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21st Long Island International Film Expo​

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Actor Sal Rendino poses for a photo-op with TV Host Cognac Wellerlane at the 21st Long Island International Film Expo

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Film and TV stars and guests gathered at this year’s Long Island International Film Expo. Film veteran Danny Aiello was honored with a lifetime achievement award, Ronkonkoma’s Chris Roach (CBS’ “Kevin Can Wait”) was presented with Rising Star Award and Bronx-born Kevin Brown (Dot Com on NBC’s “30 Rock”) hosted both the closing-night party and the awards ceremony. Other cast and crew responsible for some of the festival’s 147 short and feature films attended the 21st Long Island International Film Expo.

The Long Island International Film Expo continues to offer panel discussions and workshops, most of them geared toward emerging filmmakers. The Expo’s Director’s Audition Panel, encourages actors get seven minutes to make an impression on a group of working filmmakers

I was lucky to interview many of the filmmakers and honorees including Actor Danny Aiello about their accomplishments.

Below is a list of the films and filmmakers that I Interviewed:

Title of Film: Beneath

Category: A short, A woman directed film, A first time director film

Director: Lindsay Serrano

Producer(s): Lindsay Serrano, Manny Serrano

Writer(s): Lindsay Serrano

Runtime of Film: 9 minutes and 54 seconds

Synopsis

After a girl discovers that her boyfriend uploaded a private video of them, that she did not know he recorded, she seeks revenge with the help of an old and unexpected friend…

Title of Film: College Senior

Category: A short

Director: Nicholas James D’Agosta

Producer(s): Nicholas James D’Agosta

Writer(s): Nicholas James D’Agosta

Runtime of Film: 27:04

Synopsis

Jerry can no longer bear the boredom of his life as a senior citizen. When all hope seems lost, he stumbles upon an advertisement for a college, and becomes a college student for the first time in his life, hoping to live life to the fullest. What can these students learn from Jerry, and what can he learn from them?

Title of Film: The Dogfather: A Day in the Life of an Ex-Mafia Enforcer Turned Animal Rescuer

Category: A short, A documentary, A first time director film, Webisode/New Media project

Director: Brian Doochin

Producer(s): Nowhere Men – Brian Doochin, Alex Portera, Eric Messinger

Writer(s): Nowhere Men – Brian Doochin, Alex Portera, Eric Messinger

Runtime of Film: 9 minutes, 54 seconds

Synopsis

James Guiliani was an enforcer for the Gambino crime family, until he found an abused shih tzu in the street that melted his heart. Now, he runs his own self-funded animal sanctuary in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, dedicating his mafia-style intensity to saving NYC animals that, just like him, had a tough start and were otherwise given up on.

Title of Film: Hungry

Category: A short, A woman directed film

Director: Jillie Simon, Thomas Simon

Producer(s): Jillie Simon, Thomas Simon

Writer(s): Jillie Simon

Runtime of Film: 20 minutes

Synopsis

An idealistic grade school teacher has a fear of speaking up in public (other than in front of her kids). But when she finds out that children in her school are going hungry, it compels her to do things she wouldn’t have thought she could do.

Title of Film: It’s Called Love

Category: A music video

Director: Stephen William Tenner

Producer(s): Stephen William Tenner and Roseann Sureda

Writer(s): Roseann Sureda

Runtime of Film: 4:19

Synopsis

The longings of ones heart in the quest of pure loves true embrace. Reminiscent of simpler times when Courtship, Romance, Passion, and Purity were at the forefront of True Love.

Love & Everything in Between

July 14 @ 3:45 pm - 5:45 pm

Title of Film: Love & Everything in Between

Category: A feature (60 minutes or greater), A Long Island Film

Director: Jeremiah Kipp

Producer(s): Ginnie Kearns, Ned Dougherty, Michael Dougherty, Tom Leddy, Peter Mancuso

Writer(s): Michael Dougherty

Runtime of Film: 1 hour and 41 minutes

Synopsis

Two families meet and become intertwined in love relationships in the Hamptons. Their choices are put to the test after a Hamptons July 4th party ends with a sexual assault, what unravels is ‘LOVE & EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN’

Title of Film: Mortal Wounds

Category: A short

Director: Dale Arroyo

Producer(s): Neil Holland & Sibyl Reymundo-Santiago

Writer(s): Neil Holland & Leon Hendrix III

Runtime of Film: 13:41

Synopsis

Glover is a precise and clinical hit man for the Russian Mafia. Weary of his work and ready to start a new life, he arrives at his latest job only to find a competing killer has come for the same target. Now stuck battling with Bea, a fiery self-made woman, he finds that in order to move forward he must let go of his past.

Title of Film: Pickings

Category: A feature (60 minutes or greater)

Director: Usher Morgan

Producer(s): Usher Morgan, Katie Vincent, Louis Obioha

Writer(s): Usher Morgan

Runtime of Film: 103 min

Synopsis

“When a short-tempered mobster and his gang of thugs try to shake down a neighborhood bar, they’re soon confronted with the wrath of its owner – a mysterious southern mother with a dangerous past.”

