The Space at Westbury Theater Lines Up More Great Music Acts Through Fall 2017

Some of Today’s Biggest National Acts Along with Great Upcoming Bands and Artists Hit the Main Stage & the All Music Inc. Lounge

 

 

Westbury, NY (August, 2017) — With only a few more weeks left of Summer, there’s even more of a reason for you to catch some great live music at one of Long Island’s top music venues in the heart of Nassau County, The Space at Westbury Theater, right up through the Fall! With upcoming shows on the Main Stage from The Pixies to the Chris Robinson Brotherhood and the hottest tribute acts and local talent in the All Music Inc. Lounge, there’s plenty of reasons to catch a show at 250 Post Ave, Westbury NY!

 

Some of the most recent highlights of shows and events at The Space from so far this year include performances by Trombone Shorty & New Orleans Avenue, Ann Wilson of HEART, David Crosby, Aaron Lewis, The Flaming Lips, Beth Hart, comedian Artie Lang, Grateful Dead tribute Half Step, Steve Winwood, and the Drive By Truckers. The tail end of 2016 also brought acts like Gogol Bordello, America, Steve Vai, and more! Each of these artists brought their own life and vibe to the facility, and there have also been incredible Gala events with the Gold Coast Intl Film Festival, the 2016 Long Island Music Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, and some of the most exquisite and extravagant private parties that the area has ever seen.

 

Some of the venue’s upcoming performances on the Main Stage include Gavin DeGraw Saturday August 19th, Dwight Yoakam Thursday September 7th, The Pixies Friday September 22nd, Halestorm Sunday October 8th, The Chris Robinson Brotherhood Thursday November 2nd, Get the Led Out Friday November 10th and many others. The All Music Inc. Lounge will also include acts WEDNESDAYS – SATURDAYS such as Half Step August 17th, Steve Vaccaro Presents Robbie Rosen & Ryan Cassata August 24th, Circus Mind September 1st, and more! (Full list below)

 

 

THE SPACE AT WESTBURY THEATRE MAIN STAGE:

 

Saturday, August 19th: Gavin DeGraw

 

Saturday, August 26th: Schism, Black Tooth Grin, SIN

 

Thursday, September 7th: Dwight Yoakam

 

Saturday, September 9th: K. Michelle and Funk Flex Live

 

Sunday, September 10th: LI Autism Communities Presents Jeff Ross

 

Thursday, September 14th: AMERICA

 

Saturday, September 16th: Bijan Mortazavi

 

Friday, September 22nd: Pixies with guest Sunflower Bean

 

Wednesday, September 27th: Rodriguez

 

Thursday, September 28th: Dan + Shay

 

Friday, October 6th: The AM/FM Show with 45RPM and Wonderous Stories

 

Sunday, October 8th: Halestorm

 

Thursday, October 12th: Blue October

 

Friday, October 13th: O El Amor & Decadia

 

Saturday, October 14th: Half Step

 

Thursday, October 19th: The Allmost Brothers Band & Freebird

 

Friday, October 20th: Anders Osborne and Jackie Greene with guest Cris Jacobs

 

Saturday, October 28th: Alive! ’75, Judas Priestess, Snakes & Arrows

 

Thursday, November 2nd: The Chris Robinson Brotherhood

 

Wednesday, November 8th: Puddles Pity Party

 

Friday, November 10th: Get The Led Out

 

Wednesday, November 22nd: Twiddle (TICKETS ON SALE FRIDAY, AUG 18TH at 12NOON)

 

Sunday, December 10th: Winger

 

 

THE ALL MUSIC INC. LOUNGE @ THE SPACE:

 

Wednesday, August 16th: Gissel Garcia Band, Melanie Morin & Colleen Farguhar

 

Thursday, August 17th: Half Step

 

Saturday, August 19th: Kate Van Dorn

 

Wednesday, August 23rd: Improv Comedy Night

 

Thursday, August 24th: The Chapters Rap with Steve Vaccaro presents Robbie Rosen & Ryan Cassata

 

Thursday, August 31st: City Alley

 

Friday, September 1st: Circus Mind

 

Wednesday, September 6th: Comedy with Brett Druck

 

Thursday, September 7th: Dave Diamond Band

 

Thursday, September 21st: Worst Case Scenario

 

Friday, September 22nd: Shock Radar

 

Friday, October 20th: Dave Diamond Band

 

Thursday, November 2nd: Memphis Crawl

 

The Space is the latest, and perhaps most spectacular example of visionary real estate developers who reinvent abandoned buildings; this time the almost century old Westbury Theater, and give them a new lease on life. The venue has been blessed with amazing partners like concert promoters The Bowery Presents – who work hard at bringing the freshest and most inventive talent into the room – and with strong support and love from the local community.

