LIIFE†official selections 2003 -2001

The following selections listed are just the ones†taken from the LIIFE website that were listed as shot on Long Island. For the selections shot†elsewhere, the winners and other awards given out please go to†the LIIFE site. Click HERE


VHS 10:30 Minutes Monday, July 14, 2003 4:30 p.m. Block
In this student film, a boy named Samuele never learned to make out. He grew into a serial killing man that uses condiments to garnish his killings. Company: Cult Hero Productions of Fort Salonga, NY. Director/producer/writer: John Torrani. This world premiere was shot in 2003 at a private home in Fort Salonga and at the Fort Salonga Market. Violence.

Beta SP 80 Minutes (1 hour, 20 minutes) Thursday, July 17, 2003 7:00 p.m. Block
A drama/comedy set in the outskirts of New York. Two men, one young, Costa, one middle-aged, Gary, fight for the same girl. Costa is fueled by anger and power while Gary is propelled by lies and deceit, but can a war be won with such flawed motives. Company: NXFLIX of Baldwin, NY. Director, producer and screenwriter: Nicholas Woythaler. This first feature is a New York premiere that shot in 2002 at locations in Baldwin, Jones Beach, Long Beach, Rockville Centre, Hempstead, Long Island City and Greenpoint. Violence, language.

Beta SP 28 Minutes Sunday, July 13, 2003 7:00 p.m. Block
Documentary of the 2002 LIIFE Best Short Film (Video) “Some Trouble of a
SeRRious Nature.” Company: Crusade Fine Arts of Bayport, NY. Director:
Marc Beroza. Producer: Billy Tucci. Screenwriters: Marc Beroza and Billy
Tucci. This world premiere was shot at the 56th Fighter Group Restaurant,
Brookhaven Airport, Republic Airport and in Eastport during 2002.

VHS 12 Minutes Tuesday, July 15, 2003 9:30 p.m. Block
In this short, student film, Franny and Lowell are a pair of 1980’s child actors trying to discover the meaning of Valentine’s Day. Company: HFC Productions of Hempstead, NY. This world premiere was shot in 2003 at locations in Bethpage, Malverne and Hempstead. Director, producer, screenwriter: Steven Tsapelas.

35 mm 80 Minutes Thursday, July 17, 2003 7:00 p.m.
The Blue Lizard will be screening at the Bellmore Movies, 222 Pettit Avenue, Bellmore, NY 11710.
Mobsters and missing money. Who really took the money, and who ends up with it? Company: The Blue Lizard Film Project of Lawrence, NY. Director: Fred Carpenter of Shirley, Long Island. Producer: Leonard Weintraub. Screenwriter: Lee Kolinsky. This film stars Wings Hauser, Clem Caserta, Paul Regina, Donna DeCianni, Charles Sessions and rappers Craig Mack and Kain. This film was shot in 2002-2003. Language, violence. A distribution partnership agreement was signed with Harve Pierre, Vice President of Bad Boy Entertainment.

Beta SP 63 Minutes (1 hour 3 minutes) Thursday, July 17, 2003 9:30 p.m. Block
Civilization’s love affair with the Dog is both ancient and significant. The breeding and “showing” of “Man’s Best Friend,” is very old indeed.
While showing at highly competitive dog shows is glamorous, there lies never-ending hard work, enormous amounts of love and an all-consuming dedication that is difficult to imagine. This documentary puts you behind the scenes, so you can share the excitement and exhilaration of the wonderful world of show dogs. Featuring four top breeders and their dogs from Long Island. Producer: Leslye Abbey. Directors: David Patrick & Leslye Abbey. Filmed in years 2000-2001 on Long Island at Prestigious shows in Old Westbury,the Roslyn Art Center and dog shows at Riverhead, Flushing Park and New York City. Company Snowflake Video Productions, Bellmore,N.Y.

Beta SP 26 Minutes Thursday, July 17, 2003 4:30 p.m. Block
Dr. Phinash, a psychiatrist, holds a session with a patient but is preoccupied with flashbacks of TV interviews, lost and found loves. Company: Studio Art Service of Malverne, NY. Director/producer and screenwriter: Ronald Kuriloff. Shot last year, this world premiere is a first film, which shot in Malverne and Garden City.

Beta SP 45:35 Minutes Wednesday, July 16, 2003 4:30 p.m. Block
The documentary is about traditional martial arts. Demanding and challenging, elegant yet powerful, enlightening and often misunderstood. From stances to spear hands, see what it’s like to train at a karate school. Basics, board breaking, fighting and forms. A day at the dojo. Company: Phaze Productions from East Islip. Shot in 2002. Writer/director/producer: Tom Miranda. This world premiere shot at the Black Pine Karate Dojo in Copaigue and at two private residences. Tom Miranda hails from East Islip.

Beta SP 56:47 Minutes Wednesday, July 16, 2003 4:30 p.m. Block
This documentary gives the viewer a 60-minute look at the importance of farmland preservation on Long Island. The film presents a historical account of the encroachment of development on Long Island’s farmland. Company: Desert Steel Productions & Pacific View Productions. Filmed in 2003. Filmed in Malverne, Old Brookville, Orient, Southold, Aquebogue, Riverhead, Bridgehampton, Sagaponic, Jamesport, Hempstead and Bethpage. This is a world premiere. Director: Glenn Gebhard. Producers: Glenn Gebhard and Mario Congreve. Screenwriter: Frank Turano. Features Hillary Rodham Clinton and Robert Gaffney.

