The 2016 Gold Coast International Film Festival taking place November 9 to 15, 2016 in venues throughout the north shore of Long Island, revealed an exciting lineup of films of over 60 films.
The Festival kicks off with a special sneak peek screening of Burn Your Maps, starring Jacob Tremblay (Room) and Academy Award nominee Vera Farmiga. GCIFF will also host the Long Island premiere of Bang! The Bert Berns Story, a documentary narrated by Steven Van Zandt about the life and career of Bert Berns, the renowned 1960s songwriter/producer whose hits include “Twist and Shout”, “Piece of My Heart”, “Hang on Sloopy” and many more. A Q&A with Directors Brett Berns (Bert Berns’ son) and Bob Sarles will follow the screening and Brett Berns will accept an Artist of Distinction Award from the Gold Coast Arts Center on behalf of his late father. Other standout films include the Long Island premiere of French movie-star Isabelle Huppert’s new film Things to Come, direct from the Toronto International Film Festival, Harry Benson: Shoot First, followed by a Q&A with the legendary photographer himself and On the Map, the incredible story of how the 1977 Maccabee Tel-Aviv basketball team toppled the four-time defending Soviet team and put Israeli basketball firmly on the map. Director Dani Menkin and basketball star Tal Brody will be in attendance for a Q&A.
The sixth anniversary of the Festival will screen in venues throughout the Town of North Hempstead region, including Soundview Cinemas in Port Washington, the Bow Tie Cinemas in Great Neck/Port Washington/ Manhasset/ Roslyn, the Gold Coast Arts Center in Great Neck and the campus of LIU Post.
FILMS AT THE 2016 GOLD COAST INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
AFTER THE STORM – Long Island Premiere
An affectionate, shrewdly observed drama of family life from Japan’s celebrated master, Kore-eda Hirokazu. Dwelling on his past glory as a prize-winning author, Ryota wastes the money he makes as a private detective on gambling and can barely pay child support. After the death of his father, his aging mother and beautiful ex-wife seem to be moving on with their lives. Renewing contact with his initially distrustful family, Ryota struggles to take back control of his existence and to find a lasting place in the life of his young son – until a stormy summer night offers them a chance to truly bond again. “A classic Japanese family drama of gentle persuasion and staggering simplicity from Kore-eda Hirokazu.” – Deborah Young, Hollywood Reporter
OFFICIAL SELECTION – Cannes Film Festival, Toronto Int’l Film Festival
BANG! THE BERT BERNS STORY – Long Island Premiere
Music meets the Mob in this biographical documentary, narrated by Steven Van Zandt, about the life and career of Bert Berns, the most important songwriter and record producer from the sixties that you never heard of. His hits include “Twist and Shout”, “Hang On Sloopy”, “Here Comes The Night” and “Piece Of My Heart.” He helped launch the careers of Van Morrison and Neil Diamond and produced some of the greatest soul music ever made. Filmmaker Brett Berns brings his late father’s story to the screen with interviews with those who knew him best and rare performance footage. Included in the film are interviews with Ronald Isley, Ben E. King, Solomon Burke, Van Morrison and Paul McCartney. OFFICIAL SELECTION – SXSW, Seattle Int’l Film Festival.