Title of Film: Playing Dirty

Category: Webisode/New Media project

Director: The Clark Brothers

Producer(s): Kiki Swinson

Writer(s): Wes Clark, Kiki Swinson

Runtime of Film: 25 mins

Synopsis

Playing Dirty follows the life of a money driven, female attorney with a coke habit, who finds herself on the run from the law and the mafia as a result of her corrupt and unconventional past.

Other Info:

Crime Drama

My film is a WORLD premiere

Filmed in Queens, Filmed in Nassau County

Strong Simulated sex, Violence

LIIFE Alumni: 2006 The Trade Off Winner of audience choice award 7 To Seven 2012

Title of Film: SIJI:DRIVER

Category: A feature (60 minutes or greater), A first time director film

Director: David Chai

Producer(s): Joe Wang

Writer(s): David Chai

Runtime of Film: 87 min

Synopsis

After a driver rescues a passenger from an abusive boyfriend, he discovers she is a human trafficking victim. But in order to free her, he must give up the thing he loves the most.

Congratulation to all the Winners:

Long Island International Film Expo – 2018

Technical Award Winners

Scriptwriting Winners

Acting Award Winners

Best in Film Winners

Technical and Special Acting Award Winners

Best Cinematography

Son to Son – Kevin Garrison

Best Editing

Swiped Right – Dana Marisa Schoenfeld

Best Original Score

SIJI: Driver – Tasos Eliopoulos

Best Art Direction

Son to Son – Todd Jeffrey

Best Original Song

Swiped Right – Travis Elliott – Miles Away

When a film in the technical award competition has the perfect integration of

technical elements in three categories, and we consider that our Triple Play

Winner. This does not happen every year, but it has in 2018.

Triple Play Winner for:

Best Cinematography – Sandbox – Eddie Lebron

Best Editing – Sandbox – Eddie Lebron

Best Original Score – Sandbox – Chris Lott

Best Actor

Kill AL – Anthony Grasso

Best Actor Honorable Mention

Mortal Wounds – Neil Holland

Best Actress

Sandbox – Nadia Levin

Best Supporting Actor

Mortal Wounds – Clark Middleton

Best Supporting Actress

Swiped Right – Stephanie Weppler

Nominees and Winners in Best Film Categories – Winners are

Bolded and Marked with *

Nominations for Best Documentary Film

John Hemmer & The Showgirls

*Alex

Hatom

Always a General

Out of the Shadows: Negro Baseball

Honorable Mention:The Dogfather

Nominations for Best Feature Film

Pickins

Block Island

Love & Everything in Between

One Bedroom

One Life To Give

*SIJI: Driver

Nominations for Best Foreign Feature Film

*Elvis Walks Home

Kupal

Torments of Love

Jamaica Man

Nominations for Best Animation

*High Intensity

Sprout

Blows in the Wind

Collision Course

Brightside

Nominations for Best Music Video

Emoji Song

Me The Force

*Freedom ‘Fighter

Shut Up I'm On a Roll

White Rapper

Your Letter

Nominations for Best Webisode

Luber

*Playing Dirty

The Reunion

Nominations for Best Foreign Short

Deep Storage

Hot Girl

(Out)Caste

AINHOA

Welcome to the World

*2 Strangers Who Meet 5 Times

I See A Woman

Nominations Best Short

The Dollmaker

Rainmaker

Truce

I Got A Call Back

*The Son the Father

The Prime

As It Seems

Kill Al

3 minutes

Nominations for Best Long Island Film

To Kill A Cat

A Thousand Words

The Museum of Lost Things

Awakening

The Perfect Fit

The Eye

Mortal Wounds

*Poughkeepsie

Handle With Care

Nominations for Best Student Film

*College Senior

The Adventures of Penny Patterson

Brightside

Do Not Lose

Follow Me

Limbo

Nomination for Best Comedy

Handle with Care

*One Bedroom

Sexual Healing

Swiped Right

I Got a Call Back

Honorable Mention: To Kill a Cat

Audience Choice – Feature – *Dinosaur/Honor Amongst Men

Audience Choice – Documentary – *Free Advice

Alan Fortunoff Humanitarian Film Award - *Always a General

Nominations for Best Story

Deep Storage

Kupal

*Museum of Lost Things

The Doll Maker

2 Strangers Who Meet 5 Times

Elvis Walks Home

The Sandbox

Nominations for Best Director – Short

*As It Seems – Nancy Menagh

3 Minutes

Kill AL

Dollmaker

The Son The Father

Mortal Wounds

Nominations for Best Director – Feature

*One Life to Give – Benji Dunaief

One Bedroom

Block Island

Pickins

SIJI: Driver

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