Gold Coast International Film Festival Screening Award-Winning Indian Film

As Part of Their Furman Film Series, GCIFF & ReelAbilites Film Festival Will Present “Margarita With a Straw” Wednesday, March 16th

February, 2016 (Great Neck, NY) — The Gold Coast International Film Festival recently announced that they will join the ReelAbilities Film Festival in a special Furman Film Series event, screening “Margarita With A Straw” – the tale of a rebellious young woman with cerebral palsy who leaves her home in India to study in New York, unexpectedly falls in love, and embarks on an exhilarating journey of self-discovery – on Wednesday, March 16th, 7:30PM at Bow Tie Squire Cinemas (115 Middle Neck Road, Great Neck) with TICKETS ON SALE 2/11!

 The Award-winning film from Directors Shonali Bose & Nilesh Maniyar has already garnered a ton of praise from film critics, and received several awards since its release in April of 2015, including Audience Award at the Montclair Film Festival, the NETPAC Award at the Toronto International Film Festival, and the Best Actress award at the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival held in Estonia.

Starring Kalki Koechlin, Revathi, and Sayani Gupta; the film is A funky, stereotype-busting coming-of-age tale about a Punjabi teenage girl with cerebral palsy, based on a true story. Laila, an aspiring writer and secret rebel in a wheelchair, is accepted to New York University and leaves India for Manhattan. After a chance encounter with a fiery female activist, Laila starts to grow emotionally and explore this new world and its liberal sexualities. Tackling subject matter rarely explored with lightheartedness, this TIFF award-winning drama is a beautiful, bold and brave portrait of love, identity and sexuality. Margarita, With a Straw is joyous cinema bound to win your heart.

 On Wednesday, March 16th join the Gold Coast International Film Festival and the ReelAbilities Film Festival in the Furman Film Series screening of “Margarita With A Straw” at Bow Tie Squire Cinemas- 115 Middle Neck Road, Great Neck, at 7:30PM!

TICKETS GO ON SALE THURSDAY, 2/11

For More Info and to Purchase Tickets, VISIT: www.goldcoastfilmfestival.org

For Press Inquiries, CONTACT: Rick [AT] RickEberle.com

 More About the Gold Coast Film Festival:

Located on the “Gold Coast” in the Town of North Hempstead, the Gold Coast International Film Festival was founded with the purpose of establishing a home on Long Island to showcase the work of exceptional filmmakers and provide the public with an insider’s view of the film industry. Year-round festival events include screenings, workshops, conversations with prominent members of the film community, parties and a gala.

During the annual seven-day festival, area residents, visitors, members of the business and film communities, public officials, students and academics come together to celebrate the art and influence of cinema in the charming and historic towns and villages of Long Island’s Gold Coast. In addition to the Fall festival, GCIFF also presents dozens of preview screenings and filmmaker Q&As throughout the year at their year-round Furman and Douglas Elliman Film Series.

The Gold Coast is just a short ride from New York City, and is easily accessible by car, train and the area’s three major airports: John F. Kennedy International, LaGuardia, and MacArthur.

The Gold Coast International Film Festival is produced by the Gold Coast Arts Center, a 501(c)(3) organization incorporated in 1993 and dedicated to promoting and supporting the arts through education, exhibition, performance and outreach.

More About the Gold Coast Arts Center:

The Gold Coast Arts Center is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to promoting and supporting the arts through education, exhibition, performance and outreach. For over 20 years we have brought the arts and arts in education experiences to tens of thousands of people throughout our region through our (1) School for the Arts, which offers year-round classes in all visual and performing arts to students of all ages and abilities, (2) Free public art gallery, (3) Concert and lecture series, (4) Outreach programs, which each year bring artist residencies, after-school programs, school assemblies, teacher training workshops and parent-child workshops to students, senior citizens, teachers and others in underserved communities throughout our region, (5) Year round film screening and discussion series and (6) Gold Coast International Film Festival. The Arts Center is an affiliate of the John F Kennedy Center for the for the Performing Arts: Partners in Education Program and National Gallery of Art, both located in Washington DC.

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