films and hands-on art activities for kids of all ages who have the day off of school on November 4th (Election Day). Plus – free pizza and wings courtesy of Anthony’s Coal Fire Pizza;
·         A re-screening of the film Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work, with a panel of very special (and funny!) guests;
·         Long Island premieres including: Match, starring award-winning actor Patrick Stewart, Human Capital, Italy’s submission for this year’s Academy Awards, Mudbloods, about the world cup of Quidditch, the “sport” made famous by the Harry Potter series, Cold Eyes, a South Korean thriller, The Dove Flyer, a coming-of-age story amid the expulsion of Jews in Iraq in the 1950s and You Must be Joking, a laugh out loud comedy.
·         New York premieres including: the comedy Beside Still Water, from Tribeca Films and Paulette, a fun, offbeat French comedy;

·         A special screening at LIU Post of Long Island filmmaker Fred Carpenter’s new film, Charlie Mantle, followed by a Q&A with Mr. Carpenter, and the film’s stars Armand Assante, Sean Young and Robert Clohessy.
 
Great new comedies, dramas, thrillers and short films from France, Israel, South Korea, Italy, the UK and the US.

Plus, on Sunday November 9th as part of our closing ceremonies, the Festival will host a screening of ESPN Films’ When the Garden was Eden, featuring a Q&A with New York Times sports writer Harvey Araton and some very special surprise NBA guests. To coincide with this screening, the Gold Coast Arts Center will be holding an exhibit in partnership with the National Basketball Hall of Fame  featuring vintage jerseys, photographs, signed basketballs and the NBA Trophy.
 
Over the past several years the festival has brought the latest Hollywood hits and Indie favorites to the fabled Gold Coast of Long Island. Add A-list celebrities and unforgettable events to the mix and it’s easy to see why GCIFF has become the “go to” Festival for film buffs (it is also the last major film festival on the East Coast before Awards season).
 
Last year, the Festival honored legendary actor, Paul Sorvino (GoodFellas, Bulworth, The Cooler) with a Lifetime Achievement Award during their Annual Benefit Gala. The Gala also honored Susie Essman, (co-star of HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm) with the Artist of Distinction Award for Comedy. Melanie Lynsky (2 ½ Men, Ever After), Emmy Nominated Actor, Jason Ritter (Parenthood), Sean Young and Robert Clohessy were among others who attended last year's festivities.
 
GCIFF presents sensational events to SRO audiences year-round. Some past highlights include: an exclusive pre-release screening of The Great Gatsby with Baz Luhrmann, plus screenings and events with notable filmmakers and artists Edward Burns, Brian Dennehy, Phil Donahue, Isabella Rossellini, Bill Plympton, Bruce Dern, Joan Allen, Gabriel Byrne, Celeste Holm, Eli Wallach, Robert Klein, Nelson DeMille, Francis Ford Coppola, Eli Wallach, Anne Jackson, Alan King and Kelli O’Hara to name a few.
 
Sponsors and partners of this year’s Festival include long-standing partners the Town of North Hempstead, Nassau County, Douglas Elliman Real Estate, AMC Networks, deluxe, A.L. Sarroff Fund, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP and J.M. Kaplan Fund, as well as The Katz Center of North Shore –LIJ Health Systems, AAA, Samar Hospitality, The Andrew Hotel, LIU Post, The Amsterdam at Harborside, Parker Jewish Institute, LVR, Star Industries, DE Capital Mortgage, Whole Foods, Stella Artois, Limousines Worldwide, WLIW21, New York Women in Film & Television and many others.
For more information please visit http://www.goldcoastfilmfestival.org
 
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The 22nd Hamptons International Film Festival

 
 
