Week of film fun on the way to Long Island

October 14, 2013 by  

The Gold Coast Film Festival is returning to Long Island next week.

The film festival was created by the Great Neck Arts Center. Its goal is to provide people who live in Westbury and other villages on Long Island with an inside look at the film industry. Highlights of the weeklong festival include screenings, film workshops, and interview sessions with filmmakers and actors.

This year’s festival will feature several question-and-answer sessions with the actors who star in films screened at the festival. On October 22, actor Paul Sorvino will participate in a Q&A after the 7:30 pm screening of his film ‘How Sweet It Is’, a musical comedy about a theater owner in debt to the mob. Sorvino plays the mob boss who wants to be a casting director. The screening and Q&A will take place at the Soundview Cinema in Port Washington.

Festival organizers could use poster printing to promote the many events taking place. Another event is specifically designed for the parents of aspiring actors and other show business professionals. Nikki Blonsky, a Long Island native and current Broadway star, talks with entertainment lawyer Steven Beer on October 27. The two will discuss how to get into the business as a young person. The free panel will be held at the Great Neck Arts Center at noon. Reservations are recommended.

The festival kicks off on October 21 and goes on until October 27. Individual film tickets are $12 each. People can also purchase festival passes for $275, which provide entry to every film screening, or a six-ticket pass for $60.