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Tocolo Cantina - Long Island's Latest Trendy Mexican Restaurant with A Sophisticated West Coast Flair

 
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Tocolo Cantina Cognac interviews Chef Alexis Samayoa
TV Host and Entertainment Journalist Cognac Wellerlane interviews Owners, Lloyd Rosenman, Coby Rejwan and Chef Alexis Samayoa at Tocolo Cantina Mexican Restaurant located at 920 Old Country Road, Gard...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Tocolo Cantina Cognac Interviews Todd Birnbaum and Samantha Macleod
TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews General Manager Samantha Macleod and Owner Todd Birnbaum at Tocolo Cantina Mexican Restaurant located at 920 Old Country Road, Garden City New York
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Co-Owner Todd Birnbaum and TV Host Cognac Wellerlane pose for a photo-op at Tocolo Cantina Restaurant
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Co-Owner Lloyd Rosenman and TV Host Cognac Wellerlane  pose for a photo-op at Tocolo Cantina Restaurant
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Co-Owner Coby Rejwan and TV Host Cognac  Wellerlane pose for a phot0-op at Tocolo Cantina Restauant
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Renowned Chef Alexis Samayoa and TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op at Tocolo Cantina Restaurant
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Owners Coby Rejwan, Lloyd Rosenman and Todd Birnbaum pose for a photo-op at Tocolo Cantina Restauant
 
 

Long Island is about to turn up the heat! Tocolo Cantina just opened its doors on December 3, 2014.  This restaurant boast an authentic Mexican cuisine with an innovative twist.  This trendy eatery is located in the Gallery at Westbury Plaza (920 Old Country Rd, Garden City).

Renowned Chef Alexis Samayoa, a Brooklyn native with a stellar career, is the executive chef and under his direction Tocolo Cantina will serve refined, modern Mexican and Oaxacan cuisine in a casual and fun atmosphere with a strong emphasis on service.
 
The 98-seat restaurant merges elements of a modern California eatery with those of a Mexican Cantina.  The restaurant's decor is complete with copper walls, encaustic tile, and a hydraulic garage door.  The restaurant is anchored by a lively bar in the center of the room.
 
Chef Alexis Samayoa’s menu is influenced by his upbringing and a career that spans over a decade through renowned kitchens like El Vez, La Esquina (with Chef Akhtar Nawab), Txikito (with Chef Alex Raij), WD-50 (with Chef Wiley Dufresne) and Empellon. His approach at Tocolo Cantina reflects a deep love of food – smells, textures, seasonings and freshness, as well as a devoted skill set most inspired by Empellon’s Chef Alex Stupak and his creativity.
 
Chef Alex Samayoa incorporates both traditional Mexican fare and his own modern interpretations of customary Mexican dishes into the menu.
 
The Guacamole Classico (diced onion, jalapenos, cilantro), Snapper Ceviche (with salsa verde) and Lamb Barbacoa Taco balance traditional ingredients with perfection. Samayoa’s talent working with traditional Mexican techniques and flavors is perhaps most apparent in the Pollo Asado (with mole mancha mantele) large plate.

In contrast, the Guacamole Yucateco (mango, habanero chile, red onion, red bell pepper), Shrimp Ceviche (with Salsa Xni Pec) and Chicken Taco burst with flavor and capture Alexis’s creative talent and modern skills.

The menu’s mix of petite and large plates, as well as its two large communal dining tables, hopes to inspire long celebrations over food.
Since no great cantina is complete without a lively bar and lofty cocktail program, Tocolo Cantina promises to deliver the best margaritas and sangrias around. The cocktail menu will offer a large selection of specialty drinks, as well as traditional Mexican tequilas, mezcals and beers. Signature cocktails include the “Grilled Lime Margarita”, made with Lunazul Silver tequila, muddled grilled limes, agave and Grand Marnier in a mezcal rinsed glass and the “Autumn Margarita”, featuring Herradura Reposado, cranberry jam, pomegranate, fresh lime in an allspice rimmed glass.
 

The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner daily.
 
For more information please visit  www.tocolocantina.com
 
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Mario Cantone Performs His One Man Show At The Space At Westbury

 
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The Space at Westbury Cognac Interviews
TV Host/Entertainment Journalist and Columnist For The LongIslandExchange.com interviews Actor/Comic Mario Cantone and Executive Director Bruce Michael at The Space At Westbury
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Executive Director Bruce Michael poses for a photo-op  in the Green Roon at the Space at Westbury on Saturday November 22, 2014
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Star of Stage and Screen Mario Cantone poses for a photo-op in the Green Roon at the Space at Westbury on Saturday November 22, 2014
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Space was established as the Westbury Movie Theater on November 10, 1927. The theater opened its doors to an audience that marveled at the beauty of its Tudor style inspired auditorium. The film feature was "Hula" starring Clara Bow on opening night. On the stage, The University of Maryland Collegian's Band thrilled the audience with a spectacular performance. On Friday, November 11, 1927 to celebrate Armistice Day, "Beau Geste" starring Ronald Coleman was screened.
 