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TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews At the Chairman's Reception at the Suna Residence during the 22nd Hamptons International Film Festival. She interviews the cast from Weenies, Wildlike and Learnin...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Actor Mark Ruffalo about his role in the film Foxcatcher as well as Shlomi Elkabetz and Tye Sheridan at the Chairman Reception at the Suna Residence during the Ham...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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TV Host Cognac Wellerlane chats with Hillary Swank at Conversations with at the Bay Street Theater During the Hamptons International Film Festival
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Actor Bill Murray poses for a photo-op at the St. Vincent Premiere at Guild Hall
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Chrisrie Brinkley poses for a photo-op at Conversarions with Hillary Swank at the Bay Street Theater during the 22nd Hamptons International Film Festival
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Actress Hillary Swank poses for  a photo-op at the premiere of THE HOMESMAN at Guild Theater in East Hampton
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Hillary Swank and Artistic Director David Nugent pose for a photo-op at Conversations with Hillary Swank at the Bay Street Theater at the Hamptons International Film Festival
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Director and producer Theodore Melfi and actor Jaeden Lieberher attend the St. Vincent premiere at Guild Hall
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Artistic Director David Nugent with Patricia Clarkson at the Premiere of LEARNING TO DRIVE at Guild Hall
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op at CONVERSATIONS WITH HILLARY SWANK at the Bay Street Theater
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Actor Mark Ruffalo and director Bennett Miller attend the Foxcatcher premiere during the 2014 Hamptons International Film Festival
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Anne Chaisson, Mark Ruffalo, Bennett Miller and David Nugent attend the Foxcatcher premiere during the 2014 Hamptons International Film Festival on October 11, 2014 in East Hampton, New York.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Bruce Greenwood, Ella Purnell and Frank Hall Green attend the Chairmans Reception during the 2014 Hamptons International Film Festival
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Director Oren Moverman and Richard Gere attend the “Time Out of Mind” premiere at Guild Hall during the 2014 Hamptons International Film Festival
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op at the St. Vincent Premiere at Guilld Hall
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
TV Host Cognac Wellerlane has a glass of Chardonay at the Maidstone Hotel during the Hamptons International  Film Festival
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op at the Maidstone during the 22nd Hamptons International  Film Festival
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
From October 9th through the 13th Filmmakers, Actors, Directors, Celebrities and Industry Shakers and Makers attended the 22nd Hamptons International film Festival.
 
I had the pleasure of attending many red carpet events and premieres.  Below are my favorites at the festival:
 
 
ST. VINCENT

About the Film
Maggie (Melissa McCarthy), a single mother, moves into a new home in Brooklyn with her 12-year-old son, Oliver (Jaeden Lieberher). Forced to work long hours, she has no choice but to leave Oliver in the care of their new neighbor, Vincent (Bill Murray), a retired curmudgeon with a penchant for alcohol and gambling. Together with Daka (Naomi Watts), a pregnant stripper, Vincent brings Oliver along on his daily routine: the race track, a strip club, and the local dive bar. An odd friendship soon blossoms between the improbable pair in Theodore Melfi’s charming comedy.
 

LEARNING TO DRIVE

About the Film
 
When her husband of twenty years walks out on her, Wendy Shields (Patricia Clarkson) watches her comfortable life crumble overnight. Struggling to reclaim her independence in New York City, she hits a unique roadblock: she never learned to drive. Her life is forever changed when she meets Darwan (Ben Kingsley), a driving instructor and part-time cab driver on the brink of an arranged marriage. In each other’s company, Wendy and Darwan find the courage to ask for directions, the strength to move forward, and a friendship for the ride. Runner-up for the People’s Choice Audience Award at the Toronto International Film Festival.
 
About the Director
 
IIsabel Coixet’s first feature in English was THINGS I NEVER TOLD YOU, but she first gained international successes with the intimate drama MY LIFE WITHOUT ME. Her other film credits include: PARIS JE T’AIME (2005, with co-directors Gus Van Sant, Walter Salles and Joel & Ethan Cohen), ELEGY (2008, starring Penélope Cruz and Ben Kingsley), YESTERDAY NEVER ENDS (2012, premiered at the International Film Festival of Berlin), and her latest, LEARNING TO DRIVE (2014, starring Patricia Clarkson and Ben Kingsley and which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival).
 
FOXCATCHER

About the Film
With the Academy Award®-nominated features MONEYBALL and CAPOTE, director Bennett Miller turned real-life stories into powerful drama. With FOXCATCHER, he delivers his most stunning and unsettling film yet. Based on true events, the film follows Olympic Gold Medal-winning wrestler Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum) and his revered brother Dave (Mark Ruffalo) as they fall into the orbit of an eccentric multi-millionaire, John du Pont (Steve Carell), with the ambiguous goal of launching Mark to fame and glory. Nothing quite prepares you for
FOXCATCHER, as this riveting stranger-than-fiction tale turns dark and tragic.
 