Beta SP 103 Minutes (1 hour 43 minutes) Sunday, July 13, 2003 4:30 p.m. Block
Based on a true story, Fighting Irish, is a well acted, action/drama about one man and his three-year war with an entire biker gang. In the 90s, The Warlords Motorcycle gang were a fixture in the New York nightclub scene. They extorted money from bar owners and basically terrorized the entire nightclub community. This all changed when a down on his luck young man, Sean McCarthy, took the Warlords’ actions personally. Nudity, language, violence. Company: Fighting Irish, LLC in Franklin Square, NY. Director/screenwriter/producer: Ray Daly Jr. of Franklin Square, NY. This first film was shot at Carousel East in Commack, Tower Records in Carle Place, a private home in Valley Stream, a private home in Franklin Square, and at the Alpine Garden Restaurant in Franklin Square. This film was shot in 2002. Ray Daly Jr. won the Best New Talent Award at the 2003 Tiburon Film Festival.

Beta SP 90 Minutes (1 hour 30 minutes) Sunday, July 13, 2003 7:00 p.m.
A tale about a filmmaker’s voyeuristic attempts to blaze a path through the realities of exploitation. Company: Swirly Angel Productions of Oyster Bay. Director and screenwriter: Richard D’Angelo. Producers: Richard D’Angelo, Matt Morillo and Jodi Glassman. This world premiere was shot in 2003 at locations in Freeport, Wantagh, Brookville, Oyster Bay, Huntington, Westbury and Garden City. Language, sexual themes.

Beta SP 119 Minutes (1 hour, 59 minutes) Wednesday, July 16, 2003 9:30 p.m. Block
If “hard-boiled” private eye Frank Lupo can crack a million-dollar department store pilferage case, he can wed his rich, classy girlfriend, Ilse. But things get sticky when he meets Bianca, the lovely and innocent daughter of his chief suspect, the monstrously secretive store janitor. A stalking ex-con, a loony gang of thieves, and the ghost of Frank’s passionately romantic father squeeze him from all sides as he makes a choice between two beautiful women, two sides of himself…and two destinies. Company: Parallax Pictures, Inc. of Northport. Director/screenwriter/producer: Anthony DiFranco. This world premiere shot in 2003 in Oyster Bay, Northport and Centereach. Brief nudity.

Beta SP 7 Minutes Sunday, July 13, 2003 9:30 p.m. Block
A black comedy about a girl who gets pregnant from a freak who is too aggressive on the first date, but wins her over by showing up unannounced with an armful of gifts. Company: Kaleidoscope Pictures from Glen Cove, NY. Director: Christopher Wells. Screenwriter: Dena Michnowich. Producer: Julie Sageer. This United State premiere was shot in 2002 in Glen Cove.

Beta SP 8 Minutes Saturday, July 12, 2003 7:00 p.m. Block
It’s a day in the life, a bizarre comedy about a dysfunctional couple. Fred is a quick-tempered weirdo, and obsessed with his girlfriend of two years, Liz, a mannequin. Language, sexual content. Company: Kaleidoscope Pictures in Glen Cove. Director/writer: Christopher Wells. Producer: Julie Sageer. This United State premiere was shot in 2002 in Glen Cove.

Beta SP 6 Minutes Sunday, July 13, 2003 4:30 p.m. Block
This short film is a mock commercial reel with absurd, fictitious products. Language. Company: Kaleidoscope Pictures of Glen Cove, NY. Director/screenwriter: Christopher Wells. Producer: Julie Sageer. This world premiere was shot in 2003. This film was shot in Glen Cove, NY.

Beta SP 81 Minutes (1 hr. 21 min) Sunday, July 13, 2003 9:30 p.m. Block
A psycho-sexual thriller from writer/director Joseph Parda. Late one night, a mysterious drifter named Jean-Charles wanders down a deserted road when he is suddenly struck by a speeding car. The driver, an overwrought young woman named Erika, panics and takes the injured man back to her isolated country home. Jean-Charles soon becomes immersed in the family’s mysteries and begins to make unsettling discoveries about his host’s histories, as well as his own identity. Company: Animizm Produktions, Kings and Desperate Men Productions and Cinema Image Productions. Shot in 2003. Shot at Jones Beach, Tobay Beach, Garden City, NY Institute of Technology in Greenvale, JHD Productions in Deer Park and at a private residence in Farmingdale.

16 mm 24 Minutes Tuesday, July 15, 2003 7:00 p.m. Block
Bill never has trouble with the ladies. He’s young, handsome, charming and confident. But Bill is a player who’s about to be played. At his co-worker’s wedding, Bill hits it off with Caitlin, the maid of honor. Caitlin has just broken up with her fianc√©e, and she seems to be easy prey, but Caitlin has some plans of her own. Company: Kings & Desperate Men Productions from Hicksville, NY. Director/screenwriter: Matt Morillo. Producers: Richard Barbadillo and Matt Morillo. This film which was shot in 2003 is a world premiere. It was filmed in Stewart Manor, Mineola and Garden City. Sexual content.

35 mm 90 Minutes (1 hour, 30 minutes) Monday, July 14, 2003 9:30 p.m. Block
This thriller is the middle of a three-part trilogy. This section takes place ten years after the kidnapping of Martin Bristol. Taken from a backyard swing at his home at age six, he is forced to witness unspeakable crimes of a deranged madman. For years, Martin’s whereabouts have remained a mystery…until now. Company: Magnetic Media Productions of East Meadow. Director, writer, producer: Stevan Mena. This first feature film is a world premiere that was shot in 2001 at locations in Calverton and Baiting Hollow. Violence.