 

The Space management is actively scouting for talented musicians to appear at The Lounge. Please send audition tapes, videos and resumes to  Ashley@thespaceatwestbury.com or email Rick@RickEberleAgency.com

 

For More Information on The Space and Upcoming Attractions, Please Go to: www.thespaceatwestbury.com or Call 516-283-5566

 

For Press Inquiries, CONTACT: Rick@RickEberleAgency.com

 

More About The Space:

 

Many people have asked us if The Space is a Concert Hall, Lounge, Movie Theater or a spot to hold a special event. And the answer is: all of the above! The Space is the place where you can be different and unique. With some creativity and vision, you can turn The Space into the venue of your dreams and create a truly memorable event to last a lifetime. With flexible seating plans and state of the art light and sound systems, The Space provides an exciting palette for the creative producer, event, party and meeting. Additionally, The All Music Inc. Lounge at The Space is like a second venue inside the same walls, with its own bar that can accommodate up to 125 patrons and can be used for receptions prior to special events, as well as the presentation of musicians, comedians and other performers. The Lounge’s warm and inviting atmosphere is an ode to The Space’s former life as a movie theater, featuring a granite bar, lighting fixtures created from vintage movie reels and decorated with showcases which display antique film projectors. Plus, all of the shows on the main stage at The Space are also live streamed to be viewed at The Lounge at no cost to enter!

 

The Space was born with a different name on November 10, 1927 as The Westbury Movie Theater. The Westbury Movie Theater opened its doors to and audience that awed at the beauty of its Tudor style inspired auditorium. The feature for opening night was “Hula” starring Ciara Bow.

The Westbury Theatre was one of six theaters built by Salvatore Calderone in Nassau County, Long Island. The theater succeeded as a single screen house until it was matched in the late 1970’s. As patronage decreased, the theater closed its doors.

 

Over ten years ago Cyrus Hakakian and his partners saved the Westbury Theater from demolition. After viewing the stunning space, he was determined to preserve the magnificence of the original theater while repurposing the facility to accommodate all aspects of contemporary entertainment. With the installation of the state of the art lighting and sound systems, combined with the flexible seating plans, the Westbury Theater now enters a new chapter of its illustrious history as The Space at Westbury.

You can feel the magic the moment the audience sees the spectacular LED marquee enhancing the outstanding new façade. A graceful tower provides downtown Westbury with an architectural landmark as histrionic glamour returns to Post Avenue.

 

The excitement extends to the theaters south side on Winthrop Street with a new double story valet grand entrance, as the audience enters the threshold with its soaring ceiling while immersed in the glow of magical lighting; it is apparent that every detail has been consider to make a visit to The Space at Westbury a most memorable experience.

Model/Actress/Fitness Expert Sabrina Coleman Brings Worlds of Expertise As TV Personality on Live From Studio 6B and More

With An Incredibly Eclectic Background In Entertainment, The Former Restaurateur Has Gone From Beauty Pageant Winner to Singer, Comedian, and Now Host of Nationally Syndicated News Program

 

 

August, 2017 (New York, NY) – When it comes to expertise, TV Personality and Entertainer Sabrina Coleman has covered more ground than most from her days running family restaurants to acting, singing, modeling, and her current role as a host on Live From Studio 6B. The wife of retired NFL Safety Erik Coleman and mother of three is able to bring an incredibly unique perspective and lively personality to the shows various segments, but to truly understand her drive it takes a little delving into where she began.