About the Director
 
Bennet Miller is an Academy Award®-nominated director best known for his two narrative features, MONEYBALL (2011) and CAPOTE (2005). Miller received multiple prestigious nominations for both films. Miller made his feature debut in 1998 with the documentary THE CRUISE, a portrait of New York City tour guide Timothy “Speed” Levitch. The film garnered considerable critical praise and notable awards, including the top prize of the International Forum at the Berlin Film Festival. Miller is also an acclaimed director of television commercials, music videos, and, most recently, he directed short films for The Academy Awards® and for the Democratic National Convention.
 
WILDLIKE

About the Film 
 
A beautiful trek into the stunning Alaskan wilderness, WILDLIKE follows 15-year-old Mackenzie on her first visit to the last frontier. When her stay with ‘Uncle’ takes a traumatic turn, Mackenzie must embark on a dangerous journey through the wilds alone. On her way she encounters another lone traveler (Bruce Greenwood, THIRTEEN DAYS) and together they offer one another something that cannot be found on any map: a chance at salvation. Starring Ella Purnell (MALEFICENT), Ann Dowd (TRUE DETECTIVE) and Brian Geraghty (THE HURT LOCKER),
 
WILDLIKE is a thrilling and taut emotional journey.
 
About the Director
 
Producer, Writer and Director, Frank Hall Green’s directorial-debut feature, WILDLIKE, was filmed in Alaska. It’s produced by Tandem Pictures and Christine Vachon and stars Ella Purnell, Bruce Greenwood, Brian Geraghty, and Ann Dowd. He’s currently producing the adaptation of BOY21 by Matthew Quick to be directed by Lasse Hallstrom; and REMITTANCE written/directed by Joel Fendelman and Patrick Daly. Recently, he produced GHETTO KLOWN, ALLEGIANCE and 1-900-TONIGHT. Frank has an MBA from NYU’s film school. Before NYU, Frank worked in Venture Capital. He’s an alumnus of NYU’s Gallatin School, an avid backpacker and member of Mensa.
 
TIME OUT OF MIND

About the Film
 
George Hammond wakes up one morning in a random ramshackle apartment and is thrown out by the building manager. He has a weeks-old beard and unexplained scratches on his face. He has nowhere to go in particular. He wanders. He is stuck with two minute-to-minute challenges: eating and finding a place to sleep. He is homeless in New York City. Filmmaker Oren Moverman (THE MESSENGER) and star Richard Gere, in a moving performance, wring many heartbreaking truths from this initial premise in TIME OUT OF MIND, a blistering and deeply affecting slice of modern day neo-realism.
 
About the Director
 
Oscar-nominated screenwriter, Oren Moverman is the director of THE MESSENGER (2010) which premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. Co-written by Alessandro Camon, the film was nominated for the Best Screenplay Academy award in 2010 and Best First Feature at the 2010 Independent Spirt Awards. Oren has also co-written notable projects: Todd Haynes’ Bob Dylan biopic I'M NOT THERE, Alison Maclean’s JESUS' SON, Ira Sachs’ MARRIED LIFE and in 2012 LOVE AND MERCY, the Brian Wilson biopic directed by Bill Pohlad , starring John Cusack, Paul Dano, Elizabeth Banks and Paul Giamatti currently preparing for a 2014 release. In 2014 Oren directed TIME OUT OF MIND, starring Richard Gere, Ben Vereen, Jena Malone and Kyra Sedgwick on location in New York City.

GETT: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem

About the Film
This final piece of the trilogy by Israeli siblings Ronit and Shlomi Elkabetz explores the unfolding of a marriage under the jurisdiction of a rabbinical court. Under this law, Jewish marriage may only end if the husband presents a “gett”, a divorce document, to his wife. Calling attention to a male-dominated and sometimes decade-long process, and set entirely in the courtroom, this brilliantly written and acted film reveals the slow dissolution of a marriage between Vivane (Ronit Elkabetz) and Elisha (Simon Abkarian). Balancing the seriousness of what’s at stake with an often-humorous tone, GETT offers a deeply moving take on an otherwise painful procedure.
 