Beta SP 19 Minutes Monday, July 14, 2003 7:00 p.m. Block
A young woman is being stalked by a man she may or may not know. Her new boyfriend is reluctant to believe her. They leave for a weekend trip and are quickly followed. After escaping the stalker and hiding out in a deserted cabin, they must finally confront him. But he is not who he seems to be. Company: Dark Path Films of Levittown, NY. Director/Screenwriter: Evan Lipsman. Producers: Mike Trentacosti and Gene Licata. Shot in 2000. Shot at J.T. Noone’s Pub in Bellmore and at a residential home in Levittown. Producer Mike Trentacosti is from Massapequa. This is a first film. Violence, language.

VHS 8 Minutes Monday, July 14, 2003 4:30 p.m.
In this student film, a frustrated writer calls his girlfriend’s brother over to his house to make a startling confession. In flashbacks, Dave describes how a recent bout of writer’s block has left him tired and irritable. After turning to drugs as a release, the writer discovers the only way he can stimulate himself is through aggression. Surprise ending. Company: 13 1/2 None the Wiser of Webster, NY. Director/producer/screenwriter: Greg Bellavia. This world premiere was shot on a street in East Meadow and at a private home in Hicksville in 2003.

Beta SP 7:30 Minutes Wednesday, July 16, 2003 9:30 p.m.
A beleaguered newspaper
editor/reporter/photographer/paperboy is bullied into coming up the big story by his abusive boss. This dark comedy explores his desperate state of of mind. Writer/co-director robert snyder stars in the title role. His mother, eleanor snyder, co-stars as his bed-ridden grandmother, ralph edsell, a snyder film regular, plays a tormented actor/friend and howard swengler gives a scene stealing performance as the boss from hell. Winner of the best film award at the 2002 filmmakers connection minifest. Directors: philip and robert snyder. Producer: philip snyder. Screenwriter: robert snyder. This film was shot in 2002 at a private home in lawrence and at locations in the five towns of long island.

VHS 7 Minutes Tuesday, July 15, 2003 9:30 p.m. Block
While on surveillance, a detective discovers that his wife is planning to have him killed. Twists and turns ensue. Director/Producer: Russ Camarda and Dan Brennan. Screenwriter: Dan Brennan. Shot in 2002. Company: Sabrina Films in Association with The Acting Gym. This film was shot at private homes in the Villages of Manhasset and Port Washington. The three-minute version of this film was a top 250 finalist of “Project Greenlight.” It also came in third place in the Filmmakers Connection Minifest. Russ Camarda lives in Lindenhurst.

Beta SP 110 Minutes (1 hour 50 minutes) Wednesday, July 16, 2003 7:00 p.m. Block
In this thriller, the hunters become the hunted. Company: Alexus Entertainment of Manhattan, NY. Director and producer: Ron Sperling. Co-producer and screenwriter: Phil Faicco. This first film is a world premiere that was shot in 2002 in Bellport, Blue Point, Sayville, Patchouge, Mt. Sinai and Pennsylvania. Stars Muse Watson (I know What You Did Last Summer), Timothy Gibbs (Kevin from One Life to Live), Matthew Cowels (City By The Sea), Raynor Scheine (The Rookie), Joe Rigano (Analyze This) and Vinny Villa (Casino).

Beta SP 9 Minutes Sunday, July 13, 2003 2:00 pm. Block
Just when life seemed it couldn’t get any better, Ben announces to his wife and daughter that he is leaving them. Dawn struggles through the crisis while delving into religion, family, friends and the arts to “get her thru.” Company: Nightingale Films of Garden City, NY. Director/Producer/Screenwriter: Dr. Gale Anziano. Shot in December 2000. Shot at Gilgo Beach. This is a world premiere and a first film.

Beta SP 87 Minutes (1 hour 27 minutes) Saturday, July 12, 2003 7:00 p.m. Block
Manhattan meets The Brothers McMullen in this bitterly funny tale of two brothers-one shy and insecure, the other a gregarious cad-vying for the affection of a tough and sexy bartender who harbors a secret ambition only one of them understands. A romantic comedy for people who hate romantic comedies. Company: Sweet Life Productions, LLC. From New York City, NY. Director: Rocco Simonelli. Producer: Roy Frumkes. Screenwriters: Rocco Simonelli and Roy Frumkes. This world premiere shot in 2001, partially in Great Neck, Long Island. Stars: Joan Jett (Rocky Horror Picture Show), James Lorinz (The King of New York), and Barbara Sicuranza (Margarita Happy Hour). Language, sexual content.


VHS 26 Minutes Sunday, July 14, 2002 9:30 PM Block
Lance is about to leave his job again. His girl friend leaves him as a result. Lance feels his only chance to get her back is to come up with some money. Overhearing the grocery store clerk with his best friend, Trip, Lance sees his chance for some fast cash. Will he succeed? This Long Island Epics film was shot in February 2002. Alexander Smyles directs, produces and cowrites this film. Branden Phillips also cowrites. Alexander Symles hails from Dix Hills. This film was shot in Dix Hills, Wheatley Heights and Levittown. Lanuage, violence, drugs.

Beta SP 27 Minutes Thursday, July 18, 2002 7:00 PM Beta SP Block
In Keyport City, information is the highest commodity, and information‚€®theft is the most profitable crime. Working as information thieves, Eva and‚€®Lotto find themselves surrounded by corporate corruption, gangs, and crime bosses. As a single mother, Eva works to provide a better life for her son, while Lotto is trying to find his place in society. With a long-time ‚€®friendship developing into something more, they undertake what they think will be their last job. Faced with temptations of corruption, corporate manipulation, and the threat of skilled killers, they are about to learn the price paid for entering the high stakes underworld of black market information trading. Directed, Produced and written by Christos Chrestatos. Co-Produced by Richard Barbadillo Jr. This world premiere filmed during July 2001 was shot in Syosset, Mineola, Garden City, and Manhattan. This first film by Christos stars Apollo Smile of Drop Dead Rock.