 
The Westbury Theatre was one of six theaters built by Salvatore Calderone in Nassau County, Long Island.
 
 
 
The theater flourished as a single screen house until it was twinned in the late 1970's. As patronage decreased, the theater soon closed its doors.
 
Eight years ago Cyrus Hakakian and his partners saved the Westbury Theater from demolition. After viewing the magnificent space, he was determined to preserve the grandeur of the original theater while re-purposing the facility to accommodate all aspects of contemporary entertainment. With the installation of state of the art lighting and sound systems combined with flexible seating plans, the Westbury Theater now enters a new chapter of its illustrious history as The Space at Westbury.  
 
 
The magic begins the moment the audience sees the spectacular LED marquee gracing the outstanding new facade. A graceful tower provides downtown Westbury with an architectural landmark as theatrical glamour returns to Post Avenue. The excitement extends to the theater's south side on Winthrop Street with a new double story valet grand entrance. As the audience enters the portal with its soaring ceilings while immersed in the glow of magical lighting it is apparent that every detail has been considered to make a visit to The Space at Westbury a most memorable experience.  
 
 
Each week there are three new performances by talented recording artists, music groups and A-listers. 
 
 
This past week Star of Stage and Screen Mario Cantone performed his One Man Show, Mario Cantone's Swings Both Ways. I had chance to chat with Mario about his passion for performing and his childhood dreams of acting on the stage.Mario Cantone, the celebrated New York stage actor and stand-up comedian gained critical acclaim with his Tony-nominated one-man show Laugh Whore, from its appearance at the Cort Theatre on Broadway to the Showtime special. The previous theatre season saw Cantone starring in the Tony-winning Assassins by Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman. Both of hit shows were directed by four-time Tony-winner Joe Mantello.  
 
 
An accomplished stage actor, Cantone has appeared on Broadway in the role of "Buzz" in Terrence McNally's award-winning dramatic comedy, Love! Valor! Compassion! and "Stephano" in Shakespeare's The Tempest at the Public Theater.He starred in the June release of Sony's animated film, Surf's Up, and appeared in the hilarious film The Aristocrats. On television, Cantone can currently be seen as Anthony, Charlotte's wedding-planner-with-attitude, now that HBO’s Sex and the City is in syndication on TBS, E and many other stations. As well as the Sex and the City movie franchise. On Comedy Central, Cantone's performances have been featured on The USO Comedy Tour, Chappelle's Show, and various other network specials. Cantone has performed his irreverent stand-up comedy at a wide range of venues, including Carnegie Hall, where he warmed up jazz great Shirley Bassey, to performances at Atlantic City’s Borgata and Atlantic Club, Headlining at Gotham Comedy and Caroline's on Broadway. Over the years his routines have included musical parodies of Judy Garland, Jim Morrison, Peggy Lee, Bruce Springsteen and Liza Minnelli. 
 
 
 
Cantone got his start hosting the local New York children's show Steampipe Alley, where the comic slipped in sly pop culture innuendo that adults could enjoy. His other television credits include appearances on Late Night with David Letterman, Jimmy Fallon, Oprah, Martha, The Today Show, and through out it’s 15 year run, multiple appearances on ABC’s The View.
 
 
For more information please visit http://www.mariocantone.com
 
 
 
I also had a chance to talk with Bruce Michaels who was the Creative Producer for the Radio City Rockettes for fifteen years before undertaking the position of Executive Director at the Space at Westbury. 
 
 
For more information about the Space at Westbury please visit http://thespaceatwestbury.com
 
 
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Ribbon Cutting For The New Long Island Cares, Inc,. - The Harry Chapin Food Bank and Humanitarian Center

 
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Long Island Cares Interviews
TV Host and Entertainment Journalist Cognac Wellerlane interviews Chief Executive Office Paule T. Pachter and Government Affairs & Veteran Services Manager Michael W. Haynes at the ribbon cutting for ...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Chief Executive Officer Paule T. Pachter and TV Host Cognac Wellerlane pose for A photo-op at The Long Island Cares Ribbon Cutting Ceremony in Huntington, LongIsland
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
A ribbon cutting for the new Long Island Cares, Inc,. - The Harry Chapin Food Bank and Humanitarian Center took place  on Friday, November 14th at 10 am at 220 Broadway in Huntington Station.
 