About the Director
 
Shlomi Elkabetz has taught Cinema for over a decade in Israel. Together with his sister, Ronit Elkabetz, he co-wrote and co-directed the award winning, critically acclaimed films TO TAKE A WIFE (Venice, 2004) and SHIVA (Cannes, 2008). In 2009, he wrote and directed the second season of RAN FOURSOME and in 2011 he directed and produced the film TESTIMONY, which premiered at the Venice Film Festival. Elkabetz is the Artistic Director of “Studio South”—the Production Lab of the Cinema South Film Festival.    Ronit Elkabetz is an Israeli-French actress. She has starred in numerous films, including: SHCHUR, LATE MARRIAGE, OR, MABUL, JAFFA, and THE BAND’S VISIT, among others. For some of these roles, Elkabetz has received the Ophir Prize (Israeli Academy Awards). In the past decade, Elkabetz has also participated in various French films, including works by Andre Techine and Fanny Ardant. Together with her brother, Shlomy Elkabetz, she co-wrote and co-directed the award winning, critically acclaimed films TO TAKE A WIFE (Venice, 2004) and SHIVA (Cannes, 2008).
 
tHE HOMESMAN

About the Film
 
Directed by Tommy Lee Jones, THE HOMESMAN is based on the novel by Pulitzer Prize nominee Glendon Swarthout and follows the pious, independent-minded Mary Bee Cuddy (Hilary Swank) as she transports three “damaged” women by covered wagon to Iowa across the American frontier. She soon realizes just how daunting the journey will be, and employs a feisty low-life drifter, George Biggs (Jones), to join her. The unlikely caravan head east, where a waiting minister and his wife (Meryl Streep) have offered to take the women in. But the group first must traverse the harsh Nebraska Territories, marked by stark beauty, psychological peril, and constant threat.
 
About the Director
 
Tommy Lee Jones is an Academy Award winner who made his feature film debut in LOVE STORY and since has built a career spanning four decades. Most recently, he portrayed Thaddeus Stevens in Steven Spielberg’s historical drama LINCOLN. For this performance Jones won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Supporting Actor and received Best Supporting Actor nominations for the Academy Award, BAFTA Award, Golden Globe Award® and Critics’ Choice Award. In 2005 Jones starred in the film THREE BURIALS OF MELQUIADES ESTRADA, which he also directed and produced. THE HOMESMAN is his second full-length feature as director.
 
WEENIE

About the Film
 
Weenie is 16. Weenie wants to go to a party. Weenie has just been grounded. Weenie's mom just doesn't understand. What will Weenie do?
About the Director
Dan Roe is a graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and teaches the 11th grade Media Studies course at Ross School, an experimental boarding school in East Hampton, New York. He is also a cartoonist.

HAMPTONS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL CONGRATULATES THE WINNERS:
 
The Wall Street Journal GSA Narrative Feature Winner
Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem, directed by Ronit Elkabetz and Shlomi Elkabetz
 
The GSA Documentary Feature Winner presented by A&E Indie
The Special Need, directed by Carlo Zoratti
 
GSA Award for Best Documentary Short Film
The Queen, directed by Manuel Abramovich
 
GSA Narrative Short
Tzniut, directed by David Formentin
 
The Victor Rabinowitz and Joanne Grant Award for Social Justice
Virunga, directed by Orlando Von Einsiedel
 
 
The Tangerine Entertainment Juice Award
Little Accidents, directed by Sara Colangelo
 
Zelda Penzel Giving Voice to the Voiceless Award
Virunga, directed by Orlando Von Einsiedel
 
The Wouter Barendrecht Pioneering Vision Award
The Duke Of Burgundy, directed by Peter Strickland
 
Suffolk County Next Exposure Award
Gabriel, directed by Lou Howe
 
And as previously announced:
The 2014 Brizzolara Family Foundation Award for a Film of Conflict and Resolution, presented in partnership with REACT to FILM
E-Team, directed by Ross Kauffman, Katy Chevigny
 
The 2014 Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize
The Imitation Game, directed by Morten Tyldum
 