 

Sabrina was born on Long Island, NY, and from an early age knew that entertainment was a calling she could not ignore. Her Sicilian background helped nurture her talents for singing and acting by creating a pathway and platform at family functions to let her talent shine. As she matured, she ran her family’s Italian restaurants and with the encouragement of her mother, set out to New York City and started vocal lessons with top Vocal coach to the stars – Don Lawrence. It was there that Sabrina was able to free herself and venture out to explore how strong her talent was.

 

Her passion and talent for music were quickly recognized and she soon created and released two hit singles. One of her majorly successful singles was “Keep Moving On,” which was produced by world famous DJ Louie DeVito. Sabrina also had continued success with her single “Complicated,” which was released by JUNO Records.

 

Continuing to crave more and see where else she could apply her talent, Sabrina was approached by a family friend to enter “The Miss New York” Pageant. It was from there Sabrina would go on to enter and win many pageants, including Miss. Italia, Miss. Bikini Georgia, and Miss. Bikini New York.

 

 

While continuing to pursue music, she always felt a calling to act. Sabrina then expanded herself into the acting world and has never looked back. Her love for comedy and the ability to make people laugh is one of her greatest passions, and gave her the ability to study at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre for Improv and Sketch Comedy where she became one of their standout comediennes. Sabrina soon found herself landing roles in the horror “GeoKilling,” the Dramedy “The Productive Lie” and music video “Love is Love”.

 

 

Always maintaining her value of healthy living, Sabrina also helps to educate people on healthy lifestyle choices. She continues to use her TV personality and Hosting experience for NFL segments “Rollin’ With Coleman,” and as the NY Correspondent for Mayhem Entertainment, to help reach people and inform them on healthy habits and easy cooking ideas. Sabrina and Erik were even featured in Dead Spin Magazine as the Stars of the Best Seller “Athletes Among Us” where their photo quickly went viral and caught the attention of many Celebrity Websites.

 

Now, as she continues to push herself and her talents in hopes of entertaining the world, there is indeed a lot more to come from the multi talented star!

 

For More Information on Sabrina Coleman, Go To:

www.SabrinaColeman.com

www.Facebook.com/SaBriColeman

Instagram: @SabriColeman

Twitter: @SabriColeman

 

For Press/Interview Inquiries, CONTACT:

Rick [AT] RickEberleAgency.com

 

For Immediate Release:

Contact: Rick Eberle | www.rickeberle.com

516-­729-­6872 | rick [AT] rickeberleagency.com

FORMER NFL STAR AND CURRENT COACH, TRAINER, AND SPORTS ANALYST: ERIK COLEMAN CONTINUES TO BRING FANS INSIGHT & KNOWLEDGE THROUGH PHILANTHROPY

Nine Year NFL Veteran, Sports Commentator, Business & Family Man

May Have Hung Up His Cleats But Has Continued His Expansive Career Off the Field

 

 

July, 2017 (New York, NY) – As a former safety for the New York Jets, Atlanta Falcons, and Detroit Lions – it seems retired NFL star Erik Coleman has continued to do a wealth of good off the field as well. With role as an acclaimed sports analyst on SNY and most recently having joined SiriusXM Radio as a host discussing the NFL plays of the week and engaging with fans, Coleman has gone above and beyond not only for the world of sports but giving back to the community that has given him so much.

 

In recent years Erik Coleman has crafted an expansive career using his on-field experience, extensive knowledge of sports and robust personality to bring new and exciting insight to fans young and old.

 

After a stellar collegiate career as the captain of the Washington State football team, Coleman was drafted in the fifth round by the New York Jets in 2004. Coleman played nine consecutive seasons in the NFL with the New York Jets, Atlanta Falcons and the Detroit Lions. Recognized for his unwavering work ethic and passion for the game, Coleman became the first New York Jets player ever to earn the NFL Rookie Defensive Player of the Month Award since the honor’s inception in 1996 and finished his rookie season as the NFL’s highest grossing member of its performance-pay program, the league’s plan for rewarding low-salary players who outperform their contracts. During his NFL tenure, Coleman’s highlights include 653 combined career tackles and assists, 11 interceptions, 4 forced fumbles and 37 passes defended and he also served as the player-elected NFL Players Association Team Representative five out of his nine years in the league.

