North Hempstead, NY
– Celebrities, elected officials and film enthusiasts gathered at the brand-new theatre venue, The Space at Westbury, on October 23rd for the 3rd Annual Gold Coast International Film Festival (GCIFF) Gala.
The event honored two film/television personalities with New York roots: Paul Sorvino of Goodfellas who received the Lifetime Achievement Award, and Susie Essman, best known for her role on HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm, who took home the Artist of Distinction award. The Mindel family and Samar Hospitality hotels, who have been loyal supporters of the Gold Coast Arts Center for many years, were also honored with the Honorary Founders award.
Town Receiver of Taxes Charles Berman, and Councilwomen Anna Kaplan, Viviana Russell and Lee Seeman were on hand to present proclamations to the honorees on behalf of the Town, declaring October 23rd a day of special recognition for the honorees across the Town of North Hempstead.
The GCIFF is a collaboration of the Gold Coast Arts Center and the Town of North Hempstead and is currently taking place this week, October 21-27, with dozens of events including film showings, and question and answer sessions with actors, writers and filmmakers.
Nassau County Legislator Wayne Wink, Town Councilwoman Anna Kaplan, Town Councilwoman Viviana Russell, Special Events Director of the Gold Coast Arts Center Aviva Miller, Nassau County Legislator Judi Bosworth, Former North Hempstead Town Supervisor Jon Kaiman, Executive Director of the Gold Coast Arts Center Regina Gil, Town Councilwoman Lee Seeman, State Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel, and Town Receiver of Taxes Charles Berman.