THE BRAND NEW TESTAMENT
God exists. He lives in Brussels annd he’s nothing short of a bastard. He spends his day intentionally making people miserable, tapping out rules on his his outdated DOS computer and fiddling with his train set. Wonderful French comedienne Yolande Moreau is his mild wife and of course everyone knows about his son, JC. But did you know he also has a daughter? Her name is Ea and she’s 10 years old and wants to change things. One day she rebels against her father, hacks his computer, and texts everyone in the world the date they will die. Then she escapes to Earth, where she recruits six Apostles for a Brand New Testament. Laugh-out-loud funny, this eagerly awaited project from Jaco Van Dormael (Toto the Hero) mixes religious satire and ironic fantasy to salutary effect. No longer in thrall to God’s all-seeing eye, the general populace feels free to act on their basest instincts and hidden desires. For the legendary Catherine Deneuve, that means going to bed with a gorilla. This madcap fantasy is a peppy, original and (importantly) very sweet story with a moral. NOMINATED- Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film; OFFICIAL SELECTION – Cannes Int’l Film Festival
BURN COUNTRY – Long Island Premiere
Featuring Academy Award winner Melissa Leo and James Franco. Dominic Rails is Osman, a former “fixer” for journalists in Afghanistan who finds asylum in a small California town. Promised a job as a crime reporter for the local paper, and a home with his best friend’s mother, the town sheriff (Leo), Osman is ready to settle in. But when the job falls through, Osman finds himself restless and looking for action. His attempts to get to know the area lead him to develop friendships with an elusive local actress, Sandra (Rachel Brosnahan) and a charming local troublemaker Lindsay (Franco). But, when a dead body turns up and Lindsay goes missing, Osman returns to his former investigative instincts and explores the possible evil lurking just beneath the surface of his new home’s darkness. WINNER – Tribeca Film Festival Best Actor (US Narrative Feature); NOMINATED – Tribeca Film Festival Best US Narrative Feature
BURN YOUR MAPS
In this charming and moving adventure story, an eight-year-old boy (Jacob Tremblay, Room) becomes convinced that he actually hails from the steppes of Mongolia, leading his troubled parents (Academy Award nominee Vera Farmiga and Martin Csokas) to undertake an incredible family voyage. Based on a short story by Robyn Joy Leff, this auspicious directorial turn from Jordan Roberts, the co-writer of Big Hero 6, is filled with drama, humor, universal truths, and Mongolian goats. Lots of them.OFFICIAL SELECTION – Toronto International Film Festival, Hamptons International Film Festival
CONVERSATION & BOOK SIGNING WITH LEGENDARY HOLLYWOOD AGENT BUDD BURTON MOSS
Meet legendary Hollywood talent agent, author, and producer Budd Burton Moss for an in-depth discussion and multi-media presentation on his extraordinary life, career and friends, including Sidney Poitier, Marilyn Monroe, Rita Hayworth, Larry King and many more.
Having grown up in Hollywood where his father, Louis B. Moss, was a Film Editor at Fox and his uncle, Sam Zimbalist, produced Ben Hur, Quo Vatis, and Mugambo at MGM, Budd Burton Moss’ life had an extraordinary beginning. Starting out with acting ambitions and then transitioning to a talent agent, Moss found himself in the company of countless Golden Age stars such as Clark Gable, Marilyn Monroe, Betty Grable, Tyrone Power, Spencer Tracy, Katherine Hepburn, and Sidney Poitier (who was Best Man at his wedding) to name a few. Through the years, Moss represented the likes of Mia Farrow, Bette Davis, Robert Vaughn, Tom Bosley, Elizabeth Montgomery, John James (Dynasty) Cliff Robertson, and most importantly, Rita Hayworth with whom he became close friends until the end of her life. Budd will also discuss his marriage to actress, Ruth Roman (Strangers on a Train) and his friend, Larry King, who also wrote the forward to his recently new book, “Hollywood: Sometimes the Reality Is Better Than The Dream” which will be available for purchase.
Geoffrey Rush, Sam Neill and Paul Schneider star in this haunting family drama, a powerful reimagining of Ibsen’s play ‘The Wild Duck.’ Retaining all the devastating power of the original play, Stone’s strikingly cinematic feature debut transposes the story into a rural Australian setting. Henry (Rush) is closing down the mill that has been the logging township’s life-blood for generations, whilst planning a lavish wedding with his much younger fiancée. His estranged son Christian (Schneider) returns home after an absence of many years to find his father distant and preoccupied, and his old best friend Oliver newly unemployed due to the factory closure. Reuniting with Oliver, Christian is forced to examine the state of his own life, but examinations reveal long buried, shocking secrets that affect not just himself. Canny, intuitive performances from the stellar cast, which includes Sam Neill as Oliver’s father, are illuminated by Andrew Commis’ cinematography, which also captures the isolation and beauty of the suitably foreboding landscape. NOMINATED – Hamptons Int’l Film Festival Golden Starfish Award; OFFICIAL SELECTION – Toronto Int’l Film Festival
FAMILY FILM DAY
When school is closed for Veterans Day, the Gold Coast International Film Festival is OPEN! See great short films specially selected for a family audience and participate in fun hands-on movie-themed art activities. Includes free lunch courtesy of Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza. All ages are welcome!