VHS 90 Minutes Sunday, July 14, 2002 2:00 PM Block
Supernatural crime thriller. What began as the documentary of a routine investigation by NYPD Internal Affairs Division Detective Jack Hunter, turned out to be anything but routine. A suspicious fire, evidence tampering, mysterious medical files, missing children. Is this case three years or twenty-three years old? The line blurs as the facts become frighteningly similar. Jericho’s David Sonkin directs and cowrites this world premiere which was shot in Huntington, Brookville and Garden City in 2000. This film stars Dan Lauria (The Wonder Years, Stakeout, Independence Day), Paige Turco (The Agency, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), Chris Lemmon (Just the Ticket, Swing Shift, Knots Landing), and John Shea (Sex and the City, Lois and Clark, Honey I Blew Up The Kid).

Beta SP 66 Minutes Tuesday, July 16, 2002 2:00 PM Block
This first feature film is the bittersweet story about a Hispanic family struggling financially during the Christmas holiday season upon a NY Brooklyn backdrop. Carlo Escobar and Nina Escobar are the parents of two children that are in desperate need to make ends meet. It is especially important during the Christmas season, not only to make the rent, but also to allocate enough funds to provide their children with gifts by Christmas. This Poseidon Productions/Fresh Ink Entertainment project from Bethpage was directed, produced and screenwritten by TJ Collins. This Long Island premiere shot in Hicksville, Bellmore, Levittown, Hempstead, Selden, Patchogue and Brentwood, was filmed during February 2001.

16mm 12:34 Minutes Thursday, July 18, 2002 4:30 PM 16mm Block
An adventure/comedy about a copy and a criminal who kill each other during a high-speed chase. The criminal accidentally winds up in heaven while the copy accidentally goes to hell. Robert Smithline of New Jersey wrote, directed and produced this student film while at Hofstra University. This film was shot on the Hofstra Campus and in Queens. It was filmed in 2001 and is a New York premiere. Language.

16mm 19 Minutes Thursday, July 18, 2002 7:00 PM 16mm Block
This is the story of Stephanie Sullivan, a twenty-two year old woman who has a lot to deal with this Christmas. Between the usual Christmas stresses, final exams, and the burden of looking after her chronically depressed mother, Stephanie really has her hands full these days. Now, her estranged father, whom she hasn’t spoken with since he left her mother for a younger woman, has reappeared. Hicksville’s Matt Morillo directs, coproduces and screenwrites this short film which was filmed at an office building in Mineola, a luncheonette in Garden City, a restaurant in Williston Park and a house in Kings Park. This world premiere was shot in January 2001.

Beta SP 17 Minutes Wednesday, July 17, 2002 7:00 PM Block
Richard Tolbert inherits a ‚€œpet‚€Ě from his late grandmother. If he takes proper care of the pet, then he will inherit her money. What starts out innocent develops into an obsession, an obsession that ruins Richard’s life and marriage. Alan Mackulin directs and writes this short film shot in fall 2000. John Wojslaw produces this film shot in Massapequa Park. It makes its New York premiere and comes to us from Ohio.

Beta SP 15 Minutes Wednesday, July 17, 2002 7:00 PM Block
A man is arrested for the kidnap of a local, neighborhood child. Is he guilty, or is it a case of mistaken identity? Massapequa Park’s John Reidy writes, directs and produces this short film, which was shot in Massapequa and Long Island City during 2002. This film makes its world premiere at the Long Island International Film Expo. Language, violence.

Beta SP 60 Minutes Monday, July 15, 2002 4:30 PM Block
You would have to wonder if Long Island would have become what it is today if not for the invention of the lighthouse. These beautiful beacons have lit a safe passage for ships well over 200 years, contributing greatly to the economic growth of Long Island. This documentary traces the history of Long Island’s lights from the first built Montauk Lighthouse to the lights at the edge of New York Harbor. Narrated by Dick Cavett. Cynthia Younker (Wantagh) and Michael DelGiudice (Bethpage) produce. This film shot in Nassau and Suffolk. This first film premiered on News 12, but makes it’s Long Island festival premiere at the Long Island International Film Expo.

35mm 9:05 Minutes OPENING NIGHT SHORT FILM Friday, July 12, 2002 7:45 PM Block
Two intensely competitive, antagonistic brothers, home after school, are tied up and robbed in their own house. Unaffected by this horrific experience, the boys, more concerned with their own personal conflicts, continue their physical rivalry to a surprising end. Actor Ralph Macchio (The Karate Kid) directs and screenwrites this first film which was shot in Jericho and Syosset in July of 2001. This short film was produced by Andrew Marcus and played at the Sundance Film Festival. Some language. Love Thy Brother can also be seen at the Stony Brook Film Festival on Saturday, July 20, 2002 at 7:00 PM. For tickets or information call 631 632-ARTS or

Beta SP 5:30 Minutes Monday, July 15, 2002 7:00 PM Block
Mother is a story about the never-ending struggle between life and death. Where do you turn to when science and religion fail? Love. This NYU student project is a world premiere, which filmed in April 2001. It was shot in Garden City, Mineola and New Hyde Park. Mineola’s Abraham Roofeh directs, produces and screenwrites this short film.

