June 1 – 5, 2011
The Gold Coast International Film Festival is a new film festival that will be held in North Hempstead, New York, in the first week of June. It is being organised by the Great Neck Arts Center in collaboration with the Town of North Hempstead.
Town of North Hempstead Supervisor Jon Kaiman is keen to showcase the town’s local communities and hopes the festival will boost the local economy. Kaiman has been a strong proponent of cultivating North Hempstead as a centre for the arts.
The festival will be held across various venues, which include Port Washington Cinemas, New Hyde Park Cinemas – Herricks Cinema 4, Manhasset Cinemas, Great Neck – Squire Cinemas, and Roslyn Cinemas. Additional screenings will take place at the Nassau County Museum of Art.
Around 25,000 people are expected at the various venues in the Town of North Hempstead, to experience 40-odd films including premieres plus special events. Local communities will be able to have their time in the limelight.
Watch Out For!
Films starring Neil Patrick Harris, Colin Hanks and Jesse Eisenberg will screen at the fest in June. The inaugural Gold Coast International Film Festival line-up also includes:
Directed by Panu Aree (Thailand), this film will showcase lots of joyful noise in this documentary about Thailand’s beloved Naseb band Baby Arabia, who updated their sound with guitar and bass in the 1980s and got big playing covers of Arab and Malay songs. Still going strong, they continue to redefine the identity of the Thai Muslim minority.
Directed by Seth Swirksy (US), this movie will be shown at the East Coast Premiere. A huge fan of The Beatles growing up in the ‘60s, Seth Swirsky filmed people, famous and not-so-famous, who had a personal story about themselves and the Fab Four. The project resulted in some never-before-heard Beatles stories.
The Best And The Brightest: Directed by Josh Shelov, written by Josh Shelov and Michael Jaeger (US), this film is set in the world of New York City’s elite private kindergartens. It centers on a fresh-faced young couple, Samantha and Jeff, who have recently moved into town. The comedy centers on their dawning realisation of the lengths they must go to in order to get their five-year-old daughter into school. The film stars Neil Patrick Harris, Amy Sedaris, Bonnie Somerville, Jenna Stern, Peter Serafinowicz and Kate Mulgrew.