This is NOT a drop-off program. Every child must be accompanied by an adult (no more than 4 children per adult)
FOLK HERO & FUNNY GUY – Long Island Premiere
Recently dumped by his fiancée and with a stagnating standup routine, aspiring comedian-slash-copywriter Paul (Alex Karpovsky) is stuck. The manager of the club where he performs suggests he take some time off to update his comedy material, and in waltzes his childhood friend Jason Black (Wyatt Russell), an acclaimed folk-rock musician about to embark on a solo acoustic tour of the east coast. Jason suggests Paul needs to get his mojo back—and he should start by opening for Jason on tour. They set off on the road together, picking up a new act (folk singer Bryn, played by Meredith Hagner) on the way. But when Jason reveals an ulterior motive behind the tour, rifts are exposed in their otherwise affable camaraderie. Folk Hero & Funny Guy is a music-infused spin on the road-trip buddy comedy. NOMINATED – Tribeca Film Festival Best US Narrative Feature
THE FOUNDERS – New York Premiere
Battling the sexism and stereotypes made sturdy in the 1950s, thirteen women founded the Ladies Pro Golf Association (LPGA). Rare archival footage, historical re-enactments and current-day interviews with surviving founders and leading players present an underdog story never before seen. Despite competing against one another on the greens, these pioneers worked together to keep their dreams of professional golf careers alive. From child prodigy fame to Olympian status, each member left a sports world legacy that lives on today.
FRANCA: CHAOS AND CREATION
Director Francesco Carrozzini creates an intimate portrait of his mother, Franca Sozzani, the legendary editor-in-chief of Italian Vogue. From the ridiculous to the sublime, her astonishing but often controversial magazine covers have not only broken the rules but also set the high bar for fashion, art and commerce over the past 25 years. From the legendary “Black Issue” and the “Plastic Surgery issue” Sozzani remains deeply committed to exploring subject matter off limits to most in order to shake up the status quo and occasionally redefine the concept of beauty.
OFFICIAL SELECTION – Venice Film Festival, Hamptons Int’l Film Festival
GOLD BALLS – New York Premiere
Kate Dandel’s quirky and charming feature-length documentary debut inspires the average athlete in all of us while offering unique insight into the lives of several elite tennis athletes—who just happen to be over age 80. Over the course of one championship season, the film follows several players competing for the ‘gold ball’ trophy awarded to National Champions in tennis. Characters include a former Big 10- basketball coach, a retired litigator, an aging comedian, and the founder of “Black Tennis Magazine.” As we witness the routines of these creaky warriors, we are reminded that sometimes just getting to the courts is half the battle. But after the first serve, we forget that most of these competitors retired from their careers 30 years prior and we realize they’re driven by the same motivations and concerns as athletes a quarter of their age. A film to inspire viewers of every age to reset what we think about ‘old age’ and whom we consider champions.
The Gold Coast International Film Festival continues its commitment to short film excellence, sharing some of the best new short films with our audience. We are proud to host a number of New York, Long Island, and World premieres, featuring up-and-coming filmmakers and festival winners. Keep an eye out for some of these at the Academy Awards.
You’ll see comedy, romance, drama, animation, thrillers, sci-fi, and much more. We’ve got films from around the world, spectacular student films, and films directed by and featuring stars from today’s hit TV shows and movies. You’re sure to laugh, be moved, fall in love, and discover some great new talent. In addition, there will be Q&As with actors and filmmakers at our shorts screenings, and there may even be some surprise appearances!