GSA Documentary Feature Jury
Lilly Hartley, Candescent Films
Stephen Whitty, Chair of the New York Critics Circle
David Rattray, East Hampton Star
 
GSA Narrative Feature Jury
Patrick Harrison, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
Ingrid Sischy, Contributing Editor of Vanity Fair
Bruce Weber, Photographer
 
2014 VARIETY 10 ACTORS T0 WATCH
Kaitlyn Dever, Laggies
Eve Hewson, This Must Be The Place
Dakota Johnson, 21 Jump Street
Lola Kirke, Gone Girl
Zoe Kravitz, X-Men: First Class
Caleb Landry Jones, Low Down
Jack O'Connell, Skins
Tye Sheridan, The Tree of Life
Jenny Slate, Obvious Child
Miles Teller, Whiplash
 
ABOUT THE HAMPTONS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
The Hamptons International Film Festival (HIFF) is a year-round 501(c)3 non-profit organization with events, screenings, film workshops, comprehensive summer programs and an annual film festival each October. The Festival is the premiere film event on New York State's east end, and is an intimate showcase of some of the year's best offerings in contemporary cinema from around the world. With cash and in-kind prizes handed out totaling more than $190,000, HIFF continues to attract some of the best films of the year. Selections from all of our programs continue to play an important role during awards season. 2013 marked the 5th time in the last 6 years that a film at the Festival has become the eventual Best Picture winner at the Oscars, making HIFF the only Festival on the East Coast with such a distinction. In those 6 years, films screened in the festival have received 150 Oscar nominations.
 
The Hamptons International Film Festival headquarters are located at the beautiful c/o The Maidstone Hotel on Main Street in East Hampton.
 
The Hamptons International Film Festival greatly appreciates the support from their corporate sponsors, including Delta Airlines, Altour International, Silvercup Studios, Showtime Networks, A&E Indie Films, The Wall Street Journal, and WNBC New York.
 
For more information about the 2014 Hamptons International Film Festival, go to www.hamptonsfilmfest.org
 
 
Keep reading Cognac's Corner Magazine for the very best in Entertainment in the Hamptons and the Manhattan.
 
 
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"Raise Your Voice", The Ninth Annual African-American Film Festival - October 2-5, 2015

 
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TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Filmmaker Muta'Ali Muhammad grandson of Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee at the 9th Annual Southampton African American Film Festival about his recent film Life's Essentia...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Muta Ali grandson of Actors Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee at the 9th annual African American Film Festival in Southampton, NY
 
 
Southampton African American Museum showcased "Raise Your Voice",  the Ninth Annual African-American Film Festival for four days from October 2nd to the 5th. The celebration of the artistry of African-American filmmakers, actors, personalities, musicians and performers featured a powerful line-up of critically acclaimed, thought- provoking feature films, documentaries, shorts, jazz and spoken words.
 
I had the pleasure of interviewing Filmmaker Muta Ali, the grandson of Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee. We discussed his purpose for producing and directing the film.
 
 
"Life's Essentials with Ruby Dee" featuring Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Alan Alda, Harry Belafonte, Danny Glover was written and directed by Dee and Davis' grandson Muta'Ali Muhammad. The film is an open-letter style documentary in which America's First African American Couple of Stage, TV and Film Ruby Dee & Ossie Davis' rich lives guide their grandson on his personal quest to master lasting love, conscious art, and undying activism.
 
 
With over nine years of experience in entertainment news production for the web and television, Muta’Ali has produced over 125 entertainment news segments featuring recording artists, actors, and executives.
 
Additionally, Muta’Ali has produced seven feature-length documentaries for recording artists under record labels including Def Jam Music, Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group, and Atlantic Records.
Rounding out his range of production experience, Muta’Ali has produced three diverse, pop-culture-focused web series. He has also produced scripted and/or reality-based productions for clients including The Monique Show, Ebony/Jet Magazine, and Delta Community Credit Union.
 
For more information please visit http://www.mutaali.com
 
The 9th Annual African American Film Festival was made possible in part by Suffolk County Motion Picture/Television Film Commission, Suffolk County Community Development, Town of Southampton, and the Village of Southampton.
 
 
 
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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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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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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”
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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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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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
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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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.
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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