This fall from October 21-27, 2013 the Gold Coast Arts Center will present the 3rd annual Gold Coast International Film Festival (GCIFF), and everyone’s invited—again-- for another round of fantastic films, parties, panels, and fanfare! Since GCIFF’s inception, the festival and year-round film series have successfully brought the latest Hollywood hits and Indie favorites to the North Shore of Long Island. Add A-list celebrities and unforgettable events to the mix and it’s safe to say that the GCIFF has quickly gained the reputation of the “go to” Festival for many fans and distributors alike as it’s the last major Festival on the East Coast before award season.
This year, with the help of the GCIFF, greater Long Island will become “Laugh Island” as they shine a spotlight on Comedy with a program of films and events loaded with legendary comedians, writers and actors. The line-up features Susie Essman (HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm) who will be honored at this year’s Annual Benefit Gala at The Space in Westbury on Wednesday October 23rdplus other surprise guests. Other comedy greats include Joe Piscopo (NBC’s Saturday Night Live) and Jackie (The Joke Man) Martling formerly of The Howard Stern Show who will be performing a special event before the festival begins on Saturday October 19th and Paul Provenza (The Aristocrats) who will bring to the Festival his world famous, star-studded presentation of “Set-List, Stand Up Comedy Without a Net” which will include other special guest stars such as Gilbert Gottfried, Elaine Boosler, Mario Cantone and Judah Friedlander on Friday October 25th.
Comedy Writer/Producer Jeffrey Gurian, who is known by everyone in the comedy world, is lead producer of the live events for the Laugh Island program (with a special hand from Peter Rosegarten of The Conversation Company, LTD and super agent Ed Micone of Paradigm Talent Agency). Gurian will also be moderating a panel and hosting the evening for a screening of the documentary “The Business of Comedy”. Additionally, Alan Zweibel, who went to Hewlett High School and rote for SNL and is currently working with Billy Crystal on the feature film version of 700 Sundays, executive producing a documentary mini-series with Steve Carell and David Steinberg and writing a novel titled Offside with Dave Barry. And on the TV screen he will be appearing as a new character in the upcoming season of Curb Your Enthusiasm and in a short film for Funny or Die, will be moderating a panel on Comedy Writing entitled “Short Order Jokes”.
Another special piece to this year’s puzzle will be a performance by Consuelo Costin, who recently appeared on such hit German tv shows as ZDF’s Fernsehgarten and Pro7’s ‘Rockin Berlin’, and whose new album entitled “I’m Just Me” will be released in early 2014. The twelve-song record was carefully constructed by some of the greatest writers and producers working today. From Jorgen Elofsson (Grammy winning songwriter for Kelly Clarkson’s “Stronger”) to Peter Amato ( Phillip Phillips, LeAnn Rimes), and from Anthony Little (Tina Turner, Justin Timberlake) to Kris Bergsnes (Willie Nelson, Wynonna Judd). Her current single, “Here We Go”, is now played by thousands of DJs across Europe, landing her on such major Dance Charts as the German DDC top 50, DDP top 100, and U.K. Newsweek Dance Charts. The video entered the MyVideo.de charts in the #2 position and is currently featured on MTV.de and Viva.tv, to name a few and is being broadcast on the McDonald’s store channel across Germany.
Other highlights of the film festival include famed director Alexander Payne’s latest film “Nebraska”, “Bettie Page Reveals All”, “Blumenthal”, “Send No Flowers” (including a panel with stars Sean Young, Tony Lo Bianco and Gianni Russo on Sunday October 27th), “Stand Clear of the Closing Doors” and “In God We Trust”. This year the festival will also feature a focus on Israeli film (“Big Bad Wolves”, “Dancing in Jaffa”, “Foreign Letters” “The Prime Ministers”). Most noteworthy is that the GCIFF screens many great pre-release films that, in the months to come, will become awards contenders.
From local governments and national brand sponsors to film industry professionals and our growing audience, the Gold Coast International Film Festival has become a valuable addition to the dynamic business and cultural fabric of Long Island. Visit www.goldcoastfilmfestival.org for more information.
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