Beta SP 71 Minutes Wednesday, July 17, 2002 9:30 PM Block
A true American tragedy that illustrates the powers of family, money, greed, and desperation, as three very different brothers reunite at their childhood home to sort out the details of their late father’s will. An original †screenplay by East End resident Joseph De Sane, who produced the film and co-directed it along with fellow East End resident Rune Lind, who also served as cinematographer, Mulligan Farm was filmed in its entirety at locations in Sagaponack, Watermill, and Southampton, NY, in November of 2000.

Beta SP 23:54 Minutes Tuesday, July 16, 2002 4:30 PM Block
Stanley G. Cohen produces this world premiere, which is a first film, which was shot at the Dix Hills Center for the Performing Arts. Laura Wallace-Rhodes directs and screenwrites this project which features clips of Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Barbra Streisand, James Cann, Michelle Phieffer, Beau Bridges and Jeff Bridges. Upbeat Entertainment, in association with Five Towns College and the Dix Hills Performing Arts Foundation, is proud to present “The Music Room”Ě – a series of documentary programs, which will reveal the stories behind the songs of 20th Century American Songwriters. †This pilot production focuses on the music of lyricist/composer, Ervin Drake.†In this episode, Master Pianist and Music Historian, Jim Odrich examines, with Mr. Drake, the genesis of some of his most recorded songs. Their conversation contains personal and candid stories of the artists, including Frank Sinatra, who recorded his song

Beta SP 92 Minutes Thursday, July 18, 2002 7:00 PM Beta SP Block
When Cam becomes engaged, she asks her older sister Diana to plan the wedding. Suddenly everything begins to go wrong, especially the sisters’ increasingly complicated love lives. As the wedding date approaches – and then is cancelled – the characters scramble to adjust to the new configuration of relationships. Language, sexual situations. This Wedding Pictures Production was shot all over Huntington including Touro Law School, Huntington Village and Old Field Road. Screenwriter and coproducer Sharon Jungreis Bowers was originally from Huntington and now lives in South Carolina. Peter Wentworth coproduces and David Leitner directs. Patrick Wilson of The Full Monty and Oklahoma! stars in this romantic comedy shot in 2000 – 2001.

Beta SP 9:45 Minutes Tuesday, July 16, 2002 9:30 PM Block
In this narrative, comic short, a man’s life falls apart after sustaining a nasty paper cut on this ‚€œcancelled,‚€Ě healthcare insurance policy. The protagonist, Walter, argues with a doctor’s receptionist and accidentally loses his middle finger. Walter loses his job, wife, house and finally his sanity. What is left for him to do? That is the surprise. Nissequogue’s William LiPera directs, coproduces and screenwrites. Daniel Brenner coproduces. This film was shot in a medical office near Setauket and at homes in Smithtown during 2001.

VHS 12 Minutes Sunday, July 14, 2002 2:00 PM Block
This film comes to us from Roslyn High School students. When awaking one morning to find that his dreams have taken the place of reality, David finds that living your dreams isn’t the paradise one would expect. Instead, he finds that it is quite confusing and frustrating. In an attempt to return to normalcy, David’s day turns into a perpetual search for his girlfriend, his clothes, and reality. Mike Kleiman and Chase Steinberg direct this film, which was shot at Roslyn High School and houses in the area. Mike Kleiman screenwrites and Josh Cabat produces this film shot in Winter 01-02.

Beta SP 30 Minutes Wednesday, July 17, 2002 9:30 PM Block
Many ayear ago, in a Kingdom by the sea, there lived a Fair Maiden, the sweetest Princess Brianna. She had been cursed since her birth and kidnapped by a gnome named Anwan. The Greatest Warrior in the land, Cullodina, is now on a quest to return the Princess back to her kingdom. For this is a story about love, between a Princess and a Warrior, a story abound with swordplay, secrets, magic and love. This CampHero Productions film was directed and screenwritten by Thomas Viglietta of Lindenhurst. Johnnie Esposito produces this film shot in November 2001 and filmed at Oheka Castle, Planting Fields in Oyster Bay, Caumsett State Park, the Normandie Inn in Bohemia and at Our Lady of Immaculate Conception the Rosemary Farm Estate in Laurel Hollow. Sexual situations.

Beta SP 50 Minutes Tuesday, July 16, 2002 2:00 PM Block
Under the Sun Productions short film, Punk Smooth, comes to us from Long Beach, New York. It is produced by Long Beach’s Gary M. Planken, directed by Taheed of the Bronx and is written by Joe Felix Estevez. If your life evolves around the streets, then it is filled with deception and backstabbing. This tale of kidnapping, ransom depicts violence and hard language. Filmed in 2001 in Long Beach. Sexual violence.

16mm 30 Minutes Thursday, July 18, 2002 7:00 PM 16mm Block
The Broker, a middle aged man is contemplating suicide by jumping into the harbor. Before he can accomplish his goal, he encounters a former anti-war radical Viet-Nam veteran. Surprise ending. Director, screenwriter and producer Robert Sean Miller hails from Eastport Long Island. This film was hot in 2001 in Morgan Park in Glen Cove. Rita Miller coproduces this word premiere.

35mm 13 Minutes Saturday, July 13, 2002 9:30 PM Block
Rusty is a good Samaritan from hell, who insists his help upon an absentee homeowner, after accidentally killing their dog. One good deed goes just a little too far, turning the best of intentions into a disaster. This short comedy which won HBO’s US Comedy Arts Festival is directed, produced and screenwritten by Tricia Nolan. It was filmed at a private home in Levittown and makes its Long Island premiere. Vincent Steves, the executive producer, hails from New Hyde Park. This is a first film.