At Long Island Cares, the organization strives to not only meet the immediate need for emergency food relief on Long Island, but also to eliminate the underlying root causes of hunger itself.
A year-round resource, Long Island Cares opened The Harry Chapin Food Bank in February 1980.
 
The Food Bank receives, warehouses and distributes millions of pounds of donated and purchased food to the needy population of Nassau and Suffolk Counties, New York, via hundreds of member agencies: food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, group homes, day treatment facilities, senior nutrition sites and day care centers. In addition to the network of agencies supported through the Harry Chapin Food Bank, Long Island Cares helps get food and assistance into the hands of those in need.

Food Drives are a big part of what we do.  They are the source for much of the more than eight million pounds of food we distribute each year. The best part? Food Drives are simple, fun, and a rewarding experience.  We offer many free tools to help make yours successful. Complete the quick registration form linked below for access to our official food drive boxes, large color posters, and pickup service.
 
Looking for a donation drop off site in your area?  They have over 100 across Nassau &  Suffolk County.
 
Donation Drop Off Centers
 
The holidays are coming!  Beginning November 10, 2014, all food donations brought to Long Island Cares headquarters in Hauppauge this holiday season will be accepted at the back door of the building.  Thank you for your cooperation!
For more information please visit http://www.licares.org

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Owners Matthew LaPorte and Donnie Klang Are Back Together For Their New Venture The Loft Sound Studio

 
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TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Owners Matthew LaPorte and Donnie Klang at The Loft Sound StudioA Professional Recording Studio And Artist DevelopmentProduction Company
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Owners Matthew LaPorte and Donnie Klang pose for a photo-op with Publicist Rick Eberle at The Loft Sound Studio
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Owners Matthew LaPorte and Donnie Klang pose for a photo-op with TV Host Cognac Wellerlane at the Loft Sound Studio
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
For those of you that are curious about what the Loft Sound Studio is let me enlighten you.
 
 
 
The Loft Sound Studio is a state of the art music development company currently with one facility located in Long Island, New York. Are you an aspiring singer, songwriter, producer, etc? The Loft Sound Studio offers programs for beginners to professionals. Looking to record your original music demo, EP, or album? They offer original music production.
 
Looking to record a cover song? Or a YouTube video? Or a full length professional industry quality music video? they do it. Need photography? Or perhaps you are just looking to get started or improve your talents with some vocal / instrumental lessons? Or maybe you want vocal lessons that are less boring and more catered to your desired style of music? The Loft Sound Studio is right for you. Donnie Klang, the P Diddy protege and MTV Making The Band Season 4 and 5 Winner, who was once signed to Sony Music by Beyonce's father Matthew Knowles, has proven himself not only a hit maker, but a star maker - both before the age of 30.  
 
 
 
You may know him from TV, radio and his tours across the country with people like Jason Derulo, but Donnie - alongside his producing partner and best friend Matt LaPorte - is also part of the next generation of music impresarios who, with the help of their talent at performing and also at producing, are working on saving the business. Proving their star potential on both sides of the ball so to speak - to use a sports metaphor - Matt and Donnie have hit instant success as producers; finding and developing pop sensation Madison Beer and landing her a deal with Justin Bieber and Scooter Braun. Since then, the team has spent time getting artists on shows like X Factor and having their "next big thing" Justin Johnes on this year's The Voice Season 7. They have also created and are developing a girl band known as The Janes who will be making their debut this winter, and are representing the beautiful songstress Marisa Ann, who will be performing tonight, Thursday October 30th at 8pm at Revolution Bar and Music Hall in Amityville, NY on tour with Aaron Carter."Our business is finding and helping to sculpt and create the next generation of superstars" says Donnie Klang, and they are encouraging artists, managers, agents, labels and media to reach out to discuss future collaboration by emailing theloftsoundstudio@gmail.com. 
 
 
 
For more information on The Loft Sound Studio, please visit: www.theloftsoundstudio.com  
 
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The 4th Annual Gold Coast International Film Festival

 
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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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Gold Coast Intl Film Fest Cognac Interviews Audrey Olsen Lambert
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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Temple Emanu-el proudly presented Woody Allen's "Don't Drink the Water" Starring Helen Proimos

 
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TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Actress Helen Proimos backstage at Temple Emanuel for Long Beach Theater Guild's proudly presents "Woody Allen's Don't Drink The Water" starring Actors Steve Brus...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Actress Helen Proimos poses for a photo-op after Temple Emanu-el proudly presented Woody Allen's "Don't Drink the Water"  Starring Helen Proimos in Long Beach New York
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Actor Brandon Hannan and TV Host Cognac Wellerlane pose for a photo-op after Temple Emanu-el proudly presented Woody Allen's "Don't Drink the Water"  Starring Helen Proimos
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Actress China Garay, Beauty Pagent Winner Ms, NY Senior America Gayle King and TV Host Cognac Wellerlane pose for a photo-op after after Temple Emanu-el proudly presented Woody Allen's "Don't Drink the Water"  Starring Helen Proimos
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Cast of  Woody Allen's "Don't Drink the Water" 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
On November 8, 2014 Long Beach Theatre Guild and Sisterhood of Temple Emanu-el proudly premiered Woody Allen's "Don't Drink the Water," in Long Beach Long Island.