HAIL THE CONQUERING HERO
Academy Award-winning writer and director Preston Sturges delivers a hilarious satire on the American penchant for hero worship in this quick-witted comedy classic. Nominated in 1945 for an Academy Award for best screenplay and selected for preservation in the National Film Registry. Starring Eddie Bracken, Ella Raines and William Demarest.
HARRY BENSON: SHOOT FIRST
What we know today about many famous musicians, politicians, and actresses is due to the famous work of Harry Benson. Initially, he captured vibrant and intimate photos of the most famous band in history; The Beatles. His extensive portfolio grew to include iconic photos of Muhammad Ali, Michael Jackson, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. His wide-ranging work has appeared in publications including Life,Vanity Fair and The New Yorker. Benson, now 86, is still taking photos and has no intentions of stopping. Featuring interviews with Sharon Stone, Alec Baldwin, Donald Trump, Dan Rather, James L. Brooks, Henry Kissinger, Ralph Lauren, Joe Namath and more. Harry Benson: Shoot First is as vital as the photographer himself and his subjects, a thrillingly energetic trip in unforgettable images.
This award-winning film tells the inspiring story of Joe Feingold, a 91-year-old Polish Holocaust survivor who donates his violin of 70 years to a local instrument drive, changing the lives of both a 12-year-old schoolgirl from the nation’s poorest congressional district, and unexpectedly, his own. NOMINATED – Tribeca Film Festival Best Documentary Short Film
THE LAST LAUGH – Long Island Premiere
Is the Holocaust funny? Director Ferne Pearlstein (Sumo East and West, Imelda) doesn’t shy away from the taboo topic of humor, delving deep into pop-culture to find out where to draw the line, and whether that is a desirable—or even possible—goal.
The Last Laugh pairs clips from films, performances, and interviews with top comedians and prominent Jewish leaders (including Mel Brooks, Sarah Silverman, Joan Rivers, Louis C.K., Chris Rock, Abraham Foxman, and Shalom Auslander) with an intimate portrait of Auschwitz survivor Renee Firestone, and rare archival footage of cabarets in concentration camps. From this wealth of material, Pearlstein weaves together a complete and thoughtful exploration into the question of what is and is not off-limits in comedy. The answers are as diverse as the subjects she interviews. There is no consensus on which jokes work and which don’t, and the film doesn’t take a stance; instead, it invites you to think, to laugh, and to remember, all the while keeping its levity. OFFICIAL SELECTION – Tribeca Int’l Film Festival, Hot Docs Int’l Film Festival
Back by popular demand! From Academy Award® winning director Roger Ross Williams, this deeply inspirational is the story of Owen Suskind, a young man who was unable to speak as a child until he and his family discover a unique way of communicating – through the world of classic Disney animated movies. He learned about empathy, love, loss and brotherhood with the help of Jafar, Simba, Ariel and many other characters. This emotional coming of age story follows Owen as he graduates towards adulthood and takes his first steps towards independence. A testament to the power of art and a shining example of what it can do. WINNER Sundance Film Festival Best Director (US Documentary) and recipient of several film festival Audience Awards, you will be glad to get to know Owen and his family in this deeply moving and entertaining film.
MISS SHARON JONES! – Long Island Premiere
Two-time Academy Award winner Barbara Kopple shines a powerful, inspiring and entertaining spotlight on the legendary R&B queen Sharon Jones, one of the most fiery and talented performers working today whose wonder is a force to behold both on and off stage. Hailed as a modern-day female James Brown, n 2014, on the eve of the band launching a new album and as she prepares for her most important tour, she comes face-to-face with the most difficult adversity of her life: a diagnosis with cancer hat brings her career to a stand still. Follow this tour de force over the course of an eventful year as she struggles to hold her band The Dap Kings together while battling her diagnosis with an unstoppable determination. Filled with incredible performances, laughs, tears and plenty of inspiration. OFFICIAL SELECTION – Tribeca Int’l Film Festival, DOC NYC, SXSW
NO PAY, NUDITY
Aging actor Lester (Gabriel Byrne) has lost his way. In this often humorous, yet warmly poignant story, love and friendship, jealousy and re-discovery, career, family, and friends (Nathan Lane, Frances Conroy) intertwine as Lester navigates the perplexing realities facing so many of us as we pursue dreams and dignity. A film about hanging out, hanging in, and hanging on.