VHS 29 Minutes Thursday, July 18, 2002 9:30 PM Block
Moratorium is one of the more chilling renderings of The Realm of Never, motivated largely after the September 11th incident and the subsequent outbreaks of biological warfare. It offers a sardonic take on the ‚€œnew war‚€Ě and the ‚€œnew enemy,‚€Ě and if the true enemy were really in the disguise of those doing the protecting and offering the solutions. Food for thought about our world, and the others out there like ours. Commack’s Christopher DelGaudio directs, coproduces and screenwrites this film shot during November 2001 and filmed in Deer Park and Queens. Bob Laria and Vernon Gravdal coproduce.

Beta SP 5:30 Minutes Wednesday, July 17, 2002 7:00 PM Block
While driving her father’s Toyota Corolla, a young girl is baffled when her double appears to be following her‚€¶operating her own vehicle, a Toyota Echo. She investigates the mystery and ends up in a strange, life loop. This film won the Best Story Award at the Filmmakers Connection Minifest in October 2001. Robert Snyder directs and screenwrites, Phil Snyder of Lawrence produces this film shot on the Causeway and Ocean Avenue in Lawrence.

35mm 92 Minutes Saturday, July 13, 2002 7:00 PM Block
Mickey Stern, a wildly na√Įve 17 year old kid discovers magical Fire Island for the first time. There he meets his true love Leah. Mickey wants the American dream to play baseball and stay with Leah, but the Korean War intervenes. Fifty years later, Mickey (Joseph Bologna) still has dreams of playing for the Bronx Bombers. He returns to Fire Island with his best friend Harry (Tom Bosley). There he meets a young woman who bears an uncanny resemblance to Leah and a young man who is a 17-year-old version of himself. This is Mickey’s last chance to right past wrongs, and he has just one week to do it. This film also stars Renee Taylor and Connie Stevens. This film was directed and written by Michael Prywes of Forest Hills (formerly of Old Bethpage and Dix Hills). It was produced by Joseph Bologna, Jason Akel, Victor Erdos and Michael Prywes in 2000 and shot in Ocean Beach, Seaview and Bay Shore. This is Michael’s first film. Returning Mickey Stern can also be seen at the Stony Brook Film Festival on Monday, July 22, 2002 at 7:00 PM. For tickets or information call 631 632-ARTS or

16mm 25 Minutes Thursday, July 18, 2002 7:00 PM 16mm Block
A group of hillbillies find a WWII airplane and decide to try and fly it. Written, directed and coproduced by Bayport’s William Tucci in 2002. Andrew Steffens coproduces this first film shot at the American Airpower Museum, the 56th Fighter Group Restaurant, Bayport Aerodrome, Brookhaven Airport and at Massey’s Duck Farm in Eastport. This is a world premiere.

Beta SP 30 Minutes Monday, July 15, 2002 2:00 PM Block
This documentary is about a school for people that want to become stand up comics. This film takes a behind the scenes look at the process. Two students were chosen and we see them at the start of the class and then five weeks later, when they perform at a show with a live audience. The real focus is to see how the two students use the class as a way to deal with their problems, and channel them into laughter. This is a K.C. Productions film shot in February/March 2002 at the Brokerage Comedy Club in Bellmore and Governor’s Comedy Club in Levittown. This world premiere was directed and produced by Massapequa native, Chris Christensen.

Beta SP 42:30 Minutes Monday, July 15, 2002 4:30 PM Block
This documentary is the project of peace activist Lewis Randa who took up a 33-day, 500-miles journey, pulling a two-thousand-pound granite memorial to Washington DC in hopes of seeing it placed permanently in Arlington National Cemetery. Overwhelmed by worldwide images of civilian massacre, Lewis commissioned a one-ton stone inscribed with the words ‚€œUnknown Civilians Killed in War.‚€Ě Barry Schneier of Holliston, Massachusetts directs and coproduces this first film, which was shot in 1999. Allison Lund and Marty Schneier coproduce this project, which was shot partially in Port Jefferson, Brookhaven, Smithtown, Kings Park, Fort Salonga, Centerport, Huntington, Cold Spring Harbor, Oyster Bay, East Norwich, Greenvale, Roslyn and Manhasset. Muhammed Ali makes an appearance.

Beta SP 12:29 Minutes Thursday, July 18, 2002 4:30 PM Beta SP Block
Enter the doors of the hair salon and meet religion, recipes, September 11 references and hairdo preferences. Centerport’s David Floyd Nesenoff directs and screenwrites this delightful documentary. Nancy Jean Nesenoff produces this film shot at Anthony deFranco Hair Salon and NV Hair Company in Huntington. This Try Films production won a first place Telly Award.†


Beta SP 8 Minutes Sun
day, July 15, 2001 3:30 PM
A young woman tries to resolve her relationship with her kibitzing grandfather who insists on embarrassing her every chance he gets. Left to the audience to decide whether she really makes peace with him during this special afternoon. This won 3rd place at the Filmmakers Connection Minifest this past October. Baldwin’s Bob Grando writes, directs and produces this shot in 2000. It filmed in Baldwin and in Massapequa.

Beta SP 10 Minutes Wednesday, July 18, 2001 9:15 PM
Nicholas Woythaler of Baldwin writes, directs and produces this first student film shot during November 1999. A young man is assaulted and discovers a disturbing secret in his neighbor’s basement. This world premiere was shot in Baldwin.

16mm 15 Minutes Saturday, July 14, 2001 2:00 PM
This well-done, touching student documentary was filmed at Cold Spring Harbor, LIJ Hospital, Finley Junior High in Huntington and West Neck Beach in Huntington during 1999. This first film is directed and produced by Giovanna Chesler of G6 Productions in San Francisco California. Giovanna formerly lived in Huntington and Jamaica Queens. This film won the Gold Plaque for Best Student Documentary at the Chicago International Film festival.