The synopsis of the story takes place somewhere behind the early 1960s cold-war iron curtain.  The Hollander family create an international spying incident when Walter photographs a sunset in a sensitive region. In order to stay out of prison, the Hollanders take refuge in the American Embassy, which is temporarily being supervised by the absent Ambassador's diplomatically incompetent son, Axel.
 
Star and Leading Lading Helen Proimos is a SAG/AFTRA actress, singer and performer. Helen enjoys working in the theater on stage and in films. Some of her latest theater credits include Mae Peterson in "Bye Bye Birdie," Mrs. Strakosh in "Funny Girl" and now Marion Hollander in "Don't Drink The Water" by Woody Allen. She has had roles in many award winning independent films. She was Anne Heche's horseback riding stunt double on the soap, "Another World." Helen performed with a doo-wop group opening for The Platters and other notables. Helen's latest film was the lead role she had in the film "Taught To Hate." The controversial film received many accolades and  prestigious awards both nationally and internationally. Aside from festivals, this film has been shown and discussed in schools and communities to help stop hate crimes and bullying. Her new project  is portraying a young Eddie's mom in the 2015 staged musical of Two Tickets To Paradise starring recording artist, Eddie Money.
 
Helen Proimos can be seen on her new TV show "Stage And In Between Screen With Helen" on Cablevision every Monday night in Nassau County on Channel 115 at 10 PM, Hauppauge/Brookhaven area - Fridays, Channel 20 at 6:30 PM and in Riverhead -  Wednesdays, Channel 20 at 10 PM.
 
For more information pleae visit Helen at Facebook/Helen Proimos and Facebook/Stage Screen and In Between with HELEN.
 
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TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Owner Janet Lehr at Vered Art Gallery during the Hamptons International Film Festival
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
During the Hamptons International Film Festival I was invited to an art showing at Vered Art Gallery in East Hampton by Katlean De Monchy.

I found several interesting exbibits see below:
 

Colin Christian: Cosplay

Vered Gallery is pleased to present Cosplay, an exhibition of new art work by renown sculptor Colin Christian. This eagerly awaited exhibit will be the artist's first solo show in the US in three years. Cosplay, short for "costume play" is the inspiration for Christian's newest series of work. In Cosplay, Christian enthusiastically tackles the monumental task of reimagining some of the most iconic characters from film, literature and pop culture.
 
BERT STERN b.1929

Photographer Bert Stern spent three sessions with Marilyn Monroe shooting for Vogue Magazine in Los Angelos' Hotel Bel-Air in late June 1962, six weeks before her the great star's death. These sessions produced extraordinarily beautiful and unique images of Marilyn.

Bert Stern's career exemplifies the concept of the commercial photographer as a cultural hero. Money, power, and celebrity have made him almost as much of an icon as the famous faces he has photographed. He has become the prototype of the fashion photographer as the embodiment of glamour.

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The 22nd Hamptons International Film Festival

 
 
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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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Dining at Jedediah Hawkins Inn is a truly marvelous experience.  Chef Craig Atwood's culinary experience and expertise in creating delicious edible dishes was a delight and truly a treat to experience.

Surrounded by 22 acres of fragrant gardens and farmland, Jedediah Hawkins Inn is a luxurious North Fork boutique hotel, celebrated for its history, genuine hospitality, good food and good wine. Here you will want to stroll the gardens, enjoy a glass of wine in the gazebo or enjoy the surrounding vineyards, farms and beaches of the North Fork.

Captain Jedediah Hawkins built his home in 1863 in the popular Italianate style, complete with ornate architectural features and a belvedere. It was one of the finest residences on the North Fork. After having fallen into disrepair and becoming “haunted”, the house was saved from the wrecker’s ball and meticulously restored. The Inn, a cozy blend of traditional and contemporary design, reopened with a Decorator Show House. The New York State Historic Preservation Award confirms JHI’s investment in the community’s heritage and rejuvenation.

For information about dining and staying at this charming boutique hotel and inn please visit http://www.jedediahhawkinsinn.com/

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