 

 

Since his retirement in 2013, Coleman has become a TV analyst for SNY’s “Jets Post Game Live!”, “Jets Extra Point”, “Jets Nation” and SNY’s Jets Draft show. He also frequently appears as a sports commentator on numerous

sports shows and network programs such as Hannity on FOX, Closing Bell with Liz Claman on FOX Business, ABC, PIX 11, CBS, ESPN Radio and WFAN, to name a few. In addition to his on-camera career, Coleman hit the airwaves as an analyst for the Stony Brook University football radio broadcast team in 2015. Coleman is currently pursuing his passion for health and wellness as a Practice Manager at CORE Medical New York, an anti-aging and hormone treatment medical center.

 

 

Upcoming Appearances:

 

Saturday, August 12th – Pre and Post-Game Commentary of the NY Jets vs. Tennessee Titans on ESPN NY 98.7FM

 

Saturday, August 19th – Pre and Post-Game Commentary of the NY Jets vs. Detroit Lions on ESPN NY 98.7FM

 

Friday, September 1st – Calling College Football Game (Boston college vs. N Illinois) for CBS

 

Thursday, September 7th – Appearing as Analyst on SNY, 4:30PM

 

Thursday, September 14th – Appearing as Analyst on SNY, 6:30PM

 

Thursday, September 21st – Appearing as Analyst on SNY, 6:30PM

 

**Erik is Available for Speaking Engagements at Schools, Corporate/Business Events**

 

An active philanthropist who supports a number of causes close to his heart, some include sickle cell anemia, pediatric cancer, and traumatic brain injury. When he is not working or giving back to the community, he enjoys spending time with his wife Sabrina and their three beautiful children.

 

For More Information on Erik Coleman, Go To:

www.ErikColemanNFL.com

www.Facebook.com/ErikColeman26

Instagram: @ErikColeman

Twitter: @ErikColeman

 

For Press/Interview Inquiries, CONTACT:

Rick [AT] RickEberleAgency.com

For Immediate Release:

Contact: Rick Eberle | www.rickeberle.com

516-­729-­6872 | rick [AT] rickeberleagency.com

New Name, New Singer, Same Rockin’ Country: Louisville, KY’s “RiverShine” Bring On New Lead Singer, Continue Tracking “All About the Ride” LP

New Name, New Singer, Same Rockin’ Country: Louisville, KY’s “RiverShine” Bring On New Lead Singer, Continue Tracking  “All About the Ride” LP

Slated for Release This Fall, The Group Has Been Working with Platinum Selling Producer, Singer/Songwriter Mark Slaughter

 

August, 2017 (Louisville, KY) — From a city steeped in an already rich history of country music, bluegrass, folk, jazz, and more comes a brand new addition packing the roots of rock and country with the passion and dedication to the musical legacy of the place they call home. RiverShine (Formerly Borderline9) recently began working with legendary singer/songwriter/producer Mark Slaughter on their brand new album “All About the Ride”. Following the recent addition of a brand new lead singer, the LP is set to be released this Fall!

 

A new group straight out of the derby city, RiverShine began as co-founder Dave Helbig, a guitar player, was looking for a few musically inclined friends to work on a new record with. Dave has been playing in and around Louisville for well over 10 years, opening for some of the biggest names in country music from Eric Church to Jason Aldean, Craig Morgan, and many more!

 

Seeking not only great musicians but all around good people, Dave came across talented young drummer Logan Giles who’d played in numerous groups in the area and traveled the country. Next in line was bass player Alex Roberts, originally based out of Phoenix AZ, who moved to Louisville to further his career as one of the top bassists in the industry having a ton of live shows and recording experience under his belt. Finally, rounding out the group was new vocalist Ryan Scott Brenzel. Born and raised in Louisville KY, Brenzel graduated with a degree in Vocal Performance from Bellarmine University along with a degree in psychology, and has performed with the Ryan Scott Band and as part of the Derby City Sessions along with tons of shows in and around Louisville.

 

With the group ready, willing, and re-assembled, they recently hit the studio with the platinum selling Slaughter, who’s sold millions of records and had four Top 30 Billboard charting hits, touring with bands/artists like Kiss, Ozzy Osbourne, Poison, and Damn Yankees.