NEW YORK SPOTLIGHT
Come see some of the best films and filmmakers representing our region in a special program highlighting these up-and-coming and established filmmakers. Screening will be followed by a Q&A panel with several of the filmmakers plus Lawrence Smith, of Mad Riot Entertainment, an Executive Producer of GCIFF’s Special Presentation “Burn Your Maps” and David Paterson, screenwriter of Lionsgate’s new release “The Great Gilly Hopkins”, Disney’s “The Bridge to Terabithia” and more. This is a program for filmmakers, aspiring filmmakers and audiences who just love film and learning about all the behind-the-scenes details of how to take a film from script to screen.
Within the storied walls of The New York Times, a team of writers is entrusted with reflecting upon the lives of luminaries, icons, and world leaders of our day. Often hours before newspaper hits doorstep—and the world’s eyes devour words marking the end of a momentous life–endless detail is gathered and impossible choices must be made. Vanessa Gould’s fascinating documentary, Obit, introduces us to the unseen women and men responsible for crafting the unequaled obituaries of the NYT. As we’re taken through their painstaking process of digging through years of accomplishments, we learn about the particular pressures that accompany a career spent trying to elegantly and respectfully shape the story of a life for an audience of millions. From notorious politicians and beloved musicians to unknown personalities who have advanced the worlds of science, literature, and sports, the obit writers are in the unique and often unenviable position of spotlighting individuals whose impact and influence is near impossible to measure.OFFICIAL SELECTION – Tribeca Int’l Film Festival, Hot Docs Int’l Film Festival.
ON THE MAP
On the Map, a fast-moving, emotional, and awe-inspiring documentary, recounts the story of how the 1977 Maccabee Tel-Aviv basketball team that no one thought could win toppled the four-time defending Soviet team and put Israeli basketball firmly on the map. Featuring interviews with the Jewish-American athletes who made history, combined with the pulse-pounding action of a high-stakes game with an incendiary political situation at the height of the Cold War, director Dani Menkin delivers a film that honors Israeli heroes, mesmerizes fans of the game and captures the spirit of a nation triumphant and victorious against all odds.
Golden Globe winner and Oscar nominee for Best Foreign Language Film (1972) The Policeman is an Israeli cinematic classic. This good-hearted, bittersweet comedy features Shaike Ophir (in what is considered one of his finest performances) as Azulai, a policeman in Jaffa, who is beloved by everyone who knows him — his police colleagues and the criminals on his beat. But he is also completely ineffectual at law enforcement. His superiors want to send him to early retirement, but he would like to stay on the force, and the criminals of Jaffa don’t want to see him leave either. Directed by legendary satirist Ephraim Kishon.
