Paul Sorvino Honored at Third Annual Gold Coast International Film Festival
From October 21-27, 2013 the Gold Coast Arts Center in collaboration with the Town of North Hempstead presented the 3rd annual Gold Coast International Film Festival (GCIFF), and everyone was invited-again-to join in on the fantastic films, parties, panels, and fanfare! The festival has brought the latest Hollywood hits and Indie favorites to the Gold Coast of Long Island. Add A-list celebrities and unforgettable events to the mix and GCIFF has become the "go to" Festival for film buffs as it is the last major film festival on the East Coast before Awards season.
This year, the festival honored legendary actor Paul Sorvino (GoodFellas, Bulworth, The Cooler)- in the picture above- with a Lifetime Achievement Award on Wednesday, October 23 during the Annual Benefit Gala at the brand new venue: The Space at Westbury. The Gala also honored Susie Essman, (co-star of HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm) with the Artist of Distinction Award for Comedy, assisted by our head of comedy Programming Jeffrey Gurian. From across the "pond" young British actress Bonnie Wright (of the Harry Potter film series), Melanie Lynsky (2 ½ Men, Ever After) and Emmy Nominated Actor,Jason Ritter (Parenthood) also attended the festival as did Countess LuAnn from The Real Housewives of NYC, Consuelo Vanderbilt Costin and other celebrities.
GCIFF once again offered up a slate of fresh, exciting films including:
Nebraska- starring Bruce Dern, from acclaimed director Alexander Payne. A Cannes winner and already getting Oscar buzz.
The Face of Love- a romantic drama starring Annette Bening and Ed Harris, direct from the Toronto Film Festival.
The Prime Ministers- Long Island Premiere. Based on the bestselling book by Ambassador Yehuda Avner, who will attend for a Q&A and book signing on Sunday, October 27th.
Teddy Bear- a dark comedy featuring David Krumholtz, Melanie Lynsky, Jason Ritter and Ned Beatty. Q & A with Lynsky and Ritter after the screening.
Send No Flowers- a mob action drama. Q & A with stars Sean Young, Gianni Russo and Jackie Martling on Sunday, October 27th.
Comedy Warriors- a documentary about wounded Iraq/Afghanistan vets who work with A-List comedians, Zach Galifianakis, B.J Novak, Bob Saget and Lewis Black help them tell their stories with humor. Q & A with the director/producer John Wager and Warrior Joe Kashnow along with other Warriors performing stand-up for the audience.