 

With their debut release “All About the Ride” set to drop this Fall, the band continues to work diligently in the studio and will hit the road with further live dates in the near future. So keep an eye out for RiverShine and get ready for a new breed of rip-roaring country rock!

 

For More Information on RiverShine and Upcoming Live Dates, VISIT: http://bit.ly/2uhsfOx

 

For Press Inquiries, Contact: Rick@RickEberleAgency.com 

Girls Rising and Capital One present 4th Annual BeachFest Weekend, Sea Cliff NY featuring ANTIGONE RISING Friday, September 15th – Saturday, September 16th

2017 Kickoff Fundraiser and Free Music Festival Hosted By All-Female Alt-Country Rockers Celebrating the Global Work of Nonprofit “Girls Rising”

World renowned country/rock group Antigone Rising, known for their Billboard Heatseekers chart topper ‘Don’t Look Back’ and touring alongside The Rolling Stones, Aerosmith, The Allman Brothers, Rob Thomas and more, are making history again with their non profit Girls Rising and their BeachFest Weekend! Now in its fourth year, this musical celebration of the global work of Girls Rising (a certified 501.c.3 non-profit organization started by the band) will once again come to Sea Cliff, NY on Friday, September 15th and Saturday, September 16th!

BeachFest is a free event for the community and a trailblazing festival where all the performers are women who are constantly marginalized on festival stages. Our Youth Spotlight Stage gives up and coming female performers a chance to gain experience alongside our Capital One Main Stage national touring artists.

WATCH: Girls Rising (Official Trailer) Antigone Rising’s Nonprofit For Gender Equality

“The Girls Rising mission is to inspire and elevate girls and women to reach their full potential. Though the power of music and example, we work to build their skills and confidence to excel in life, which in turn builds stronger communities” – Antigone Rising

Through engaging conversation about their own experiences as women in the music industry, performance and the power of example, Girls Rising outreach programs aim to entertain, educate, encourage and inspire young women to go beyond the boundaries society places on gender and become Game Changers.

Antigone Rising feels girls and women need to see strong, empowered women succeeding in non-traditional roles. The mainstream media is failing at providing enough adequate examples and visibility of these inspiring women role models, and the Girls Rising outreach programs demonstrate to girls (and boys) that strong women exist and have much to contribute to art, culture, sports, finance, business and the world around them.

With BeachFest, this mission is brought to life showcasing the band’s truly inspiring work. Expected to attract over 4,000 people over the course of the two day event with live music performances on 2 stages by national touring female artists, youth performers, a celebrity panel discussion, local artisans and food/drink vendors.

The 2017 Kick Off Fundraiser, for those donating $75 or more to Girls Rising, will be held Friday, September 15th at the Sea Cliff Firehouse (67 Roslyn Ave, Sea Cliff, NY 11579). Girls Rising will award the first annual Sheila Primont Scholarship and the Milt Okun Scholarship to 2 very deserving young women from Long Island. The Sheila Primont Scholarship will be presented by the inimitable broadway star, Linda Eder, who will perform alongside our amazing, talented BEACHFEST performers in an intimate, acoustic and what is sure to be a collaborative night of music. Live music, open bar, comedy, raffle and light fare will sustain our organization from 7-10pm on Friday 9/15, the eve of BEACHFEST.

On Saturday, September 16th, beginning at 12:00PM the FREE all day BeachFest music festival will host the Capital One Main Stage & The Youth Spotlight Stage. The Capital One Main Stage will feature Antigone Rising, Williams Honor, Garrison Starr, Edie Carey and Julia Weldon. The new Youth Spotlight Stage will allow aspiring artists to benefit from a real stage experience alongside main stage national acts.

The high profile outreach workshop / Q&A panel beginning at 2:00PM will be the centerpiece of the day.  Antigone Rising and selected women across a spectrum of other industries come together to discuss women in business, gender bias and succeeding in male dominated industries.  Last year’s panel was a great success moderated by Emmy award winning TV personality, Carolyn Gusof.  This year’s panel will include former New York Liberty and Women’s Basketball Hall of Famer Sue Wicks, among other high profile women to be announced soon!

Throughout the year, Girls Rising partners with school districts, youth centers, and corporations to create empowering and innovative programming that inspires young girls and women through live performances, presentations and workshops. BeachFest also serves to raise funds and awareness for these continued efforts.