Beta SP 6 Minutes Wednesday, July 18, 2001 7:00 PM
This student film from Exit Twenty Films in Baldwin is directed, written and produced by Nicholas Woythaler. Young women are being stalked, is it what he thinks? This world premiere was filmed in Baldwin, on the Long Island Expressway and on the Long Island Railroad during February and March 2001.

Beta SP 22 Minutes Sunday, July 15, 2001 6:00 PM
When independent filmmaker Kevin Smith was stalked by would-be filmmaker Scott Kramer, it didn’t make headlines, but it did make for an honest, gut wrenching and often painfully look at how Chronic Obsessive Delusional Filmmaker Neurosis changed the lives of six people. What price would a young man pay to make a movie? This short mocumentary film stars Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes (Silent Bob and Jay – Dogma, Chasing Amy, Clerks). Director/producer/screenwriter Scott Kramer, a former Roslyn Heights resident, now residing in Manhattan, shot this film at the Old Westbury Country Club, the Athletes Foot of Wheatley Plaza and at WLIR. Randy Appell also directs/produces and screenwrites this Too Many Nicknames Production. If you’re familiar with Silent Bob, Jay, and Waiting for Anakin, this is a hoot. John Werner (from Rudy Blue fame) also co-produces and acts in this short film, which was shot in September 99 – October 2000. Some language.

Beta SP 24:30 Minutes Sunday, July 15, 2001 3:30 PM
Kilroy Production’s Mike Lennon makes his directorial/producing and screenwriting debut in this comedy about a blue blooded Locust Valley resident named Chumley who finds out that he had been switched at birth with a Chumley from the Bronx. Mike is from Sea Cliff and filmed this first film in Sea Cliff, Glen Cove and Locust Valley. This world premiere stars Patti D’Arbanville (Celebrity, I Know What You Did Last Summer) and former Nassau County legislator John Canning. This was filmed in January to April 2001.

Beta SP 86 Minutes Wednesday, July 18, 2001 9:15 PM
Celebrating a unique way of life in NYC, this documentary takes a look at the life in New York as told through its performers, of Glam Rock, Punk and Drag. Filmed over a three and a half year period, this film explores what an artist needs to do in order to survive in Manhattan. Meet with legendary personalities such at The ‚€œLady‚€Ě Bunny founder of Wigstock and Jayne County who tells her story of being ‚€œgender searched‚€Ě by NYC Police Officers as a transsexual at a time when it was illegal to cross dress. Features actor Donovan Leitch. This Ryanisland Films production is directed and produced by John T. Ryan. It was filmed in1998 – 2001and is a Long Island premiere. Some parts of this film were shot in Garden City. The director is from Ronkonkoma.

35mm 97 Minutes Saturday, July 14, 2001 9:30 PM
This powerful movie is about a boy who, in losing just about everything and everyone he has in the space of a single week, finds himself. When ‚€œL.I.E.‚€Ě director Michael Cuesta and his co-writers show us a suburban world full of charming criminality, innocent perversion and most importantly a depiction of adolescence that neither whitewashes nor condescends. ‚€œL.I.E.‚€Ě is a journey full of surprises that may lead us to question many of our preconceptions and assumptions. Brilliant performances by Brian Cox (Nuremberg, Rushmore, Manhunter) and all other cast members. Rough, hard film (sexual situations, language) destined to make stars of the young actors. L.I.E. makes its Long Island Premiere courtesy of Lot 47 Films. The distributor, Jeff Lipsky, is from Plainview, and Director, Michael Cuesta is from Huntington. L.I.E. was shot in Dix Hills, and was shown at Sundance. It will be commercially released in September. This is an Alter Ego/Belladonna Production. Screenplay by Michael Cuesta, Gerald Cuesta and Stephen M. Ryder.

Beta SP (Shot in 16mm) 90 Minutes Sunday, July 15, 2001 6:00 PM
She’s Charles Bronson in a dress!! This world premiere is the story of Policewoman Marie who becomes a victim of ‚€œSuicide by Cop‚€Ě as she kills a crazy woman threatening to shoot her after a high-speed car chase. Marie discovers that the woman had a toy gun. Marie leaves the force, gets married and her husband gets killed by the mob. Marie becomes a one-woman vigilante against the mob to avenge the death of her husband. Director, producer and screenwriter Fred Carpenter is from Shirley. This film was shot in October 2000 in Long Beach, Lido Beach, Point Lookout, Baldwin, Shirley and Bellport. Language, violence, nudity.

Beta SP 10:30 Minutes Sunday, July 15, 2001 8:30 PM
Written, directed and produced by Joe LaPenna, Meemo is a touching portrait about two people and the love and friendship they’ve shared for more than fifty-five years. Meemo and Janice exhibit a rare kind of love that s not commonly found in today’s society. These childhood sweethearts have enjoyed a long, happy life together and remain the focal point of each other’s lives, as their marriage has generated no children. Their happiness is threatened when Janice is stricken with Alzheimer’s disease, and Meemo finds himself unprepared to face the world without his companion. This Long Island premiere by New York’s Boyd Street Productions was filmed in August 2000. It was filmed at the Long Beach Memorial Hospital, the boardwalk and beach in Long Beach, a private apartment in Long Beach, and at Club Karma in Island Park. Joe LaPenna grew up in Long Beach.

