July 8, 2008

Long Island International Film Expo Debuts Tuesday

By Rafer Guzman, Newsday, Melville, N.Y.

Jul. 8--The Long Island International Film Expo, running today through July 17, is no Sundance -- and that's a good thing. Slightly pared down from previous years and restricted to only one theater, the Expo won't force viewers to race around from venue to venue and choose between overlapping screenings. And consider the price: While an all-access pass to Sundance cost $3,000 this year, the Expo charges just $60, or $9 for individual tickets. Not bad for a program that includes 133 feature and short films -- about 40 of them from Long Islanders or New Yorkers -- plus several panels and discussions.

Here's a sampling:

TONIGHT at 9. The festival's first "warm-up" combines seven short features, including the locally shot "The Sun Shines on the Other Side of the Street" from Lindenhurst-based filmmaker Emilio Rosa. With Tito Puente Jr.

TOMORROW, 7 p.m. The second warm-up date includes "Homeland," the story of an Israeli soldier who comes to New York and discovers love with a Palestinian girl.

FRIDAY, 7 p.m. Opening night kicks off with "Crazy," a biopic of legendary country guitarist Hank Garland. Plainedge High graduate Rick Bieber directed; another guitarist, Carle Place's Steve Vai, co-produced.

FRIDAY, 9:30 p.m. Longtime indie filmmaker and Shirley native Fred Carpenter reveals his latest, "Just Like Joe," a football drama set in Vietnam-era America.

SUNDAY, 2 p.m. In the documentary "Finding Kraftland," Hollywood agent Richard Kraft receives some bad medical news and faces his mortality by riding 425 of the world's roller coasters with his son.

SUNDAY, 7 p.m. In "Calling It Quits," a world-weary boomer seeks the answers to life's big questions in some unlikely places, including Roslyn, Sea Cliff and Oyster Bay.

JULY 14, 4:30 p.m. In the French satire "La Creme," an unemployed salesman discovers a jar of facial cream that makes other people think he's famous.

JULY 15, 2 p.m. "Million Calorie March," the true story of Gary Marino, a 397-pound food addict who slimmed down by walking from Boston to Florida.

JULY 16, 4:30 p.m. The first feature from Beatrice Alda (daughter of Alan), "Out Late" is a documentary focusing on people who go public with their sexuality in their golden years.

JULY 16, 7 p.m. "Remarkable Power!" stars Kevin Nealon as a failing talk-show host making a desperate bid to save his career. With Tom Arnold.

JULY 17, 6:30 p.m. Closing night includes a buffet, live entertainment and an awards ceremony.

WHEN Today through July 17

WHERE Bellmore Movies, 222 Pettit Ave.

INFO 516-783-3199; longislandfilm.com.


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