With the extraordinarily empowering Festival now in its fourth year, BeachFest brings an educational, informative, and most importantly ROCKIN’ experience to Sea Cliff on Friday, September 15th and Saturday, September 16th!

CLICK HERE: DONATE TO GIRLS RISING

 

For More Information on Girls Rising, VISIT:

www.GirlsRising.org

Facebook.com/TheGirlsRising

Twitter: @TheGirlsRising

Instagram: @TheGirlsRising

For More Information on Antigone Rising, VISIT: www.AntigoneRising.com

Twitter: @AntigoneRising

Instagram: @AntigoneRising

Antigone Rising YouTube Channel

For Press Inquiries, Contact: Rick@RickEberleAgency.com

More About Antigone Rising:

Antigone Rising catapulted into the national spotlight in 2005 with a groundbreaking major label debut that landed them in the top 20 of the Billboard Heatseekers chart for an entire year. Best known for relentless touring and masterful musicianship, the band played upwards of 280 shows a year in their early days. Whether it was an open mic on a Monday night or a jam packed New York City hometown show, the ladies and their infamous Vanna White (the band’s beloved 15 passenger van) eventually blazed a trail straight to arenas alongside The Rolling Stones, Aerosmith, The Allman Brothers, Rob Thomas, The Bangles and Joan Jett among others. The women of Antigone Rising were born and raised in Glen Cove, NY and are currently living in Sea Cliff and Locust Valley.  Long Island is and always has been home and we are dedicated to our work and service to this community.

RECAP: Long Island International Film Expo (LIIFE) 20th Anniversary Closing Night Awards Ceremony

This Past Thursday, The 20th Annual Festival Celebrated Its Final Night Presenting Awards In Categories Ranging From Best Student Film to Best Actor/Actress Along with Star-Studded Appearances by Actors/Actresses/Producers/Musicians

 

 

With the 20th Annual Long Island International Film Expo wrapping Thursday Night after an amazing week that saw 168 short and feature-length films of every genre showcased, LIIFE presented its Closing Night Awards Ceremony at the historic Bellmore Movies where celebs from both Stage and Screen presented honors to those in the film industry for their hard work.

 

The night began with stars, filmmakers, and producers taking to the red carpet for photo ops and interviews with the Awards being kicked off by performances from Broadway Star Ciarán Sheehan (Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables) who dazzled the audience with his incredible vocal talent. Host Kevin Brown (30 Rock, Did you hear about the Morgans?) MC’d the evening with presenters including actor William Sadler (The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile) who received the Best Supporting Actor Award for Shoot Me Nicely, Actress Ilene Kristen (Ryan’s Hope, One Life to Live), Comic/Radio Personality/Actor/Author Jackie “The Joke Man” Martling (The Howard Stern Show, Private Parts), and Actor/Producer Brian O’Halloran (Clerks, Dogma).

 

From Top Left: Stars William Sadler, Brian O’Halloran, Jackie “The Joke Man” Martling, Ciarán Sheehan, Ilene Kristen, and Host Kevin Brown at the LIIFE 2017 Closing Night Awards Ceremony (Photos Courtesy of Mike Lizzi)

 

FULL LIST OF 2017 LIIFE WINNERS AND NOMINEES:

 

CATEGORIES

*WINNER(S)

Best Student Film

*The Pixie Fighters

Choices Satellite

Runaways

Concurrence

Tyler Cam

Best Trailer

*Alfred J. Hemlock

The Lurking Man

Gold from the Sky

Best Animation (It’s a tie!)