Academy Award nominated Iranian director Asghar Farhadi’s latest film is a simmering drama steeped in intellect and nuance that premiered at Cannes in 2016, taking home the awards for Best Actor and Best Screenplay. The film follows young couple Emad (Shahab Hosseini) and Rana (Taraneh Alidoosti), who are forced to find a new apartment in Tehran. While fate seems to finally smile on them, in the form of a recently vacant apartment owned by their acting buddy, an incident linked to the previous tenant of their new home dramatically changes the couple’s life.Set against the lead up to the production of Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman, the film draws a “Hitchcockian” web around the anger, fear and moral anxiety that stem from the young couple after the seemingly isolated incident. WINNER – Cannes Film Festival Best Screenplay & Best Actor; NOMINATED – Cannes Film Festival Palme D’Or; OFFICIAL SELECTION – Toronto Int’l Film Festival, Hamptons Int’l Film Festival
SIDEMEN: LONG ROAD TO GLORY – Long Island Premiere
An intimate look at the lives and legacies of three of the last Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf sidemen – piano player Pinetop Perkins, drummer Willie ‘Big Eyes’ Smith and guitarist Hubert Sumlin. This rousing film captures some of the last interviews and their final live performances together, before their deaths in 2011. These historic live shows are accompanied by performances and personal insights from many of the blues and rock stars these legendary sidemen inspired including; Bonnie Raitt, Gregg Allman, Derek Trucks, Shemekia Copeland, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Joe Perry, Joe Bonamassa and Johnny Winter who offer heartfelt accounts of how these three legendary sidemen helped shape rock ‘n roll. Narrated by Marc Maron WINNER – Nashville Film Festival Special Jury Prize; OFFICIAL SELECTION – SXSW
Winner of multiple film festival audience awards! If 18-year old musician Sonita had a say in things, Michael Jackson would be her father and Rihanna her mother, but for the time being, her only fans are the other teenage girls living with her in a Tehran shelter. There, Sonita, a refugee from Afghanistan, gets counseling for the traumas she has suffered and guidance in shaping her future. But her family only sees that her future as a bride worth $9,000. How can Sonita still succeed in making her dreams come true – especially when women aren’t allowed to sing in Iran? WINNER – Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award
THINGS TO COME – Long Island Premiere
Isabelle Huppert shines in this subtle drama, a clever and loving tale of loves lost, renewed, and regained told with a sharp wit and austere eye. Nathalie (Huppert) teaches philosophy at a high school in Paris, is passionate about her job and enjoys passing on the pleasure of thinking. But one day her husband announces he is leaving her for another woman and with freedom thrust upon her, Nathalie must reinvent her life. WINNER- Berlin International Film Festival Best Director; OFFICIAL SELECTION – Toronto Int’l Film Festival, New York Film Festival
THE WONDERFUL KINGDOM OF PAPA ALAEV– Long Island Premiere
Meet Tajikistan’s answer to the Jackson family. Nearly 80, Allo “Papa” Alaev rules his celebrated Bukharian folk music clan with an iron tambourine. Beginning with his unilateral decision to emigrate to Israel, the gifted musician micro-manages nearly every aspect of their lives, both on stage and off. From every meal made in his kitchen to what instrument each member will play, the patriarch accepts nothing less than total commitment and obedience. Every child and grandchild lives in their single-family house in Tel Aviv. All but one, that is. His only daughter, Ada, chose her own way in life, a sin her father will not forgive. As generations clash over new musical directions, competing personal interests and Papa’s advancing age, the family show must go on—but who will lead the band? Set to a blazing tribal soundtrack, drama and drumbeats sing out from every entertaining exchange in this grand family affair.
YOUNG FILMMAKERS PROGRAM: SHORT FILM SCREENING AND Q&A
Come celebrate up-and-coming young filmmakers (grades K-12). We’ll screen the winning short films from over 100 submissions in from our 2nd annual Young Filmmakers Program, plus have working filmmakers on hand to answer questions for all young filmmakers and filmmakers-to-be. This is a FREE event but you must reserve tickets in advance.
YOUTH IN OREGON – Long Island Premiere
In this comedy-drama, 82-year-old curmudgeon Raymond (Frank Langella) tells his family that he has made arrangements to be euthanized in Oregon. His daughter Kate (Christina Applegate) is determined to stop him. But it’s Kate’s husband Brian (Billy Crudup) who gets the unlucky task of driving his father-in-law from NY to Oregon and convincing him that he really doesn’t want to die. The problem: Brian hates Raymond. And with Raymond’s not-entirely-welcome wife (Mary Kay Place) tagging along for the journey, it’s just in-laws and the open road for the next 3000 miles.