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Town Officials Take Part in 4th Annual Gold Coast International Film Festival

November 13, 2014
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Town Officials Take Part in 4th Annual Gold Coast International Film Festival

North Hempstead, NY –North Hempstead Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth and the Town Board partnered this past week (November 3-9) with the Gold Coast Arts Center to present the Gold Coast International Film Festival. This 4th Annual event welcomed in over 3,000 filmgoers and movie buffs from throughout the Town and beyond. 23 feature films and 3 shorts programs were screened at theatres in Great Neck, Manhasset, Roslyn and Port Washington and included special film events such as Q&A sessions with more than 40 filmmakers and special guests.

“What a thrill it has been to welcome so many ‘A’ list celebrities to the Town of North Hempstead this week,” Supervisor Bosworth said. “The terrific attendance this year speaks to the continued growth of this event which promotes the arts and builds our local economy.”

This year’s festival kicked off with the Annual Gold Coast Arts Center Benefit Gala on November 3rd at Leonard’s Palazzo of Great Neck. Town officials were in attendance to honor four great contributors to the film and art industry. Catherine Martin, who has received four Oscars and a Tony Award received the Artist of Distinction Award, Marie Cecile Flaguel and Jonathan Cohen received the Arts and Activism Awards, and lastly philanthropist Michael S. Glickman received the Man of the Year award.

Prior to the screening of the film “Burn” on November 5th the Town presented a proclamation to Lee Ielpi, the President of the Board of Directors for the September 11th Families’ Association and co-founder of the 9/11 Tribute Center. Ielpi was also honored with the “Heroes Award” from the Gold Coast Arts Center prior to the screening of the Denis Leary-produced firefighting documentary.

Other well-attended events included a Q&A with Talya Lavie, director of the Tribeca Film Festival award-winning film “Zero Motivation” who came all the way from Israel to talk about her critically-acclaimed film, and a screening of the ESPN film “When the Garden was Eden” which featured a panel discussion with actor Michael Rapaport and New York Times sportswriter Harvey Araton.

For more information on the Gold Coast International Film Festival and the Gold Coast Arts Center, please call 311.

From left, Great Neck Plaza Mayor Jean Celender, County Legislator Ellen Birnbaum, U.S. Congressman Steve Israel, Town Clerk Wayne Wink, Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth, Artist of Distinction Award Winner Catherine Martin, Gold Coast Arts Center Executive Director Regina Gil, Councilwoman Anna Kaplan, Councilwoman Viviana Russell, Receiver of Taxes Charles Berman and Councilwoman Lee Seeman.


Supervisor Bosworth is interviewed on the red carpet at the kickoff Gala.

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