*The Basket (Tokri)

The Velvet Abstract

Hope

First Bloom

Stars

*The Pits

Best Webisode/TV/New Media

Gogol

*Shoot Me Nicely

Home is Where the Farm Is

Top Photographer: Season One

High Road: Season 3

Real Mommy Confessions

Best Music Video

Come Down

Boring I Love You

*Chopin’s Fantasie Impromtu

One Take More

Delightful

Mius-Stroke & Noise

Best Documentary

*Pay It Forward – Best Documentary Short

Don’t Sell My Guitars

No Free Walls

In the Eyes of Children

Blind Sushi

Art of Courage

*Where Have You Gone Lou DiMaggio – Best Documentary Feature

Big Fish Blues

Alan Fortunoff Humanitarian Film Award

*Roll Call: A Dance Story

Finishing Fund Grant

*Power of Prayer

Best Actor

*Steve O’Brien – The Cartographer

Honorable Mention – Derek Wilson – Life Hack

Best Supporting Actor

*William Sadler – Shoot Me Nicely

Best Actress

*Suchitra Pillai – The Valley – Best Actress in a Feature

*Amanda Brooke Lerner – The Cartographer – Best Actress in a Short

Best Supporting Actress

*Agneeta Thacker – The Valley

Best Long Island Film

Like Me

Roll Call: A Dance Story

Blue Violet

A Quaker Sound

To Have You Here

*Working Poor

Life & Sand

Best Foreign Film

Alfred J. Hemlock

Whoever Was Using This Bed

The Baby Shower

*Mariam’s Day Off – Short

Oltre Le Finestra

Shakes

*An Evening of Eternity – Feature

Best Short Film

The Hobbyist

Sharks Vs. Minnows

Eggs & Soldiers

Working Poor

Pasquale’s Magic Veal

*The Last Hunt

Hotel Bleu

A Comfortable Distance

Jury Award for Best Short Film

*A Comfortable Distance

Best First Feature

*Pinch

Best Story

*Life Hack

Best Director

*Groove

Best Feature Film

*The Valley

Pinch

Life Hack

Groove

Yellow Fever

Four Bottles

Good Bones

Audience Award

*One Take More

Screenwriting Competition Winner

*”Powder, Pencils and Eraser”

Andrea Cavalcanti

 

LIIFE is the premiere filmmaker community on Long Island sponsored by the Long Island Film/TV Foundation (LIFTF) and the County of Nassau, which showed 168 short and feature-length films of every genre. The expo also offered networking opportunities, a 350 seat historic theater, press and media opportunities, a convenient filmmakers lounge, and several discussion panels with topics ranging from distribution to scriptwriting, legal music, SAG contracts and a filmmaker panel/breakfast.

 

Some of this year’s films included Long Island premieres such as Shoot Me Nicely written and directed by Elias Plagianos, which has won awards all over the world and stars John Behlmann, Linda Hamilton (The Terminator), William Sadler (Shawshank Redemption), Jackie Martling (formerly of the Howard Stern show) and Josh Burrows (Captain Morgan), as well as New Hyde Park writer/director Bianca Jamotte LeRoux’s short film Flush the John and her web series Real Mommy Confessions.

 

(Photos Courtesy of Mike Lizzi)

 

Other premieres included Emma Thompson like you never saw her before as a boisterous agent with colorful language  in the web series, High Road; the New York premiere of animated film Church of Superman from Pete Bune with former MTV and VH1 Host and VJ Jim Shearer as the voice of Superman, who has no problem with being the Savior of Metropolis, but when a small group of people show their appreciation by starting a “Church of the Son of Krypton”, Clark Kent himself is at a loss for words; the world premiere of The Last Letter – winner of the 2017 Locust Valley High School Student Film Festival from Alec Miranda of Lattingtown, and the New York premiere of documentary Where Have You Gone, Lou DiMaggio? from director Brad Kuhlman where Comedian Lou DiMaggio contemplates a comeback after a 20 year absence from the stage and seeks advice from a collection of comedy greats including Larry David, Ray Romano and Colin Quinn; the world premiere of short film Runaways from Wantagh’s Ryan Campbell, which was filmed in both Nassau and Suffolk counties.