16mm 95 Minutes Friday, July 13, 2001 7:30 PM
This feature film follows Del Richards, a 35-year-old idealistic, underachieving corporate worker who has spent the last ten years of his life writing for American Homework, a trade magazine covering the home improvement field. By his own admission, he’s fallen short of his goals, but things are starting to get interesting. He has started to date a new writer at the magazine, his rapidly deteriorating hippie mother has gotten herself into trouble and Del has to decide whether to help a rival corporation take over Homework. Del’s decision and his handling of the consequences, will test the strength of the values he has espoused his whole life. Mitchell Bard (formerly of Mineola, Greenlawn and Port Washington) of Bayside writes, directs and produces this feature film partially shot in Syosset and Huntington. This film stars Steven Chester Prince (Perfume), Brian Vander Ark (lead singer of The Verve Pipe), Lee Tergesen (Oz, Wayne’s World, Shaft), and Martha Byrne (As the World Turns).

VHS Video 10 Minutes Thursday, July 19, 2001 4:30 PM
Viewed from a distance, the green lawns, smiling faces, and friendly neighbors of tranquil suburbia seem to represent perfection. Just below the surface, drugs, sex, adultery and deception prey on those who say with a smile, ‚€œthe suburbs are perfect.‚€Ě This world premiere was directed by Mike Lleiman and Brian Lieberman. Joshua Cabot produces and Brian Lieberman screenwriters this first film which was shot at Roslyn High School and the vicinity and was filmed in 2001. This was done totally by Roslyn High School students.

35mm or Beta SP 91 Minutes Saturday, July 14, 2001 9:30 PM
This movie starts out at a frantic pace with the miserable Leon, a thirty-year-old paperboy, who talks to Jesus and still lives at home with his unstable mother and dope-addicted brother, Anthony. He’s certainly looking for a miracle and is willing to take a leap of faith when he gets a mysterious letter written in Polish from a crazed customer. Leon and Anthony locate their estranged brother Gary, who can translate this letter’s promise of hidden fortune. You can only imagine what happens when God, money and family madly intersect. Language and darkly hysterical strangeness. The film, shot in 2000, shot at locations in Shirley and Mastic Beach. Roger Majkowski, the director/screenwriter and actor hails from Shirley. Elizabeth Helpern produces. This comedy played at the prestigious SouthxSouthwest and San Francisco Independent film festivals. This first feature is a Long Island premiere.†

16mm 14:30 Minutes Friday, July 13, 2001 7:30 PM
A woman has decided to consciously move forward from her present ‚€œstate of being‚€Ě into the next. She spends her last day in her current ‚€œincarnation‚€Ě on a beach, observing the people around her and their activities, which become a poetic metaphor for the human condition and the transience of life. Kenny Mann, whose company, Rafiki Productions, is based in Sag Harbor, writes/directs and produces the film, which was shot on Sagg Main Beach in Sagaponack. This is a Long Island premiere.

VHS Video 7:18 Minutes Thursday, July 19, 2001 7:00 PM
This short student film from East Hampton’s Vaudeville Productions was directed, produced and screenwritten by J.B. dosSantos and Brian Doyle in November of 1999. This world premiere is a first film. A young woman continually forgives her love for his addiction. He gets deeper into his addiction despite her love. This was shot at a private residence in East Hampton.


ACT OF CONTRITION - †produced, written and directed by Fred Carpenter of Shirley/Floyd Harbor. Shot in Long Beach, Bellmore, Babylon and Stony Brook.

BAYMEN -†Director/CoProducer: Glenn Gebhard. CoProducer: Mario Congreve. The filmmaker, previously from Merrick, shot this documentary in Freeport, Merrick, Bay Shore, Fire Island, Bethpage Village Restoration, Islip and the Great South Bay.

DEADLY SIN -†Written and directed by Fred Carpenter.†This was shot in Baldwin, Merrick, Babylon and Stony Brook.†

DID YOU IRON YOUR DREAMS? -†Lindenhurst native, James Cook, shot this film in Garden City and Lindenhurst.

EDDIE -†shot in Hewlett and Woodmere by Eddie’s son-in-law, Barry Kivel.

FRIENDS AT TWILIGHT -†Written and directed by Rockville Centre’s Joe Marzano. Shot in Planting Fields Arboretum and at a studio in Deer Park.

I’M CONNECTED -†directed by Long Island resident, Fred Carpenter.†shot in West Hampton

MIDNIGHT CONFESSION -†Filmed at various graveyards in Nassau County including Trinity/St. Johns in Hewlett and St. Mary’s Star of the Sea in Lawrence. Camera Person/Producer/Editor Philip Snyder lives in Lawrence. Writer/Director Robert Snyder is also a Long Island native.

NETHERLAND -†John Reidy, a Massapequa Park native, shot this film in Massapequa, Seaford and many other areas in Nassau County.

THE PRETENDERS -†Writer/director Matt Morillo is a Hicksville native. Matt runs Kings and Desperate Men Productions with Richard Barbadillo Jr. This was filmed in Hicksville, Massapequa and in Long Beach.

RAPE -†Shot on the Long Beach Boardwalk. Camera Person/Producer/Editor Philip Snyder lives in Lawrence. Writer/Director Robert Snyder is also a Long Island native

REEL NUTS -†Produced, written and directed by Island Park’s Vincent Lou Cappella,†Filmed on Long Island in Massapequa and Muttontown.

SECOND GENERATION: ITALIAN AMERICAN PSYCHOTHERAPY -†This was shot in Mineola and at Long Beach. Directed, produced and screenwritten by Michael Lupinacci.†

STORM WARRIORS -†Hampton Bays resident, director/producer/writer Tom Garber of Third Wave Films, shot this documentary in Hampton Bays and at the Long Island Marine Museum.

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