 

The New York premiere of Pinch from Jake Lloyd tells the story of the chance to own a rare and valuable baseball collectible bringing two strangers together as they’re tasked with stepping out of their comfort zones and onto a baseball field; the world premiere of Long Island documentary short Pay It Forward from Mineola’s Nugent Cantileno, Valley Stream’s Robert La Rosa and Marc Riou, formerly of Huntington, and it follows a girl scout troop going out to research the stigmatism of the homeless population on Long Island while making a difference along the way; In the world premiere of Tess from Port Jefferson’s own Russ Camarda- a hired hit man gets more than he bargained for attempting to eliminate a beautiful but damaged thief; the world premiere of Like Me from Hempstead’s Larry Strong, which deals with young women and high school bullying and the everyday challenges that teenagers face; Keith McMahon from Brentwood has two short film premieres at LIIFE – The Ruins of Villastrigo which is a Nassau County Premiere, and Forgive Me which is a Long Island premiere; Patchogue producer Drew Henriksen’s short film Power of Prayer making its Long Island Premiere, which is directed by Bellport’s Andrew Damon Henriques and also produced by Patchogue’s Donna McKenna, NYC’s Rich D’Angelo and Tony Simonetti from Islip Terrace; Producer/Director Leslye Abbey from Bellmore with her documentary Big Fish Blues with a host of incredible performances by top Long Island blues greats; Pasquale’s Magic Veal – starring Vincent Pastore, Danny Grimaldi, Artie Pasquale, Joe D’Onfrio, and The Long Island Premiere of One Take More, a Hofstra student film from Merrick’s own Jonathan Leiner.

 

(Photos Courtesy of Mike Lizzi)

 

The program also included other notable films from Long Islanders like the Long Island premiere of Family Drama Working Poor from New Hyde Park director Steven Bozga; TylerCam from Seaford director Jacqueline Xerri; The U.S. Premiere of documentary short The Satellite from Greenport Director Anne Johnson; the Long Island Premiere of Roll Call: A Dance Story from Northport Director Anthony DiFranco; Short/Drama Road Kill from East Patchogue Director Campbell Dalglish; The Nassau County premiere of Remembered from first time Director and Manhasset’s own Chris Armienti; the World Premiere of D.I.Y.L.I. from Seaford Director Brian Stieglitz; Documentary Short Days and Nights at Duck Island from Cold Spring Harbor Director James Redford, and SO MANY MORE!

 

With a heavy celebrity presence, visits in past years have included a wide range of noted actors and actresses including Ed Asner, Steve Buscemi, Ralph Macchio, and Ally Sheedy! Named “One of the Top 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World” by MovieMaker Magazine, LIIFE is one of Long Island’s most prestigious film festivals and the Long Island Film/TV Foundation, a not-for-profit, is also the foremost group providing support to the film/TV and commercial industries on Long Island.

 

For More Information on LIIFE, Visit: www.LongIslandFilmExpo.com

 

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Rising Star Sammi Rae Murciano Bringing Wide Range of Musical Influences and Powerful Vocal Talent to the Masses

The Young Star Has Dazzled Audiences with Dynamic Renditions of Songs by the Likes of Adele, Ella Henderson, James Arthur, and Zara Larsson & MNEK Along with Bold Original Tracks

Having just released a brand new video for her cover of Martin Garrix & Dua Lipa’s “Scared to Be Lonely” and currently working on new tracks both original and in tribute to some of her music idols, Singer/Songwriter Sammi Rae Murciano is poised for a long and fruitful career in music.

The Long Island native has been singing for three years, and garnering a ton of praise from audiences nationwide. As a recent review by Digital Journal stated – “Her breathy vocals are expressive, and reminiscent of a young Demi Lovato”, and for Murciano, singing is her passion.

Inspired by a wide range of talents before her, the singer has cited her major influences as everyone from Whitney Houston to Celine Dion, Beyonce, Rihanna, Adele, and many more. Her strong and soulful voice is well beyond her years at the young age of 16, and knowing that you have to believe in yourself and have confidence to be successful has been her continued mantra.

On her early beginnings as a singer, she’s said of her musical awakening in school “I always loved to sing. I was in chorus, and had a solo. Being  in front of everyone performing, was an amazing feeling. I knew this was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life,” continuing “I would love to tour all over the world, and my dream is to perform at Madison Square Garden.” And with her continued drive and incredible voice, she certainly seems to be on the right path.

Having recently opened for Nick Cincotta and Rapta on their North East tour, Sammi Rae is currently working on new music, cover videos, and a number of live dates soon to be announced!

With an incredible sense of motivation for following her true calling, Murciano has said she owes it to “Knowing that I get to get up everyday, and do what I love, which is singing”, and with that amount of drive, there will certainly be more to come.

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